High Steel Press Releases

Highway Builder Magazine, Fall 2017

High Steel Structures Helps Rebuild Major U.S. Bridge on November 17, 2017

From Highway Builder Magazine

High Steel Shows Innovation and Leadership in New NY Bridge Project

The first four lanes of traffic crossed the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge – formerly the Tappan Zee Bridge – on August 25. The 3.1-mile-long, $3.98-billion steel crossing, which is on track for complete finish in 2018, is the largest active bridge project in the nation and a testament to the work and capabilities of America’s steel fabricators and constructors.

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Rescue simulation at High Steel Structures LLC

East Lampeter Township fire companies practice emergency rescues at High Steel plant on October 31, 2017

From LancasterOnline

Six people were injured after two cars crashed into a tractor-trailer, and a person had a heart attack in a crane — but it was all a drill at High Steel Structures.

Four East Lampeter Township fire companies practiced emergency rescues at the steel manufacturing plant Monday evening.

High Steel Structures holds annual safety exercise so that its team and area first responders are ready for real emergencies, according to the company.

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High co-workers with commemorative girder

High Completes Fabrication for New NY Bridge Project, On Time, On Budget, On Specification on August 18, 2017

Celebrates producing steel of “superior fit and finish” for its largest contract ever with painting of last girder

WILLIAMSPORT, PA—High Steel Structures LLC announced that it has completed fabrication of its part of the $3.98 billion New NY Bridge Project, the largest transportation infrastructure design-build project in the U.S. In a ceremony, the company unveiled the last girder, freshly painted in the project’s trademark blue color.

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Gov. Tom Wolf talks with High Companies CEO Mike Shirk Thursday morning during a visit to High Steel Structures in Lancaster County. - (Photo / Roger DuPuis)

Wolf sizes up new training program at High Steel on March 10, 2017

From Central Penn Business Journal


Gov. Tom Wolf spent some time touring a factory-turned-university in Lancaster County on Thursday.

Forget caps, gowns and dorms, though. "High Steel University" isn't a college, but a pilot program launched by High Steel Structures LLC to boost skills among welders and painters at its East Lampeter Township facility.

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Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf visits High Steel Structures to learn about workforce development on March 09, 2017



Governor Tom Wolf visited High Steel Structures LLC in Lancaster, Pa. today to learn about "High Steel University," a new co-worker training program, and about High's education and community partnerships for workforce development.

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One of two loads weighing 100+ tons getting ready to leave Williamsport, Pa.

High Steel ships last two 'superload' girders for new bridge across Hudson River on March 07, 2017

From Pennlive

WILLIAMSPORT - High Steel Structures workers stood in the rain, cheered and applauded as they watched the final two "superload" girders for the new Tappan Zee Bridge in New York leave the Williamsport plant.


The massive blue girders, each 12 feet high, 120 feet long and weighing 78 tons, left the plant Tuesday morning with police escorts headed for the bridge project assembly yard in Coeymans, N.Y.

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WNEP TV ABC16 News: "Superloads" leave High Steel Williamsport

Superload from Lycoming County Headed To New York Bridge Project on March 07, 2017



WILLIAMSPORT – A business based in Central Pennsylvania is providing steel beams for a $3.7 billion bridge in New York.


Parts of the bridge were built by High Steel Structures LLC in Lycoming County.  Two final giant beams left Williamsport Tuesday morning.

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Ronnie Medlock, vice president, technical services discusses the "Superload"

High Steel Structures Ships Last Two “Superload” Girders to New New York Bridge on March 07, 2017

High Transit Trucks Take Final 78-ton Girders From Williamsport, Pa. to Assembly Yard in N.Y.

March 7, 2017—High Steel Structures LLC has shipped the last two of the massive blue girders that have become emblematic of the New New York Bridge, the iconic span that will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge in 2018. At 7 a.m. two heavy-haul trucks with police escorts began the four-hour journey to the project assembly yard in Port of Coeymans, N.Y.

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Tappen Zee Bridge under construction above the Hudson River. Picture via New Tappan Zee Bridge receives scaled-up steel girder system after 18-month project comes to close. on January 06, 2017

High Steel's President John O'Quinn was interviewed for an article in Construction Equipment Guide, as the New NY Bridge reaches an important steel milestone.   

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Infrastructure MD Winter 2016 Cover

High Steel is Infrastructure MD's Winter 2016 Featured Contractor on December 08, 2016

High Steel is pleased to be chosen to be the featured contractor in the Winter 2016 issue of Infrastructure MD. 

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John OQuinn Interview

Photo: Dan Marschka, Staff Photographer, LNP

Q&A: New High Steel Structures president on career path, bridge building, infrastructure plan on November 22, 2016

From - John O’Quinn’s long career in the steel industry taught him a lot about what makes High Steel Structures a successful company.

“I think the rest of the industry has always chased High. They have always set the standard that everybody strived to meet,” he said.

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New NY Bridge Rendering

Bridge Rendering Courtesy NYS Thruway

High Steel Structures Inc. and Hirschfeld Industries, LP to Fabricate Structural Steel for the Tappan Zee Bridge on December 11, 2013

Chicago, IL - Two major U.S. steel fabricators have stepped up to take on one of the most significant transportation projects in the nation’s history. High Steel Structures Inc. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Hirschfeld Industries, LP of San Angelo, Texas have each been awarded a contract to fabricate structural steel for the approach spans of New York’s new Tappan Zee Bridge.

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I81 Emergency Replacement

Emergency Replacement of Bridge at I-81 Interchange in Harrisburg on June 10, 2013

Lancaster, Pa. - High Steel Structures Inc. of Lancaster, Pa., has been awarded a contract to fabricate 365 tons of structural steel for the emergency replacement of the bridge carrying Route 22 Eastbound into Harrisburg, PA at the I-81 Exit 67 interchange.

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High Steel Structures Receives Award of Excellence for Interchange Bridge Project in Maryland on October 28, 2011

High Steel Structures LLC received an Award of Excellence from the Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) at its 2011 annual conference in Baltimore. High Steel was recognized in the subcontractor category for the project located at the I-95 / I-695 Interchange: I-95 from Hazelwood Avenue to King Avenue and I-695 from Lillian Holt Drive to MD 7.

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High Steel Delivers over 21,000 tons of Structural Steel for D.C. HOT Lanes Project on October 20, 2011

Lancaster, Pa. (October 20, 2011)In its largest single contract to date, High Steel Structures is providing the structural steel for the Washington, D.C. area HOT Lanes Project. 

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Route 90 Bridge OCMD Emergency Replacement

Ocean City Thankful to High Steel and Partner for Fast and Heroic Emergency Bridge Repair on November 25, 2009

Lancaster, Pa. (November 25, 2009)—High Steel Structures LLC of Lancaster, Pa., and McLean Contracting of Glen Burnie, Md., have been noted for a "heroic effort" by editors at The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) for their competent and efficient execution of critical structural repairs to the Rt. 90 bridge in Ocean City, Md., that was closed October 15.

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Voluntary Protective Programs

High Steel Lancaster Facilities Re-Certified for Highest OSHA Safety Award on October 23, 2009

Lancaster, PA (October 23, 2009)The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has re-certified High Steel Structures’ Lancaster, Pa., fabrication facilities as a Star site in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program—the agency’s highest safety award.

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Butler Hershey Centre

The Hershey Sports Zone

Hershey Centre Sports Zone in Ontario is Complete on November 05, 2007

Annville, Pa. (November 5, 2007) – Butler Manufacturing of Annville, Pa., announces that another of its massive steel structures, this one for the Hershey Sports Zone in Mississauga, Ontario, is complete. Butler designed the pre-engineered building system for the 84,000-square-foot indoor soccer/multi-use facility. 

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High Shining Star: High Steel's Williamsport facility earns certification for highest OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Award on October 23, 2007

Lancaster, Pa. (October 23, 2007) – A ceremony was held last week celebrating the certification of High Steel Structures Inc.'s Williamsport facility as a VPP Star site, as designated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program. VPP is OSHA's recognition of safety and health excellence.

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Butler Manufacturing and High Steel Structures Team Up on Steel Building Systems for Athletic Center at West Point on January 03, 2007

Lancaster, Pa. (January 3, 2007) – Butler Manufacturing of Annville, Pa., and High Steel Structures Inc. of Lancaster, Pa., teamed up to fabricate steel framing used to build a new athletic center at West Point, a project that began in June 2006.

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