High Steel Press Releases

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Lancaster County students compete in STEM contests at technology conference on February 13, 2018

From LancasterOnline

As wooden glider planes catapulted toward the ceiling of the school gymnasium, pairs of model dragster cars powered by carbon dioxide canisters raced along a double track nearby.

Across the gym, just past the balsa wood bridge models, a robot platypus came to life — its eyes glowing and tail and jaw moving.

Along the wall of the gym, a judge used a machine to test the weight-bearing properties of a couple dozen balsa-wood trusses.

These projects were part of the nearly 60 different competitions happening under one school roof Saturday as part of the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association’s annual Region 2 conference.

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First girders for Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bridge due on site this week on February 12, 2018

From PennLive

WINFIELD -- The first steel girders for the nearly mile-long bridge that will carry Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River are due on site this week.

Erection of the girders, fabricated by High Steel Structures in Williamsport and Lancaster, is expected to begin late this week or early next, Jeremiah Gonzalo, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation bridge project engineer, said Monday.

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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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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

High Steel In the News -New Tappan Zee Bridge Reaches Steel Milestone 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 In the News - InfrastructureMD Feature 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

High Steel in the News - Interview with John O'Quinn 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

The New NY Bridge - Tappan Zee Replacement Project 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 Route 22 Eastbound at I-81 Interchange 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 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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