Our Story

We’ve Been Building Relationships with Our Customers Since 1976

Starting with Service

Founded in 1976 by John E. Downs, Qualico Steel is a family owned company with the simple objective of providing top quality structural steel fabrication. Catering to owners, EPC firms and general contractors, we built our business around prompt service, strong values and quality products. This helped us quickly establish a name in the industry.

At Qualico Steel, our reputation is built on a simple but bold set of core values. These core values direct our decisions, define our purpose and drive our passion.

Our Values


From engineering & design to fabrication to final coat, we have a proven track record of providing top quality structural steel fabrication, miscellaneous steel fabrication, ductwork and much more to each of our valued clients.

Customer Service

Serving our clients in diverse industries such as power, manufacturing, chemical, automotive, industrial, civic, commercial and governmental, we know the keys to a successful project are flexibility, a prompt response to customer needs and clear communication.


We are dedicated to providing the safest workplace possible through our comprehensive safety program. Qualico Steel has established a Behavior Based Safety Culture which includes tracking near miss/incidents, light duty work program, and OSHA compliant safety training program.


Our efficient production systems keep fabrication on pace with project schedules and critical deadlines. We maintain a strong record of consistent on-time delivery.

We Believe In

Long-Term Relationships

We believe in the value of long-term relationships, and we strive to earn your respect and your repeat business. We feel certain once you experience our top quality products, great customer service and consistent on-time deliveries, you will look to Qualico for all your future structural steel needs. Our goal is to be an asset to you for each project.

Years Of Experience



Annual Capacity (Tons)

Adding value to our clients

A history founded on service

Founded on Service

In order to provide the best service to our clients, we concentrated our efforts on medium to large sized industrial projects throughout the Southeastern United States. Through great partnerships, we experienced success in that market which allowed us to grow into a major structural steel fabricator of medium to large sized industrial projects.

Adding Value

As we added value to our clients our production began to grow and so did our need for expansion. A second facility was added to handle miscellaneous fabrication consisting of stairs, rails, ladders and platforms as well as small to medium structural steel fabrication. That 70,000 square-foot-plant with a 35,000 square-foot-paint bay is located in Montgomery, the capital of Alabama.

Expanding Our Service

In 1995 we established a third facility in Midlothian, Texas. This 104,500 square foot facility has a 40,000 square foot paint bay and is strategically located adjacent to Gerdau Steel Mill and enables us to better service our projects in the central and western half of the country.

Building Relationships

We continue to build long-term relationships, and today our services include engineering and design and complete fabrication capabilities. All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art automated equipment. Qualico has top of the line blasting and cleaning equipment and can apply 1, 2 or 3 coat systems in our climate controlled 474,000 square foot fabrication and coating facility located in Webb, Alabama.

Founder: John Downs