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PVS Structures Fabricates and Delivers!

PVS Structures successfully fabricates and delivers 94’ TPG and two 59’ Wide Flange Beam Spans to a close-fitting project site for our Class 1 partner in Omaha.

PVS Around the World

PVS around the world. On my recent trip to Scotland I visited the Ancient and Royal St Andrews Golf Club.

PVS Structures Aids in Upgrade of VA Hospital

PVS Structures is honored to be a part of a much needed upgrade of the current VA Hospital here in Omaha. We look forward to working with McCarthy and Heritage on this incredible project.

PVS Metals Job Fair

On Saturday, April 14, 2018 PVS-Metals hosted a Job Fair for the 20+ positions that are currently open including a new 3rd Shift. The turnout was a success with 39 individuals attending.

MVS Showing Its Green!

This past Saturday marked the 10th annual Sioux City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! The weather cooperated, and the turnout was amazing, with over 6,000 people lining the 10-block route in downtown Sioux City. This was the first year for MVS Metals participation, and the results were nothing short of spectacular!

NPS Hosts Minn-Dak Tour

On February 20th 2018, Northern Plains Finishing hosted the Minn-Dak Manufactures Association for a luncheon and meet and greet.

PVS Structures Responds to Urgent Need

Union Pacific contacted PVS Structures after a pier was damaged by a barge on the Mississippi River, in St. Paul, MN. Upon collaboration, an accelerated steel design and fabrication plan was developed.

Owen Industries Celebrates Retirement of Rick Brendel

Rick Brendel started with PVS in May 1985. Rick started in the Accounting department and has been with the company for 32 years. His job title started out as Account Manager, and promoted to Controller.
We interviewed Rick on his experiences with PVS.

PVS Structures Welcomes New Welding Apprentices

PVS Structures welcomed four new welding apprentices in October. This is the second year of the welder apprenticeship program. The program consists of on-the-job training as well as worksite classroom training

In The AISC News….A New Director

In addition, the board welcomes a new director, Tyler R. Owen, general manager of Paxton & Vierling Steel, Structures Division, and president of Owen Industries Inc., Carter Lake, Iowa. All were elected to serve two-year terms at AISC’s annual meeting in September in Chicago.

PVS Nuclear Team

PVS nuclear team celebrating the delivery of the last C8 trunk on Oct 17th.

More Slagger news……

Owen Industries is excited to be a partner with Kemper for European distribution and production of the Slagger table. Shown at the Kemper booth during the Schweissen-Schneiden show in Dusseldorf, Germany is a small, single blade unit — many thanks to all of you who inquired about the system.

Topping Out!

The HDR Topping out ceremony was earlier this week, with the final beam erecting yesterday

Touting Tubes and Taking Terms – Tube Steel

Hollow Structural Sections (HSS), Tube Steel, Structural Tubing and Steel Pipe, just to name a few, are all commonly used terms in the Steel Industry. While it may have many names, and a million times as many uses, there is one thing for certain: We would be lost without it.

Kicking it into High Gear with Lapping Carriers

Gears: A Stable of Manufacturing Lapping Carrier Gears have long been a staple in the building blocks of human civilization. Our early ancestors used wind and water power with a combination of gears to grind grains, seeds, nuts and beans into flour. They used gears to...

Owen Industries Welcomes Delta

Owen Industries welcomes Delta. Owen Industries met Delta recently. Delta is the new Carter Lake Police Departments K-9 Officer.

Fundamentals of Forming at PVS Metals

Fundamentals of Forming class for PVS metals brake operators covers safety aspects of brakes, programing of new parts, corrections and machine adjustments…..

Through Plate Girder – TPG

PVS Structures was selected to fabricate a Through Plate Girder (TPG) Span, 114’ in length for Iowa Interstate Railroad. Steel fabrication was in accordance with AREMA and AISC specifications.

PVS – Making “New Connections”

PVS Structures is making “new connections” with Omaha’s most distinguished construction firms while fabricating HDR’s new World Headquarters, in Omaha’s Aksarben Village.

Northern Plains Finishing Installs New Ionics Booth

Northern Plains Steel Finishing Company has recently completed the installation a third Colmet/Parker Ionics Powder Coating Spray Booth to allow us to do instant change color without interrupting current production levels.

Paxton & Vierling Steel Creates Girder Set

Girders for Hawkins Construction Company. Picture was taken immediately after erection, and readying safety cables. Note that the safety cable posts are custom engineered by HCC and coordinated with PVS for anchoring. HCC + PVS = Quality + Safety, and ahead of schedule!

Owen Industries Apprentice Program

Carter Lake, Iowa-based Owen Industries (an AISC member) is now an official registered apprenticeship sponsor and offers a three-year, competency-based welder apprenticeship program

PVS Structures Ships 114 Foot TPG!

Owen Industries/PVS Structures ships a bridge girder for Iowa Interstate Railroad, to the project site in Des Moines. This TPG weighs 80,000 pounds and is 114’ long!...

PVS Structures Ships 69′ Beam Span

Take a look at what was shipped today!  PVS Structures fabricates and delivers another bridge for the local Class 1 Railroad.  The bridge pictured is 69 feet long.  It will ship out in 2 oversized sections and weighs approximately 100 Ton.  Did you know that PVS...

Retirement Interview with MVS Metals Shari B.

Shari Blackburn started with Missouri Valley Steel sale team in December 1994. She transitioned to the purchasing department and will be retiring in June 2017 after almost 23 year of service. We interviewed Shari on her experience with MVS. Owen Industries: What did...

Owen Industries Welding Apprentice Program

Owen Industries Welder Apprentice Program Apprentice Interview: Brad Dittman Carter Lake, Iowa-based Owen Industries (an AISC member) is now an official registered apprenticeship sponsor and offers a three-year, competency-based welder apprenticeship program. In...

Owen Industries Welding Apprentice Program

Carter Lake, Iowa-based Owen Industries (an AISC member) is now an official registered apprenticeship sponsor and offers a three-year, competency-based welder apprenticeship program. In August the company began an interview and selection process, seeking four welder...

Owen Industries Apprentice Program

Owen Industries Welder Apprentice Program Carter Lake, Iowa-based Owen Industries (an AISC member) is now an official registered apprenticeship sponsor and offers a three-year, competency-based welder apprenticeship program. In August the company began an interview...

Sustainable Structural Steel

Steel, by virtue of its high recycled content and capacity for reuse, is the ideal structural Steel for projects seeking to meet sustainable goals. Since the creation of the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) rating system by the United States Green...

Owen Industries “Living Legends” Bill Hollis

Bill Hollis worked for Owen Industries from August 1970 to August 2015. We interviewed Bill on his 45 years of service. Owen Industries: What did you value most about your experience working at Owen Industries during the many years of your tenure? Bill Hollis: Knowing...

Redbud Heavy Gauge Stretcher Leveler

Our Red Bud machine which is the finest heavy gauge stretcher leveler in the industry.  It stretches material beyond its yield point to remove stresses introduced at the mill, including coil set, crossbow, edge wave and center-buckle, so your lasers and other...

Custom Non-Slip Floor Plates

Why spend lots of money and wait several weeks on proprietary catalog items when all you need is a simple non-slip surface? PVS Metals can create, and customize, a variety of patterns and depths, for your individual product needs. In some cases we can turn your...

Signs for Walter Scott Jr. Campus

PVS worked with the Kiewit Building Groups "Special Projects Division" to produce landmark signs for the new Walter Scott Jr. Campus on the University of Nebraska-Omaha grounds. The project was completed weeks before scheduled partially due to our precise water-jet...

37th Annual Bridge Day

Saturday, October 15th marked the 37th Annual BRIDGE DAY!  PVS Structures is proud to be a part of and celebrate our bridge accomplishments! PVS Structures partnered with a Class 1 Railroad to fabricate a new bridge under emergency response conditions; dispatching...

Steel Day

We are excited to announce that Nebraska has formally recognized Steel Day! Celebrations are Nationwide and promote industry changes and trends that affect detailers, fabricators and engineers. This is an exciting day and we look forward to celebrating what we do...

100 Year Old Businesses

A big shout out to AISC for their great article recognizing old businesses! Read the article here!  

Back to Back… This Year’s Bechtel Award

Company Honored for its Commitment to Excellence and Quality   Carter Lake, IA — Paxton & Vierling Steel Co. (PVS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Owen Industries, was recognized for outstanding work on projects by Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global...

A look back to last year’s Bechtel award…

Last year, PVS was recognized for outstanding work on projects by Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit at the Bechtel Subcontractor and Supplier Recognition awards. The awards recognize subcontractors and suppliers who supported Bechtel‘s...

Lighting Up the Night…

With a fresh new look, a fresh new website, it's time we added some new fixtures! Check out the slide show below for a couple of the new enhancements around PVS-Metals.  This is just a teaser, more of our new metals center yet to come...     Delivery day for our new...

A State Representative Comes to Visit…

Last week, we had the fantastic pleasure of having Iowa’s United States Representative David Young come to our shop and take a tour.  He was able to see both our Structures Division and our Metal Service Center across the street.  It was wonderful meeting him and to...

The Opera Comes to PVS…

Last week, Paxton & Vierling Steel Co. was the venue of choice for Opera Omaha's 2016 gala.  With a few cosmetic tweaks, professional lighting, tables, chairs, and a whole bunch of talent, our North Bay was transformed into a thing of beauty.  The industrial look was...

Radio personalities learn to weld

Todd and Tyler of The Todd-N-Tyler Radio Empire recently broadcast live from PVS Metals in Carter Lake. While in-house, the two gave welding a try.

Pancake Man serves it up hot

The Pancake Man served up fresh and fluffy pancakes to the PVS crew, demonstrating his flair for the dramatic behind the grill.

Same Company, Fresh New Look

We are proud to announce a subtle but significant change to our logo and naming convention.  Founded as Paxton & Vierling Iron Works in 1885, and focused primarily on our foundry and structural products, the company eventually rebranded as Paxton & Vierling Steel in...

The Slagger cuts in

Modern Metals commends the Slagger cutting table, a Missouri Valley Steel invention.