Structural STEEL
METAL DECKING
BRIDGEWORK

With over 80 years of steel construction experience, Metropolitan Steel is one of the most accomplished and professional teams in the industry. We provide our clients with the highest level of dedication and commitment that ends in perfection with each and every project. Success is our number one goal, and our results consistently speak for themselves.

COMPANY HISTORY

Our company’s history dates back to the careers of Hector Caballero and Ron Stone, Tim and Red’s fathers, who were both Local #1 Ironworkers.

Hector Caballero became an ironworker in 1967 and continued bustin’ iron for 32 years mostly as a connector, hence the nickname, “Hector the Connector”. His career began with American Bridge, then Wenagel and he eventually worked for CTA, which were his most memorable years as an ironworker. He retired from CTA after 19 years as one of the first Hispanic foremen. A few notable projects he contributed to were the Sears Tower and the 294-Mile Long Bridge which ironically, was recently replaced by Metropolitan Steel in 2021. Much has changed since those days, especially with OSHA safety compliance since there was minimal safety during that time.

Ron Stone started his 42-year career as an ironworker in 1956. He was part of Local #1 and retired as the Pension and Welfare admin. He worked on many large-scale projects in the Chicagoland region, the most memorable was the Sears Tower. He truly loved his job and always said he would do no other job in the world!

PROJECTS

Walgreens
CORPORATE HQ
SKYWALK ADDITION
SPRING, 2021
DEERFIELD, ILLINOIS
ILLINOIS TOLLWAY
I-294 MILE 21
MILE
LONG
BRIDGE
FALL 2020 - 2023
WILLOW SPRINGS, ILLINOIS
AMAZON
FULFILLMENT CENTER
PROJECT
DIXIE
SUMMER, 2020 - LATE 2021
MARKHAM, ILLINOIS

OUR TEAM

We erect steel but our strength is in our people.

OUR team is comprised of industry experts with decades of experience. Our current team includes:

TIM CABALLERO
PRESIDENT
RON "RED" STONE
VICE PRESIDENT

Alex Mitchel

Bridge Estimator
Chevron
9
Years with The Company
How did you get started in construction?
I started working summers while in college as I was completing a degree in mechanical engineering. I did carpentry, electrical and plumbing for residential; learning mostly from my grandfather. After losing a job at major steel company working as a shops foreman (mostly ironworking), I segued into steel erection contracting.
What are some of your responsibilities?
Estimating steel erection; mostly bridges. Project manage bridge work and some buildings.
What do you like most about your job?
The team we have. Our ‘whatever it takes’ attitudes. Having the jobs beat my estimates as far as budget and schedule.
Biggest lesson learned?
The capabilities of the MSI’s Field Forces. They make my estimations for job costs much more accurate.
Favorite band in high school?
Led Zeppelin.
What is your favorite hobby outside of work?
Motorcycle riding.

Ed Smith

Senior Estimator
Chevron
17
Years with The Company
How did you get started in construction?
My father-in-law offered me a job and I jumped at the chance.
What project are you most proud of and why?
Amazon ranks at the top because of it’s size and success thus far…
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy the family atmosphere here.
Biggest lesson learned?
That life can change in an instant.
What is your favorite hobby outside of work?
Hunting.
Favorite band in high school?
The Doors.
Who is someone you really admire?
My mother.
What motivates you every day?
My family.

John Hesseltine

Estimator/Project Manager/SCWI AWS Senior CWI
Chevron
6
Years with The Company
How did you get started in construction?
My father was a carpenter for Brown & Root.  He got me a job with them after attending college for a couple of years and getting married and starting a family.
What are some of your responsibilities?
To insure that we are providing the quality of work that will meet or exceed our reputation and customers’ expectations.  Also, to assist any department where my experience and education could be helpful.
What project are you most proud of and why?
Our Navy Pier Flyover project.  We were called in to assist with the welding which happened to be fracture critical.  The contractors and consultants that were hired couldn’t get the welding process that they wanted to use to pass the required testing.  I changed to type of wire and welding parameters to improve the elongation and we hired 2 ironworkers that we knew to be very good at the process to run the procedure qualification tests required.  We aced the tests on the 1st try (after months of trial and error by others) and were responsible for completing all of the most important welds on the project.
What do you like most about your job?
I like being the guy that people come to when they need previous experience or technical advice on a subject, especially on complicated projects.  I love to resolve problems.
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned?
To realize that everyone must make their own choices in life, even when you think it’s not the right one.  A big part of growth in life is from making the wrong choice and learning from your mistakes.  Sometimes it’s very hard to accept that people won’t agree with your position or take your advice on a subject.
What motivates you every day?
My family… I want my children and grandchildren to be loved, happy, and to enjoy the gift of life.  I want to be the person they love, respect, and honor the same way as I did with my father.
What is your favorite hobby outside of work?
I love aviation and am a private pilot although I haven’t flown in years.  I also love remote control model aviation,  photography, hunting, fishing, golf, traveling, and remodeling houses.  There are others but we won’t list them all here.

Dave Budzius

Senior Project Manager
Chevron
7
Years with The Company
How did you get started in construction?
I enjoyed working on projects and building things with my Dad.
What project are you most proud of and why?
Millennium Park. It was unique, complicated and challenging.
What do you like most about your job?
Planning projects and seeing them through to a successful completion.
What motivates you every day?
Knowing that others are depending on me.
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned?
There are always changes in life and if you are not sure about something...ask others.
Who is someone you really admire?
My Mom & Dad

Brian Grismer

Project Manager / Estimator
Chevron
2
Years with The Company
How did you get started in construction?
I was asked to help build a house when I was in college. After a few months, I realized I love working with my hands and seeing my accomplishment, so I switched gears and started going to school for construction and finding jobs that will help me learn and grow in the industry.
What project are you most proud of and why?
Amazon. I am proud of the time and effort everyone put into this to make it a successful project for Metro from bid time to finish. I am proud of how this job pushed/forced me out of some comfort zones and pushed me to become a better project manager.
What do you like most about your job?
The support I have from my co-workers.
Biggest lesson learned?
To be confident in myself, and not let past failures hold me back.
What is your favorite hobby outside of work?
Hanging out with my family.
What motivates you every day?
My family – being the best for them and setting the example for my son.

Eric Kochan

Ironworker Superintendent
Chevron
8
Years with The Company
How did you get started in construction?
Summer job in high school.
What project are you most proud of and why?
Every project I’ve ever been a part of at Metropolitan.
Favorite high school band?
Scorpions.
What is your favorite hobby outside of work?
Exercise.
Who is someone you really admire?
My father, he instilled my work ethic.

Steven Beemsterboer

Project Manager
Chevron
1
Years with The Company
What do you like most about your job?
I love the people here! I like that the job is challenging, intellectually stimulating, and I enjoy getting to be a part of the building process and seeing a project go from the blueprints to the final product.
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned?
No project is ever simple!
What is your favorite hobby outside of work?
I enjoy acting, directing, and writing live theater! I also enjoy reading, golfing, fishing, and working out at the gym.
Who was your favorite band in high school?
The Beatles and GRiZ
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Tennessee, where my mom has a few acres of land.
Who is someone you really admire?
Genuinely, I really admire Tim Caballero. He is a hard worker, very successful, demands respect but at the same time he is kind and works hard to give back and share his success with others. He genuinely cares about his employees, and he is never content with where he is currently at, always working to better himself as a person and a business owner. Humble, honest, and intelligent. A great man to look up to.
What motivates you every day?
My mother.

Melissa Jaeger

Business Office Manager
Chevron
.5
Years with The Company
How long have you been with Metropolitan Steel?
Spring, 2021.
What are some of your responsibilities?
Business operations: payroll, accounts payable/receivables, and various project management support.
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
20 miles out in the gulf of Florida on my dad’s fishing boat. Dream Lake hikes & skiing Monarch Mountain in Colorado are other favorites.
What do you like most about your job?
Our people at the Metropolitan Steel family.
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned?
Adapting to change and developing a willingness to grow professionally is important.  There is always more to learn.
What is your favorite hobby outside of work?
Jeep rides & sitting oceanside.
Who was your favorite band in high school?
Motley Crue
Who is someone you really admire?
My parents. My mom taught me resilience, class & kindness.  My dad kept me close to the ocean & gave me the desire to truly live a life that I love, he’s crazy & fun.

Larry Kurek

Controller
Chevron
1.5
Years with The Company
How did you get started in construction?
I worked for an ornamental/structural fabricator during high school. Later in life I was a project administrator at a national laboratory, and then a Controller at a rebar fabrication facility for a fortune 500 company.
What are some of your responsibilities?
Oversight and management of the financial systems
What project are you most proud of and why?
Amazon was the largest job since I’ve been here, and it was great to see the process through from bidding to closeout
What do you like most about your job?
The people. It’s a very laid back, yet professional atmosphere. Everyone who works here is personable and helpful.
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned?
Not all information can be made available to staff.
What is your favorite hobby outside of work?
Working on and restoring cars.
Who was your favorite band in high school?
Metallica
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Mountains out west

CERTIFICATIONS

Signatory Contractor to:

Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT)
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local Unions 1
Iron Workers Union Local 63
393 Aurora
444 Joliet

TESTIMONIALS

Metropolitan has been an important member of our team on several jobs. Tim Caballero and his field team deliver on production while maintaining a safety focus. They are always in communication with our field superintendent to coordinate work plans, weather planning, and site logistics.

Metropolitan’s safety culture is evident through tie-off compliance and making the right call when weather conditions are too extreme to put people at risk. Long before construction starts, our pre-planning with Ed Smith helps set us on a realistic path to manage client expectations.

Our past collaboration with Metropolitan makes me confident in their upcoming steel erection over the winter with us at the UIH Outpatient Surgery Center. I’m glad to have Tim and his team on my project.

Dan Myers, LEED AP

Pepper Construction Company

Project Director Vice President

Walsh Construction has worked with Metropolitan Steel on some difficult projects. We have always found Metropolitan to come prepared with a well thought out plan, and the people that can execute that plan. We are looking forward to the next project we can complete together.

David Shier

Walsh Construction

We cannot be more pleased to write a recommendation for Metropolitan Steel Inc., because of the excellent work their crews have performed for us. Since 2006, Metropolitan Steel has been one of F.H. Paschen’s key steel erection contractors on 46 projects, including some of our most high profile and complicated projects.

Their crews are skilled and professional, and their work is the highest quality – always completed with safety at the forefront.

Whether it is a complicated hoisting project or a complete 54 hour CTA shutdown or a small erection l project, the consistent quality of Metropolitan Steel’s workmanship is the reason that they have been one of F.H. Paschen’s most trusted and reliable subcontractors in the last 10 years.

S.N. Nielsen

F.H. Paschen

MSI delivers quality work and provides a professional service.

Lorig Construction

SERVICES

METROPOLITAN STEEL'S ROOTS ARE IN STEEL ERECTION.

We are an industry leader in the erection of all types of structures: Power plants, hospitals, office buildings, warehouse and distribution facilities, shopping malls, bridges, misc. metals and precast installation.

We have the ability, experience, personnel and equipment to erect any project to the owner’s specifications. Furthermore, the project will be safely executed with the highest quality while being both economical and timely.

The success of Metropolitan Steel Inc. is a testament to our hard working team who operates at the highest standards.

METAL DECKING
BRIDGE ERECTION
PRE-CAST CONCRETE
STEEL ERECTION