Jose Manzo, owner of Mission Steel Fabrication, has more than 20 years of experience in structural and custom metal fabrication, working for many of those years for a company in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When that business was sold, he partnered with a company in Ontario.
Eventually, having decided to build a family business, he came to Redlands where he would have room to grow. With sons Michael and Noe, he opened Mission Steel Fabrication in 2016 with 10 employees. He now has 34 on staff with intentions to continue to grow.
His 30,000-square-foot facility on 5 acres will allow for expansion. The company is fabricating handrails, side panels and plaster boards for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project stations and critical engine components for the trains.
Safety requirements were critical in their design. Mission Steel also makes propellers for cement mixers and for equipment used in the food industry. The company has fulfilled contracts for steel components as small as half inch in circumference, to steel beams as long as 125 feet.
The Redlands property provides the space necessary for such versatility in the size of the orders they fulfill. Skilled designers use computers to program plans and three-dimensional models to fabricate products. The company produced the arches that hold the umbrellas in the Orange Street Alley.
It has provided structural work for the train stations in Redlands, the new wing at Loma Linda Hospital, local stadiums and buildings for private companies. Its steel products have also been used for docks in Long Beach, stairs and staircases for motels in Los Angeles, the Facebook building in Los Angeles, Hollywood Park, the medical industry and cryogenic companies.
It has worked on SoFi Stadium, where the Rams and Chargers will play this fall, and is working on the entertainment district surrounding the project.