• 1970's
    Steel FabricationKenneth F. Corneau, still United Steel’s president, started the company in 1974 as East Hartford Welding. He sold his car and motorcycle to purchase a truck and welding machine and began traveling from Vernon to East Hartford repairing dumpsters. Within a year, he was renting about 800 square feet of space at 1205 Main Street in East Hartford. There, he started fabricating dumpsters, rails, stairs, and miscellaneous metals. In 1975, Mr. Corneau added 800 square feet to his shop and hired his first employee. Through vision and hard work, the company (known as East Hartford Welding) continued to expand and by 1978 two additional employees were added. Both employees remain with United Steel today.
  • 1980's
    Structural SteelRecognizing the potential of the business, Mr. Corneau decided to build his own facility in the prestigious Buckland Industrial Park in Manchester. Here the company began fabricating light structural steel and increased its miscellaneous metals operation. The company continued to grow and by 1986 it realized it again needed more space. In 1987 they moved to a 14-acre parcel on Corneau Way in South Windsor. They felt confident this 30,000 square-foot facility would be sufficient – and it was, but not for long.Steel Erection
  • 1990's
    United SteelBy the early 1990s, the company needed both a larger facility and a new name to reflect what it had become – the largest firm of its kind in the region and an industry leader. So, East Hartford Welding became United Steel. Mr. Corneau knew the old Republic Steel Building in East Hartford, which had been abandoned for 15 years, would make a great facility. He purchased the complex, demolished some areas, updated the wiring and plumbing, and modernizing the shop and office areas. United Steel then moved into this 125,000 square-foot facility in 1996.
  • 2000's
    Steel Fabrication and ErectionIn 2001, United Steel added a 20,000 square-foot addition to enhance its shipping operation. As of 2005, United Steel had 140 employees, produced 10,000 tons of steel per year, and generated $45 million in sales. The company began to participate in a Vistage Group (a group of entrepreneurs who meet monthly to improve their businesses), served on the board of the AGC and ABC (associations dedicated to the building and construction industries), and became a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and The Construction Institute. The major charity supported by United Steel became the Brain Injury Association of Connecticut (www.biact.org) and the company sponsored the first “Walk for Thought” in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 2010's
    Misc MetalsIn 2014, United Steel completed another 20,000 square-foot addition to its East Hartford facility to double both its steel production and miscellaneous metals volume. The expansion helped streamline the company’s overall manufacturing process, improve customer service, and keep its business modernized (and increase its employee base to more than 160 people). United Steel now had the room to accommodate updated equipment which helped it increase production efficiencies and improve processes. United Steel continued its successful welders and steel worker apprentice program – creating skilled jobs for the region. The company was awarded a Top Work Place award in 2014 and 2015, an honor bestowed based on employee feedback.