In 2017, West Central Steel (WCS) expanded its warehousing and parts processing capabilities with a new 85,000 square-foot building along with a 105,00 square-foot concrete drive and parking lot. The company processes carbon steel using 3D lasers, plate lasers, plasma and oxygen sheet and plate burning systems, and saws.

This family-owned business, which was started some 50 years ago, serves the five-state area with high-quality steel and precision parts. The current owners are Jeff Allinder and Jeff Pattison, who seized the opportunity to meet the expanding needs of their customers who faced staffing and space limitations. They had purchased land next door to their smaller warehouse, which has been torn down.

“The new facility includes machines for part processing, material staging and some warehousing,” said Brian Kath, operations manager. “All the concrete outside has to handle the considerable truck and forklift traffic that we experience every day.”

The 4,600 cubic yards of concrete is eight inches thick and heavily reinforced with rebar. It stays cool under the hot sun and indoor lights and will stand up to the heavy trucks, forklifts, and indoor machinery and steel parts for decades.


May 2017 - December 2017


85,000 square foot facility 105,00 square foot exterior concrete driveway with parking area 4,600 cubic yards of concrete, including 2,600 for exterior work. 570,000 lbs of rebar Warehouse was delivered 35 semi trailers of steel The building is 38 feet tall


Owner:  West Central Steel, Willmar, Minn.
Contractor: Marcus Construction, Willmar
Subcontractor: Double J Masonry, Willmar
Ready mix producer: JME Companies, Inc., Willmar

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