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Beyond Traditional Steel Fabrication

Phone: (303) 777-4656
Address: 1470 W Bayaud Ave, Denver, CO 80223

Near the intersection of W Bayaud Ave and S Raritan St

Our Facility

Our site has over 48,000 square feet, of which, offices and shop constitute 10,500 square feet with an additional outdoor crane way having ground area of 10,725 square feet with 8,800 covered. In addition, we have over 16,250 of outdoor storage. The facility has three overhead bridge cranes having 3-5 ton capacity.


The major pieces of equipment fully operational with safety inspections include:

  • (2) three ton bridge cranes
  • Five ton bridge crane
  • Shear with .25 inch capacity
  • Brake capable of bending 3/8 steel up to 8 feet long
  • (2) Iron Workers with 100-150 ton capacity
  • Band saw capable of cutting up to 18 inch wide beams
  • Four field trucks with 250 Amp Lincoln welders
  • (2) Forklifts

Our Projects

Some of our projects:

Recent projects completed providing “miscellaneous metals” include:

  • Regional Transportation District (TRTD)- Light Rail
  • Denver International Airport-Westin Hotel
  • Union Station
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • RTD-Sheridian Parking Structure
  • Denver Health Hospital

The Team


As of the company continues to grow we have over 30 employees for both the shop and field including a field superintendent and shop foreman. Our company prides itself on paying competitive wages along with having an extensive fringe benefit plan of paid holidays, vacations and health insurance for both the employee and family.  

Joseph F. Nelson (Joe), President
As an owner of General Iron Joe joined the company in 1985 and is the team leader running all aspects of operations including contract development, quality control, safety and personnel. Over the past thirty years Joe has developed strong working relationships with various companies in the construction industry.  

Ben G. Snyder (Ben), Vice-President
Originally a passive owner of General Iron dating back to the its inception in 1981 Ben has recently joined the Company on a full time basis. After completing a 42 year career in public accounting as a Certified Public Accountant he has joined the company to help support operations with a focus on compliance with all governing jurisdictions including “best practices” in operations, marketing and customer relations.  

Mark E. Smitley (Mark), Operations Manager
Mark joined General Iron in July 2014 after sixteen years as Owner and President of Steel Connections, Inc. Prior to that he worked in the construction industry with various companies for over twelve years . Mark holds a Degree in Building Construction Management and various certifications in equipment operations, welding and safety.  

Kenneth L. Wilson (Kenny), Lead Estimator
Kenny has the unique story of being in steel fabrication his entire career starting out in the shop as a welder, growing into the position of shop foreman and finally coming inside as an estimator. Kenny has developed into the Lead Estimator with the company since joining back in 2002.  

Kathleen Hopkins (Kathy), Controller
Kathy has been with the Company for over fourteen years and oversees all aspects of the financial reporting, contract administration and human resources. Kathy also holds an Associate’s Degree in Business.  

What we do

Capabilities and Capacities:

Over the years we have completed various sizes of jobs in Commercial Construction for both steel fabrication and erection for new and remodeling projects providing the following:

  • Miscellaneous metals
  • Steel rails
  • Steel Stairs
  • Trench covers
  • Embeds
  • Pipe bollards
  • Trash gates
  • Roof frames
  • Roof Top Units for HVAC
  • Mechanical screens
  • Boom supports
  • Canopies
  • Fabrication and erection (1-2 stories) of beams, columns, joist and decking

(303) 777-4656 | |1470 W Bayaud Ave, Denver, CO 80223

Who we are

Mission Statement: “To bring knowledge, experience and oversight to ensure quality steel fabrication and erection on a multitude of commercial projects in new construction and remodeling with an emphasis on team/partnering approach on all levels.”

Our Legacy:

We are proud to say that General Iron & Steel, Inc. has been operating in the Denver metro area for over 34 years dating back to 1981. Since 1998 we have been at our current location on 1470 W. Bayaud, Denver CO 80223 providing steel fabrication and erection for commercial projects. Over time we have established many great long-term working relationships with a multitude of companies in the construction industry. Our excellent reputation is based on our quality of work, attention to details, spirit of cooperation and our continued effort to always be “accident free”. We deliver on our commitments every time and strive to create collaboration by taking a team/partnering approach on all projects. We have an active involvement with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) in working with contractors under the “green” building certification program which recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.  

Memberships and affiliations:

We are proud members of the following:

  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • Colorado Safety Association
  • Rocky Mountain Steel Construction Association (RMSCA)
  • Steel Erectors Safety Association of Colorado (SESAC)

(303) 777-4656 | |1470 W Bayaud Ave, Denver, CO 80223