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.