Ideal Steel Inc.
Every business has its start, but how it’s started can be a story unto itself. A very unique opportunity presented itself to Ron Duquette Sr. in 1987, one that he chose to grab and run with. He didn’t realize then, that this foundling startup company in Eugene, Oregon would grow into a national operation with offices in 5 cities, in just 26 short years.
In 1987, Cascade Corp. decided to outsource its flame cutting process, and the first deal for Ideal Steel was struck. Purchasing their flame cutting equipment, flattening press, grinders and a forklift, the equipment was moved to Eugene and Ideal Steel started to burn, clean, straighten and deliver parts to Cascade’s Portland plant.
With a simple philosophy of “do it right” and “keep the customer happy,” Ron’s vision of making Ideal Steel a family owned and operated business began to flourish. The close relationship with Cascade helped to spur the future growth of Ideal Steel into new markets.