About Us

About Us

Experience, expertise and equipment define Steel America.

Steel America is a custom steel fabrication shop and large scale machining service provider with complex mechanical and electrical capabilities. It has a unique ability to fabricate heavy, high-cube structures, up to 1,000 metric tons in modular form, for delivery by barge directly from the shop to waterborne project locations. With in-house estimating, engineering, and project management, each project is assured of on-time, on-budget completion to exacting standards. Quality and inspection oversight is performed at each step of the project beginning with material receipt and inspection, fit-up, welding, coatings, and then final delivery. Experience, expertise, and equipment define Steel America as the premier fabrication and machine shop.


Founded in 1875, parent company Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. operates as a full service commercial and military ship repair facility located on the eastern branch of the Elizabeth River. Steel America was branded as a separate division in the early nineties to meet market demand in industrial markets that required custom fabrications. In time, Steel America developed further capabilities and achieved relevant certifications to meet market demand in various military sectors, marine infrastructure, power generating stations, flood control, industrial plants, and civil projects.



The marine market is a very natural fit for Steel America due to its CSI roots, proximity to the water, and comprehensive knowledge of the industry. Moving forward, Steel America is making a concerted effort to cultivate relationships and develop new business around the following products to meet the needs of the marine market: Caisson Gates, Heavy Infrastructure Fabrications, Aircraft Carrier support projects, Jigs & Fixtures, Vessels & Dry Dock Panels, Ship Components, and Sponsons.


The power industry contains a very broad and diverse set of customers. The products and services Steel America market by customer group include:

  • Fabrications for New and Existing Power Plants: Ductwork, Pipe Spools & Racks, Stacks, Air Cooled Condensers with Components, Heat Recovery Steam Generators, Vessels, and Emissions Control Modules
  • Onsite Shutdown Support: Fabricate and Assemble Equipment Skid Mount Packages, Provide an Onsite Team to Install Skid Packages, Provide Labor for Shutdown Work
  • Hydro: Flood Control Gates, Hydro Components, Caisson Gates, Bulkhead Gates, Cofferdams, Stop Logs, Shaft Fabrication and Repairs, Wicket Gates, Turbine Shafts, Sector Gates, Tainter Gates, Piers, Floating Docks, Shiplifts


The industrial sector was the foundation for developing the Steel America division of Colonna’s Shipyard. Steel America’s heavy lift capacity and top-notch welders and machinists are what sets Steel America from its competitors. The products and services Steel America market include: ductwork, large scale fabrications, and facility operations.