Our People

Philip T. Hodge, PE
"Dr. Bar Joist"

HABCO was founded in 1984 by Philip T. Hodge, PE. As a Professional Engineer and Certified Welder, Phil had experience working with and for structural fabricators and erectors, consulting engineers, and steel joist fabricators. He saw that lots of very good companies made very strong joists, lots and lots of qualified engineers and architects did a wonderful job of specifying them, and many erectors do a perfect job of installing them. But then what? Owners have constantly evolving needs for their buildings. And there was no one out there experienced and qualified to design and install modifications to steel joist roof systems. Armed with his six years experience heading the Research department of a major joist fabricator, plus his Master’s thesis “Lateral Stability of Steel Joists”, Phil formed HABCO to fill that gap. Quickly expanding to all types of steel buildings, Phil and his associates have successfully reinforced, retrofitted, repaired, rebuilt and redesigned hundreds of steel buildings throughout North America.

House @ Pooh Corner and Toys

Jason "Trunin" Neal
Eli Kubelick
Ernest Beach
     Ernest Beach joined the Marine Corps after high School, and served four years honorably including overseas postings.  He joined the HABCO team in 2005 as a mechanic, but his skills at getting things done propelled him quickly up the ladder.  As one of our Foreman with fabrication, erection and heavy equipment experience, he is currently enrolled in welding school with plans for a higher education.