A Family-owned Business Since 1931


Sanford H. High founded High Welding Company in 1931 with a keen focus on innovation and serving his customers—and serving them well. This came to be known as The High Way.

We are committed to two great tasks:


Building Trustworthy Relationships

  • Valuing our customers and meeting their needs
  • Respecting the dignity of all co-workers and their families
  • Energizing our teamwork with participative management
  • Recognizing and rewarding the accomplishments of our co-workers
  • Strengthening our partnerships with suppliers
  • Contributing to a world of beauty and prosperity and peace


Being Innovative Leaders

  • Creating an environment for innovation since 1931
  • "Right the first time" - High quality products and services
  • Investing profits to secure our future


1940s - Sanford High meets with state highway officials to promote the welding of steel bridges rather than riveting

High Welding

1941 - High Welding Company moves to a new facility and expands its fabrication capacity

1951 - Sanford High's son, Calvin G. High, joins the company. Calvin retired from High in 1997

1953 - The company is awarded its first sizable steel fabrication contracts

1955 - High Welding Company continues to grow and moves to a new facility

1963 – S. Dale High, the youngest son of Sanford High joins full time after graduating from Elizabethtown College


1963 – Marking the beginning of expansion into other businesses, High Realty Company is formed

Red truck

1970 – High Welding Company wins a contract for a bridge spanning Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River

1971 - The company changes its name to High Steel Structures to reflect its leadership in structural steel engineering, fabrication, and erection

1977 - High acquires Kurtz Precast Corporation, the forerunner of High Concrete Group. Pictured: Target Corporation parking garage fabricated by High

1977 – High Industries Inc. is formed as a holding company for the growing number of High businesses. S. Dale High is named chairman, president, and CEO

1977 – Richard L. High, Calvin High’s son, joins High Steel Structures as master scheduler/project manager

1978 – High Steel Service Center opens, a full-line metal processor and distributor; High acquires Lantz Builders, Inc., the forerunner of High Construction Company

High Steel Service Center

1980 – High Associates is formed to sell, lease, and manage commercial, industrial, and residential real estate. Pictured: Mallard One, a Class-A office building in Charlotte, N.C.

1980 – The High Foundation, a philanthropic, non-profit organization, is formed. Its mission is to make a significant difference in the lives of those most in need in our community. Pictured: Water Street Community Homeless Outreach Center.

1983 - Sanford H. High, the company’s founder, passes away. His vision and values remain at the heart of High today

High Steel Structures acquired Williamsport Fabricators in 1985, increasing market share and service to customers.

1985 – Williamsport Fabricators is acquired by High Steel Structures, increasing market share and service to customers

Hampton Inn

1988 – High Hotels Ltd. is formed to develop and manage limited-service hotels. Pictured: 1989 groundbreaking of the Hampton Inn Lancaster

1989 – Steven D. High, S. Dale High’s son, joins as a safety specialist

1990 – High forms Greenfield Architects to provide architecture, adaptive reuse, interior design, and planning. Pictured: Schott Pharmaceuticals, a design project in Lebanon, Pa.

Gregory High

1991 – Gregory A. High, S. Dale High’s son, joins High Associates as marketing representative

1993 – The S. Dale High Family assumes full ownership of High Industries Inc. and its affiliated operating companies. Pictured: The Arthur Ravenal Jr. Bridge in Charleston, S.C. for which High Steel Structures was a primary fabricator

Bentley Ridge Pool

1994 – High Family Partnership is formed by the S. Dale High Family, seeking growth through development and acquisition of real estate

Main office

1998 – The S. Dale High Family assumes the role of general partner in High Properties, the primary asset-holding real estate company

The High Family purchased the property that housed High Welding Company when it opened in the City of Lancaster in 1931.

2001 – The High Family purchases the property that housed High Welding Company when it opened in the City of Lancaster, Pa., in 1931

2004 - High Concrete Group expands the geography it serves with the acquisition of its Springboro, Ohio, plant

2005 - The company consolidates management of real estate assets and operations under High Real Estate Group

2005 – Suzanne M. High Schenck, S. Dale High’s daughter, is active on The High Family Council and chairs The High Family Assembly

2006- The High companies celebrate 75 years

Approach Spans New NY Bridge

2014 - High Steel Structures began fabricating steel for the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge, in the largest contract in the company's history (Photo courtesy of Tappan Zee Constructors)

Mike Shirk, CEO of the High companies

2015 - Michael F. Shirk succeeds Nevin D. Cooley as CEO of the High companies

2016 - Paula Crowley, a nine-year member of the High Boards, becomes non-executive Chair of the Boards, succeeding S. Dale High who is elected Chair Emeritus by the High Boards 

High mobilized extensive resources to deliver a state-of-the-art campus for the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Greenfield Corporate Center, Lancaster, Pa.

2016 - The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences begins a new era by opening the doors of its consolidated campus in Greenfield Corporate Center, with extensive renovations designed by Greenfield Architects and completed by High Construction Company

Today, as ownership transitions to the third generation, The High Family Council continues to provide leadership and ensures that the values and philosophy established by previous generations of the High Family continue to guide the High companies. Pictured left to right are Steven D. High, Sadie H. High, S. Dale High, Suzanne M. High Schenck, and Gregory A. High

1931 - High Welding Company is founded in Lancaster, Pa., by Sanford H. High


Today, as ownership transitions to the third generation, The High Family Council remains active in the business and continues to provide leadership. The Council is tasked with:

  • Ensuring that the values and philosophy established by previous generations of The High Family prevail
  • Providing current and future ownership direction to the High companies
  • Defining their vision for The Next 100 Years


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