Phil Hodge – Founder
HABCO was founded in 1984 by Philip T. Hodge, PE. As a Professional Engineer and Certified Welder, Phil had experience working with structural erectors, consulting engineers, and steel joist fabricators. He saw that good companies made very strong joists, 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 experience heading the research department of a major joist fabricator, plus his master’s thesis “Lateral Stability of Steel Joists”, Phil (also known as Dr. Bar Joist) formed HABCO to fill that gap. Quickly expanding to all types of steel buildings, Phil and his associates successfully reinforced, retrofitted, repaired, rebuilt and redesigned thousands of steel buildings throughout North America. Phil died August 23, 2019 and will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Colby Yarger – President
Colby has over 15 years of experience with HABCO projects and 5 years of managing the company. His focus is on the future, bringing exciting new ideas for marketing and expansion.
Jonathan Panther – Project Manager
Jonathan is the newest addition to the HABCO team. His experience of 5 years in management and construction is a good start to a future of helping serve customers nationwide.
Michelle Ray – Office Manager
Michelle ensures our company is well-organized and prepared to meet our customer’s needs. She daily brings strong financial, accounting, and people skills to the HABCO team.
Steven Melancon – Design Specialist
Stephen is responsible for reinforcement design and detailed joist information. He earned his engineering degree from South Dakota State University.