MiTek Industries – Why Work For Us?

 

MiTek is the world's leading supplier of state-of-the-art engineered products and services for the building components industry.  Nobody else can come close to our capabilities for fulfilling customer needs - locally, nationally and internationally.  That's not just a promise.  That's a commitment.

Even though we are a global operation, our business focus will always be local.  Our reputation is one of customer dedication, and we pride ourselves in providing the competitive edge for each of our customers.  Every product we produce, every piece of machinery we manufacture, is designed to answer real customer needs.  Our engineering design software programs have evolved through constant customer partnering, solving individual problems, helping our customers realize success in their individual operations.  As a result, MiTek customers benefit from using the most advanced and the most efficient design software in the industry.

Each of our associates - from a technical support team member conducting on-site training in the field to a forklift operator in one of our strategically located manufacturing centers - is customer-dedicated.  Every step of the MiTek Total Solution process is tailored to individual customer criteria.

Our priorities and performance are determined by customer needs and preferences.  MiTek is successful by making sure each customer's success is realized. Now more than ever, your success is our success.


History

In the truss industry, people wonder if the machinery technology or the need for the technology came first. Either way, today’s homes are stronger, more economical, and have more individuality than they did in the past. Nearly any truss a draftsman can design, MiTek’s machinery can build. Today’s roof trusses have longer spans, steeper pitches, and stronger webbing than ever. But, as you’ll see, this was not always the case.

Like many industries, the truss manufacturing industry is quite large and has many facets. It seems improbable that one company could span the entire industry, but MiTek has shown that it is possible. Prior to modern day automation, early versions of the connector plate were used to assemble more generic roof trusses. Houses with similar roofs lined streets for miles at a time because changing the truss manufacturing setup took time, effort, and therefore, money. Unfortunately, because of this brief period of time, the term pre-fabrication or “pre-fab” still carries a stigma.

Over the years, MiTek has become a melting pot of top companies in the building components industry. These companies are now able to employ true growth, a healthy exchange of knowledge, and provide the customer with state-of-the art products. Leaders from companies such as Hydro-Air, Panel Clip, Gang-Nail, Diamond, and Tee-Lok have improved MiTek’s products and continue to revolutionize the industry by combining their ideas and traditions in one company. Every one of these companies has helped MiTek develop cutting edge machinery that allows home builders to spark their creativity and imagination without worrying about the probability of having their trusses created.

Hydro-Air and Gang-Nail were the industry leaders in early truss manufacturing. Hydro-Air developed the Mark 8 press and Hex-Cut saw while Gang-Nail was known for its innovative connector plate and the International IV saw. Once on the same team, under the name of MiTek, amazing innovation ensued. Truss-manufacturing machinery—as well as the building components industry as a whole—hasn’t been the same since.

When computers became more prevalent, automated saws’ technology increased rapidly. Hydro-Air designed the Hex-Cut and Gang-Nail designed the International IV. These machines had five or six blades, and early versions gave digital readouts of the saw blades’ angle. Soon, the component cutting engineers from Hydro-Air and Gang-Nail combined forces and, in 1989, MiTek created a new saw called the Easy-Set®saw. Varieties of this saw featured a computer connection so information about the lumber specifications could be easily downloaded. A later version called the Easy-Set 4000 was MiTek’s first fully-computerized saw. MiTek later replaced this saw with the Cyber® saw in 1996 and eventually, the Cyber A/T saw in 2002—the industry’s current standard for component saws.

Unlike the component saw, press technology has been steadily improving since Calvin Jureit invented the modern day connector plate in 1955. The concept of the platen press came about to help embed the steel plates into the joints. Still made today and one of the first pressing machines, MiTek’s Mark 8 C-frame press assembled trusses by hovering over a joint and pressing the connector plates into the truss. Not surprisingly, the technology did not stop there.

Soon, MiTek invented the Glideaway which was essentially a series of C-Frame presses known for gliding over a jigged truss, embedding the plates, and gliding away. This machine gave developers the idea for a press that spanned the height of the truss and improved efficiency.

When Diamond was acquired, MiTek was able to offer its customers another method with which to press their trusses. Diamond specialized in roller gantry technology. Their designs and their continuing innovations helped create the RoofGlider® and RailRider® presses, which were the first trackless roller gantries and floor machines, respectively.

In 2001, Tee-Lok joined the MiTek team. Tee-Lok was known for their plate shipping methods and press technology. When MiTek combined the RoofGlider press with Tee-Lok’s Tee-Tracker® press, the result was an innovative and technologically-advanced roof truss press with slotted-top tables called the RoofTracker press. MiTek also combined the RailRider press with Tee-Lok’s Tee-Floor innovations to develop the upcoming RailRider® Pro press. Today, MiTek® presses are trackless and utilize slotted top-tables for easier jigging. Tee-Lok developed slotted top-tables in 1995 allowing specialized trusses to be built faster, cheaper, and with less man-power. To cut down on miscalculations and waste, MiTek has teamed up with Virtek to offer a laser system that can project an image of the truss onto the table to decrease setup time considerably.  With the most recent additions of Production Conveyor Systems, Pacific Automation Ltd., and Koskovich, MiTek will continue to develop state-of-the-art machinery.

It is hardly worth comparing a home built in the 1950’s to a home built today, but if this venture were to be taken, the roofline is the most notable difference. Thanks to MiTek, today’s roofs have multiple peaks, valleys, hips, and are chock full of other jargon. They are stronger, taller, and, depending on the design, cheaper to build than ever.

Improbable as it may seem, MiTek spans the entire truss manufacturing industry and is able to do this with the help of their subsidiaries and their traditions. Just as truss manufacturing equipment serves little purpose without lumber, MiTek would serve little purpose without the knowledge it has gained from its history. Their history and products allowed for amazing advancement and inspired today’s technology. Ultimately, it really doesn’t matter if the chicken or the egg came first as long as the trusses of a home owner’s dreams can become a reality. 

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MiTek® Industries Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is the world's leading supplier of state-of-the-art engineered connector products, engineering services, and computer-driven machinery for the building component industry. We provide the industry's most advanced, most comprehensive, and most innovative software for design and manufacturing. Our products and services are backed up by a team of industry professionals who are dedicated to one goal - making our customers successful.

The MiTek Total Rewards Benefit Plans include extremely competitive salaries and a health insurance program and 401(k) & profit sharing program that is second to none! We also offer dental, group life and ADD, vision, Employee Assistance Program, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, disability insurance, paid time off and a variety of voluntary benefits.
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Website www.mii.com
Headquarters Chesterfield, MO
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1955
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing

MiTek Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company owned by Warren Buffett, provides design, engineering, and job summary software. It maintains operations in more than 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. In addition, it owns several companies in the residential, industrial and commercial space. If you live in a house built... More

Mission: MiTek is the industry leader in every market we serve worldwide. Inspired by our core values, we are a People First® company, with outrageously engaged employees... More

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