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UPG Taps Industry Vet to Lead New West Coast Operation

Written by Tim Triplett

Contractors Steel, a division of UPG Enterprises, has hired Jim Gould as West Region Sales Manager. In his new role, Gould is responsible for the business development of Contractors Steel’s newest service center location in Phoenix, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter.

Gould joins Contractors Steel with more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles at Nucor Yamato, Skyline Steel and JD Fields. He is currently overseeing the hiring of operations and sales teams for the Arizona branch as well as managing the inventory levels for all steel products. He will be tasked with establishing the Contractors Steel name among the earth retention and piling industries, structural steel contractors and fabricators for the entire West Coast and southwestern U.S. markets.

“As the population out west continues to grow, so does the need for structural steel and piling in non-residential construction applications” said Steve Letnich, COO of Contractors Steel. “Jim’s leadership and industry experience will drive the success of Contractors Steel’s expansion out west.”

Gould holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis in marketing from Western Illinois University. He will be based out of the Phoenix area.

Chicago-based UPG Enterprises acquired Contractors Steel, the Detroit-area service center and processor, in May 2018.

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