High Plains Steel Services, LLC was established in March 2012 by Jon and Jason McLean. The father-son duo cumulated their 65+ years of combined construction and steel experience to establish a steel service company. They provided structural steel and miscellaneous metals erection services as well as on-site fabrication, repair, and erection of mining equipment for the aggregate industry. In 2016, Jon McLean developed cancer and announced his retirement. At that time, steel professional and brother to Jason, Kris McLean, joined High Plains as President & CEO. Under his direction, High Plains developed both a full-service structural and a miscellaneous fabrication shop, created an industrial coatings division, and purchased a fleet of company-owned cranes and equipment to enhance their steel erection abilities.
In 2017, High Plains began their NCCER Industrial Ironworker Apprenticeship Program to not only provide the best safety and craft training opportunities possible for their employees, but to ensure that High Plains has the safest and best trained steel erection staff in the industry. Additionally, steel industry expert, Brian Snider, joined High Plains as Director of Sales and Project Management in 2017 and became a partner in 2018. Today, Brian is the face of High Plains, ensuring that High Plains lives up to their core values and takes care of their customers.
In 2019, Kris, Jason, and Brian formed the entity High Plains Investment Properties, LLC that purchased a 15,000 square foot/3.5-acre industrial property in Windsor, Colorado, where High Plains Steel Services, LLC operates today.
In 2020, High Plains achieved several major milestones. They gained certification of their Quality Management System by the American Institute of Steel Construction, becoming a Certified Building Fabricator with a SPE-P1 Sophisticated Paint Endorsement as well as a Certified Steel Erector (Advanced) with a MEE Metal Deck Erection Endorsement. They also received Certification of Registration of their Ironworker Apprenticeship program with the United States Department of Labor.