Shelter Systems Limited Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Originally published by: Shelter Systems Limited — September 19, 2016
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On Friday, September 16, 2016, Shelter Systems Limited welcomed over 350 members of their extended family to their facility in Westminster, Maryland, to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
Shelter Systems was started by the Hikel family (pictured at right, from left to right, Joe, Dwight, Linda, Jason and Ryan) in 1976 in a facility only four miles from their current location, and they continue to run the company with the same philosophy. “Our mission is simple, to build a high quality truss for anyone who needs it,” said owner and Chairman Dwight Hikel. “It doesn’t matter if they need three roof trusses for a dog house or three thousand floor trusses for a multi-family project, we want to provide them a great product with great service.”
Attendance at the event on Friday was a testament to that approach, as builder, contractor and framer customers from throughout their market (pictured at right are some of the over 350 people who attended) came to recognize Shelter System’s significant contributions to the residential and commercial construction industry in the Northeast. “We deliver from the southern border of Virginia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Boston, Massachusetts,” said owner and president/CEO Joe Hikel. “We started with five people, but today we rely on over 170 to meet the needs of our customers.”
Maryland’s Secretary of Commerce Michael Gill attended the event to honor the Hikel family with an award (pictured at left are Dwight and Linda with the award) recognizing the many ways Shelter Systems has contributed to the economic prosperity of the state of Maryland, and declared September 16th as Shelter Systems Day. In addition to Mr. Gill, several members of the Board of Carroll County Commissioners attended, as well as several friends from throughout the structural building components industry and over 100 past and present employees.