DEANSTEEL MANUFACTURING COMPANY - About Us
The genesis of Deansteel Manufacturing Company began in 1856 when Joseph Dean, the great-great uncle of Company Owner and CEO John Dean, learned the craft of sheet metal working as an Indentured Apprentice under the Crown of England. After completing his apprenticeship, Joseph and his wife immigrated to Texas and set up shop in San Antonio. His primary business consisted of fabricating common steel household items such as pots and pans, rain gutters, and stove pipes to name a few. The Dean name quickly earned a reputation throughout South Central Texas as a mark of quality workmanship.
At the close of World War II, Albert Dean, Jr., John Dean's father, returned to San Antonio from his service in the US Navy, and through hard work and determination acquired a sheet metal shop on South Flores Street that had been started by his great uncle. Albert thus founded what is known today as Deansteel Manufacturing Company.
Deansteelís first job was to manufacture doors and frames for the Laredo, Texas Hospital. The entire order was manufactured using a single, four foot, manually operated press brake, and the job was delivered on time! This was the start of our Hollow Metal Division. For the next decade, Deansteel focused on manufacturing high-quality, commercial duty, steel doors and frames.
In 1969, Livingston Shipbuilding, located in Orange, Texas, inquired whether Deansteel could provide them with doors, frames, and wall trim that would be durable enough for duty on offshore drilling rigs. Deansteel's answer was yes, and Deansteelís Marine Division was born. What started out as one custom job grew into a spectrum of marine products including windows, berths, crew lockers, tables, bookshelves and log desks for maritime customers.
Over the last twenty years, the company owner, John Dean, anticipated a worldwide need for specialized security products. Mr. Dean guided the start of our BRP Division (Bullet Resistant Products). BRP is our newest division and now includes Blast Resistant products. Our ballistic resistant products provide protection for all threat levels covered by the UL 752, NIJ 0108.01, ASTM F 1233, and MIL-SAMIT specifications.
In our 50 plus years of existance, Deansteel has matured from a small sheet metal shop to a modern production facility that encompasses more than 150,000 square feet of production, office, and warehouse space. The plant is equipped with some of the latest fabricating equipment available. We also maintain a stock hollow metal inventory of several thousand doors and more than ten thousand frame components to supply to our hollow metal distributors in a timely manner.
While the company has experienced growth far beyond our founderís expectations, the management and employees at Deansteel have retained Joseph Deanís original commitments to quality craftsmanship, honest business practices, and the belief that without our customers we would not be here.
Deansteel Manufacturing Company, Inc.
931 S. Flores Street
San Antonio, Texas 78204
Toll Free: 800-825-8271