In 1993, Michael Branon, owner and chairman of the board of Mako Steel Inc., began a niche company focusing on the self-storage construction market. He was joined a year later by construction veteran Caesar Wright.
Since Mako’s specialty is self-storage, 80 percent of its projects are in this industry, with the remaining 20 percent in commercial/industrial. An estimated 70 percent of the company’s business is design/build, while the remaining 30 percent of its jobs involve bid/spec.
Headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., Mako Steel also has an office on the East Coast in Jacksonville, Fla., allowing it to serve the storage industry nationwide. Recently, Mako Steel opened an office in Vancouver, Wash., and brought new staff on board. Inside Self-Storage spoke with Wright about these changes.
ISS: What does Mako provide the self-storage industry?
Wright:Mako specializes in the self-storage market, which includes single- and multi-story facilities, climate-controlled, re-roofs and boat/RV storage. Mako can ship and install our products anywhere in the United States. Customers can use our complete in-house engineering department for assistance with the steel and foundation design. Also, we have reliable and reputable steel suppliers and use the best steel erectors we can find.
ISS: Why did you choose to expand to the Northwest?
Wright: We wanted to have a physical presence in the Northwest that will reinforce Mako Steel’s strong ties with repeat customers as well as earn new business. This expansion will also enable us to focus on supplying Canadian customers, especially in British Columbia.
ISS: What company changes did you make as a result of opening the Washington location?
Wright: We brought Paul Holmes and Beth Holmes on board. Paul heads up the Vancouver office as district sales manager, and Beth is the new sales coordinator. Paul and Beth possess a unique combination of knowledge and 16 years experience in the field with a reputation of working efficiently to complete their building projects professionally and on time.