An engineer named John “Cal” Jureit invented and patented the Gang-Nail connector, the first metal punch-tooth connector plate for wood trusses that did not require supplemental nail fastening.
A St. Louis, Missouri businessman, Walter Moehlenpah, expands his hydraulics business, Moehlenpah Industries Inc., and enters the residential housing market by patenting his version of a punch-tooth connector plate to make prefabricated trusses. Using Cal Jureit and Gang-Nail Systems as a model, Moehlenpah also manufactures machinery to apply the connectors plates and establishes operations in Africa, Australia, Canada, and Europe.
Moehlenpah Industries Inc. becomes Hydro-Air Engineering. Truss software is installed on a General Electric mainframe and accessed by customers through remote design terminals, allowing them to select from dozens of standard designs or enter custom geometries.
Gang-Nail Systems and Hydro-Air Engineering operating companies merge as MiTek Industries, Inc., and go to market as one brand, MiTek.
MiTek expands to a full-service machinery supplier after securing the roller gantry system from Diamond Machinery Corporation, filling the industry’s growing demand for plant automation.
MiTek Australia increases its fabricator footprint and market leadership position in frame and truss when Gang-Nail Australia Ltd., a MiTek Australian subsidiary, acquires the truss connector division of Stanley-Bostitch Pty Ltd.
In New Zealand, the Building Act of 2004 requires 10-year implied warranties on all residential building work. MiTek responds by providing market-proven techniques and leading technology solutions to drive adherence to the specifications of the Building Act.
MiTek introduces SAPPHIRE® Build, a software suite for production home builders to control their entire operation with one complete system.
The acquisition of Benson Industries, LLC, extends and diversifies MiTek’s solution offering into the global high-rise commercial building construction market.
MiTek acquires Platinum Global Co., Ltd., and begins providing specialized technical solutions serving customers in architecture, drafting, engineering design, estimating, and other technical services for the construction industry globally.
MiTek introduces the Design-Make-Build™ methodology, increasing the viability of off-site construction and unlocking higher-quality builds, faster speeds, less waste, fewer resources, and more value.