Cal founded Gang-Nail Systems, Inc., a company that stamped the metal connector plates, invented and sold assembly machinery, and provided engineering services to companies who made prefabricated wood roof trusses for houses.
A St. Louis, Missouri, businessman, Walter Moehlenpah, expanded his hydraulics business, known as Moehlenpah Industries Inc. He entered the residential housing market by patenting his version of a punch-tooth connector plate to make prefabricated trusses. Using Cal Juriet and Gang-Nail Systems as a model, Moehlenpah also manufactured machinery to apply the connectors plates and established operations in Africa, Australia, Canada, and Europe.
Moehlenpah’s company—now known as Hydro-Air Engineering—installed its truss program on a General Electric mainframe computer, allowing manufacturers across the country access to the program via remote terminals, enabling customers to select from dozens of standard designs or enter a special geometry.
With MiTek on the verge of being sold off by Bowater, PLC, Gene Toombs, then MiTek Chairman, President and CEO, called Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway to discuss the possible acquisition of MiTek. Mr. Buffett wasn’t in the office that day, so his secretary suggested that Toombs write Mr. Buffett a letter. Although skeptical, Toombs and the team at MiTek prepared and mailed a packet of information to Mr. Buffet, including a bubble-wrapped connector plate. On July 31, 2001, MiTek became a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.
Throughout the early and mid-2000s, MiTek continued to make key acquisitions that diversified its range of solutions for the residential and commercial building markets.
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