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Welcome to Radius Steel - SOO Tractor

Growth in the steel fabrication industry depends on strong innovation and a dedicated focus on quality.

Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor, is a leading steel fabrication company in the United States. Established in 1941 and privately held by the current Chairman of the Board, Allen Mahaney, the company has grown to be a key original equipment manufacturer to many different industries.

To reflect our growth and looking to the future, SOO Tractor is now also doing business as Radius Steel Fabrication, a name and a brand which is synonymous with the qualities and standards embodied by SOO – proud of our heritage; proud of our team members; proud to say…. “We are working to bring jobs back to the USA.”

Why Radius Steel Stands Out

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    Turn Key Manufacturing...

    We provide complete OEM - original equipment manufacturing - services including manufacturing, advanced blast and paint technologies, complete assembly and shipping of our client’s product with a 1 to 4 day turnaround on established product lines.

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    We produce any steel product...

    We use laser cut steel and can fabricate products measuring from 1 Pound to 3 Ton, from 14-gauge steel to 2” metal thickness.

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    Our technologies can save client money, worries, and improve their profit margin...

    With 70 years of experience and as a privately held agile company with highly trained, reliable employees we have the flexibility to work with clients to produce products that meet their budgets and timeframes. We manage the build and inventory for you. We can use your material or include it in our service. This cost effective approach saves you money and improves your profit margin.

  • Growth in the steel fabrication industry depends on strong innovation and a dedicated focus on quality:
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    Our Engineering / Research and Development Department designs and customizes the highest quality products...

    R&D, Design, CAD Drawing, Finite Analysis, Lab and Field Product Testing with EDaq. Design for manufacture is crucial for achieving consistent quality and cost-effective production of full product, prototypes or custom parts. Radius Steel can assist by ensuring accuracy, combining components and assemblies, reducing the number of welds, reducing the amount of raw material and providing consistent quality thereby reducing client’s costs, and providing on-time delivery.

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    We are proud to hold a history of less than .006 in warranty work which includes outsourced parts...

    We are ISO 9001:2008, CSA W47.1 Weld Standard Certified and focus on the highest standards of quality control inspections. Our warranty rate is 6/10th of 1%! Our team is committed to meeting or exceeding the requirements of our customers by holding each member responsible for assessing the quality of our work and our product at each step of the manufacturing process. Additionally, we are in the process of acquiring our Automotive Manufacturing ISO/TS Certification.

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    We focus on environmentally friendly manufacturing...

    We are committed to a sustainable society and protecting our planet. Accordingly, our comprehensive policies and high standards exceed environmental regulations.

  • We provide 360 degree quality manufacturing – from design to assembly to writing operators’ manuals – we are the go-to partner for all of our client’s manufacturing needs:
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    Assembly...

    We can assemble any piece of equipment, fixture, or special tool using both manufactured parts or sourced parts, including electronics, cylinders, valves, hydraulic lines, gear boxes, etc.

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    Purchasing Procurement...

    Our expert staff has the technical and network resources to handle any type of part outsourcing that may be required to provide clients with a complete product.

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    Warranty and Unparalleled Quality Work...

    We can retain parts for our client’s products so that if they are ever needed we’ll be sure to provide them to our client’s customer quickly.

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    Manuals...

    We write, maintain, and supply our clients’ Operators Manuals, Instruction Sheets, and Parts Book for the equipment Radius Steel / SOO Tractor manufactures.

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    Shipping...

    All products are carefully packaged to prevent damage. We can ship to our clients, ports, or directly to client’s customers. With 16 loading docks, we ship on Flat Bed, Van or Step Semi Tractor Trailers.

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    Warehousing...

    We can provide for the storage of client’s Inventory: inside or security fenced storage on a concrete pad.

  • We take pride in our accomplishments and look forward to the future as we continue to grow the company and create jobs for Americans.

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History

Creating 70 years of unparalleled quality does not happen overnight.

Raising a family during the Great Depression in Iowa, the agricultural heartland of America, the Mahaney family recognized the call for sturdily-built, reliable, agricultural and industrial equipment and the need to provide meaningful, important employment for skilled workers.

With the determination and focus needed to succeed in those early years, in 1941 the Mahaneys’ founded SOO Tractor Sweeprake Co., for the sole purpose of providing engineering and steel manufacturing services to the specialized agricultural equipment industries and provide meaningful employment for skilled Americans.

Success happens when quality-driven companies partner together:

The Mahaney’s vision for SOO proved successful. Under strong family ownership for over 70 years, SOO Tractor has grown to become one of the most highly regarded OEM (original equipment manufacturer) steel fabrication companies in the U.S. producing exceptional products for a range of classic brands, amongst them, Massey Ferguson and Agco.

Today, under the stewardship of Chairman of the Board, Allen Mahaney, the Company has experienced tremendous growth in both product offering and size. In expanding our manufacturing processes and the use of cutting-edge technologies, we are bringing our high-standards of steel fabrication to a wider range of industries, amongst them: Heavy Equipment/Construction, Oil & Gas, Mining, Refuse, Military/Defense, and Telecommunications Manufacturing.

To reflect that growth and looking to the future, SOO Tractor is now also doing business as Radius Steel Fabrication, a name and a brand which is synonymous with the qualities and standards embodied by SOO – proud of our heritage; proud of our team members; proud to say…. “We are working to bring jobs back to the USA.”

Certifications

ISO

ISO Certification

ISO 9001: 2008 Certification

CSA

CSA Certification

CSA W47.1 Weld Standard Company Certification

Awards

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Massey Ferguson

Award of Appreciation For Outstanding Support and Dedication to Excellence

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AGCO Corporation

Finest Partner Award For supplying over 10,000 loaders in one year.

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Massey Ferguson

30 Years of Excellent Products, Service, Loyalty and Friendship Award

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Chamber of Commerce

W. Edwards Deming Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

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Massey Ferguson

Progressing Together Award

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Massey Ferguson

Teamwork Award

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FEMA Award

Testimonials

Working with SOO Tractors has been an absolute pleasure. I have found SOO to be a consistently reliable vendor and valuable partner in our business. SOO’s products are of superior quality and design - the product finish and their ease-of-fit and installation have no comparison. We are proud to provide SOO products to our customers. SOO's expertise makes sure that I have the support and resources necessary to serve my customers. In this market, that’s crucial. I am very pleased, as are my customers, about the way that SOO's products look and perform.” – Tim Brannon, B&G Equipment SOO loaders FIT – They fit the tractors, fit the budget, and fit the jobsite. Simple, rugged, reliable, and productive. - Tim Brannon, B&G Equipment Radius Steel/SOO Tractor understands what a partnership means in today’s business environment. SOO’s collaborative approach, extensive knowledge, responsiveness, flexibility, innovation, and outstanding long time experience gives them the ability to provide our company with solutions to unanticipated manufacturing challenges and their manufacturing resources can handle the enormity of our products where others can not. We look forward to a long business relationship with them.

Technology

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Our combination of processes produces high quality parts with better physical properties that have the ability to handle higher levels of stress and extend product lifetime.

Working Range

Production of any steel product, from 1 Pound to 3 Ton. From 14 gauge steel to 2” metal thickness.

Laser Cut Steel

We offer our customers laser cut steel which allows your products superior cosmetic design and an outstanding finished look.

Plate Rolling

3/8” – 10 feet long.

Press Forming

Our OBI Presses range from 90 Ton – 250 Ton. 250 Ton - 500 Ton straight Sided.

Draw / Cut / Punch

Drawing / Cutting / Punching capabilities.

Press Brake

We can accommodate your needs with presses ranging from 65 Ton to 750 Ton and bed sizes from 6 feet to 16 feet.

Machining Centers

We have 3 automatic, computerized cut off lathes. These work centers accommodate pins and bushings from 0.5” – 4” in diameter.

Shearing Capabilities

0.75 inch x 6 feet

Drill Presses

Accommodate 3/16” – 1.25” diameter holes.

Custom Presses

Custom designed automatic drill presses for drilling pins and bushings.

Powder Coat Technology

for increased paint durability. 5 state of the art, computerized powder coating booths. Capacity of up to 12' wide x 12' height x 30' length.

Robotic, Sub Arc &
MIG Welding

For added value to our customers’ products. We utilize state of the art GE Finuc robotic weld cells. We have the capability to set up parts on our weld positioning table which holds the parts in position and shape while being welded with the capacity to weld products up to 3600 pounds.

Overhead Crane Capacity

500 pounds - 5 Ton

Steel Shot Blaster

Removes mill scale and iron rust preparing your product’s surface for a perfect paint finish.

5 Stage Washer

Most companies have a three stage system. Radius Steel boasts a 5 Stage System which cleans your parts for better paint adhering.

Computerized Band Saws

with capabilities of 20” x 20” square or 20” in circumference and programmable from 0° to 60°.

Infrared (IR) Preheat

These wavelengths correspond well with the absorption bands for water, which most coatings contain that need to be removed.

Convection Ovens

for drying and curing paint for improved color retention, superior finish and extended lifetime.

Challenges & Solutions

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    Challenge: Concern with the lack of safeguards on intellectual property built outside the United States.

    Solution: Manufacturing in the U.S. is becoming a more sensible business decision for many companies. Our company has a 70 year track of protecting our client’s confidential and proprietary information or trade secrets. We guarantee that your secrets stay secret.

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    Challenge: Frustration with overseas manufacturing due to long delivery times, quality control issues, or the communication breakdown between the design and manufacturing personnel.

    Solution: We emphasize collaboration, encourage high customer involvement, and work closely with our clients to provide complete OEM - original equipment manufacturing – services with a 1 to 4 day turnaround on established product lines. Our services include manufacturing, advanced blast and paint technologies, complete assembly and shipping. We can assemble any piece of equipment, fixture, or special tool using both manufactured parts or sourced parts, including electronics, cylinders, valves, hydraulic lines, gear boxes, etc. with a history of less than .006 in warranty work which includes outsourced parts.

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    Challenge: Saving money in manufacturing costs and improve profit margins.

    Solution: Our technologies can save clients money, worries, and improve your profit margin. – With 70 years of experience and as a privately held agile company with highly trained, reliable employees, we have the flexibility, technology, and experience to work with clients to produce products that meet their budgets and timeframes. We manage the build and inventory for them. We can use their material or include it in our service. This cost effective approach saves you money and improves your profit margin.

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    Challenge: Increase awareness about a new product and spread the word to other markets and buyers.

    Solution: We are well connected and use the international marketing and Public Relations firm, Anmore Media. We will happily reach out to our contacts and media outlets across industries through both traditional and digital media to help increase awareness of your products.

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    Challenge: The ability to both create and respond to the customer’s change in order, product improvements, or requirements.

    Solution: The business environment is ever changing. We are agile and can quickly respond to our customer’s modifications, product improvements or requirements. We are in constant communication with our clients to stay abreast of any changes or advancements then quickly adapt to incorporate those enhancements to better meet your company’s important business priorities and deliver value.

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    Challenge: Knowing and trusting a company to manufacture your products.

    Solution: Under strong family ownership for over 70 years, our company has grown to become one of the most highly regarded OEM (original equipment manufacturer) steel fabrication companies in the United States producing exceptional products for a range of classic brands, amongst them, Massey Ferguson and Agco.

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    Challenge: Coordinating the manufactured parts and their assembly in a logistical and timely, cost effective schedule.

    Solution: Turn-Key Manufacturing – We provide complete OEM - original equipment manufacturing - services including manufacturing, advanced blast and paint technologies, complete assembly and shipping of your product. We can assembly any piece of equipment, fixture, or special tool using both manufactured parts or sourced parts including electronics, cylinders, valves, hydraulic lines, gear boxes, etc. with a 1 to 4 day turnaround on established product lines.

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    Challenge: Quality control competence, knowledge, skills, experience, and qualifications.

    Solution: We are proud to hold a history of less than .006 in warranty work which includes outsourced parts – We are ISO 9001:2008, CSA W47.1 Weld Standard Certified and focus on the highest standards of quality control inspections. Our warranty rate is 6/10th of 1%! Our team is committed to meeting or exceeding the requirements of our customers by holding each member responsible for assessing the quality of our work and our product at each step of the manufacturing process. Additionally, we are in the process of acquiring our Automotive Manufacturing ISO/TS Certification.

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    Challenge: Product development and design coordination, finite analysis, and lab and field product testing.

    Solution: Our experienced Engineering / Research and Development Department can help you design and customize the highest quality products – R&D, Design, CAD Drawing, Finite Analysis, Lab and Field Product Testing with EDaq. Design for manufacture is crucial for achieving consistent quality and cost-effective production of full product, prototypes or custom parts. We can assist you by ensuring accuracy, combining components and assemblies, reducing the number of welds, reducing the amount of raw material and providing consistent quality thereby reducing your costs, and providing on-time delivery.

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    Challenge: Operator’s manuals and supply vendors with piece part prints.

    Solution: We can write, maintain, and supply our client’s Operators Manuals, Instruction Sheets, Parts Book, electronically supply vendors with Piece Part Prints and Purchase Orders.

Latest From The News Room

Las Cruces Sun News

Las Cruces Sun

June 2013


Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor Continues To Grow Manufacturing With Dry Fertilizer Spreaders and Tenders for the Agricultural Equipment Giant, AGCO

Agriculture is a major industry in the U.S., employing 14% of the U.S. workforce and utilizing 40% of our country's landmass. Today, farmers require knowledge in biology, agronomy, mechanics, and business. They study the soil for the nutrients that crops require. Their business depends on getting fertilizer applied quickly, efficiently, and often within narrow windows of time. More

International Business Times

International Business Times

February 2013


Radius Steel Fabrication Earns a World-Recognized Credential that is Held in the Highest Esteem by Customers Within the Global Welding and Steel Fabrication Industry

Quality is a serious and critical element to Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor's overall goal toward operational excellence. The company has a long-standing reputation for precision and quality. As Radius Steel extends its manufacturing scope from agricultural machinery into the heavy equipment / construction, oil and gas, mining, refuse, and military/defense industries, Radius Steel wants to make certain that its products meet the most stringent quality inspections. More

CW TV

CW TV

February 2013


Weldco-Beales Manufacturing (WBM), One of the Largest Heavy-Equipment-Attachment Manufacturers in Canada, Partners with Radius Steel Fabrication in Sioux City, Iowa

In a time when massive winter blizzards are sweeping across North America, Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor, a leader in supplying industries with the highest quality fabricated steel equipment, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Weldco Beales Manufacturing of Canada to manufacture their popular 12-foot snow removal blades. More

Welding Journal

Ciras News

November 2012


Radius Steel Fabrication-SOO Tractor Targets New Industries

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Welding Journal

Welding Journal

November 2012


Radius Steel Fabrication Partners With Western Iowa Tech Community College

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Powder Coat Institute

Powder Coating Institute

October 2012


Steel Fabricator Saves Costs With Zirconium

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Welding Journal

Welding Journal Magazine

September 2012


SmithCo Awards Contract to Manufacture Side-Dump Trailer Components

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The Fabricator

The Fabricator Magazine

September 2012


Iowa fabricator expands beyond agriculture

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KWQC NEWS

KWQC News

September 18, 2012


Weldco-Beales Reaches Across the Canadian Border to Partner with Radius Steel Fabrication to Manufacture Roll Over Protection Mounts for Off-Highway Heavy Equipment

Radius Steel Fabrication – SOO Tractor, the U.S. based steel fabricator, announced today that the company has been contracted to build Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) mounts designed for heavy equipment. The mounts are part of a ROPS designed to provide protection to the operator and equipment in the event of a rollover. Radius Steel is ISO certified and has the experience and capability to manufacture world-class products. More

FOX News

FOX News

August 28, 2012


Radius Steel Fabrication Seeks to Earn a World-Recognized Credential that is Held in the Highest Esteem by Customers Within the Global Welding and Fabrication Industry

Quality is a serious and critical element to Radius Steel Fabrication – SOO Tractor’s overall goal toward operational excellence. The company has a long-standing reputation for precision and quality. As Radius Steel extends its manufacturing scope from agricultural machinery into the heavy equipment / construction, oil and gas, mining, refuse, and military/defense industries, Radius Steel wants to make certain that its products meet the most stringent quality inspections. More

ABC News Radius Steel

ABC News

August 21, 2012


In A Time of Virtual Worlds, Tweeting and Cloud Computing, Radius Steel Fabrication is an American Manufacturing Business That is Growing With Steel and Machinery

Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor, an original equipment manufacturer, (OEM) has a depth of employee talent, experience, technology, and efficiency. They are an agile and fast to move, privately held, steel fabrication company that manufactures a range of products across a broad variety of industries, including heavy equipment / construction, oil and gas, mining, refuse, and military/defense manufacturing. However, qualified metalworkers for manufacturing are increasingly hard to find due to the high demand for experienced manufacturing employees in the region. This has led Radius Steel to partner with Western Iowa Tech Community College (WIT) to help fill its hiring needs for the welding department as its need for skilled laborers grows. To show customers its commitment to precision, Radius Steel is in the process of certifying the company with the highly regarded CSA Standard W47.1 Welding Certification. More

Kansas City Star News Radius Steel

Kansas City Star

July 31, 2012

Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor Partners with BCI Surface Technologies - New Technology Leads To Savings in Production Costs and Labor

From one inch round to 25'ft long and weighing 3600 lbs, Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor processes tens of thousands of parts through its five powder coating systems - and it does it automatically. The company manufactures equipment for original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) that service the agriculture, mining, heavy equipment/construction, refuse, oil and gas, and other industries. More

LA Daily News Radius Steel

LA Daily News

July 24, 2012

SmithCo Mfg. Co. Awards Contract To Manufacture Side-Dump Trailer Components to Radius Steel Fabrication

Founded in 1994, SmithCo Manufacturing holds fifty percent of the side-dump trailer market share in the United States. The company produces and sells more side-dump trailers and side-dump trailer models than any other manufacturer. Sizes range from 8-ft truck mounted dump boxes to 100-ton off road side-dump trailers. SmithCo's purchasing manager, Greg Fravel, states, "Our unequaled quality and the capability of our in-house engineering staff to design trailers that can meet our customer's unique payload requirements drives our success." More

San Francisco Chronicle Radius Steel

San Fancisco Chronicle

July 17, 2012

Silent Drive Selects Radius Steel Fabrication to Manufacture Lift Axles for the Trucking Industry -- Larger Payload Equals Greater Revenue

Radius Steel Fabrication, a division of SOO Tractor, a global leader in supplying industries with the highest quality fabricated steel equipment, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Silent Drive, Inc. to manufacture lift axle components. Silent Drive is a leading worldwide provider of lift axles, portable lifts, and portable surveillance platforms. More

Boston Globe Radius Steel

Boston Globe

July 10, 2012

Radius Steel Fabrication - SOO Tractor Attends Global Petroleum Show

Radius Steel Fabrication, a division of SOO Tractor, recently attended the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary to show its continued commitment towards manufacturing the best equipment for the Oil and Gas Industry. More

CBS News Moneywatch News Radius Steel

CBS News

June 5, 2012

Radius Steel Fabrication/SOO Tractor Engages Iowa State University's CIRAS

Radius Steel Fabrication , a division of SOO Tractor is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University as part of a continuous push toward operational excellence in manufacturing. More

Sioux City Journal Article Radius Steel

Sioux City Journal

May 27, 2012

Local Steel Fabricator looks to diversify

SIOUX CITY | For decades machinists, welders, laser cutters, pressmen and other skilled workers at Soo Tractor have been pumping out parts for a variety of farm equipment.

The Sioux City-based company is now citing its long and successful history of steel fabrication as it moves to diversify its business... More

Press Release Radius Steel

Press Release

May 16, 2012

Radius Steel Fabrication / SOO Tractor Manufactures Large Drill Frames on a Large Scale

Sioux City, Iowa – May 16th, 2012: Radius Steel Fabrication, a division of SOO Tractor, is pleased to announce today that it has entered into an agreement with Wil-Rich, a manufacturer of agriculture tillage equipment to manufacture air drill frames that will be used in 30 - 60 foot air seeding equipment. Headquartered in Wahpeton, North Dakota, Wil-Rich provides a wide variety of innovative and durable tillage equipment to help producers worldwide cut costs and increase yields.

Air drills are ideal for use in both no-till and reduced-till small-grain, cereal and soybean operations to ensure precise, consistent seed placement in varying field and soil conditions. Large-scale air drills allow producers to seed more acres in less time.

Radius Steel has the capabilities to manufacture this type of large product. Radius has one of the largest powder paint systems in the Midwest and has welding positioning fixtures capable of handling the size and weight of these types of drill frames. Radius Steel has overhead crane capabilities throughout the plant, optimized to move large, heavy products from fabrication, to welding, to paint, and to assembly.

“Like Radius Steel/SOO Tractor, Wil-Rich has a rich heritage of excellence, earned by listening to and directly meeting the needs of its customers for decades. We are very pleased to have been selected to work with this Company, who has a worldwide reputation for innovative and durable equipment,” says Ida Covi, CEO of Radius Steel.

About Radius Steel:

Radius Steel Fabrication is the newest division of SOO Tractor, an established and leading steel fabrication company in the United States producing exceptional products for a range of classic brands, amongst them, Massey Ferguson, Challenger, Hesston, and AGCO.

SOO was established in 1941 to meet the needs of the agricultural machinery industry and has become renowned for the quality of its customized steel fabrication; setting standards of environmental protection and exceeding the requirements of its clients and partners. We are proud of our ISO 9001:2008 certification and in the satisfaction of our customers....we have a warranty rate of 6/10th of 1%.

Radius Steel has evolved from SOO's tradition of excellence, to provide customized fabrication integrated with electronics and technology to an expanding range of industries amongst them, Telecommunications, Military/Defense, Heavy Equipment/Construction, and Oil and Gas.

For more than 70 years of service, SOO and now Radius Steel’s core values are strong: We believe in providing exceptional quality; we believe in the value of “American manufacturing”; we believe in being the best at what we do.

Industry Week Article Radius Steel

Industry Week Article

May 7, 2012

1,779 Steel Pieces to a Quality Relationship

Radius Steel CEO credits employees' precision for quality products.

I discovered Radius Steel Fabrication -- a Division of SOO Tractor -- a 70 year old, privately held, steel fabrication company in Sioux City, Iowa for the agricultural equipment industry, based on my search for quality. Radius Steel reflects SOO Tractor's diversification into additional industries such as heavy equipment/construction, petroleum, military/defense, refuse collection, and other industries that are dependent on precisely engineered and manufactured steel products. Some of these products include front-end loaders, back hoe loaders, box beam main frames, hitches, air seeders, 120 foot agricultural sprayers, 50 foot air drills, and a hay accumulator that collects and groups hay bales rivaling 500 pounds, that will eventually feed cattle and horses. The most incredible aspect of this complex piece of equipment? It contains 1,779 pieces!

Radius steel has a warranty rate of 6/10th of 1%. How do you bring 1,779 pieces together and still have a warranty rate of 6/10th of 1%?

To find the answer, I put my safety glasses and hardhat on and ventured into the depths of the Radius Steel Fabrication plant, where my eyes were opened to an unexplored frontier discovered by Allen Mahaney years ago. It takes many, many employees to bring this kind of quality and product to market. I journey from management, where ISO quality control paperwork stacks cover the QMS Coordinator’s desk, to the Purchasing Manager, who has to keep track of all of the raw steel, hoses, hydraulics, electronics and other parts that are necessary to make up the 1,779 piece accumulator.

Countless hardworking employees track incoming orders and shipments, schedule production, track costs, work in accounting, and file bills of lading for the semi-tractor trailers who arrive each day stacked with raw steel only to leave full with rows of high sheen, powder coat painted equipment.

The Fabrication Department cuts bushings and pins meeting specification tolerances to 1/5000th of an inch -- that's nearly equal to a human hair. Dozens of other employees precisely cut, punch, and bend the steel into a variety of shapes. The parts then move to the welding department where various Robotic, MIG, or Sub-Arc welders meticulously fuse pieces together.

In most relationships, there is room for mistakes... but not at Radius. There is no room for "close enough" when you have to bring 1,779 pieces together. One offset piece can cause the equipment to stress and break. This is where the engineering staff comes into play, with their CAD, finite analysis, EDaq, and other complex technologies -- specialties of the engineer's mind. For Radius Steel's engineers, perfection is not only what is needed, but what they expect from themselves every moment.

I continue to walk through the vast plant where I meet the Powder Paint Specialists. They use cutting edge powder paint technology, proudly showing me their conveyor belt steel shot blaster, 5-stage stainless steel washer, and five paint booths, including one of the largest powder paint booths in the country. These technologies allow the company to perform premier paint finishes, but most importantly, to focus on environmentally friendly manufacturing -- a high priority at Radius Steel Fabrication.

As I follow the paint line through the Infrared preheat, I pass many employees fully engaged in their work. I follow mesmerized, as the parts descend through the cooling tunnels to meet another department of workers. These employees are ready to assemble the pieces, adding the necessary fittings, hydraulics, electronics, and logos, and finally wrapping and preparing them for shipping. All 1,779 pieces have come together to form the perfect relationship in less than 24 hours.

All around me, through the cutting, punching, fabrication, welding, and the assembly -- parts are placed two by two... the right side together with the left side, the top piece in concert with the bottom piece. Mike, the Plant Manager explains, "We manufacture products that look good, have excellent quality, and will be there next week, next year, and 10 years from now."

At the end of the day, I thought long and hard about relationships: those made up of 1,779 pieces, those of employees working together to manufacture hair splittingly precise products, and those of everyday life that bring you to the unexpected, the challenging, and the memorable. A relationship is only as whole as it's parts. The employees of Radius Steel Fabrication leave work feeling powerful, smart, and incredibly alive. In a way, these production workers are the unknown, rarely thought of artists -- empowered with knowledge, power, and strength -- a side effect of striving for infinite possibilities with passion. The employees at Radius Steel Fabrication feel like they own the steel they transform. Nothing and no one can get in their way of doing it with precision. They are artists - artists who arrange, cut, bend, weld and assemble products that create economic value for not just companies, but our economy.

Governor's Economic Development Conference

Conference

April 17, 2012

Governor's Economic Development Conference

Sioux City, Iowa – April 17th, 2012: Along with industry and government leaders from across the Midwest, the Company recently attended the annual South Dakota Governor’s Economic Development Conference, where they participated in sessions addressing Creative Community and Workforce Development Trends around Regional Competitiveness, New Targeted Industries, New Initiatives and New Marketing Efforts for sustained growth.

Press Release Radius Steel

Press Release

April 11, 2012

SOO TRACTOR MOVES INTO THE FUTURE WITH NEW DIVISION -
RADIUS STEEL FABRICATION

70 year old OEM Company expands into cross-industry steel fabrication by embracing diversification, flexibility and technology

Sioux City, Iowa – April 11nd, 2012: Well-known throughout the U.S. for its commitment to the manufacturing of quality agricultural machinery, SOO Tractor is pleased to announce its new division - Radius Steel Fabrication. This division reflects SOO’s diversification into additional industries such as aviation, telecommunications, military/defense, aerospace, heavy equipment/construction, petroleum and other industries that are dependent on precisely engineered and manufactured steel products. Radius Steel is dedicated to working with its partners to provide customized manufacturing solutions that combine the best of steel fabrication with the development and integration of innovative electronics and technologies in the manufacturing process to expand and bring its high-standards of steel fabrication to a wider range of industries.

Success happens when quality-driven companies partner together:

SOO Tractor is an established and leading steel fabrication company, headquartered in the United States, who produces exceptional products for a range of classic brands, amongst them, Massey Ferguson and Agco. Established in 1941 and privately held by the current Chairman of the Board, Allen Mahaney, the company has grown to be a key original equipment manufacturer to many different industries.

The Company is proud of a warranty rate of 6/10ths of 1 percent, and is in the process of obtaining aviation and automotive certifications, in addition to the currently held ISO 9001:2008 certification.

“Made in the U.S.” makes smart business sense

“There is significant opportunity for Radius Steel to expand with the U.S. Manufacturing Revival,” said Mr. Mahaney. “Manufacturers like Radius Steel, with our depth of management talent - bolstered by new team additions - and our highly skilled manufacturing staff, are strategic to transforming the manufacturing industry as we know it. Looking forward, we will continue in our endeavor to develop, adopt and integrate the best of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. We believe that manufacturing in the U.S. is becoming a sensible business decision for many companies which will give them a definite marketplace advantage. SOO Tractor/Radius Steel will play our part in both retaining and bringing jobs back to the United States and this in turn will help us and our partners meet the challenges that we face in the 21st Century.”

Radius Steel has already begun to reach out to strategically targeted industries that have complementary products' needs. As the industrial manufacturing industry across all verticals - Aviation, Aerospace, Telecommunications, Heavy Equipment/Construction, Military/Defense, Transport, Oil and Petroleum; amongst others - adapt their product requirements to best serve to needs of a changing world, Radius Steel is growing alongside them; ideally positioned to partner through innovation, integration of steel, electronics and technology, with an eye to heightened customer satisfaction and commercialization.

The Bottom Line: “We do what we know, we do what we say and we do it well”

SOO Tractor has been a success for over 70 years because the company has realized the importance of flexibility and adapting to a changing world. SOO now expands that expertise, as Radius Steel boasts a highly-skilled technical and manufacturing team, which showcases the company’s ability to meet the most demanding customers’ requirements.

At the heart of Radius Steel, the true success relies on the Mahaney’s motto: “Do what you say and do it well”. Reflecting that statement and propelling the Company and new division’s growth, are the recent key Senior Executive additions of Ida Covi and Shelly Mahaney.

With every project, Radius Steel develops and applies a customized plan of operation based on the most up-to-date manufacturing processes and integrated technologies and the highest grade of materials. Radius Steel’s production processes enables even the most challenging and complicated requirements to be met.

We look forward to the opportunity to listen and of showing you what we can do for you.

About Radius Steel:

Radius Steel Fabrication is the newest division of SOO Tractor, an established and leading steel fabrication company in the United States producing exceptional products for a range of classic brands, amongst them, Massey Ferguson and Agco.

SOO was established in 1941 to meet the needs of the Agricultural machinery industry and has become renowned for the quality of its customized steel fabrication; setting new standards of environmental protection and exceeding the requirements of its clients and partners. We are proud of our ISO certifications and in the satisfaction of our customers....we have a warranty rate of 6/10th of 1%.

Radius Steel has evolved from SOO's tradition of excellence, to provide customized fabrication integrated with electronics and cutting-edge technology to an expanding range of industries amongst them, Telecommunications, Aviation, Military/Defense, Heavy Equipment/Construction, Aerospace and Oil and Gas.

For more than 70 years of service, SOO and now Radius Steel's core values are strong: We believe in providing exceptional quality; we believe in the value of “American manufacturing”; we believe in being the best at what we do.

Careers At Radius Steel

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A position at Radius Steel is more than just a job. It is a commitment to excellence and quality. Our customer’s satisfaction is our most critical goal.

We are determined to serve our customers through innovation, continuous improvement, and an intense focus on customer needs and a dedication to meet those needs with a sense of urgency. For us, excellence is not only a goal; it’s a discipline.

If you share in these values, we want to talk with you regarding any of our open positions for which you are qualified.

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