Mario started as Business Owner in 1998, where he founded EMS Steel supplying and installing miscellaneous metals. His reputation as a skilled Steel Erector enabled his business to grow rapidly. In 2002, ISM – Industrial Steel and Manufacturing began. ISM’s first facility was a 6000 SFT warehouse which allowed them to Fabricate and Install larger projects. As ISM continued to grow their reputation as a skilled team of Steel Fabricators and Erectors, the business continued to flourish. After a few years ISM expanded to an even larger 14 000 SFT facility. Continually establishing themselves as a trusted partner on larger steel projects, ISM required more manufacturing space. In 2005, ISM expanded into an even larger 20 000 SFT facility. After 7 years, and outgrowing their current facility, ISM was again in need of a large facility to keep up with the demand generated by their quality craftsmanship and professional business relationships. In 2012, on ISM’s 10th Anniversary, Mario purchased Harris Rebar’s large facility in Tilsbury Industrial Park, located in Delta, British Columbia. This 2.6 acre site included a large 35000 SFT Structural Steel and Miscellaneous Metals Shop. 445 FT of generous crane way and 4 large overhead cranes enable efficient fabrication and logistics, while the 50000 SFT secured yard allows for safe material storage. A “clear span” of 80 FT “side to side” allows ISM to partner on even the largest projects.
Mario continues to invest in Steel Fabrication technologies which improve efficiency, profitability, and over-all customer satisfaction. In January 2014, a large new 42” CNC Structural Steel Saw was installed, capable of processing all Steel Sections produced in North America, including 40” Wide Flange Beams! A month later, in February 2014, a new CNC Plate Processing machine was installed. With continued growth, future plans include upgrading the current CNC Structural Steel Drill Line with an even more efficient 3-Axis Robotic Drill Technology.
After 40 years, Mario Scarpino’s love affair for steel continues to flourish. With younger generations playing important roles in the business, ISM is well positioned for long-term growth and profitability, for generations to come. Mario is still happily married to Trish and is enjoying all his grandchildren.
From multi-thousand ton projects, to miscellaneous metal requirements, throughout all stages of the project cycle, ISM continues to be the Steel Construction partner of choice.