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Doherty makes a point of creating a personal relationship with each client.  “Our client base has come to trust us to such an extent that three owners deal directly with us rather than through their general contractors,” says Dennis Doherty. “We don’t cut corners, and we’ve imbued our employees with the philosophy of being honest and upfront.  Sometimes we’re probably too honest, but our clients always know where we stand.”

The bottom line in creating and maintaining high standards among Doherty, its clients and its subcontractors comes down to one basic rule:

“Doherty is known for treating clients fairly.
They know they’ll have a steel contractor with a lot of experience and just
as much honesty.”



In 1959, James Doherty established Doherty Ornamental Iron, Inc. as a fabricator of porch, balcony and pool railings.  In the early 1970’s, several of his customers requested he supply and install structural steel for upcoming projects.  By the end of the decade, structural steel fabrication and erection had become the majority of Doherty’s business.  In order to reflect this shift in nature Doherty Ornamental Iron, Inc. changed its name to Doherty Steel, Inc. in 2006 as a part of a new branding strategy.


Today, the company is owned by two of Doherty’s children, Lisa Stephen and Dennis Doherty. Construction focus is mainly on data centers, health and educational buildings, churches, mix-use developments and office buildings; however no job is too small.

80% of our work is through our valued partners such as Turner Construction, J. E. Dunn, McCownGordon, McCarthy, Sampson and Whiting-Turner. Over the years the company has built a reputation for providing competitive pricing, safety focused construction practices and high quality structural steel fabricated and erected on time and within budget.

Automation is a key to Doherty’s success.  When it comes to making cuts or holes in structural steel, several computerized pieces of equipment are used.  Material is moved around the 130,000 square feet facility with the assistance of multiple conveyors, cross-over conveyors and overhead cranes with up to 20 ton capacity.  The shipping department utilizes two yard cranes and a MI-JACK Travel Lift with a 60,000 pound lifting capacity, along with three semi-trucks and multiple trailers.  An average of 40 to 50 workers makes up the shop workforce.

The company’s primary field equipment consists of ten fully equipped welding trucks.  The steel erection hoisting is performed with one of four cranes (80-ton Linkbelt Crawler, 60-ton Lima conventional rubber tire, 22-ton All Terrain Hydraulic and a 22-ton boom truck).  The number of workers in the field, who are mostly Local #10 Ironworkers, can vary between 30 and 50 depending on the workload.



American Institute of Steel Construction
Quality Certification

Steel Building Standard
Shop Fabrication

Advanced Certified Steel Erector
Field Erection


American Subcontractors Association of Kansas City
Subcontractor of the Year – Industry Award 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009

Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing
Award of Merit 2001

Steel Plus Network
Fabricator of the Year – Midwest Region 2000, 2007, 2011
User of the Year – Midwest Region 2000

EMJ Corporation
Award of Safety Excellence 2008


Dennis Doherty
Gene Asher
Director of Estimating and Sales
Chance Doherty
Project Manager
Pete Stephen
Vice President/Field Supervisor
Clarence Cooper
Mark Dunaway
Chief Estimator
Gary Milne
Project Coordinator
Lisa Stephen
Matt Higgins
Field Engineer Safety Coordinator
Robert Williams
Estimator Project Manager
Nancy Rowlett
John Egidy
SDS/2 Detailer
Mark Zapolnik
Monica McWilliams
Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk
Mike Buddenhagen
SDS/2 Detailer
Ben Ming
Project Coordinator
Erin Starley
Office Assistant
Jackie Cornett
Document Control Clerk
Jody Burnett
Keith Miller
Project Manager
Whitney Hastings
Field Superintendent
Patrick McCorquodale
Shop Manager
Rick Tanner
Quality Control
Ethan Clark
Safety/Field Engineer