Heavy Construction & Metal Fabrication

SSE Named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies








Steel Fabrication and Erection Contractor is Ranked No. 14 for Top Louisiana Companies

ST. BERNARD, LA–Southern Services & Equipment, Inc. (SSE), an AISC-certified, award-winning structural steel fabrication and erection contractor, announced today that it has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine. The magazine listed SSE as #1599 overall and #14 in Louisiana, with three-year accumulated growth of 247 percent. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

“Being named to the Inc. 5000 list is a wonderful accomplishment for our team and a direct reflection of the exceptional work they do for our customers every day. I am thrilled that Inc. 5000 has recognized the spectacular growth that our employees and our management has worked so hard to attain,” said Justin P. Airhart, Chief Operations Officer for SSE. 

The average company on the list achieved an incredible three-year average growth of 481%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Southern Services & Equipment, Inc.:

Founded in 1996 by Marc and Cheryl Nunez, SSE began as a small miscellaneous metals contractor. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans and engulfed the entire facility in 4 feet of water. The founders used the insurance proceeds from their personal home to repair SSE’s facility. Twelve years later, the company has expanded their infrastructure several times to keep up with the increasing levels of employees, machinery and equipment. The second generation has moved into management roles and is positioning SSE as a leader in the structural steel fabrication and erection market. The Nunez’s daughter, Mindy Nunez Airhart, has taken the role of Director of Business Development, responsible for seeking and identifying new clients and opportunities, as well as marketing and social media; while her husband, Justin Airhart, has moved into the role of COO, overseeing SSE’s day-to-day operations.

In 2016, SSE installed a revolutionary CNC plasma cutting system to greatly increase productivity and decrease processing time. The PythonX Robotic Structural Fabrication System processes beams, channels, angles, steel tube and plate with a robotic arm and state-of-the-art 3D CAD software. “The PythonX system is an investment in the latest robotic technology to improve our products, but it is also an investment in our business and our community,” said Marc A. Nunez, founder and CEO of SSE. “We are now poised for even more growth, which will have a ripple effect in terms of jobs and spending in the metro New Orleans area.” SSE has been celebrated as one of the largest manufacturers in St. Bernard Parish, and is currently experiencing its largest growth to date. Some of the notable projects SSE has worked on in recent years are the new North Terminal for the Louis Armstrong International Airport, the RTA Rampart St./St. Claude Ave. Streetcar Expansion, the Iberville Redevelopment (Phases IV through VI), the new Wisner Bridge in Mid-City, the renovation of the Ponchartrain Hotel and the NOPSI Hotel, the Permanent Canal Closures & Pumps Structure for the US Army Corps of Engineers, the canopies at the Union Passenger Terminal, the Gibbs Center for Innovation and Design at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, and the Civil Rights Memorial Dome on S. Claiborne Ave.

SSE is a certified as a DBE in the Louisiana Unified Certification Program, and is a 2017 graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.