Fabrication & Precision Machining

SSE Named to the 2018 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies

SSE Named to the 2018 Inc. 5000

List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies


St. Bernard Parish Steel Fabrication and Erection Contractor is Ranked No. 10 for Top Louisiana Companies


For the 2nd Time, SSE Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Ranking No. 1585 Overall with Three-Year Sales Growth of 246%


  1. BERNARD, LA, September 4, 2018 – Southern Services & Equipment, Inc. (SSE), an AISC-certified, award-winning structural steel fabrication and erection contractor, announced today that it has again been recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States by Inc. magazine. The magazine listed SSE as #1585 overall, #10 in Louisiana, and #5 in New Orleans, with three-year accumulated growth of 246 percent. The prestigious 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 for the second time 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.


Some of the notable projects SSE has worked on in recent years are the new North Terminal for the Louis Armstrong International Airport, the new NOPD 2nd District Police Station, the Iberville Redevelopment (Phases IV through VI), the new Wisner Bridge in Mid-City, the new VA Medical Center, the RTA Rampart St./St. Claude Ave. Streetcar Expansion, the RTA Cemetaries Transfer Station, the renovation of the Ponchartrain Hotel and the NOPSI Hotel, the Permanent Canal Closures & Pumps (PCCP) Structure for the US Army Corps of Engineers, the bus 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 Profiled on Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie

SSE’s Director of Business Development, Mindy Nunez Airhhart, was featured on the latest episode of Industrial Talk podcast with Scott MacKenzie today! Click here to listen.

From their website: “Industrial Talk is about the future and why we do what we do. We talk to the trailblazers, “outside-the-box” thinkers who impact not just present-day industry processes, but instead map out the future with unique vision and extraordinary courage in order to change the world. We also travel the globe to interview innovators in industry, from petro-chemical manufacturing & oilfield site visits to leaders in education and training.” Thanks, Scott, for having us on!

Links to the business development programs and organizations mentioned by Mindy on the show, as well as others, are below:


Business Development Organizations


Leadership Development Programs


Chambers of Commerce

  • New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce
  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  • River Region Chamber-Commerce
  • St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
  • Slidell Chamber of Commerce
  • Houma-Terrbonne Chamber of Commerce
  • Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce



SteelDay 2017: Breakfast with SSE

You are invited to drop by Southern Services & Equipment, Inc. between 7:00 am and 9:00 am Central on SteelDay, September 15th for breakfast and a tour of our facility. You’ll gain a clear understanding of the structural steel supply chain, the fabrication process, and how the expertise of a steel fabricator can contribute to a successful project. You will also be able to view SSE’s new robot, also known as the PythonX Structural Fabrication System. The PythonX is a robotic CNC plasma beamline that brings the principles of lean manufacturing to structural steel fabrication. You’ll also receive a code for a special discount on a package that includes the new 15th edition of the AISC Steel Construction Manual.

SteelDay 2017 is the annual celebration of the structural steel industry sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and hosted by its members and partners. SteelDay is the industry’s largest educational and networking function, with events occurring all over the country. In 2017 events will include project site tours, tours of structural steel mills, service centers and fabrication shops as well as national webinars and special education opportunities for structural engineers and architects. SteelDay is an opportunity for you to see how the domestic structural steel industry contributes to building America.

Safety glasses provided. Closed toe shoes required.

Please register here: http://steeldayevents.aisc.org/Register.aspx?eid=2806

What Can I Expect on the Tour?

It is the fabricators who typically have the closest relationships with the design and contracting community and who will receive the steel contract from the general contractor. They then orchestrate the supply chain to fulfill the contract. There are around 2,500 fabricators in the U.S., serving every corner of the nation.

The fabricator works to a predetermined schedule developed in consultation with the project team. This schedule controls everything, from how the detailers release information, to when material is sent to the shop, to the order of trucks shipping fabricated steel to the job site.

One of the major advantages of building with structural steel is the quality of the fabrication process. Off-site fabrication allows for a quality controlled environment unaffected by climate and weather changes, or by adverse site conditions. The nature of the material allows it to be fabricated to very close tolerances and at every stage of fabrication the steel is inspected to help guarantee a quality product and eliminate mistakes and costly site work.

Fabrication itself consists of tasks such as cutting, drilling, punching, shearing, welding, piece assembly and assembly of complex geometry and trusses. Fabricators have invested in advanced computer-controlled (CNC) machinery and material-handling equipment to perform the more common tasks such as cutting to length, drilling and shape burning. The CNC machines are extremely fast and efficient and are fed automatically from the BIM systems used by the detailers.

What are the Attendees Saying?

“Steel Day provided an opportunity to meet the entire supply chain from the steel service center to the erector. The event provided an opportunity to meet face to face with AISC certified fabricators.” —David Martin, Walter P. Moore

“SteelDay gives you an appreciation for what goes into your design – and the efforts to recycle/ be environmentally friendly.” —Richard Miles, Sparks Engineering

“A lot of young engineers have never been to the facilities that produce the products we call out in design. It’s good to actually see first hand what we’re putting on paper.” —Eric Conner, Fluor Power

“It is a good chance to interact with the design and construction players in a non-project, relaxed atmosphere while learning about their part of the project.” —Dave Haugland, AHJ Engineers, P.C.

“SteelDay is a fantastic opportunity for those in the design/construction industry to see first hand the amount of effort that goes into the products so easily specified and drawn in construction documents.” —Thomas B. Keese, UTA School of Architecture

“It provides a good opportunity for local steel construction companies and people to interact and discuss.” —Nasim Moghaddasi, University of Maryland

“I found it very informative. It was a great opportunity to network as well. It helped me gain a greater appreciation for all the steps involved in steel fabrication. It also prompted several discussions between employees at my company on suggestions for internal improvements.” —Joseph Sell, Globe Iron Construction Company

“SteelDay is a good idea to encourage communication across the industry.” —Kelly Krieg, CENTRIA

“I don’t think I would have ever had the opportunity to visit the four sites we were able to in one day. Great idea!” —Justin Burt, Thos. S. Byrne, Ltd

“Experiencing the steel process from beginning to end is very helpful for anyone that works/designs with steel.” —Richard Lussier, Jacobs Engineering

” I appreciate AISC for initiating and implementing Steelday. It’s great having “our own day” for our industry. I am looking forward to this next year.” —Mike Tedstone, Mustang Engineering

“Great activity, great for steel’s image, and greatly entertaining and informative! I learned how steel is produced first hand and was given lots of information on how green steel has become.” —Ryan Lamb, UT Arlington Graduate Student

“No Engineer can know too much about steel construction.” —Stephen J. Preis, P.E.

SSE is Collecting for #HarveyRelief

SSE is serving as a collection location for Eastern St. Bernard Parish for #HarveyRelief. Please see below for items needed by those flooded and displaced:

Hand sanitizer
Baby wipes
Feminine hygiene products
Heavy contractor garbage bags
Work gloves
Duct tape
Face masks
Bug spray
Paper towels
Box fans
Pump sprayers
Rain ponchos
LED headlamps
Blankets (new)

Gifts cards are appreciated and will be FedExed directly to those affected. Monetary donations can be made via PayPal or Venmo and will also be used to purchase gift cards.

Please, no old clothes or shoes at this time. There is no deadline for contributions, we will make sure everything that is donated gets to Texas for those in need! #GodBlessTexas


Ongoing Projects and Future Projects for 2017

As we complete a very busy 2016, we look forward to the ongoing and future projects that we expect to complete in the new year. We are grateful to all of our current clients who trust in us to complete our projects on time and on budget! #BuildItOnce #BuildItRight

Ongoing Projects:
• Iberville Redevelopment Phase IV
• MSY North Terminal – Central Utility Plant A & B
• MSY North Terminal – Concrete Pipe Embeds
• Wisner Bridge Overpass Replacement
• The Advocate Newspaper Renovation
• Grand Laird and Sunrise Pump Stations
• PCCP WYE Sheetpile Fabrication
• 1601 Lafitte Street
• Uptown Health Center
• Queen and Crescent Hotel

Expected Projects for 2017:
• Iberville Redevelopment Phase V and VI
• RTA Cemeteries Transit Center – Streetcar Expansion
• NOPD 2nd District Police Station
• 1630 Canal Street

SSE is Helping Build the Airport of the Future for New Orleans

SSE is building the future of New Orleans by participating in the construction of the iconic new North Terminal for the Louis Armstrong International New Orleans International Airport. We are currently fabricating and erecting the structural steel for the Central Utility Plant, as well as fabricating the 48″ pipe embeds for the concrete pad that the terminal will sit on. SSE is excited to be a part of this monumental project!

SSE has been accepted into the AISC

SSE has been accepted as a Full Member into the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), which is a non-profit technical institute and trade association. AISC was established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. This is the first step in SSE’s path to becoming an esteemed AISC-certified Fabricator, Erector and Bridge Component Manufacturer in the near future.

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SSE is Going to the Movies!

SSE is excited to be working with the Special FX team currently filming “Don’t Mess With Texas,” a new movie starring Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon. We are machining and fabricating custom valves and assemblies for special effects scenes in the film, and are looking forward to doing business with other companies filming in the New Orleans area. Production crews will delight in finding a local company that has an in-house design department that specializes in unique projects and innovative designs for many applications in the film industry. For the inevitable set emergency, when time is money, you can depend on our 24-hour Mobile Welding Team to come to your film location for on-site fabrication and repairs.

What’s New at SSE: CNC Machining Capabilities

Southern Services & Equipment, Inc. is has expanded our operations and facilities to include a climate-controlled CNC machine shop equipped with the latest manufacturing technology.  Our expansion combines our existing full-service fabrication capabilities with CNC machining, making us a full service facility for all of your manufacturing needs. We offer 5-axis CNC milling along with both manual and CNC turning up to 36″ diameter.  With our continuing focus on improvement, we are also implementing a rigid Quality Control program and have constructed a 500-square-foot climate controlled inspection room equipped with the latest measuring equipment and metrology. Stay tuned for more updates!

Mindy Nunez Airhart at RISING TIDE 7 Conference

Mindy Nunez Airhart, Business Development Manager, was featured as a panelist at the RISING TIDE 7 Conference on September 22, 2012 at Xavier University. The panel was entitled “Take This Job and Love It: Owning Your Own Business in NOLA”.

For more information about the conference, click here: www.risingtidenola.com