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South Valley Riverton Journal

Local business spotlight: Rightway Steel

Jul 12, 2018 10:03AM ● By Jana Klopsch

For almost half a century, steel has been the firm foundation of the Wood family. 

Ron Wood has worked with steel for 45 years. His son, Richard Wood, began his steel working experience at age 14. Ron owned Uintah Steel from 1990 to 2009 before launching Rightway Steel in 2011. 

Richard, having previously served in senior leadership positions with Ford, PwC and AIG, returned to Utah almost a year after Rightway opened its doors to join his father. 

“We decided to kind of grow it from him and I and a secretary into what it is today,” Richard said. “We’ve been working together hand in hand every day for seven years.” 

You can identify Rightway’s ultimate goal in the company’s name: doing quality steel projects the right way. With a business model built on high-quality steel fabrication and installation, safety, and top-notch project management, the company takes steel services to another level. 

All types of steel structures are fabricated and installed by Rightway including: stairs, railings, fencing, gates, trellis, canopies, structural beams and columns and most all steel needs. Their steel is coated with paint, powdercoat, galvanizing, or clear coat. They can also coat steel with modern and highly desired blackening product. And that doesn’t even mention the roof frames, sand and metal blasting, anchor bolts and embeds, siding, purlins or girts.

Fully insured, licensed (in both Utah and Hawaii) and certified, Rightway’s projects have probably supported you or a friend at one point. 

Ever been to the Hogle Zoo? Steel for the lighthouse point splash zone and Creekside play area was fabricated and installed by Rightway. What about attending a University of Utah football game? Stainless steel concession stands were fabricated and installed in each of the 16 concession booths prior to the 2015 season. Seen a movie recently at a Cinemark Theatre? Rightway fabricated and installed structural beams, bracing, ledger angle and decking within two theaters to effectively expand seating capacity for the largest theater in Utah. 

And that barely scratches the surface of Rightway’s long history of successful projects. 

Its success stems from a seven-point quality control process. They meet with each customer to ensure they understand the scope of the project. Drawings are generated and reviewed with the client. Coatings and specialty items are reviewed to ensure proper finishing work. Materials are procured from local suppliers. Fabricators and installers take special care and precaution in every detail. Steel is inspected at multiple stages during the process to guarantee superior craftsmanship. 

“Quality over cheap is where we focus,” Richard said. 

That quality has earned Rightway multiple awards for its various steel projects, be it for design, renovations or landscaping projects. 

Rightway, an A+ Better Business Bureau member, is always on the lookout for home builders, commercial and industrial contractors, and remodeling experts. Their same respect and approach given to each project applies to their clientele. Rightway seeks repeat customers who wish to have a long-term relationship with a high-quality steel fabricator.

To obtain a free quote or project advice, visit their website at or email [email protected] or [email protected].