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Pangere Corp. becomes first Ironworkers Union in nation to earn selective accreditation

Mike MacDonald, left, a project engineer with Gary-based Pangere Corp., talks to ironworkers Dain Owens, center, and Paul Braden speak at a Lowell jobsite in 2013. The Pangere Corp. became the first Ironworkers Union contractor in the nation to earn a selective accreditation for assembling metal buildings.

Jonathan Miano | The Times

Gary-based Pangere Corp. became the first Ironworkers Union contractor in the nation to earn a highly selective accreditation for assembling metal buildings.

The Pangere Corp., a fourth-generation family owned construction firm, attained the AC478 Metal Building Assemblers Accreditation from the International Accreditation Service. Only 10 companies nationwide have that distinction.

"Achieving the AC478 Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement and significantly differentiates us from the competition,” said Steve Pangere, president and CEO.

The Pangere Corp. received independent verification from an internationally recognized accreditation body that it complies with all industry standards and is "committed to excellence" in assembling metal buildings.

“The purpose of the International Accreditation Service, Inc. on-site assessment is for the metal building assembler to provide evidence that they are following the management system and inspection practices and related criteria in AC478,” said Sandi McCracken, International Accreditation Service senior manager. "This includes evidence of following safety plans, training programs, inspection protocols, and the organization’s method of determining compliance with contract documents."

McCracken commended Pangere Corp. for meeting the requirements of the IAS AC478 program and for being the first iron worker union contractor to become an IAS AC478 Accredited Metal Building Assembler. 

Pangere Corp., which is headquartered off of Fourth Avenue in downtown Gary, has been assembling metal buildings for more than 30 years.

"We have realized a great deal of value in the accreditation process," said Tony Pangere, vice president. "I believe that this accreditation will secure our status as a ‘Best in Class’ contractor in the assembling of metal buildings."


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.