HOUSTON (May 19, 2016) – Mobil Steel International, Inc. announced that Michael S. Dunavant, Sr. joined the company as project manager and estimator where he will help Mobil Steel meet growing customer demand for quality steel fabrication. Dunavant, who joins Mobil Steel with over 40 years of experience as an estimator and project manager, also will manage compliance functions for Mobil Steel’s American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) quality certification program.
Dunavant’s work experience includes significant time meeting customer demand in the steel fabrication industry. While with a Houston area fabricator, Dunavant initiated that company’s AISC certification program. AISC certification is the recognized national quality certification program for the structural steel industry. According to AISC, its rigorous certification process annually confirms that companies have personnel, knowledge, experience, processes and equipment to produce required quality of work.
Mobil Steel has demonstrated its commitment to quality by earning the AISC quality certification for 10 consecutive years. Mobil Steel is one of only seven Houston steel fabrication companies certified by AISC.
“We are thrilled to have Michael Dunavant joining the Mobil Steel team. He is a highly experienced estimator and project manager and is dedicated to quality steel fabrication,” said Leonard A. Bedell, President and CEO of Mobil Steel. “I am confident Michael will help Mobil Steel continue our superior customer service, and our reliable and quality steel fabrication.”
Immediately before joining Mobil Steel, Dunavant served as senior estimator and project quality control manager at LoneStar Marine Shelters, a custom building fabricator specializing in offshore living quarter buildings. He also worked as chief estimator and quality manager for Malin International Ship Repair & Drydock, in addition to working for Jarco Steel, Shaw Group and SS&S Fabricators, among other leading companies.
“Mobil Steel provides me a great opportunity to join an established company with a recognized brand for flexible, reliable and quality service,” said Dunavant. “I feel my experience will allow me to fit in well with the Mobil Steel culture and help meet and grow the demand for Mobil Steel’s quality fabrication services.”
Dunavant is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a graduate of State Technical Institute – Memphis. Dunavant began his career in his hometown working for Memphis Blowpipe as a shop mechanic. Dunavant and his wife, Allison, son, Michael Jr. and daughter, Danielle moved to the Houston area in 2007. As a rabid LSU fan, Dunavant proudly points out that his son is an LSU graduate. His daughter attends high school in the Houston area.