Founded by Gary T. Smith, Eric T. Kay, and Sean T. Smith in 1999, Thomas Phoenix International had a vision.....

That vision was to create a company that would provide something more than just jobs, but the opportunity to make a career out of pre-engineered building erection. A company that was on the cutting edge of safety, training, and quality in the Pre-Engineered Metal Building Industry. What if there was an open-shop apprenticeship program that could raise the bar in training and safety for the metal building trades? What if PEMB erection could establish itself as an independent trade of its own? Through years of persistence, doggedness, and determination, that vision is no longer just a dream. Gary Smith spent years petitioning and visiting with lawmakers in Washington D.C. to create and establish the first nationally-recognized apprenticeship program for Metal Building Assemblers. Thomas Phoenix International, Inc. is proud to be the first company in the nation to implement the program and make it a reality. Our journeymen have proven themselves and helped legitimize the trade as a whole.


The vision didn't stop there. Since its inception back in 1999, Thomas Phoenix International, or "Tom" (as Gary is fond of referring to the company) has continued to work for his employees. Besides providing training and certification in myriad aspects of metal building erection and equipment operations, TPI offers a 401k with company match, and tailored health care options. This ensures that employees who are committed and passionate about what we do can make an real career in this trade. It's not just another job to us.

Never content to rest on our laurels, TPI consistently pursues establishing even greater standards of organization, safety, and quality control for the industry. As President of the MBCEA, Gary engaged in talks with the International Accreditation Service regarding a process to vet contractors and erectors to help ensure competence and set standards for safety, training, and quality control. Once there was a consensus that such a program would be beneficial, Eric Kay sat on the advisory board to help flesh out the new standards as a benchmark for Metal Building Assemblers. With support of the MBCEA and MBMA, the IAS AC-478 standard was made effective in July of 2015, ensuring that all companies who achieve this accreditation must adhere to the highest organizational training, safety, and quality controls.  Thomas Phoenix International submitted to this independent inspection and assessment in late 2015, and we're proud to have been awarded our Certificate of Accreditation on February 1, 2016, the first date that it was awarded.  Since then, there has been an industry-wide surge of support and enrollment in the program, with leading companies eager to show a tangible evidence of their competence and ability. We believe that this will become a prerequisite for companies who are serious about safety and quality control.


Gary Smith

Gary T. Smith

Eric Kay

Eric T. Kay
Vice President

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Sean T. Smith
Vice President, Secretary, Quality Manager


Principal Staff

Rhonda LaSane
Office Manager

Justin Hopta

Mike Milligan

Daniel Cox

Joseph C. Allen III
Project Manager, Safety & Training Manager

Matt Cox

Pat Akins

Alex Dincser

Open Positions


Metal Building Assembler (Online Application Below)

Metal Building Assemblers are the front line of the erection process. Assemblers’ duties typically include (but are not limited to:)

  • Familiarity and compliance with all corporate and OSHA safety and fall protection standards
  • Reading and understanding building manufacturers’ drawings and blueprints
  • Erecting primary and secondary steel framing
  • Operating all-terrain forklifts
  • Operating aerial work platforms
  • Insulation installation
  • Installation of standing seam and screw-down roof systems with associated trims
  • Installation of metal siding products and liner panels and associated trims
  • Familiarity with a variety of hand and power tools and equipment
  • Attending training and certification lessons, seminars, testing, and evaluations

BASIC Qualifications

  • Must have reliable transportation to the job.
  • Must possess such speaking, reading and comprehension abilities as may be essential for reading and understanding written and oral instructions applicable to their job.
  • Must comply with all company and job-site specific health and safety policies and procedures, and local government health safety regulations
  • Must remain current in trade practices through educational opportunities while actively participating in safety training
  • Must take direction and follow instructions from foreman and project managers 
  • Must be self-motivated and dependable
  • Must demonstrate quality workmanship
  • Must maintain acute safety awareness
  • Must be observant and detail oriented
  • Must be agile with a strong sense of balance
  • Must be comfortable at great heights and walking on narrow beams
  • Must have above average strength to handle and maneuver heavy materials
  • Must demonstrate effective interpersonal skills including tact and diplomacy while working with a variety of individuals and groups

Thomas Phoenix International, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to: hiring and firing of staff, assignment of projects, duties, benefits, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Thomas Phoenix International, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


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