The History of Amber Steel Co.
After World War 2, when Harold Lewis and Cleo Tramel returned from serving in the US military, they got jobs putting rebar on the decks of the ships in San Diego, California and that is where Amber Steel all began….
In 1949, Harold and Cleo began the first Amber Steel in San Diego, CA. A few years later, in 1954, Harold’s wife, Naomi and her brother, Art started Amber Steel in Rialto, California. Amazingly, Naomi was the first woman in California to obtain a C-50 contractors license for reinforcing steel.
Naomi’s son, Wayne got involved in Amber Steel at the age of 10 , chopping weeds and painting, truck driving and worked his way through every aspect of the company until he became the President and Owner of Amber Steel Co. Wayne and his wife Janet, led Amber Steel with confidence, passion and excellence, building strong connections with customers and their team.
Over the 6 decades of Amber Steel, the company has seen huge growth, going from a just rebar installation company to offering full service subcontracting with in-house estimating, detailing, fabrication, freight and placing via the local Iron Workers Union.
Wayne and Janet’s son, Kriss also began working at Amber Steel at the young age of 7. You would often find him back in the Amber Steel steel yard, learning how to cut rebar from the guys. As an iron worker himself for 20 years, he also worked his way up through the company, by learning how to fabricate, driving all of the trucks, delivering steel to job sites. He spent a few years on the sales team, as well as providing estimates and in 2016 officially took over as President and CEO of Amber Steel.
Over the last 60+ years, we have supplied around 500,000 TONS of rebar to our customers and we have been able to serve hundreds of customers, most who have remained loyal partners for decades. Amber Steel has a legacy of hard work, trustworthiness and dependability and we look forward to the future ahead for more growth.
As Wayne once said, “The most important thing in business is having good people and money.” We’re happy to have them both!
Chairman for the Board of Directors / Consultant
Board of Directors
Contracts Administrator / Labor Compliance
Andres Flores - Torres
We Are Built On
Committed to delivering the highest quality concrete reinforcing steel solutions. We set the industry standard for excellence in every project.
The heart of Amber Steel’s operation is integrity. We maintain transparency, honesty and ethical practices in every interaction
With over 6 decades of experience, we pride ourselves on being industry experts. We continually invest in knowledge and innovation to stay at the forefront of the construction industry.
We value our role in the community. We are actively contributing to local businesses in Rialto to foster growth and development
We see our customers as partners. As a full-service subcontractor with in-house estimating, detailing, fabrication, freight and placing via the local Iron Workers Union, we work collaboratively to achieve success, ensuring that client goals and needs are met with dedication and a solutions-oriented approach.