Why Work for Olson Steel

The Work Environment

Our San Leandro facility features a state-of-the-art gym, outside eating area, and an open floor work space. 

From the conference rooms to the front entrance of the building, Olson Steel’s unique structural design makes coming to work exciting.

At Olson Steel, we understand that our talented employees are what make our business successful. And that’s why we hire the best and brightest in the industry. We value diversity and difference, which is why we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. It doesn’t stop with hiring – once you become an Olson Steel employee, we make sure you’re given the necessary tools and trainings to succeed. Developing our team is important to us.

Competitive compensation

Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance

401(k) Plan

11 paid holidays

Company sponsored events (picnics, holiday parties, etc.)

State-of-the-art gym




In addition to the welcoming and friendly work environment, many of our employees enjoy the benefit of a non-traditional work schedule. 

Standard business hours for Olson Steel are: 

Monday – Thursday: 7am – 5pm
Friday: 7am – 11am 

With this schedule, employees are able to start their weekend early.

The Legacy

The history of Olson Steel started over 45 years ago.  The Company started out as Bostrom Bergen Metal Products in 1960 as a structural steel and miscellaneous iron metal fabricator and erector.  It was started and owned by Mr. Bostrom and Mr. Bergen.  They operated out of a plant in Oakland, California.  The Company was very successful and in 1971 added another plant in Fresno, California.

In 1974, the operations expanded again by adding Meddco Metals, which was located in Hayward, California.  Meddco filled the need for more specialized metal products in stainless steel, aluminum, and brass. In 1982 and added a plant in El Paso, Texas, Bergen Southwest Steel that specialized in heavy platework.

Mr. Bostrom retired in the early 1980’s and Mr. Bergen acquired his stock.  Mr. Bergen brought in Mr. Johnson and Mr. Olson as minority stockholders.  At this time Bergen Industries, the management holding company, was formed.

In 1995, Mr. Bergen retired, leaving Mr. Johnson and Mr. Olson with Bergen Industries.

In January 2002, Mr. Johnson retired and acquired Bergen Southwest operations in El Paso, Texas.  That same year Bergen Industries changed its name to Olson Steel.

In November 2002, the Oakland and Hayward plants were closed and a new company office was opened in San Leandro, California.