Our Company
Conserving Resources. Improving Life®.
At Valmont® Industries, Inc., we produce the infrastructure products to support and enrich growing economies around the world. We also lead the world in water management for irrigation, helping agricultural producers get more production from their land. We are organized around four segments: Engineered Support Structures, Coatings, Irrigation and Utility Support Structures. Since our founding in 1946, we have been driven by passion, integrity, continuous improvement and delivering results. Valmont Industries, Inc. (VMI) is publicly traded on the NYSE.  Learn more about our company.

Valmont By The Numbers

Board of Directors

    Valmont Industries, Inc.

  • Kaj DEN DAAS

    Retired CEO, Quality Light Source
    Retired EVP, Phillips Lighting B.V.
    Audit Committee
    Governance & Nominating Committee


    EVP & GM, Semiconductor & Electronics, Aerospace, Defense & Government & Transportation
    Business Units
    NI (National Instruments)
    Governance & Nominating Committee


    Retired CEO of CLAAS KgaA
    Governance & Nominating Committee

  • Stephen G. Kaniewski

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Valmont Industries, Inc.


    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Kiewit Corporation
    Human Resources Committee


    University of Texas System
    Audit Committee
    Chairman, Governance & Nominating Committee


    Former Chairman & Retired CEO
    Mutual of Omaha
    Audit Committee
    Chairman, Human Resources Committee

  • Catherine James Paglia

    Lead Director
    Director, Enterprise Asset
    Management Inc.
    Audit Committee
    Human Resources Committee


    President, Randt & Co LLC
    Former US Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
    Governance & Nominating Committee


    Retired SVP & Chief Engineer
    The Boeing Company
    Human Resources Committee


    Retired Chairman & President,
    Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc.
    Chairman, Audit Committee

Our History

Our Roots Run Deep

Today, Valmont is a globally recognized leader in the civil infrastructure and agriculture industries. Like most every great company, Valmont began with one man who had a vision, an entrepreneurial spirit and strong desire to create something of lasting value. So strong was that desire that he put his life savings—$5,000.00—on the line. That man was Robert B. Daugherty. In 1946, he founded what was to become the company we know as Valmont Industries today.


Robert B. Daugherty recognized the potential of a small manufacturing company on a farm just west of Valley, Nebraska. After careful consideration, Daugherty invested $5,000—his entire life savings—in Valley Manufacturing and began building farm elevators.


Frank Zybach developed a prototype center pivot irrigation machine. Zybach licensed his patent to Robert Daugherty in 1954. Valley's engineers spent the next decade refining Zybach's innovation, making it sturdier, taller, more reliable and converting it from a hydraulic power system to electric drive.


Recognizing an opportunity to manufacture steel pipe and tubing for irrigation equipment as well as develop markets throughout the United States for original equipment manufacturers, steel service centers, and public and private projects, Valmont was formed. Valley continues as a separate brand focused on serving the agricultural industry.


Valmont's development of high-speed, resistance welding for tubular projects led directly to the manufacture of tapered tubes for outdoor lighting, traffic signals and other applications.


Valmont expanded into the manufacture of large tubular structures for the electrical utility industry, and developed overseas irrigation markets to form Valmont International.


Valmont integrated computers into modern farming practice and created another significant breakthrough: the cams™ Management System. This system enabled growers to quickly and confidently program and monitor their equipment to automatically accomplish a full range of irrigation, coordination, chemigation and fertilization functions.


Recognizing that the equipment dealers were working hard and already selling customers on using computers, Valmont established ValCom Microcomputer as a division in 1982.

Meanwhile, sensing the international opportunity in infrastructure, Valmont started to embark on global expansion by investing in the French steel and aluminum lighting markets in 1989.


The need for galvanizing grew and Valmont's facility in Valley was already at capacity. So, Valmont built new galvanizing plants in West Point, Nebraska, and Tulsa, Oklahoma - enabling the company to meet other manufacturers needs for protective coatings. Valmont has continued to add galvanizing operations in the U.S. and worldwide to help fulfill internal galvanization needs and, simultaneously, respond to increasing global demand for protective coatings.


The company continued to broaden global scope in structures for lighting, utility and communication through acquisitions and development of new plants. A series of mergers, beginning with Microflect Company, moved Valmont from being a supplier of communication poles to a broad service provider of towers, components, installation and maintenance for the wireless communication industry.


Mogens Bay became Chairman and CEO of Valmont and made it a priority to rationalize the company's portfolio and industry leadership – divesting it of any businesses not tightly aligned with Valmont’s core strengths in infrastructure and agriculture, and concertedly investing in those strengths through global expansion.


Valmont acquired a manufacturer of utility poles – Energy Steel Corporation – signifying the Company’s entrance into the utility market.

Late 1990s

A series of acquisitions in Europe and expansion of facilities in China, plus entrance into South America in 1997, South Africa in 1999 and the Middle East soon thereafter, greatly enhanced Valmont’s international presence.


Acquisition of Newmark International, a manufacturer of concrete poles, led to the formation of Valmont’s Utility Segment and strategic integration of Newmark management.


The Delta plc acquisition in the Asia Pacific market brought access systems – engineered grating products designed to enhance worker safety in industrial facilities – to the Valmont family of products. This nearly doubled Valmont’s number of global galvanizing facilities and led to establishment of a regional headquarters in Australia.


A new Valmont plant opened in India, further responding to global demand for quality infrastructure.


Valmont acquired the assets of Pure Metal Galvanizing of Ontario, Canada. Pure Metal operated five kettles out of three locations in Ontario. Valmont also acquired privately-held Locker Group Holdings Pty Ltd., a market leader in Australia and Asia, for the manufacture of perforated and expanded metal for the non-residential market, industrial flooring and handrails for the access systems market, and screening media for applications in the industrial and mining sectors. Locker Group has annual sales of approximately $80 million and operates five manufacturing locations across the region.


Valmont acquired a manufacturer of heavy complex steel structures (Valmont SM) with two manufacturing locations in Denmark and Shakespeare Composite Structures, a manufacturer of fiberglass composite support structures with two manufacturing locations in South Carolina. In addition, Valmont acquires a majority interest in AgSense, which provides farmers with remote monitoring equipment for their pivots and entire farming operation.


Stephen Kaniewski was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Valmont Industries, Inc., making him the third CEO in the company’s history. Steve shares his predecessors’ vision and values that guide Valmont’s commitment to Conserving Resources and Improving Life.