About Ideal Group

Providing customers with the best in quality and service. Caring for our Southwest Detroit community.

Our History

In 1979, Frank Venegas, Jr. bought a raffle ticket at the Livingston County Builders Ball for a Cadillac Coupe DeVille. With a little bit of luck, he won the Cadillac and drove it for nine days and before selling it for seed money to fund his first business.

Fast forward 38 years and the Ideal Group has grown into eight companies, employs over 500 people and is located on the grounds of the old Cadillac Clark Street Plant; where the Cadillac that started it all was born.

Today, the Ideal Group companies manufacture products you see everywhere; from bollard covers at a local ATM and constructing buildings throughout the Midwest, to managing inventory in major manufacturer facilities. Ideal believes in Safety Comes in Cans, the customer is always king and caring for the community we reside in.

Headquartered in the heart of one of Detroit’s most vibrant communities, Ideal hires from Southwest Detroit and collaborates with local businesses and organizations to support and strengthen this neighborhood.

Our Mission

We are Ideal…a customer focused company delivering innovative solutions, providing maximum value in construction services, manufacturing, and indirect material management.

We Are Ideal Group

Ideal Group is a family of companies that has an array of businesses under its umbrella. See what we can do for you by cycling through the companies below.

Our Companies

Started in 1979, the Ideal Group began with a little bit of luck. Frank Venegas, Jr. won a 1979 Cadillac Coupe deVille at the raffle during Livingston County Builders Ball Dance. Frank drove the Cadillac home, cruised in it for nine days, sold it and the Ideal Steel and Builders Supplies was born. Since those days, the Ideal Group has grown to include eight award-winning companies with worldwide reach. Whether MRO material management, construction services or guardrail, handrail and bollard covers, the Ideal Group touches almost every industry.

Come experience all of our companies:

Safety Comes In Cans

Safety is paramount to everything we do. The safety of our people and work sites means everything to us. Together, we create a safe work place.

Safety & Quality

For Ideal Group, safety comes in Cans, “I Can, You Can, We Can.” The Safety Comes in Cans program identifies workplace and program safety hazards while positively reinforcing good safety behaviors and urging continuous improvements.

I Can

Each Ideal Group team member is held to the highest level of safety standards; and undergoes extensive training to enforce a safe working environment, while maintaining an active knowledge of the hazards they may face in the workplace.

You Can

The Ideal Group works closely with all stakeholders to identify hazards prior to beginning a project. We also communicate closely with our customers in regards to program safety requirements and standards to ensure that our services will be executed efficiently and safely.

We Can

Ideal Group makes work sites safe for all stakeholders. We surpass safety requirements and exceed industry safety standards on every location due to our commitment to quality, efficiency, and program safety.

Our Quality Standard

Our commitment to Quality is achieved through the following principles:

  • Meet or exceed the expectations of our team members, suppliers, and customers
  • Deliver safe, cost-effective programs efficiently and on time
  • Enforce prevention as the method of ensuring the Ideal result within
  • To foster good relationships with clients by effective communications with clients and encouraging feedback.
  • Secure the cooperation and involvement of each and every member of the Ideal team

Ideal Achievements

Ideal Group recognition spanning over 38 years.

Achievements

Ideal Group companies strive to be industry leaders in safety and innovation, focused on quality and care for the community around us.

Chairman’s Vision And President’s Priorities

2017 Chairman’s Vision

We are very proud of our Ideal Group companies 2016 successes, including the completion of our Detroit Headquarters renovation and expansion. The year 2017 promises to be the year of opportunity and growth. We have more seasoned and bright young talent than ever before in all of our companies. This year, there will be a focus on pulling from the Ideal talent base, inviting them to serve on corporate project-specific creativity teams.

We expect the teams to lift Ideal’s overall knowledge and leadership base to better serve our customers. Ideal skills, talents, high expectations and performance position us to be Leaders in the Industry.

Our growth will happen by being smart with everything in our toolbox. 2017 is the year for Ideal to rally, pick up the pace and move up. Expansion and growth require all of us to be vigilant about safety. Safety Comes in Cans is a highly visible reminder in all our facilities and job sites. Speak up on how we can improve our safety practices and our customers’ safety protocols. If something does not seem safe, stop and fix it. Engage others as required. Safety becomes even more important when we add new people and relocate teams. Everyday, it is our duty to make sure our team members return home safely.

New 2017 business opportunities with new and current customers will fuel Ideal Group’s growth. We will succeed by keeping our customers front and center in all of our endeavors, building trusting and enduring relationships and providing innovative solutions. Ideal’s culture drives our business and community strategies. In 2017, we are focused on Telling the Story! We want people to replicate our gardens in their neighborhood and our STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives in our local schools. Together, we are developing vibrant networks of well prepared youth for our future skilled workforce. Our community and educational initiatives remain our best business and economic development tools. Thank you for your 2016 successes; be proud of all your remarkable achievements!

In 2017, be a catalyst for change, work with your team members, improve processes, listen to your customers, and communicate customer needs in products and services. Many of our best inventions, processes and companies began with a customer need. Be creative, be smart, implement effective strategies that will help us Stay Ahead and Be the Best!

Frank Venegas, Jr.
Chairman & CEO

2017 Presidents Priorities

The Ideal Group is proud of our companies’ 2016 successes and the completion of the Ideal Group Detroit Headquarters expansion and renovation. In 2017, our top priority is to increase safety awareness in every activity.

To do this, we will focus on moving to the next level in workplace safety, organization, and efficiency. We remain customer-centered; we will employ seamless communication throughout our companies as we deliver our innovative products and services.

It is very important for all of our stakeholders that we increase our safety awareness. We want all to make safety very personal. We expect your active participation in pre-task safety planning, the ongoing formal safety observation process (SOP), toolbox talks and safety stand-downs. Be responsible and accountable! If you have a safety concern, speak up and report it to those around you. Take action to get the situation corrected. We want everyone to go home safe at the end of the day.

It has never been more important to manage the expected growth and profitability of the Ideal companies. Check out a book by
Marshall Goldsmith: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. Read how successful people and leaders who continually push themselves, learn and grow to move to the next level. You can move to the next level as well. Get out of your comfort zone. Push yourself and your team members to learn new skills, implement new efficiencies, improve quality, and deliver excellent
customer service. Take advantage of the available talent and resources while utilizing everything you learned to date. Be positioned for tomorrow’s growth.

Individual and team growth will fuel our future capabilities. Managing our growth provides opportunities to build our companies’ talent and leadership from within. We will continue redefining our workplace including how we set up our workspaces, jobsites, and how we manufacture. We will do this with seamless communication and careful planning for our
customers.

Thanks to our strong attention to our 2016 priorities, the Ideal companies enjoyed the finish of another successful year, congratulations! The Venegas family thanks each of you for your contributions to our 2016 successes. Ideal Group team members are our best resources as we Stay Ahead and Be the Best.

Loren Venegas
President