ECI About Us

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Missions & values

After a decade of field experience, estimating, and project management in steel erection, Brian Rader started East Coast Iron Works LLC in January 2018 – recognizing the need for a reliable, professional steel fabricator in the Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. markets.

Brian has formed strategic relationships with the major general contractors in the market. E.C.I.’s experience provides valuable insight into best practices or methods to approach the difficult details of construction during design development through project completion. The final bid review is completed by Brian to insure completeness and accuracy.

Brian and our team of senior project managers are looking forward to servicing your next project.

Why Choose E.C.I. for your fabrication and installation needs?

Our proven history of quality performance for the largest and most respected general contractors in the Mid-Atlantic region.


When working with E.C.I. you can be assured that you are working directly with our senior management, no matter the size of the job. Our President, Brian Rader, is completely involved with every client and each project.  We view every opportunity as a chance to forge a long-term, strategic relationship.

Brian Rader - East Coast Ironworks Steel Erectors and Construction in the D.C. Area

Brian began work in the steel industry during high school while working for a steel erection company that provided him with hands-on training in all aspects involved with steel erection including supervision, estimating, and project management.

A decade ago, Brian’s field work ended due to a severe auto accident. 

At that point, Brian fine-tuned his estimating and project management skills with his eye on fabrication after watching other fabricators under-perform for their clients.

In 2018 Brian started East Coast Iron Works.  Armed with his experience and knowledge he set his sights on a few of the major contractors in the Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. markets to begin his business.

Brian’s commitment to great service along with his genuine respect, honesty, and professionalism in meeting E.C.I.’s commitments has developed a base of loyal clients.  E.C.I.’s client base has expanded to include a large percentage of the most respected general contractors in the market.

In 2022, Brian secured MBE status for East Coast Iron Works.

Sherman Connor - Plant Manager - East Coast IronworksIn Sherman’s 41 years in fabrication and construction there is very little he has not handled in the shop or the field.  A deft manager, Sherman is able to delegate with precision based on his decades of practical experience working at the highest levels of every different discipline under the banner of steel work.

A certified welder, Sherman specializes in complex stairs, structural fabrication and installation, as well as ornamental and architectural railings.

Sherman participated in the $80,000,000 City Center Project Washington, D.C.


East Coast Ironworks - Stanley JohnsonStanley’s 10 years of hands-on experience and dynamic skill-set have been developed here at E.C.I.  Beginning in the shop and quickly moving into estimating due to his formidable quantitative expertise. 

Over the last five years, Stanley has become an integral part of the project management structure here at E.C.I., contributing a holistic philosophy that balances client and project management with streamlined communication and transparency – the net result being an increase in capacity through working smarter. 

Stanley has diverse knowledge and experience with all types of structural fabrications and installation, enabling him to manage projects ranging from $500,000 to $6,000,000 in scope.

John Hill – Field Project ManagerOver the past 25 years, there are few steel jobs that John hasn’t mastered, replace with few steel skills John hasn’t mastered: including mechanical fabrication, welding, steel fabrication and installation. Additionally, he is an AWS certified welder.

John now focuses his efforts on coordinating and managing E.C.I.’s many concurrent projects and field operations with a deft hand.    

LisaLisa’s 13 years in the industry have provided her with broad experience in estimating and liaising with clients such that project management was the next logical step in her career. 

Lisa’s skills enable her to effectively and efficiently manage projects from large structures to complex and difficult renovations.

Throughout Lisa’s career she has managed project ranging from $200,000 – $3,000,000.

Interested in joining the team? Check out our open positions on in the careers section.