Why Premier

Why Premier

We Provide High Quality Steel Solutions

Premier Fabrication provides prototype to production services, structural steel, and barge & port facility spouts to customers throughout the United States. We strive to do the right thing always, on time, with excellence.

Relationship Focused

Helping you with your steel needs is important to us – we want to build a relationship with you and be your first call when you need an advisor for your project.

Our biggest passion is working alongside you to assess your current situation and advise you on ways you can deliver better products/services to your customers with our help. When your business grows and succeeds, we succeed.

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ISO 9001:2015 
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American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Certification 
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AWS D1.1 Standard 

Our History


“The Farm Shop, Inc” was founded by Ernie Stahl, an Army maintenance worker.


Ernie sold the business to employee, Dave Zobrist.


Dave sold the business to Bruce & Charlene Hohulin.


Hohulin’s sold the business to an investment group led by Scott Aberle.


Premier Fabrication was acquired by O’Brien Steel Service Co., Peoria IL.  The acquisition nicely rounds out O’Brien Steel’s broad processing capability.

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Premier's Leadership Team


Business Development

My two passions are steel and fostering relationships with people.

I’ve been with Premier since high school and have had the opportunity to experience every aspect of the company and work with a variety of people. I know this company inside and out – I truly believe we are different than any other steel fabrication company there is. I enjoy helping people find the right steel solution for their project. We want to build long-lasting relationships with each of our clients, and we do this through quality work, integrity, and transparency.

“Never say never.” My dad always said “No hill for a climber”

Operations Director

With over 20 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry, I’ve learned the importance of developing people while working at a growing company. In my day-to-day job, I have the opportunity to invest in my team and create an enjoyable workplace. It’s important to me that we are always striving to be our best and learn new ways to deliver quality solutions to our clients. A well-nurtured workplace creates teams that are focused, driven, and motivated to do their best work for the client. I’m blessed to spend my days developing both employees and building relationships with current and prospective clients.

“Find wisdom and hope for whatever you may be facing in life as you listen to real people sharing about a real God.”

Manufacturing Support Manager

The support my team provides allows Premier to focus on serving our client needs.  I truly enjoy working alongside such hardworking and talented individuals.  My team is driven to achieve the best in everything we build from our collective culture to the solutions we provide for clients and co-workers.

“Without struggle, there can be no progress.” - Frederick Douglas