Employee at manufacturing plant using a crane to move metal panels


Proudly Serving Customers for Over 35 Years!

Historical photo of Central States equipment

At Our Core

Our Story

Since 1988, Central States has produced metal roofing and siding, now for thousands of customers across America.

In a market that is flooded with inferior products and poor customer experiences, we focus on supplying a premium product that will last for decades with service you can count on. Our steel is 100% recyclable and engineered with multiple layers of protection to defend against fading, denting, weather, and rusting. When you choose steel for your project, choose Central States, and be confident in the company and the product.

man driving a forklift

Jim Sliker

Chief Executive Officer

See it, believe it and work for it – the ethos that propels Central States CEO Jim Sliker in the boardroom and on the sports field. A believer in working, learning and playing as a community to find opportunities for growth, Jim puts this into practice in his own life. His enthusiasm and willingness to explore help us challenge the way things are done, discovering new ways to exceed expectations in everything we do.

Chad Ware

Chief Financial Officer

Fulfilling the company purpose of providing financial freedom to all our employee owners is what drives Chad each day. This is accomplished through the success of the Central States Manufacturing Employee Stock Ownership Plan (or ESOP). Chad’s role in accomplishing this purpose is to help Central States become more agile and to empower our employee owners to make well-informed, data backed decisions to drive the business forward.

Tim Ruger


As President, Tim oversees our 11 manufacturing facilities as well as Central States Manufacturing shared services directors.   Through his life experiences and 25-plus years of expertise in a professional setting, there are things learned from both sides of life that Tim applies every day. One of those is that you cannot do everything. Trusting your team with the autonomy to do their job well is so important. If you try to do everything – you will never succeed. Another valuable learning is that people react in different ways to good and not so good circumstances.

Jennifer Davis

Chief Market Officer
President, Central States Building Works

Intentionally inviting others, making room, and achieving together is at the core of the hospitable leadership philosophy to which Jennifer Davis strives. She serves as the first CMO in company history: overseeing the marketing, strategy, and innovation functions while serving as the executive leader of our growing Central States Building Works business.

Richard Allen

President, Elevate Structures

Richard Allen is a proponent of practical actions and forward thinking which embodies a leadership philosophy centered on innovation, continuous improvement, genuine care, and a commitment to customer-centric values. The keys to innovation and continuous improvement are to foster a risk-free environment to share ideas, listen well and hard to your team, recruit a team of great people, and provide a set of effective tools, all of which generates exceptional outcomes for both our customers and employee owners.

Steve Langston

Chief Human Resources Officer

Steve serves as the organization’s Human Resources and Talent leader. In this this vital role, he manages talent management, benefits and safety for the entire Central States organizations. His talent management career has spanned twenty-plus years. The phrase “it’s all about the people” is one that rings true to Langston and guides his philosophy in managing Human Resources.

Tim Stevens

Chief Information Officer

Tim serves as the organization’s technology thought leader, ensuring Central States has a complete, integrated process and systems strategy. This includes flexibility to innovate and improve speed-to-market by introducing new capabilities driven by technology. He believes in empowering the people he works with while enabling them to innovate.

original central states mfg office building
employee at computer in 1988


Central States Founded

Central States began production in a small plant in Rogers, Arkansas

ESOP graphic, Employee Stock Ownership Plan


ESOP Established

Employee Stock Ownership Program was established making all employees owners in the business.

Central States building in Michigan City, IN


Expansion to Indiana

Our second plant opens, this one in Michigan City, Indiana to service customers in the north.

Central States building in Cedar Hill, TX


Expansion to Texas

Our third plant opens, this one in Cedar Hill, Texas (near Dallas) to service customers in Texas and the surrounding area.

Storage Building in Red and Tan


Storage Division Opens

Central Storage Works opens to provide customers with complete storage solutions. (Later renamed Central States Building Works)

Central States Employee working on Trim Machine in Manufacturing plant


Service Promise Launched

We implemented our “Right. On Time. Every Time®” strategy in 2003.

Central States building in Jasper, AL


Expansion to Alabama

Our fourth plant opens, this one in Jasper, Alabama (near Birmingham) to service customers in the southern US.

Extra Space Storage 3 Story Building


Storage Structures Founded

Storage Structures began in Georgia, serving customers of multi-story storage structures.

Central States building in Mount Airy, NC


Expansion to North Carolina

Our fifth plant opens, this one in Mount Airy, North Carolina  to serve customers in the southeast.

Employees planting trees to give back


Giving Back Outreach

Launched our Giving Back community outreach in 2010. Every employee is granted time to volunteer.

Woman at Laptop smiling and working


Central Link Launches

Central Link was created for customers to create and track quotes and orders online.  

Central States building in Hartford, SD


Expansion to South Dakota

Our sixth plant opens, this one in Hartford, South Dakota (near Sioux Falls) to serve customers in the upper midwest.

Central States building in Scottsville, KY


Expansion to Kentucky

Our seventh plant opens, this one in Scottsville, Kentucky (near Bowling Green) to serve customers in the area.

Storage Structures moves into new location


Moved to Villa Rica, GA

Storage Structures moves into (current) location in Villa Rica, GA to expand it’s team.

Central States building in Seguin, TX


Expansion in Texas

Our eighth plant opens, this one in Seguin, Texas (near San Antonio) to serve customers in South Texas.

Central States building in Claysburg, PA


Expansion to Pennsylvania

Our ninth plant opens, this one in Claysburg, Pennsylvania to serve customers in the upper northeast.

Alpha Framing construction site.


Patent – T62 Frame

Our T62 Alpha Framing column receives patent and launches to customers.

Central States building in St. Peters, MO


Expansion to Missouri

Our tenth plant opens, this one in St. Peters, Missouri (near St. Louis) to serve customers in the midwest.

Storage Structures expands to nationwide


Expands Nationwide

Storage Structures expands to nationwide coverage serving multi-story storage customers.

Inside Self Storage Best of Business Award


Patent – Alpha Beam

Our Alpha Beam receives patent and Alpha System receives “Most Valuable Product” award.

Central States building in Graniteville, SC


Expansion to South Carolina

Our eleventh plant opens, this one in Graniteville, South Carolina (near Augusta, Georgia) to serve customers in the southeast.

central states corporate office in Tontitown, Arkansas


Corporate Offices Move

Company offices, which we call Division Support, relocate to Tontitown, Arkansas in order to expand operations.

Alpha Framing System


Certification – ICC-ES

Alpha Framing System receives ICC-ES Evaluation Report #4894 with LABC recognition.

Central States Logo and Storage Structures, Inc logo


Merger – Storage Structures

Central States merges with Storage Structures, Inc. (Villa Rica, GA) offering multi-story self-storage facilities and new innovations.

Central States logo, with 100 percent employee owned


Introducing Central States

Central States rebrands logo design to include “100% Employee Owned” phrase, to emphasis our commitment to employees.

Elevate Structures logo


Introducing Elevate Structures

Storage Structures rebrands to Elevate reflecting the application of Alpha Framing System proven in self-storage to multifamily, hotel, student housing, and other residential applications.

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