About Sunward Steel Buildings

Sunward has been manufacturing quality steel buildings for 50 years! We have supplied all building types from very simple buildings to custom designed buildings.

As a single source manufacturer with headquarters in Colorado and factories in North Dakota and South Carolina, we have devised a team of professionals to work with you from estimating to engineering and drafting to fabrication and delivery.

What sets our steel building company apart is that we work as a team with you and others professionals on your project to collaborate and manufacture a building you’ve always dreamed of.

We can assist you with:

  • Pre-planning to ensure your new building meets all your needs
  • Drafting of your building plans
  • Value engineering your building
  • Collaborate with your architects or GC’s
  • Providing you with stamped engineering plans
  • The actual fabrication of your metal building to our quality standards
  • Delivery of your building to the job site

Amy Wirth

President

Amy

Amy is the CEO/ President of Sunward Steel Buildings, Inc. She grew up learning about the steel building industry and the operations of the family business. Amy is an innovative leader with a background of twenty plus years in the Steel Fabrication industry. She has a proven real-world understanding of the importance of integrity in leadership, corporate responsibility, and relationship management. Amy’s career began as an administrative assistant for Sunward Steel right out of college in the year 2000. She learned all about the business in all aspects from day-to-day operations, to engineering and design, freight and managing the two remote factories. Amy was promoted to Vice President in 2008. Then in 2018 she was given the full responsibility of CEO and President of Sunward. Her proven success has grown the company tremendously, and she continues to provide valuable leadership throughout the ever-increasing product demand.

Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys and her horse.

Shawn Gould

Chief Operations Officer

Shawn has been the Chief Operations Officer at Sunward Steel Buildings, Inc. since 2021. He holds two engineering degrees and is an accomplished business leader with a wide range of manufacturing experiences. He has worked for two Fortune 500 companies in his career. Shawn joins Sunward as a proven multi-site business leader with demonstrated full P&L responsibility and a results driven mindset. He has held progressive leadership roles, starting his career as an engineer then joining the acquisition integrations team. He then moved into factory support roles that built a foundation of leadership skills in many functional areas to then hold multi-site leadership at various factories.

Shawn enjoys mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, golfing, paddle boarding and working out. Shawn, his wife Autumn and their two sons relocated to Colorado in 2021.

Todd Silverman

Vice President of Sales

Todd is the Vice President of Sales at Sunward Steel Buildings, Inc. He assumed the position in 2020 and brings years of sales experience to the company. Todd worked for 24 years as a commercial real estate broker selling office and retail investment properties. His knowledge of sales practices and contract negotiations are a valuable asset to his current position. Todd grew up in the Detroit, MI area and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Todd is also a private pilot and enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and biking. He loves spending time with his family and taking care of his chickens.

Susan Engquist

Chief Financial Officer

Susan is the Chief Financial Officer at Sunward Steel Buildings and comes to Sunward with twenty-five years of finance and leadership experience in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and technology. Susan has significant experience with construction based, Engineer to Order companies, which is a perfect fit for Sunward.  Susan has helped organizations position themselves for rapid growth by creating and implementing systems, processes and the infrastructure required to get things done efficiently. Building successful management teams has also been a key to her success.

Susan is an alum of the University of Colorado and started her career in Denver with Deloitte & Touche.  She enjoys all forms of skiing, hiking, & biking and has been flying paragliders since 1996.  Life – like business – should be a fun adventure!

Doug Kiser

Sales Development Director

Doug started with Sunward in the fall of 1984 after graduating from Wilmington College of Ohio with a B.A. in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Over Doug’s 37 year career with Sunward he has held a number of different positions and worked in many different areas of the company. Doug has been instrumental in many areas of growth for Sunward.

Doug enjoys road cycling and mountain biking in his free time. He is also a competitive barbeque cook and competes in Kansas City Barbeque sanctioned events throughout the West. He also enjoys camping and spending time with his family. Doug and his wife Gretchen of 35 years recently became grandparents.

Jon Ekstrom

Chief Engineer

Jon is the Engineering and Outsource Operations Manager at Sunward Steel Buildings, Inc. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering with an Emphasis in Structural Engineering. He graduated at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2001. He has been in the Steel Building Industry for over 20 years, and has worked with the Sunward since 2001. He started out as an entry level design engineer and is now a registered engineer in 47 states and 7 Canadian provinces/territories. Jon is an integral leader at Sunward and his engineering innovations have led the company through successful growth and modernization techniques.

Jon enjoys golfing, biking, skiing, and going to concerts.

Doug Hicks

Technical Director

Doug is the Technical/Drafting Manager at Sunward Steel Buildings, Inc. He has an AAS Degree in Architectural Drafting & Estimating and has been in the steel building industry for 40 years. Doug began his career in the industry w/ Chief Industries in Nebraska and also worked for Overhead Door Corp. for a short time prior to accepting the opportunity to work for Sunward’s Wedgcor Factory in Jamestown North Dakota in 1984. He started as a Detailer in the Drafting Dept. and then made an advancement to head up the Order Processing Dept. He later returned to the Drafting Dept as the Chief Draftsman. In 2006 Doug began assisting with equipment upgrades at the factory and has been interacting with the Manufacturing, Drafting and Engineering departments ever since.

Doug enjoys camping, golfing, hunting, ice fishing and biking. He and his wife Lisa just celebrated their 40 year Wedding Anniversary in September. They are also proud grandparents of 5 grandchildren.

Shannon Hooper

Director of Sales

Shannon is the Director of Sales at Sunward Steel Buildings. He brings 20 years of senior sales leadership in materials manufacturing, construction and logistics. His leadership talent was first spotted during his military service in the Navy where he led teams within complex environments and ever-changing situations.

Shannon has an MBA from the University of Colorado and has spent his entire career building and leading diverse teams within competitive industry segments. He has a passion for sales leadership, continuous learning and mentoring others in their own personal growth and development.

Shannon enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid traveler when not hitting the slopes with his wife and kids or fly fishing.

 
American Welding Society
Quasar CSA Certified
Canada Welding Bureau

History of Sunward

A Legacy of Strength, Quality, and Longevity

Sunward Steel Buildings was incepted in 1972 when founder Danton Wirth became a dealer of steel buildings.  Just two years later in 1974, he purchased Wedgcor Buildings a small regional manufacturer of metal buildings, in Jamestown, North Dakota.  The headquarters were moved to Denver, Colorado in 1976, leaving the manufacturing facility in North Dakota.  Danton, together with his family, continued to grow the company extending the demand throughout the US.  In the late 90’s they expanded their manufacturing operations to just outside of Charleston, South Carolina to keep up with this demand.  The new manufacturing facility supplies the customers in the eastern states, providing excellence and quality services throughout the US.

Danton worked diligently to build and establish a company that set itself apart by truly focusing on the customer and their needs.  He wanted them to get exactly what they wanted and strived to deliver buildings that went above and beyond expectations. His compassion for the customer’s needs was greatly displayed through his hard work and dedication.  He worked personally with engineers, plant managers, and in the factory to ensure that every detail was perfected.  He was known for designing the buildings as if they were for himself and he exceeded his own expectations every time!

Sunwards roots are in the agricultural industry, however, over the years, this has grown into supply of all building types.  We specialize in commercial and industrial warehouses, manufacturing facilities, recreational buildings, metal shops and garages, custom aircraft hangars, barns, and riding arenas.  We are a one source destination for your metal building.  The entire process is handled in house, from estimating to planning and engineering, all the way through to manufacturing.  This gives our customers the peace of mind that the building will be manufactured per the specifications provided to us.  We cut out the middle man!

Today Danton’s legacy is kept alive as we continue to provide high quality building systems.  Many of the original factory workers and dealers, together with his family, continue to embark upon the legacy of Danton’s vision.  Many of the buildings that were constructed 30 – 40 years ago can be found standing strong today in excellent condition.  This is a true testament of the strength, quality, and longevity of Sunward buildings!