Steel Building Price Increase, Why Didn’t I See This Website Before?

Recently had a building provided by Anthem Steel. Jonah Goldman was head of the project. We paid for the project in full. We paid for the increases in steel prices due to the project being postponed. Unfortunately when the building arrived, it was incorrect and thus stretched the project out over a week. Our contractor assessed charges for an idle crew and the “customer service” team at Anthem Steel assured us that we would be taken care of and made whole for our increased cost to the project. I just received a lovely email from Jonah Goldman, gracefully denying our claim (dripping with sarcasm). The project not including all my professional time away from my other duties, will cost an extra $4,700 dollars. Thanks Anthem Steel, you sure lived up to your name. Why didn’t I see this website before.

Michael Harbaugh

Is This What It’s Like Working At General Steel Buildings?

This is the most unprofessional office I have ever worked at. I felt like walking out of prison when I left General Steel, it was that bad. During my employment, I have witnessed many people being harassed, dirty jokes flying around the office blatantly, people from upper management talking bad about those who call in sick or go on a paid vacation….NEWS FLASH JEFF KNIGHT..your so called General Steel “slaves” have lives outside of General Steel. The world does not revolve around General Steel. GET IT THROUGH YOUR BIG EGOTISTICAL HEAD!! One girl asked Jeff Knight for paid time off to see her dad who was having surgery for critical illness, he asked “what for? it is just a surgery” She then replied “Jeff, my dad is dying, he doesn’t have that many years to live, every surgery is critical” Jeff looked at her like he did not understand why she had to take time off for that.

For anyone that does not know, Jeff Knight is the CEO of the company. He is a 15 year old snobby kid inside a 60 year old mans body. Jeff is the biggest egotistical prick I have ever met in my life. He talks down to his employees, brags about his $25 million dollars worth of real estate, calls employees that miss work or don’t sell enough buildings fags, cocksuckers, gay, bitches, pieces of shit, etc. He says the same about customers that back out of buying his buildings as well. He makes a lot of threats. At one point he was quoted “When you sell a lot at General Steel you are treated like family, when you don’t you’re as useful as a piece of garbage littered on the street, better yet, you’re a piece of shit!” One girl quit after overhearing Jeff and Ken King make fun of another employee who took a day off because his fiance’ left him and he was having chest pains so he went to the hospital. Jeff said “His fiance’ ‘Bill’ left him? (making a gay reference when the employee was in fact not gay) He did not come to work because his fiance’ Bill left him? Fucking homo!” The female employee could not take the abuse and resigned the same day.

Jeff is very insecure and thinks he is god, he seriously does. He has been quoted saying “I’m the fucking man, anyone fucks with me I’ll kill them, I’ll beat their ass!” He takes kickboxing lessons and comes back from the gym walking around the sales floor throwing punches in in thin air and showing his taped training sessions to other employees. Think of that douchebag high school jock that talked about himself all day, took steroids, acted like he could beat everyone up, and at every chance he got he would tell everybody how much better he is than everyone else…yeah that’s Jeff Knight to a tee! At one time he put his leg on an employees desk, lifted up his pant leg and showed him a gun saying “Anyone messes with me, I’ll kill them.”

Jeff also likes to cater to the girls in the office, he makes it apparent. He flirts a lot wth the attractive girls and goes the extra mile to help them out with their deals. He brags about his daughter Lauren who is a manager and is as evil as he is. She talks like Jeff and belittles all of her employees as well. One time she sent out a letter saying that nobody was allowed to take time off except for Thanksgiving and Christmas when employees sill had paid time left for the year. Her and her husband Travis act like they rule the world, and everyone is underneath them. They have no appreciation for employees at all.

Another employee Ken King who is a General Manager is Jeff’s little puppet. He agrees with everything Jeff says due to Jeff paying for Kens alcohol rehab a few times and laughs and jokes with Jeff while he is talking bad about employees. When someone quits or resigns, Jeff finds some way to make fun of that employee in an obnoxious way. He has been quoted saying “Good, I’m glad she is gone, she can go smoke some pot that stoner bitch” He also plays live phone calls of people that messed up on a call in front of the whole sales floor and belittles the person. He played a call for one kid and afterwards said “You should be selling lava lamps at Spencers, that is how bad your sales capabilities are. It will be a miracle if you stay here until Friday” He then fired the kid. 20 mins later he listened to another phone call of the kid and said “bring that motherfucker back in so I can fire him again!”

This place is a bad work environment. The upper management is the worst I’ve worked for and I’ve worked for a few fortune 500 companies. General Steel just makes you feel dirty at the end of the day, sleezy is a better term. The fact that the CEO has to be front and center talking down to people in his office when he is worth millions, baffles me. It is a primary issue that has caused a lot of good sales people to walk out the door. The lack of appreciation for employees brings the moral down a lot. Nobody likes working up there. Jeff Knight is in a lot of legal trouble now as well so it makes the workplace even more unpleasant hearing him make threats to whoever is suing him. If anyone considers working here and has been fortunate to read this, let me just say this..FIND ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY! I believe nobody should be treated the way they are treated at General Steel and that Jeff Knight is the worst person to work for in my experience.

Is General Steel Allergic To Delivering Buildings?

General Steel ripped me off too. I had a horse barn collapse due to a snow storm. I left deposit of $3500 and received NO barn/building. Compared to other stories and how much money people have lost I feel lucky. I tried to take Mr. Ted (TJ) Leach (sales agent) and Lee Bayshore to small claims court to get my deposit back to no avail. DO NOT fax or scan a copy of a check either for downpayment. It will be deposited before you can put a stamp on your envelope. Once they receive your deposit you will be treated like a “pimple on an elephant” as someone else described. DO NOT do business with this company. UNETHICAL!

– Jennifer Spangler

General Steel Buildings is STILL ripping people off!

General Steel is still ripping people off. They are still making promises regarding steel buildings accepting people’s money and delivering absolutely nothing. Something should be done, they should not allowed to continue duing business, accepting people’s money and refusing to refund when they don’t deliver. I gave them a lot of money for a retirement home and today I have not received my money back. I was told that they would not give me my money.

– Avies D Brown

General Steel Told Me They Were The Manufacturer!

If we had the internet at the start of my project the way it has developed now, I would have bought from a different company. My house was one of 2500 destroyed in the Cedar Fire in 2003 and I contacted General Steel, believing Paul on the radio, as one of the possible ways of rebuilding. Earthquake proof, no termites, no wood rot, fire proof, no painting or re roofing. The other alternatives fell by the wayside. General Steel referred me to their consumer division, Capital Steel.

I did end up with a home I love, however, in the process it cost much more and took a lot longer than it should have. I had no idea they didn’t make their own buildings, they told me they were the manufacturer. Now I understand why all the corrections would take so long to make on the drawings, etc.

Any suggestions on what I need to do next?

– Carlynne Allbee


Carlynne, consider yourself extremely lucky to have received your building.

Jeff Knight of General Steel Arrested & Charged With Third Degree Assault Of A Child

Not only has General Steel left a lot of consumers beaten and bloodied with nothing to show for their money but Jeff Knight, Owner of General Steel Buildings, continues to think he can do whatever he wants…including assaulting a child.

Jeffrey Wayne Knight, the owner of General Steel Corporation was arrested and charged with third degree assault after police said he attacked a child during a dispute at a 24 hour fitness.

Jeff Knight, 55, of Littleton Colorado, was charged with third-degree assault after Thursday evening’s altercation with a minor. Because this victim is underage, we will protect his identity and not release his name.

According to an interview of 24 hour fitness manager John Campbell and documents filed in Jefferson County, Colorado, the minor was at the gym practicing with his basketball team when Jeffrey Wayne Knight “swung…striking him in the face.” The minor said it hurt and knocked him to the ground. When he was on the ground, Jeffrey Wayne Knight got on top of him and was holding him down by his shirt asking him if he was going to do anything.

When Jeffrey Wayne Knight let go of him, the minor got up and walked out. As he was walking out, Jeffrey Wayne Knight was yelling at him “what you just going to walk away?” When the young child walked away he noticed his jaw was in pain and his mouth was bleeding, police said. Police also noticed the victim had a loose tooth from the assault.

Multiple witnesses told police Jeff Knight of General Steel “grabbed the kid and threw him to the ground” and that the minor was not acting aggressively toward Jeff Knight during the assault.

On December 14th, Officer Carmosino was issued a subpoena for a trial jury, reference a third degree assault involving Jeff Knight, DOB 10-13-57. However, the trial was continued to February, according to the documents.

It is interesting to note that when Jeff Knight, owner of General Steel, was arrested and charged with third degree assault, he misled police officers by stating that he was a “manager” at Helm Lending Group…most likely to avoid the negative press.



Seeking Information About A General Steel Employee

I’m looking for information regarding Steve Paige specifically his income there and if General Steel paid him directly (personal name) and/or paid him through a different name or company. He likes to use different company names to collect.

– Sarah


Sarah, we don’t know anything about anyone’s income at General Steel. We have, however, read multiple complaints from Mr. Paige’s customers. From what many former employees have reported, he is heavily favored by Jeff Knight, owner of General Steel Buildings, for the amount of steel building deposits he collects on a monthly basis from unsuspecting churches.

We’re not tax lawyers! We don’t provide legal advice on American issues or otherwise. With that being said, if he is a full-time employee and not a contractor, paying him through a company might classify as tax fraud. This type of activity would come under close scrutiny by the IRS. They refer to it as misclassification. Often times, the IRS will require the employer to pay back everything due to the date such misclassification originated. You can also contact the wage and hour division of your state’s employment services department as this could also be in violation of any number of state rules and regulations.

Another General Steel Building Victim – 8 years and $35,000 later…NO BUILDING

In good faith we sent our deposit for a steel building we were purchasing. We were promised many things which have not happened.

They have over $35,000.00 of our money and we have no building as they breached the contract. We were promised they would furnish us with reputable contractors to errect our new building. The contractors they referred us to were unlicensed…with a bad history.

They keep hounding us to sign a release for the building and I refuse. Our $57,000.000 building is now up to $115,000.00. It took them 3 1/2 months to even get us our blueprints. During that time they were still trying to get us to sign a release on the building.

We could not even get approved by the city without blueprints.

I also found out they are not manufacturers but brokers. I would have never dealt with them had I known this. They lie, lie, and lie.

There is so much more but I would have to write a book. I can only hope we get our deposit back.

We have been waiting to get a new building for over 8 years and now they have our money and we have nothing. I do not want to do business with people that are dishonest.

Rialto, California

Anthem Steel Scams ANOTHER Church! 6 years & $28,000 later – NO BUILDING!

To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Larry , Pastor of a small church in Mississippi. I signed an arbitration agreement with Anthem Steel asking them to rectify what has become a very difficult and unfair situation.

I wanted to believe that Anthem Steel did not typically treat its customers the way they have treated me but unfortunately it has.

Spirit Filled Life Christian Church gave Anthem Steel a $ 28,539.00 deposit on the 70′-100′ metal building. .The initial cost of the building was $47,621.00 and the price was only good for that day and I had to fax a copy of a $12,000.00 dollars deposit check as soon as possible to obtain this building.

That was ok, so I signed the Purchase order faxed to me by Anthem Steel. I am not sure if the Arbitration was sent along with the initial purchase order or not however, I signed the Arbitration agreement.

Later Anthem sent me forms to specify details such as doors, window, insulation, trim etc. with additions in what amounted to enormous additional cost. The church paid an additional $16,539.00 on an additional $55,000.00 accessories that cost more than the building itself.

I was told by a representative that Anthem wouldn’t stand behind the warranty unless the additional material was purchased from Anthem. I was not aware until later the additional purchase order would assist the first purchase order. I later realized that I had been mis-lead. This was not ok.

I noticed that Anthem prices on the addition such as, window, insulation, trim etc, were about 5 times retail. I have since asked that Anthem design the building be designed to accommodate our church needs. We were willing to purchase a larger building from Anthem hoping they would allow our deposit to be used on a larger modified building and cancel the addition such as, window, insulation, trim etc.

But, Anthem continued to inflate their prices to such a degree that would not allow us to purchase or make modifications to our order. Realizing that I had sign arbitration and contract I was felt helpless to do anything but try to work with Anthem but they have made it impossible. Our church needs help.

We have made several attempts to contact Anthem with little success. This has been an on going process since 8-28-2006 with no resolution. It appears Anthem Steel is notoriously dishonest company and I feel most betrayed. It is a shame and disgrace for a company to rob the Church.

Mississippi, Mississippi

General Steel HAS NOT delivered 33,000 buildings

Jeff Knight of General Steel has published another Letter From The President where he asserts that the complaints readily found online made by his customers and re-published by websites such as , , , and more – are fabricated by “desperate competitors.”

Come on, Mr. Knight. Today’s consumers are smarter than that. What’s next? Do you expect us to believe that the ongoing investigation by the California Attorney General’s office doesn’t exist either? How about the multi-million dollar Colorado Attorney General’s judgment in favor of consumers and in opposition of General Steel’s business practices? Did “desperate competitors” dream up that $4.5 million dollar penalty the state made you pay because the Attorney General determined that you were only delivering roughly 50% of the buildings consumers paid you for, too?

We are smarter than that. Consumers are keen to your ways and with so many options in the marketplace today, why risk our hard earned money to a company that continues to sell with false pressure tactics and nonsense “steel allocation” stories.

General Steel is a broker. Plain and simple. A broker with a radio advertising campaign. General Steel claims to be the “first”. General Steel expects consumers to believe that steel buildings were invented in 1995 by Jeffrey Wayne Knight. Really?

No factory. No “steel allocation”. No plant manager. No engineers.

Just stories.

We hear from General Steel employees that they too are growing tired of the lies. Daily sales meetings have been referred to as ‘daily indoctrination.’ They say the passionate morning meetings about every other company in the industry being evil have come to be routine and tired. General Steel’s management team feeds these lies to their employees in an effort to perpetuate these scare tactics on the telephone so that you as a consumer will fear selecting anyone other than General Steel.

If General Steel is the only company that follows through on it’s promises and delivers what it sells, why do they only have stock steel building photos on their websites?

General Steel claims to have won ‘Best In The Industry’ for five years straight. From who? We challenge General Steel to specify who awarded a company found guilty of deceptive practices ‘Best In The Industry’ for five years running. They won’t specify who awarded them Best In The Industry because it’s another lie meant to mislead consumers.

General Steel claims to have delivered a whopping 33,000 steel buildings. That sure is a lot, right? So where are the photos? Where are the thousands of satisfied customers? Why is it impossible for a General Steel salesman to refer a potential customer to a nearby General Steel building when General Steel apparently has over 33,000 delivered buildings across the country? With that many buildings, that’s roughly 600-700 per state!

Surely, it would be pretty easy to locate a General Steel building nearby for practically anyone, anywhere in the country to take a look at, right? Wrong. Staff say they are trained to dismiss the request.

Where ARE all these delivered buildings, Mr. Knight? We’ve seen the photo on your company’s home page of your personal riding arena located in Colorado. It’s impressive. But do you expect potential customers or even your own employees to believe your larger than life claims when you’ve already been found guilty of deceptive practices once?

So we continue to wonder…where are these 33,000 buildings you claim to have delivered? Or will we see your websites modified shortly to say “selected for 33,000 buildings” meaning, “we’ve taken deposits from 33,000 customers, but we haven’t actually DELIVERED 33,000 buildings.”

We’ll wait and see.

Meanwhile, if you’re a consumer considering General Steel…consider the heartbreaking stories all over the internet and the dozens and dozens of lawsuits involving transactions with General Steel.

General Steel complaints, and are a couple places to start. Make sure you educate yourself before making what could be the biggest purchase of your life.