“Wish I had seen this site before,” says William

Looks like I’m going to need an Attorney pretty soon. The same business practices as numerous people have already mentioned. Can you please give me a few Attorney names in the Colorado Springs, CO area. Wish I had seen this site before. Very helpful information. Thanks.

William Parrish
wrockstar@q.com

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We don’t provide attorney recommendations, just a place for information and people to sound off about their steel building buying experiences. Try contacting the Colorado Attorney General’s office and, if they don’t do anything for you, your local news outlet and the FTC.

It’s easy to be misled when there are literally hundreds of fake reviews and fake testimonials on the internet drowning out the truth about General Steel. They even PAY some of the complaint websites (example: consumeraffairs.com) to give them a good rating. General Steel even sued 9NEWS and the BBB into submission and magically went from F to A+. They’ll go to any lengths to hide the truth. General Steel even contacted us! Maybe trying to buy our silence? Here’s what they sent:

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Hello, please call me. 720 981-6091

David Fein
david.fein@embsgroup.com
205.169.22.2

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With BBB accreditation for sale, genuine complaints being wiped from the face of the internet, fake glowing reviews taking their place, complaint websites being bought off, generalsteal.net being threatened into shutting down, and all of General Steel’s ill gotten deposit money and legal firepower, we feel it’s more important than ever to stand up against these bullies. Don’t bother trying again, General. We can’t be bought. Change your business practices.



Yet Another General Steel customer feels “ripped off”

General Steel makes you pay a deposit just to see a set of blue prints and they are not even blue prints to your building!

I foolishly did this and took the generic “drawings” they gave me to City planning. The drawings did not even have actual elevations to show planning. Long story short, city planning would not allow a building with a steel exterior on that lot.

Subsequently, General Steel kept my money and in exchange I received nothing. No viable construction drawings or building! I feel ripped off.

DO NOT BE FOOLED/SOLD ON GIVING THEM ANY MONEY FOR “PLANS”

If you give them any money, you will never see it again and most likely have a set of worthless drawings.

A. Rodriguez
alexrodriguez517@gmail.com


General Steel Buildings

Our family lives in southwest Louisiana. Our Home burned down in Jan. Of 2005, a couple of months before Katrina hit. As a result there was a huge demand for lumber and contractors to rebuild lost homes. Because of this demand we looked for alternative buildings instead of the usual lumber construction.

We were researching a couple of options and steel was one of them. So we contacted “The General” as they advertised themselves to see if they could make us a better offer then Anthem steel, at the time we were not aware nor did they inform us when we told them we were researching several options, they are one and the same company.

General Steel sent us some information and one of their most prominent statements is “You get to CONTROL your project, You know the costs, you know the approach. By using a conventional General Contractor you never really know what is buried in the completed cost per square foot.”

That is possibly the most, bald faced lie I have ever come across in my fifty years.

We have an existing 45’x45′ cement slab we wished to place the building on. I did not really want to live in a steel building but anything was better then the 35′ foot trailer we are now living in. So I thought at some future time we would just convert it to a workshop and garage and build an Insulated Concrete Home.

We contacted General Steel on June and explained to them what we wanted and how desperate we were and they said they had a discounted steel buildings ready to be sent. Unfortunately for us they were 35’x 45′. When I stated this was problem because of the existing slab, voila, there it was a 45’x45′ for $23,991.00 dollars.including bolts and shipping. We were told by our project coordinator, Ted Zounis, that we could have the building in less then two weeks if we sent a deposit now of $6,800.00. So we did it.

I needed the names of contractors in our area who were capable erecting this building and making it relatively hurricane proof. Plus, you cannot acquire a construction loan without the names of you contractor and your blueprints and a go ahead from a structural engineer. I repeatedly asked our project coordinator for the names of contractors able to erect huge steel beams and was licensed. I never did receive any names of contractors and never received a blueprint for the original building. Now remember we paid a deposit for this material but still had no idea when we were going to receive it after being assured several times it would be soon. My husband asked for a price list on components we could add to the building just in case we decided we wanted to stay in the building until hurricane season was over.

I sent to Ted Zounis, our project coordinator, a drawing of what we thought to be ok as far as window components and doors and requested again the name of contractors who worked with General Steel in our area. I was suppose to receive an estimate on these items instead General Steel sent us a “Component Purchase Order” and the price jumped from $23,000 to $99,334.16… What? To add insult to injury it is now July 29,2006 and still no contractors and no blueprint of the original building so I can’t even begin to look for construction loans.

I called Ted Zounis and pointed out the lack of information on contractors, the estimate being termed as a “purchase order” and the fact that we sill had no blueprints and on the “purchase order” the building was the wrong size.

Ted said not to worry about the wording he would take care of that and would send me a list of contractors. Then asked me just what it is we needed on the finished building. I told him insulation and a garage door. I also pointed out there was no way I was going to pay the prices for window openings they were charging, not windows just holes cut in the metal walls. Ted Zounis said “Don’t worry Mary that is an onsite job and you determine that. So essentially I would determine no window holes cut in the walls and wouldn’t be charged for that. Ok, so what is that total minus all the other components except for the garage door and insulation, nothing else, especially holes cut in the walls each costing over $300.00 just please send us the projected total and Ted said the total would be about $36,000.00.

My husband got tired of waiting so he took the money our of our retirement and sent him the remaining amount so we could receive our blueprints the pile of metal and hopefully find a licensed contractor to erect the building so we could insure it.

Instead of a pile of metal General Steel sent us another “component purchase bill that exceeded the first one. The total now stands at $103,385.97. Remember this is for an empty metal shell with holes cut in the walls and no contractor to erect it. No bank in their right mind will loan us that amount on a construction loan. It isn’t a mortgage the building doesn’t even exist. All we ever really agreed to on the phone was a garage for $23,001.00.

The best is yet to come. We called general steel and asked if we could just have the original building we purchased. Ted Zounis said that we needed to read the contract. We then asked him if General Steel had even done anything concerning our building in regards to blueprints or contractors. Our project coordinator was silent for a moment and repeated for us to read the contract. At this point we just wanted something for our money and asked if we could speak with someone else.

Our phone call was directed to Bruce Graham. We asked him if we could just purchase the building we originally ordered and placed a $6,800.00 deposit on. Of course that would leave an excess of $13,000.00 of ours they now have in their possession. Bruce Graham then asked us what we wanted done with the excess money we asked him to please return it. He said that was “unacceptable” and terminated the call.

On November 6,2006 we received a “Notice of Impending Delay Fees” for the building we placed a deposit on June 6,2006. As stated in the previous paragraph we asked to purchase that very building and General Steel through their representative Bruce Graham refused us. Confused? Me too.

On December 11,2006 We General Steel Corporation sent us another letter stating that we had not taken possession of the building we purchased six months previously which would be the $23,000.00 pile of metal and unfortunately because “we have not responded to their written requests” (all of “one”, which we responded with a phone call and were told that our purchase of said building would be “unacceptable”) General Steel shall retain all deposits that we have paid and shall have the right to commence arbitration to recover additional damages. The real kicker is they are charging us 1 1/2 percent a month on the remaining total they created on paper. Do not do business with this company or any of their affiliates.

The upshot we have to give them over $100,000.00 in order to receive our blueprint and pile of metal or they keep our $35,000.00. Now remember no blueprint no loan. No loan no blueprint.

Mary
Grand Coteau, Louisiana
U.S.A.
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General Steel’s Business Practices

Looks like some of the General Steel scammers are moving on to Federal Steel Systems, also in Colorado, with the same business practices.

Mark Jordan
markjordn@aol.com

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Mark, feel free to provide more information regarding your experience. If you’d like to share any emails or documents they sent you that you think would be helpful, visit www.pdf.yt to upload the PDFs and then provide us with the link. We will share it here.


General Steel Increased My Steel Building Price

General Steel increased the price of our steel building after we bought it too. They said it was because of “condensation problems in the roof”.

Cheryl Caldwell
shelbydog2@hotmail.com

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Cheryl, obviously you’re not the only one. If you’d like to share any emails or documents they sent you that you think would be helpful, visit www.pdf.yt to upload the PDFs and then provide us with the link. We will share it here.


General Steel’s favorite victims are Churches

This metal building scam has been around a long time. It started in Texas around 1975. These guys were chasing down deposits, and getting them quite easily by offering ridiculously low building quotes. By the time you figured out you were duped it would be next to impossible to get your deposit back. Eventually the TX Attorney General brought them to justice and disbanded them. But eventually General Steel popped up doing the exact same thing, but at even a larger scale. Their favorite victims are in the religious category.

DON’T BE STUPID FOLKS!

John Smart
jshoem8@gmail.com


General Steel Tripled The Price Of My 42×60

I am yet another victim of the General Steel Building fraud. My 42×60 building started out as a $12,000 “special” and ended up costing over $37,000! After all the price increases, I could no longer afford the insulation. When I asked to have the insulation removed from my order, I was charged half of the $12,000 for making the change. BUYER BEWARE, GENERAL STEEL BUILDINGS, IS NO COMPANY TO DEAL WITH, THEY ARE OUT AND OUT OUTLAWS.

Henry J. Tomasko Jr.
hjtjr55@yahoo.com
3/22/2015


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.