A Powerhouse of Cold-Formed Steel Construction
American Panel Tec leads the industry in the supply of lightweight steel framed panels and trusses to fully erected structures
From its inception in 1989, American Panel Tec has grown to become the largest fabricator of load bearing wall panels and metal trusses in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, now offering fully erected structures as well. Founded as a subsidiary of Marino Industries Corp., in 1994, current owner and President John Lanzilotta and two partners decided to branch out and create a separate entity. They purchased the assets of American Panel Tec from the Marino organization, through which they had been running the company. From there, American Panel Tec has become the region’s leader in prefabricated cold formed steel construction.
“We wanted to provide a value-added product for the construction industry,” explains Lanzilotta. “Load bearing structures and roof trusses utilizing metal studs were in their infancy in 1989, and the framing subcontractors at the time were not well versed in their usage. Through prefabrication we could accomplish all of the intricate detail and heavy framing and connection work required of the system in our facility. This allowed for a more efficient field installation process and, ultimately, a higher quality, more economical structure.”
Lanzilotta shares his pride in the quality and longevity that American Panel Tec provides, noting, “We are among the longest tenured prefabricators of cold formed steel in the country. This fact alone is a testament to the level of experience and professionalism that we bring to a project.”
Over the years, American Panel Tec has changed with the times, recognizing and accommodating the evolving needs of the industry. “When we started, we sold wall panels and roof trusses,” says Lanzilotta, “and after a while many of the developers and GCs that we were dealing with changed from builders to investors. They didn’t care what the panel cost. They needed to know what the building would cost. So, that’s when we got into providing the installation of the products rather than just supplying the products. And as we’ve progressed, we expanded to include the supply and installation of floor and roof systems that interface well with our wall panels.”
Lanzilotta recognizes that any business is only as good as its employees. He says, “We have a team of dedicated project managers and design personnel, many of whom have been with the company for 10 or 20 years, who oversee every project from estimating through completion. In addition to our panels and trusses, we provide and coordinate the entire sheathed structure. And we do this on time and within budget.”
In fact, American Panel Tec consistently strives to be the best. “Our goal is to provide innovative, value-engineered designs without sacrificing quality,” says Lanzilotta. “Our knowledge of multiple systems lets us choose and deliver the most efficient and economical solution, resulting in a successful project.”
Reaching New Heights
A trend the company is seeing of late is a move toward bigger and higher buildings…and the team is ready and able to take on the challenge. “Cold formed steel has been around for many years now and has proven to be one of the best types of lightweight and fire-resistant methods of construction. This allows for larger buildings that can withstand high winds and earthquakes to be built from cold formed steel at lighter loads, saving the consumer both time and money.” He adds, “About seven years ago we did the first nine-story cold formed steel structure, then three years ago we did an 11-story building. Now we have a 12-story under contract. We’re currently negotiating another 11 and a 10-story. The multifamily housing market is busy. These structures keep getting taller and our capabilities are growing along with it.”
American Panel Tec has fabricated and managed installation of many successful projects—from simple one-story buildings to complex 12-story structures. Just a few examples of its projects include: 198 and 207 Van Vorst Street, Jersey City; The Vanderbilt, Westbury, New York; Charles and Co. Apartments, Jersey City; Buildings 8-9, 11, 13, and 15 at Port Imperial in Weehawken; Whitehall Towers 2050 Central Ave., Ft. Lee; Block 110 in Hoboken; Ann’s Choice and Maris Grove in Pennsylvania; Villanova University Student Housing; and numerous Bristal Assisted Living Senior Housing projects throughout New York and New Jersey.
Not satisfied to rest on its laurels, American Panel Tec is always looking for new opportunities and loves repeat business. “Our existing customers come back again and again for our exceptional service and product. New customers are amazed at our excellent knowledge and field experience and quickly become repeat customers,” Lanzilotta proudly shares. As for the future, he says, “We are always looking for new products, means, and methods to keep us at the forefront of prefab cold formed metal framing.”