Leadership Team

James D. Buzzie

Jim Buzzie is the current CEO of Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee.  Jim joined the firm in 1991 and quickly moved through the ranks and previously held many different positions within the organization.  He stepped down from the day to day operations as President of Douglas Steel at the beginning of 2019, but will continue to serve in an advisory role to the Management team.  He serves as President of Great Lakes Fabricators & Erectors Association and also serves as a management trustee on all IW Local 25 benefit funds.

You can contact Jim at jbuzzie@douglassteel.com

MHARSCHMichael E. Harsch

Mike Harsch is the President of Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation, a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He is responsible for overseeing the company operations in accordance with the strategic plans, coordinating all company activities and ensuring the company’s performance is achieved with exceptional customer satisfaction. Mike previously held the position of Vice President and Sales Manager. Mike has more than 35 years’ experience in the Steel industry working in various positions as Detailer, Detailing Manager, Estimator and Project Manager.

You can contact Mike at mharsch@douglassteel.com

Richard A. Steffens

Rich Steffens is the Engineering Manager of Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation and is a member of the Board of Directors. Rich began his career with the firm in 1992. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the engineering department including scheduling, establishing and monitoring connection design and framing methods to ensure compliance with AISC and project requirements. Rich has previously held the positions of Detailer and Engineering Job Captain.

You can contact Rich at rsteffens@douglassteel.com

Laurie L. Keener

Laurie Keener is the Controller of Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation and is a member of the Board of Directors. Laurie joined the firm in 2007. She has over 30 years of construction accounting experience. She oversees all aspects of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Job Cost, Payroll and HR Employee Benefits.

You can contact Laurie at lkeener@douglassteel.com

Charles P. Dunn

Charles Dunn is the Plant Superintendent of Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Directors. Charles joined the firm in 2007. He has the overall responsibility for all Shop Production, Scheduling and Personnel. He previously held the position as a Welder, Head of Maintenance, Shipping and Receiving Foreman and Assistant Plant Manager.

You can contact Charles at cdunn@douglassteel.com

Christopher J. Lowe

Christopher Lowe is the Quality and Safety Manager of Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation.  He is a member of the Board of Directors.  Christopher joined the firm in 1995.  He oversees the safety program for both the fabrication facility, and erection crews.  He is also responsible for ensuring all work for both plant and field are in accordance with Douglas Steel’s AISC Certified Quality Control Program.  Christopher also manages technologies for the firm.  Christopher has been a CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) since 2015.  He previously held the positions of Engineering Assistant, Detailer, Materials Buyer, Estimator, and Project Manager.

You can contact Chris at clowe@douglassteel.com

Carrie A. Colwell

Carrie Colwell is the Sales Manager of Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation and is a member of the Board of Directors. Carrie joined the firm in 2008. She is responsible for sales, estimating, marketing and business development.  She previously held the role of Chief Engineer and Project Manager.  She holds a Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and is a registered Engineer in the State of Michigan.  Carrie is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Michigan (SEAMI), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and Central Fabricators Association (CFA).

You can contact Carrie at ccolwell@douglassteel.com