History of Rigid Building
Founded in Houston, Texas in 1990, Rigid Global Buildings has grown into one of the leading pre-engineered metal building companies in the industry today. With a solid engineering foundation, Rigid strives in not only simple metal building projects but also complex, detailed projects. It is these detailed projects that have given Rigid the reputation of being able to design and manufacture outside of the standard metal box building including structural steel. We are your Single Source Steel Building Manufacturer!
n 1990 Rigid Structures officially opened as an engineering consulting firm for the metal building industry. Over the course of the next three years, Rigid Structures quickly became the leading engineering firm for metal building manufactures.
In 1993 with the investment capital beginning to accumulate from the consulting business, the owners decided to expand the business with the formation of Rigid Building Systems. Rigid Building Systems was formed to develop the front end of a metal building company. Personnel were hired for building sales, estimating, contracts and detailing. With time, dedication and hard work, Rigid had become known as a company who could consistently out-perform their competition in terms of economics and speedy delivery.
On June 12, 1995 – five years after starting the consulting business – Rigid opened the doors to its brand new manufacturing plant in Houston, Texas – and the rest is history. To this day, Rigid incorporates the best in methods of production, purchasing and service. The result of which gives Rigid’s customers much more value that they could receive anywhere else in the industry.
In 2008 the steel industry faced a significant impact with the price of steel rising at a volatile rate along with the downturn in the economy – Rigid was no exception to these occurrences. In order to secure the stability of the company Rigid needed to broaden its horizons and expand into the international market. In 2011, Rigid Building Systems officially became Rigid Global Buildings. The transition into the global market brought financial stability as well as a means to reach a larger international audience.
Rigid has taken the next step in securing the success of the company by offering structural steel. Rigid is now becoming known as the Single Source Steel Building Manufacturer. We want to be the one stop shop for our customers!
Rigid Global Buildings is still the same manufacturing company it was back in 1995. Leading the way back then, Rigid Global is leading the way into the future. Rigid strives on building long lasting relationships with our customers and we would like to earn your trust and establish a business relationship with you. If you have any questions about any of our products or to get started please give us a call today at 888-GO-RIGID!
Our Executive Team
Alex Ghodsi – Chairman of the Board and CEO
Alireza Ghodsi born in Tehran Iran has been living in Houston Texas since 1972. He is an active alumnus of the University of Houston earning his Master of Civil Engineering in 1978 and is a licensed professional engineer. He was privileged to be asked to give the commencement address for the May 2009 graduating class of the U of H Cullen College of Engineering.
Mr. Ghodsi co-founded and currently holds the position of Chairman of the Board of “Rigid Global Buildings”. In January 2011 Rigid went global when it merged with Jinhuan Steel Structures. This transition into the global market brought the financial stability that Alex was looking for as well as a means to reach a larger international audience.
The international market is not unknown to Alireza. In his capacity as Executive Vice President and Owner he has spent over twenty years developing, selling and managing international offices and projects. He set up offices in Philippines and Seoul Korea in the mid 1990’s. Recently, Alireza was privileged in December 2010 to be among the select few Iranian American Businessmen to travel with Paul Brinkley, Deputy Secretary of Defense to Robert Gates, to Afghanistan and Basra, Iraq to discuss how the private sector can help in the rebuilding of these two countries. He was honored to meet and speak with General David Patraeus, the commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Alireza has been married to his wife Joanna for 37 years and has two children. A daughter who is a practicing OB/GYN and a son who is a culinary student.
Bowen Lo – President and COO
Bowen Lo, MBA was the leading factor behind the new relationship between Jinhuan and Rigid. Bowen, an industry professional, oversees the financial stability of the company. As President and COO of Rigid Global Buildings, Mr. Lo oversees the daily financial responsibilities of the company as well as Purchasing and Human Resources. Bowen also sits on the Board of Directors. Mr. Lo has an extensive background within the Metal Building industry including working with The Bradbury Group as the General Manager for the Asia Pacific Region.
Throughout the years Bowen has continued to build international relationships and improving sales for all parties involved. He specializes in:
• Business Development
• International Marketing
• Business/Strategic Planning
• Operation Management
• Joint Venture Operations
• Financial Reporting & Analysis
Bowen received his Bachelor of Arts in International Trade from the Fu Jen University in Taiwan in 1977 and received his MBA from the University of Houston in 1979. Born in Taiwan, Bowen is a US citizen and now resides in Houston, Texas. Bowen utilizes his excellent communication skills by acting as the liaison between the American and Chinese Cultures.
Gary Yuen – Vice President of Finance and Accounting
Gary Yuen comes to Rigid Global Buildings with a wealth of experience in both finance and accounting. He has been working for several multinational public companies for more than 18 years in US and overseas.
During his professional career, he has performed various positions, such as Financial Controller, Treasury Accounting Manager, Internal Auditor to name a few. He started his audit career with Ernst & Young LLP in 2005. Before his finance and accounting career, Mr. Yuen had a decade of experience in the Flow Control business. As a control valve expert, he served as Application Engineer for two leading companies in the industry.
Mr. Yuen was born and raised in Hong Kong, China, and is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. He has a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
John Long – Vice President Engineering & IT
For over 30 years, John Long has been engineering metal buildings. Having received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1983 John has continued to use his knowledge and expertise to engineer and design unique and intricate pre-engineered metal buildings.
Over the course of his career, John worked his way up the ranks starting out as a Design Engineer for Armco Building Systems in Cincinnati Ohio. While he was with Armco he was responsible for the design and cost estimates for a variety of metal building projects ensuring they were compliant with the applicable design codes.
Armco was eventually purchased by Steelox Systems. John continued his career with Steelox for the next 20 years until the company could no longer stay open. It was then he moved to Houston, Texas and became the Vice President of Engineering for Rigid Building Systems, and now Rigid Global Buildings.
John is proficient with a wide range of design and engineering software including: RamSteel, Mathcad, AutoCAD, Microstation, Visio, Pro/Engineer, ManagePro as well as International standards for AISC, AISI, ASCE for steel structures.
John is responsible for the Engineering Department at Rigid Global Buildings including budget management, project management and supervising over 100 engineers, estimators, CADD operators and detailers as well as the IT Department. John is a registered Professional Engineer in the following states:
David King – Vice President of Operations
Mr. King brings 42 years of experience to Rigid and has held several positions from various firms throughout his career including CAD Department Supervisor, Chief Draftsman, Retro-Roof Division Supervisor, and Product Development Manager. Mr. King also worked internationally as Drafting Manager for Zamil Steel Buildings in Saudi Arabia from 1983 to 1989.
Mr King attended Rose College in Oklahoma where he pursued architectural and drafting technology studies.
Outside the office, Mr. King is active in the cycling community by way of riding, collecting and restoring bicycles of all kinds with a collection dating back to the 1880’s. He participates in numerous ultra-distance rides and races, including the Ride Across Indiana and the Tejas 500 Time Trials. Since 2009, he has used his cycling and fundraising skills by participating in the Tour du Rouge – a six-day bicycle ride from Houston to New Orleans. Through donations, he has raised in excess of $25,000 for the American Red Cross.