Company Overview

Mission Statement

Central States Manufacturing, Inc. is a 100% employee-owned company devoted to the personal growth and well being of our owners. We are dedicated to increasing the value of our company by making Raving Fans of our customers through exceeding their expectations, being easy to do business with, demonstrating excellence in all aspects of our business and being committed to improving their business.

It is our promise to maintain honesty and integrity with everyone our lives may touch. With thanksgiving for the blessings we have been given, we are committed to serving the communities where we live and work by giving back a portion of our time, talents and profits.

Company Values


Maintaining honesty, fairness and strong moral principles by DOING THE RIGHT THING at all times.


SUPERIORITY in performance. Using observation and data to pursue CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT.


An active commitment to CUSTOMERS, COMPANY and TEAMWORK that takes priority over personal gain.

Success/Quality of Life

Achieving personal BALANCE in all aspects of life – spiritual, family, professional, personal and social.

Financial Success

Generating earnings to meet the needs for company growth, employee compensation, the ESOP and community service.

What We Do

Founded in 1988, Central States Manufacturing, Inc. is an employee-owned company, which serves over 2,000 post frame, commercial, residential, and architectural customers in the United States.

Over 400 employee-owners operate seven facilities in Lowell, AR, Michigan City, IN, Cedar Hill, TX, Jasper, AL, Mount Airy, NC, Hartford, SD and Scottsville, KY. We manufacture four quality exposed fastener panels (Panel-Loc™, Panel-Loc Plus™, R-Loc™, M-Loc™) and a concealed fastener panel (Horizon-Loc). We also provide trims, gutters, accessories and a variety of purlin profiles in red oxide and galvanized finishes. In January 2005, Central States entered into a licensing agreement to produce and distribute trapezoidal standing seam products. We have two profiles that are available: Central-Loc, which is a snap together panel and Central Seam Plus, which is a mechanically seamed panel.

We welcome you to look around our website to learn more about our company and our products, and the quality and service we stand behind. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.  If you are interested in becoming a Central States Employee Owner, please click here.

Our History

We began production in a small plant in Rogers, Arkansas in April 1988, but quickly outgrew the space. In January 1990, the sales and production facilities were moved to their current location in Lowell, Arkansas. At that time the facility was 15,000 square feet. We have since expanded to 123,000 square feet plus additional office space.

In 1991, we were set up as an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) company, and are currently 100% employee owned. Our company, employees, and customers all benefit from our employee ownership and involvement.

Implementing a business plan that was completed in August 1995, Central States opened a retail operation called Metal Express (changed to “Metal Central” in 2008) at the Lowell facility to serve the retail sector of the market in the area.

In 1997, we opened a manufacturing facility in Michigan City, Indiana. The plant was opened with 20,400 square feet plus office space. Since then the production facility has more than doubled in size.

In 2000, we opened our third manufacturing facility in Cedar Hill, Texas. This plant was opened with 40,000 square feet plus office space.

Then in January 2003, we launched a new self-storage division called Central Storage Works. Based in the Lowell facility, Central Storage Works offers complete building systems for mini-storage, boat storage and RV storage buildings.

Our fourth manufacturing facility opened October 2006 in Jasper, Alabama. The plant has 40,000 square feet plus office space and will shorten lead times for customers in Alabama and Mississippi.

In 2010, we opened our fifth manufacturing facility in Mount Airy, North Carolina.  It is equipped with the machinery and staff to service predominantly light gauge customers within roughly a 200-mile radius.

In 2011, Central States became 100% Employee Owned.  Our employee owners make the difference in servicing customer needs, and we are committed to being the service leader in our industry. The benefits of dealing with an employee owned company are apparent in all aspects of our business including product quality, accurate order processing, reliable delivery, and customer service. All members of our team are empowered to make decisions and are expected to provide you with the highest level of customer service. We welcome the opportunity to show you our facilities and introduce you to the members of our team.

In February 2013, we opened our sixth manufacturing facility in Hartford, South Dakota to serve our customers in the upper midwest.

Our seventh manufacturing facility opened May 2015 in Scottsville, Kentucky to better serve our customers in the central bluegrass area.