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Shelter Systems was started by the Hikel family—Dwight, Linda and Joe—and a partner in 1976. Starting small, the original plant had a little over 14,000 square feet of production space, five employees, a saw and three truss assembly stations. In the early 1980s, the Hikels added an additional 18,000 square feet to the manufacturing facility. By 2003, Shelter Systems was growing, and it was evident that our existing plant could no longer handle the work orders coming in. It was clear that a new facility was needed.

On January 31, 2005, Shelter Systems commenced operations at our new state-of-the-art facility in Westminster, MD. This new plant has 120,000 square feet of manufacturing operations, another 11,000 square feet of office space, eight acres of storage, engineered wood product (EWP), and transportation-related yard, and another 13 acres for future expansion.

Our new state-of-the-art facility can process 8 truckloads of wood daily, which is more than 165,000 board feet. Each truckload is stored inside our air-exchanged, climate-controlled storage facility, not stacked outside. Protection from the elements means that we produce more stable, higher-quality floor and roof trusses. In addition, we can process up to 12 truckloads of engineered lumber per week and employ up to 210 trained professionals to get the job done. This translates into a reduction in cycle-times, which means that every job will be completed to offer you a quality product in a timely fashion.

The combination of lean manufacturing processes and a loyal and caring workforce enables us to quickly fill the varied needs of today's builder with top quality structural components. From your initial meeting with us, to the delivery of your product, you can count on each member of the Shelter Systems Limited team to be responsive to your needs, offer swift and reliable solutions, and assist with continuing customer service even after the job is done!

What Our Clients Have to Say:

October 9, 2007

Mr. Joe Hikel
Shelter Systems
1025 Meadow Branch Road
Westminster, MD 21158

RE: Woodland Park Apartments

Dear Joe:

I wanted to let you know that I truly appreciate the efforts made by Dave Weiss and Tony Acampa during the design and framing of this important project. Everything has gone smoothly despite the degree of difficulty and the tight site conditions. They have worked well with Ace Carpentry and my field staff, worked with John Metzler to get the shop drawings approved, quickly resolved repair details, adjusted to the delivery logistics and kept up with our schedule.

Efforts like this are definitely noticed and remind me why I awarded this project to your company in the first place. Please let these guys know how I feel.


Jefferson G. Grant
Vice President, Bozzuto Construction Company

Shelter Systems Limited • 1025 Meadow Branch Road • Westminster, MD 21158 • 410-876-3900