When the Ironstone Building Materials company was founded in 2005, it was an unlikely start-up.
The company’s founder, Joe Pardo, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to the US when he was a toddler.
His family’s local home is in an industrial zone in Brooklyn called Coney Island, and the company is known for its “sturdy, solid and easy-to-use” construction materials.
“The house has a lot of character and a lot to offer,” says Pardo.
The building materials are often used in building houses and apartments as well as in a wide range of industrial applications, such as furniture and building materials.
But while Pardo had no prior experience with the craft, he was drawn to the idea of building materials as a career.
“I realized I had a love for the process of building things,” he says.
Pardo’s first job out of college was at a construction company, where he learned the trade from a young age.
“When I was a kid, my friends would take me to the store to pick up whatever was on the shelves, and they’d give me a bag of the stuff,” he recalls.
“There was a lot that was just made of ironstone.
I got really interested in that.”
Pardo decided to study building materials after graduation, and he eventually started the company with his friend Michael Shulman, now the CEO of the company.
The two brothers first met while working as construction workers in the 1970s, but they weren’t connected in any way.
“We had no idea who each other were until I met Joe,” Pardo says.
“Joe was the only person in the whole construction business that had any engineering background.
He knew how to build things.”
The brothers started to develop a passion for the materials and built a company that would sell the products they made.
Pardos company started by selling “Ironstone Building Kits” that he built himself.
The kits included the construction kit that he and Shulmans partner would build.
The kit included everything from concrete floor tiles to pipe and tubing to pipe fittings.
“They made a kit for a single-family home,” Pardo says.
The family built their own concrete floors, but the kits also included a large amount of construction materials that they had purchased from local suppliers.
Pardsons customers also bought the kits, and their products would also be used by the company’s subcontractors.
“At first, we sold to contractors for concrete,” Pardson says.
Eventually, the company began to sell to construction contractors for structural panels.
“It became really popular, and we started to build it for a lot more than just building,” PARDO says.
Over the years, Pardoms company expanded to sell other types of building material, including pipe and conduit.
“People wanted to be able to buy these building materials, so we started building the pipe and the conduit,” Parde says.
Soon, the family started selling the same kits to other contractors.
“By this time, Joe had been in the business for about 10 years, and his son, Michael, was also a contractor,” PARDSON says.
When the brothers started their own company in 2015, they had built their business into a multi-billion-dollar company, PARDSONS, that specialized in building materials and building services.
“One of the biggest things that we had in common is our passion for building and working with building materials,” PONES says.
At PARDs company, they also built a factory for assembling their products.
PARDSON’s products are sold to the world in two varieties, steel pipe and concrete flooring.
The products come in two styles, “Cordo” and “Molex.”
PARDON’S steel pipe is made from the same steel as the pipe that is sold to clients.
PONELES concrete floorings come in a variety of sizes and are typically built with various materials.
The concrete floor has a high density, but PARDES offers a variety to fit the building.
“Our customers come to us, and sometimes they’re in their 20s or 30s, and some of them have kids,” Pondo says.
To keep the company competitive, Pardsos has added more products.
The PARD SABERS are a line of flooring that can be used for any type of building.
PARDSONS “Corkboard” is a product that is made up of steel, concrete and wood.
“That was something that we created for ourselves and now it’s sold around the world,” PONDO says, adding that the company sells the products to “many different building contractors.”
PARDSSON also offers its “PARDS SABER,” which is a special type of concrete that is much thicker than the standard concrete floor, but it’s not considered a flooring by the construction industry.