The history of the MiTek South African operation was established via the pathways of two companies Gang-Nail and Hydro Air.The first founding company, Gang-Nail started out as Automated Building Components (ABC), the original name for the company which provided Gang-Nail connectors under license from early 1965.
The founders - Mike Dryden and Gordon Tromp (the first two African Managing Directors) formed Gang-Nail with a loan from Calvin and Bill Jureit, who fronted the start up funds - without any security - and on the basis of a handshake. The company proved to be a success, the loan was repaid within the first two years, providing a solid foundation for the years to come.

During the years to come, MiTek South Africa (Pty) Ltd would consolidate its position by purchasing opposition systems, TrussData, Twinaplate and HiTech Nailplate.
In the mid 1990's, following the publishing of the Crickmay report, MiTek South Africa launched a Light Gauge Steel range of products to try and fill a timber shortage should the findings of the Crickmay report prove correct.
Despite initial reservations and a slow start, Ultra-Span has established itself as an alternative to timber and, for larger spans, an alternative to hot rolled steel.
In 2001, MiTek South Africa and its sister companies around the world became part of the Berkshire Hathaway group of companies.