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.
In July 1971, Alweca Timbers (Pty) Ltd was established, becoming the founding company for what would become Hydro-Air. This new organisation quickly established itself, under the guidance of Martin Venter.
In 1974, Alweca Timbers (Pty) Ltd was renamed H.P.A Holdings (Pty) Ltd and then in 1981 H.P.A was renamed Hydro-Air South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
In 1979, British based Redland PLC acquired the Gang-Nail business.
In 1987, when Paul Cornelsen orchestrated the acquisition of Gang-Nail from Redland, the merger of Hydro-Nail and Gang-Nail began and operations continued under the MiTek banner.
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.