In 1997, G & G Distributors, Inc., a family-owned fastener and construction products company located in Oldsmar, FL took over the Florida distributorship for Pneutek, a pneumatic alternative fastening system for attaching steel decking.
Bruce Watson Nichols and his brother Geoffrey Gardner Kress aggressively pursued new business in the steel erection industry and were quite successful. After many years, clients began asking for a complete deck install, in addition to purchasing fasteners. Subsequently, Bruce and Geoff established Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc. (GW Deck) in the fall of 2005 while continuing the G & G Distributors operation.
What began as a one crew operation with one truck and one client in Florida has now emerged as a growing 55-plus employee operation that encompasses 10-14 crews installing metal deck primarily throughout the Southeastern United States. GW Deck has been contracted by over 100 erectors, fabricators and GCs to install floor and roof deck on a multitude of projects including large residences, schools, hospitals, warehouses, retail buildings, industrial/manufacturing plants, sports venues and more.
GW Deck installs approximately 20,000,000 square feet of metal deck annually. Their crews are efficient, professional and safe. The company is an active member of the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) and Mr. Kress serves on its’ board of directors.