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Before the existence of Summit Steel Works, our founders were jumping off bridges. In other words, they found a way to combine business and adrenaline. Pete and Nikki Kockelman were two thirds of the team, along with Pete's brother John, that first brought commercial bungee jumping to the U.S.. Pete had graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a Mechanical Engineering degree and spent a couple of years with Litton Guidance and Control Systems before starting Bungee Adventures.
In addition to helping tens of thousands of customers take the leap, the two brothers showcased their skills in commercials for Reebok, General Motors, and Tostitos, and made numerous television-show appearances.
With a desire for continued growth and expansion, the team invented a giant slingshot that used bungee cords to propel two passengers 150 feet into the air, a creation granted a US patent in 1992.
As the business grew and developed, Ian Gravina joined the team. The company was then renamed to Gravity Works, which delivered over 30 high-thrill rides to parks around the world. However, following the evaporation of amusement ride sales after the 9/11 attacks, the company was sold, and Summit Steel Works was formed by Peter and Nikki Kockelman and Ian Gravina.
In its first 15 years of operation, Summit Steel Works has grown to include a total of 100 dedicated employees, including ten mechanical engineers. Combining our commitment to service with state-of-the-art tools, including Tekla's BIM software suite, Summit Steel Works has established itself as the go-to steel design/build shop in the Bay Area and Northern California.
Today, Summit Steel Works is one of the top design/build miscellaneous metals companies in Northern California, pre-qualified with 90% of the largest commercial contractors in Silicon Valley, a growing list.
While we’ve shifted our expertise into a different market, we carry the same passion that had us strapping into harnesses and taking that leap. At Summit Steel Works, we fearlessly take on each project with confidence backed by years of experience and achieving desirable results.