Ironwood Stair & Rail Inc. – Calgary Spindles, Stair and Railing Contractor

About our Founders

Mike Kent, owner and founder, began his journey in the world of craftsmanship at 18 years old. Hired and mentored by his first employer, Mike soaked in the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the industry. A few years down the road, economic turbulence led him to Alberta, where he became a seasoned contractor for various companies in Calgary.

Amid the challenges of the industry, Mike sensed a gap in the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and quality. With this realization, he took the plunge, starting Ironwood Stair & Rail as a one-person operation. The journey began as a sole proprietorship, navigating through the ebb and flow of the economy and the unpredictable nature of the industry.

In 2014, Mike joined forces with Julia, not only in life but in business. Together, they elevated Ironwood by formally incorporating it on April 30, marking a decade of dedication and hard work (date of this writing).

Growing the Company

Ironwood experimented with different business models until 2021 when the decision to embrace a subcontractor approach paved the way for significant growth. The addition of the first official employee in 2021 acted as a catalyst, propelling Ironwood into a new phase of expansion and opportunity.

By 2022, the company made a pivotal move, acquiring its own warehouse space and transforming it into a haven for creativity and craftsmanship. The first manufacturing jobs kicked off, with the irony of lacking a bathroom not deterring the team from laying the groundwork for a successful venture.

The fall of 2022 welcomed Tom and Matt into the Ironwood family, expanding the team to three employees alongside Mike and Julia. With growing numbers came a newfound sense of organization, building a structure that reflected Ironwood’s commitment to excellence and professionalism.

Today, Ironwood stands tall with a team of 11 dedicated individuals, each contributing to the company’s success. From crafting stairs in driveways to operating a fully-equipped shop, the journey has been one of constant evolution and excitement.

The Ironwood Advantage

What distinguishes Ironwood is its unwavering attention to detail, commitment to finishing excellence, and a dedication to quality evident in every project. The name ‘Ironwood’ holds a personal touch, reflecting Mike’s childhood memories of a robust Ironwood tree in his driveway. Symbolizing strength, resilience, and the joy of climbing, the Ironwood tree mirrors values he has worked hard to instill in the company – a testament to small beginnings, solid foundations, and the ability to rise above challenges.

Welcome to Ironwood Stair & Rail, where every step echoes a legacy of passion, every railing is a masterpiece, and every project embodies strength and enduring quality.