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The Lipke family bought $9 million/year Gibraltar Steel in 1972. Gibraltar grew to $100 million when it decided to go public in 1993 (ROCK) so that it can use stock to expand via acquisition. As Executive Vice President, Neil was a driving force as Gibraltar acquired 75 manufacturing companies in 26 states and six countries using stock. This included an ESOP acquisition. As the head of sales and marketing, Neil also was responsible for securing $5 billion in revenues.

Gibraltar Industries is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products for the building and industrial markets. The Company serves a large number of customers in a variety of industries in all 50 states and throughout the world from facilities in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, and Poland. Gibraltar's goal is to establish a leadership position in all of its businesses. Currently, they are North America’s leading manufacturer of ventilation products, mailboxes, gutter protection, bar grating, expanded metal, and metal lath. They are also the second-largest manufacturer of structural connectors.