By Eleanor Snite
Sabre Industries was founded as Sabre Communications Corp. in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1977 and offered HF antennas and antenna towers. By 1986, Sabre doubled its size and began focusing on the tower business. Now Sabre’s various divisions offer the telecom industry guyed and self-supporting towers, shelters, design, monopoles, concealment structures, tower parts and accessories, cell-on-wheels, pre-engineered lightweight towers, modifications, maintenance, emergency services, generator installation and more. A catalog division provides mounts, site hardware and tower components. While Sabre manufactures only in the United States, it sells its products to more than 50 countries worldwide. In 2013 Sabre acquired the telecom services group Midwest Underground Technology Inc., making it possible for them to offer customers a telecom solution that includes everything from the tower, components and building to integration and maintenance and finally decommissioning. Also in 2013, the Champaign, Ill.-based company completed a new industrial complex in Sioux City that offers state-of-the-art manufacturing. The facility has more than 380,000 square feet of manufacturing and related facilities spread out on 150 acres.
In addition to the Iowa facility, Sabre has a shelter manufacturing facility in Bossier City, LA. This complex has 60 acres and includes a 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art shelter manufacturing plant, a fully equipped 60,000 square foot steel fabrication facility and an 80,000 square foot climate-controlled equipment installation facility. Sabre’s engineers have more than 36 years of experience in the tower industry and are always doing research and development to design new and improved products. The new HD V-Boom antenna mounting systems is an example of the designing of a product that meets the needs of an ever-changing industry.