VEI Solutions, Inc. (VEI) is a family-owned glass and metal subcontractor whose roots go back decades. Frank T. Ventura, VEI’s Chairman, started as a laborer on construction projects in the 1950s after getting hands-on experience at Chicago’s historic Washburne Trade School, which handled vocational apprenticeships for as many as 17 different unions at one time. By the late 1960s, Frank started his own painting and decorating business. After several years of successful growth, he started two further companies over the subsequent decades. In 2012, Frank partnered with his grandson, Ryan Ventura, to start a new company, VEI Solutions, Inc.
As a glass and metal subcontractor, VEI hires union iron workers to self-perform glass and metal installation including exterior and interior enclosures, curtain wall, complete envelope packages, unitized panels, window wall, glass and metal panels, storefronts, fire-rated frames and systems, and miscellaneous metals.
As a family-owned business with deeply-rooted values, VEI has a unique focus on building true relationships and taking pride in the work we do.
While the values of the “handshake era” hold true for VEI today, we also are highly focused on the innovation and technology of tomorrow. Strong relationships and pride in our output are coupled with high efficiency and strong attention to detail.
VEI’s quick turnaround on everything from critical paperwork to timely vendor payments (as well as our commitment to effective communication and strong field support) helps to keep projects running as smoothly as possible. As an MBE and DBE certified company, VEI often partners with larger, first-tier contractors to meet strict diversity compliance goals and quotas. However, several of our satisfied customers work with us on projects outside of the MBE and DBE realm because of what we contribute to any project. VEI is “the MBE it pays to work with.”
VEI is signatory with the International Iron Workers Union, meaning VEI can work with any affiliated iron workers union in the U.S. or Canada. Because we also are MBE and DBE certified nationally, contractors can hire us to partner with them in other states or regions when that makes sense. Therefore, VEI is able to build strong partnerships not only in Chicago, but also nationwide.