Valmont Industries Inc was founded in 1946, and became public in 1968. The Company is a diversified producer of fabricated metal products and a producer of steel and aluminum pole, tower and other structures in its Engineered Infrastructure Products (EIP) segment, steel and concrete pole structures in it Utilities Support Structures (Utility) segment and a producer of mechanized irrigation systems in its Irrigation segment. Within its Energy and Mining segment, it manufactures industrial access systems, grinding media used in mining operations, and complex steel structures used in wind energy and utility transmission applications outside the United States. It also provides metal coating services, including galvanizing, painting and anodizing in its Coatings segment. Its products are sold through the EIP segment include outdoor lighting and traffic control structures, wireless communication structures and components and roadway safety and industrial access systems. Its pole structures sold through its Utility segment support electrical transmission and distribution lines and related power distribution equipment. Its Irrigation segment produces mechanized irrigation equipment that delivers water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides to agricultural crops. Customers and end-users of its products include state and federal governments, contractors, utility and telecommunications companies, manufacturers of commercial lighting fixtures and large farms as well as the general manufacturing sector. The Company competes with various companies in each of the markets it serve. Its competitors include companies who provide competing technologies, such as drip irrigation. It competitors include international, national, and local manufacturers. Its facilities and operations are subject to U.S. and foreign laws and regulations.