Why we should be your rebar contractor

Camblin Steel Service has been a leading, reliable source for rebar subcontractor and supplier since 1954. We perform comprehensive estimating, detailing, fabrication and placing for the reinforced concrete industry.

Our approach to business is steeped in our three generations of family ownership and values. Corporate firms are unable to replicate the strong relationships and sense of loyalty that Camblin Steel embodies. There are still companies around that genuinely care for their clients and their needs. Camblin is one such business. We are responsive, reliable and ready to work for you.

Industries that we serve

Industries that we serve Camblin Steel specializes in services for public works, commercial, retail and educational institution projects. Learn more.

How we got started and grew

Camblin Steel is among the pioneering rebar specialists in the Western United States and we’re as durable as all of the rebar we’ve placed since 1954. Our seven-decade legacy was forged by an ironworker with a strong vision about what a rebar contracting firm should offer to the reinforced concrete industry.

Throughout all that time, Camblin Steel has remained family owned and operated, guided by an enduring sense of business ethics and personal values. Camblin Steel is headquartered in Roseville, California.

As we did back in 1954, all of the members of the Camblin Steel team take pride in the quality of our work and the performance of our rebar in building structural strength and stability.


On-the-job safety is of foremost importance at Camblin Steel, and we maintain rigid safety standards. With an Experience Modification Rate (EMR) of 0.97, Camblin Steel has a goal of zero injuries. Our main objective is to see that not only Camblin employees but all employees on a project go home safely every day, and we do so by prioritizing safety over production and cost. We are fully committed to our employees, to ensure their well-being as well as that of our customers and trade partners.

Camblin continuously provides support, leadership, orientation, training, education and recognition to ensure that we’re meeting and exceeding all applicable laws and regulations. We’ve entrusted each of our employees with the control to refuse any work or task that they believe may be unsafe.

Cal/OSHA has awarded two distinguished Golden Gate Safety Awards to Camblin Steel for demonstrating our commitment to a safe work environment. This is the highest safety recognition a subcontractor can receive from the administration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to questions that clients often ask Camblin Steel personnel about rebar and how it functions.

Q. Is rebar intended to prevent concrete from cracking?

A. Rebar is not intended to entirely prevent cracks from forming in concrete. However, rebar that is high quality and properly placed can reduce the amount of cracking as well as help control where cracks occur, thereby avoiding structural damage.

Q. How does rebar work?

A. Rebar absorbs the stretching and bending forces that are destructive to concrete, and it redistributes weight and pressure. The grid patterns in rebar placement must be precisely calculated in order to maximize the strength of concrete.

Q. Does all concrete need to be reinforced with rebar?

A. Concrete does require reinforcement if is more than five inches thick and isintended to support heavy loads, including automobiles, heavy equipment and largenumbers of people.

Q. What are the environmental considerations of rebar?

A. All of the rebar we use is made of recycled material.

Q. How is rebar manufactured?

A. The raw material for rebar is sourced from discarded appliances, machinery and vehicles. This material is melted in an electric arc furnace that attains temperatures as high as 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten steel is forced through a series of extrusion casting units to create long, large-diameter billets. Through a rolling process, the billets are formed into bars of the desired diameters, which then are moved to cooling beds before being cut to specified lengths.

Q. What is the reason for using epoxy-coated rebar?

A. The epoxy coating reduces potential damage from moisture over time, making it 40 to 50 times more resistant to corrosion than standard black steel rebar.

Q. Can epoxy-coated rebar be welded?

A. No. Epoxy coating is applied to increase the corrosion resistance of rebar.Cutting, grinding or welding damages the epoxy corrosion-resistance coating,resulting in loss of protection against corrosion.

Q. Does stainless steel rebar also resist corrosion?

A. You bet. In fact, it’s at least 800 times as corrosion resistant as standard blacks teel. Stainless steel rebar is considerably more expensive to manufacture than black steel, and it is specified for extremely harsh conditions subject to corrosive chlorides, including marine facilities and roads that are salted to inhibit icing.

Q. How do I know which rebar size to use for my job?

A. After we learn the specifications of your job, we will help you make thatdetermination as part of our estimating process. In brief, here are the criteria for thevarious imperial bar sizes, in compliance with the standards that the AmericanConcrete Institute (ACI) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)have established.
• No. 3 (0.375 inch): appropriate for patios, driveways, light-traffic roads andpoured concrete swimming pools
• No. 4 (0.5 inch): for highways, columns and slabs
• No. 5 (0.625 inch): for highways and bridges
• No. 6 (0.75 inch): used in retaining walls, foundations, roads and highways
• No. 7 (0.875 inch): for bridges and multi-story parking garages
• No. 8 (1.0 inch): for beams, columns and slabs
• No. 9 (1.128 inch): for high-rise construction projects and tall retaining walls
• No. 10 (1.270 inch): for beams and columns in projects intended to withstandheavy commercial use
• No. 11: (1.41 inch): for load-bearing structures
• No. 14 (1.693 inch): for parking structures, bridges, high-rise buildings andwharves
• No. 18 (2.257 inches): for large-footprint buildings and industrial facilities

Q. What do the markings near the end of each piece of rebar signify?

A. The letters and symbols near the end of each bar identify the mill where the bar was manufactured, the bar size, the type of reinforcing steel and the bar’s tensile strength, indicated in pounds per square inch.

Still have questions?

We’ll be glad to answer any additional questions by phone or in person. We love to talk about rebar, and how we can help you.

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