Danielle Kottas, General Manager and Owner, Lincoln Structural Solutions Danielle Kottas, General Manager and Owner
Established in 1992, Lincoln Structural Solutions (LSS) began its journey by servicing commercial and bridge fabricators and providing a wide range of structural fasteners to customers around the globe. “In 2003, our sister firm had the opportunity to work in the nuclear industry. We did extensive research on the same and ended up updating and implementing our robust quality program to match the requirements of the nuclear industry and support the supply of safety-related materials,” recalls Danielle Kottas, General Manager and Owner at LSS. A highly dedicated professional and proven leader, Danielle holds expertise in operations, quality assurance, purchasing, sales, accounting, and administration. Her deep industry knowledge has been instrumental in driving the success of LSS in the nuclear space. “LSS has carved a unique niche in the nuclear space by adapting to the changing market conditions and truly understanding the clients’ needs,” she remarks. While adding nuclear-grade products to its offerings, the company was overwhelmed by the support and encouragement from its customers and expanded into different product markets to meet their demand. Today, LSS is a leading global provider of structural products and fasteners to the nuclear, industrial, and commercial building industries.

Materials supplied to the nuclear industry are held to a robust set of standards. Getting the product and the paperwork right can be challenging for the sites and prime contractors when working with multiple subcontractors. LSS works directly with the sites and prime contractors to be a single source of material supply for their subcontractors. “We procure or dedicate the material as safety related and release to the subcontractors as needed. We have been told that this is a huge time and cost savings to our customers,” notes Danielle. To meet the nuclear industry’s steep demands, LSS has added new capabilities to its portfolio, including a wide selection of ferrous and non-ferrous steel products, such as pipes, bars, sheets, plates, and more. In addition to its products and material processing services, the company also offers an in-house lab for chemical, tensile, rocap, and hardness testing, among others.

LSS’s state-of-the-art software system, NuComply, helps eliminate repetitive tasks and disperses relevant information, increasing efficiency and saving valuable time. For instance, if a customer wants an ASTM A36 angle, LSS enters the characteristics that make an angle an A36 angle. The characteristics are run through the NuComply system to geT.

information on the required testing, inspections, and criteria. “It also helps with our commercial-grade dedication program, which turns commercial-grade products into nuclear grade,” mentions Danielle.



LSS has carved a unique niche in the nuclear space by adapting to the changing market conditions and truly understanding the clients’ needs


information on the required testing, inspections, and criteria. “It also helps with our commercial-grade dedication program, which turns commercial-grade products into nuclear grade,” mentions Danielle.In one scenario, LSS came to the rescue of a client that was facing challenges in converting their products into nuclear grade despite trying for eight months. Within 3-4 weeks and after several conference calls, LSS came up with the perfect solution to fulfill the client’s requirements. This is but one scenario where LSS has displayed its prowess in providing customized solutions.
Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011, there has been a reliance on companies like Lincoln Structural Solutions to turn commercial products into nuclear-grade products. This is where LSS steps in with its reverse engineering capabilities and testing methods to ensure that a newly manufactured product meets the requirements of a given plant. “As the growth of the industry evolves from older large nuclear plants to smaller modular plants, we aim to position ourselves in the market to help these companies from the ground level and take a step toward the future of nuclear power,” says Danielle.

While working with clients, LSS meticulously gets down to every last detail. The company thoroughly reviews all the requirements, including design specifications, and works with the client’s engineers to identify which products fit best. With an incredible team of highly-knowledgeable professionals, LSS ensures impeccable quality of each product and embeds proper quality control across the manufacturing process, from testing, distribution, and everything else.

With a new custom-built, state-of-the-art facility in the works, LSS aims to expand its production capabilities. The company is bringing in new machinery (5-axis) and testing equipment to provide in-house testing capabilities that are currently outsourced.