Michael R. Berghoff, Purdue University Trustee

Founder and President, Lenex Steel Corporation


Michael R. Berghoff, who was born in Fort Wayne and later moved to Indianapolis, is a 1985 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management.

Berghoff is founder and president of the Lenex Steel Corporation in Indianapolis. Founded in 2003, Lenex designs, fabricates, and installs structural steel throughout the Midwest. Lenex’s fabrication plants in Indianapolis and Terre Haute produce steel for commercial, warehousing, institutional, and retail buildings. The company is the largest steel fabricator in the region and is involved in some of the state’s major commercial projects, including Simon Property Group headquarters, Riley Hospital, and the Indianapolis Convention Center expansion. In 2008 it was included in the inaugural class of "Indiana Companies to Watch."

Before starting Lenex, Berghoff worked in management positions at Haden Construction in Detroit; Broad, Vogt & Conant, a steel fabrication company in Detroit; and Ferguson Steel in Indianapolis. As a student, Berghoff served as chairman of the Purdue Student Publishing Foundation and president of Theta Chi fraternity.

Berghoff is former president of the Purdue Theta Chi alumni corporation, past president of the St. Simon the Apostle Parish, a member of the Cathedral High School Board of Directors, and chairman of the board of directors for the Young Presidents’ Organization.