Puma Steel, based in Cheyenne, Wyo., takes pride in its environmentally friendly operations.

And for good reason: More than 95 percent of the steel the company buys from mills is recycled.

Which is why Puma Steel, which bills itself as Wyoming's largest steel fabricator and fastest-growing steel supplier, won a 2012 Torch Award in the category of companies with 11 to 49 employees. The company, started in Greeley in 1986 by Rex Lewis and his wife, Vickie, now employs about 55 people.

Located near where Interstates 25 and 80 meet, Puma Steel's fabrication facility covers 65,000 square feet. The company serves customers in Wyoming, Colorado and other states throughout the West.

Puma Steel has done some big jobs over the years. One of its more notable: it built the platforms, the structural steel and a stair system for 1 World Trade Center, the office tower under construction in New York City that will be the nation's tallest building.

Much of Puma Steel's business involves work on buildings seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, a set of green building standards. The company was involved in building the Signature Centre at Denver West, the largest LEED Platinum building in the Colorado at the time.

The company, as might be expected, pays close attention to the needs of its customers.

In Colorado, Puma Steel once helped a large national contractor resolve an over-budget project. Puma engineers saved the customer money by reworking the project's design from the foundation up, reducing materials and cutting needless labor.

Puma Steel also recently saved a customer 30 percent on a Wyoming project when the company redesigned a group of three 180-foot tall stair towers.

The company says its strong industry relationships also allow it to guarantee price and availability of steel, and it employs streamlined processes that lead to faster completion timetables and less-expensive projects.