Freds History

Fred's history

Meet Fred

Fred was born on December 15, 1930 to the late Ada Cei Ulbrich and Frederick Christian Ulbrich, Sr., founder of Ulbrich Steel. Fred attended Holy Trinity School in Wallingford and was an alumnus of Lyman Hall High School and Deerfield Academy. Fred attended Brown University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1953. He was recruited by the United States Army during the Korean War and served stateside in the Counterintelligence Corps. In 1956, he was honorably discharged and began his career at Ulbrich Steel.

With his father, Fred Sr. and his younger brother Dick, Fred immediately focused on growing the Company by selling quality products that exceeded customer expectations. Fred helped his family business grow from a small operation in Wallingford into a company with a strong foothold in markets such as aerospace, automotive, power generation, and medical devices for customers worldwide.

Fred was an active member for his community. He was a founding member of the Wallingford Rotary Club, the former Director of the Oakdale Musical Theater, campaign Chairman of the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford, and Co-Chairman of the Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club in Wallingford, among others. The YMCA's summer program is named Camp Ulbrich in honor of his constant support and fundraising efforts.

Above all, Fred was devoted to his family. Husband to Joanne; proud father to Chris, Robert, Derek and Jason; grandfather to Susan, Jonathan, Mark, Weston, Jenna, Ryan, James and Abigail; great grandfather to Ana Sofia, Max, Hunter and Mia.

Fred's community minded philanthropic legacy will live on through the Ulbrich family, the Ulbrich employees, and the communities he loved and helped.