About DonoBrace®

A patented tension-only bracing system, recognized for its top-tier capacity in its market category. Engineered to simplify and expedite design, engineering, and installation processes.

DonoBrace® was developed by the team at Donovan Group.  The catalyst for development of DonoBrace® happened on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, when a 6.3 earthquake devastated the South Island of New Zealand.  In the aftermath, hundreds of Metal Buildings experienced massive failures, mostly due to inadequate bracing systems. 

Brett Donovan and Head Engineer Kerry McCollum, set out to design a superior high-capacity bracing system with engineers and steel erectors in mind.

After years of feedback and testing from both engineers and erectors DonoBrace® was born​ in 2015. Today, DonoBrace® is installed on nearly 80% of all Metal Buildings erected in New Zealand.

Why DonoBrace?


Engineered to simplify and expedite design, engineering and the installation process.


From the machined nuts and washers to the couplers, high tensile rod, and end plates, all parts are standardized.


The design, engineering and specification process is straightforward with DonoBrace®.

Donovan Group

Donovan Group have been in the manufacturing and construction sector for more than 60 years. In that time we have used our experience to create innovative solutions that leverage technology to transform the building industry. DonoBrace® was born from the need to ensure the bracing of a building is done in a simple and easy way. Extensive R&D and testing was completed to ensure the product was easy to design, simple and fast to install and could be incorporated into the standard manufacturing and construction processes.

Behlen Custom Fabrication


An exciting partnership between Donovan Group and Behlen gives Behlen Custom Fabrication the rights to manufacture and distribute DonoBrace® within the North American market.

Behlen Custom Fabrication, an ISO 9001 certified company, is a leading suppliers of custom fabricated metal components across North America.

Behlen operates its primary manufacturing facility of 900,000 sq. ft. in Columbus, NE.  As a family-owned company Behlen has been in operation for over 85 years in Nebraska.  With locations in Texas, Oregon, Florida as well as Columbus, NE Behlen has 1,275 Partners in Progress (Employees) nationwide and has been ISO certified for more than 23 years.

Behlen Custom Fabrication is focused on keeping its entrepreneurial spirit, while maintaining a "customer comes first" attitude at the forefront of their efforts. Working every day directly with their customers, Behlen Custom Fabrication offers products and service solutions that help their customers succeed.

With DonoBrace®, Behlen Custom Fabrication offers customers access to a leading-edge bracing system that brings significant efficiency and confidence.


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Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA)


The Donovan Group is proud to be an Associate Member of MBMA.

 MBMA serves as the voice of the metal building systems industry, providing leadership, research, and education to increase the prominence and usage of metal building systems. MBMA plays a lead role in research and engineering, and influences codes and standards.

In December 2023, the Donovan Group received the Industry Advocate Silver Award for Outstanding Service to the Industry and Support of the Association. 



Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA)


A proud member of MBCEA Manufacturer and Supplier Member since 2021.

MBCEA is dedicated to supporting the professional advancement of metal building contractors, erectors, and our industry.






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