|First appearance||Steel #1 (February 1994)|
|Type of business||Military industrial firm|
AmerTek Industries is a military industrial firm that employed engineer Dr. John Henry Irons. Irons is the engineer that developed the BG-60, a powerful man-portable energy cannon, which is sold to urban arms dealers by AmerTek. When Irons learns that his invention has been used for evil purposes, he destroys the blueprints, quits AmerTek, and starts his own business, Iron Works. At Iron Works, Irons designs and builds a prototype of the armor that will eventually become the "Steel" armor. AmerTek spies steal the blueprints and use them to create their own knockoffs. In their actions, they purposefully target civilians, namely John's family.
After adopting the persona of "Steel", Irons discovers upgraded versions of the BG-60, now called "Toastmasters", are being sold to the gangs of Metropolis. Steel personally witnesses their destructive power: one solid hit reduces the victim to a burnt corpse. Steel discovers part of the distribution chain is his old partner, now known as the White Rabbit.
Amertek's influence had further results, such as when Toastmasters were used to attack innocent law enforcement personnel.
Steel eventually relocates with his family to Washington, D.C., AmerTek does not let up, sending men to attack him, while Toastmasters begin appearing on the streets of his new home. Steel reforges his armor and begins the battle anew.
Steel eventually takes down the gangs and AmerTek. He then focuses on the company's old partners, a group called "Black Ops". They are led by the villain Hazard. In the same issue, it is revealed AmerTek is headed by Colonel Thomas Weston. Weston and his soldiers would plague Steel for a while longer.
In other media
- In Arrow, AmerTek Industries was first mentioned in "Sara," as an oil and gas company. The AmerTek logo appears on a bomb in the episode "Unchained". In the episode, "The Recruits," Mayor Oliver Queen has AmerTek help cover the expenses for a free medical clinical event that he organized. While the company was hesitant due to the potential violence at the event, Oliver offered to indemnify AmerTek and hire extra security. Later, it's revealed that, due to the company's stock prices plummeting due to the connections to the destruction of Havenrock, that the CEO Janet Carroll has been selling weapons to the crime lord, Tobias Church. In The Flash, AmerTek was mentioned in "Family of Rogues" as the producer of a Phase 3 suppression door to keep the Kahndaq Dynasty Diamond at the Central City Museum.
- AmerTek's branding is found on Deadshot's bullet shell in the trailer for the video game, Batman: Arkham Origins. You can find several billboards around the city for AmerTek, and the actual AmerTek plant in the Industrial District.
- In Batman: Arkham Knight, The Penguin has a weapons cache hidden inside the AmerTek Industries newest building in Gotham. As Penguin is the arms dealer for the various villainous contingents in Gotham, it can be assumed that AmerTek is who supplied the guns to Penguin to begin with. AmerTek also manufactures the tires of the vehicle used to kidnap Barbara Gordon.
- Action Comics #699 (May 1994)
- Steel #1 (February 1994)
- Steel #2 (March 1994)
- Steel #3-6 (April–July 1994)
- BatmanArkhamCity (May 20, 2013). Arkham Origins Trailer "Official Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
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