METFAB NEWS - 2008

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December, 2008 e-Newsletter

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas &
Happy New Year!!!!!

We are now again on the brink of another new year which means Metfab Metals has another year of successful jobs and growing experience to help you with all your projects. We hope 2008 was good for your business and that it has grown as Metfab Metals has.

Of course, we realize that our nation’s economy has been hurt in a number of sectors this year that may take years to recover. If you have hit a rough patch, maybe we can work with you this year to again move forward. We are every day working on new concepts, GREEN technologies and the path to the coming “Green Economy” that many forecast. Our work on the LEED certs of 2008 are now morphing into the LEED-CS’s of 2009. We’ve fabricated and assembled for many sectors of the building construction industry, but now are reaching out to the wind-power and alternate energy fields to add our expertise to help with all their evolving needs. As we see it, if we can fabricate anchors, beams, embeds, AESS steel, curtainwall support steel, aluminum parts and all manner of miscellaneous metals, why can’t we make windmill parts and the constituent parts of their support structures or solar power structures?

Next year at this time, we’re confident we will be reporting what we are then doing in the new “Green Economy” fields, as well as in all the areas we have now worked for decades.

As you may know, January is named after the two-headed Roman god, Janus, because in this month we look both back to the year past and forward to the coming one (as Janus could do).  In that way, we look at the renderings below of the project we were just hoping to start at this time last year and which just last month we reported completing and published the finished pictures of it. (Take a look----or, better, go see it at 51 Louisiana Avenue in Washington, DC!)

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Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!
And have a great 2009, working alongside us, here at
Metfab Metals!


“We work on YOUR time.”



November, 2008 e-Newsletter

PROJECT OF THE YEAR!

Metfab’s Work Here Is Done as 51 Louisiana Avenue Nears Completion!

Our regular readers and customers know how proud we were to be involved in this Washington, DC custom “rehab job”. Look back at earlier newsletters on this site for even more info. This is now another signature project coming into its final “punch-list” phase.

This has been a challenging fabrication for Metfab Metals from beginning to end. We are happy to report that it all was delivered, accepted and installed almost flawlessly, despite precisely designed and engineered plans to produce an interior effect for an exterior space---- state-of-the art.  We’d like our customers, present and future, to know that we not only fabricated these skylight frames, but coordinated their progress, timed their on-site need and delivered them on our own in-house trucks.

This has truly been a watershed job for us. We took a challenging set of plans; worked daily with the design professionals and job foremen; added our hands-on know-how to solve unanticipated “fits”; handled the flow of re-draws on the plans; made the small parts as well as the large ones; worked many weekends as needed; timed each delivery to site work progress; delivered every piece on time (on our trucks); and made a customer and an owner happy with the finished product. Take a long look at what was done here. Think how we can help you with your small----and large---projects.

Call us; let us help you with all your fabrication needs!

Project Updates:

United Nations Retro-fit , NYC, NY------Another job getting done! Unique Metfab anchors with custom covers are being installed as we post this. More news on this job in coming months.

255 W55th Street, NYC, NY------- We continue fabricating the window “vertical fins” per the full-scale mock-up standing in our yard. Come take a look at what Metfab Metals can do when unique designs present unique challenges.

Call me. Let me help with all your fabrication needs----and problems!

Jim

973-75-7676 or jim@metfabmetals.com

PS: Many of you have seen the billionaire Oklahoma oilman, T. Boone Pickens, recently in his TV ads touting alternative fuels & windmills, along with “Drill, drill, drill”, of course. Now he adds the idea of his fellow billionaire, Ted Turner (founder of CNN), that “the GREEN economy will be the best economy the US has ever had!” Call us and let us help make your jobs greener and get you LEED credits and other positive steps. Look at some of the things below that we can help with---and how!

Take another look at our established products :

  • Concrete Embeds (Halfen alternatives)
  • AESS Steel
  • Curtainwall Support Steel
  • Stone Anchors
  • Complex Metal Operations
  • Steel Parts for Glazed Curtainwall
  • ……and more

 Also now:
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          • Sustainable (GREEN) Building Materials;
          • Low VOC Paints/Painting;
          • LEED Certification Assistance;
          • Aluminum Fabrication/Finishing/Painting;
          • Environmentally Safe Plating/Finishing;
          • Re-Usable Scrap Materials;
          • Miscellaneous Building Envelope Parts;
          • Miscellaneous Building Envelope Services;
          • Energy Efficient Fabrication;
          • Union Trucking Available---Up To 53’:
          • Oversize Load Specialists
          • And Lots More----Call & You Shall Find!


September/October, 2008 e-Newsletter

Effective Hands-On “Value-Engineering” before fabrication! Solving Problems!!

In coming months, we’ll report on the working progress on the steel members pictured above and going into our work at Ground Zero. Tune in then too. This is literally the FIRST such steel member to be installed at Ground Zero and the new towers now being erected. We were happy to provide a staging area----as we are only a few miles west of the site itself----where all interested parties (owner’s rep, GC, architect, etc….) could have a final look at this finished product before it was ceremoniously delivered to Ground Zero itself. We are providing many of the embeds, anchors and miscellaneous steel parts for this monumental project.

But now, friends: You’ve heard of “Value-Engineering”----here’s our take on it with metal fabrication! Maybe we can help the “value” on your job too! This is a another signature project we are working on right now.

United Nations Building, NYC ---- This has been a chance for Metfab Metals to do some really unique thinking to fulfill part of the retro-fit work in the upgrade here. We received precisely designed and engineered plans to once again make this aging building completely state-of-the art. But “the devil is in the details.” A new façade requires us to make anchors to be in place before the concrete pour. But the “devilish detail” is the concrete pour itself during which the anchors could be damaged or even partially covered by the pours. Our customer turned to us for ideas. We came up with fabricated covers, fastened in place & removable after the concrete cures. One problem solved; another created! ----cost. All those metal covers (temporary ones) are costly. With Metfab’s help: problem solved; substantial cost savings for our customer! We fashioned a job-unique wood cover which we’ll “taper, groove & grease” for ease of removal while fully protecting the threads of the anchor for the next smooth steps in the job! We’ll deliver the wood covers with our anchors. That’s our version of “Value-Engineering”!

[Update: Even this didn’t solve all the issues so we re-configured our original steel “covers”, reduced them to more basic, lighter gauge steel that would work in this retro-fit of an active building-------------- and again met our customers needs. This may not be the most time-effective way to get to the final product but it is problem-solving of the first order.]

Call us; let us help you with your fabrication “devils”!!!

Project Updates:

Constitution Center, Washington, DC ------ Another job done! See the Fall 2008 edition of McGraw-Hill’s “Mid-Atlantic Construction” magazine (p 43); you’ll see 6800 Metfab anchors that went into this LEED building pictured above.

255 West 55th Street, NYC, NY ------- This commercial building requires a “vertical fin” that we are fabricating for the esthetics of the fenestration----and for which we have a full-scale mock-up standing in our yard. Come take a look at what we can do when unique designs present unique challenges. And Metfab Metals meets them!

Call me. Let me help with all your fabrication needs----and problems!

Jim

973-75-7676 or jim@metfabmetals.com

Take another look at our established products on our products page:

  • Concrete Embeds (Halfen alternatives)
  • AESS Steel
  • Curtainwall Support Steel
  • Stone Anchors
  • Complex Metal Operations
  • Steel Parts for Glazed Curtainwall
  • ……and more

Also now:
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          • Sustainable (GREEN) Building Materials;
          • Low VOC Paints/Painting;
          • LEED Certification Assistance;
          • Aluminum Fabrication/Finishing/Painting;
          • Environmentally Safe Plating/Finishing;
          • Re-Usable Scrap Materials;
          • Miscellaneous Building Envelope Parts;
          • Miscellaneous Building Envelope Services;
          • Energy Efficient Fabrication;
          • Union Trucking Available---Up To 53’:
          • Oversize Load Specialists
          • And Lots More----Call & You Shall Find!


July/August 2008 e-Newsletter

You probably also have noticed that everywhere you look or read today some ’expert’ is claiming to be the ‘last word’ or most expert on such things as GREEN technology, the carbon ‘footprint’, LEED certifications, low VOC paint, energy-efficiency, and such. [Many of us just 3-4-5 years ago would recognize none of these terms as important----or perhaps even comprehensible.] But these are real-life facts today, and will be essentials of all our construction tomorrow. Right now, many colleagues in Europe are steps ahead of us in real-time GREEN implementation. We have contacts there and are integrating those sources into our product lines. Recently one outspoken eco-guru noted the following:

I see the opportunities for renewables. They can provide 100% of our
energy, and they can be introduced fast.

It’s this latter note of the fast-coming ‘speed of implementation’ that struck us here at Metfab Metals----- And Now Metfab OS. We are going to be part of the solution, not part of the problem! Not only will the changes come fast, but they will not at all be as expensive or impractical as many fear----and foist upon us!

So we at Metfab have made it our focus to learn as much as we can about these coming GREEN requirements. We have even hired some real-life experts to help us and have intensively done our own homework or ‘due diligence’. So even right now we can help our customers here in the metals business and all the allied building crafts with these newer ideas. CLICK HERE for a look at our most recent ad attached here for our new OS division.

Never forget the essential truth of the following:

If we don’t improve our product, someone else will.
                                                      John Deere

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This modest listing of our evolving service and product lines (below and in the appended ad) is only the beginning. With the help of true enviro-science experts, we here at Metfab Metals----- And Now Metfab OS will be ahead of the wave of change, not flailing about trying to survive that same wave of faster and faster changes in the building sciences. You know what’s happening to the cost of car and truck fuel. But did you know the USA uses vastly more fuel to heat/cool buildings than to power all our cars and trucks? So where can we really conserve this ever-more-precious and expensive commodity? The simple answer is----when we build or re-build our structures! All of us at Metfab Metals----- And Now Metfab OS want to help----and now we can do so more than ever. What can we get to you FAST?

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          • Sustainable (GREEN) Building Materials;
          • Low VOC Paints/Painting;
          • LEED Certification Assistance;
          • Aluminum Fabrication/Finishing/Painting;
          • Environmentally Safe Plating/Finishing;
          • Re-Usable Scrap Materials;
          • Miscellaneous Building Envelope Parts;
          • Miscellaneous Building Envelope Services;
          • Energy Efficient Fabrication;
          • Union Trucking Available---Up To 53’:
          • Oversize Load Specialists
          • And Lots More----Call & You Shall Find!
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                 All Recoverable; Reusable; Recyclable!
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When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so
regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

                                   Alexander Graham Bell

Project Updates:

World Trade Center, NYC, NY------Exciting news next month so click on us then!

Our Newest Shop Equipment----- More news on this front next month too!

Call on us; we’re waiting to help!

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Don’t be a 20th Century Follower!

BE A 21st CENTURY LEADER!

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Work with us throughout 2008!
Metfab Metals

"We work on YOUR time.”

And Now Metfab OS


June, 2008 e-Newsletter

In one of his many letters to his family, the crusty Pres. Harry S Truman showed not only his paternal side, but the real-world wisdom that history is now recognizing in him. In a letter dated November 24, 1937, then-Senator Truman wrote to his daughter, Margaret:

"It takes work to do anything well. Most people expect everything and do nothing to get it….. It just
takes work and more work to accomplish anything----and your dad knows it better than anyone."

Even earlier, President Theodore Roosevelt observed:

"In any moment of decision the best you can do is the right thing, the next best thing
is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."

We would simply update these to today’s world----and to this industry---simply by adding that hard, everyday work, mixed with good people to do it, make business success possible and good, currently-needed products a reality. This is our constant goal at Metfab Metals and one we believe our customers credit today---and reward us by coming back on contract after contract!

“Green” could be the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century. We'll get a clean environment because entrepreneurs will make it happen.  John Doerr, Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist

As we suggested in this same space last month, watch these Newsletters in coming months as we implement a new GREEN division to provide truly sustainable solutions to your evolving construction needs. America has truly reached what Malcolm Gladwell called the ‘tipping point’ in ecological needs----and regulation! (Take a look at his book---“The Tipping Point” for truly insightful ideas on how real progress can be made from initially small steps completely out of proportion to the far-larger results later yielded!) We at Metfab Metals have prepared our people to truly be ‘part of the solution’. Our team is formed; next is informing you what we will do for you---ultimately to your great gain, and profit. Solve LEED needs; fabricate in sustainable ways; add innovations; comply with re-engineered specs; end up with an admired project; all the time, getting the same established Metfab Metals reliability and dependability. We have recognized the ‘future’ that obviously is already upon us; we’d like to work with you to begin to SOLVE the issues at hand-----and get your new needs fulfilled! And in a GREENER way, as 2009, 2010, 2011 and all the coming years will require!!

In 1961, Pres. John F. Kennedy made a simple, but dead-on observation, when he said:

"The only true test of leadership is to lead---and to lead vigorously.”

We at Metfab Metals intend to lead our industry---and to lead it vigorously into the 21st century job mandates to make and supply sustainable and GREEN products to complete lasting, admired buildings and projects.

Project Updates:

51 Louisiana Avenue, Washington, DC------ The work goes on and on; and on…..! We have delivered many of the unique panels reported (and pictured) in earlier newsletters. This is going to be a ‘signature’ project for us----and for the other fine contractors working with us to make it a reality---and on time!

Our Newest Shop----- Our shipping has moved; our receiving has moved; some of our personnel have also! Where? To 44 Tompkins Street in adjoining West Orange, NJ. We’ll now be able to serve you even more efficiently----and with a broader base of products and services. Come take a look!!!------AND
More New Equipment------We are updating more of our shop ‘stuff’ and our transportation alternatives to better serve our present---and future---customers. Look at this page in the future newsletters for reports on 21st century changes and the more mundane details of how we can faster deliver our finished products to you.

Come! Work with us now in 2008!
Metfab Metals

"We work on YOUR time.”


May, 2008 e-Newsletter

According to the famous---though controversial---Irish writer and all-around wit of the early 20th century, Oscar Wilde:

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others cause happiness
only when they go.”
(emphasis added)

This is certainly a sentiment we never want our customers to conclude about our own business---or even just the way we do business. We here at Metfab Metals couldn’t agree more with this short way of expressing how projects, then whole businesses, can falter---even go under-----if company leaders don’t pay attention to the true needs of their customers. We try with every contract, every order, every P.O., even every phone call to fulfill the stated---and sometimes unstated---needs of our customers. Our experience has taught us that the answer is truly simple----responsibility. We owe it to our customers and we demand it of our employees. This, we believe, is THE formula that works out well for everyone----and gets our jobs done right, on time, and resulting in business-“happiness” (profit all around----the necessary goal of all of us in business).

“Do what matters” says Jim Kilts, CEO of Gillette (who incidentally was picked by Warren Buffett for his CEO position largely for this idea). This terse aphorism seems true enough----almost an axiom. And, of course, it is! But like many obvious rules, it is far simpler to say or even formulate than to execute----and then execute every day. So what is really needed? Again, put briefly, it’s FOCUS! Our business here at Metfab Metals----with all its built-in need for precision and narrow tolerances----is even more demanding in this respect. Thomas Edison (who’s original laboratory is STILL only a short walk from our shop) once remarked that, “If we did everything we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”

Well, we are on the cusp of astounding ourselves, hopefully noticed by our customers (now and future ones) and ‘doing what matters’! Now, my business friends, what indeed does matter here in the coming summer of 2008? Depending upon your personal point of view, or job, even investments, you might answer this inquiry different ways. But one thing is certain-----we all of us need this planet, its resources and the very air we breathe----to do anything at all. [Another axiom!] So we here at Metfab Metals decided to look into what part (little or otherwise) we could do----as we always want to “do what matters”.

In October, 1963, President Kennedy, at his last college commencement address (at Amherst College) said he looked forward to an America fully in synch with the rest of the world where we all have pride in our resources, pride in our clean air, rebuild our cities in a responsible way and care for the only environment we or our children will ever have.

“For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet.
We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures. And we are all mortal.”

This was a vision that was far too submerged for the past four decades. We in the construction business now can see how forward-looking this speech was, as we try to get the entire world to comply----now more than 40 years later----with LEED, GREEN, EPA, DEP and other environmental certifications, government minimums or GREEN contract terms. We have been a ‘part of the problem’, so now we are putting our time, money and effort into becoming ‘part of the solution’.

Watch these Newsletters in coming months for how we can help you and your jobs become ‘part of the solution’ also. We are empowering our people, adding helpful assets, upgrading our equipment-----all to form a new division to provide truly sustainable solutions to everyday construction needs. Keep an eye here for ways Metfab Metals can help you and your projects even more-----and in creative new ways! Jack Welch of GE liked to repeat that strategy matters, but forming the team comes first. Our team is now formed. Coming next is what we will do for you. Maybe we have reached what Malcolm Gladwell called the ‘tipping point’. That may---or may not---be true, but as with all problems in business, first we have to recognize it. We are recognizing it and would like to work with you to begin to SOLVE it-----and get smart FAST! And GREENER!!

Project Updates:

250 West 55th Street, NYC, NY------Our yard again is the home of another entirely new mock-up----this time our friends at Enclos have erected a ground-level glass, steel and aluminum paradigm of this new building’s façade. We have already fabricated the superstructure designed for this model, as well as our ‘assemblies’ and locking/adjusting devices specially styled for this, and many other, window-wall edifices.

Our Newest Shop Equipment----- Over the past couple of years, we have been implementing a business plan to upgrade all our tried and true machines; modernize the dated ones; and add others that grow our production capacity and speed. Last month, we did more of these things. We sent out the “guts” of one of our ironworkers and had it completely rebuilt. Then we added a brand-new 125 ton Piranha which is humming 6 days a week as you read this. Shortly, we’ll take delivery of a new----and much longer----shear to service the increasing aluminum and lighter-gauge metals we are being asked to produce daily. Look for further updates on this. The dividends for us are real, but what we can do for our customers is even more substantial.

51 Louisiana Avenue, Washington, DC------ The work goes on! The innovative roof frames are being turned out each week and sent on their way to the jobsite. We’re getting done with 20-30 footers; now the challenges are 40+ feet----up to fifty-seven (that’s right---57 feet in length!) frames of intricate 18” C-channel fashioned with gussets, anchors, hooks, fasteners, precise drillings and other finely-designed intricacies to make this roof the showpiece of this unique project. (Look back at our earlier December, 2007 Newsletter for both renderings; below is a bird's-eye view of this entire project from above)

Work with us throughout 2008
Metfab Metals

"We work on YOUR time.”


April, 2008 e-Newsletter

 

As “a picture is worth a thousand words”, look at these two shots of our most recent ‘acquisition’. The pictured 1937 GMC stake-body truck was actually delivering steel here in the Orange, NJ area starting in the late 1930’s------and is today still in running condition! [Since we obtained this classic, our mechanics have busily reviewed all of its working parts and fixed some surprisingly-minor needs, so we’ll soon be driving it to the exterior restoration craftsmen to bring the body back to mint condition----all of which we expect before this summer.] We are well into bringing this classic back to its original delivery condition. Look for pictures here in coming months of its restored beauty and where you can see it. We intend to use it for small local deliveries here in NJ and in NYC, underlining our company’s commitment to service the “old-fashioned” way-----literally! Maybe we can schedule a drop-off of some miscellaneous parts to your job this summer? We’d love to fill that order----and maybe give you a ride!

Shifting gears-------- to our last month’s Newsletter, we quoted from the recent book, Microtrends, The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes. In closing one chapter of it, author Penn warns against another perceived ‘microtrend’ which he identifies as the “new Luddites”------those guys we find in every generation who oppose any innovation, anything that is new and strange to industry veterans. [The original Luddites were those 19th Century textile workers who tried to smash the machines of the first industrial revolution that threatened their then labor-intensive jobs.] We at Metfab Metals are anything but Luddites (despite wanting to put our 1937 truck back into service!); on the contrary, we embrace new challenges, new machinery, new technology, new engineering------and integrate them into our operations as quickly as feasible. Look at our entire website and you’ll see ample evidence of this commitment------in production, operations and technological advances. Even here below, you can see some advances we are presently implementing.

Here at Metfab Metals we also try every month to let our customers-----present and even future ones (we like to call you “customers” that just haven’t needed us yet or haven’t realized they need us yet)-----know what we are currently doing and often how we are working to make a continuing reality of timely production and always on-time deliveries. We are well in to the 51 Louisiana Avenue job in Washington, D.C. and must tip our collective hat to our own shop foreman Pablo Chang, pictured below with one of the monster roof frames we have already completed. Our friends from Enclos came in recently to inspect the first unit before shipping it and found all Pablo’s hard work almost miraculously near-perfect and well within the half-inch tolerance we must comply with for these glass “housings” on this retrofit job. Look back at our December, 2007 newsletter for the renderings that show where this yet-to-be-painted & finely-finished frame will be positioned. “Pablo, Well-done.”

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[Now---back to work, Pab!!!!! We have lots more work to finish and NO TIME to waste.]

Project Updates:

St. Agnes, Baltimore, MD------American Stone Virginia, LLC of Ladysmith, VA called on us, on a very emergent basis, to fabricate over 600 pieces of stone anchors and related erection hardware in order to fit into their crane appointment and erection schedule. We put aside our standard lead times to “service” the pleas of their Operations Manager (Ray) who called our owner and pleaded for all the expedition we could muster. Let’s just say we ‘fully cooperated’. The final order specs were received on a Thursday; fabrication was done on Friday; our galvanizer finished the parts over the weekend and our driver, Willie Stackhouse, pulled up with this load to the jobsite before 7AM on Monday. Ray tells us that, as the crane arrived to hoist the exterior stone panels, his guys were installing our essential hardware to hold the panels moved into place by that ever-so-expensive rented crane. We like to think this is just another example of business-as-usual Metfab Metals service. Call Ray down there in Ladysmith if you need a reference before you hire us too.

250 West 55th Street, NYC, NY------Our yard mock-up of the coming façade of this glass, steel and aluminum paradigm has drawn many comments since we posted it here last month. Even casual passers-by and business customers at our headquarters remark about its ability to ‘communicate’ many of the things we can do for our customers. Look at our ‘assemblies’ page on this website for examples of the type of locking/adjusting devices we specially crafted for this, and many other, window-wall installs.

Our Newest Shop Expansion-----A couple of months back, we told you some of the details of our coming expansion; now it’s a truly functioning reality. The dividend is not only more space, but better shipping facilities, storage and expanded light-gauge steel/aluminum production. In coming months, we plan to even better integrate this space into our overall operations.

Work with us throughout 2008
Metfab Metals

"We work on YOUR time.”


March, 2008 e-Newsletter

In the center is our recent mock-up for our friends at Enclos, as it was hoisted sixty (60) feet aloft, so the ‘design team’ could get a bird’s eye view of how it will look on the actual building from the ground. On either side are two of our aluminum assemblies installed to join the glass frame to the steel superucture.

Most Americans know the brand, FORD, as the signature of decades of cars and trucks. Similarly many know Henry Ford gave his name to this company, but not only as the founder of its lineage of vehicles. He prospered because he founded the very concept of the modern ‘assembly line’ ------today an integral part of this and many other shops whose employees may not even know of Henry Ford or heard of his ‘line’. Though he has been criticized for other ideas, his business acumen was beyond doubt. He once said of business success that the formula was quite simple:

Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress;
working together is success.

As 2008 started we here at Metfab Metals realized that, while 2007 was a year of progress, we hadn’t emphasized enough the essential reason WHY! It’s our people “working together”. So last month we recognized some of our shop guys that make our timely, precise production and all our on-time deliveries into ‘success’.

But all of this made us look more closely at what Metfab Metals has become----and is. Obviously, we are not a FORD –type mega-company, but rather a metals fabricator of both standard and custom parts for many far-larger companies. As a company of less than fifty total employees, we are a tight business and also a classic “niche” business. At least, that’s the way the world-class pollster, Mark J. Penn, from his recent best-selling book, Microtrends, “The Small forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes”, might well describe where we fit into the emerging complex building components market. In short, as a limited number of entities need the fabricated metals we produce daily, we fit into a narrow slice (or ‘niche’) of the business world. But these entities----often, but not exclusively, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and specialty glass makers (we much prefer to call these folks “our customers”)----and Metfab Metals form a small, but essential, part of a ‘microtrend’ of making increasingly complex building components for increasingly complex buildings. So what is the necessary common denominator of the success of this ‘trend’? A critical eye might see it as more than implementation of innovation and it may very well simply be SERVICE!

We have worked hard over the years, not just to make great parts, but to tell our ‘niche’ customers----present and future-----what we can make for them and how we can help with their projects------and then supply the type of SERVICE to this clientele that is FAR above average. Our website (and our brochure, if you’ve seen it-----if not, call & we’ll send you one) sets out some of the custom parts we daily make and most of our capacities to make others, but perhaps more importantly it stresses our service and true commitment to filling every unique order exactly and on time!

As part of this exacting fulfillment effort, we are happy to report yet another advancement: Metfab Metals’ exciting news-----a new addition to our main shop here in Orange, NJ. We have added 3,000+ square feet under roof for our miscellaneous parts production, as well as even more square footage in outside space. The latter space will be used for staging, shipping and demo purposes. This new space is already amped up to fully operational status as we post this. We are acquiring additional machinery to even better facilitate production and allow us to better service lighter gauge steel work, as well as our growing aluminum fabrication operation (needed for much of our ‘assemblies’ work, as we outlined in our Newsletter here in November, 2007) Come by and see for yourself. Or just drop into our website, until you can visit in person.

Project Updates:

250 West 55th Street, NYC, NY----As noted here last month, our friends at Enclos are using the east side of our yard for a 20’ X 10’ X 20’ steel frame so that its project ‘design team’ can see what various trim combinations and finishes look like in the ‘light of day’. We erected that frame, supplied the steel/aluminum combination assemblies to affix the glass panels and assisted other contractors as they installed the pre-fab glass panels for a built-to-scale glass façade mock-up of the planned building. Then a crane hoisted it sixty (60) feet for what one observer called a ‘flawless’ real-time view against the blue sky. Take a look above. Maybe we can do this for you some day?

Wyndham Hotels Worldwide Headquarters, Parsippany, NJ----Per the design work of project architects, HLW International, LLP, we are fabricating the steel and aluminum frames and miscellaneous metals essential to this innovative building. Thin Stone System, Inc. is the stone contractor supplying a new type thin stone for the façade, replacing the heavier gauge stone formerly needed to re-produce the stone’s massive natural appearance. [Look for future reports of this ‘microtrend’ in coming Newsletters.]

New Painting Equipment/Finishes---This is yet another advance we now offer our customers. We have added to our painting facility a complete Turbinaire HVLP spraying system. Now we can right here on-site give aluminum and miscellaneous parts that baked-on look and can produce the finer enameling and finishing of items before shipment. This will save crucial time for another happy customer------expediting by weeks the finish of its parts without the added step of forwarding his parts to “the painter”.

Work along with us here at Metfab Metals
throughout 2008 and in years to come!

"We work on YOUR time.”


February, 2008 e-Newsletter

Our shop CREDO:

Do more than look-----observe;
Do more than read-----absorb;
Do more than hear-----listen;
Do more than listen-----understand.

Last month we commented here about the opportunity that January gives each of us to look both back at what the last year meant for us and to look forward to what we can do better in the new year. Well, we each did just that here at Metfab Metals. One thing we all realized was that, while 2007 was a year of progress for us, we didn’t emphasize the basic reason WHY! Let’s correct that now. The basic reason was our people.

America’s WWII hero, Gen. George S. Patton, once was quoted as saying:

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you
with their ingenuity.”

Well, we realize---and want to acknowledge here---that we have some pretty amazing people in our shop that every day almost surprise us with ingenious ways to improve. Ed Huneke, our production supervisor, has lived up----AGAIN---to his title by re-organizing our entire holding/storage facility to allow better record keeping and better quality review before shipment. Our general shop foreman, Pablo Chang, has just supervised the install of an ‘in-shop’ set of computer screens and keyboards to expedite the reporting of work done----and ready for shipping department to handle. The newest supervisor in our Steel Truss Department, Hugo Chiluiza, has already implemented time-saving steps to allow us to ship finished units 2-3 days sooner than before. AND finally our COO Jim Murray merits particular note for his patient meetings with our IT consultant, leading to a much-improved computerized work-flow chart that has already empowered our shop to daily complete all ‘RUSH” orders and set them for delivery----again on time! These guys are only some of our “stars” and some of their accomplishments, but we are very proud of all of our team and even more proud of what they individually and together accomplish every day.

While our teamwork is an important part of what we are, the building block of our accomplishments is each contributing individual. Igor Sikorsky, widely regarded as the inventor of the helicopter (that is, after Leonardo DaVinci, conceptualized it and drew it about 400 years earlier!!!!) liked to say,

"The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind ahead
even more than teamwork."

Read on and you’ll see what our guys have advanced in the first few weeks of 2008. We now ship out most of our routine completed jobs within 10 working days of the receipt of plans. That’s not only “hard work”, it’s the brand of service that led to our “success” in 2007 and continues for 2008! Hopefully you’ll join with us in that service.

In the early years of the 20th century, Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee Institute noted, “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” Many of our products are ’common’ to many types or phases of construction. Despite this commonness, they are usually custom-made to specific job specs, often not simple and always not simple to produce and deliver on time. We now do this every working day. The above guys in the shop oversee this reality. We recognize them for this and tell you, our customers, that this is indeed something you can rely on.

Project Updates:

New World Trade Center in NYC----“Built-to-Scale Mock-ups”----In the early months of 2008, we will supply the steel, fabricate sections of the current WTC plans, see them “erected” right here by borrowed NYC steel-workers and then lend our yard for the ‘design team’ to come, look, inspect, comment, re-plan, innovate, etc----all with no guarantee that Metfab Metals will get the ultimate parts orders. That’s the type of service we are proud of. [Just one year ago (see February, 2007 Newsletter---posted below), we posted here a similar 3-level mock-up we did for the Verizon Building in NYC which now looks exactly like that glass edifice still standing in our yard.]

51 Louisiana Avenue, Washington, D.C.----Work advances on at these existing buildings in our nation’s capital now being “capped” by another crystal-clear engineering wonder----and Metfab Metals parts. [Take a look back at the rendering for this ‘modernization’ job also in last December’s Newsletter.]

Constitution Center, Washington, D.C----- Look at the renderings below for what our customer’s new glass work can do. We will supply over 300,000 pounds of miscellaneous connection hardware for the new curtainwall façade.

River Place 2, at 42nd Street in NYC----This is yet another new building rising in the “Big Apple”. Shortly we will begin to fabricate the tube steel and miscellaneous curtainwall parts for floor after floor as this new condo residence goes skyward.

And continue to have a really successful 2008,
working alongside us, here at
Metfab Metals!

"We work on YOUR time.”


January, 2008 e-Newsletter

The Romans of Julius Caesar’s era first named this month after one of their gods, Janus, as they believed it to be a two-headed god that could look both forward and back at the same time. It’s now easy to see why they did so, as we all regularly use this month to both look back at the just-passed year and to try to look ahead with our business, and sometimes even our personal, lives.

In past months we have chosen here to quote regularly from the legendary businessman of over a hundred years ago----Andrew Carnegie. His driven principles, though old, just seem to express the same timely ideas we at Metfab Metals work hard to bring to our own business relations---and our customers---every day. Before we update you on our newest work, we think a present-day business genius, Warren Buffett (of Berkshire Hathaway billion-dollar investment fame) often expresses similar ideas of commitment to excellence. Even he admits his ideas (which have earned him a personal net worth of over 40 BILLION dollars) are simple. For example, when explaining investment strategy, he cites Hockey Hall of Famer, Wayne Gretzky:

“Like Wayne Gretzky says, go where the puck is going, not where it is.”
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Do you recognize this?

Looking back, this is one of the jobs we did early last year, 2007. We fabricated the radius tube steel members and clad them in stainless steel polished sheet metal for the overhang protecting ‘investors’ coming into Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino. [It’s doubtful Warren Buffett spends much time there, even though he can clearly afford it!]

Metfab Metals has been organized since our very beginning on a simple concept which Mr. Buffett regularly cites-----and follows. It’s drawn from famous early-20th Century economist John Maynard Keynes who counseled, “Don’t try to figure out what the market is doing. Figure out a business you understand, and concentrate.” Two of our current projects underline this operative idea that sets apart the quality and value of what we produce for our customers day after day. And which we again promise to produce for you in 2008 on a 24/7/365 basis-----as always!

Look at these two jobs! They basically tell our entire story of commitment.

 

One is a huge job for a building now long anticipated in NYC----The Freedom Tower at Ground Zero; the other is a small project requiring us to make sign parts for a local contractor here in New Jersey. These jobs say it all about Metfab Metals: two jobs handled with the same care, precision and speed even though one is tiny compared to the other. We service all our customers and always provide the same product-----a job well-done, exactly as spec’d and delivered on time as ordered!

Mr. Buffett likes to say:

“Price is what you pay; value is what you get.”

For our products, you have to pay a fair price, but you will always get VALUE!

Project Updates:

World Trade Center I in NYC----THE Freedom Tower is coming! As 2008 arrives, the production schedule for all facets of this national symbol is going into high gear. More in coming months!

American Traffic Sign Co.------A good example of a local customer calling us not for a huge NYC project, but for its everyday needs. This time we fulfilled its needs for the fabrication of antique-shaped roadway signs themselves. It’s done & shipped---and maybe even directing drivers already!

1269 Lexington Avenue Building, NYC-------One of the largest New York glazing contractors has ordered concrete embeds and lintels for this unique construction. Their glass and our metals have been melded now to create the aesthetics drawn.

Connell Drive Building, ---Our colleagues at Atlantic Exterior Wall Systems are again asking us to fill special orders here. 1000’s of truss components are being made, along with aluminum anchors, stone anchor clips and ‘stressless’ washers (the last being needed to transfer building loads to the individual anchor itself rather than the more fragile decorative exterior stone).

Ipswich Bay Glass, Massachusetts -----We are processing as this is posted ‘red steel’ curtainwall parts for a New England college’s new residence hall. This expedited job requires fabrication of many “outriggers” and “corner outriggers”, all to be furnished with clips, angles & assemblies (see our new dedicated web-page on “Assemblies” coming soon).

Happy New Year!
And have a great 2008, working alongside us,
here at
Metfab Metals!

“We work on YOUR time.”


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