Metfab Metals, LLC

We Also Make Custom Steel PORTALS

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“Portals” have a long architectural history, especially what we might call unique or specialty construction. Historical buildings, government structures, cathedrals, synagogues, churches, libraries, courthouses, and the like are ready examples that illustrate what we mean. The “entranceway” or “portal” to such edifices is usually designed to decorate and attract the eye and the people.

The word “portal” itself tells us a lot. It has both Latin and French roots—and roughly means gateway or just gate/entrance. But a “portal” connotes far more usually, as you will see below. Wikipedia defines “portal” as:

“….an opening in a wall of a building, a gate or fortification, especially a grand entrance to an important structure…..The surface surrounding the opening may be made of simple building materials or decorated with ornamentation. The elements of a portal can include the voussoir, tympanum, an ornamental mullion or trumeau between doors, and columns with carvings…….” (emphasis added)

Look at one that has lasted 900 years. Yes, that is NINE HUNDRED YEARS!!! Cathedrals (all denominations) and Catholic churches supply some of the clearest examples of what can be done to dress up otherwise-ordinary ingress/egress to a building. Just about every major city worldwide has one or more example of unique portals as entrances to historic---and now modern---edifices.

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[This is the "PORTAL" of the Cathedral at Chartres in France, started in the 12th century. We don’t fabricate these, but maybe you do. We can supply the fabricated steel support for even such a glorious stone doorway.]

We make the superstructure or “frame” for modern day portals, such as illustrated below. More often now we are seeing specs and drawings for ornamental portals. With these, we will prove once again our long-standing commitment to accurate, exactly as-spec’d parts, assemblies and miscellaneous metals, even for what was formerly an “unusual” purchase order. [See Updates near end of this Newsletter.]

As we stated in a recent Newsletter:
PRECISION or, often put even more directly, PERFECTION is ever our goal. [We regularly submit to customers---before we even get a P.O.---an exact model of the fabrication needed to vividly illustrate how accurate and finished their later-ordered parts will be!”]1

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[These examples of truly unique portals are courtesy of Pinterest and illustrate the “grand” aspect of such modern portals especially when executed with our specialty AESS finishes.]

Well, Metfab Metals is not as old as the Chartres Cathedral (but our roots do go back to Jim’s immigrant grandfather’s tool & die shop opened in 1947). And we hadn’t, until recent years, made so many portal frames as we are now being called upon to make. The steel structure for a one-of-a-kind portal is, to us, just a matter of jealously following the 3-D drawing we can generate now in-house, from your specs, often now with AESS finishes.

Our long experience with AESS steel uniquely qualifies Metfab Metals as the kind of classic fabricator that can fulfill your most challenging portal design. This is especially so as Metfab Metals has for decades now made constituent parts daily to very critical tolerances, for billion dollar buildings (and far more humble, but also precise, jobs too). In ALL of these, we seek--and deliver-- 100% compliance with the specs, as given to us, pre-engineered and computer-drawn. And always ON TIME!!!

Metfab Metals has decades of experience making precision (maybe better stated as “perfect”) fabricated metals, parts & assemblies
so that YOUR jobs go perfectly smoothly from its earliest stages--------and end as scheduled, on time and successfully!

Call us (even at the “Concept Stage” before your job is ready to issue a Purchase Order); you’ll soon see we produce..

We are ----- METFAB!!!!!!


New "Portal" Jobs----- As we publish this Newsletter, we are working on novel portals at diverse projects in Brooklyn and Virginia. One is for a commercial development while the second is for a campus building related to the health industry. Watch these Newsletters for future updates on these exciting issues. These are further examples of our spectrum of metal skills.

Hudson Yards, NYC, NY----- Four (4) years after we supplied our first parts here, we are still delivering weekly to this megalithic development on the West Side of Manhattan, including a whole spectrum of AESS parts, assemblies and mullions. The architectural centerpiece is “The Shed” future home of a whole spectrum of cultural events and symphonies. We are now hard at work on creative “pans” to hold a stone floor that itself will be utterly unique and a further “signature” of this evolving glass palace of entertainment.

San Francisco, CA ----- We are spreading our proverbial wings once again to fashion the highest level of AESS parts/assemblies/frames, as well as many specialty metal anchors and miscellaneous fabrications, for a new structure for an old client that has found the cost of 3000 miles of shipping is really a cost-saver for the on-time performance we supply with our precision work. Follow this as well as the jobs we’ll start soon in Utah and Chicago, in this space in future Metfab Metals Newsletters. 

 Call me for ALL your METALS questions. If I can't answer it, 
I have all the needed "sources" to do so!

Jim Murray, C.O.O.                                          973-675-7676   


We always offer to work with our customers from the job concept
stage to anticipate issues before fabrication, to suggest better ways 
to order, extrude, cut, drill, paint, finish, even stage and deliver and 
always to save time and money.

1. See our July Newsletter on this web site