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Finding the right sheet metal fabricator for your budget: the essential checklist

Posted by IndustryNet on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

100000107metalfabrication2When looking for a custom sheet metal fabricator for your company's needs, it's important to do some research and ask the right questions. Many shops have similar approaches, but have different services or unique processes that others do not. Remember, it's not just about getting a good price; it's about finding the right custom sheet metal fabricator to fit all your needs, including quality, service and delivery.

Here are some things to consider as you begin your search:

Location, location, location

Delivery costs are going to add to your bottom line. Finding a vendor that is close to your company helps reduce those fees. If there is not one in your state, look for one that has a central location within the region. It's also good to consider staying within your time zone. This helps reduce communication issues, such as calling when they are in the office, as well as possible shipping delays.


Ask about the manufacturer's techniques and different metals used. Matching your needs to their capabilities is more likely to ensure that you get the product you want and within your budget. For example, say you're seeking metal fabrication for a duct system. Instead of hunting down individual parts made by a couple different manufactures, a company such as Sheet Metal Connectors, Inc. can supply everything for the HVAC industry, including ducts, dust collecting systems, pipe and dampers. Finding a one-stop shop for all your needs makes for efficient purchasing.

Certainly, if you were seeking stamping, you might think to go with a company that makes it their specialty such as HPL Stampings, Inc. For more than 75 years, they have done precision, short-, medium- and long-run metal stamping. Companies that have years of experience doing the same thing know how to achieve the best product and adhere to stringent industry requirements.

Innovative processes may be more efficient when manufacturing your product. Ask what the manufacturer offers and what might be best for your needs. For example, G & M Metal Fabricators, Inc. and KCP Metal Fabrications, Inc. utilize laser cutting. C. Mayo, Inc. uses waterjet cutting equipment. In fact, the company states it is "the most accurate, fastest and most comprehensive water cutting system ever designed."

Creating parts that do not work can be a horrible loss for a company. Before production work moves forward, ask about partnering with a manufacturer that can deliver prototypes. Since 1985, Hibbing Fabricators, Inc. has manufactured precision components for electronics, aerospace and medical telecommunications industries. They have earned a reputation for their quality and dependability as they work from prototype through production.

Additionally, look for companies that may offer custom-tailored stocking or assembly on-site. These kinds of services add value and help cut lead time, shipping and costs. SMC Metal Fabricators, for example, offers assembly kitting.


Do research to see if the manufacturer is an expert in producing the type of item you need. You are not simply looking for number of years they've been in business. Business accreditations and ISO certifications will provide information that the company is dependable. Do they have detailed procedures? Will they offer you information on the entire process?

Take M&S Industrial Metal Fabricators, Inc., for example. This family-owned company started in a garage in 1968. They have years of experience, going into the second-generation. They also are passionate about what they do and point out that they have "a fierce dedication to our customers that goes above and beyond our competitors."

Not only do they adhere to quality standards, they have also received numerous awards. Among them are the Q-Plus certification from UT Electronic Controls and Otis Elevator. They were also chosen out of 120 suppliers for the Water Furnace's "Supplier of the Year" four times: 2001, 2003, 2012 and 2015.


Finally, it's worth mentioning that when you work with a manufacturer, you want to enter into a working partnership. It's important to make some calls, understand their company and make sure they understand yours.

Certainly, you are seeking top-notch customer service. Make sure the sheet metal fabricator you choose makes customer satisfaction their ultimate goal and is clear about your expectations regarding attentiveness, communication, information and involvement in the process. You want to work as a team.

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