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Structural Steel Solutions
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Founded in 1966, we’re a second-generation, family-owned and -operated company providing structural steel solutions for clients throughout the western and mountain United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
For proof that a brother and sister can not only get along together, but also continue a 50-year tradition of quality structural steel fabrication begun by their father, look no further than these two: President (because he’s older and bigger) Todd Weaver received a BA in business administration from the University of Washington, then worked as an underwriter in the insurance industry. He joined Metals Fab in 1989, studying nights and weekends to earn an MBA from Gonzaga University. Vice President Sara Weaver-Lundberg, the smart one, is a CPA with a BS in accounting from East Carolina University. Prior to joining the company in 1996, she served as the auditor for a regional public accounting firm in North Carolina.
Our quality structural steel is fabricated by about 149 employees working two daily shifts. At 38 years, Dave Cromer’s been here the longest; on any given day, you’ll probably run into someone who just started that month.
The Metals Fabrication facility comprises 10 bays in 5 buildings on 23.21 acres in Airway Heights, Washington. Of our buildings’ 122,360 total square footage, 92 percent is given over to the production of structural steel in one form or another.
Metals Fab workers fabricated 16,000 tons of structural steel in 2015 – and we’re on track to produce 16,500 in 2016. That’s not quite at capacity, either: depending on the type of work we’re doing, our crews can produce up to 21,000 tons of structural steel a year, or more than 40 tons a shift. And we’re continually working to increase that capacity.
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Since our founding in 1965, Metals Fab has produced 190,000 tons of structural steel. That’s enough to build 17 Eiffel Towers. (Though, to be fair, the Eiffel Tower is constructed of puddling iron, not steel. But that’s only because structural steel hadn’t been invented yet.)
Our reach extends far beyond our home state of Washington. Metals Fabrication Company has delivered structural steel to nine other states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah – and even to Guam and Mongolia.
Our steel comes from mills all over the United States: shapes from Arkansas and South Carolina (Nucor-Yamato), Indiana (SDI), and Texas and Virginia (Gerdau); tube from Alabama and Illinois (Independence); flats from Utah (Nucor-Yamato); and both plate and flats from Oregon (Evraz).
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If there’s a complex steel-framed structure going up in the western United States, there’s a pretty good chance Metals Fab is involved. We’ve provided structural steel for everything from college campuses to major retail brands to some of the giants of 21st-century innovation.
Structural steel is about 98 percent iron; the remaining 2 percent is usually a combination of elements like carbon, manganese, and silicon (exactly which and how much of each depends on desired properties such as ductility, toughness, impact resistance, and weldability).
It’s the all-American construction material. Wide-flange structural steel was invented in America by Andrew Carnegie. Hot-rolled structural steel was first produced in America by Carnegie Steel. And the first building to use structural steel as a framing system was in America: Chicago’s Home Insurance Building, constructed in 1884.



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SUSTAINABILITY

Being green is no longer an option. It’s the right thing to do. Metals Fab has joined the entire construction community in making sustainability a top priority. From cutting back on shop drawing printing by 75 percent to using water-soluble cutting and drilling fluids, we’re making a difference.


Where does American structural come from? American steel mills. In 2013, the U.S. produced 7.5 million tons of the stuff, 90 percent of which came from recycled steel scrap. And at the end of its life, 98 percent of structural steel is captured and recycled yet again.

The metallurgical properties of steel allow it to be recycled continually with no degradation in performance, which is why it’s the most recycled material on the planet. More steel is recycled annually than paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass combined. In the U.S. alone, 92.5 percent of automobiles, 90 percent of appliances, and 72 percent of steel packaging (like food cans) are recycled to make more steel. Fun fact: steel mills can shred an entire car in less than 10 seconds.

Over the last 15 years alone, we’ve recycled more than 22 million pounds of scrap, including 20,498,229 pounds of steel, 908,029 pounds of banding, and 124,539 pounds of turnings. In addition to producing nearly 51 tons of structural steel on a typical workday in 2015, we recycled more than 4 tons.