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Clean, Modern Painted Steel Balcony Rails with Stainless Cable Infill Make a Statement at 4101 Laclede

Stainless cable infill railings add the perfect finishing touch to a St. Louis construction project. The new condominiums at 4101 Laclede in St. Louis are nearing completion.  Foreman Fabricators was selected by the general contractor to help on this project. The modern luxury condos needed sleek, linear balcony railings to complete the architect’s vision.

Foreman built the steel rails with stainless cable infill to the exact specifications of Trivers & Associates, the development’s architect.  Black painted steel flat bar forms a solid, secure frame thanks to our clean, precise welds.  Horizontal stainless cable and tensioners complete the railings while allowing full safety and visibility with a sleek modern look.

We even handled a technical challenge.  The railings on the east side of the building needed to be constructed in a different configuration, while maintaining a uniform appearance, than the ones on the south side.  Working closely with the contractor we easily adapted the rail design to accommodate the varying configurations.  Just another reason why Foreman is the choice of high end developers and contractors in the Saint Louis area.

We bring our skills, flexibility, and communication expertise to every job, from luxury condominiums to one-off custom designs.

Our partners on this job:

http://www.rainericonstruction.com/

https://trivers.com/

News about 4101 Laclede:

https://nextstl.com/2015/12/first-central-west-end-condo-project-since-2009-proposed-for-4101-laclede/

https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2018/04/26/mixed-use-development-in-central-west-end-coming.html

Bronze Handrail Fabrication for St. Ambrose Church in St. Louis

See Our Bronze handrail at St. Ambrose Church on The Hill

Chances are, You’ve Seen Our Work. Foreman Fabricators has been making pieces of St. Louis landmarks since 1959.

St. Ambrose Church, in the heart of the Italian “Hill” neighborhood, was founded in 1903, and was built to its current state in 1926.  Foreman recently helped with some bronze handrail fabrication inside this historic community church.

St. Ambrose contacted Foreman about fabricating some bronze handrails for the steps in the sanctuary because some parishioners had fallen on them. To address this safety issue, we went on-site, took measurements, and provided the Church with some samples of polished bronze so they could choose the materials.  Then we designed and fabricated custom bronze railings which included steel flange inserts and bronze cover plates so no fasteners would show upon final installation. The result and was beautiful, and fully fitting for this wonderful historic landmark on The Hill.

Brake Metal – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Stainless Steel door jamb cladding

Stainless Steel door jamb cladding

Frequently Asked Questions for Brake Metal

  • “What is brake metal?”

Brake metal is simply metal bent with a brake press, a metalworking machine.  The brake press bends metal sheets and creates precise bends in the metal, creating “brake metal”, aka “break metal, cladding”.

 

  • “Do you do brake metal?”

We fabricate brake metal every day, miles every year.  Foreman Fabricators fabricates a wide variety of metals. Many glaziers and contractors, and property owners throughout St. Louis count on us to get brake metal pieces they need, fast and accurately.

 

  • “How fast can you turnaround my brake metal order , how quick can I get it?”

How soon do you need it? Tell us your deadline, we’ll figure out how to get it to you.  We have a system in place in order to be flexible with scheduling. We have shipped orders in the same day, or while people wait.

 

  • “Can you make this shape?”

Most shapes and configurations are possible.  Our capabilities on shapes and sizes are dependent on the type of metal and metal thickness.   Send us your sample or drawing with dimensions, it’s the best way for us to be able to tell you what’s feasible. Our brake metal operators are experts.  If it’s possible to make a requested shape with brake metal, our fabricators can do it, or we can likely recommend alternative ideas to fulfill what you envision.

 

  • “What’s the longest piece you can bend?”

Our equipment can handle 12 feet, or 144” is typically the longest brake metal we do, that covers almost any job we’ve encountered.  Standard sheet lengths we keep in stock are 8’, 10’ & 12’. Once in a while, a customer wants a longer piece of brake metal, and we can help them with it, but that’s atypical.

 

  • “How thick can you bend?”

Some metals or alloys bend easier than others, but as a general guideline, ¼’ is the limit.   Tonnage is a factor as well on the bending thickness. The longer the part, the thinner it will need to be in order stay within our tonnage. Shorter lengths allow us to exceed ¼”.  Send us a drawing or call to discuss your project, we’ll give you a specific answer and a quote.

 

  • “What size sheets do you have in stock?”

We keep plenty of stock on our floor so we can turn your order around fast.  Standard stock material is 4’ in width and includes 8’, 10’ and 12’ lengths, so we can custom fabricate to your exact specs quickly in any length you need, up to and including 144”.   Other lengths and widths can be provided, let us know what you need.

 

  • “What thicknesses of metal do you carry?”

These are the thicknesses we keep in stock.  If you don’t see what you need, don’t worry, it’s very likely we can order whatever you need and have it in short order.

  • Prefinished & mill finish Aluminum- 0.40” & 0.63” and up to 0.080” & 0.125”.
  • Steel & Stainless Steel- 20ga-11ga (including galvanized & galvanneal)
  • Light amounts of Brass and Bronze in same thickness range

 

  • “What finishes do you have in stock?”

We carry mill finish anodized aluminum,  pre-finished aluminum, stainless steel, steel, brass and bronze sheets, checkerplate, perforated sheets, wire mesh, woven wire cloth, and some flattened and expanded sheets. If we don’t have what you need just let us know, we can order whatever is required.    And we can supply a myriad of colors and custom finishes after fabrication by painting or applying coatings. Examples include painting, powder coating, anodizing, galvanizing, etc.

 

  • “Does your inventory match field conditions, other vendor’s color?

Matching an existing metal finish is not an easy task.   Metal finishes can be inconsistent from vendor to vendor and even from batch to batch from the same vendor.   Weathering and age is also a factor for older construction. We deal with this all the time, it’s part of our job, so fortunately we have experience in this.   Although we can’t guarantee an exact match, we will develop a strategy and do everything we can to get as close as possible.

Sample Brake Metal Orders:

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Damaged or Worn Metal Equipment or Parts? Repair It, Don’t Replace It, with Foreman Fabricators, Inc.

If it’s made of metal and you’re looking for solutions, Foreman Fabricators is the one to call first. Repair It, Don’t Replace It, with Foreman Fabricators, Inc.  Since 1959, Foreman has been known as a top quality metal fabricator specializing in stainless steel, aluminum, brass, steel, bronze, copper and more.  Construction companies, contractors, window glaziers, architects and designers know Foreman well for their expertise in manufacturing a variety of architectural metal items including handrails, staircases, entryway canopies, gratings and more, plus brake metal cladding for elevators, windows, pillars and walls…the list goes on and on.  But many companies, building owners and even residential customers also know Foreman as the one to call for replacement and repair of a wide variety of metal items.

A perfect example of how Foreman can help is their work with a company called Spider (aka “Spider Staging”), who in 1946 pioneered the powered suspended access business.  Spider is an industry leader in manufacturing and renting high rise window washing/painting hoists and platforms, work cages, scaffolding, rigging equipment and a variety of related items that make it safer for workers to access tough to reach areas of industrial and commercial building sites, whether it be for construction or maintenance.  Naturally, their equipment has to stand up to stringent OSHA regulations for durability and safety, and due to the nature of the use of their equipment, it takes a beating on a regular basis.

That’s where Foreman Fabricators comes in.  Spider sells much of their equipment outright, but because their highly specialized equipment is costly and often only needed at a given site for relatively short periods, they also run a thriving rental business.  Spider regularly sends damaged or worn equipment to Foreman for refurbishing and repair, which is a cost effective alternative to replacement of these expensive items.  Sometimes it’s a broken weld or two, or a damaged section that needs repair or replacement, and sometimes an entire cage requires replacement.  Foreman’s skilled craftsmen have the expertise to handle such repairs, and their welding technicians are certified on steel, aluminum and stainless steel, an important part of OSHA requirements for working on safety equipment such as that provided by Spider.  When an inspection of their equipment identifies any fault with their equipment, Spider knows that Foreman Fabricators has the expertise to do the job right and provide all the necessary documentation for their OSHA maintenance records.

As they do for companies like Spider Staging, Foreman has the expertise to match existing metal parts that have become worn or damaged, which helps customers reduce costs by repairing or replacing expensive metal parts instead of buying something new.  They can also create specialized, one-of-a-kind parts and components to meet the specific needs of a customer.  Foreman does a lot of work with facility owners and their maintenance departments to offer solutions such as customized door plates and corner guards, grate replacements, elevator cladding fixes or upgrades, railing and guardrail replacement and repair, and so on.  They also work with a wide variety of companies to help them maintain expensive equipment that has metal parts prone to wear or damage.

https://www.spiderstaging.com/

Foreman Fabricators, Inc. of St. Louis Wins International Bronze Award

Foreman Fabricators, Inc. in St. Louis wins international bronze award.  It’s a prestigious award for outstanding craftsmanship in the annual Ernest Wiemann Top Job Competition, sponsored by the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA).  Judges honored Foreman with the “Bronze Award for Furniture & Accessories Fabrication (non-forged)” for its entry of a unique, custom stainless steel kitchen range hood.  The International competition was open to over 700 member firms from throughout the U.S. and 12 foreign countries, and recognized outstanding work in the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry.

Foreman custom fabricated this range hood for homeowners Chad and Kate Angle, who said, “we spoke with many metal fabricators before choosing Foreman, and they were the only one we felt confident about.  They did an outstanding job!”  The final design for the range hood was the result of collaboration between Foreman and the Angles.  Kate did some research online, gathering images and ideas, and then worked with Foreman’s Project Manager, Andrew Ehlmann, to create an attractive ornamental custom design that would seamlessly cover their existing Viking exhaust unit.  The finished product is a beautiful, functional one-of-a-kind piece.

The clients couldn’t be more pleased with the finished product.  Kate Angle said, “The hood is really magnificent and it’s the crown jewel to my new kitchen!”  Kate and her husband often entertain large groups of friends and family at their home, and the range hood is the first thing her guests notice in her brand-new kitchen.  “Everyone comments how beautiful it is.”  When asked if she would recommend Foreman to others, Kate’s immediate response was, “Absolutely!”  Satisfied comments like these are why Foreman takes pride in every job; they know how important it is to be flexible with the changing wants and needs of customers to create outstanding finished products.

Founded in 1959, Foreman Fabricators is a premier fabricator of custom architectural metal items.  Examples of their work are all over the metropolitan area, from the railings surrounding the baggage carousels at Lambert International Airport, and the departure and arrival signs as well.  To the stainless steel countertops and ticket counters and brackets in Scottrade Center, as well as bar tops, bar footrails, bar waitress rails and some metal components in all the party suites.   To the aluminum flagpoles in the World Series Room in the Cardinals Museum, elevator cladding at Barnes Hospital, and on and on. As owner Brian Foreman says, “If you live in St. Louis, you’ve seen our work!”  Specializing in architectural metal fabrication, Foreman Fabricators can custom create almost anything in metal…from a single, unique bracket, to intricate hand railings, to one-of-a-kind architectural features for buildings.  With more than a half century of work in commercial venues and homes throughout the St. Louis area, there’s a good chance you’ve had your hand on a Foreman railing.

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If it’s made of metal and you’re looking for solutions…
call FOREMAN FABRICATORS first!


Foreman Fabricators has been an industry leader in custom metal fabrication since 1959.  Whether you need a single one-of-a-kind metal item or thousands of them, Foreman Fabricators can make it to your exact specifications.

We’re known for our commitment to being a top quality metal fabricator, and for working with our customers to get them exactly what they need, on budget and on time.  Our talented team of project managers will help you every step of the way.  From concept, to measurement, spec development, fabrication, delivery and even installation, Foreman Fabricators will help you get the job done right.

One of a kind or quantity…since 1959!