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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.

Getting More Accurate Handrail Quotes

Foreman Fabricators is a recognized expert in the fabrication of handrails, guardrails, suspended glass railings, spiral staircases and stair railings of all types. Customers also count on us to design, fabricate and install a variety of safety guards and railing for dangerous areas around machinery or equipment.

Whether your business has you buying hand rails for jobs frequently, or if you’re a first time buyer for a commercial building or private residence, it’s easy to forget details. We always want to get your order right, and in over 50 years in business, we’ve learned where most problems with hand rail quotes occur, so we can help you get it right.

Need a Glass Rail?… Click Here to Use the Online Glass Rail Calculator.

Need a Metal Rail? To help us get your rail quotes as quickly and accurately as possible, we’ve put together this helpful guide.

7 Quick Tips for Better Handrail Quotes

  1. Provide a drawing and dimensions. Architectural drawings are great, but a simple sketch will often do, with enough detail to show how many turns there are and if the rail is on a stair, a ramp or a level area. Along with dimensions for each run between turns (if any). This will give us a strong idea of the total footage of the railing, material required, number of turns, etc. We will assist with exact field measuring when the job is ready to go.

  2. Send us a picture. It’s not an absolute requirement if you have architectural drawings or know exactly what you want to order, but it’s very helpful if you can send us a picture of a railing that resembles what you’re looking for. Pop online to find one you can send us, or snap a picture of one with your camera. If your rail is part of an existing structure, provide pictures of the future location of the rail and any related railings or features that will impact the railing design. Check out our website for examples of our work but remember, we’re a custom fabricator…we can build what you need and want.

  3. Specify your metal. Choose from stainless steel, bronze, brass, steel, aluminum and more. We also offer a wide variety of metal finishes and coatings to enhance beauty and durability so please be specific. Not sure? Give us a call, tell us the application you need it for, and we’ll help you make the best choice for your budget. We also work with other trades and can add wood or other types of material to the rail.

  4. Finish level. Typically, high finish, better looking welds cost more, so keep that in mind when you choose your finish levels. For example, a utilitarian safety rail in a service area may not require the same level of finish as a rail in a front foyer.

  5. Budget. Those who purchase railings with some regularity will often have a budget in mind. If you know you have a firm budget, please let us know. We’re always happy to quote you first, but knowing your budget in the end allows us to suggest options that might better fit your budget versus the end use of the rail. If any quote we provide doesn’t fit your budget, please let us know so we can offer you alternative solutions.

  6. A desired completion date. We can determine if the time frame is feasible and offer suggestions to help meet deadlines.

  7. Installation. Indicate whether you’d like a quote for an experienced team to install your railing.

Count on Foreman Fabricators to meet your exact handrail specifications for safety, durability and appearance. If it’s made of metal, Call Foreman Fabricators First.

See Our Work at the Washington Monument

Foreman Fabricators is based in St. Louis, MO and you can see our work in various attractions all over the city. But we can work anywhere in the US, and we have. You can see our work in National Parks, National Monuments, and on Federal Projects throughout the country.

Foreman recently completed a high-profile project at the Washington Monument in our nation’s capital.  Foreman did the site measurements and fabricated a custom stainless steel door and panel frames that incorporated an interwoven metal mesh as infill.  The mesh for the door and panel frames was a bit unusual and had to match exactly with what was already in use at the site. Working with our HUBZone partner for the installation, the custom stainless steel door and panel frames were seamlessly tied into the existing structure.  We also supplied plexiglass & door hardware.

Foreman’s work at the Washington Monument is a perfect example of our extensive capabilities, including:
  • Field measurement.
  • Custom design to exactly match existing materials on the job site.
  • Expert fabrication and assembly.
  • Incorporation of multiple materials into the finished product.
Whether you just need our expertise in metal fabrication and design, or you want someone who can do the whole job from concept to design and fabrication to installation…If it’s made of metal, call Foreman First!  One-of-a-kind or quantity, since 1959.

Laser Cutting

In keeping with our commitment to top quality products and services, Foreman can offer you faster turnaround times and even better pricing on laser cut items. Our Mazak Laser-cutting equipment allows us to maintain efficiency, enhance accuracy, and minimize fabrication time. It’s more accurate than plasma cutting, and has a very narrow kerf width, resulting in less wasted material and more products from a sheet of material. The increased accuracy allows for a level of fine detail not possible with other methods. Also, no tooling is required, and laser cutting is faster than many traditional cutting methods. Since the cut is so clean, the product is usually ready to be shipped right after cutting, with no secondary cleanup step required. It’s also very clean in the sense that the cut material won’t be contaminated by any other material, as is possible with a mechanical cutting process. With no blade or die to wear out the first cut will be just as clean and accurate as the last, so laser cut products are extremely consistent. There’s virtually no deformation of the cut material, unlike mechanical or other heat based cutting methods, and it requires less energy than traditional cutting methods. Plus, it’s super cool, because you know, lasers! Laser Cutting is:

  • Fast
  • Accurate
  • Consistent
  • Less Wasteful (less waste helps reduce costs)

Foreman Fabricators has laser cutting capabilities, including:

  • Unique metal shapes
  • Letters & numerals
  • Basic engraving (including writing in script)

We keep a wide variety of popular metals in stock, and that means you only buy what you need! It’s simple; because of our inventory, you typically don’t need to purchase whole sheets when all you need is a foot or two.

Foreman can fabricate almost any metal item you need, customized to your exact specifications. Send us your .dxf or .dwg files, or we can work with you to develop what you need.

Get a quote: 314-771-1717

St Louis Art Museum

St Louis Art Museum – Foreman Fabricators makes visible contributions to Museum expansion with custom metal items including reception desks, trash receptacles, coat racks, shelves and display counters.

Working as a subcontractor with Gravois Planing Mill, Foreman was responsible for a variety of custom cladding millwork with a black oxide finish and a Polane clear coat finish. Despite detailed spec requests and design challenges, Foreman created the precise look envisioned by the architect.  Challenges included hot rolled steel sheet without rust, minimal radius with a v-groove in the back of every sheet bend, the need to build special crates to minimize the potential for shipping damage, and finishing each installation with a 3M epoxy glue.  Overall, Foreman Fabricators and Gravois Planing Mill worked well together delivering optimal work to meet architectural specifications for the St Louis Art Museum’s expansion project.

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If it’s made of metal and you’re looking for solutions…

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!