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Flying Colors: Foreman rises to the occasion at Dwight D.Eisenhower National Airport

Foreman Fabricators does work throughout the United States, including at landmarks like the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Kansas (formerly the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport).

This high-profile project started out small for Foreman but kept growing, because we met challenges and deadlines our competitors couldn’t.  Some of our work there includes:

  • Stainless Steel Corners
  • Base Moldings
  • Trim Work
  • Kiosk Cladding
  • Impressive Aluminum Canopies

It’s a common story, the contractor was having supplier issues on the canopy system, which was a challenging job. The canopies and kiosks were designed to look like airplane wings. The other metal shop was saying the design couldn’t be made, so they asked Foreman, and we figured out how to cut and fabricate the unusual shapes to fit the client’s design concept. Problem solved by Foreman.

As Foreman worked on the complicated aluminum canopies, the contractor was having lead time issues with their wall panel supplier. “Call Foreman.” said the contractor. Yet again, Foreman came to the rescue, fabricating and delivering the wall panels on spec and on time.

Foreman was originally contracted by another client for the same project to supply stainless steel panels for wooden kiosks that were already in process. As the project progressed, the client altered their original project specs on the kiosks, and expanded Foreman’s role in the project significantly. Foreman was to adhere all of the panels to their supplied wood kiosks, which was a lot of additional work, but Foreman was happy to do it.  In order to assure proper adhesion of the panels in winter temperatures, we added heaters and created a temperature controlled area in a dedicated area of our shop. These kiosks are large, and the logistics of moving them all was a challenge in itself. The job was initiated in July of 2014. Final completion was around August of 2015. This was job we really enjoyed doing, an the results speaks for themselves.

Foreman quickly earned the reputation as the go-to fabricator for a variety of metal architectural elements of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport.

 

Great Project. Great example of Foreman’s expertise.

Our experience in fabricating decorative and functional elements of airport decor is worth noting. The work almost everyone in St. Louis will have seen and quite probably has laid their hands on, is the guardrails surrounding the baggage carousels at Lambert St. Louis Airport. These custom handrails have been holding up beautifully for over a quarter of a century of heavy use and traffic, a testament to the durability and value of choosing stainless steel for your construction projects. We also fabricated the stainless steel escalator cladding, stair cladding, corner guards, and MUFID supports.

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.

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 precision 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.

GETTING MORE ACCURATE BRAKE METAL QUOTES

Whether you call it Brake Metal, break metal, cladding, sheet metal, bent metal, metal wrapping, or anything else, Foreman Fabricators can help.  We’re a leading provider of brake metal in St. Louis, and we can handle almost anything you can throw at us, from a single piece for a window trim to cladding for a whole building.

Whether you’re an experienced brake metal buyer or just need a piece or two every once in a while, it’s easy to miss important details.  We always want to get your order right, and in over 50 years in business, we’ve learned where most problems with brake metal quotes occur.  To help us get your brake metal quote as quickly and accurately as possible, we’ve come up with these


6 Quick Tips for Better Brake Metal Quotes.

1.    Be more specific than just Lineal Footage.  Giving us the LF spec (lineal/linear footage) isn’t always enough.  It’s best to give us the exact number of pieces you need and the lengths you prefer for each piece.  (Need 30 linear feet?  Do you want three 10’s…or maybe two 12’s and a 6 footer?) 
2.    Understand typical stock sizes.  Stock sizes can impact how you place your order.  We keep plenty of stock on our floor so we can turn your order around fast.  Standard stock material 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”.   That covers almost every typical job, but we can also help you with longer lengths when you need them.  Just let us know.
3.    Leg sizes have limits. Remember that on longer lengths of 10’ or more, pieces with multiple legs/sides/faces over 7” can be an issue for your fastest turnaround.  But we can meet your specs for almost any size and shape piece of brake metal you need.  (For example, a piece 11’-0” long with a 14-1/2” leg and an 8-7/8” leg might need a seamless weld, or be segmented or modified into multiple pieces.  Bottom line, we can help you get the brake metal you need to suit your purpose.  Just give us a call!)
4.    Specify your metal.  Brake metal comes in many types, gauges/thicknesses and finishes, so you need to 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.
5.    Is it an RFQ or an Order?  Be sure to be specific if you’re sending a “request for a quote” or if you’re placing your order.  We understand you need to do RFQ’s when you’re bidding jobs, and we’re happy to do them for you.  Just let us know when you’re ready to place the order.
6.    Use our Brake Metal Order Form.   Our form is simple to use and has everything you need to provide so we can get you a fast, accurate quote.  Download our Brake Metal Order Form now, or if you prefer, ask us for free pre-printed notepads of the form, and we’ll send you some.

Lambert Airport -St. Louis International

One of the most recognizable landmarks in St. Louis where you’ve probably seen our work is Lambert Airport, as our custom metal products are evident in a number of places there.

Most noteworthy, the work almost everyone in St. Louis will have seen and quite probably has laid their hands on, are the guardrails surrounding the baggage carousels. These durable custom handrails have been holding up beautifully for decades of heavy use and traffic.

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Architectural Brake Metal & Cladding Handrails and Railings (Ornamental, Glass Suspended, and others) Welding Miscellaneous Metal Items Metal Rework & Repair Metal Polishing/Finishing Staircases Custom Attachment Hardware Drilling Assemblies Buffing and much more...

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Foreman Fabricators

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!