Metal-Era’s Track Record of Growth and Innovation
Metal-Era was founded as a small manufacturing plant in Waukesha, Wis., in 1980. By the late 1980s, we had already grown enough to move into a 44,000-square-foot facility.
Metal-Era’s business has continued to grow rapidly, by introducing new brands like our contractor-friendly Edge Systems One and expanding into new areas like ventilation with our innovative Airflow Solutions products. To accommodate that growth, we’ve continued to expand our manufacturing, warehouse and administrative space, and Metal-Era now occupies more than 100,000 square feet.
In 2008, we introduced robotics into our manufacturing process to increase productivity and consistency and improve our lead times. Our first robot was used for spring clip automation, and this process was such a success that we added more robots. We now have additional robots focused on notching, acute forming and clip finishing. The use of robotics has enabled us to standardize our products and dramatically improve efficiencies. For our customers, this means high performance products that are quick to ship.