Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Northern Metal Fab To Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Bev and Mark Lightfoot are pictured outside the Northern Metal Fabricators, Inc. facility in Baldwin's industrial park. The company will observe its 20th anniversary with an open house Saturday from 10:30 to 2:30 featuring tours and refreshments.

Northern Metal Fabricators, Inc. was founded 20 years ago and to mark the occasion will host an open house on Saturday, September 22 from 10:30 until 2:30 for employees and their families and community members. The open house will include tours of the facility in the Baldwin industrial park at 510 Vande Berg Street as well as refreshments.

"We're happy to invite folks in so they can see what we do here," said Human Resources and Safety Manager Dan Bushman. "People who like to see how things get made will think this is heaven."

The company was founded in 1987 in North Hudson. In 1991 owner Mark Lightfoot moved the company to a new 23,000 square foot facility in the Baldwin industrial park. The size of the facility has since grown to 71,000 square feet. "We've grown as Baldwin has grown," said Bushman.

Currently the company employs 75 to 80 people.

"We are a metal fabrication job shop specializing in large tanks and equipment for the environmental industry," said Bushman. He said about 70% of Northern Metal Fabricators' customers are companies that engineer pollution control systems, which are mostly regional, but some across the country. The company has also sent products to Alaska and China.