The right metal fabrication company will function as the extension of your business delivering more tangible results. To get the most out of your metal fabrication partner, you need to hire someone with better experience, workforce, resources, quality, financial condition, pricing, and customer service. Custom stainless-steel fabricators create end products from semi-finished or raw stainless-steel material. Stainless-steel fabrication of products, parts, and components play a big role in our economy.

A Challenging Task

Choosing a suitable metal fabrication company is a challenging task, especially if you are looking for specialized solutions. For example, a standard welding company is not capable of handling metal fabrication work for an industrial lifting equipment manufacturing company. The company will need to have considerable experience, adequate workforce, and resources, among other things. Without the right fabrication company, you will face design and quality issues as well as time delays, which may lead to considerable financial losses. Do they have the equipment and resources to meet your project goals? Here are a few tips to assist in the selection process of finding the best stainless-steel fabricator for your project.

Use The Assistance Of Only A Reputable Company

This may appear to be a no-brainer, but whenever you are attempting to get our business in order, it might be tempting to simply say okay for getting the work done. However, if you act too quickly in hiring the services of a stainless-steel fabrication firm, it may be more expensive in the long run. Custom shops will have a team of engineers, designers, and fabricators on hand to assist customers. It will offer references and supply you with a record of customer satisfaction. The International Organization for Standardization develops ISO standards in order to guarantee the quality of steels, regardless of the country of origin or the country of destination. Look to see if the company has achieved ISO 9001. ISO 9001 recognition demonstrates that a company has not only met quality standards but has provided products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Resources And Equipment

The company you choose should use the most cutting-edge metal designing and manufacturing technology. This includes everything ranging from storing materials to preparing the final product for delivery. A fabricator may have achieved quality standards, with experienced personnel, but they also need to have the equipment, capabilities, tools, and resources to meet your project goals. A major consideration is the degree to which the shop has automated CNC (Computer Numerical Control Programming) technologies, laser cutting, stamping, punching, etc… The company should also focus on automation. The higher the levels of automation, the lower are the chances for costly quality control mistakes.


Compatibility should not be overlooked. Choosing a shop that has experience in the type of fabrication you need for your product is important to keep in mind to achieve your goal success. Selecting a custom fabricator for your stainless-steel product that specializes in the type of fabrication capabilities that serves the types of industries similar to your own is the best choice.


Make sure to include a minimum level of requirements in your (RFQ) request for quotation. Only consider the proposals that have taken your requirements completely into account. Check out each quote thoroughly to see if a company has added any extra costs. For any big project, you will likely be receiving multiple quotes from fabricators in your area. Make sure that the pricing they offer is in line with others in the market and reflects the quality and skill they are bringing to the table. Be sure that all areas of the project are outlined and represented in the estimate so you are certain there are no hidden costs that will pop up later. The quote should be in writing and represented as a good-faith estimate.

Customer Service And More

Customer service is at the heart of building a long-term relationship with a metal fabrication company. While you may not be able to find out much about their customer service initially, talking to its ex-customers and existing ones is a good idea.

Financial Stability

Financial stability, though a sensitive area, is an important one when selecting a custom fabricator. Ask them about their financial practices to help determine their level of stability. Make sure that they have a good relationship with their steel vendors for paying on time and that they are able to source materials quickly. Companies that practice sound financial fundamentals will likely also have good practices established and followed throughout all areas of their company. Ask the company about its financial strategy for handling your project. Are they going to use a line of credit? How and when do they pay their suppliers? What are their good financial practices? Can they share their profit and loss accounts details with you? Get answers to all these questions before signing the deal.

Inquiries into a fabricator’s experience, expertise, quality standards, capabilities, pricing, and financial stability can greatly aid in ensuring the best fabricator for your business.

Contact us (731-584-4681) to start a no-obligation discussion about your project.

About Palmer Tool

Palmer Tool completes critical jobs on-time and on-budget. Since 1966, Palmer has taken on jobs that other shops and contractors either didn’t want, or just couldn’t do. We can fabricate parts in our shops, visit you at your plant, or meet you at on-location (ie. logging, mining, construction, etc.). From the toughest repairs to the most complex new assembly, we’ve seen and done it all. Over the past 50+ years, Palmer has maintained our reputation as a trusted expert welder and fabricator of non-ferrous alloys in demanding applications (high pressure + high temperature chemical plants). Our hard-facing applications, and robust designs, have successfully extended the service life of countless industrial “extreme service” components, saving our clients’ money! Palmer Tool and Contractors provide on-call emergency services 24/7, because we understand that in manufacturing “the clock never stops”.