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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.

St. Louis Landmarks


Foreman Fabricators' Pride in Workmanship Stands the Test of Time in Iconic St. Louis Landmarks

Sometimes the best work doesn't call a lot of attention to itself.  As a metal fabricator, creating functional architectural metal items that support and enhance their surroundings is what we do. Foreman Fabricators has been custom fabricating components for St. Louis landmarks since 1959.  When you've been a part of the St. Louis Landscape as long as we have, it's easy to overlook architectural and decorative elements that you see every day.  Our new article series will feature some of our most visible, and some not so visible projects that might be hidden in plain sight.  Click on the links to the right to see more photos in each set.







Foreman Glass Rail Calculator

The Foreman Fabricators’ Online Glass Rail Calculator: A Fast & Easy Way to Estimate Glass Rail Costs

Foreman Fabricators is happy to announce its new Online Glass Rail Calculator at www.foremanfab.com/calc. Foreman knows that researching costs for construction jobs and projects can be a time consuming task, so they set out to offer this simple tool for project estimators, contractors, designers, architects, property managers and even consumers to get a sensible budgetary estimate for the most common glass stair rail or glass balcony rail projects. The Online Glass Rail Calculator is a tool that’s yours for the using, absolutely free and with no obligation. You don't need to register or give us your email address unless you choose to follow up for more information.

This stair rail price estimating tool allows you to make your choice of aluminum and glass railing or stainless steel and glass railing, with tempered glass infill or laminate glass infill, and shoe mounting or post rail mounting system. You can choose from brushed or mirror polished stainless steel, or clear anodized aluminum. Select the lengths of your stair runs and number of turns, and see the numbers instantly, that's all there is to it! We've even created this helpful how-to video to walk you through it:

Click Here to Use the Online Glass Rail Calculator

“We’ve worked with Architects, contractors and construction project estimators for over 50 years, helping them get the detailed information they need when they’re putting together construction costs or project budgets,” says Brian Foreman, President of Foreman Fabricators, Inc. “It just makes sense for us to work closely with our clients and be as helpful as we can up front,” he explains. “If we can be of service when they’re putting together costs for their construction projects, we feel it gives us an opportunity when it comes time for them to award the actual fabrication. It’s an important part of doing business in our industry.”

Foreman Fabricators makes all styles of handrails, and a lot of them incorporate glass into their design. “We want this Online Rail Calculator to be an easy tool for people to get quick cost estimates for the most common glass handrail projects. We’ll try to keep improving it and adding new features as users give us feedback, so it can be as useful as possible for our current customers, and potential customers. It’s out there for anyone to use, free of charge.”

Rob Rolves, Vice President at Foreman Fabricators, is excited about rolling out the new website addition. “It’s been a heck of a challenge getting the rail calculator ready, but I think it’s going to be a great tool for people who need it. We selected the most common glass railing types for the launch, the ones people ask us to quote on all the time. The glass rail pricing tool walks you through options for the types of support systems, metals, finishes and glass types…so it really allows for a pretty good variety of choices and glass rail designs. It can even give rough estimates on the installation costs.”

But don’t forget, Foreman’s team of experienced project managers and estimators is always available and willing to advise you and help you price any handrail job. Whether it’s a simple no-frills support railing for steps…or a guardrail to protect people from falling from a landing or platform…or a protective rail to keep people away from dangerous areas such as in manufacturing facilities…to elegant, one-of-a-kind hand railings and glass balcony rails to give a distinctive architectural metal look, Foreman Fabricators has made hundreds and hundreds of them all.

Give the Foreman Online Glass Rail Calculator a try, any time, day or night, 24/7. Or Contact Us directly at 314-771-1717 and ask one of our project managers for assistance with any metal fabrication quote you need.

Ornamental Metal

Many of Foreman's projects in the St. Louis area fall into the category of ornamental or decorative architectural metal accents.  We've tagged many of these in our blog posts and photo galleries: Ornamental and Decorative Metal

We also have a number of ornamental metal projects in our St. Louis Landmarks series.

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Tarlton Construction:
“After working with us on numerous intricate ornamental metal projects, we cannot possibly express our gratitude for the excellent customer service we have received from Foreman Fabricators.  The project managers have always been team-oriented, seeking out solutions when given complex problems with tight schedule constraints.  While proving to be a superb team player on these complex projects, Foreman Fabricators ensures its installations are of the highest quality, and they continuously follow up with their customers to make certain the end-users are completely satisfied.  We thoroughly enjoy working with Foreman Fabricators, but especially enjoy the peace of mind presented when completing a project with them.” 
Sondra Terry, LEED AP, Senior Project Engineer:  Tarlton Corporation

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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

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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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.

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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!

Metal Solutions

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.
Metal Parts, Replacement, Repair and Rework-  Foreman Fabricators specializes in the replacement, repair and rework of almost any metal item.  We pride ourselves on our ability to serve your needs for modifying your existing parts, fixing a broken metal item that’s too unique or valuable to throw away, and even replicating difficult to replace parts that you can’t find in a catalog or inventory.

With over half a century of experience in custom metal fabrication, no one else in St Louis can bring you the expertise and attention to detail you need to ensure your reworked or repaired metal item looks and performs like new.  We’re also experts at fabricating a new version of your worn or broken part, matching the look and functionality of the item, and even making improvements to enhance long-term durability.  Foreman is recognized as an industry leading resource for contractors and individuals responsible for building or facility maintenance and repair.  Our ability to match and recreate existing metal items also makes us a unique resource for historic renovation projects.  With Foreman Fabricators, you get the peace of mind that your metal repair, replacement and rework jobs will be done right, and done on time.

Contact us today for a quote on any of your metal item repair and replacement needs.

 Street Furniture – Also known as “site furniture”, the terms refer to objects and equipment installed on roads and streets for functional purposes.

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NAICS: 332321, 332322, 332323, 332999 SIC: 3446, 3499, 3449, 3444 FSC: 1680, 2540, 2590, 5340, 5660 PSC: J025, J056, J095