Metalformers sense irregular growth

Dec 24, 2013 | 07:58 AM | Corinna Petry

Tags  metal stampers, metalformers, Steve Peplin, Talan Products, Gretchen Zierick, Zierick Manufacturing, Robert Hurst, Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing supply chain

CHICAGO — Many precision metal stampers, roll formers and fabricators are capitalizing on pockets of strength in the industrial economy and searching for new growth opportunities as they gaze into 2014.

"We beefed up our sales staff, so we are getting a lot of new work. We do some automotive and that’s doing well. We do a lot of utility scale solar (energy systems), and it’s the fastest-growing segment for us," Steve Peplin, chief executive officer of Cleveland-based Talan Products Inc., told AMM. "It’s an erratic but demanding market."....

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