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Southwest Metalsmiths, Inc. specializes in the fabrication and installation of custom architectural and ornamental metalwork.
Southwest Metalsmiths, Inc. was founded by Brad Wines in 1984. He is the president and owner of the company. Brad started working for his father in 1972 in a metalwork brokering business. The business grew and his father, Mr. Richard Wines, bought a local company named Arizona Ornamental Iron Company. He specialized in metalwork fabrications for water treatment plants.
The move to architectural metalwork was Brad’s idea and was based on his growing interest in that area. Southwest Metalsmiths, Inc. became reality in 1984. Brad began fabricating projects out of the garage in his home and by 1985 moved into a 900 square foot warehouse in central Phoenix.
Brad’s father sold his company and went to work for Brad helping to estimate and sell work. The business continued to grow and they eventually consumed all of the usable space at their current location. During this time Mr. John Pepe, who was a tenant in the same building joined Southwest Metalsmiths, Inc. managing shop production.
In 1989 SMI rented a 16,000 square foot building in Tempe, Arizona. The business continued to grow and they outgrew this facility as well. In 1994 Brad purchased their current facility a 34,000 square foot building with 25,000 square feet of warehouse and 9,000 square feet of offices. The company has grown to over a hundred employees with an average annual revenue of 12-14M per year.
Some of the employees at Southwest Metalsmiths have worked here for more than thirty years. Others have been here more than twenty years and still more have been here more than ten years. Brad’s father, Mr. Richard Wines, retired in December of 2003 after working at SMI for 18 years. Brad continues to build on his vision for Southwest Metalsmiths future. He is supported by loyal employees dedicated to making Southwest Metalsmiths the best specialty metalwork company in America.
Bradford M. Wines
Mr. Bradford M. Wines has been the CEO and owner of Southwest Metalsmiths, Inc. since its inception in 1984. He has established a level of quality and professionalism for his company’s products and services that has continued for 20 years.
Mr. Wines management philosophy is to operate the business with an entrepreneurial spirit. Employees are critical to the success of the company. Everyone has a role to play and every position is important. He fosters an atmosphere of teamwork but recognizes the importance of individual effort. He provides the tools required to accomplish each task and empowers his staff with the authority required to accomplish their responsibilities.
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