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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

Our Founder

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.

Our Experts

John Pepe, Jr.

Vice President

John Pepe, Jr.

Vice President

John started working at SMI in 1988 as an install helper in the field under the direction of his father John Pepe Sr. who was a field foreman at the time. The drive to make his father proud was probably a big reason for John to push so hard to learn everything about the fabrication and installation of the many types of railing systems produced at SMI. Within two years John had achieved multiple certifications in both Mig and Tig welding. He was promoted to a field foreman to run the railing install at Scottsdale Fashion Square when Brad Wines decided to bring John Sr in to run his shop operations. Along with Scottsdale Fashion, John also ran the field on a few of the biggest jobs in company history, including Phoenix City Hall and Sky Harbor Terminal 4. John also traveled the United States doing the railing remodel of all Dillard’s, complete turn key stair installs in Hawaii and even a trip to Singapore to install a monumental staircase in the US Embassy.

In 1995 Brad brought John in the shop to learn and run the shop for SMI’s Elevator Division. Back in the sights of his father, John was driven once again to succeed at this new challenge. It was there that John started to check fabrication drawings and decided to just Project Manage the Elevator jobs that were being sold for SMI. Projects such as complete glass cabs that were being shipped all over the world, in places like Shanghai, China and Cairo, Egypt. John decided to start a small install business in 2001 so he could travel less and spend more time coaching his kids in youth sports. Still installing jobs for SMI, he continued his relationship with Mr Wines and returned to SMI in 2006 once his oldest entered into high school.

Being on his own taught him a completely different side of the business. This would help tremendously since the new goal on his return to SMI in 2006 was to help Mr Wines manage his company in any department that was in need at the time. Including PM responsibility’s, Field Superintendent/Safety Coordinator and even going back in the field on a few high profiled installs, like the POW job in Hawaii that consisted of two massive aluminum entryway trellis frames and a radius glass staircase that was suspended by seven 1/2” Stainless Steel Rods at the Sandridge Energy Building in Oklahoma City.

John was officially promoted to Vice President of Operations Shop and Field in 2011. In 2016 John became the VP of Operations which added the Project Management, Detailing and Purchasing Departments to his responsibilities. In 2019 John’s responsibilities grew once again when he was promoted to Chief Operations Officer.

Terry Lamb

Chief Estimator

Terry Lamb

Chief Estimator

Terry Lamb began his career in custom metal fabrication in 1990 as a welder/fabricator for Robinson Metal Inc. in Green Bay, WI. In 2006 he and his family moved to Arizona where he began my career with Southwest Metalsmiths Inc. as a Project Manager where he remained until 2013. In February of that year I moved on from Southwest Metalsmiths to explore other opportunities that has led to the expansion of my career. Recently, I was given an exciting opportunity to return to Southwest Metalsmiths Inc. as Chief Estimator, where he will lead the team of estimators, and assist the sales team in completing accurate proposals in a timely fashion in our very competitive market. Along the way he was fortunate to work on many successful projects including, but not limited to: Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Phoenix (Kitchell) , World Market in Las Vegas (Penta), McCarran International Airport, Terminal 3 in Las Vegas (Tudor-Perini), San Francisco General Hospital in the Bay Area (Webcor), and the ISM Raceway Renovation (Okland Construction) just to name a few. In his spare time he enjoy spending time with his family, coaching his son’s youth football team, golfing with the guys and bowling.
Ed Preininger

Shop Superintendent

Ed Preininger

Shop Superintendent

Ed Preininger has been employed at Southwest Metalsmiths for 28 years, working in welding and fabrication and also serving as the shop foreman. From 1988 until 2000 he worked in welding and fabrication. After taking a hiatus he returned, continuing in welding and fabrication from 2003 until 2010. Ed became the shop foreman in 2010 and continues in this role presently. As the shop foreman he has lead a team of 25-30 employees that are responsible for material handling, cutting, fabrication and finishing for the final installation of the product. He continues to oversee employees at Southwest Metalsmiths with varying skills, using several materials including steel, stainless steel, brass and aluminium. He has had intensive training in safety and holds several welding certifications. ​
Erika Scott

Senior Project Manager

Erika Scott

Senior Project Manager

Originally from Pennsylvania, Erika completed a 2 year Architectural Engineering Technology Program at Penn State University and started her first CAD position at 21. She drafted and helped in design work with several different trades including electrical, plumbing, and HVAC, as well as Civil/Land development. She wanted to get back to the architectural side of construction and accepted a project manager position with a solid surface/millwork company. Over the next 4 years, she learned the processes, tasks, and communication required as a PM, while continuing to detail her own projects. After moving to Arizona in 2013, Erika started with SMI as a project manager and have worked up to the Sr position, also staying current with CAD and detailing projects, as needed.
Eddy Juarez

Field Superintendent

Eddy Juarez

Field Superintendent

As an Arizona Native, Eddy Juarez worked as an Installer and concrete foreman before joining Southwest Metalsmiths. His prior work experience and stellar work ethic resulted in quickly being promoted to a foreman and then later on as a Field Superintendent. He works on projects all over the country from Texas and Colorado to Washington and Hawaii. Ed has also received several safety and welding certificates and is a certified trainer for boom lifts and forklifts. He embraces daily challenges at the fields and likes to train younger team members. Eddy enjoys working and communicating with people, and does whatever it needs to be done to accomplish projects’ goals. He is jack of all trades.
Stephen Schiavo

CAD Manager

Stephen Schiavo

CAD Manager

Stephen Schiavo is the CAD Manager/Senior CAD Detailer at SMI. Throughout his career, Steve has worked with organizations across a wide range of industries, gaining — from construction and metal fabrication, to electro-mechanical design and IT. His ability to remain multi-dimensional allows him to work closely with management, shop and field employees in order to reach the ultimate goal – Getting The Job Done!

Steve, by nature, is an intellectually curious problem solver and uses his diverse practical experience and knowledge as well as his critical thinking and meticulous attention to detail to find and solve any problems or issues he finds from the beginning design stages of a project to the final execution. He also finds that taking a simple preliminary idea and creating a tangible product that is both appealing and cost effective as well meeting all design criteria, is the most fulfilling part of his job.

Stephanie Carrier

Controller

Stephanie Carrier

Controller

Stephanie Carrier was just a newlywed and new to Arizona when she first walked through the doors of Southwest Metalsmiths back in 2001 and she’s never left. Originally hired to assist in the Accounting Department, she quickly proved that she was capable of stepping up and handling whatever we threw at her. She’s one of those employees that SMI has always been able to depend on to keep things running smoothly. Stephanie has always taken great pride in doing as much as she can to help each employee in any way possible and has built great personal relationships along the way with many of her coworkers. When she’s not taking great care of everyone at SMI, she can be found at home or out enjoying this beautiful state with her family.

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