As one of the last remaining large-scale fabricators on the east coast, SMT has become the place to go when your only other option is overseas or shipping cross-country.
We have a massive fabricating shop, capable of constructing items out of a variety of metals and materials; however, we specialize in stainless steel fabrication. While we’ve built equipment for companies all over the world, we have a strong geographic advantage to serving companies located along the eastern seaboard and mid-west region and can save those customers time in delivery and cost of shipping.
We provide onsite installation to ensure everything fits perfectly. When was the last time a team of engineers flew over from China to help install a piece of fabricated equipment? We set a time-frame, stick to it, and see the job through to the end.
Big Building, Big Ceiling, and A Big Crane
We have thirty-five foot tall ceilings in our 100,000 square foot shop, and our crane is capable of lifting thirty-five tons. If you need something big and heavy made, we can get it done. The cubic space of our facility separates us from most of our competitors. Only a handful of fabrication shops in the world are as big as ours.
Shipping Heavy Objects From China?
Shipping freight from Qingdao, China to Norfolk, Virginia will take about one month and cost approximately $1,800 per 20 foot container. The time and cost of shipping nearly 12,000 miles adds up quickly. Aside from the long wait and cost, every dollar sent abroad is one less dollar circulating in the U.S. economy.
If your business needs help figuring out how much it will cost to ship something from China to the U.S. or anywhere else in the world, this shipping calculator from SeaRates.com provides a great rough estimate and point of reference for distances.
Are There Benefits to Shipping By Railroad?
Our facility backs up to a railroad line, so we can easily ship large items that are too big or too heavy for trucks. We can also ship directly to various ports on the East Coast and Gulf Coast, where equipment then heads out to sea.
If you’re losing production time at a facility or need a fast turnaround and you’re located anywhere on the east coast or mid-west, picking a local company like SMT may be your only option to avoid waiting for items to travel the high seas halfway around the world. Being headquartered in Southwest Virginia puts us no more than a day or so away from the Great Lakes, Atlanta, the North East, or even Eastern Texas and Louisiana.
SMT Fabricates And We Love What We Do
We build large tanks, vessels, conveyor belts, skids and nearly any large piece of equipment your company could need. Sometimes companies hire SMT to build equipment that doesn’t exist yet, and we help them find out how to make the item a reality. Other times companies hire us to build off existing specifications.
Although we can create items out of aluminum, carbon steel, plastics and several other materials, stainless steel is our specialty. Oil and gas, food and beverage, farming and a variety of manufacturing industries use SMT for large-scale metal fabrication, as well as several municipalities across the U.S. and Canada.
That’s Right, We Make The Big Stuff
Specialization in large-scale metal fabrication is why customers hire SMT to build large equipment. We don’t get hired to make a lot of watches, but we might get hired to build equipment for a watch manufacturer.
We stick to what we’re best at, fabricating really big stuff. Once an item is complete, we have access to a railroad that allows us to ship items all over the U.S. and abroad. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about metal fabrication or would like to get an estimate for large-scale steel fabrication.