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METALMOMENT Nueva Castilla Co. - Celebrating 50 Years in Business! MARBELLA MILLER owner of Nueva Castilla Co., began his journey in the metal industry by primarily working as an installer of aluminum and brass signs and railings for commercial projects for a large foundry in Mexico. After moving to San Francisco in the 60s and working several jobs outside of the metal industry, he decided to work as an installer for a local iron works company in order to get reacquainted with the trade. After a few years of working for the iron works company, he asked his best friend and cousin, Juan, if he could borrow $500 and then opened up his own shop. Javier ran a one-man show for the first few years. From answering the phone and taking orders, to hand drafting the sketches, to fabricating the pieces themselves, Javier took care of it all. In the early years of owning his own shop, he primarily fabricated gates and eventually gained experience in fabricating railings, fire escapes, stairways, and structural work. To date, the bread and butter of the company comes from their architectural railings. As for Javier's staff of one, he now JAVIER, THE FOUNDER AND The floating stair is suspended from the ceiling. employs approximately 20 people in an 8,000 square foot facility as the company continues to grow. In the near future, Javier wants to hire additional staff members. Sophia Alvarez, Javier's daughter, is currently working with a corporate coaching company to rethink the way they hire their employees. She feels that NOMMA's new Career Center is a great way to find and hire talented and dedicated workers. Sophia wants the culture of integrity and fair dealings to continue on, and that starts with the individuals who are hired and work for Nueva Castilla Co. Not only do Javier and Sophia value the relationships they have with their employees, they consider the relationships with their customers to be everything. "The clients have to be happy to return," states Sophia. "It is easier to maintain a relationship you already have. We like to touch base by calling, or visiting them, and asking them how we can serve them better. Their feedback is invaluable in how they perceive us and how we need to adapt and improve." Over the years, Javier and his team have done just that. Although they work in a traditional shop with ironworkers, coldsaws, forges, etc., they have also grown with the technology used in the industry. Nueva's design department incorporated AutoCAD for drawings since the early 90s, which helped increase shop efficiency and helped their clients visualize the final product. Javier also realized the potential of hiring talent with backgrounds in architecture and engineering. They don't currently use 3D printers or 3D cad drawings, but they are open to using them if it helps their clients or the fabrication process. As work increases in the segment of commercial tenants, the Nueva Castilla Co. team want to make sure they provide the best work for their customers. After half a century of staying in business and providing excellent customer service, incredible work, and growing its staff through the years, Nueva Castilla Co. has a lot to be proud of. Please help us congratulate Javier and his team at Nueva Castilla Co. for a great 50 years of business in the metal industry! The steps are plain metal with a black patina and inlaid with wood. Stairway fabricated for Pandora's Headquarter in Oakland, California, Online Radio/ General Contractor: Skyline Construction. May/June 2016 * O&MM Fabricator | 51

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2016

PRESIDENT’S LETTER
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
NOMMA Network
NOMMA Education Foundation
TIME- AND MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR WELDING JIGS
THE COLLECTIVE MIND GATE SERIES — PART II
THE ENGLISH ARTIST BLACKSMITH — KEEPING AN ANCIENT TRADITION ALIVE
BE SMART WITH YOUR MARKETING EFFORTS
SEO IS NOT DEAD
Supplier Members
New NOMMA Members, Iron Club Members & Rust Free Club Members
Industry News
Products
People
Nueva Castilla Co. – Celebrating 50 Years in Business!
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