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Willbanks Metals Inc. / HQ: Forth Worth, Texas / Employees: 110+ / Services: Steel distribution and firststage fabrication / Ryan Letz, VP of sales: “Customer satisfaction in a slow economy is extremely important for us.” Keep on Counting willbanks metals continues to diversify as it celebrates more than 35 years in the business. by fernie tiflis willbanks metals has been producing hot-rolled steel and offers value-added services for more than 35 years. For most companies, having a variety of services is the key to surviving market challenges. However, Willbanks Metals Inc. takes diversity to a whole new level. The Forth Worth, Texas-based firm primarily distributes hot-rolled steel and offers valueadded services that include laser cutting, plasma cutting, plate and angle rolling, forming, shearing, punching/drilling, oxy-fuel cutting and sawing. Over 35 years, Willbanks Metals has established itself as one of the 84 SPRING 2010 most diverse steel distributors in the southern United States. John Willbanks and Fred Letz founded Willbanks Metals in 1974. The two had a modest start, making trailer parts for transportation manufacturers and structural fabricators in their small fabrication shop in Fort Worth. After the company acquired a cut-to-length processing line that could flatten steel coil to a specific length, it became large enough to buy its own coil from the steel mills to process in-house. By 1978, Willbanks Metals was large enough to distribute flat sheet and plate, and offer a broad range of products to its clients. Today, the company boasts a fleet of equipment and it upgrades or acquires new equipment almost annually to continuously find value for its clients. In fact, in 2009, Willbanks Metals acquired its second cut-to-length line coil processor. The machine, which will be in operational in May, will allow

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010
Global Strategies
Cost Concerns
Growth Opportunities
Continuous Improvement
Business Value
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MKS Instruments Inc.
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010