Custom Metal Works Inc.
30 Years and Going Strong
Custom Metal Works Inc. is a fabrication facility in Central that employs 30 people specializing in the manufacturing of metal parts and handling a wide range of jobs from small and large mass-produced parts to specialty jobs.
Clifford George, president of Custom Metal Works Inc., founded the company in the early 1980s during an increased need for sewage treatment clarifiers.
“That was probably 90 percent of our work because in that period the federal government was paying up to 75 percent to municipalities to get in compliance. This was a new type of system that saved a lot of money because there was nothing mechanical that made it operate,” George said.
As that trend slowed, the company bought its first C&C equipment and began building light towers and generators for companies. Gradually, they took on more architectural fabrication projects.
“We did projects for Disney. We built these Rubik’s cubes that were 25 foot, and we built about 8 of them,” said George. The Rubik’s cubes were designed as part of a 90s pop culture exhibit in Disney World. Custom Metal Works also built the fountain rings for the bicentennial in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic Games.
Nearly 10 years ago, Custom Metal Works Inc. moved from its original location and built an expansive facility spanning nearly 64,000 square feet on a property of seven and a half acres off Hooper Road. George said the company is likely to expand its property after the upcoming hog-poison feeder project is approved and underway. [link]
George also does a lot of work with Trade Construction – an industrial contractor in Central that serves clients across the Gulf Coast region - [link] because CMW does not fit or manufacture pipes.
Custom Metal Works Inc. touts a robot welder, uncommon throughout the Baton Rouge area. Additionally, the company was the only facility in the Baton Rouge area to have a laser cutter, until a few years ago.
“I tried to base my business around something nobody else did and it worked pretty well. We don’t have a salesman. We’ve never had a salesman. I tell everybody God is my salesman. We get a lot of referrals,” George said.
Clifford George is preparing to retire in the coming years. His son – Justin – will likely take over the company.