We like copper. We like it for aesthetic reasons, specifically when used as ornamental roofing or other outdoor accents, because that’s the stuff we dig and the stuff we dig making. But this versatile metal is being used widely, most notably in the healthcare sector, and it’s really quite cool. Scientists are still studying the metal’s antimicrobial properties and the far-reaching implications of these qualities. Pathogens and bacterium can survive weeks on stainless steel surfaces (another beloved metal!), whereas these baddies have a 1-2 hour shelf-life on most copper alloy surfaces. Think of the implications to hospitals! Stainless steel sure looks clean and sterile, but given the germ-breeding ground of a hospital environment, is it really a death trap in disguise? No, no, we’re not advocates of mass-hysteria, nor are we germaphobes, but we do understand that you need to use the right metal for the job. Though there’s still a long way to go, we’re excited that more and more hospitals and doctors offices are making the shift to copper surfaces and implements. Wouldn’t it be nice to reduce hospital-acquired infections simply by using the right metal?
This clip of Shinya Kimura doing what he does best: combining 2 of our favourite things, metal and motorcycles, in a way no one else can. Worth a watch – even if motorbikes aren’t your thing, the video is a spectacle in and of itself.
Starting out right came at a price. Literally. But it was very important that we immediately distinguish ourselves from the hand-brake-out-of-the-back-of-the-truck operations, and of course, the way to do this was to outfit ourselves properly from the get-go. We knew we had the skills, the red seal sheet metal skills. And we knew we had the decades of experience, but establishing a customer base required even more than that up-front. No one knew who we were yet. So we had to find the perfect space, and equip it with the perfect machinery and tools – we quickly realised that 1500 sq ft was not going to cut it. We needed a minimum of 2500 sq ft to house our baby: the Baykal Press Brake, as well as all the other various Tennsmiths, shears, etc., etc.
Initially our primary focus was (and is) industrial-commercial roofing metal and metal siding. It’s the business we know best, having worked in the field for over 20 years (in a sheet metal capacity). We always knew we’d want to branch out from this too. It’s our bread and butter and what we’re good at, but our passions also lie amid various sheet metal and metal fabrication applications. So we’ve also had to outfit ourselves with even more equipment – our latest addition is the TIG welder, that so far we have used for our larger stainless steel fabrication projects (here’s just one example of our stainless steel outdoor planter boxes – this is the kind of thing that looks more exciting in pictures than does roofing metal!)
We’ve just completed another, much bigger, stainless steel planter installation, so stay tuned for some more pics!
Welcome to our new blog! We’re excited to start sharing some of our ‘in progress’ projects, answer any sheet metal and/or fabrication related questions, start some interesting virtual discussions, and maybe even get into the various (sometimes numerous!) trials, tribulations and successes of running a relatively young metal fabrication company. Our aim is to provide you with insight into HOGTOWN Sheet Metal + Custom Fabrication, a small but stellar sheet metal shop located in Toronto (a.k.a.”Hogtown”), and it’s people and operations.
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