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5 Factors That Separate A Good And Great Fabrication Company


How can a fabrication company solve your problem efficiently and effectively? How much does a fabrication company know about your industry? What can a fabrication company do with a limited timeline or budget?

These are common questions asked by those who need sheet metal fabrication but have little experience in the field. When hiring a metal fabrication shop, consider the difference between a good and a great sheet metal fabrication company.

Here’s what long-standing fab shop Kaempf & Harris considers the top factors:


Sheet metal professionals require constant learning. Advancements in fab shop technology, new safety best practices, and apprenticeship opportunities all require fab shops to stay up to date on the industry.

This high level of experience and willingness to learn brings a new set of skills and passion to each commercial project and product, including yours.

For example, if you need commercial ductwork for a new school or hospital, a great fab shop goes beyond the basics of commercial HVAC ductwork installation. A great fab shop does testing, maintenance, and a project walkthrough. This ensures that you understand what’s been done, too.

At Kaempf & Harris, to make sure that you’re ready for a project before we arrive, we offer learning tools about sheet metal fabrication, tools, and techniques. We also offer an updated project page to compare your ideas to what we’ve done.


A big concern when hiring commercial contractors is the negative stereotype that the company will put forth minimal effort and charge too much.

A good sheet metal fab shop barely falls above this line. They get the job done, typically within the project timeline and budget specs. The project will be up to code and without too much hassle.

However, a great fab shop exceeds this line. They have pride in their work, which cuts them above the rest. They put forth the necessary effort, time, or resources to do their best -- not the standard -- and break the mold.

Kaempf & Harris is ready to help you out in a way that makes the most sense for your business. Our company genuinely cares about the success of yours.


A good fab shop takes your idea, creates plans, and lets you know when the project is complete.

A great fab shop pays attention to the small details of your sheet metal project. These excellent technicians and fabricators thoroughly assess the plans and listen to your goals and ideas before the project even starts.

A great fab shop, like Kaempf & Harris, asks for your input on a project timeline and location and works with you, not for you. A partnership is the best way to create a long-term solution and to build trust for the next time you need our help.


A good sheet metal fabrication shop meets industry standards and best practices, but a great shop exceeds them and strives to improve them. This standard of excellence creates quality projects and builds an experienced, ambitious team of metal fabricators, welding experts, and installers.

At Kaempf & Harris in Frederick, Maryland, we consistently train and exceed the latest American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) standards and guidelines.


To complement quality sheet metal projects, value ranks highly as a differentiating factor between good and great fab shops. Attention to detail and commitment to providing the highest degree of service routinely lends itself to that valuable partnership between you and a sheet metal installation company.

By prioritizing these factors, you can find worthwhile sheet metal work that’s second to none. To learn more about fabrication shops that can help you, download our “Manufacturing Mishaps” Fact Sheet:

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Topics: Sheet Metal Fabrication

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