Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Owensboro Custom Steel Fabrication to Double in Size

on time fab 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (3/27/13) – A custom metal fabrication shop located on the northwestern edge of Owensboro will double its building size and add new equipment that will allow it to compete for bids on a national level it currently cannot, owners Ray and Cheri Middleton told a group of Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce representatives who gathered for a ground breaking ceremony at their location on Medley Rd. this morning.
 
On-Time Fab, which builds custom handrails, stairs, industrial equipment, food-grade stainless steel materials, and other requested designs, recently secured a grant that will allow for the business expansion and additional hires. Cheri Middleton said On-Time Fab has already hired a few people toward the goal of hiring as many as 10 more workers, and that more hires are expected as the new addition to the building nears completion.
 
Ray Middleton said custom steel fabrication is a field he has worked in for years, and that the decision to open his own business came from a desire, as he put it, “to control my destiny.”

on tab3

“But it turned out to be so much more,” he said. “It’s important to serve your community. Employees and their families count on you for the business.”
 
Cheri Middleton said putting the needs of their employees at the top of their priorities is one of the things she and her husband pride themselves on at their company. This includes, she explained, helping employees afford health insurance packages and other related needs.
 
“It’s hard to find skilled employees,” she said. “We hire people that have to take a job from start to finish. That’s why we have grown. We try to make sure we’re not getting the cheapest policies. That’s how we do business.”
 
With that, however, comes an expectation of hard work and commitment from employees. New recruits at the shop can continue in its apprentice program for up to six months before being hired on full-time. Ray Middleton said part of the apprentice process involves training time with managers before and after regular hour shifts, and taking care of various basic tasks in the facility.
 
“The earliest stage involves doing work no one else wants to do,” he said. “Those are the things we look for, people who follow directions and are self-motivated.”

Along with the business expansion, the business last week secured a no-interest loan from Daviess County Fiscal Court for up to approximately $70,000 for the purchase of a plasma table. Ray Middleton said the plasma table will allow the shop to cut steel at angles or in a particular shape in a way that is currently difficult to do with existing equipment.

on tab2

“This will allow us to open up a market we have not been able to competitively bid on,” he said, as Cheri Middleton quickly added that it will also allow the company to reduce time on finishing projects which will in turn make them more competitive on pricing.

“We’ll be able to bid on national jobs and broaden the market,” she said.

The construction work is estimated to take several months to complete, but could be finished in as little as three if weather permits.

Dennis Beard
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Dennis Beard

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Henderson County Police Reports

HENDERSON, Ky. (10/29/14) — The Henderson Police Department released the following reports. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014… Read More

HPD Investigating Shooting

HENDERSON, Ky. (10/29/14) — On Oct. 28, 2014, an individual walked into Tom's Market located at 1048 Clay Street and… Read More

Most Read This Week

October 29, 2014 8626

UPDATE: Medical Examiner's Official Report…

in Local (Lakes) Top News by Dennis Thomas
October 24, 2014 7314

Central City Man Charged with Sexual Assault on…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Chris Cooper
October 27, 2014 5958

Earlington Woman Charged With Burglary for…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 23, 2014 4264

Don Everly to be Part of Rock and Roll Hall of…

in Top News For All Sites by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
October 27, 2014 4260

Baptist Health Madisonville Performs Baptist…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Kristy Quinn
October 28, 2014 3754

UPDATE: 'Runner' Ran Home; Family Happy

in Hopkins News by Lisa Crook
October 24, 2014 3627

Miners Turn Out in Madisonville for…

in Top News For All Sites by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
October 29, 2014 3580

UPDATE: Two More Arrested for Meth at Area Motel

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
October 27, 2014 3239

Woman Charged for Domestic Assault with Scissors,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 28, 2014 3125

UPDATE: Extended to Wednesday; Heaven's Gates and…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

October 29, 2014 8626

UPDATE: Medical Examiner's Official Report…

in Local (Lakes) Top News by Dennis Thomas
October 29, 2014 3580

UPDATE: Two More Arrested for Meth at Area Motel

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
October 29, 2014 2301

Hypodermic Needle Sticking Out of Jacket During…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 29, 2014 1945

Pennyrile Gymnastic Team to Perform on 'America's…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
October 29, 2014 1469

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 29, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 29, 2014 1459

Huge Crowds Visit Uncle Lee’s First Day of…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
October 29, 2014 1172

Trespassing Complaint Ends with Shoplifting Arrest

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 29, 2014 960

Water Main Break Sends Stream Dozens of Feet in…

in Hopkins News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
October 29, 2014 814

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - October 29, 2014

in Video by Crime Stoppers
October 29, 2014 757

Mercy Medical Associates Open New Vascular Clinic…

in Local (Paducah) Top News by Suzanne Farmer

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss