Industries in the value-added metals transform metals into intermediate or end products. Important fabricated metal processes are forging, stamping, bending, forming, and machining, used to shape individual pieces of metal; and other processes, such as welding and assembling, used to join separate parts together.
Establishments in this sector also manufacture metal alloys and super alloys by introducing other chemical elements to pure metals. The demand for fabricated metal products is driven largely by the needs of other industrial companies and is therefore linked to economic growth. Large companies have economies of scale in purchasing raw materials. The specialized nature and use of many products allows smaller companies to compete effectively.
Many of Marion County’s fabricated metal companies have highly automated production lines. Typical equipment needs include presses, screw machines, rotary transfer machines, and turning machine centers. All companies use CAD and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) equipment.