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.
Building things has always been part of the spirit of Kentucky. Our communities have always been successful and thriving, filled with people who simply know how to create. From iron works and metal forging to carpentry to cooperages, Marion County has dozens of businesses that create ingenious tools, components, and products that contribute to our local economy.
Diverse firms and businesses, from large multi-national enterprises to cottage-industry "solo-preneurs", Marion County has a little of everything. Cutting edge technology, world-class manufacturing, women-owned businesses, and more all call Kentucky home!
Arriving in Lebanon in 1965 as Angell-Demmel Manufacturing, Alutrim purchased Angell-Demmel in 2015 and is the oldest continuously operating manufacturer of metal labels and nameplates in the United States. Alutrim manufactures stamping and decorative components of aluminum for the automotive industry.
ATI Portland Forge is a subsidiary of ATI and began production in Marion County in 1990. ATI is one of a small group of U.S. forging companies producing heavy truck forged pistons.
Bell Machine was established in 1995. With over 70 years of combined experience, Bell Machine has a variety of backgrounds in tooling, gauges, welding, engineering, and manufacturing. They specialize in fabricating new or replacement parts from prints, old sample parts, or reverse engineering.
Established in 1970, Central Kentucky Tool (CKT) has a legacy of fabrication and machining expertise. CKT is a WBE-certified business compromised of two facilities in Lebanon. Prior to 1989, CKT expanded their original facility 5 times. In 1989, CKT purchased 11 acres in Lebanon to expand into their second, 20,000-square-foot facility. Founded by William "Bob" Mattingly Jr., Sarah and Alex Smith purchased CKT in April 2019. CKT specializes in weldments, returnable steel packing, precision parts, machine replacement parts, fixtures and jigs, tool and die, and light assembly.
Lebanon Power & Apparatus was founded in 1963 in Lebanon. Lebanon Power & Apparatus expanded in 1990 to their second location named Covington Electric in nearby Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 2015, Lebanon Power & Apparatus expanded again which included a 50,000-square-foot facility, larger lifting and testing equipment, and more employees. Lebanon Power & Apparatus specializes in remanufacturing AC and DC electric motors, repairing magnets, and producing custom coils and custom shunts.
Mainstream Packaging was established in 1986. Mainstream Packaging specializes in steel-returnable containers, material handling carts, and sheet metal fabrications and welding using mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.
Montebello Packaging has been operating in Lebanon since 1998. With facilities located in the United States and Canada, Montebello’s over 60 years of experience always brings the highest quality product to the table. Montebello Packaging produces Aluminum Tubes and Cans, Laminate Tubes, both Foil and All-Plastic Tubes for Pharmaceutical, Personal Care, Cosmetics, Household, Industrial and Food products. They also can custom design tubes to fit clients needs and stand out from the crowd.
Since 2015, Pro-Tech has provided fabrication services for local, national, and international clients out of Raywick, Kentucky. Pro-Tech is one of Marion County’s premier welding and fabrication shops. They are built to react quickly to client’s needs and orders. In business for 11 years, this fabrication shop has served 3 of the largest automotive companies in central Kentucky as well as small industrial, residential, and commercial orders. Whether it is packaging racks, assembly fixtures, automotive components, or fences, Pro-Tech reliably produces a high quality welded product.
Opened in 1986, Shuffett Machine Shop is based out of an 11,000-square-foot facility in Lebanon. Shuffett Machine offers laser, water jet, plasma, welding, and machining in steel, stainless steel, plastic, aluminum, and a variety of other materials.