There was a time when Metalite
was known as a maker of aluminum ware. We began near the end of World War
I as a small metal spinning shop in Los Angeles. Management fostered a
spirit of inventiveness and ingenuity in the company The Roaring 20s were
boom years for the little shop that spun aluminum into a variety of small
In 1923, the company incorporated
as Metalite and focused on the manufacturing of aluminumware for commerce
and industry. Because of its lightness, high conductivity and falling cost,
new uses for aluminum mushroomed. In 1925, Metalite moved into a larger
building, where, we continued to produce aluminumware and parts for small
inventors and manufacturers. By the end of the decade, we were looking
ahead for ways to serve expanding markets. We introduced draw presses and
punch presses to our technology. As a result of our innovation and vision,the
"Great Depression" was a period of growth in new directions. In
1932, L A. County Hospital opened and Metalite won the contract for their
stainless steel hospitalware. This led to a line of hospitalware for American
Hospital Supply and the U.S. Government. 1934 marked another move into
a larger facility. In the late 30s we ventured into making restaurantware.
We also manufactured parts for a nationally popular product of that era-The
Cary Vapor Cooker
In the 1940s, we geared
up to serve the war effort. In the process, we embarked on a long range
plan to become a major, large parts, deep drawing job shop. By the time
military production diminished after W.W.II, a wel1-estabhshed Metalite
expanded commercial production. By 1948, we outgrew our building again
and purchased a 35,000 square foot plant in Glendale. The California aircraft
and aerospace industry blasted off in the prosperous 1950s. To meet the
demand, we installed :heavy duty equipment and began to make our mark as
the deep draw expert. Aircraft parts became a significant portion of our
job shop business.
We began to phase out the
metal spinning business that got us started so long ago.
The 1960s was a decade
of change for our nation and our company. By the late sixties, we dropped
our product lines while increasing our job shop business. We purchased
bigger presses and began mass producing fitter housings for trucks and
In the 1970s, the transformation
from a manufacturer of metalware to a job shop was complete. Metalite entered
a new era of steady expansion and modernization. By 1988, Metalite had
once again outgrown its existing plant. We purchased our present facilities
consisting of 58,000 square feet on 3 acres in the San Fernando Valley
north of Los Angeles. Since moving into our building we have introduced
Computer Aided Design and added new presses with state-of-the-art microprocessor
This gives us some of the
most technologically advanced equipment available for deep drawing. Metalite
has never let up. We continue to add new equipment and new disciplines,
and apply the knowledge we have learned over the years to better serve
Metalite is a versatile job
shop specializing in deep drawing metal cans and other stamped parts to
your specifications. We have achieved our preeminence through continual
innovation of methods, modernization of equipment, and responsiveness to
emerging customer needs. With our large assortment of metal working presses
and tooling we have the versatility to wed the best press or combination
of presses to each particular job. Metalite can deep draw whatever metal
part you need on time and with the highest quality.
WHAT IS THE METALITE
Metalite makes its own tooling
and has a vast stock of dies from which to call upon. Our abundant stock
tooling means shorter lead times for your prototypes and production at
much lower cost.
Metalite uses draw presses,
not just punch presses with cushions. We have double action mechanical
presses and multiple action hydraulic presses. Hydraulic draw presses have
counter acting cylinders that hold the material during the drawing process.
The multiple cylinder actions
allow us to draw and redraw the metal up to three times in one cycle on
our state-of-the-art, hydraulic draw presses. Our presses range in capacity
from 50 to 500 tons. We can draw diameters from less than 1 inch to more
than 36 inches and we have drawn parts 20 inches deep.
With technology's newest
tool -the microprocessor- we have greater control of pressure levels, speeds
and stroke lengths during each press cycle. We put the raw stock in-usually
a flat sheet of metal-and it flows without breaking or wrinkling into a
finished part in one pass.
Despite the advances in
technology, such as CAD and microprocessor controls, deep drawing continues
to be as much an art as it is an exact science. It is an art that we are
always refining, bringing together the talents of our people with the science
of modern technology. Variables in presses, equipment, materials, lubricants,
tooling, tolerances and customers' requirements are all factors which come
into play when manufacturing our unique parts.
The right presses, precise
tooling, and modern technology all contribute to the superiority of our
workmanship. The essential factor, however, is qualified, knowledgeable
practitioners. Every key executive and supervisor has two to three decades
of experience within the company. Because we are a job shop, we have gained
experience in many different fields. We understand the special requirements
of each part depending, on the industry, the application, and the quality
standard. Only Metalite has so much expertise. Knowledge bought and paid
for by a lifetime of floor experience.
METALITE'S Total Capability
We work in various alloys
of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, titanium and other
metals. Whatever your metal, in sheet or coil, we can draw, stamp, blank,
trim, pierce, shear and bead it.
We have worked thicknesses
from .015 to 1.5 inches. We can circle shear up to 60 inches in diameter.
We can also hydro-mechanical form parts to create shapes and surface details
not possible by conventional deep drawing. We do not limit ourselves. Just
tell us what you need. Our hand-on management team works with you through
every stage of the manufacturing process starting with tooling design and
prototype runs and ending with quality production and shipping.
Today, we continue to serve
our long time customers, white reaching out to new markets around the world.
We currently make components for dozens of industries. Metalite-made parts
fly on virtually every commercial aircraft in the free world. Our parts
run on trucks, racecars and motorcycles. For the food service industry,
we have made drawn elements for floor sinks, dipper wells, milking machines,
and hot water tanks for coffee makers.
We make foundryware such
as skimmers and ladles. We deep draw filter housings for agricultural,
industrial commercial and home uses. We draw water trays for the wet cutting
of tile in the construction industry. We fabricate parts for musical instruments
and housings for ceiling fans and pool lights.
Metalite has recorded a
seven-decade history of progressiveness. Never content to rest on our laurels,
we continue to grow and explore new possibilities. Metalite is always on
the leading edge of deep drawing technology. With an inventive spirit,
Metalite looks forward to a new century of innovation. Our research and
development efforts will contribute new knowledge to the field of deep
drawing. The future looks bright for our company and our customers.
We will continue to get
high quality drawn parts out to customers fast. To do this better demands
superior equipment, ingenuity, advanced technology, dedicated employees
and pride of craftsmanship.
If yon need a shop you can
absolutely rely on to do your job right the first time and every time call
or fax your specifications to Metalite today.
and Stamped Metal Products
Avenue Pacoima (Los Angeles), California 91331
Fax (818) 899-8353
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