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Mark Metals Custom Aluminum Strainer Basket

Mark Metals recently fabricated an aluminum strainer basket for a municipal wastewater treatment pumping station. The customer required a trash basket that would collect debris that accumulates in water treatment facilities.  The customer required that the aluminum trash basket be removable from the water treatment system, preventing damage to facility pumps.  We designed the aluminum trash strainer basket to ride on stationary guide rails and to be lifted in and out of wells with a portable hoist system.

Mark Metals Custom Aluminum Strainer Basket

Mark Metals Custom Aluminum Strainer Basket

Mark Metals Custom Aluminum Strainer Basket

 

 

Mark Metals’ American Hero

Lancaster County man rescues eagle injured on Route 30 near Downingtown: ‘She just hung out with me’

By COLIN EVANS, LNP Lancaster Online

A Gordonville man said he had no fears rescuing an injured bald eagle on the Route 30 bypass near Downingtown Saturday afternoon.

Dandon Miller, 34, was driving westbound on his motorcycle when he noticed traffic had come to a halt, he said.

Parking his bike on the side of the highway, Miller noticed that the injured eagle was blocking cars in the middle of the road.

Miller immediately approached the bird, wrapped his flannel shirt around her, and held her in his arms, he said.

“I didn’t really think too much about it. I walked over and picked her up. She was just fine … she just hung out with me,” he said.

Miller, who works in metal sales, said the eagle was calm for the 45 minutes he held her until staff from the Delaware-based Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research arrived to take her.

“It was an amazing feeling, to be able to pick up a bald eagle,” he said. “It’s a massive creature you never imagine being able to hold in your hands or being able to help out.”

The bird had injuries to its feet, one wing, and its eye, according to a statement from Tri-State, reported by 6abc Action News. It had been struck by a vehicle, the television station reported.

The rescue organization is treating it with antibiotics, pain medication, and fluids. It was optimistic about the eagle’s release depending on how the wing injury heals, according to the statement it issued to the television station.

LNP was not able to reach the rescue group for further comment.

READING INTERMEDIATE PRODUCES “WHAT’S SO COOL ABOUT MANUFACTURING?” VIDEO FOR CONTEST

Over the past four months students from Reading Intermediate School visited The Rose Corporation and created a video answering the question: “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”  We are proud of the work that Reading Intermediate did and we would love to bring home an award for them.  In order to do that – We Need Your Votes!!

Go to https://www.whatssocool.org/contests/berks-schuylkill/ and scroll toward the bottom of the page, watch the video and click to vote.

Voting today and closes on Friday.  
• You can vote as often as you like until Friday, March 1 11:59 pm.
• The voting buttons are available without watching the videos countless times.
• The videos are on a carousel that moves each time you vote and load the page.
• Voting will determine the Viewers Choice award winner.

Spread the word!
Forward this link to friends and family.  This includes out of our region!

The winners will be announced at the Awards Event on March 5th, and on billboards and email announcements the next day. 

Thanks for taking the time to bring home an award for these hard-working kids!

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest

There are 36,500 manufacturing jobs in the Lehigh Valley area of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.  What’s So Cool About Manufacturing aims to educate middle school students about manufacturing careers and opportunities.  Each year the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video contest builds excitement in students across Pennsylvania to explore cool manufacturing careers and produce profiles of companies. Each contest features an online vote for its Viewers Choice Award.   This year, Reading Northeast Middle School produced a video about our parent company, The Rose Corporation.  Please log on and vote at: https://www.whatssocool.org/contests/berks-schuylkill/

Prop door aids firefighter training

From the Reading Eagle
by Anthony Orozco | Reporter

Prop door aids firefighter training
Gifts help Reading Fire Department

Mark Metals Parent Company, The Rose Corporation, Custom Fabricates Steel Door for Training Reading Fire DepartmentREADING, PA — Reading firefighters Rik Kuhn and Andrew Getka pried and smashed their way through a steel door on a recent afternoon at a city factory.

There wasn’t a raging fire at The Rose Corp., 401 N. Eighth St. This was just for practice.

The fire department demonstrated how trainees learn forcible entry with a prop door, which was given at almost no cost to the department.

“We have some other training props provided by the (Berks) county, but they have wear and tear,” First Deputy Chief Ronald Banks said. “We want to make sure that our firefighters to keep learning, and this helps with that; we always try to find newer and better training props to help us perform our duties.”

The steel door prop was a combination of two gifts to the Reading Fire Department.

One component is a forcible entry apparatus, which simulates as the locking mechanism for doors, provided by TroxFire Training Solutions in Washington.

The apparatus was purchased by the department at an extremely reduced price, according to Banks.

The Rose Corp., an industrial fabrication company, donated labor and materials to construct a steel door frame and base to accompany the apparatus.

Fabrication of the frame and base took about four weeks, according to Bob Skorupsky, senior project manager at The Rose Corp.

Combined, the apparatus, frame and base would have cost thousands of dollars.

Banks did not reveal how much the finished prop cost but expressed plenty of gratitude to TroxFire Training Solutions for a sizable discount and to The Rose Corp. for the hard work that went into the prop.

Firefighters picked up the prop Thursday and housed it at the 950 McKnight St. fire station. Firefighter trainees will train with it during “forcible entry” classes, Banks said.

“We are very thankful for this,” the deputy chief said.

 

Municipal and Industrial Custom Fabrication Projects

Mark Metals Machine Shop recently completed custom metal fabrication projects for a Reading area municipality as well as a local power facility. Mark Metals specializes in providing innovative solutions and high-quality custom fabrication of a variety of metal products.

Beginning with drawings, simple sketches or simply an idea continuing through the fabrication process, we use state of the art equipment and highly qualified personnel to provide the highest quality product that meets the needs of each of our unique customers.

Read more about these projects that are unique, but typical of the work we do on a daily basis.

CUSTOM SHEET METAL RACK

A local power generating facility requested assistance with organizing their sheet metal inventory. Mark Metals personnel arranged an on-site visit where we discussed size requirements, sketched design ideas and then developed a plan for the design.

The Mark Metals shop used steel angle for the corner supports and rectangular tube for the horizontal frames. To fabricate, we saw cut the individual pieces, fit together and seal welded all joining members.

The final product allowed our customer to easily access their inventory and improve overall warehouse organization.

Mark Metals: Custom Sheet Metal Rack

MUNICIPAL STREET LAMP POST

Mark Metals supports many maintenance groups from our local municipality and local school districts. There are numerous items that are damaged or have to be reinforced, due to normal wear and tear. Street Lamp Poles are notorious for being damaged or knocked over by cars and trucks.

This project consisted of an aluminum post that needed a new base, triangular gussets and structural square tube. The Mark Metals shop plasma cut the base and gussets, saw cut the square tube, assembled and then welded to match the original configuration.

Mark Metals: Aluminum Street Lamp Post Repair

 

Reading Metal Service Company, Mark Metals, launches e-commerce platform

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Reading Metal Service Company, Mark Metals, launches e-commerce platform

August 23, 2017, Reading, PA – Mark Metals, the metal service division of The Rose Corporation has launched a new e-commerce website platform in conjunction with the rebranding of Mark Metals with a new logo.

The new Mark Metals website (mark-metals.com) is fully responsive, which means the site automatically adjusts its size depending on the device being used, be it a desktop PC, mobile or tablet. The site enables customers to order standard metal materials seamlessly from any device when they have a need. Standard metal inventory includes the most common types of steel and aluminum angle, sheet metal, plate, bar, beam, channel and more. Mark Metals delivers to customers within a 120-mile radius of the Adams Street facility in Reading. Customers can also submit requests for custom materials and metal fabrication projects at any time of the day or night.

Mark Metals is currently offering special promotional pricing on web orders to celebrate the launch of the site. Customers can go to http://www.mark-metals.com/shop-mark-metals to view current online inventory and pricing or place special orders.

Mark Metals’ personalized customer service and knowledgeable team is what sets them apart. Mark Metals specializes in providing innovative solutions and high-quality custom fabrication of a variety of metal products. Their capabilities include custom metal fabrication, machining, blasting and painting.

Beginning with drawings, simple sketches or simply an idea continuing through the fabrication process, Mark Metals uses state of the art equipment and highly qualified personnel to provide the highest quality product that meets the needs of their customers. Mark Metals regularly custom fabricates products for consumers as well as commercial and industrial customers. Some of our most common fabricated products include sign posts, fire pit rings , tree curb plates, ductwork, tube sheets, pipe carriers, racks, drain pans,  and many others.

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About Mark Metals
Mark Metals is a one-stop metal supply and service center located in Reading, Pennsylvania. Mark Metals stocks a large inventory of metal products and specializes in providing innovative solutions and high-quality custom fabrication of a variety of metal products. Beginning with drawings, simple sketches or simply an idea continuing through the fabrication process, we use state of the art equipment and highly qualified personnel to provide the highest quality product that meets the needs of each of our unique customers. Our commitment is to exceed your expectations.

Mark Metals Custom Fabricates Aluminum Camp Trunk Tray

A local Reading area family recently contracted with Mark Metals to fabricate an aluminum camp trunk tray for their son’s summer camp trunk. The family had purchased the trunk which came with a wooden tray that was poorly constructed and fell apart mid-way through last summer’s camp.

Our team worked from hand-drawings, measurements, and verbal descriptions to fabricate a tray that would fit in the existing trunk and hold smaller items such as sunscreen, school work, cards, and toothpaste.

The family’s son was involved in the process stating that he wanted three compartments to better separate his smaller items. The aluminum camp trunk tray project was completed in only a few days and delivered in time for packing and shipping the trunk to the summer camp.

Mark Metals specializes in providing innovative solutions and high-quality custom fabrication of a variety of metal products. We regularly custom fabricate products for consumers as well as commercial and industrial customers. Some of our most common fabricated products include sign posts, fire pit rings and frames, ductwork and transitions, road curb tree plates, pipe carriers and racks, and many others.

The team at Mark Metals are experts at creating products from simple sketches or simply an idea. We use state of the art equipment and highly qualified personnel to provide the highest quality product that meets the needs of each of our unique customers.

To view some of our custom fabrication projects, view our recent projects and case studies at http://www.mark-metals.com/recent-projects.

Have a custom fabrication need of your own? Send an email to info@mark-metals.com or give us a call at 610-921-9647

Mark Metals is a one-stop metal supply and service center located in Reading, Pennsylvania primarily serving Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Mark Metals maintains a large “under-roof” inventory for pick-up or same-day delivery. If we don’t stock it, we will source what you need and track down tough-to-find materials – even in small quantities.

Mark Metals Open House

In conjunction with the Greater Reading Economic Partnership and Reading Chamber of Commerce, Mark Metals, recently hosted an “Open House” at our metals service center facility in Reading, Pennsylvania. It was a wonderful success and, as we discovered, a great venue to showcase our metal products and custom fabrication services.

The objective was to build awareness among our target market – local contractors and manufacturers and open our doors to new clients.  Mark Metals is a one-stop metal supply and service center and we maintain a large “under-roof” inventory of metal products.  The new opportunities that we are currently discussing are a positive measurement of this event’s success. If you want to build credibility and increase awareness with local business clientele, host an “Open House” for your business.

I recommend taking advantage of the services offered by your local Chamber of Commerce; they can be instrumental in helping to effectively plan and execute. Open the doors to your business community and welcome new clients and networking partners.

From The Reading Eagle: The Rose Corp. custom-fabricates

By Brad Rhen, The Reading Eagle

READING, PA – When Louis and Rosemarie Bruno founded The Rose Corp. in 1987, it occupied a single bay in a warehouse on the west side of North Eighth Street.

The company now occupies eight buildings on both sides of Eighth Street, totalling more than 150,000 square feet.
A custom fabricating company, The Rose Corp. makes a wide range of products for a variety of companies and organizations. It specializes in industrial fabrication of custom-engineered equipment, such as industrial furnaces.

The Rose Corp. has 51 employees, which is a little higher than it was prior to the Great Recession. At one time, the company had about 90 employees.
“The company definitely got into more complex things as it evolved,” said CEO Elaine McDevitt, daughter of the Brunos. “We started out with a lot more smaller items, simpler items. But over the years, we hired more skilled professionals, and we got into a lot of the furnaces.”

Named After Wife

Louis Bruno named The Rose Corp. after his wife, Rosemarie. There’s a reason he chose that name rather than something such as Bruno Manufacturing, McDevitt said. “Not only was it named after my mom, but it was sort of a nebulous name,” she said. “He didn’t want to name it Bruno Fabrication and be pigeonholed. He named it The Rose Corp., because he knew he wanted to grow it in different ways, but he didn’t know exactly how. So when he started it, he gave it a generalized name. Then, through the years, he added on all kinds of different things.”

Among the things Bruno added was Mark Metals, a distributor and processor of metal products also in Reading. Mark Metals is a division of The Rose Corp.

“It’s a steel-distribution center, where we also do value-adds,” McDevitt said. “For example, a lot of the small manufacturers or contractors in the area need steel, and they come to Mark Metals. We have a lot of it in stock, and we can add services for them right away. They don’t have the tooling to punch or bend or form, but we do, so that’s what we use Mark Metals for.”

Fabricates variety of products

The company custom-fabricates a variety of products, including thermal oxidizers, industrial furnaces, condensers, industrial ductwork, machine bases, frames and material-handling equipment. The largest product the company produced was a 1.4 million-pound runway-testing machine for the Federal Aviation Administration.

“We make a lot of machine bases also for a couple of different companies,” McDevitt said. “They have specific units that they build that are exclusive to them, and we build the machine bases. They’re not just flat surfaces. A lot of them have very specific footprints on them.”
One product The Rose Corp. manufactures routinely is regenerative thermal oxidizers, or RTOs. RTOs treat exhaust from industrial manufacturers, such as automobile makers. They account for about 30 percent of the company’s business, said Tom McDevitt, general manager of the industrial furnace division and Elaine’s husband.

“There’s so many industries that use the RTOs: chemical companies such as Dow and DuPont, wood manufacturers, anyone that’s using glues in their processes,” he said. “So it’s really a broad spectrum. Anyone that has to scrub their air to meet EPA standards will use something like this. There’s other technologies, but what’s unique about this is it has a very small footprint.”

Aside from RTOs, much of the company’s other business is one-off projects, such as components for windmills. It also once fabricated parts for a ride for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

“Our niche, really, is big,” Tom McDevitt said. “As a matter of fact, what we did is change our business model a little bit. The smaller fabrication, which kind of chokes our value stream here, we do them out at our Marks Metals facility. Smaller pieces, smaller cranes, faster cranes: things can move around much faster out there, and the guys out there have more experience with the little parts.”

Understanding of engineering

While most of the products The Rose Corp. manufactures are engineered by customers, The Rose Corp. does have an engineer on staff. Additionally, most of the workers have a good understanding of engineering, Tom McDevitt said. That is very important, since many companies have fewer engineers and designers than they had in the past, he said.

Often times, if there are errors in the engineering, they will be caught on the floor, Tom McDevitt said.

“We have two very, very sharp guys out there, and they’ll see the errors that the engineers never saw,” he said. “Some of our customers appreciate that value, because they know things are going to come out to the floor and there’s going to be a problem.”
The Rose Corp. General Manager Randy Gross described the company’s workers as field engineers.

“They have the field experience that is actually as good or better than the book experience,” he said. “These guys have done it enough. That’s where you get your value out of your senior guys, who can see it coming even before it gets off the drawing board.”

A lot of potential

Since the low prices of oil have affected many of its customers, The Rose Corp. has several projects on hold, including two that Elaine McDevitt described as huge.

“That customer is heavily invested in that, and is waiting for the business to come back,” she said.

Despite the turmoil many of its customers are experiencing because of low oil prices, The Rose Corp. has a lot of capital equipment expansion plans.

“We have a whole laundry list of capital equipment that we want to replace or purchase going forward, so that’s another reason we hope the economy works with us,” Elaine McDevitt said. “We want to be able to offer additional capabilities to our customers.”

Gross said the oil and steel industries carry a lot of weight, and when they are doing bad, it keeps smaller companies such as The Rose Corp. from growing. However, he said, the company sees a lot of potential with getting back into the furnace area.

“We are one of the largest fabrication and machine shops locally, and that’s why we’re saying we do everything big, and that’s our niche,” Gross said. “Unfortunately, things right now are a little bit flat. Maybe that’s part of the issue: between the steel, the oil and the election, everybody is just sitting on their hands.”

Contact Brad Rhen: 610-371-5047 or brhen@readingeagle.com.

 

Learn More about the custom metal fabrication services at http://markmetals.apps-1and1.com/metal-service-center.