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Old 02-09-2020, 09:57 PM
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Default Steel Supply Around Atlanta

I'm looking for recommendations on a supplier of steel square and rectangular tubing for things such as table bases, chairs, and other indoor and outdoor residential furniture in the Atlanta GA area.

I'm a custom closet/cabinetry builder and usually get several orders for other pieces of furniture, mostly around spring time when people start venturing outside. Spring is just around the corner here. If a customer wants the base of their table to be metal usually I pass the specs along to a friend who then makes it. For multiple reasons, mainly I think I'm leaving money on the table, I want to bring those in house and make the metal bases myself. But before I do, I want to get some solid quotes on the materials so I can analyze the numbers.

If you know of a large national chain or a small mom and pop shop that has fair pricing in or around ATL, please let me know. If you are going to refer to me to Google or some other search engine, no thanks. I've already done that and came here to hear your recommendations based on personal experience in the ATL market.
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Old 02-10-2020, 12:03 PM
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Thanks for posting up and we're happy to have you join the crew here!

I'm sure someone will be along shortly that's familiar with the ATL area. I've got a buddy (not on SFT) who has a company out there that focuses on sound systems/installations, mostly in the mega-churches. I'll reach out to him and see who they use for all their fabrication suppliers. They make a lot of their own brackets, not a large supply of steel necessary.

One thing to note is that suppliers will put you in a pricing scale based on what you buy. The more material you buy, the cheaper your price is per pound. The occasional buyer doesn't get the best deals. The guy who buys thousands of pounds a year is gonna get the discounts. If you're not buying a lot, you may not realize the savings you're looking for from bringing the process in house.

But, if you're anything like me, I prefer to have the ability to do every part of the project myself. Sometimes I save money, but most times the only thing I save is the stress of having to deal with someone else's schedule and ability to deliver the quality I expect on my deadline.
I've always had more time than money.

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Old 02-10-2020, 01:55 PM
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Being small myself, I would set up and account in a suppliers system
but pay when I picked up the material. Often you can get a good price.

Often they have 3-5 price tiers. The A column is list and generally
reserved for assholes and people who are behind on their accounts.
B is for walk-ins paying immediately, home owners and the like. Pro
accounts are columns C-E, generally I could get C or D column, E was
for high volume customers.

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Old 02-10-2020, 07:13 PM
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I get my steel from a local job shop that has racks full of stock. They also cut and bend some small sheet Al parts for me. I don't know what pricing tier I get but I've been doing biz with them for decades and the prices seem reasonable. They will have what steel I need and I can usually walk out with it.

I was going to say Alro Metals but they don't appear to have any stores in GA...

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Old 02-14-2020, 11:26 AM
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In almost any scrappers yard I have been at, there is usually a pile set aside of salable dimensional steel that goes for scrap price plus 20%
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