Barnes MetalCrafters Inc.

Nick Martin


Barnes MetalCrafters Inc.
113 Walnut St. West
Wilson, N.C. 27893
USA

Keeping the shop humming when the boss is away

August 26, 2015

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Small-business owners are noted for never taking time off to smell the roses or enjoy the shore. Here’s what happened when one shop owner took a much needed week off.

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Summer help—to hire or not to hire

July 28, 2015

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When school’s out, high school and college students need summer jobs. Hiring them is good for both the students and the shops that employ them.

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Curveballs in a small fabricating shop

June 24, 2015

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Diversity is essential for a small shop’s viability. It also can make for some interesting jobs that require ingenuity and produce beautiful work.

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Handling bottlenecks in a small shop

May 27, 2015

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Bottlenecks occur in all businesses. How you handle them makes a big difference in your shop’s operation and success.

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Is your shop online? Should it be?

April 29, 2015

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You can’t escape the Internet and social media, and you shouldn’t try. An online presence is a must, and used properly, social media can be a good marketing tool for your shop.

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Working in a cold shop

March 26, 2015

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Winter weather conditions affect much of the country, but most people live and work in warm surroundings. Not so those in some fabricating shops. Here’s how one shop in North Carolina deals with the cold.

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Don’t forget the CAD guy

February 24, 2015

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When you’re thinking about shop upgrades, don’t forget the CAD guy. A new system can help him do his job much more efficiently.

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Fabricating and mounting a “quick-quote,” heavy-duty utility truck rack

January 28, 2015

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Sometimes a “quick-quote” job turns out to be significantly more complicated than it appears. It also can become a great learning experience. Such was the case when Barnes MetalCrafters fabricated a heavy-duty utility truck rack that required compensating for the vehicle’s lightweight components to mount.

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Thanking your customers at Christmas

December 9, 2014

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There are traditions, and then there are the stories behind them—something we often don’t know. In this post, Nick Martin explains Barnes MetalCrafters’ tradition of thanking its customers at Christmas.

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Shop drawings—how much information do you need?

November 12, 2014

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Just how detailed do shop drawings have to be? That depends on several factors, including whether you are doing the work in-house or sending it out.

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Open your eyes at FABTECH

October 15, 2014

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From an attendee’s perspective, FABTECH is akin to Christmas morning, when all the new toys and possibilities are revealed, complete with a soundtrack. At least that’s how Barnes MetalCrafters’ Nick Martin sees it.

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An upgrade can be a game-changer

September 18, 2014

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When a fabricating shop sees its limits being pushed, it may be time for an equipment upgrade. Sometimes a new machine can be a real game-changer.

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The walk-in customer

August 14, 2014

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Working in a small business has a lot of perks, but often requires the duties of multiple job titles. My title at Barnes MetalCrafters is “product designer,” but I use that term loosely when people ask what I do. It is hard to describe what I do, because for the most part, it changes every...

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Working with dad

July 17, 2014

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Working in the family business can be difficult and isn’t right for everyone. But sometimes, it can lead to a rewarding career.

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