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Richards Sheet Metal Receives Safety Award of Merit

Posted on August 9th, 2021

ELGIN, Ill., August 9, 2021 – Richards Sheet Metal Works of Ogden, Utah, was recently chosen to receive a 2021 Safety Award of Merit from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA). Open to all FMA company members, the FMA/CNA Annual Safety Awards recognize metal fabrication companies that adhere to excellence in safety.

Sponsored by CNA, the endorsed business insurance carrier for FMA, the Awards are designed to promote safety in the industry, and winners are selected by the FMA Safety Council. The Safety Award of Merit is given to companies posting an injury and illness incidence rate for the reporting period that is better than the published Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) rate by 10 percent or greater, based on their NAICS code.

“I congratulate Richards Sheet Metal Works on winning a Safety Award of Merit,” said Edward Youdell, president and CEO of FMA. “Safety is clearly a priority for the company. They set a good example for others in the industry. FMA and CNA are proud to recognize all our safety award winners.”

To be eligible to receive recognition, companies were required to submit OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, for the period Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020. Firms of all sizes were eligible. Winners were selected based on North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code categories and BLS injury and illness incidence rates.

About FMA

Based in Elgin Ill., FMA is a professional organization with over 2,500 members working together to improve the metal fabricating and forming industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® trade show. Visit for more information.


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Richards Sheet Metal Makes the FAB 40 List Again

Posted on July 2nd, 2019

Richards Sheet Metal was once again ranked among the top 40 U.S. custom metal fabricators by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association.

Richards Sheet Metal is honored to join the nation’s best fabricators on the FAB 40 list in the association’s official publication, The FABRICATOR®.

Headquartered locally in Ogden, Utah, Richards Sheet Metal specializes in plate fabrication, sheet metal fabrication, structural steel fabrication and tube and pipe fabrication.

Click here for this year’s complete FAB 40 List and for more information about the recognition process.

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Quality First Standards

Posted on August 29th, 2018

Richards Sheet Metal is proud to have recently upgraded their quality certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard. We use the requirements of this standard to assist us in achieving excellence in customer service, quality fabrication and welding to current AWS, ASME and EN standards, additional processing and delivery. Through our continuous improvement work, we have recently increased our on-time delivery by 10% and decreased our error rate by over 3%. It is our goal to consistently provide our customers with quality parts on time and error-free.

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Richard’s Sheet Metal Recognized as One of the Top Metal Fabrication Companies in the U.S.

Posted on June 28th, 2018

Richards Sheet Metal was once again honored to be ranked on the Fab 40 List of the most successful U.S. metal fabrication companies by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) in its official publication, The FABRICATOR®.

Richards Sheet Metal was listed number 38 on the list—coming in with $18.1 million in 2017 revenue and a projected $19.5 million in 2018 revenue. Headquartered locally in Ogden, Utah, Richards Sheet Metal specializes in plate fabrication, sheet metal fabrication, structural steel fabrication and tube and pipe fabrication.

Click here for the complete list of this year’s Fab 40 List and for more information about the recognition process.

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After 60 years on the job, octogenarian showing no signs of slowing down

Posted on June 16th, 2018

Hartmut Jeske recently celebrated his 60th year anniversary working at Richards Sheet Metal. Jeske, who is now in his 80s, has been a fabricator at Richards Sheet Metal for most of his life and is a beloved employee with a lifetime of knowledge to back up his valuable skill set.

Born in Driesen, Germany, Jeske’s family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 16 years old. Four years later he started working at Richards Sheet Metal and has been here since. According to Stephen Richards (son of the founder, Ray Richards), Jeske has a job at Richards Sheet Metal for as long as he wants it.

“I’m not going to ask him to retire,” Richards said. “He’s very productive and we’d be lost without him.”

Brooke Zaring, a member of the Sales Administration team said, “I’ll be gone before he is. I’m 52 and I’ve got another good 10 to 15 years in me, but he does too.”

Read the entire Standard Examiner article about Hartmut Jeske. >

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Richards Sheet Metal 2018 FMA/CNA Safety Award Winner

Posted on April 6th, 2018

Earlier this week, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA) announced the recipients of this year’s Safety Awards. Award winners were determined by the FMA Safety Council and were recognized for their excellent commitment to safety within the metal fabrication industry.

In order to qualify for the Safety Award of Merit, recipient companies must have a 2017 incident rate that is better than the published Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) rate by 10 percent or greater.

Richard’s Sheet Metal was honored to be recognized as a 2018 Safety Award Merit recipient, among 21 other national metal fabrication companies.

The official presentation of the awards will be presented at a recognition dinner at the 10th Annual FMA Safety Conference held April18-19, 2018 in Chicago at FMA’s headquarters.

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Richards Sheet Metal Recognized by SMACNA for Safety Excellence

Posted on August 17th, 2017

Each year, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) congratulates its members for their outstanding performance in occupational safety and health through SMACNA’s Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP). With increased participation from last year, the 2017 safety survey results show that safety and health continues to be a high priority for SMACNA contractors.

SMACNA is proud to acknowledge the 2017 SSEAP winners and salute the top chapters with the highest level of survey participants. For the SSEAP, member winners are determined by man-hour categories and OSHA incidence rates.

In the category of 100,001 to 200,000 total man-hours, local, Utah-based contractor Richards Sheet Metal was honored by SMACNA for outstanding safety.

100,001-200,000 hours
Westside Mechanical Inc. – Naperville, Ill.
University Mechanical and Engineering Contractors Inc. – Tempe, Ariz.
Richards Sheet Metal Works Inc. – Ogden, Utah

In business since 1928, Richards Sheet Metal is a total solution for quality metal fabrication for a wide variety of customers. Richards provides businesses and the industry with world-class products made of metal, finished and ready for application and marketing.

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Richards Honored with Safety Award

Posted on April 20th, 2017

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The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and CNA today announced the recipients of this year’s Safety Awards last night during the 9th Annual Safety Awards Dinner Reception. Open to all FMA and Tube & Pipe International (TPA) company members, the FMA/CNA Safety Awards program recognizes metal fabrication companies that have an ongoing commitment to excellence in safety. Award winners are determined by the FMA Safety Council and the awards are sponsored by CNA.

“On behalf of the FMA, I’m pleased to announce this year’s FMA/CNA Safety Award Winners,” said Edward Youdell, President and CEO, FMA. “The companies that are receiving safety awards this year have set a standard of excellence that all manufacturers should try and match. FMA, along with CNA, are proud to recognize these manufacturers for their outstanding achievements in the area of safety.”

“We’re proud to recognize these companies for their outstanding and ongoing efforts to create safe working conditions for their employees,” said Roger Wilson, Assistant Vice President and Industry Leader, Manufacturing, CNA. “This accomplishment could not be achieved without a culture dedicated to safety and risk management.”

The 2017 Safety Award of Honor is presented to companies having perfect safety records – no recordable injuries or illnesses for calendar year 2016.

Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country’s eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 14th largest property and casualty company. CNA’s insurance products include commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine, and other property and casualty coverages. CNA’s services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. For more information, please visit CNA at “CNA” is a trademark registered by CNA Financial Corporation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the “CNA” trademark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.

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A Big Leap into Big Tube Cutting

Posted on June 22nd, 2016

Richards Sheet Metal Works is not your average fabricator. Two years ago, the company was faced with the decision to either invest in a new, state-of-the-art tube laser or replace their aging 5-kW CO2 TRUMPF flat-sheet cutting laser. Falling in line with the company traditions of pushing boundaries, innovating and pursuing new ways to better serve customers, they decided to take a calculated risk and invest in a 128-foot-long tube cutting laser.

Today, Richard Sheet Metal is home to the largest tube-cutting laser this side of the Mississippi. This new, innovative laser can cut up to 0.787-inch wall thickness, bevel-cut walls up to 0.625 in. thick and handle work as heavy as 94 pounds per foot.

In addition to purchasing this new piece of equipment, Richards Sheet Metal was also able to partner with Brett Donner from DLC Manufacturing and Fabrication Inc. in New Ulm, Minn. and receive consultation regarding their existing flat-sheet cutting laser and information on how to revitalize it’s capabilities, and maximize it’s usage and lifetime.

Click here to view the full article from about how Richard’s Sheet Metal is currently setting itself apart from the competition with its new tube laser.

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Tube Laser Up and Running

Posted on May 12th, 2016

Our tube laser is up at Richards Sheet Metal Works of Ogden, Utah. The installation and startup of its new TTM FL-400 3D tube laser is complete. The FL-400 3D machine is capable of cutting up to 16” round and 12” square tube down to 1.5” round and square and all structural shapes in between with thicknesses of ¾” and under. The machine is equipped to handle feed stock lengths of 45’, bundle loading capability of 10,000 lbs in 10” round and smaller in 40’ lengths and outfeed lengths up to 31’. The machine is in daily operation at Richards’ Ogden Utah location, where they remain one of the largest contract manufacturers in the US.

The decision to move forward with the procurement and installation of this equipment is consistent with Richards’ long term commitment to employee the best talent and utilize the best equipment available on the market.

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