Over the past several decades, New England Fabricated Metals has grown from a 3 person operation built in a barn into the full-scale, family-owned sheet metal manufacturing and machining facility it is today. Our story is one of dedication, strategic partnerships, and evolution.
In 1983, Mike Boyer decided to invest in some used machinery along with two of his friends. They worked out of a property in Chelmsford, MA doing research and development for local companies. Over the course of the next few years, they expanded their equipment list to include a punch, added a few more local businesses to their roster, and developed the name New England Fabricated Metals, Inc.
It wasn’t until 1994, when NEFM opened its first brick and mortar facility in Littleton, MA, that the business truly solidified its name in the sheet metal manufacturing industry. By this time the shop had grown in size and capabilities. We added new machines and updated our approach to provide the fast-turn, just-in-time delivery, and short-run production our business has become known for.
We thrived in the age of telecommunications, expanding to three facilities by 1998. Our reputation grew as we secured business with big names such as Texas Instruments. But as the telecommunications industry began to phase out, we had to adapt our approach and focus our attention on new business.
This evolution meant we had to refocus our priorities. In 2002, we consolidated back to one facility and explored new industries. As consumer products and industrial electronics gained popularity, we provided casings for devices ranging from DeShaw Industry’s supercomputers to custom keyboards for Air Force One and nuclear submarines. We even created a prototype for the original Keurig coffee maker.
This was an exciting time in our development and in 2007 we made the move to our current facility in Leominster. Since then, we have continued to tailor our capabilities to the evolving needs of the sheet metal manufacturing industry.
In 2013, we opened up our machining shop to better serve customers with niche requirements, such as specific tolerances, material finishing, and complete assembly. Over the years, we have maintained our commitment to development, consistently maintaining and upgrading our equipment. Our customer base has continued to evolve as the medical and robotics industries have grown in size and demand. Through it all we have preserved our resilient nature and our continual drive to learn and meet the needs of a changing industrial landscape in America. In the words of our President, Mike Boyer, “every day is a new venture”.