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A Legacy of Success

About Us

Sharp Iron Group is an ISO-certified contract manufacturer, offering turnkey manufacturing solutions to our customers, enabling them to focus on their core business.  Sheet metal fabrication, precision machining, complex machined weldments, heavy fabrication projects, assembly and project management make up our core operational competencies.

The company was formed by an acquisition of existing companies, bringing together over 40 years of industrial knowledge and experience.  Additional capabilities and services have been developed at the request of our customers.  James Frank, Managing Partner and CEO, acquired BW Fabricators in 2000, which specialized in heavy fabrication, production welding, and field services.  In 2004, Custom Metals was acquired and became Sharp Iron, specializing in sheet metal fabrication, precision machining, and assembly.  In 2010, a low-voltage electrical controls operation, Armor Controls, was developed within Sharp Iron.  The four brands: BW Fabricators, BW Services, Sharp Iron and Armor Control, merged in 2011 under the umbrella of Sharp Iron Group.  Michael Stanford joined the company in 2014 as partner and President, bringing over 15 years of OEM aerospace manufacturing experience to the company.  While we still maintain the four Sharp Iron Group brands, in 2015 the company further refined its operational strategy by retiring the BW and Armor Controls names.  All operations now fly under the Sharp Iron Group flag.

In November of 2020, Sharp Iron Group acquired 12:eleven Production Equipment, an oil & gas processing equipment company.  In just a few short years, 12:eleven has developed a reputation for quality and service in the design, sales and fabrication of oilfield, pipeline and gas processing equipment.  The two companies' mutual goal is to leverage the strengths that each brings to their respective markets, supporting an aggressive growth strategy for both businesses.  Sharp Iron Group and 12:eleven are complimentary in many ways, and our opportunities in the market are stronger, together.

Sharp Iron Group operates three manufacturing plants in Wichita Falls, TX, totaling over 210,000 square feet.  The Hatton Road Plant specializes in sheet metal fabrication, precision machining, and assembly.  The Reilly Road Plant specializes in complex weldments, heavy fabrication, assembly and painting. The newest addition, our Clay County Plant, was christened in April of 2020 and focuses on mining fabrication projects.  We are excited about this addition, which boosts our shop floor space by 25% and opens the door for significant growth in the coming years.  Our breadth of internal capability enables us to provide high-quality, cost-effective, delivery-focused solutions for our customers.  Sharp Iron Group operates under an ISO 9001 and AS9100 certified Quality Management System.  We also maintain ASME pressure vessel certification (Section VIII, Div 1), on-site CWI (Certified Welding Inspector), on-site NACE II Inspector (coatings) and several other customer-specific certifications.

The bedrock of our operation is found in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” We firmly believe that people and organizations thrive when they encourage and challenge one another as they strive toward continual improvement.

Our Mission

Our mission is to operate with an overall philosophy of INTEGRITY and LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE. To accomplish this, we must be HONEST in our communications, FAIR in our business practices and unwavering in our commitment to ETHICAL principles. We will do this regardless of the cost, but expect that often the long-term benefits of integrity will help us thrive.

The 5 C's

We believe there are five key areas in which we must always concentrate to be successful – the 5 C’s.

CUSTOMERS – What needs are we meeting and for whom?

COWORKERS – Who is on our team? Who can help ? Who needs help?

COMMUNICATION – What, how and with whom do we need to share to accomplish the job? 

CORE COMPETENCIES – What will people pay us for that we are both passionate about and great at doing?

COMPENSATION – Are we watching our pricing, costs and financial performance to ensure long-term growth and a quality workplace?

Our Quality Commitment

Sharp Iron Group is committed to meeting or exceeding our customer’s expectations. We will commit the resources necessary to ensure compliance to requirements and to continuously improve our processes and services.

Our Operational Touchstones


Excellence = Quality always. Urgency = On-time, every time.

We are committed to these standards that, if achieved every time, will ensure that we exceed our customers’ expectations in the most efficient and profitable way possible. These touchstones should be deeply embedded into the culture of our operations. Our customers should think of excellence and urgency when they think of Sharp Iron Group. If we cannot say with confidence that this is true, we still have work to do.

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Core Competencies