Company Profile

American Fabricators, Inc. (AFI) was founded in 1984.

From modest beginnings in a rented warehouse, AFI has grown into one of the premier sheet metal fabrication job shops in the United States serving a diversified customer base spanning several different industries. We currently employ approximately 150 associates and have over 100,000 square feet of total manufacturing space.

A big contributor to AFI’s success and constant growth over the last 30 years is based on fostering a culture of customer focus and constantly improving the quality of our products and processes. AFI’s efforts towards continuous improvement and operational excellence have resulted in numerous “Preferred Supplier” ratings from our customers, as well as being selected as Nashville’s Small Business of the Year.


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Our Facility

Our fabrication facility is located in Lebanon, TN just outside of Nashville, TN. Nashville is conveniently located on or near many major interstates that connect the Southeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, making it an ideal shipping point to more than 50% of the nation’s population.

Company History


Milton Grief founded American Fabricators (AFI).


AFI landed its first customer in the food service equipment industry.


AFI moved to its current 117,000 square foot facility in Nashville, TN.


AFI was purchased by Kloeckner Metals Corporation.


AFI is proud to service over 300 customers from various industries.


AFI moved to a new facility in Lebanon, TN.


At American Fabricators, we realize that Quality is not just a term used to describe our products. In today’s environment, Quality describes how well we support our customer’s needs in every aspect of conducting business. Competitive pricing, customer service, on-time deliveries, product quality, accurate documentation and responsiveness are all components of excellent Quality.


In February of 2000, American Fabricators became registered to the ISO-9000 series of quality standards to help us structure our company and promote an environment of continuous improvement. Our dedication to continuous improvement, a customer-focused mindset and an outstanding team of individuals is what sets us apart from the competition.

FabriVision Inspection Scanner

The FabriVision inspection scanner is used to verify punched and laser-cut parts during the first article process. This technology uses a laser beam to scan the flat parts coming off the punches or lasers and compares the scanned image of the part to the CAD file. A color-coded map is generated showing the variations between the CAD file and the part in increments of .002″. The machine software will also alert the inspector if any part features have been omitted.

GagePack Database

All gages, whether company or employee-owned, are traceable through our in-house calibration program. We use a GagePack database to manage the system and all standards used to verify gages are traceable to N.I.S.T.

In-House Welder Certification

Welders at American Fabricators undergo an in-house welder certification program that is based on the requirements of the American Welding Standard D1.1. Some of our more advanced welders have been 3rd party certified by an independent laboratory.

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