Cherry Fork Metals has moved to a new facility at 20 O’Dell Alley in Richmond Dale, Ohio, south of Chillicothe. Though the need for a more viable site was the key reason behind the move, owner Albert Shrock said several factors were considered before making the ultimate decision.
“The old building was over 40 years old,” explained Shrock. “It certainly served its purpose, but it was time to move on. The new building allows us to be more organized, and it’s in a much better location.”
Located near a major highway, Shrock reports that the new shop is getting more drive-by customers who stop to inquire about supplies or roofing estimates.
It has also allowed for the introduction of some new machines, including a metal brake from Hershey’s Metal Meister which has been “working out very good.”
Cherry Fork Metals (featured in the Dec. 2021/Jan. 2020 issue of Rollforming Magazine) specializes in metal standing seam panel with hidden fasteners rolled onsite with New Tech roll formers. The new building has allowed the business to expand to board and batten siding and lap siding.
A new roll former from Eastside Machine Co. has been added to the fleet of portable roll formers to accommodate the demand, which is very high in his area. “In southern Ohio [board and batten] is getting very popular,” Shrock said, adding: “Some half-million-dollar homes are now using the board and batten.”
He said the reason he decided on the Eastside machine was because it does both board and batten as well as the more traditional lap siding (also called Dutch lap), the latter which resembles conventional vinyl siding but is done in metal.
As success follows, Shrock said he intends to keep expanding as his workload allows.