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Meet N.Y. SMACNA Contractor: Gentlemen Sheet Metal

Feb 13, 2019

Perfect Gentlemen Screen Shot 900x550Gentlemen Sheet Metal Ltd., of Brooklyn, New York, is an increasingly rare genre of sheet metal shops, staying small and focusing on renovations. With approximately 20 employees (14 to15 union), big jobs for the shop can range from $300 to $400,000.

The owner, Paul Appel, who started in the family business in 1987, managing the books, tells the company’s story in a recent issue of SNIPS magazine. By staying small and focusing on renovations, Gentlemen avoided labor shortage issues and rising material costs in the past, he explains. However, today's shortage of labor is putting Gentlemen in a tight spot — needing more labor to take on more jobs to increase cash flow. Read more…