My name is Scott Snow and I am the creator and owner of Michigan in Metal. I had never really thought about doing metal art until I saw it at a Farmers Market several years ago, but after seeing it I knew I wanted to make it, so my awesome Mom loaned me some money for my plasma cutting table and I was on my way. Since I had no idea what to expect, I started out on the smallest cnc table which is 2' x 2' but it was advertised as not a machine for a business, but more for the "weekend warrior" type of person.
Having never even used a cnc machine, it was a bit of a learning process but I caught on quick. I really wanted to get into making the state of Michigan themed items, so I started designing a few things and soon started a Facebook page. I remember getting excited once I got a few "likes" and soon after a few orders.
After that it is kind of a blur because I seemed to be getting pretty popular real fast, so I called my brother Rob and asked him if he wanted to powder coat for me. So, we are basically 2 guys working from our garages, me in Honor and my brother in Gaylord.
Fast forward to now, where we have almost 25,000 Facebook fans, sell wholesale to around 35 stores and have even done work for the Governor of MI.
The problem we are having is we can't make orders fast enough to keep up with current demand , and we cannot grow because our limited equipment. I still use the 2' x 2' cutting table, and I woud think most companies who do this for a living use at least an 8' x 4' table and can produce 10 times what I can in a day. We are also at a big disadvange doing powder coating because my brother uses 2 regular household ovens to bake the parts, so this slows us down in the number of things we can do at once and the sizes.
If we can reach our goal, I would be able to at least get a 4' x 4' table, and we could also get a regular nice size powder coating oven. My real dream is to play with the big boys and get an 8' x 4' table and an actual plasma cutter made for putting out a lot of product, but that would be closer to $20,000 so I can't be greedy..lol But, if each one of our fans donated just $1 we could really do something special!
Not only do we need to upgrade to buy equipment to keep up with demand, but it would also help bigtime in putting out an even higher quality product, and pleasing our customers with quick service, and higher quality is our ultimate goal. We would also be able to expand into doing bigger pieces, and also many other ideas I have...but impossible to do right now.
Another goal I have been dreaming of since day 1 is to open a metal art store in Traverse City, and be able to hire a few employees. I am 100% confident we could do this, and even expand into other cities down the rd. and hire even more employees.
As you can see in the picture above, our business all hinges on that tiny CNC table. It is impossible to do much more, and it is starting to break down on me. We NEED your help to make all this happen, and it WILL happen if we can get the right equipment. Remember, just $1 from each of our Facebook fans, friends and family could make all our dreams a reality.
Thanks a bunch!
Michigan in Metal
1300 Coho Dr.
Beulah, MI 49617