Another Day Closer to Completing This Project

This particular project for a Terminal in Texas is closing in on the final phase of work. Thought I’d post another few shots of our progress.

The small bore pipe is the P11 and P22 project for a Bio Fuels project in Georgia getting close to completion.

We have a few other projects just starting and a few more in the works for receiving PO’s.


Our process pipe fabrication is being shipped all over the country.

Give us a call, 337-685-2585 to find out how we can help you win an additional project.


Chrome Headers, NOT!, chrome and headers. Can you identify them?

This is some of the work coming out of our process pipe fabrication shop in New Iberia, La. this week.












We take pride in the work we do, each and every day for you. Working hard to help you continue getting repeat business from your customers.

A play on words, just checking to see if anyone reads our posts.

Our specialty is production welding of process pipe and the structural steel that supports it. We work for EPC Contractors and Heavy Industrial Construction Companies all day, everyday. Give us an opportunity to help you get more for your effort and expertise and for your customer. We’re a proven fact of fabrication.

Let us know what we can do for you. 337-685-2585



Work Completed Yesterday


We’re hard a work for our customers. EPC Contractors and Heavy Industrial Construction Companies.





Our fabrication shop is second to none. We are dedicated to the quality you expect. Raise your expectations from the fabricators you already work with, better yet just ask us to help you on your next project.

When it counts, think and call General Fabricators, Inc. 337-685-2585 or email me at


Purchasing Materials Can Be A Tough Job

Our Purchasing Manager, Tammy Aucoin, is one of the most professional women I’ve worked with. She is always looking for opportunities that our company as well as our vendor/partner can both win by working together.

She spends the time to research various suppliers for each of the basic materials we order on a regular basis. In this research she further researches what kind of reputation each product has and how strong their customer service is. Sometimes we depend on our supplier/partner for service and on other materials she depends on the manufacturer.

I have to admit, most of us think of a Purchasing Manager as a buyer of the things we need. However, there is much more to that position than most of us would think. I won’t go into to many specific details, however, I do pay attention to what she does and how she does it. Some sales people are tremendous help to her, some are less helpful. The one thing that I must commend her on is how she can get our vendor/partners to quote our materials for each and every proposal we’re putting together. We’ve quoted a few hundred RFQ’s this year and she always comes through with prices and availability for Jeff our Engineer to put in our proposals to our customers. This is a key part of being a Purchasing Manager, keeping the right kinds of relationships with our vendor/partners so we can win the next job and so can they.

Team work is an overused phrase today, however, Tammy makes it true for General Fabricators, Inc. In this day and age we could use a lot more people like her. She goes out of her way to help everyone inside our company as well as outside. She uses her “people skills” to the max. If I let out her secret, I hope she doesn’t mind, she’s just a “normal”, “down to earth” person with patience and talent for doing her job better than anyone else I know. What you see is what you get. She truly cares about everyone.

Thank you Tammy for all your hard work. We all appreciate you.

Attitude, it’s Everything to Everyone

What is attitude? says this about attitude;

manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind:

position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.:

the way a person views something or tends to behave towards it, often in an evaluative way

a position of the body indicating mood or emotion

If we take the time to think over what these words are saying, and sometimes that’s hard to do. We have been known to read over things so fast and without thought that we don’t ever see the trees because all we see is the forest, and think we’ve got it.

Not every customer is the same, one size fits all doesn’t work. Really, it never did. Not every prospect is the same. I know there are many books on the market about “finding their pain”, ” use these scripts”, or whatever else may be in the book stores. It’s all B@#!&hit. That stuff doesn’t work. It’s a gimmick. It’s teaching people to lie, mostly to themselves. No one can do it for you or me. We have to come up with a compelling story about who we represent, what we do, and why we do it. Then ask the proper questions to see if we can help our customer/prospect accomplish what they do.

I’ve heard more times than I can count, “if I ask them that they’ll think I’m/we’re stupid”. WRONG!!!! Questions are a form of directing the conversation. We can direct our questions to get to the real issues of why our companies aren’t already working together. We’re equals, no matter what title goes behind our name. In order to stay in business and meet our goals both of us have to grow and expand. My/Our job is to see if we can find ways to accomplish that for both of us. If you know what you’re offering others, in other words, if you know you’re business, this becomes much easier.

I have an answer to my prospects most important question. What do you do? 4 words that could take a lifetime to answer. WRONG! I’ve worked on that answer, bringing it down to the least number of words and using it for all our marketing. It takes me less than 10 seconds to give that answer and it’s the truth and not some “fake” or contrived answer. The answer I’ve come up with is honest, concise, truthful, short, and to the point.

What do we do?

Fabricate process pipe and the structural steel that supports it.


A Few Reasons our Customers Continue to Work with General Fabricators

I can say, without hesitation, that most of our customers come back time and again because we do what we say we’re going to do, when we say we’re going to do it.

Now we all know that “stuff” occurs along the way of all projects. It really doesn’t matter who’s decisions cause delays in a project. The true character of our company shows when we do everything possible to bring everything back on schedule as quickly as possible. Sometimes that cost is absorbed by us, sometimes it’s split between our customer and us, sometimes it’s passed on to our customer, with backup documentation and fair billing to both sides.

With all that said, there are so many “little” things that our customers appreciate about working with General Fabricators, Inc. Little things that they may not even realize are being done specifically for them, but none the less they are being done.

Most people don’t realize what goes into making a Project Document, we do. That process begins when the project is assigned to a Project Manager, from the start of the project. Our Document Control Specialist begins that data package the moment she assigns a job number to your project. These documents are being copied, scanned and placed in a document binder every step of the project. MTR’s, delivery tickets, shipping manifests, equipment data, weld maps, welding procedures, painting data sheets, and the list goes on. Most Document Data Books are delivered with each shipment of pipe we send to the field. Then at the end of the project a Final Data Book is completed and submitted to our customer when we finish the project. No delays, so you have everything on hand for your customers. Our data packages are some of the best I’ve ever seen. We send out electronic and printed copies, depending on what our customer requests.

Document control is a critical aspect of every project and our document controls specialist is diligent in her work and is one of the best in the industry.

A job well done is a job we only have to do once. Thank you Jamie.

Over the next few months I’ll be bringing up different departments in our company and share how they are working hard for our customers, YOU!

Our Business is Based on Our “Customer’s Success”.

When we’re preparing a proposal there are so many situations, circumstances, clarifications and assumptions that need to be made, contemplated, accessed, assumed, and acted upon.

There are 3 main concerns I have at the beginning of any proposal process. Especially if it’s our first time submitting a proposal to our “new” prospective customer. We do want them to be a  “real” customer from the experience they receive from our handling of this proposal.

  • What’s the time line constraints of this RFQ?
  • What are the expectations of our customer?
  • What are the expectations of their customers?

These are 3 questions we have to answer before we begin preparing a proposal. Then we need to determine what’s our next step.

  • Do we call them from a “sales” perspective?

You know, thank you for the opportunity. Confirm due date of our proposal. Are there any special circumstances that we should be aware of? Are you aggressively going after this project? Do we need to submit our proposal with over time in it, or not? Does this project require expedited time frame? Is this a customer you’ve already worked with? How are they to work for? Will you have an inspector on our site for the duration of the project? Or will your customers representative be here? For the sake of brevity, you get the point.

The answer to some of these questions impacts our cost to do this job. Answers to some of these questions may not have an impact on our cost, but do have an impact on our delivery. Some answers just give us a better understanding of how our customer works with his customers so we can give him everything he needs along the way once the proposal turns into a job for both of us.

Putting together an RFQ isn’t easy, fast and definitely isn’t free to us. Each proposal costs our company from $1,500 to $5,000 or more depending on what kind of project it is. (Not counting the straining of relationships of our material suppliers. Guys we understand you don’t like jumping through hoops to get us price and delivery fast on every project.) So the answer to these and other questions is important and can impact a project from the start.

We appreciate our customers working with us on every level of the proposal phase. If we can communicate well during this phase, once the real project begins we should know each other well enough to work with one another successfully and with ease and confidence.

All this is said for a very basic, but much overlooked reason. Our business is to make sure you deliver a successful project to your customer. One your customer has positive thoughts about and is more than willing to award you their next project.

When we say we want to “partner” with you, this is part of what we mean.

Let General Fabricators, Inc – New Iberia, La. – 337-685-2585 be a partner in success with you.



Start of a New Project

Our business is supporting construction companies across the USA by fabricating process pipe and the structural steel that supports it, then shipping it to the field for installation.

This is a challenging business, making sure the customer supplied materials are up to code, delivered in a time frame that allows us to meet the priority listed items on time. With the challenges its also one of the most rewarding businesses to be in.

Everything we do encourages employment for our own community as well as the communities the pipe we fabricate ships to. When we’re busy that means we’re helping others to be busy. When we’re busy we need welding supplies, NDE services,  consumables, trucking companies, as well as skill sets from those in our local area.

It is a great feeling to be able to hire someone into our GFI family. Knowing we’re helping someone feed his/her family and give them the things they need. And at the same time they are contributing to the sustainability and growth of our company. We all win and it just makes everything else work so much better in our lives.

We’re in the beginning stages of a new project. This one is going to Texas. We’re in the finishing stages of the project going to Georgia, maybe 2-3 weeks left. Waiting for AFC drawings.

Thought I’d share a few pictures of our lay down yard and the materials that came in Monday morning.

We’re here for our customers, GFI is a “service” company. That means everything to us, we’re here to do whatever it takes to get your business and keep your business so we can continue to help you and your company sign more contracts to keep us all working through out our big beautiful country.

Working as individuals we can accomplish some things, working together we can accomplish just about anything!

Call us to see how we can help you grow your business.

Welding is a Beautiful Thing

I’ve been reviewing some of the pictures I’ve taken in the shop recently and decided to put some up on the blog this morning.

Some of these pictures make welding look so cool. It’s hard to put pictures of welding process pipe up on the website or on the blog because it always looks like the same picture. Kind of like taking pictures of a blade of grass, they all look alike.

Fusing steel together is an “art”, not just anybody can do it correctly. Procedures are critical to success. The weld is stronger than the original base metal, when it’s done correctly.

We do it correctly!

Call us to find out how we can help you with your process pipe fabrication.

Working on the Next Project

Busy week this week. Making progress. We have 3 new prospects, 1 has sent a proposal already and has 3-4 more coming in the next few weeks. One has a proposal coming in the next couple of weeks. One of these is in the industries we normally work in, the other two are in totally different industries. So a successful week. We’re looking forward to working with all our customers, and are pleased to have 3 new possibilities.

The opportunities are out there, we just have to “work” to find them and keep them. Diversifying our customer base is essential to building our company.  Timken Company made lemonade from the lemons that were handed to them, in the 1890’s they were making roller bearings for horse drawn wagons. Their products, with a little work, would do fine for the automobile industry. They are still enjoying their place in business world today, successfully with $684 Million in revenue last year. Bet they didn’t make that kind of money with horse drawn wagon bearing sales.

Thinking outside the box is critical for all businesses for the foreseeable future. What’s outside the box? You’ll have to figure that one out. It can mean many different things to many different people and businesses.

There are a few books that I seem to read over every year or so and I’m glad that I do. I always find something I either forgot or just didn’t catch the first time or two that I read them. Good to Great and Blue Ocean Strategy, both are great books to help with perspective and forward thinking. Also helps me see what I did in the past that I have forgotten to continue doing today. Re focus on the basics.

We are the only ones who can limit our opportunities for our selves. We are the only enemies who can beat us. What we do with what we have is what we’re being judged by.