The Company

Cutting Edge Steel, Inc. was founded in 2008 by founder & CEO, Jim Weaver.  Jim has been in the Metal Fabrication Industry since 1997.  He began as a Fabricator, shortly after, he was promoted to management and then started his first company in his garage in 1999.  The company’s products were Misc. Metals, but the focus has always been Safety, Quality, and taking care of Customers.

As a result, by word of mouth, the company continued to grow.  By 2004, a merger with a structural steel fabricator expanded the product offering, but Jim’s passion was always Misc. Metals. So in 2008 he sold his interests in that company and made the decision to start over.  With the creation of Cutting Edge Steel, Inc., his focus was back to his passion of fabricating Stairs, Rails and Misc. Metals.

Starting with just 3 employees, he quickly out grew the 6,000 sq ft facility in Denver, CO and relocated in 2011 to a 20,000 sq ft facility in Commerce City, CO. In 2014 as a result of the company’s continued success, the decision was made to expand once again. With 32,000 sq ft under roof on a 6-3/4 acre site in Dacono, CO, Cutting Edge Steel’s new home employs over 60 people, and has room for expansion. We have completed over 550 projects spanning the USA from California to Michigan and Montana to Louisiana, and many locations in between. We look forward to serving your company and future project requirements at a location near you.

MISSION – United Together

A journey to show what is possible
when a team is all “on the same page”.

VISION

To be the best miscellaneous metals
fabricator in the United States.

VALUES

Faith

We are nothing without God. He is our guide.

Integrity

We do what we say we are going to do and don’t say what we can’t do.

Safety

This is a culture, not an event. It is in everything we do.

Honesty

We tell the truth to our personnel, clients and suppliers.

Growth

Everyone in contact with Cutting Edge Steel is encouraged to grow in all areas of life.

Key Personnel

Jim Weaver – Owner & CEO

Jim Weaver, the CEO of Cutting Edge Steel, has been involved in Misc. Metals Fabrication since 1997.  He started working in steel fabrication as a fabricator, was promoted several times within the first year, and broke out on his own in 1999 and has been an owner ever since.  He has experience with various sized Misc. Metals projects up to $6.5 million in steel fabrication.  Jim and his team concurrently manage several large projects in different stages of completion while meeting or exceeding expectations for safety, quality, efficiency, and schedule.

Dave Vanderbeek – Chief Operating Officer

After leaving active duty in the U.S. Army in 2004, Dave began his career in ornamental iron and landscaping on the west coast as a designer and salesman.  Shortly after, he shifted his focus completely into steel construction.  His background includes estimating, project management and organizational development in structural and miscellaneous metals.  Dave holds a general MBA from Regis University and focused on organizational performance leadership throughout his studies.  His current focus is on leading CES’ team in implementing a learning organization approach to  integrating education through communication and a systems thinking mindset to develop a ‘one system, one team’ culture.

Kirk McGraw – Chief Improvement Officer

Kirk began his career in the steel industry in 1995 as a fabricator of aluminum trailers.  Shortly after, he became a custom fabricator of mechanical equipment and then joined Jim Weaver in 2000 as a Misc Metals Fabricator and has been a significant part of the team ever since.  Over the years, he has excelled in multiple areas of the business including production management, project management, business development and estimating. He is now responsible for carrying out the vision and growth aspects of the company through continuous improvement efforts, designed to continuously monitor and analyze all business processes with the purpose of identifying areas for improvement, process shortfalls, potential capability and overall capacity with overall intent to provide customers with the best possible product and customer service.

Dave Smith – Leader of Production

David began his career in the metal recycling field in 2006.  He was involved in large shredding and non-ferrous facilities specializing in the manpower and equipment used to break and sort various metals for recycling.  Dave joined the CES team early in 2015 diving into production processes and people management.  He has thrived in the fabrication and production management of miscellaneous metals and has become and integral part of our journey moving forward.

Carlo Vanbrabant – Leader of Estimating

Carlo’s career in the steel industry began in 1987 in the Netherlands as a fabricator in structural steel and later fabricator/welder of steel, 42-foot yachts. Curiosity to learn brought him to DAF, a Dutch truck manufacturer offered a role as a production-welder, brazing and warehouse employee, when an opportunity came along to re-locate to down under, he started working as a fabricator-welder in the open cut and underground mining industry to completely overhaul and repair earth moving equipment. The travel bug steered him to the United States and more in particular to the company Cutting Edge Steel, to start as a miscellaneous metals fabricator, later offered a position as an estimator that grew out to be a lead estimator

Ryan Weaver – Leader of Detailing

Ryan started his career as a parts processor for Cutting Edge Steel in 2013. After a year, he transferred to the detailing department, where he quickly developed skills in AutoCAD and Advance Steel. Two years later, he was promoted to lead the department.

Briton Kitching – Design Stakeholder

Briton has been in the steel industry since 1981.  He started as a structural draftsman, then in 1989 he switched to detailing of steel stairs, rails, and miscellaneous metals.  Briton has also held positions in project management and ran a misc metals division for a local general contractor.  Approximately half of Briton’s steel fabrication experience has been with fabricators specializing in Stair, Rail & Miscellaneous Metals fabrication.

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