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  • 31-49 12th St. Long Island City, NY 11106

About Us

metalmen delivers no nonsense hassle-free service from first communication, through the quoting stage, order entry, and supply of goods.  Your phone calls are answered by a seasoned dealer with decades of experience in the buying, selling, and processing of specialty metals.  Our "fishbowl" technique draws upon the intelligence of every staff member, capitalizing on more than 75 years of cumulative experience.  We don't just sell metal.  We live and think metal.  When challenged by a request, our gears turn, asking " How can this be done?  With other corporate distributors, if it's not on their stock list, salespeople are discouraged from responding, from engaging, from problem-solving.  metalmen engage every day, calculating how to achieve a specified goal.  By grinding, heat-treating, polishing, saw cutting, forging; by using the full palette of metal working processes.

Founded on the tough streets of Brooklyn in the mid-80's, amid the collapse of the regional manufacturing base, and before NY City's return to civility, two New Yorkers, James Pignetti, ( Jim Netti ) and Jeffrey Zweifler  refined a creative approach to metal supply.  By memorizing, to the extent possible, all the inventory in the United States, in stainless, nickel, aluminum and titanium, and also by seeking out processors who work these materials, by communicating crisply, clearly, and always being respectful and responsible, even to the smallest user.  metalmen has been serving all segments of the American and international metal market in Aluminum, Stainless, Nickel, and Titanium.

From backyard inventors to NASA engineers, from our Armed Services to start-ups, from University R+D to small manufacturing,
metalmen responds with a dogged determination and a market clarity that few major distributors can match.  Located now on the same streets that founder Jim delivered newspapers on 50 years ago, metalmen is the definition of a LOCAL company with a global vision. metalmen is positioned to respond to your most challenging specialty metal needs.   

Founder and President - James A. Pignetti

Jim Netti, as he is known professionally, is a graduate of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.  Early in his career in metal sales, Jim discovered a passion for providing solutions to engineers who had problematic supply challenges in non-standard and specialty metals.  Jim earned a reputation for resourcefulness and responsiveness, in the process developing an extensive network of engineers, skilled processors, and a detailed knowledge of sources of supply and production.  With an expanding inventory, coupled with a growing collection of shop tools - managed by a creative work-team - Jim takes pride in addressing complex, highly specified metal supply challenges.

Vice-President, Operations, and Comptroller - Jeffrey Zweifler

Jeff Zweifler, graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Upon returning to his Queens community, he was employed as manager of the last forge in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, charged with making stainless steel and nickel alloy flanges for the US Navy. Jeff manages the day-to-day operations of metalmen with a hands-on and deliberate attention to detail.

Sales - Richard Blach

Richard Blach, formerly of Economy Stainless Supply, has joined metalmen. Richard's father, Alex, started Economy in 1954, and for years Economy was a fixture in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, serving fabricators, manufacturers and artists.  Richard spent his entire career selling and processing stainless steel there.  Stainless runs in Richard's blood.  With the recent changes in the local manufacturing market, Economy closed.  We are proud to have Richard, with his wealth of knowledge and experience, on our metalmen sales team.

Warehouse Staff - Alejandro Martinez, Edgar Martinez, William Busardo

  • Extensive inventory of non-standard metals and forms Extensive inventory of non-standard metals and forms
  • Fast On Time Delivery Fast On-Time Delivery
  • Nationwide & Global Metal Distribution Nationwide & Global Metal Distribution
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