Who we are

We are a leading manufacturer of precision wire-based materials that our customers use in medical devices to help improve people’s lives around the globe. Our mission is to continually improve the quality of our products, the speed with which we respond to customers' requests, and our level of understanding of the materials we work with and recommend. This has been our mission since day one.

At our essence, we are thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers, leveraging our knowledge of materials to create customized material solutions for our customers. Our products are used in everything from our customers’ stents and surgical robots to aircraft and automobiles.

From our beginning in 1970 when founder Ardelle Glaze, a research scientist and inventor, established Fort Wayne Metals, we've continuously expanded upon our breadth of materials, capabilities, and technical expertise.  Driven by a spirit of collaboration, innovation and quality, we continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible to create materials that support critical applications around the world.


At a glance

  • Date of founding 1970
  • Number of facilities 12 in the U.S. and two in Europe
  • Number of employees more than 1,700 employees
  • Number of alloys more than 100 alloys
  • Number of markets export product to more than 45 countries



  • Our people are the source of our strength.
  • The quality of our products and services, the culture within our organization, and our support of the community are the basis by which we are judged.
  • We meet tomorrow's challenges by maintaining direct customer relationships, by being innovative leaders in our field, and utilizing technology to advance our research and our processes.
  • We respect our customers' need for confidentiality.
  • We must remain profitable to sustain growth and provide return for shareholders.


Operating principles

Customers are the focus for everything we do.
The commitments we make to them must be met. This includes both the quality of our products and the deliveries that we promise.

Continual improvement in processes and products is essential to our success.
We must continuously strive to improve everything we do: our products, the way our products are manufactured, the way we work together toward our goals, the efficiencies of our operations, and our profitability.

Research and development are keys to the future.
Because the industries we serve are rapidly changing, we must allocate sufficient resources to develop new products and processes. We are also committed to supporting our customers' product development through sample orders and research products.

Employee involvement is critical to improving operations.
We are a team. We must foster an environment of trust and respect to ensure the greatest contributions from all our people. The success of our company depends on the commitment of everyone toward our goals.

Integrity cannot be compromised.
The conduct or our company must be pursued in a manner that is socially responsible and commands respect for its integrity. Our relationships with our customers, suppliers, an especially ourselves must be based on honesty and mutual respect.

Everyone must be accountable for producing to his/her potential each day.
We can only accomplish goals if everyone is focused on their responsibilities each and every day. To do less is not respecting your coworkers, everyone must participate to reach our potential.

Information must provide the basis for decisions.
We are creating an innovative culture. We invite many options, and all must be heard and respected. The way to choose which direction must be driven by objective evidence.

Explore career opportunities along with our outstanding benefits and family culture.

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We have policies and practices in place to protect our people's safety and the environment.

We value ethical practices, honesty, and openness in all that we do.

We're committed to quality. Check out our full list of certifications.