Dawson Metal Factory

About Dawson

A family-owned and operated business since 1946, Dawson remains the leading manufacturer of high-quality metal fabrications and architectural products, serving a clientele in the United States and throughout the world. From simple to ornate, every project is designed and fabricated through a unique approach focused on providing the highest quality for the most difficult and demanding fabrications and finishes. Our global clientele come back to Dawson because of our success in meeting or exceeding their expectations.

  • David Dawson, CEO of Dawson Metal

    Our Leadership

    Dawson is led by David Dawson, CEO and President; and a leadership team that includes:

    Jane Kidder, Corporate Secretary
    Rick Carlson, COO, Senior VP
    Terry Stronz, CFO
    Tad Henderson, Vice President of Engineering
    Jeff Parks, Vice President of Manufacturing

  • Dawson worker in protective gear welding metal

    Our Mission

    Dawson has a mission statement that aligns with our ISO certification “To achieve total customer satisfaction by continuously improving our processes in order to provide quality products on time and at a fair price”.

  • Dawson manufactured and assembled assembly

    Quality in our DNA

    A family-owned business since 1946, Dawson continues the tradition of high-quality workmanship.

A Rich History of Excellence


Dawson co-founders Axel and George Dawson

Axel G. Dawson, who immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1911 at the age of 15, worked for 32 years in the metalworking industry before joining with his son George, an Industrial Engineer, to start Dawson Metal Company in 1946.

The initial enterprise, a tin shop and hardware business, changed its concentration to metal shop work in 1949. The company’s primary concern developed into stainless steel fabrication, specializing in custom, close tolerance work.

The company grew to include such customers as IBM and Eastman Kodak.


Dawson co-founder Axel Dawson

Axel developed and patented his first architectural products, a stainless steel “Floating Window Sill” and stainless steel “Flo Line Fascia.” The company began production of a variety of architectural frames, doors, and fittings.

The architectural division of Dawson Metal Company, Dawson Doors, expanded and modernized and moved to 608 Allen St. The company continued to make customized doors out of stainless steel and muntz metal for installation in some of the most beautiful buildings in the world: the Statue of Liberty, The World Trade Center in New York City, the Japanese Embassy in New York City, St. Paul’s Church in Yuma, Arizona, Saks Fifth Avenue Stores in various cities, to name just a few.


Dawson co-founder George Dawson and his son John Dawson

Dawson became managed by the third generation of Dawsons: David, Chairman of the Board and CEO; John, President and COO, and Jane, Corporate Secretary. David also served as the director of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency.

John was associated with Dawson since 1966, working in every phase of production from bottom to top until his retirement in 1998, when David took over as President and CEO.

The company’s mission was to continue the tradition of high-quality workmanship, begun and developed by George and Axel, in a modern, highly technical and competitive environment.


SprayTech Finishing & Assembly Plant

Spray-Tech Finishing & Assembly Inc. was formed to provide powder coating and finishing services as an affiliate of Dawson.


Dawson Metal 70th Anniversary

Dawson celebrated the service of an exceptional customer base for 70 years of operation out of Jamestown, NY.


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Dawson underwent a brand relaunch, with a new website and renewed commitment to customer experience excellence and innovation. Dawson’s reputable past provided unparalleled levels of skill and expertise and, equipped with decades of know-how, is squarely focused on the future.

Dawson worker loading sheet metal onto a laser

Dawson Facilities

Dawson’s fabricating, assembly, painting, and powder coating facilities span over 145,000 square feet in Jamestown, NY. Our advanced technologies and experts support our competitive advantage and explain why customers have been returning to us for over 70 years.

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