J.E. Corbin, Jr. founded Metal Trades, Inc. in 1962 with a pickup truck, a welding machine, and years of metal fabricating experience.  In the early years, Metal Trades focused on steel and sheet metal fabrication.  Metal Trades, Inc. (MTI) later became certified as a Master Ship Repair Contractor for the US Army and Navy, providing overhaul and ship repair services on various types of coastal vessels.  MTI established a solid reputation for its multi-skilled work force and strong commitment to high quality.

In recent years, MTI has demonstrated proven expertise in barge construction and the modular construction of larger, more complex industrial components that require the installation of machinery, piping, and electrical equipment.

“As a manufacturer of major industrial components, our dedication to quality and cost control is not an industry fad, but a 49-year commitment to customer satisfaction.  This dedication has driven Metal Trades to build one of the most comprehensive heavy steel fabrication facilities in the Southeastern United States.”

R.B. Corbin, Chairman and CEO

Metal Trades currently employs approximately 180 employees at its location in Yonges Island, South Carolina.  The company is family owned and operated.