Milwaukee Valve Supplier of the Year 2017
December 14, 2017 - The Federal Metal Company, the leading provider of brass and bronze alloys, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Milwaukee Valve as it’s Supplier of the Year for 2017. Milwaukee Valve does an extensive review of all of it’s suppliers, grades them on various categories and formally recognizes them at their offices. “Starting with our commercial team and many people and processes throughout the organization, this is a wonderful affirmation of the dedication our team has to its customers, “says Peter Nagusky, President of The Federal Metal Company.
Established in 1913, The Federal Metal company is a leading brass and bronze manufacturer, a leading converter of scrap copper, and a trader of non-ferrous materials.
Robert Wittenberg Appointed CFO
May 30th, 2017 - The Federal Metal Company, the leading provider of brass and bronze alloys, today announced the appointment of Robert Wittenberg as Chief Financial Officer. Wittenberg will report to President Peter Nagusky, the fourth generation of the Nagusky family to run the Federal Metal Company. Wittenberg will be responsible for all financial aspects of Federal Metal and it’s affiliates.
Wittenberg, a CPA, spent several years at PSC Metals as the head of Business Development, Mergers and Acquisition. Among other roles, he spent ten years at BP America in various financial positions and four years at Ernst & Young – Cleveland.
“We are excited to have Rob join the company as we continue to improve our company performance and processes” said Nagusky. “His recycling experience will be invaluable to us as we look to maximize our operations to the benefit all of the employees.”
Established in 1913, The Federal Metal company is a leading brass and bronze manufacture, a leading converter of scrap copper, and a trader of non-ferrous materials.
One hundred years ago yesterday, our company was born. On May 19, 1913, Joseph Nagusky and his partners filed articles of incorporation to become a body corporate under the name and style of The Federal Metal Company.
Since that time, we have continued the important and challenging work of recycling and smelting scrap metal. Thanks to our dedicated employees, and all those that served before them, the name and style of Federal Metal has become synonymous with integrity, quality, and a passion for service to our customers.
Now, on the dawn of our second century, we mark this occasion and express our heartfelt gratitude to you our employees, customers, suppliers, vendors, and supporters. You inspire us, and we look forward to a bright future together.
- Peter, Karen and David Nagusky, 4th and 3rd generation stewards
National Safe Drinking Water Law Passed
Last week, in one of his first official
acts of the new year, President Obama signed
S. 3874, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water
Act. Under the new federal law, the wetted surface of
plumbing fixtures that carry drinking water cannot
contain more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead. The
current federal law allows as much as 8% lead.
"Lead-free plumbing," according to
Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA), who wrote the
companion bill in the House, "will be the standard
across the nation, because it is the law." The federal
bill was based on California’s A.B. 1953 from 2006,
which required manufacturers to phase out potential lead
exposure from materials in drinking water plumbing by
January 2010. Another similar state law, Vermont’s S.
152, also went into effect in January 2010.
The new federal law goes into effect in
January 2014, but many of the leading brass foundries
have already begun developing and marketing lead-free
products that comply. If you need assistance making the
transition to "lead-free," or have questions, contact
Federal Metal Company. The company has been at the
forefront of this issue for the past 20 years.
Federal Metal manufactures a number of
different silicon brass, silicon bronze, tin bronze, and
bismuth brass alloys, including the Federalloy™ group of
alloys. Each foundry is different, and so are many of
the products used in drinking water applications.
Federal Metal’s staff excels at helping customers select
the best lead-free alternative, and then helps them
develop procedures in the foundry to produce quality
"Even though manufacturers of products
used in drinking water pipes, pipe fittings, and
plumbing fixtures have 36 months to comply with the
national legislation, now is the time to act," said
Mike Buyarski, Federal Metal’s Vice President of
Technical Services, who is active in the major industry
groups that have been working on this issue for many
The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water
Act is intended to remove the serious health threat and
economic burden caused by lead exposure from household
water sources. It received bipartisan Congressional
support and was backed by a broad coalition of industry,
government, and environmental organizations.
FEDERAL METAL 5-TIME WEATHERHEAD 100 WINNER – DECEMBER,
For the fifth year in a row, The Federal Metal Company
was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies
in Northeast Ohio by The Weatherhead School of
Management at Case Western Reserve University and the
Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).
Since 1987, the annual Weatherhead 100 awards dinner has
showcased the fastest growing companies in the region.
Federal Metal made its first appearance on the list in
2006. In 2007, Federal Metal received special
recognition as the #1 company on the Weatherhead 100
list in the "Centurion" category, dedicated to the
fastest growing companies with annual sales exceeding
The winners announced in December were identified as the
100 top growth companies in the area based on sales
revenue from 2005 through 2009. Companies on the list
must have had sales of more than $100,000 in 2005 and
more than $1 million in 2009.
“These last several years have been a lot of fun,” said
Peter Nagusky, the President of Federal Metal. “We are
proud to be nearing our one hundredth year in business
and still growing in a significant way.”
The Federal Metal Company was the oldest company on the
list by 45 years. Nearly half of the companies in this
year’s Weatherhead 100 were established in the last 10
years. More than 90 percent of those recognized were
established in the last 30 years.
To read more about Federal Metal’s business challenges,
how it employs innovation, one of its greatest lessons,
and how it makes an impact on the community: