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Eureka Forge specializes in stairs, staircases, balustrades and handrails

Custom forged and fabricated balustrades, stair rails and hand rails, and complete staircases are a specialty at Eureka Forge.  Our work includes ornate forge work and old world craftsmanship with hand-wrought steel and bronze, and modern styles using stainless steel, glass and cable.  No job is too big.  We build complete stairs or the balustrade only for residential, commercial and industrial markets.

Call us today at 636-271-3200 for more information and visit our site to find our more about your custom ironwork needs!

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Eureka Forge has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau!

You can feel confident knowing that we carry an A+ rating with the BBB. We take great pride in our designs, craftsmanship and customer service.

There is no iron work project too big or too small for Eureka Forge! We specialize in ornamental ironwork, gates, fences, stair railing and much more. Visit our website to see some amazing projects we've completed. Feel free to fill out the contact form or give us a call for all of your iron work needs!

Call (636) 271-3200

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Have you ever considered enclosing your property or pool area with a custom iron fence or gate?

Eureka Forge offers a wide variety of fencing and gate products.  We fabricate and finish heavy custom fencing.  Our team of artisans can design a custom set of drive gates to meet your imagination.  We also offer several brands of commodity fencing in an array of finish colors.  Both our custom forged or fabricated and commodity fencing are available in pool code compliant or guard compliant heights and styles.  Our drive gates can be outfitted with electric operators and the highest quality controls for a maintenance free setup.

We also offer a wide variety of fencing including custom designed forged or fabricated fence and production or commodity fence.

See some of our custom fences and gates we've completed here and give us a call at (636) 271-3200 or fill out the contact form

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Eureka Forge focuses on every detail associated with hand rails including height, structural support, width, design and fabrication.

A hand rail or stair rail is a railing which is used to provide stability for the staircase; a handrail also provides safety for people who are going up and down the stairs. Most stairs have handrails. Whether the stairs are found in a subway tunnel, the entrance to a school, in a business, or in a home, hand railings will probably be present.

Most people don't think too much about handrails. Handrails can be made from a variety of materials including metal, stainless steel, and  iron. Some handrails are quite ornate and others are made to be functional.

In most cases, the design of the handrails and the materials from which it is made will depend upon where the rail will be used. In public places, there are certain regulations that must be met when the handrails are installed.

For example, a handrail must meet certain standards as far as the dimensions go.  The width of the handrail affects hand placement, which is an important feature of a stair rail. There is also a height standard to most stair rails.

At Eureka Forge, we specialize in all facets of stair rails including design and fabrication. If you are in need of hand railing for your home or business, give us a call at 636-271-3200 or fill out the contact sheet here and we will get back with you.

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Eureka Forge can truly forge reality from your imagination.

Whatever your desire might be from decorative railings, stairs or staircases to driveway gates, fences and home decor, Eureka Forge can design and fabricate it for you. They specialize in all of your indoor and outdoor custom ironwork needs.

Here are some examples of Eureka Forge's fine work and please visit us here for a video tour of the shop.

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Eureka Forge leads the way in metalwork craftsmanship. Learn about the people who made this company a success.

The following information was posted in an article from St. Louis Homes +Lifestyles.

Todd Kinnikin, the president and self-proclaimed ringmaster of Eureka Forge, has taken what was once a one-man artisan studio to a company of 14 talented artisans who possess a myriad of skills from mechanical engineering and welding to sculpting.  As the protégé son of an artist mother and engineer father, and the grandson of a blacksmith, Todd turned his hobby of making Damascus knives into one of the best forging companies with clients throughout Missouri, the United States and the world.

Todd's good friend, Rodney Roots, is the workshop's Forgemaster. Collaborative team efforts and Todd's expectation of hard work and excellence puts Eureka Forge at the forefront of creating some of the most beautiful metalwork in North America.

Todd, a proud father, reports that the legacy continues with his son Michael, a mechanical engineer. The engineering of a project is so important, and Todd explains, “This business is very mathematical. We use a lot of complicated geometry because you need to know what size steel to use and how to support the structure.”

From balustrades, fences and gates, to furnishings, décor and sculptures, Eureka Forge's work appears worldwide in custom homes, botanical gardens, museums and restaurants.

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Eureka Forge's custom metalwork process

Fabricating the custom pieces is a collaboration among everyone at the shop. Each person specializes in one or more areas of the process. The shop is arranged in a rotation, starting with a raw materials area, then moving to a cutting area, forging, assembly and finishing areas.

"We try to fuse old world techniques with modern technology to be more affordable," says Mike, shop owner. "Today, we use computer-aided drafting software to design a piece. We have a programmable cutting machine that can take the raw materials and cut all the pieces to the right size. We utilize power hammers to expedite the forging process," he explains.

To learn more about the Eureka Forge processing, visit the site by clicking here.

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Eureka Forge has built an international reputation for their design and quality in producing custom architectural metalwork

Eureka Forge has built an international reputation for their design and quality in producing custom architectural metalwork, winning top awards from both the American Institute of Architects and the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association. They've become well known for their elegant, tight-curved, sweeping staircase railings.

Eureka Forge tackles both indoor and outdoor metalwork projects of all kinds, making gates, fences, furniture and even sculpture. Much of their work blends decorative elements such as vines, scrolls, flowers and birds with the functional aspects, resulting in spectacular finished pieces.

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To find out more about Eureka Forge, call 636-271-3200 or visit their website.

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Eureka Forge designs and fabricates residential and commercial stairs.

Eureka Forge will design and fabricate all types of complete ornamental and structural type stairs. This includes residential and commercial grand stairs as well as access stairs and platforms, ladders, and other means of egress. We offer stairs with open risers, exposed treads and risers, full curbs and single center and side stringers with cantilevered treads.

At Eureka Forge, we truly forge from your imagination.

Give us a call at (636) 271-3200 or fill out the contact form here.

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Some interesting facts about the forging process.

Forging is a manufacturing process where metal is pressed, pounded or squeezed under great pressure into high strength parts. These parts are known as forgings. The process is normally (but not always) performed hot by preheating the metal to a desired temperature before it is worked. Forging is different than the casting process since forged parts are never melted and poured as in the casting process. The forging process can create parts that are stronger than those manufactured by any other metalworking process.

To learn more about Eureka Forge and their custom forging process, click here.

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Brief history of Eureka Forge

Eureka Forge was founded in 1982 as a division of Kinnikin & Associates, an established residential and commercial construction firm.  As this aspect of the business gained attention, demand increased and grew to dominate the activities of the company.  As a result, the construction arm was sold in 1993 and Eureka Forge has become one of North America's foremost producers of custom architectural metalwork.

Find out more about Eureka Forge by clicking here or call 636-271-3200 for all of your custom forged ironwork needs.

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With an international reputation, Eureka Forge specializes in various projects from intricate door locks to sweeping staircases.

The Forge's team of designers and artisans today enjoy an international reputation, and are engaged in projects ranging from the creation of intricate door locking mechanisms to sweeping staircases of bronze and iron.


Give us a call, no job is too large or too small. 636-271-3200

Visit here to see more of our projects.

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Eureka Forge specializes in custom structural steel and structural iron custom homes

Eureka Forge specializes in providing structural steel and iron packages for high-end custom homes as well as custom steel stairs.  From one beam to a 100,000 pound package, no order is too large or too small.  We offer delivery and countless hardware solutions.  Our fabricators will make any type of columns to suit the demands of the project.

Give us a call today at 636-271-3200 or use the contact form here.

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Eureka Forge wins highest honors-The Mitch Heitler Award for Excellence.

The Forge's team of designers and artisans today enjoy an international reputation, and are engaged in projects ranging from the creation of intricate door locking mechanisms to sweeping staircases of bronze and iron.

   They have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their interior and exterior ironwork.  At the 2005 NOMMA (National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association) competition in New Orleans, and again in 2006 (Savannah) and 2007 (Destin), Eureka Forge led an international field to take the top prize in each of the categories it entered.  In 2006 and again in 2007 our entry was singled out from among the fourteen category winners to receive the industry's highest honor - The Mitch Heitler Award for Excellence.

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Considering installing a driveway gate for your home or business? Read on to see if a manual or an automated drive gate is right for you.

 

There are a few choices when considering to install a manual or automated driven gate for your home, business or subdivision. It boils down to a matter of convenience. Manual gates are just that; manual. A person has to physically open and close the gate each time it's used. This may or may not be practical for you depending on where you live. An automated driven driveway gate is a convenient option and adds extra security to you and your guests.

 

   Manual gates can be locked for security and can feature either swing type gates or sliding gates. With locked manual gates, a visitor can alert someone through an intercom button or a sensor can be used to detect movement. But a locked manual gate requires someone to come and unlock it, which can be inconvenient.

 

    Automatic driveway gates can be configured to open when a car approaches. A button can be installed that when pushed will open the gate. This is a good option if you install a gates simply for its decorative appeal rather than security concerns. Many people opt to have their automatic driveway gates set up to control who can come onto their property. An automatic driveway gate sensor or alarm can be set to alert someone in the house that a car has approached so that they can monitor activity at the gate. An intercom system can be part of the setup so that the visitor can explain their purpose for the visit. The person inside can use a controller to open the gates.

 


   Another popular and secure choice is the use of a keypad. A code can be entered by the homeowner that will open the gates. Frequent visitors can be given the code to make coming and going more convenient.

 

Depending on your individual needs, Eureka Forge can accommodate you.

Call today! 636-271-3200

 

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Have you ever thought about installing a driveway gate at your residence or business?

Eureka Forge will create a custom designed driveway gate to your specifications for your residence or business. Driveway gates can be forged and fabricated in many different types, styles and sizes.

Driveway gates can either be manual or automated and even integrated into your cell phone.


Give us a call today to get started on a design for your driveway gate! 636-271-3200

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Eureka Forge specializes in structural steel and structural iron for your home or business

Eureka Forge as the ability to provide structural steel and iron packages for high-end custom homes and businesses, as well as custom steel stairs.  From one beam to a 100,000 pound package, no order is too large or too small.  We offer delivery and countless hardware solutions.  Our fabricators will make any type of columns to suit the demands of the project.  We also offer adjustable columns in custom lengths as well as fixed columns in any size, shape and length.  Beams and columns are held to an 1/8" tolerance and can be held tighter on request.

Give us a call at 636-271-3200.

Don't have time to call right now? Use this contact form to quickly give us your information and we'll get back to you quickly!

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Let Eureka Forge Design and Make Custom Ornamental Iron Furnishings and Home Decor For Your Home!

At Eureka Forge, our talented group of artists and artisans excel in composing fine sculpture from a myriad of materials such as bronze, steel, aluminum, brass, stainless and many others.  From tables and chairs to an ornate bell tree or abstract, each piece is exquisite.  We love to let your imagination run wild.

Call us today at 636-271-3200 to discuss your ideas!

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Custom Forged Fences, Gates and Drive Gates

Eureka Forge offers a wide variety of fencing and gate products.  We fabricate and finish heavy custom fencing.  Our team of artisans can design a custom set of drive gates to meet your imagination.  We also offer several brands of commodity fencing in an array of finish colors.  Both our custom forged or fabricated and commodity fencing are available in pool code compliant or guard compliant heights and styles.  Our drive gates can be outfitted with electric operators and the highest quality controls for a maintenance free setup.

 

Drive gates can be forged and fabricated in many different types and styles.  Eureka Forge will create a custom designed gate to your specifications for your residence or business. Gates can be manual or completely automated. We offer a full range of top of the line operators and communication devices.  Each can be integrated into your phone or automation system or serve as a stand alone entity.

 

See some of our custom fences and gates here and give us a call at (636) 271-3200

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Custom Ornamental Iron Forging

Eureka Forge creates custom balustrades, staircases, fences, gates and sculptures with ornamental iron. We are a team of artists and architectural blacksmiths. The forge was founded in 1982 and as our tagline suggest, we truly FORGE REALITY from your imagination.

Please visit our picture galleries on each product page here and see our high quality ironwork.

Call us at (636) 271-3200 or fill out the contact form on our home page!

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