About Us

Southern Metal Fab Administrative Team

Made in the South

Established in 1991 as a two-man shop serving maintenance and light fabrication needs of local industry, Southern Metal Fabricators has become an aggressively growing custom metal fabricator.

Vision driven, Southern Metal Fabricators continually seeks qualified employees, invests in increased capabilities, and actively pursues broader markets. Our goal is to meet or exceed your requirements with respect to quality, budget, and delivery.



Charles Bailey
General Manager

Our owner, Charles, has been with SMF for over 27 years and also acts a council member for the city of Albertville, Alabama, overseeing the Police Department, the Fire Department, and Information Technology.

Danny Murray
Operations Manager

With 30 years of experience in the steel fabrication business, Danny served SMF as Shop & Operations Manager for 11 years, assuming the additional management responsibilities for our Field Operations in 2014.

Herschel Woolley
Purchasing Manager

Achieving both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Alabama, Herschel has 45 years of experience in the Engineering Sales & Management field and has served as our Purchasing Manager for over 12 years.

Sales & Estimating

Bud Weed
Sales Manager

This former Marine has been with us for 9 years and is an expert in people orientation and communication. Bud makes sure our clients get exactly what they requested on time and on budget.

Al Strasburg
Sales Engineer

With over 35 years of experience in the field of material handling as an engineer, estimator, and field crew manager, Al joined SMF in 2016 after running his own company for 20 years.

Ashton Bailey

Graduating from Jacksonville State University with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Business Management, Ashton joined the SMF Sales & Estimating department in 2015.


Teresa Hammett
Administration Manager

Teresa has served SMF as its Administrative Manager for over 20 years. With many years of previous experience in Human Resources & Finance, she oversees the company’s daily accounting responsibilities.

Sandra Campbell
Administration Assistant

With 20 years of experience in hospital administration & accounting, Sandra is that pleasant voice that directs your telephone calls, handles the paperwork, and provides that thorough attention to detail that “makes it all work-better.”


Ted Maddox

Ted received his Engineering Degree from UAH (University of Alabama at Huntsville) in the early 1980s. He has 20 years experience in Missile Defense & Guidance Systems and 23 years experience in Steel Fabrication (over 17 of those with SMF).

Joe Short

Educated at Alabama Trade School (Gadsden State), Joe has almost 50 years of experience in the fabrication business, the last 13 of those as a Detailer with SMF.

Donnie Buchanan

Donnie has been with Southern Metal fabricators for over 10-years, serving in our Detailing Department! His previous 20-years of Inspection experience equipped him well for SMF membership!

Gary Patterson

A graduate of Wallace State Community College with 28 years of detailing experience using AutoCAD and various 3D modeling programs, Gary has dedicated the last 10 years of his career to detailing work for industrial fabrication.


Working with technical inspectors from Intertek and World Testing, we have created a robust Welding Procedure Specification and set of shop procedures.

Canadian Welding Bureau
We are officially registered with the Canadian Welding Bureau and follow the rigorous W47.1 and W59 CSA welding standards.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Our WPS conforms to ASME Section 9 and we are certified to fabricate carbon-steel tanks according to the API-650 standard.


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American Welding Society
Our welder certifications meet the American Welding Society AWS D1.1 (carbon steel), AWS D1.2 (aluminum), and AWS D1.6 (stainless steel) standards.

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Industries Served

Coal & Biomass
Egg & Poultry
Feed & Grain
Iron & Steel
Mining & Quarry
Power Generation
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