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Happy Mid-Summer Holiday

June 21st is one of my favorite days of the year. While technically not always on the 21st of June, the day is referred to as the Summer Solstice. It is the day the earth’s northern pole has its greatest tilt toward the sun and thus the most daylight hours for those in the northern hemisphere. Here in New England, we were fortunate to have over 15 hours and 15 minutes of daylight on that day. Of course, those above 42° latitude were able to enjoy even more daylight. They say that Hammerfest Norway only has a 40-minute night on the 21st – is there such a thing as too much daylight?

I had the privilege of being in Sweden on June 21st one year, where the day is a national holiday. It is called Mid-Summer and they make the most of that day with numerous celebrations and events. Considering some locations in Northern Sweden are darkness around the clock in December/January, no wonder the daylight is celebrated. I recall during my visit, finishing up a round of golf at 11pm and I thinking how awesome that was.

No matter what day of the year or season is your favorite, I wish everyone a Safe and Enjoyable Summer.

PS: Don’t forget to mark your calendars for IMTS @ McCormick Center in Chicago IL from September 12th to 17th. Rathbone Precision Metals will be at Booth# 236331 – see you there.

Shot Show & Supplier Showcase 2022 in Las Vegas, NV

While Rathbone Precision Metals was looking forward to attending the Shot Show and Supplier Showcase 2022 in Las Vegas, after the 2021 show was canceled, however we have decided that it is better for the safety and health of our staff not to attend the 2022 show. While our booth may be empty at the show, we would certainly like to discuss how profiles can be beneficial for your business. So, please give us a call at 413-283-8961 or send us your prints to and we would be happy to offer you a free quote and discuss the benefits of profile from Rathbone Precision Metals.

Happy New Year

The Rathbone Team would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. As we begin the new year with many of the challenges of the previous year still with us, we remain optimistic that 2022 will be a better year and look forward to continuous improvements as the year progresses.

Happy Holidays

Hard to believe that 2021 is coming to a close and 2022 will be upon us shortly. It is a time to reflect on the past while at the same time, pondering the future. It is also a time to gather with family and friends. To that extent, Rathbone will be closed for the holidays as follows:

  •  Christmas: Thursday & Friday / Dec 23 & 24
  •   New Year’s:  Friday / Dec 31

We at Rathbone Precision Metals would like to take this opportunity to thank all for their patronage over the last year and look forward to our continued relations in 2022. We would also like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season.


Rathbone Precision Metals Announces Price Increase

November 5, 2021

Dear Valued Customer,

Due to the change in market conditions and the global business climate, Rathbone Precision Metals is announcing a price increase effective with all orders shipped after January 1, 2022.  Prices will be increased 8 to 10% on average.

The increase is necessary given our increased costs and inflationary pressures that we face. As you are aware, cost pressures are not limited to just raw materials but also include labor, utilities, supplies, packaging, and freight.

Capacities and overall mill constraints continue to push lead-times out and we strongly encourage our customers to review their requirements and place orders sooner rather than later.

Rathbone is committed to meeting your current and future requirements. We will continue to monitor the market and deliver the best value for your organization.

As always, the Rathbone team appreciates your business and looks forward to being your valued supplier.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your sales representative.

Best Regards,

Kathryn Orszulak                                                          Scott Chisholm

President                                                                        Sales Manager


Lead Times Extended 2 Weeks

If you recall, in my last blog, I advised all that Lead Times are on the rise and to get your orders in sooner than later. Kudo’s to those that listened and sent in their orders. To those of you that have waited, well…’s not looking good. Rathbone is currently extending the lead time by 2 weeks on most orders. Please note that this is in addition to the raw stock lead time which have been on the rise for awhile.

The Rathbone Team is doing what they can do to get orders produced as quick as possible. However, I can not stress enough to get your orders in as soon as possible. Are you working on a project for 2022, it’s not to early to call us to review how profiles will save time and money.

If you should have any questions, comments or concerns, give Rathbone Precision Metals a call @ 413-283-8968

Rathbone Precision Metals, Inc. is a premier producer of custom cold rolled and cold drawn profiles since 1905. We are located in Palmer MA USA and can be reached @ 413-283-8961 or

Waiting only makes it worse!!

The talk of the town last year at this time was the Covid Virus and while it is still a topic, supply chain/logistics issues is the current challenge for most companies today. While we all have supply/logistic challenges, the award probably goes to those companies who have container/product on the Ever Given, which is still in the Suez Canal. Either way, the challenges we encounter are not making any ones life’s easier and if I had any hair to pull out, I would be tugging on it.

I know I have said this a few thousand times (okay – maybe not that many), “Get Your Orders in Sooner than Later” and this is more true today than ever before. Lead times for raw stock are still on the rise along with late shipments, so much for JIT. And then there are the specialty raw stock materials, which not only have longer lead times, but in some cases the material is no longer available domestically. If you want to get your order when you need it, I suggest giving Rathbone a call to discuss any supply/logistics issues. Another benefit to ordering sooner – better pricing. With prices constantly on the rise, the sooner we can process your order means the more money you will save. A friendly reminder is to ask about volume discounts when placing your order, ordering a few more pounds could save you money.

If you should have any questions, comments or concerns, give Rathbone Precision Metals a call @ 413-283-8968

Rathbone Precision Metals, Inc. is a premier producer of custom cold rolled and cold drawn profiles since 1905. We are located in Palmer MA USA and can be reached @ 413-283-8961 or

Challenges of 2021 Continue

While the 1st Quarter of 2021 has come to a close, the challenges of the cold work industry continue. The costs of raw material and associated surcharges continues to climb. In addition, the lead time to acquire raw stock is extending along with some grades not being available. We continue to expect raw material lead times and costs to increase as the economy improves.

While most of these items are beyond the control of Rathbone Precision Metals, we want to do what we can to work with you during these challenging times. We cannot stress enough that you review your profile requirements and order 4-8 weeks sooner than your normally would. Do not hesitate to call us for current pricing and lead times for your profiles.

Thank you again for your business and please contacts us with any questions or concerns you may have.
The Rathbone Team

Cold Draw Raw Material Prices on the Rise

Hope everyone’s 2021 is getting off to a good start. As I had mentioned previously, I was hearing rumblings of price increases in the metal market and suggested people get their orders in. Well, the rumor mills were right as I have already received about a half dozen notices of price increases. I can only strongly suggest, that if you were going to place an order in Q1-21, then I suggest sooner than later, if you want to save money.

Rathbone has been serving the cold roll and cold draw industry for over 100 years. Call or email for your free quote.