(Ink blotter circa 1955)
Metallic Arts started out as Spokane Stove & Furnace Repair Works, Inc. in 1905 when it’s founder, Max Rubens, came to Spokane from Los Angeles, California in search of a cold climate to use his skills learned in St. Paul, Minnesota as a Journeyman Stove Mechanic.
By the 1930s the factory produced 300 tons of cast iron stove parts in addition to other related fireplace fixtures and architectural products.
In 1935 the company added the trade style of Metallic Arts to use in the diversification of product lines into the manufacture of its line of architectural lighting & other components.
At the outset of World War II the U.S. Navy called upon Metallic Arts to manufacture large bronze valves for naval vessels along with pressed steel perforated hand wheels. The perforations were to prevent sailors from burning their hands in battle.
Metallic Arts even produced concrete testing equipment developed on the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. These latter products were sold worldwide.
During the 1930s, we began casting metal letters for the sign industry. Since then, our architectural letters have become mainstays in the trade. Today, thanks to our decades of experience in metal, we are producing some of the industry’s finest cast metal and flat cut out letters available. In addition, we have also augmented our metal product lines with plastic letters and logos.
When 2005 rolled around we were able to take a breath and look back on 100 years in business. It was a century filled with growth, development and a commitment to our customers that continues to this day. Today we’re looking forward to our second century of business being as exciting as our first.