Although Metal Specialties is relatively young in terms of years in business, they have established an impressive record of constant growth and excellence in architectural metal panel installations. During the early nineteen eighties, Anthony Vento and Russell Deatonestablished a business partnership to fabricate and install tubular aluminum framed canvas-covered awnings and canopies. As design became more complex and larger in scale, heavier-gauge cold-formed steel framing was often required and frequently, a more durable facing material such as prefinished steel standing seam panels was specified. By the late nineteen eighties, design firms began to specify architectural standing seam panels for mansard and fascia systems and the two partners made the switch to metal.
It was a project involving a large quantity of structural low-slope standing seam roof panels on public transit bus sheds and curved standing seam panels applied to equipment screens which provided the impetus for Metal Specialties to become a major contender in the Houston, Texas architectural metal market. Not many firms were capable of forming and installing curved radius standing seam panels. Notes Anthony Vento, “The requirement for curved panels was the decisive factor in our choosing Berridge Manufacturing Company as our supplier”.