Industry Veteran Opens New Fabricating Operation in Minnesota

A new metal fabricator for the glass and glazing industry has set up shop in the Midwest with big—and immediate—plans for growth.

David Bell, who founded Quality Metalcrafts in 1994 but left that company last year, now owns the newly established BellPro Architectural, which went into business this January. Bell sold Quality Metalcrafts in 2007 and stayed on as a smaller shareholder until last April.

BellPro Architectural operates out of a 60,000 square-foot facility in Rogers, Minn.

BellPro Architectural operates out of a 60,000 square-foot facility in Rogers, Minn.

His new Rogers, Minn.-based company operates from its 60,000 square-foot facility and held a grand opening ceremony last month to showcase its capabilities. Sales manager Joe Olson says that while BellPro is able to fabricate “almost anything”— from standard brake metal to complex assemblies—95 percent of its focus is on supporting the glass and glazing sector.

The company, which will do business across the country, already has large projects in the works in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Miami and Arizona, among other areas, according to Bell.

He plans to do $4 million in business this year and hopes to double that to $8 million next year. “Within three years, we want to be a $12- to $15-million company,” he says.

Olson says BellPro will work with everyone from the large glazing contractors to “the mom and pop shop down the road.” “We’ll do everything from small commercial to large condos and high-rises,” he says. He adds that design-build, submittals and shop drawings will also be at the core of the business, as it is open to working directly with architects and project managers.

Bell says building and maintaining relationships is the company’s biggest focus. The strong connections he had already fostered over the past two decades, in fact, has allowed BellPro to hit the ground running.

“I’ve always had a good working relationship with my customers and have been dealing with them for more than 20 years,” he says, “The relationships have always been there, so [re-establishing that] wasn’t very difficult. It was just a matter of letting everybody know BellPro Architectural is open for business.”

Bell says BellPro currently has 12 employees and has been adding a new employee approximately every two weeks. He expects this pattern will continue as it takes on more work.

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11 Responses to Industry Veteran Opens New Fabricating Operation in Minnesota

  1. Todd Rasmussen says:

    Hi;
    This article does not elaborate on what services you provide. Do you fabricate systems for jobsite delivery (ie. storefronts, curtain walls, etc.), or are you a custom brake metal shop??
    Do you have rolling and forming services?????

    • Joe Olson says:

      Hello Todd,
      Thank you for the question. We do not fabricate the actual storefront and curtain wall systems themselves, but almost all complimentary parts an pieces the glass and glazing contractor would need to go along with it. For example; slab edge covers, brake metal, parapet caps, column covers, sun-shades, wall assemblies, rainscreens, wall panels, etc.. Email me at jolson@bellproarch.com and I will get a capabilities binder over to you.
      Thanks again for reading and I will look for your email.

      Best,
      Joe

  2. Bob Evans says:

    The article missed that Bell was fired from Quality Metalcrafts for stealing from the company and plead guilty to felony theft by swindle

    • Dave Bell says:

      Bob,
      I appreciate your comment, and thank you for reading the article. However, with most situations like this there are two sides to the story. Please email me at dave@bellproarch.com if you are interested in learning the WHOLE story.
      Sincerely,
      Dave Bell

  3. Betty Backes says:

    Congratulations on your success…you will succeed as you are one determined individual! Love You, Your Mother!l

  4. Terri Karkoc says:

    Congratulations Dave!

  5. Greg Fox says:

    You forgot to include he plead guilty to felony theft by swindle for stealing from his last employer (MN Court Case 27-CR-15-13088)

  6. Denise Branch says:

    Congratulations Cuz!!! I wish you success!!!

  7. Ryan Peterson says:

    Congratulations Dave and thank you for asking me to be a part of your team. I am very honored to be working for such a great company and to have such a stand-up guy like yourself as a friend!

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