Many U.S. companies source parts and supplies from overseas, but the opposite is true for Rialto, Calif.-based American Handforge. “Forty percent of our business is [for clients overseas],” owner and President Eric Albert declares.
The aluminum, titanium and stainless steel forging company serves clients in places such as Europe, India, China and South America. “It’s usually the other way around,” he says, noting that a Taiwan-based company is one of American Handforge’s biggest customers.
Albert founded the company in 2001 after he had gained experience at his father’s forging business. “I started working when I was 10 years old during my summer vacation to earn some money for a surfboard,” he recalls.