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Laboratory Counter Rack Sytem

Bull Metal Products designed and manufactured this laboratory counter top rack for one of the world’s leading companies that specialize in the research, development, production, and supply of additives to the paint and plastics industries.  The challenge our customer brought to us was to design a custom counter top storage rack that would display multiple size bottles in a predetermined, organized, but limited space.  This had to be done while being able to read all bottle labels and have needed mixing tools and instruments within reach.

The result, as shown above, is a two level counter rack with correct shelf height and depth to store and display large bottles.  The multi-level removable “bleacher type” insert is designed to store an assortment of smaller bottles with the ability of the user to read the labels without having to shuffle the bottles around.  The mixing tools and instrument holder fit snugly on either shelf.  Each shelf, including insert, has a 1/4″ high front lip to prevent bottles from tipping or falling out.  Rubber feet (6) are affixed to cabinet’s bottom to prevent surface scratching and firmly hold cabinet in place.  Finish is a durable powder coat with a screen printed logo that proudly represent this company in the marketplace.  Packaging is designed to withstand domestic and international shipping.  Please let us provide you with a no cost quote for your any similar future or current projects your company may be considering.

Proudly Made in the USA by our dedicated and skilled American work force.

Contact us at 860-346-9691 or sales@bullmetal.com

Steel Document and Data Storage Boxes

Bull Metal recently completed a custom job for a customer that requested stackable metal document/data storage boxes.  The boxes are made with 22 gage cold rolled steel and powder coated light gray.  Although it is light gage sheet metal, they are very rigid, and being steel can be stacked much higher than corrugated boxes.

Design features include a pad-lockable catch, (2) drop handles to facilitate handling, and embossed feet that align with de-bossed projections in the cover. This feature is key for safe stacking.  First the boxes cannot easily slide off one another when stacked. Second, the boxes are properly aligned so stacking does lean (if floor is level).  This is particularly important the higher they are stacked.

As boxes go they are significantly more costly than corrugated. However the benefits of metal storage boxes are important to note. Metal boxes are strong and durable and can be re-used for many years.  Metal boxes can be stacked higher than corrugated boxes.  Documents and data storage devices are better protected because the boxes will not collapse and deform the paper files or crush other data storage devises stored in them.  Because they can be locked, casual access to the information stored within is eliminated.  High stack-ability can mean lower warehouse square footage requirements.  The long term durability of metal boxes, and lower cost for warehouse space should be considered when comparing the total cost of corrugated document storage boxes to metal document storage boxes.





Orlea Inc and Bull Metal have been long-time competitors as well as business partners. Over the years, they have outsourced business to each other, taking advantage of their unique strengths.

The founders of Bull Metal, Cliff Bull, and Orlea, Mike Vecchitto, were contemporaries who founded and nurtured companies that they were able to pass on to the next generation.

The current owners, Steve Bull and Mike Vecchitto II, have worked together over the years and have now agreed to merge.  This is a natural combination and gives Bull Metal added capacity and growth and allows the Orlea name to live on.

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