For the second year in a row, Vested Metals International, a specialty metals raw material distribution and metallurgical consulting company based in St. Augustine, Florida, has been named one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. With president and founder Viv Helwig at the helm, Vested Metals is currently listed at number 1,036 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 List, the nation’s most prestigious ranking for independent businesses.
“Going into our fourth quarter of business, we’re honored to receive national recognition for the services we provide to the medical, aerospace, defense, and industrial markets,” explained Helwig. “We’ve also been fortunate enough to be recognized regionally as the 58th fastest growing business in Florida, which is a true testament to our team’s dedication.”
Aside from Vested Metals’ recent Inc. 5000 accolade, the company has recently been named #6 on Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2020 “Fast 50” and a finalist in GrowFL’s “Florida Companies to Watch” as well as Helwig, himself, being recognized as the Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the Northern region of Florida.
“Through Viv’s entrepreneurial vision and steadfast leadership, Vested Metals has continued to demonstrate sustainable growth year after year, and has quickly established itself as a quintessential fabric of our local economy and an inspiration to other businesses,” said Joy Andrews, St. Johns County, Florida Deputy County Administrator. “We are proud that St. Johns County is home to Vested Metals.”
Established in 2014, Vested Metals International procures hard-to-find metals like titanium, cobalt alloys, copper, brass, and bronze used to manufacture everything from the fan blades of Rolls-Royce airplane engines to implant prosthesis used in spinal fusion surgery. The company currently boasts 13 employees and has expanded its specialty stainless steel bar offerings and added titanium plate to its portfolio as well as machinery such as a waterjet machine and fully-automated production saw in its recently expanded facility.
“I’m incredibly proud of our team and can’t wait to see what 2021 brings,” said Helwig. “We’re steadily creating jobs at a time when they are needed most.”
ABOUT VESTED METALS INTERNATIONAL – Vested Metals was founded in 2014 by Viv Helwig, a Jamaican native who grew up in Palm Bay, Florida and graduated from Flagler College. The fast-growing distribution company is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida and sources hard-to-find alloys, grades, and sizes for niche applications and markets such as aerospace, medical, automotive, industrial, and power generation. For more information, visit vestedmetals.net.
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