Metal Service Center Employee Transforms Stainless Steel Into a Customized Harley

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MetalMiner would like to welcome Scott Fasse, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for United Performance Metals, a leading supplier of specialty alloys in sheet, strip, coil and plate forms.

United Performance Metals slitter operator Jim Garitson spends his days churning out stainless steel that finds its way into products used in a variety of industries.  One market that makes heavy use of stainless steel, in addition to carbon steel, aluminum and chrome, is the performance powersports industry.   In his off hours, Jim’s passion is repairing and overhauling cars, trucks and motorcycles.   His most recent project, customizing a stock Harley Davidson Wide Glide motorcycle, provided the rare opportunity to watch work and pleasure intersect.

Harley Outdoors

Although his passion for repair and fabrication started early with simple maintenance and modifications to childhood bicycles, his work experiences including assembly, machining and slitting of specialty metals has provided Jim with the confidence to tackle larger projects.   In 2007, he completed work on a Chevrolet K1500 pickup that he sold to generate cash to purchase and customize his Harley.


After purchasing the bike, Jim set to work customizing and replacing parts.   “It has been two years now and I can honestly say there are very few original parts left on this bike, Jim said.   The bikes exhaust, control cables, fuel and brake lines are all produced from the same slit stainless steel coils that he works with every day.   Few people have the opportunity to watch the production cycle move full circle from a raw input to a finished product, “it’s really pretty cool, Jim noted.   In addition to the satisfaction Jim gets from riding something of his own creation, he has also caught the attention of judges at local motorcycle shows where the bike has earned second and third place honors.


Scott Fasse

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