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COVID-19: Darby Wire Mesh Updates

Today is Monday, March 30

1:25pm: President Trump extended social distancing guidelines until April 30. As an essential and life-sustaining business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Darby will continue to operate as best as we can and as the environment allows. We have been and are continuing to conduct business as usual. 

We are still practicing social distancing and disinfecting key areas of our facility as often as possible. We are encouraging any employee who feels ill to stay home. We have also suspended any non-essential visits to our facility and will not be accepting walk-in customers.

We are still prioritizing outgoing orders, and our team is eager to help our customers, big and small, during this uncertain time. We’re starting to see an increased demand in certain items and current supply levels are starting to dip a bit. Please be sure to contact us with your requirements. Be safe!!

Today is Thursday, March 26

9:39am: Business almost as usual for Darby as Coronavirus continues. We are working hard to meet the requirements of our varied customer base. Please contact us directly, via email or phone, to discuss your requirements.

Today is Wednesday, March 25.

10:43am: Another day, and we’re pushing hard to get important orders out of the door. Our entire crew has been working hard to fulfill as many orders as possible. The good news is that lead times for stock items are now back to a few days to ship. Custom manufactured items are still on schedule, with some of the tougher, more complicated specifications, taking a few days longer than expected. We’ll continue to monitor things and keep you in the loop. If you currently have an order in house, please contact your salesperson and request a status update.

We continue to be impressed by our shipping partners, namely UPS and the various motor freight carriers we use. We’re continuing to use CDC recommended protocols. We thank them for their dedication and efforts during this time!

Today is Tuesday, March 24.

11:40am: During this unprecedented time, we are using this platform to provide daily updates to our customers, suppliers, communities, and friends. We genuinely appreciate your support during this difficult time.

We are still operating, while maintaining social distancing and practicing CDC recommended procedures. It’s been a challenge, no doubt, but in our own small way, it’s our responsibility to continue to serve our customers. As an example, our wire mesh discs are used to assemble MRI machines throughout the United States. Failure to supply our product will jeopardize our customer’s ability to produce these machines. There are countless other examples that we hope to share with you over the coming days and weeks.

Finally, we would like to thank all of our customers, who have contacted us, asking what they can do to support us and make sure we continue to work. Your support during this difficult time makes the challenge worthwhile.  

Today is Monday, March 23.

12:39pm: Essential Business Compliance Statement:

Edward J. Darby & Son, Inc. is categorized as an essential business by the State of Pennsylvania under the updated Industry Operation Guidance as “Metal Wholesaler” in the Wholesale Trade sector. Darby is categorized as an essential business by the City of Philadelphia under the Mayor’s Order No. 2, section G.9, Essential Infrastructure and Industrial Business and Activities “Wholesale Trade”.

Darby supplies essential goods and parts to manufacturers in the Pharmaceutical, Defense, Construction, Food Processing, and Health and Hospital equipment industries.

Today is Friday, March 20.

11:52am: As many of you know, wire mesh is an extremely versatile industrial product used in countless industries and applications. We often say that wire mesh is used by NASA engineers and hog farmers and everyone in between. We are suppliers, both directly and indirectly, to life-sustaining businesses. As an example, we are diligently working with our copper wire mesh to satisfy an order used in an air filtration application in hospitals. The hypothesis of scientists, doctors, and medical experts is that these copper mesh filters limit the spread of COVID-19. To that end, we are still operating on a day to day schedule.

We are also doing our best to prioritize outgoing orders, based on industry served and perceived application. Often times, we do not know the exact use of our supplied wire mesh, but, given the circumstances, we’re trying to ascertain that information. The wellness of our employees and communities remain the utmost of importance.

And again, this is an extremely fluid situation, subject to change, day by day and hour by hour.

Today is Thursday, March 19.

3:33pm: Thank you for your support and patience during this volatile time. Currently, we are still operating, and we are asking our customers to be patient and understanding. Typically, we are able to ship stock items in a day or two. Given the situation, we are currently running up to one week to ship stock and readily available items. Custom manufactured items are still on schedule with lead times still relatively accurate. Should you have an order in house and will not be able accept the delivery, please let us know as soon as possible.

Again, this is a fluid situation and subject to change without notice.

Today is Wednesday, March 18. 

12:09pm: Darby remains hard at work servicing our customers and attempting to make the best out of a difficult and unpredictable situation. We are still working with a short-handed crew, and our team’s attitude remains determined.

At this time, we have decided to suspend all sample orders for the foreseeable future. We appreciate your support, and we will let you know when we can begin fulfilling samples.

9:12am: Darby recently received clarification from local and state governments that we are permitted to stay open as an essential business. We also learned that UPS and many motor freight carriers will continue to operate for the time being. We are actively working to continue business operations, and we’ll be updating things here throughout the day. More details to follow!

Today is Tuesday, March 17th. 

3:03pm: We are working as safely and as hard as possible with a skeletal crew at the moment. Our priorities remain our employees, our customers, and our community. We are working with our partners to minimize business interruptions and attempting to proactively address potential issues as soon as possible. If you are a current customer – and have an order in house or a pending order – please feel free to contact us via email at: [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions you may have. Be safe and we’ll speak soon!

1:27pm: Please continue to check this page for the latest updates as it relates to Darby’s operations. Thank you and be safe!


Dedicated to our friend, Munib Elezovic (1954-2020)

Munib Elezovic (1954-2020)

We at Edward J. Darby & Son, Inc. are mourning the loss of our long time employee and friend, Munib Elezovic. With his family by his side, Munib passed away on March 23, 2020 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Everyone at Darby sends their deepest condolences to Munib’s wife, Zona, their niece, Medina, and the rest of their family. We will never forget Munib.

Affectionately known as “Brazo”, Munib was a trusted and respected employee at Darby, working here for 22 years. If you had ever visited Darby or loaded freight on your truck, you had met Munib. He was an extremely dedicated person, often starting his daily tasks before the work day even began. He had a keen understanding of wire mesh and rarely, if ever, made an order fulfillment error. His attention to detail was extraordinary. He deeply cared about our company and was passionate about getting his job done.

One of Brazo’s pleasures during his tenure at Darby was to sneak home for lunch with his wife, Zona. He would routinely leave the warehouse at 12:00pm on the nose and race home for a special lunch date with Zona. Always a generous and kind man, Munib would also share some of his unique sweet treats with all of us at Darby. When he asked if you wanted a honey cake, and you responded “no thank you” because you “were on a diet”, he would respond by saying “you too skinny, eat, try!!” And you always did. You wanted to make Brazo happy because he was such a genuine and caring human being.

Munib was an avid soccer fan, and he would banter with his colleagues about the big games over the weekend. He had a saying: although a soccer ball is round, you never know how the ball will bounce.

Brazo has been and will be missed.

Until we meet again and share another cup of coffee together…

Rest in peace Munib.



“Love Lock” Fence Meets “Lock Crimp” Mesh

Darby recently completed a very interesting project, and we thought we would share the details.

Mesh: 2″ x 2″ On Centers
Wire: .192″ Diameter Wire
Metal: T-316 SS Woven Wire Mesh
Weave Type: Lock Crimp
Quantity: 20 Sheets, 49.5″ x 57.5″
Contractor: Accent Fence and Metal Works (Egg Harbor City, NJ)
Mesh Supplied: June 2017
Installation Date: October 2017

Lock Love Fence meets Lock Crimp Mesh
Lock Love Fence meets Lock Crimp Mesh

 

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) CEO Margaret Foti places a Love Lock on Philadelphia’s new Hope Fence. Courtesy of AACR
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) CEO Margaret Foti places a Love Lock on Philadelphia’s new Hope Fence. Courtesy of AACR

 

This project was for a special cause, and we were happy to be a part of it. For more information on this project, please visit: https://philly.curbed.com/2017/10/12/16464356/love-lock-fence-philadelphia-hope-fence.


Fly Eagles Fly

 

Fly Eagles Fly

 

We’re back! I know this blog has been silent lately, but now that our Philadelphia Eagles have the best record in the NFL, we’re ready to shout out our support for our home team from the rooftops!

Philadelphia Cityscape from Darby’s Roof

To be honest, though, it’s been a while since the Eagles have been this good. In fact, the last time our city was swept up in football fever was in 2005 when the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. During that season, the team was lead by QB Donovan McNabb, WR Terrell Owens and RB Brian Westbrook.

Super Bowl XXXIX

 

This time around, the Eagles have Carson Wentz, a “North Dakota Tough” quarterback, who holds this city’s destiny in the palm of his hands. In his second year, Wentz has already been mentioned in the MVP conversation.

Carson Wentz: Philly’s Hope for a Super Bowl

It turns out that Carson and the rest of the Eagles are big fans of baseball. In fact, the birds have used the NFL’s relaxed touchdown celebration rules to pretend to play baseball.

The Eagles are also big fans of baseball star (and fellow Eagle fan) Mike Trout. Mike Trout can be found at most games, and often times, after a touchdown, the Eagles will find him and celebrate with him. This image caught our eye this past weekend: Mike Trout and his buddies posing for a picture with a football given to them after the Eagles beat the 49ers on Sunday October 29, 2017.

 

Mike Trout at Eagles Game (What’s in the background?)

However, as a wire mesh blog, what we really saw was this:

Woven Wire Mesh Infill Panel

That’s right! A Woven Wire Mesh Infill Panel!!!

E-A-G-L-E-S!

P.S. We realize that championing the Eagles this early in the season is not smart. We are also very superstitious. So, should this season end up poorly, we are very sorry!!!


The ambiguous qualities of wire mesh: an artist’s perspective

“It (wire mesh) had transparency, and also it reflected light. It was delicate but strong, smooth to the touch, but also could draw blood if not handled properly.”

– Artist Kristi Swee Kuder (www.southwestjournal.com)

 

Woven Wire Mesh: Artist Kristi Kuder
Woven Wire Mesh: Artist Kristi Kuder

Recently, one of Darby’s customers was featured in Southwest Journal, Southwest Minneapolis’ community newspaper. Over the years, Darby has worked with numerous artists, and we’re proud to say that Kristi Swee Kuder is another one of our favorite artists.

Kristi Swee Kuder, Artist using Wire Mesh
Kristi Swee Kuder, Artist using Wire Mesh

A trained artist, Kristi wrestled with the effects of mental illness on her youngest son and became inspired to explore her creative side using a product that is both messy and beautiful.

 

We encourage to read Susan Schaeffer’s article, “High wire act: The unbearable lightness of Kristi Swee Kuder’s woven mesh” by clicking this link here: http://www.southwestjournal.com/voices/2017/06/high-wire-act-the-unbearable-lightness-of-kristi-swee-kuders-woven-mesh/

Kuder's Woven Wire Mesh Sculpture (Stainless Steel)
Kuder’s Woven Wire Mesh Sculpture (Stainless Steel)


Edoardo Tresoldi: WOW!

 

Let’s face it: wire mesh is an industrial product, and as such, it isn’t the most glamorous thing in the world. Whether it’s plain steel wire mesh or galvanized wire cloth, wire mesh is commonly used in industrial applications like filtration and separation. Wire mesh is made to take a beating, as they say.

 

Archaeological Use - Mesh
Galvanized wire mesh used in an archaeological dig.

 

So, when we at Darby Wire Mesh stumbled upon artist Edoardo Tresoldi, our collective jaw hit the floor and we said: WOW.

 

Wow! Edoardo Tresoldi
Wow! Edoardo Tresoldi

Forbes Magazine recently included Mr. Tresoldi among the 30 most influential European artists under 30. Born in Italy, Edoardo studied in Milan and Rome, and, according to his website (https://www.edoardotresoldi.com): he “plays with the transparency of mesh and with industrial materials to transcend the time-space dimension and narrate a dialogue between Art and World.

Edoardo Tresoldi - Man of Mesh
Edoardo Tresoldi – Man of Mesh

At this point, we think it is important to note that Darby Wire Mesh did not supply any of this mesh to this artist. We found many of the images below, and we were frankly blown away. This is an absolutely incredible achievement, and we thought we should share it with our readers.

Tresoldi's Mesh Sculpture
Tresoldi’s Mesh Sculpture

 

Tresoldi's Mesh Sculpture
Tresoldi’s Mesh Sculpture

 

Tresoldi's Mesh Sculpture
Tresoldi’s Mesh Sculpture

 

Tresoldi's Mesh Sculpture
Tresoldi’s Mesh Sculpture

 

As we’ve studied his creation, from video clips (Making of Mesh Tresoldi) to other publications (Expansive Pavilion | Wire Mesh Sclupture | Edoardo Tresoldi ), we venture to guess that Edoardo is using a Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh. The mesh opening size is likely around 1″ x 1″ or 2″ x 2” and features a substantial diameter wire. The wire must be rigid enough to hold its own weight and be light enough to bend, cut, and work with.

These sculptures were created for a royal event in Abu Dhabi. These domes and columns are lit from both above and below and create a translucent, almost ghost-like appearance that harkens to Tresoldi’s modern aesthetic. Source: www.thiscolossal.com


Is Wire Mesh Sexy? Answer: No!

 

Did you know that the Super Bowl is one of the most watched annual sporting events in the world? We at Darby Wire Mesh bet you did know that and that you likely watched this year’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.

Super Bowl LI: Patriots Vs. Falcons
Super Bowl LI: Patriots Vs. Falcons

And, to no one’s surprise, marketers do too! That is why, according to www.fortune.com, the average cost for a 30 second TV commercial during the 2017 Super Bowl between the Patriots and Falcons was $5 Million.

 

Some of the commercials that you will see during the Super Bowl will certainly make you laugh; others will likely tug at your heart. And come Monday morning, everyone will be talking about these commercials.

Mr. Clean Super Bowl Commercial
Mr. Clean Super Bowl Commercial

We at Darby Wire Mesh also assume that you will also see an advertisement with a scantily clad woman promoting a beer or a handsome man selling yogurt.  In other words, these commercial spots attempt to sell a product or promote a brand through sex.

Bieber, Gronk - Super Bowl Commercial
Bieber, Gronk – Super Bowl Commercial

Darby Wire Mesh never believed we would see the day when someone attempted to make Wire Mesh sexy, but it has happened. Originally brought to our attention by www.kotaku.com, a website that follows the video gaming industry, it appears there is a Taiwanese Wire Mesh Company that is using Sex to sell Wire Mesh!

 

Below, please find some of the photos these Taiwanese company uses to promote its wire mesh, and to read the article, click here: http://kotaku.com/proof-that-sexy-advertising-is-plain-silly-1511431464

 

Model with Wire Mesh
Model with Wire Mesh

At Darby Wire Mesh, there is no need for us to resort to sex in order to sell wire mesh. Here’s our bottom line: Darby Wire Mesh is one of the country’s preeminent and most trusted suppliers of woven and welded wire mesh, and we have been for over 150 years. As a family owned company, we are dedicated to serving our customers, from the large industrial user to the small machine shop (and everyone in between).  Our knowledge of the domestic and global industry is second to none; and our expertise in our products can assist you in finding the right wire mesh for your application. 

 

We believe that we do not need to use sex to sell wire mesh…plus, I do not think you want to see this blog in a swimsuit!

Darby Wire Mesh in Swimsuit
Darby Wire Mesh in Swimsuit

 


Where Music and Wire Mesh Meet!

The Eagles: "Hotel California"
The Eagles: “Hotel California”

Playing songs like “Stairway to Heaven”, “Hotel California” and “Sweet Emotion”, WMGK 102.9 is Philadelphia’s classic rock station. One of the station’s popular radio personalities is Andre Gardner. If you are from the greater Philadelphia area, there’s no doubt you know his voice and appreciate his knowledge of classic rock.

 

Neumann Microphone prominently featuring woven wire mesh
Neumann Microphone prominently featuring woven wire mesh. (source: Andre Gardner’s Facebook Page)

He recently shared a photo, and, as wire mesh people, we were intrigued. This is a photo of a Neumann microphone, commonly cited by experts as the top in the world. These microphones are often used for live performances and are considered of the utmost quality.

This microphone prominently features wire mesh. If you are an expert in the microphone world, we’d love to hear from you. Please let us know what we need to know about this microphone. Email us at: [email protected]

 

 


Additional Pricing Details from darbywiremesh.com: Specifying Quantity is Important

Brass and Copper Wire Mesh
Brass and Copper Woven Wire Mesh, in Roll Form

 

Offering a brief yet detailed summary of how wire mesh is priced, one of the most visited pages of our website is the pricing page, which can be found here: https://www.darbywiremesh.com/pricing/#pricingQuestions.

 

 

Pricing Information
Knowing how much material is needed is essential for wire mesh pricing.

 

One of the things that is sometimes overlooked when requesting a price quote is quantity. It is critical that our customer determine how much material they need for his/her specific application. Whether you require a stock item or need an item that is custom manufactured, determining how much you need is essential because, by and large, pricing is quantity based.

 

Many of the mesh specifications Darby keeps on the floor are manufactured and stocked in full 100FT rolls. The widths of these rolls are usually 36”, 48” and 60” wide. Often times, Darby sells these items in full 100’ roll quantities, but we also routinely cut these rolls down to shorter pieces, like 4’ x 10FT or 3’ x 25FT sections.

 

Sample Policy
Bronze Wire Mesh | Bronze Wire Cloth

 

Darby Wire Mesh also likes to remind customers that we are happy to discuss your requirements and options when you need a custom manufactured specification or a unique specification that is not commonly available from stock. Again, especially in these instances, knowing how much you need will help us help you better!