Darby’s Recommendations for Navigating the Supply Chain

You’ve seen it on the nightly news.  You’ve read about in the newspaper, you’ve experienced it first hand at your local hardware store, your grocery store, and during your online shopping session: supply chain issues are impacting every business and everyday life. Simply put, the entire world is still feeling the impact of COVID-19.

Shipping containers are piled high at the port of Los Angeles.
(LA Times – Mario Tama / Getty Images)

Inventories are low

As it relates to wire mesh and wire cloth, here is what we think you need to know and what you can do to combat these supply chain issues:

As an example, one of Darby’s most versatile and economical products, Galvanized Hardware Cloth is an item that is imported from overseas. When the global pandemic started, manufacturing was initially suspended. When manufacturing resumed, necessary safety protocols slowed down production. When it came to container shipping, limited bandwidth to process large amounts of cargo led to very long delays.

So long story short, inventories are low across the country, not just in wire mesh and wire cloth, but also children’s toys, electronics, and clothing.

Darby’s recommendation: be smart, act quickly, and plan ahead. For example, if there’s a particular wire mesh specification you need, do not delay in starting the quote process and finalizing your order. This is especially true if your quantity requirements are significant. When you delay in finalizing your order, you run the risk of stock outages.

Lead times for custom manufactured items and/or fabricated parts are extended

Oftentimes, we supply custom manufactured and/or non-stock specifications, both in large opening sizes, say 2” x 2”, or in small opening sizes, 20 x 20 Mesh or 60 x 60 Mesh. By and large, the lack of raw wire availability, significant delays in transit, and shortages in labor continue to contribute to longer lead times.

Darby’s recommendation: be smart, act quickly, and plan ahead. When looking for a custom manufactured item, a non-standard specification, or a fabricated part, please plan ahead. Start the quote process sooner than later, and be ready and willing to place your order as soon as possible.

Finally, be sure to discuss your lead time requirements with us. To give you a frame of reference, Darby was founded in 1854, before the US Civil War. We have survived and thrived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Great Recession, and a handful of other perilous situations. Trust us: we are positioned well to help you during a global pandemic!

Darby has been around forever!

Shipping is taking much longer than expected

It should not be shocking to hear that US logistic carriers, like UPS, FedEx, T-Force, Ward, A. Duie Pyle, and XPO are pushed to the limit. When major distribution and logistics companies no longer offer guaranteed service and when major companies like Amazon have scaled back their 2 Day Prime offerings, shipping is a major obstacle to overcome.

Darby’s recommendation: be smart, act quickly, and plan ahead. Do not wait until the last minute to order wire mesh. Review your timeline and do not delay.

Keep this in mind: Darby might be able to process your order in a single day; however, if UPS does not make its daily pick up, your shipment will be late. As we get deeper into December and the holiday shopping season is in full swing, we encourage you to assume that delays will occur and what was once “normal shipping days in transit” will no longer apply.

Please free to contact us at [email protected] should you have any questions.   

Happy Thanksgiving

For the Thanksgiving holiday, EJ Darby & Son, Inc. will be closed Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th. We will return to the office on Monday, November 29th. The past 21 months have been extremely challenging, but our team at Darby has more than excelled during an uncertain time. As we reflect at this time of year, we are grateful for our Darby team, our channel partners, our customers, and our friends and colleagues.  

Finally, with projected shipping delays during the holiday season, please do not delay in finalizing your order, especially if you have a tight timetable or require something urgently. Our team is working hard to fulfill your order as quickly as possible, but we are unable to control logistics. All online orders placed over the holiday weekend will be scheduled to ship the week of November 29th.

Happy Thanksgiving

Rest in Peace, Norberto Batiz

Norberto Batiz – Our Friend.

It is with deep sadness in informing you that we have lost a dear friend and well-respected employee. On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, Norberto Batiz suddenly and tragically passed away, and everyone at Edward J. Darby & Son, Inc. will miss him immensely.

Born on June 6, 1953 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Norberto’s first day at Darby was May 11, 1988. He proudly worked here until his retirement in August of 2016. After about three years of retirement life in Puerto Rico, he came back to Darby in 2019. We often say that he came back because he missed us, but the truth is: Darby was not the same organization without Norberto and we were so happy when he returned.

Norberto’s death came as a shock to everyone here at Darby, and this company will not be the same without him. Norberto was a trusted, honest, kind, and thoughtful employee and friend to everyone within our walls. He always had a smile on his face, especially on his daily trips into the conference room to enjoy his coffee. His positivity was contagious, and he brought out the best in his work friends and colleagues.

He was a skilled fabricator and was often tasked with fabricating some of our most difficult and time sensitive jobs. His claim to fame, without fail, was he was “Mister 99.9%”. Whenever Norberto was asked about a specific job – whether it was cutting tolerances or quantities, or if a job was going to ship on time, Norberto’s response was, without fail, that the job is “99.9% perfecto”!

We send our deepest condolences to Norberto’s 9 children (Idelisa, Norberto Jr., Angelica, Miguel, Adriane, Migdalia, Lisa, Jessica and Carmelo) and 16 grandchildren. Norberto often spoke of his family, and it was clear that he was a loving father and grandfather.

Our collective hearts are broken with Nobert’s passing. Darby will not be the same without Norberto. We will miss him.

Rest in peace, Norberto.

Norberto slitting wire mesh


In Remembrance of David Hober – Our Friend

Dave Hober

David Hober was a fixture at Edward J. Darby & Son, Inc. for close to 60 years, and today, we mourn his passing.

Mr. Hober passed away peacefully on October 29, 2020 and leaves behind his loving wife, Barbara, and four children, Kimberly, Teresa, John, and Jeremy. The entire team at Darby sends our condolences, our love, and our support to his family during this difficult time.

In 1958, Dave started at Edward J. Darby & Son, Inc. and quickly become a respected and dependable colleague, often called upon for his product expertise and creative engineering. If there was something that needed to get done, Dave was the man. And he was the man for many years here at Darby. Even after he officially left Darby, he was often in the warehouse showing the guys the best way to tackle a problem. He also spent many, many morning in the conference room chatting over a few cups of coffee. In those conversations, it was clear that Dave was an honest, genuine, and smart man, who deeply cared about Darby, its employees, and his friends.

A deeply religious and good man, Dave will be missed by his congregation and his community.  We at Darby will remember his kind spirit, his resourcefulness, his guidance, and, of course, his passion for Studebakers.

We will miss him. Rest in Peace, Dave.

Happy Halloween!!!

Spiders crawling on wire mesh! Happy Halloween!

We at Darby hope you have a Happy Halloween! In this case, spiders love to crawl on woven intercrimp wire mesh.

Special shout out to a local brewery, Human Robot. Great place, great beer…and personally, we can’t get enough of their awesome (wire mesh) decorations! Also, they are right around the corner of our headquarters, here in Philadelphia.

(UPDATED) Holiday Shipping Delays: UPS and Motor Freight Carriers

Following health and safety guidelines, Edward J. Darby & Son, Inc. continues to operate and to supply the country with essential products during this time. We are working hard to satisfy our customers and are fulfilling orders as quickly as possible.

Carrier Delays: Due to COVID-19 and other factors, shipping companies, including UPS, Fed Ex, and LTL Carriers like UPS Freight, Fed-Ex Freight, A. Duie Pyle, and YRC Freight are experiencing shipping delays.

UPDATED 12/4/2020: Due to COVID-19 and the holiday shopping season, UPS and many freight carriers are experiencing delays. These delays are occurring at daily scheduled pick ups and throughout the supply chain. Please be patient, and in some cases, be sure to allow for extra days in transit.

For more information, please visit: For more information regarding UPS delays, please click here.

9/2/2020: We have seen a slight improvement in UPS Ground services over the past few weeks, and we are hopeful that more accurate and timely deliveries will continue to occur. Many standard orders that ship from Darby have not experienced significant delays; in fact, the longest delay we have seen in the past week has only been 1-2 days. We’ll continue to monitor this and keep you posted.

Freight carriers like A Duie Pyle, UPS Freight, Fed Ex Freight, and other carriers have also improved their deliveries over the last few weeks. Again, we’ll continue to monitor and report what we are seeing. Thank you. We are in this together.

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.

COVID-19: Darby Wire Mesh Updates

Today is Tuesday, May 12.

11:43am: As an essential and life-sustaining business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edward J. Darby & Son, Inc. continues to operate. We are here to support all types of customers – small machine shops, large corporations, the medical community, and other industrial users. We are dedicated to serving all customers as best as we can during this unpredictable and unprecedented time.

Be sure to contact us through email or phone with your wire mesh requirements. We also allow customers to purchase certain items directly from our website. These items are used by homeowners, iron workers, gardeners, farmers, and hobbyists of all kinds. The link to product offerings, pricing and shipping costs can be found here:

Fireplace Screen – Plain Steel / Copper / Brass / Bronze / Stainless Steel

Galvanized Hardware Cloth

Brass & Bronze Diamond Mesh

Today is Wednesday, April 29.

1:03pm: Yesterday, April 28 was a special day in the Philadelphia region, and we thought we would share what occurred yesterday with our website visitors. During this pandemic, we have seen heroes who risk their lives in battling this virus on the front lines, and yesterday the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds honored these individuals with a flyover in the Philadelphia area.

The entire staff at Darby climbed onto the roof to witness and to show their gratitude to all of these heroes. We thank you.

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28, 2020

Today is Wednesday, April 22.

12:49pm: Things remain busy here at Darby, and it’s still all hands on deck as we continue to work through a challenging time. Please be sure to continue to check back here for the latest updates.

Orders that normally ship in 1-2 days are running 2-3 days to ship. Fabricated parts and multiple cut to size pieces are still running at least 2 weeks. Please be sure to contact us with specific questions. Custom weaving and welding jobs are relatively on schedule, provided our wire drawers and other vendors are on time.

Samples for non-life sustaining businesses are still on hold at the present time. We are able to process sample request/orders for business entities in the medical, pharmaceutical, construction, and infrastructure-related industries. For private individuals looking for samples,  we hope that we can begin to service these customers in the coming days/weeks, as the environment allows. Keep in mind that Darby offers one of the lowest minimum orders in the industry.

Be sure to contact us with any questions you may have. Please continue to be safe.

Today is Thursday, April 16.

10:28am: It’s been about a week since our last update, and, frankly, it’s because we’ve been busy here at Darby. With reduced office and shop staff (and hours), it’s all hands on deck as we navigate through this challenging time. To that end, we genuinely appreciate your support and understanding during this time. Orders are still running a bit behind. Whereas, we normally can ship orders same or next day, we are now shipping orders in 2-4 days. Fabricated parts and multiple cut to size pieces can run approximately 2 weeks. Custom weaving and welding jobs are relatively on schedule, provided our wire drawers and other vendors are on time.

Samples for non-life sustaining businesses are still on hold at the present time. We are able to process sample request/orders for business entities in the medical, pharmaceutical, construction, and infrastructure-related industries. For private individuals looking for samples, please revisit this page for updates; we hope that we can begin to service these customers in the coming days/weeks, as the environment allows. Thank you.

Be sure to contact us with any questions you may have. Please continue to be safe.

Today is Wednesday, April 8.

2:32pm: It is mostly business as usual here at Darby. Please contact us with your wire mesh requirements. As a note, we will be closed on Friday, April 10th for the holiday, but we are planning to reopen on Monday, April 13. Please feel free to contact and email us with any questions you may have. See the highlighted sentences below for more information.

Today is Tuesday, April 7.

2:05pm: Another day here at Darby, and we’re all working hard to make sure thing are running as normal and as efficient as possible. We are still prioritizing out-going orders, and our guys are working hard to fabricate and ship as many orders as we can daily. This remains an ever-changing situation, so, of course, we appreciate your understanding during this time. Standard stock items are shipping a few days after your order is placed. Custom production on certain items are running a few days later than originally stated, namely due to shipping delays for wire and slower than normal production due to a short-staff. Be sure to contact us with any specific questions.

Sample requests/orders are still suspended, but we are starting to relax this to directly assist those business entities in the health and medical field. For non-life sustaining sample requests and orders, we hope to revisit general sample requests/orders next week.  Be sure to stay in touch. Please continue to be safe and reach out to us with any wire mesh requirement you may have. Also, because of the holiday this weekend (Darby will be closed on Friday April 10) and the variables due to COVID-19, we ask that you not delay in finalizing any pending orders. Thank you.

Today is Friday, April 3.

11:37am: Wanted to wish all of our customers and website visitors a safe and healthy weekend. It’s been quite a week for everyone everywhere, and we are proud that we have made it through another week. While we don’t know what the next few days and weeks hold, we’re committed to doing the necessary things to defeat this virus. We are also dedicated to supplying our customers – particularly those in life-sustaining industries – with what they need as quickly as we can.

Be safe this weekend and be sure to connect with us next week. Should anything pressing occur this weekend, please reach out to us via email.

Today is Thursday, April 2.

12:02pm: We would like to use this opportunity to let everyone know how hard our shop team is working to fulfill jobs right now. They are working harder and faster and doing everything possible to get orders at the door as quickly as possible. Everyone at Darby is inspired by their efforts, and we appreciate your understanding right now.

Today is Wednesday, April 1.

10:38am: It’s mostly business as usual at Darby right now. We still have our small and dedicated crew in house, working hard to satisfy all wire mesh requirements. We have continued our discussion with local logistic companies, and they are committed to making pick ups and deliveries.

We are still in a fluid situation, of course, taking it day by day. We are currently running a few days to ship in-stock items. We appreciate your support, and rest assured, we are doing everything we can to meet your requirements. Please contact us with any questions you have.

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!