Clark County at Work: Grating Fabricators

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant




Each week, The Columbian offers a brief snapshot of an interesting Clark County business. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: mary.ricks@columb...; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.

Business name: Grating Fabricators Inc.

Owners: Larry and Rhonda Abernathy.

Address: 3001 S.E. Columbia Way.

What the business does: Grating Fabricators specializes in industrial steel open-bar-grating used in walkways, storm drains, wastewater treatment facilities, oil rigs and sometimes homes. The company also works with standard welded steel grating, aluminum grating, stainless steel and fiberglass.

How has the economy affected your business: Rhonda Abernathy said Grating Fabricators Inc. has been in business a long time and has endured because of longtime loyal customers. However, the company has lost some customers and has had to be more competitive in their pricing.

Greatest challenge: Abernathy said scheduling is a challenge, both with her staff and in meeting her customers’ needs.

What’s ahead: Abernathy said she would like to see her company grow. And she will continue to provide a quality product and service.

Year established in Clark County: 1977; the Abernathys purchased it in 2009.

Employees: Six.

Telephone: 360-696-0886 or 800-650-0886.

Fax: 360-823-0210.


Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.