The Metal Wizard turns talent into a growing business helped by local incubator —
June 26, 2019

The Metal Wizard turns talent into a growing business helped by local incubator

By Hye June Park

The new year is a great time to start or grow your business; but you don’t have to do it alone.

Jason McClain and his wife, Silvia Solorzano, had a vision four years ago to start McClain Metal Works. From a modest beginning in 2014 working from their garage with one client, Jason and Silvia now have a shop, a team of six employees working full time, and lots of ideas to grow in 2019.

The McCain’s story is one with lots of sweat and hard work combined with training, coaching and support from Economic Growth Business Incubator, a nonprofit that works to support aspiring and existing business owners to flourish.

Over the years, Jason grew a reputation in Austin as “The Metal Wizard.” Jason learned on old school 1940 machinery and his talent earned him recognition, which in turn encouraged him to open his own business.

Jason and Silvia manage the business together from fabrication to office paperwork.

“We are constantly learning from our projects,” Silvia explained. “Every project is unique. Some are designed as a piece of art or as décor, some are designed for industrial or commercial purposes. Sometimes both architectural and art are integrated to meet functionality and décor at the same time. We never get bored with this kind of challenges. McClain Metal Works’ 2019 goal for the business is to expand their services.”

Currently, they have a nice variety of clients, from interior designers, architects, construction companies, to DIY homeowners.

“We are so happy at how fast we have expanded our capabilities,” she said. “Today, we are a team of six people working full time in our shop. The more we grow and expand, the more help we need on operating the business.  We always go to Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) when we need help, they provide us the coaching we need.”

Silvia took classes at EGBI years before the two of them met. “The people at EGBI are there when we needed them most, not only with the classes but during the process of the business growth, and to help us to find the solutions that we need.”

For more information on Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), visit egbi.org. For more details on McClain Metal Works, visit mcclainmetalworks.com.

 

 

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