Northwest Metalcraft, one of Arlington Heights’ oldest family-owned and operated businesses, began selling patio furniture 70 years ago. In 1947, newlyweds Ed and Irene Mayer moved to the family farm, just off Arlington Heights Road. In the barns behind the old house, Ed began an ornamental iron shop. When Irene decided she wanted to have a lawn set, her husband bought her one in downtown Chicago. Soon after, a passer-by (on the then two lane Arlington Heights Road) asked if the set was for sale, Ed sold it for more than he paid. The next week Ed took his truck and picked up four more lawn sets.
That is how it all started. In the 1950’s, Ed opened Northwest Metalcraft selling patio furniture. Needing something to do in the off-season, he added fireplaces to his inventory using his ornamental iron making skills. Later in the 1950’s, when the Weber Grill factory was located on Hickory Street in Arlington Heights, founder George Stephens stopped by Northwest Metalcraft. It was only natural to add his line of grills to their inventory. In the 1960’s, the first gas grills from Charmglow were added, offering new convenience to customers.
Over the years, thousands of outdoor items, patio furniture, grills, mailboxes and outdoor accessories have been added to Northwest Metalcraft’s 22,000-square-foot showroom. Today the small, family business continues to thrive. On any given day, up to eight Mayer and Selleck family members will be working: either in-house or out on a job. Our pride in customer service, personal attention, and our reputation for quality and longevity have made Northwest Metalcraft an integral part of the community. Each and every day, we continue the tradition that Ed and Irene began for us: customer satisfaction.
Come see our newly renovated fireplace wing at our 22,000 sq. ft. showroom. Now with an even wider selection on direct vent fireplaces, mantles, hearths, surrounds, chimneys, and more. We guarantee we can find the fireplace of your dreams.
Northwest Metalcraft will take our customers down to the Merchandise Mart in order to see the full spectrum of what our furniture manufacturers have to offer.
“I have been a customer of Northwest Metalcraft for many years but in the last 2 weeks I needed their services to repair my patio umbrella and grill. I would like to publicly thank Brian, Dan and John for exemplary service that was very reasonable. I highly recommend that everyone consider them for the many products they show. I was greatly pleased by my recent experience with them.”
“We have been shopping at Northwest Metalcraft for years. Family owned, knowledgeable/informative/courteous staff. There is plenty of patio furniture and fireplace/firepit options to choose from. Competitively priced. This year we added a set of comfortable wicker furniture and 13′ cantilever umbrella… and replaced the cushion on the Kingsley Bate glider we bought from NWMC in 2004 too!”
“Highly recommend!! We are thrilled with our fireplace. Shane was awesome to work with, helped us pick out our new fireplace door an gas logs… looks amazing! He was very professional. Ron installed it for us. He was fantastic. Showed us exactly what we had to do to light our new logs. He was neat about the installation and cleaned everything up after the install…Definitely give Northwest Metalcraft Fireplace & Patio a try. You won’t be disappointed.”