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Our Story

The Raser Mission

Staying true to our heritage, by developing generations of craftsman, resulting in a strong foundation capable of solving even the most toughest of challenges.





The Founding

1991. Reading, PA. Raser was born.

Founded by Gary Raser, Raser Industries thrived by being the leader in steel solutions. With Gary's mechanical background and ingenuity, Raser Industries was the "go to" fabricator when someone had an idea that needed to come to fruition. Multiple design build opportunities enabled Raser Industries to grow in both size and equipment. Gary always believed in investing back into the company to continue to complete the work others didn't want to do. The more difficult, odd, and dirty the job the better Raser performed. From specialty machine builds to local Reading based renovations the Rasers continued to grow the company into a leading steel provider for the Berks County area.

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The Present

By 2018 the Rasers began looking for retirement options. Their desire was to pass on the company to someone that would keep the customer base that built Raser Industries to who they are today. In June of 2018, Louis Costanzo took up the opportunity and purchased Raser Industries from Gary and Lori enabling them to retire. Throughout the next few months transitions took place to create a core team and focused culture. It was the desire to keep current employees, customers, and vendors in place who had confidence in the abilities of Raser Industries. With the smooth acquisition of Raser Industries to new ownership, Raser has begun to strategically plan for a future of aggressive growth.

The Future

Succes is better shared.

In order to meet the growing demands in the construction market, Raser Industries has added support staff to the estimating, project managing, and detailing teams. Building the internal team in turn allowed us to add more shop and field personnel to meet the needs of our current and future customer base. We are pursuing more structural steel and renovation projects, as well as focusing on "odd" steel fabrications and installations – unique project solutions that Raser is famous for. We are also continuing miscellaneous metals fabrications, including stainless steel and aluminum solutions, while still pursuing manufacturing equipment fabrication and installations. Continuing investments into our employees and manufacturing equipment prepares Raser Industries to meet your needs. No matter what the challenge is, we will have a solution!

Raser Industries understands the need for skilled labor in the construction market and the skills gap is getting greater. We are aggressively involved in local technical schools working directly with instructors to help their students gain real life knowledge. At Raser we stress hiring for the attitude and training for the skill. We know that with a good work ethic and positive attitude employees can succeed, and with a little Raser training we can build a team and culture that gets us excited each day to come to work.

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Meet The Raser Management Team

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Andy Bachert

General Manager

As General Manager of Raser, Andrew has been in the welding and fabrication industry for 25 years. Starting out as an apprentice in 1994, he was able to work within multiple fabrication and management areas. By doing so he gained the hands on experience needed to support the challenging aspects of the steel construction industry.

Andrew holds multiple welding certifications, as well as being a recognized CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) by the American Welding Society, since 2001. Andrew has also completed multiple leadership training seminars instructed by John Maxwell and Michael Hyatt.

While spending a majority time focusing on leadership and team building, Andrew appreciates getting away with his wife and two children at their cabin where they enjoy riding ATV’s.

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Elizabeth Merin

Controller / HR Manager

Elizabeth draws on over 7 years of construction industry experience which supports her in providing oversight and leadership to Raser Industries’ financial well-being and human resources management.

Elizabeth is a graduate of Reading Area Community College and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s from Alvernia University in Business Management.

When she isn’t working or completing homework assignments, Elizabeth likes spending time with her daughter and son, volunteering for their local sports organizations and completing home improvement projects.

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Jimmy Wild

Operations Manager

Jimmy has been in the steel industry since he was 18 years old where he started as a miscellaneous fitter and steadily worked his way into management. This is where he became more involved with the latest software – such as FabSuite, Bend-Tech, Bluebeam, Steel Projects and AutoCAD – that has allowed him to be part of a team that implemented routing procedures to completely eliminate missing pieces. He was also part of setting up many pieces of equipment such as a FICEP 3 axis drill line and a Peddinhaus angle master.

Jimmy graduated from a two-year training program through ABC Keystone, Inc., where he became a certified superintendent. When he is not working, Jimmy enjoys spending time outdoors with his two children. Jimmy is also a die hard football fan and enjoys going on trips with his family to the beach and the mountains.





How can we help you?

Contact Raser Industries at 610-320-5130 ext. 2 to discuss your next project, no matter the scope or industry. Or, simply request a quote right online by clicking the button below. We look forward to helping your business build a foundation for success.



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