New Leadership at Bassett Industries
Bassett Industries is pleased to announce that Bret D. Milks has been appointed as President of the company as of June 30, 2022. Bret follows in the footsteps of his father, David E. Milks, who passed away in February 2022. Bassett Industries was a veteran owned operation for 30 years under David’s leadership starting out in King of Prussia before expanding its operations to Pottstown, PA. Through his entrepreneurial mindset, David transformed the steel distribution center into a leading steel fabrication business on the East Coast.
Working together for the last 20 years, father and son have been improving the facilities to include state of the art touch screen tube bending, 5 axis laser cutting, robotic welding, waterjet cutting, and other valuable services for its many national customers. Bret has been at Bassett Industries since 2000 serving as its engineering manager. Bret earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Penn State Smeal College of Business.
As he assumes a more significant role in the planning and strategic direction for the future, Bret strives to continue the mission of Bassett Industries to be an innovator in steel fabrication technology. Bassett’s focus will continue to be on building a talented, technically skilled team to deliver quality and service for long term sustainability and growth.
Video: Bassett Industries Company and Capabilities Overview
We are excited to release this new video showcasing the full scope of our manufacturing capabilities from design engineering and tube bending through welded assemblies and packaging.
Bassett Industries is proud to deliver quality tubular and fabricated sheet components, weldments and assemblies out of our state-of-the-art facility in Pottstown, PA. We are the largest tube fabrication facility on the east coast, ISO9001:2015 certified, and members of AWS, FMA, SME.
Some highlights include:
Engineering: Our engineering department uses 3D modeling and simulation software to determine feasibility of all parts prior to production runs. Multiple 2D & 3D CMMs, engineering capabilities, advanced inspection equipment, along with in-house training ensure all jobs exceed quality expectations. Our skilled team delivers on engineering, service, packaging, shipping, and billing to exceed our customer’s expectations.
Tube Fabrication: We process tubes and structural shapes up to 27 feet in length, including steel and aluminum. State-of-the-art CNC tube benders bend radii from 1D mandrel bends to large, sweeping roll bent parts 3/8“ to 6“ dia.
Roll bending and forming tubes, channels, angle iron, I-beams, square, rectangular material.
Laser Tube Fabrication: Our multiple 5-axis laser tube lasers process formed sheet metal parts, assemblies and tubes with a 33” Z stroke, 122” X axis and 87” Y axis. Round, square, rectangular tubes and structural shapes up to 9 ¼ inch diameter and 4,000 lbs. can be processed.
Fibre Laser Cutting: The 4 x 2 meter fiber laser delivers speeds 4-5 times faster than conventional CO2 lasers, reducing lead times and cost. It accurately cuts materials including steel, aluminum, copper, and brass.
5-Axis Laser Cutting: Multiple 5 axis lasers allow post processing of features with extreme precision.
CNC Machining: Multiple machining centers and 2D / 3D CAD programming software provide greater productivity and allow us to complete complex parts in one operation.
Waterjet Cutting: Multiple large format waterjets include cutting sizes up to 275 in. long x 120 in. wide, with thickness up to12 inches, pressure up to 90,000 psi and tolerances to +/-0.003 in.
Press Brakes/Forming: Our press brakes use precision tooling to form sheet metal parts that range from 14 ft. in length to small complex box style products with numerous bends.
Welding: In house CWIs and certified welders certified to AWS D1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 guarantee quality on MIG, TIG & spot weldments. We can weld large components up to 20,000 lbs. and sizes up to 10 ft. H x 14 ft. W x 120 ft. L.
Contact us to arrange a visit to our facility and meet our people.
Please Support the Jason Lick Fire Fund
Jay lost everything in a fire at his apartment complex last night, July 30. He has been a dedicated employee at Bassett Industries walking to work every day for the last ten years. He always has a smile on his face and enjoys his interactions with all. Now it’s our turn to help Jay and help him get back on his feet. He also is a Civil War buff knowing more about the Battle of Gettysburg than most history teachers! We want to support Jay and start hearing those fascinating war stories again.
Bassett Industries Increases Sheet Laser Cutting Capabilities and Efficiencies with a New 8kw, 2 meter x 4 meter Fiber Sheet Laser
Bassett is proud to announce its acquisition of one of the first 8kw 4 meter x 2 meter fiber sheet lasers in the US. Bassett’s purchase of the new fiber laser affords speeds up to 4-5 times as fast as conventional CO2 lasers, as well as being able to cut metals such as aluminum, copper, and brass. In addition, nitrogen cutting can eliminate oxide edges on parts that have to be painted, thus eliminating secondary operations and guaranteeing excellent paint adhesion. Coupled with our automated material handling system we can produce quality parts at very competitive prices with on time delivery. The ML4020-F80 Fiber allows Bassett engineers to work with our industry partners to quickly and cost effectively process large or small batch production without the need for dedicated, secondary operations and costly tooling.
Contact a Bassett rep today to learn more about our new and expanded capabilities of the ML4020-F80 Fiber along with our other fabrication specialties. Contact us at 1-800-776-6440 or
Bassett Industries: Achieves ISO9001-2015 One Year Ahead of Schedule
Bassett Industries continues to lead the fabrication industry in quality by receiving ISO9001-2015 registration a year ahead of schedule, being one of the first in our industry to do so. By proactive offsite training and employing additional manpower, Bassett was able to move the timetable forward one full year. Using the latest technologies and our integrated companywide software package our quality department was able to rewrite our Quality Manual and Procedures to conform to the latest version of ISO, which places more emphasis on overall company risk assessment, including all interested parties – customer, vendor and internal. Coupled with technology, all personnel, including internal auditors, operators and management were trained to the new standard.
Quality has always been a driving force at Bassett having achieved ISO registration over 15 years ago. With multiple 2D & 3D CMM’s, engineering capabilities, other advanced inspection equipment, software, extensive in house quality training we are able to supply quality parts on time with low PPM’s. Use of GDT is incorporated throughout Bassett to serve all of our customers in health care, agriculture, construction, highway and bridge construction, race and specialty car industry, etc. In house CWI and certified welders certified to AWS D1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 guarantee quality welded assemblies. Please contact us for all your tube fabrication, tube and sheet laser cutting, 5 axis laser cutting, water jet cutting, CNC machining, CNC press brake forming, robotic, mig and tig welding and other services by calling one of our sales staff. We look forward to working with you!
Contact us for to satisfy your next requirements for quality certified fabrication services at 1-800-776-6440 or
New State of the Art 5 Axis Laser Added to Bassett Industries’ Arsenal of Laser Cutting Equipment
Bassett increases its tube & formed sheet laser cutting capabilities with its acquisition of a new 4000 watt, 5 Axis laser for processing formed sheet metal parts, assemblies and large tube sections with a 33.4” Z stroke, 122” x axis and 86.6” y axis, and 4,400 lbs work piece capacity. Bassett’s purchase of the 5 Axis allows for flexibility and post form trimming and feature additions to parts that were previously impossible to cut. The new 5 Axis CO2 laser will allow Bassett engineers to work with our industry partners to quickly and cost effectively process large or small batch production without the need for dedicated and costly tooling.
Contact a Bassett rep today to learn more about our new and expanded capabilities of the 5 axis laser along with our other fabrication specialties. Contact us at 1-800-776-6440 or
Bassett Increases Tube Laser Cutting Capabilities with New State of the Art Fiber Tube Laser Machine
Bassett is proud to announce its acquisition of the first Lasertube LT8 Fiber machine in the U.S. that can be used to process round, square, rectangular, and special shaped tubes up to 8 5/8 inch diameter, in addition to angle iron, channel, and flat bar. Bassett’s purchase of the Lasertube LT8 Fiber allows for flexibility and high performance cutting capabilities, as well as expansion into cutting metals such as aluminum, copper, and brass. The LT8 Fiber will allow Bassett engineers to work with industry partners to quickly and cost effectively process large or small batch production without the need for dedicated and costly tooling.
Contact a Bassett rep today to learn more about our new and expanded capabilities of the LT8 Fiber along with our other fabrication specialties. Contact us at 1-800-776-6440 or or see our website bassettinc.com
Bassett Increases CNC Machining Capacities With New State of the Art Machines
Bassett is proud to announce the addition of VF4SS and VF11 CNC machining centers to its arsenal of existing CNC machines. With the addition of these machines, Bassett has increased its capacity in both size and production volume with the ability to bring your most complex machined parts to full production quickly. Bassett has the know-how and equipment to provide quality parts on time using our multiple machining centers including multi-axis twin spindle lathes with live tooling, vertical CNC mills with 10ft travel, high speed CNC mills for greater productivity, horizontal CNC mills to complete complex parts in one operation and 2D and 3D CAD and programming software for efficient production. Multiple CMM’s, stringent quality procedures and trained inspection staff compliment our machining to assure accurate parts every time. Materials include steel, stainless, aluminum, 4130, bronze, brass, etc.
Bassett’s extensive equipment inventory and capabilities along with our material purchasing volume will result in lower costs as well as the ability to couple multiple process requirements needed to complete your entire project without having to multi source. These processes include certified code welders, robotic MIG & TIG welding, tube and sheet laser cutting, the largest tube fabrication facility on the east coast, multiple CNC press brakes, and a 10 ft x 22 ft dual head waterjet.
The use of the latest CAD and CAM software, including SolidWorks 2015, Sigmanest, AutoCad , etc., allows us to import files from almost any CAD software. This results in an accurate approach to save customers any unnecessary costs. And our certified ISO-9000 Quality System assures the quality you demand.
Bassett’s engineering staff will work closely with your team to develop products, create custom tooling and fixtures if needed, and add our years of knowledge and expertise to help streamline your ideas into a cost effective product that will fully satisfy your cost, quality and delivery requirements.
Contact Bassett Industries today to speak with a customer representative to learn more about our capabilities with Tube and Sheet Laser Fabrication, Machining, Robotic Welding, as well as many secondary value added processes. 1-800-776-6440 or email to
Bassett Installs New 350 Ton Press Brake for Complex Sheet Metal Fabrication
With the installation of a new 350 ton CNC press brake, Bassett has the ability to bring your most complex sheet metal parts to reality! With a large inventory of precision tooling including segmented dies we can offer to form sheet metal parts that range from 14’ in length to small complex box style products with numerous bends. The addition of a 7 axis back gauge provides for holding tight tolerances and consistently accurate parts.
Bassett has also invested in state of the art 3D modeling and simulation software to determine feasibility of all parts prior to production runs. The use of the latest CAD and CAM software, including SolidWorks 7.0, Sigmanest, AutoCad , etc. , allows us to import your files from almost any CAD software, create efficient nesting off our multiple sheet lasers or waterjet to speed delivery and reduce cost. This results in an accurate approach to save our customers any unnecessary costs. In addition to software, Bassett’s engineering staff can work closely with your team to develop products, create custom tooling if needed, and add our years of knowledge and advice to help stream line your ideas to result in complete satisfaction of your products.
Contact Bassett Industries today to speak with a customer representative to learn more about our capabilities with Tube and Sheet Laser Fabrication, Machining, Robotic Welding, as well as many secondary value added processes.
Waterjet Cutting Services Now Available At Bassett Industries
Bassett Industries is pleased to announce the addition of waterjet cutting services to its already expansive list of manufacturing capabilities. The addition of waterjet cutting allows us to expand our engineering expertise to a wider variety of materials, increase production, and provide additional services to satisfy the demands of our clients.
Waterjet capabilities include cutting sizes up to 275 in. long x 120 in. wide, with thickness up to12 in., pressure up to 90,000 psi and tolerances to +/-0.003 in. Dual dynamic head capabilities for lower costs, larger volumes and quicker turnaround. Parts in steel, aluminum, glass, stainless, copper, brass, marble, titanium, bronze, etc.
No heat affected zone, burr free cutting in an ISO9001 facility with additional services of sheet and tube laser cutting to 8.5″ dia, CNC tube bending and rolling to 8″ dia, MIG, TIG & robotic welding, press brakes to 350 ton x14 ft, CNC mills to 120″ travel and CNC lathes with multi heads and live tooling. Industries served include agriculture, health care, construction, job shops, laboratory equipment, marine, military, semiconductor and signage.
Reverse engineering, CAD services and 24 hr service available.