Direct Metals Provides Materials for University of Texas El Paso Monument in El Paso, Texas

May 31, 2018 – Kennesaw, GA – Direct Metals, an international steel service center with locations in Kennesaw, GA and Waukegan, IL, provided specialty metal products for the University of Texas El Paso Monument in El Paso, Texas.

Direct Metals provided 17 pieces of custom carbon steel perforated metal plates. These plates were complete with 1/2" diameter holes on 11/16" staggered centers. The pickax sculpture is set on a steel and concrete base.

This massive and much-anticipated “Buried Pick” Monument is 40 feet tall, 25 feet long, and 12 feet wide. The letters on the monument, U-T-E-P, are 3-1/2 feet tall and set in both sides of the ax handle.

The giant art piece is adjacent to the University’s S-3 parking lot, for students and visitors to enjoy as they enter campus. The statue not only stands out during the day, as the perforated letters can be seen illuminated in blue at night.

Founded in 1996, Direct Metals is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company and a leader in industrial and specialty metal products. Direct Metals carries one of the largest inventories in the nation of perforated metal, bar grating, expanded metal, safety grating, fiberglass grating, architectural metals, handrail components and wire mesh products. The company’s products are available in carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, fiberglass or galvanized metal.

Direct Metals offers several processing capabilities, including cutting, shearing, sawing, punching, cut-outs, welding, slitting, blanking, burning, fabrication and various special finishes. The company also provides expedient shipping, with orders for in-stock material placed by noon and shipped that same day. Direct Metals has served customers in the United States and world-wide for over 20 years.

To request a quote or place an order, call 1-800-711-4939 or email For an online catalog, visit

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Laura Berena - President                                                                John Hoover / Tom Hoover

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Phone/Fax: 330.544.9996                                                                  3775 Cobb International Blvd. • Kennesaw, GA 30152-4390                                                     P: 800-711-4939                                                    

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