Montana based Metal Fabrication Shop located in the Bitterroot Valley.
Pat Burrington started Rapid Creek Cutters and got it's name from being located on Rapid Creek Road in Inkom, Idaho. Inkom is about 8 miles south of Pocatello on I-15. In the Fall of 2001, I was working at a Phosphorus Plant called FMC in nearby Pocatello, ID. It suddenly closed after 50 years in business and I was about to be jobless. I had been a welder in the Army, had two college degrees in the Welding/Metallurgy and Quality Control fields and felt like I might be able to run my own metal fab shop. I flew to Chicago to a trade show, decided to buy an OMAX waterjet machine, and start my own cutting business. It was pretty tough at first, but things kept rolling and after about a year and a half, I decided to purchase a second cutting machine, only this time have it be a Plasma table for metal signs, metal signage, etc. Things kept getting busier after starting this website and pulling in work from all over the United States. I had increases in gross sales every year I was in business for the first 6 years, and I feel like the shop is pretty well established as of now. The majority of my work comes in from out of state, and through web customers. I had been interviewed by the local paper a few times, the local television stations, and radio after doing some pretty interesting projects, and my popularity has spread. By 2005, I had added a lathe, mill, powder coating set-up, an Ironworker, and a press brake. In the spring of 2006 I was getting pretty overwhelmed with orders being a one man shop. I was taking just about anything and everything that was coming through the door. About that time, I was asked by the Idaho National Laboratory to go to work for them doing pretty much the same thing I was doing at home, and I decided a change might be good, and went to work for them in May of 2006. I kept the shop running, but it was just part-time. By June of 2008, I had decided working for someone else just wasn't what I liked to do, so I went back to running Rapid Creek Cutters again full time. In the summer of 2012, after about a year of searching, I found a wonderful piece of property in Montana and relocated the whole business to Stevensville. It took about 3 months to get everything torn down, re-installed, and back to where I was before, but in October of 2012 I was up in full capacity again only this time in a new shop in Montana. Things have been going well since the move and I welcome the new customers I have gotten since re-opening and want to thank all the old ones from Idaho that I got to do business with for the past 19 years. Pat