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Mellish & Murray, Inc.

Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication Since 1894

WBE Woman-owned Busines Enterprise | Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concern


115 Years Old and Still Going Strong

Mellish & Murray is located in a 100,000 sq. ft. facility located in Chicago, Illinois - the heart of midwest manufacturing. Its proximity to major manufacturing markets in four states, and its investments in lean manufacturing processes and modern sheet metal fabricating systems, have contributed to Mellish & Murray's long track record of stability and growth.

The company was the subject of a story in the Chicago Tribune on Sept. 15, 2008 titled, "Small Manufacturers Find Bright Spots in Tough Economy". The article describes Mellish & Murray's winning strategies.

The company is comprised of four divisions:

  • Mellish & Murray - Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • Aeroflash Signal - Strobe Lights and Warning Systems for Aircraft, Equipment and Vehicles
  • Alpine Air - Industrial and Commercial Ventilators and Fans
  • Randolph Industries - Industrial Material Handling and Storage Systems

Each division serves both domestic and international customers, including some of the world's most respected OEM's and brands.


A History of Leadership
and Community Involvement

Mellish and Murray has long worked to promote Chicago as home to progressive manufacturers embracing new technology and a diverse, skilled work force.

A stalwart of Chicago's near west side, Mellish and Murray's management has worked to protect industrial and business interests, and promote economic development, through involvement in organizations such as Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) and the State of Illinois' Northeast Economic Development Region (NORBIC).


Company Timeline

Frank Mellish starts a small storefront metal shop in Chicago in 1894.  One of his products:  the "growler," a pail used to carry beer home from the tavern.


Frank Mellish passes, and Charles E. Murray, who joined the firm upon his graduation, buys the Mellish family stock.  Under Murray, the company develops into one of the first ventilation contractors in the the U.S.

The Great Depression

Mellish & Murray weathers the depression through construction work: some of its major jobs were to install lead-lined walls in hospital X-ray rooms.

Photo of Cari Murray, CEO

Cari Murray, CEO

Cari Murray is the fourth-generation owner and CEO of Mellish & Murray. She became the company's first female CEO in 1999.

Her community and professional involvement includes:

  • Founding member of the University of Illinois at Chicago Family Business Council (UIC-FBC).
  • Senior PdEl Leadership Moderator at UIC Liataud Graduate School of Business
  • FBC Dean's Committee Chair
  • FBC Quantum Forum member and Past Chair
  • Past LaFemme Force PdEl Moderator.
  • Past Board Member for State of Illinois' Northeast Development Region (NORBIC).
  • Past Board Member for Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago.

Ms. Murray has been profiled in articles in the Chicago Tribune (Feb. 12, 2003 and Sept. 15, 2008), and Utility Products magazine (December, 2005).  She also was featured in South Central Bank's "Business People Worth Knowing" series in December 2009. (PDF 262K).

Link to Business People Worth Knowing Article featuring Cari Murray

Late 1930's

Murray's son, H. James Murray, who had graduated as a mechanical engineer, steps in upon his father's retirement. He leads the firm as a successful bidder on public projects such as schools, universities and hospitals.

Mid 1950's

Mellish & Murray expanded its capabilities as a ventilation contractor to the manufacturing of various metal products and components.

Late 1970's

The company drops its construction division and invests in state-of-the-art computerized equipment.  The goal:  to become the finest sheet metal fabricator in the midwest.


Mellish & Murray acquires two proprietary product lines, Aeroflash Signal Corporation and Reeve Electronics. 


Mellish & Murray receives recognition for its lean manufacturing processes.


Cari Murray becomes the fourth generation family member, and first female, to head the firm.


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