Eagle Metal Story

Family Owned

Eagle Metal started in 1984 as a truss fabricator supplying metal connector plates, design software, engineering services and support for building component manufacturers. At age 14, President Tom Whatley worked in the family-owned truss fabrication business until leaving for the United States Air Force. Upon his return, Tom and his brother grew the business into one of the nation’s largest truss manufacturing operations.

As the company grew it widened its scope, manufacturing connecter plates for other fabricators across the country based on a simple premise:

Good Plates + Good Prices = Good Business

The Industry Today

The industry today is much more complex, incorporating engineering and software development that go far beyond merely manufacturing a product. And we evolved as well, developing intuitive software solutions that simplify designing, engineering and fabricating trusses, enabling our customers to streamline operations and control costs.

Throughout our growth one thing remained constant: producing high-quality products and cutting-edge services backed by genuine personal service – and our respected reputation reflects this.

It’s why more licensed fabricators across North America manufacture building components using our trusted, innovative TrueBuild® suite of engineering software.


From commercial projects and large agricultural structures to multi-family housing developments, our products are revolutionizing how fabricators approach manufacturing. Eagle Metal’s founding vision was to empower our clients by enhancing our industry. Today we’re a close team of engineers, software developers, manufacturing experts and support staff that help our business partners seamlessly meet the demands of capacity, speed and scalability.

Many people have been with us from day one, helping us develop our many long-lasting client relationships. As the industry’s only family-owned supplier, and a veteran-owned business, we’re also proud to support the men and women in armed services.

A Message From


“Eagle Metal is a group of dedicated professionals who share two core values: A warrior’s spirit to work hard, innovate and persevere. A servant’s heart to treat others with respect and always give that something extra in helping every customer succeed.”

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