Guys, I'm not sort of sure of what you guys do to make a job happen, but have any of you ever had to do work that would normally be put down to "Others" as it is written in the contract.
Don't mis-construe me here, I am not talking about "stealing" work from people that should otherwise be doing it.
Reason I say this, is because during the quoting process of any commercial or industrial jobs, I will ask the designer if they need any metal-work done, be it welding, fabricating brackets,etc. I stay right away from sheet-metal work.
Being an ex-production welder, I work on the system of building a "jig" to fit all your bits together before they are welded, the first one is always the hardest. But from then on it gets a lot easier.
I have made custom-made switch plates by the 100's by the jig method. It has, at the end of the day made me a lot of money doing this sort of work. It has also made a few "Engineers" say "I thought you were going to get something off the shelf, for that" When there was nothing remotely like it avaiable, without a 6-8 week lead time.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green
Trumpy: Looks like you started a 'sleeper' thread!
I (myself and guys who worked for me) fabricated a few things over the years, nothing in any quantity, just what we needed & couldn't 'get' quick or affordable.
Racking for mounting transformers on walls; basic 'L' steel angle, measure, cut, fit & weld. A couple of brackets for the Greenlee tugger for specific jobs. A few cross-arms for lighting installs, etc.
Nothing like you describe within, just some basics.