Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:34
Baseball fans — at least the ones not still mourning the ousting of the Milwaukee Brewers from the National League title series — are focused on every key hit and strike out during the World Series.
For Mike Glander and his crew at Glander Metal in Saukville, the championship series is also an opportunity to show off some of their precision handiwork.
The metal fabrication specialists created the custom desk used by the MLB Network during its coverage of the showdown between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.
The project came through Glander’s connection with the owner of an industrial design firm who asked if the aluminum piece of furniture could be produced in short order.
“We got the order on Monday, had the material delivered Tuesday morning and had the desk delivered to St. Louis on Wednesday in time for the first game of the World Series,” Glander said.
The desk weighed 345 pounds.
The process would have been a little less harried had the playoffs turned out a bit differently.
“The game was supposed to be played in Milwaukee,” Glander said.
The company has had its share of big stage items.
A similar desk was fabricated for broadcast coverage of tennis’ U.S. Open, an on-field booth for announcer Tony Siragusa for use on NFL Fox broadcasts and another piece during the Milwaukee Brewers’ recent pennant run.
“That job required me working 39 hours straight. We stick with a job until it gets done. I got to see the sun come up twice on that job,” Glander said.
Glander Metal was founded in 1932 by Erhard Glander Sr., a coppersmith who immigrated from Germany in 1921.
The company, originally known as Glander Ornamental Metal, specialized in handcrafted copper products that were sold at Macy’s in New York and other high-end retailers.
In 1936, the business was moved to a brick building on Main Street in Saukville that is now home to the office of Tri-Par Oil.
It moved to its current location on Cold Springs Road in 1969.