From Metal Factory to Architectural Innovator

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The Making of an Empire in Metal

Two decades ago, the A. Zahner Company was a regional metals manufacturer in Kansas City. Today, it's the go-to manufacturer of impossibly-shaped metallic pieces for the world's premier architects: Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Rem Koolhaas, among others. Bill Zahner, the company's fourth-generation president, spoke with about how the firm innovated its way from the Midwest to projects in South Korea and Qatar.