Founded by Susie Walsh, Greg Weekes and Glen Magaldi in 1982, Eastern Metal Supply started with just 5 employees and has since grown to employ over 500. Our single Florida location has also grown into eleven nation-wide service centers and manufacturing facilities, totaling over 1,000,000 square feet. These locations focus on the distribution and fabrication of aluminum extrusions and sheet products.
For over 30 years, EMS has earned a reputation throughout the United States as a first-class supplier of aluminum products based upon the principles of excellent service and quality. At EMS our goals are three-fold; to serve our customers profitably through the sale of high quality aluminum products; to provide a healthy work environment for our employees; and to make a positive contribution to our communities.
With our nine strategic locations EMS and subsidiaries services the entire United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. In the Eastern 2/3rds of the US many of our customers receive frequent delivery of their orders on our company trucks manned by company drivers. Our Corporate Office and warehouse in Lake Worth, FL stands at 143,000 square feet with 40,000 square feet of new manufacturing space being added in late 2016. We also have a 112,000 square foot Hurricane Shutter Products Distribution and Manufacturing Center in West Palm Beach and a 160,000 square foot warehouse in Lakeland. EMS Florida serves the state of Florida, Southern Alabama and the Caribbean. In 2015 EMS FL acquired Tigress Marine to substantially expand our presence in the sport fishing marketplace.
Our NC facility, located in Charlotte, was opened in 1989 and stands at 112,000 square feet. EMS North Carolina serves the Southeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeastern United States. In an effort to reach more aluminum extrusion customers, we opened a 35,000 square foot distribution center in Newark, DE and our newest addition a 35,000 square foot distribution center in Birmingham, AL.
To increase our western footprint we opened EMS Texas in Houston in 1995. Houston has expanded multiple times and currently stands at 144,000 square feet. Due to a rapid increase in sales, we opened EMS AR in late 2017. The Van Buren location is 50,000 square feet and focuses on AR?and OK. EMS TX serves the Southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America.
In 1999 EMS Missouri opened in St. Louis. EMS MO serves the Midwest plus Kentucky and West Virginia, as well as Western Pennsylvania and Western New York. The Northwestern United States west of Ohio and Western all of Canada are also served from this location. In 2013 EMS MO acquired 7 acres of land in St Charles, MO and has completed construction of a new facility at 68,000 square feet. An additional 46,000 square feet of warehouse space will be added as demand increases with a total build of 114,000 square feet. The move allows for increased productivity, expanded aluminum extrusion inventory, additional space for a future fabrication center, as well as room to accommodate future growth for increased distribution.
EMS is still privately held and continues to be led by Susie Walsh and Greg Weekes, two of the original owners. We are also growing the company by acquisition, in 2007, we expanded our aluminum extrusion fabrication services by acquiring Marine Manufacturing Company. Now EMS FL as well as EMS TX offer sophisticated fabrication solutions for all industries. We can work with your engineers and designers to reduce start-up time by utilizing our Solid Works (CAD) software and manufacture your extruded aluminum parts on EMS' sophisticated fabrication machinery.
Then in 2011 Eastern Metal Supply acquired Flesher Windows, a manufacturer of aluminum and vinyl impact windows and doors. We re-branded it Eastern Architectural Systems and continue to offer Earthwise Windows, the only vinyl impact window in the State of Florida with the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. We also offer quality impact windows and doors that offer energy efficiency, security and hurricane protection. In March 2015 our EAS division moved into a brand new 172,000 square foot state of the art facility in Ft. Myers, FL.
September 2015 saw the purchase of Tigress Trading Company Inc. and Tigress Specialty Metals Products Manufacturing, Inc. EMS has a long term commitment to manufacturing and distributing marine products including anodized pads, hardware, BDA pipe, rod holders, electronic boxes and lights. The Tigress acquisition will further strengthen EMS' foothold in the salt water sports fishing industry as we continue to bring a high quality and diverse product line to our marine customers.
"Just-In-Time Delivery" is the backbone of our business today. With EMS stocking their inventory and shipping it as needed, our customers utilize their own floor space more profitably for manufacturing operations and benefit from significant cash flow improvements as well. This service provides assurance that the aluminum extrusion products they use will be there when needed. We also have our own fleet of over 75 trucks to ensure reliable service within our delivery areas.
We take pride in our employees and the service they provide to our customers. It is because of them that we are a successful company today and we sincerely appreciate their efforts and dedication. Service and quality are the keys to our success and will always be our main priorities. As a result, in the thirty plus years we have been in business, EMS has earned a reputation as a first class supplier of aluminum products.