Fredon Welding & Iron Works
52 State Route 15
P.O. Box 260, Lafayette, NJ 07848
Phone: (973) 383-6768
|In the early 1960's, when the cows in
Sussex County still outnumbered the people, Fredon Welding began as a one
man operation in a barn on a small farm in Fredon. After working
part time for a year and a half, the company relocated to a rented chicken
coop which actually evolved into the commercial building at 156 Woodport
Road. As a one-man operation, it was difficult to find work so Jim Zylstra,
the founder and sole craftsman, began knocking on the doors of local Lake
Mohawk residents to find enough work to keep going.
The main product was the fabrication and installation of wrought iron railings for homes and apartment buildings.
With the 1973 oil crisis, wood stoves and
fireplaces became popular and with them so did the various iron accessories
which were added to the production line. No one who visited the shop left
the without buying something. At that same time, however, pressure
treated wood railing began gaining popularity and the metal railing line
went out of fashion. In response to these changes, metal stairs were added
to Fredon Welding’s line. By the early 80's, the stair production demand
grew to the point that the shop in Sparta was far too small to accommodate
the demands of the marketplace. After consolidating other small operators,
the company moved to its present location at 52 Route 15, Lafayette, NJ.
and built a new 6,000 square foot facility. It is a modern shop,
Fredon Welding’s product line of commercial
steel stairs, railings and ladders are fabricated and installed by our
open shop and union work crews.