“Better Than Donuts,” said, Rio Rancho Iron Works owner (Sharon Luna) and her son Nathanial Anaya pictured (left to right) who received $20,000 Sandoval County Small Business Continuity Grant (ARPA) early this morning.
For Sharon these grant funds will support employee salary expense to ensure orders are filled. The operations continues to accommodate existing appointments with walk-in orders and follow the governors social distancing and capacity orders. “We knew from the beginning Covid-19 would present challenges. Very quickly we were able to create the space required to insure we could continue to operate,” said Sharon. Today, the business is pleased to have utilized funding assistance needed to expand both front office and metal fabrication work space areas to insure safe work space. The business also accepts new project orders via email or by phone. A full catalogue of design of work is featured on the company’s website at www.rioranchoironworks.org along with a tribute to their father and business founder, Edward Luna (pops).
The family owned and operated business boasts 26-years in business located at 412 Frontage Road NE in Rio Rancho. Nathania, Anaya along with his brother, Richard Anaya and sister, Rachelle Mascarenas and her husband work with Mom (Sharon) every day to feature the work of craftsman skilled in the metallurgical arts, welding, fabrication and installation.
Established in 1997 by Edward Luna, the business, remains an industry leader in wrought iron fabrication, sales and installation. The greatest challenge for the business most recently is the availability of parts. “Parts, metal and especially glass orders that once took weeks to receive now can take a month and it’s pricier,” said Nathaniel.
Specializing in custom metal creations, the business employs seven full-time metal welders, who along with older brother Richard, Rachelle and Mom complete job estimates and support all front office operations. “Rachelle does everything minus welding but that might soon change. She’s been working to learn that side of the operation as well and may soon also join the welding side of our operation.”
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