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3 Common Seating Dilemmas and One Great Solution

Holidays like New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day and Easter bring in big crowds and even bigger parties, but many restaurants owners are seeing a decrease in ROI because of their seating dilemmas. The key question becomes, “How are we going to seat them all?” and it leads to a host of other problems.

Here are the three most common seating issues:

Slow Setup and Long Wait Time

A dozen or more guests arrive, and suddenly your staff rearranging three to four tables in adm-connectable-gen-imagean attempt to get the perfect configuration. Small groups can’t be accommodated because free tables have to be saved to seat the large party. This leads to an increased wait time for all parties.

Decreased Employee Satisfaction

Large groups can be problematic for your staff. A table could have been turned over three to four times in a night is instead occupied for the whole night, resulting in lost tips.

Lost Profitability

Your restaurant might already be busy, making it cumbersome to accommodate large groups. You may not have three tables to spare for a party of eight when it makes more sense to seat three parties of four. Seating large parties can increase overall wait times, frustrating customers waiting and deterring new customers from walking in.

However, there is a simple solution for all of these problems…


ConnecTable is a cost-effective and easy solution to your large party dining dilemmas.

As a customizable, lightweight table extender, ConnecTable increases restaurant seating capacity and profitability in two ways.

  1. Increasing dining space between two existing tables:
    • 66%-75% increase in headcount per table
    • 180% ROI after first use when two four-top tables can seat 14 guests
    • 120% ROI after first use when a four-top and two-top can seat 10 guests
  1. Elongating a single-top table to accommodate more guests:
    • 33% increase in headcount per tables
    • 50% ROI after first use when a six-top can seat eight guests
    • 100% ROI after second use

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This busy season, be proactive and have equipment on hand that will increase your profitability and customer satisfaction. Learn more about ConnecTable, and how it can solve your large party dilemmas online.


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3 Reasons Aluminum is Building America

empirestatebuildingThe first major use of aluminum was in the construction of the Empire State Building in the 1930’s. Since then, aluminum has been recognized as both an energy efficient and sustainable building material, with 25 percent of all aluminum produced used in construction.

Here are three reasons why this versatile and strong material has become a building essential.

1. It’s Sustainable

In today’s aluminum building materials, the estimated recycled content is between 50 and 85 percent. Buildings at the end of life-cycles can have aluminum components recycled to reduce the impact on the environment. Aluminum is one of the few materials that can be recycled an infinite number of times with no change in strength or durability.

Aluminum is also extremely reflective, reflecting back 95 percent of light and reducing cooling costs. The inclusion of aluminum makes solar cells more efficient. In fact, including aluminum in structures helps building projects qualify for LEED green building status.

2. It’s Efficient

In a world where buildings are getting taller, aluminum is a material that reduces weight. Modern skyscrapers would not be possible without aluminum. An aluminum extrusion is half the weight of a steel extrusion of the same stiffness and is less likely to fracture under pressure. Structures made with aluminum are 35 to 65 percent lighter than steel structures and significantly lighter than those made with reinforced concrete.

Despite its lightness, aluminum is also strong. Aluminum extrusions can very easily support the weight of large glass spans, allowing more natural light to shine into
buildings. Aluminum’s durability means it can serve its purpose for decades, reducing replacement costs, so a building utilizing aluminum is strong, easier to construct, lightweight and less expensive.

3. It’s Resistant

Aluminum building materials are weatherproof, corrosion resistant and immune to UV rays. Aluminum maintains its properties in both hot and cold weather and protects buildings from cold temperatures up to four times better than 10-centimeter-thick brick. Over the years, aluminum has become a popular material for outdoor building components because of its resistance to the effects of nature.

As a result of its light weight, strength, resistance and uses in energy efficiency, aluminum has become one of the world’s favorite modern building materials.

Click here to learn how you can include American Douglas Metal’s aluminum extrusion solutions in your next building project and receive a FREE project quote.



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Aluminum: Every Day Uses – Part 2

In last month’s blog we discussed how the many unique traits of aluminum give the metal a special place in architecture. From high corrosion resistance, to high-strength and lightweight properties, this economical, eco-friendly metal can be rolled or molded into nearly any shape. Surface properties give aluminum a leg up on the competition by allowing it to be painted and dyed.

This month, we’re closing out our two-part series by showcasing some of the famous and unique structures made possible by aluminum extrusions and building materials.


  1. Empire State Building – New York, New York

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the most recognizable and iconic buildings ever created, this 85-year-old skyscraper has been an eye-catching piece of the New York skyline with the help of aluminum. Although some of the building is concrete and steel, 730 tons of aluminum were used on the exterior of the building. Aluminum is also found throughout the Empire State Building’s interior:

  • A two-story welcome mural, featuring a dedication plaque, clock and a scaled artistic representation of the building are all made of aluminum.
  • Metallic accents on floors and building fixtures.
  • A 204-foot TV broadcasting tower added after initial construction finished.


  1. Farnborough Airport – United Kingdom

tag-farnborough-airport-terminal-and-hangarsThe Farnborough Airport needed to be built quickly and with cost in mind. With the help of aluminum, the project resulted in:

  • A sleek, modern and appealing main terminal and aircraft hangar. The flat-rolled sheets of aluminum allowed for faster setup of stronger structures than traditional brick or concrete.
  • As populations rise or fall, the adaptable materials make for easy changes to the size of the building.


  1. Commerzbank Tower – Frankfurt, Germany

DreBa Zertifikatsvergabe mit Hr. HerrleinElevated over the skyline of downtown Frankfurt is the Commerzbank Tower, home to Germany’s second largest bank. With a focus on modern design and architecture, aluminum aided in creating experimental features such as:

  • Sky gardens located throughout the building that allow employees to step outside. The small gardens on outdoor decks improve the beauty of the building, health of workers and reduce the building’s ecological impact.
  • Heating and cooling systems assisted by aluminum ducts designed to draw from outside air, improving energy efficiency.

With all the features listed above, the Commerzbank Tower was recognized as the first ecological skyscraper.


  1. Tête Carrée – Nice, France

90398447_pLiterally meaning “thinking inside the box,” Tête Carrée is the world’s first inhabited sculpture. Built by Sacha Sosno, a world-renowned French sculptor, the structure features:

  • A framework made entirely of aluminum. The lower three floors, forming the neck, act as supports for the library offices in the upper four floors.
  • An exterior aluminum mesh covering to protect the building. The covering gives the appearance of a smooth, flat surface while visitors inside of the building can see through.

Now that we’ve highlighted the creative ways in which aluminum can be used and shown examples of aluminum structures from around the world, if you’re feeling inspired to start your own project, click here to see how we can help.


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Aluminum: Every Day Uses – Part 1

Highly regarded for its durable and economic properties, aluminum has quickly become a major part of modern construction and architecture. A short and inexpensive manufacturing process saves companies time and money. With aluminum’s ability to be produced in sheets or extruded into pre-made shapes, it provides countless options for use.

We discussed some basic advantages of aluminum material in a previous blog, but here’s how those traits get put to use.


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The most popular use for aluminum materials is adding strength to buildings. Having half
the weight of a steel reinforced system, and a seventh of concrete, architects are free to design more unique structures.


  • Exteriors can be covered in windows with the support of thin aluminum beams.
  • Skyscrapers can reach new heights with less weight. This allows more room for the building to sway under high wind conditions without the risk of collapse.


A Real Life Saver


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Aluminum’s high strength, low weight gives it the ability to withstand more force than steel.
Sheets can be stacked to increase protection while still weighing less than other materials.

Rust and oxidation are no longer a concern as well. Aluminum is highly corrosion resistant, giving it strength against weather and UV rays.


  • Crash barriers on highways are small and lightweight yet strong enough to keep a speeding car from going off the road.
  • Stairwells are more commonly made from aluminum. Its properties give a reliable escape route that won’t burn or collapse under weight during emergencies.
  • Areas where structures and materials suffer corrosion, such as factories and coastal regions, are starting to see more aluminum designs. Aside from protecting inhabitants from the outside, aluminum structures will survive much longer with less wear.
  • Noise cancellation slits can be cut into flat-rolled sheets to provide sound reduction. These angled spaces help diffuse sound and can be filled with fiber glass or foam to increase the effect.


Easy on the Eyes

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A less obvious, but equally important use, for aluminum can be found throughout buildings. Aluminum can replace many smaller components to provide more reliable features than brass or steel.

Anodizing the surface creates a porous layer that can be dyed to create unique metallic surfaces to match any look.


  • Door knobs made from aluminum are less likely to break.
  • Aluminum-framed buildings effectively insulated against colder temperatures. Depending on the amount and quality of insulation, it performs four times better than 10 centimeters of bricks and 20 centimeters of stone.
  • Wall facades, sculptures and other decorative pieces give buildings a pleasing aesthetic. These can be made of raw aluminum for a modern look, or dyed and painted to create a variety of styles.


Next month, we’ll be looking into how these uses have resulted in amazing aluminum structures.

Click here to learn more about American Douglas Metals’ custom aluminum extrusion solutions and get a FREE quote on your next project.

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Introducing SwimMirror: High-Strength Pool Mirrors for Assessing Swim Techniques

SwimMirrors will quickly become a serious swimmer’s best accessory and an essential training tool for coaches. The high-strength aluminum design lays flat and sturdy at the bottom of a pool so swimmers can self-assess their strokes and make necessary improvements in real-time or immediately implement coaching instructions.

“The SwimMirror has made a big difference in the way I am able to teach and train my swim team,” said M. McGinty from SouthWest Aquatics in Orlando, Florida. “My swimmers are now able to see and understand their form and adjust to improve their speed and agility in the water. I would recommend this product to anyone looking to improve their swim training and teaching methods.”

Benefits of SwimMirror include:

  • Instant stroke feedback
  • Durable, shatter-proof aluminum
  • Simple installation and upkeep

The durable mirrors can be placed from end to end of a pool lane or used singularly with stationary swimming tools (harness, snorkel, etc.) for continuous and complete technique assessment.

Installing SwimMirror is simple: just place the durable mirror on bottom of your pool and it’s ready to be used. The upkeep is just as easy—simply rinse with water and air dry.

Enhance swim training one stroke at a time with the all-new SwimMirror. For more information about SwimMirror or to place an order, click here.

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ConnecTable: Now Available for Purchase on Our Website

We are happy to announce that one of our newest products, ConnecTable, is now available for purchase on our website. ConnecTable, which launched earlier this year, is a sturdy but lightweight table extender that increases capacity by two to six additional seats when added on an existing table. Its rust-proof aluminum design is also thin, stackable and long-lasting, serving as a space-saving solution for restaurants, resorts, events and dining facilities.

ConnecTable has already proven effective in a recent case study for a globally recognized restaurant that needed a solution for seating large groups. By adding ConnecTable as a table extender between two separate four-top tables, it accommodated six more seats, resulting in a 66-75 percent increase in headcount, and 180 percent ROI after first use.

“We combined out-of-the box thinking and resources we already had to offer a simple solution for commercial seating as a much more efficient and cheaper alternative than buying additional tables,” said Vice President of ADM, Jeff Raimonde. “And now it’s even easier for businesses to purchase by offering the product through our e-commerce platform.”

ConnecTable is easy for one employee to assemble, weighing anywhere from less than seven to 23 lbs. They come in a variety of predeveloped sizes as listed below, with options for custom ordering, providing seamless integration for businesses:

  •     42” W x 48” L
  •     42” W x 36” L
  •     42” W x 24” L
  •     36” W x 52” L
  •     36” W x 48” L
  •     36” W x 36” L
  •     36” W x 24” L
  •     30” W x 52” L
  •     30” W x 48” L
  •     30” W x 36” L
  •     30” W x 24” L

For more information about ConnecTable or to place an order, click here.

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ConnecTables on Primetime Kitchen Radio

In case you missed it, American Douglas Metal’s Vice President, Jeff Raimonde, stopped by the Primetime Kitchen radio show on Orlando 104.1 to talk about our ConnecTable table extender.

With ConnecTprimekitchables, restaurants, resorts, event centers and other dining facilities can easily increase seating capacity to efficiently accommodate large groups. ADM’s aluminum ConnecTable provides a sturdy, lightweight and cost-effective solution to provide much-needed increased seating space. All of our ConnecTables are custom-made for each of our clients’ specific needs.

For the full interview on Primetime Kitchen and to learn more about our ConnecTables and how they started, click here.

What are you waiting for? Arrange large groups faster and easier, without compromising additional seating! To find a size that best meets your needs and to request a quote, click here. For more information about ConnecTable, click here to visit our website.

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3 Advantages of Using Aluminum in Construction

When considering starting a construction project, aluminum should be at the top of your list of materials. This versatile material serves many purposes, the most notable being its functional, aesthetic and ecological purposes, which prove to be extremely useful in construction.

 1. Aluminum Provides Endless Function


Aluminum extrusions can be made to fit any project no matter the size or specification through a process where a cross section is designed and then pushed through a die. Almost all sizes and shapes can be fabricated to any specification, which makes them an integral element in the manufacturing of machinery, products and structural frames.

Because of aluminum’s versatility, it can take on many forms in almost all areas of building construction, including:

  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • And others

Rolled and extruded aluminum are commonly used for window frames, roof superstructures for shopping centers, as well as roofing and siding.

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Structural Strength

Aluminum’s structural strength is one of its greatest benefits in construction application. The strength of aluminum is comparable to that of steel, but weighs just a third of it.

Never compromise the quality of the metal you use to comply with your project’s weight specification; with aluminum extrusions you can deliver a better finished product without the excess weight of steel on your foundation.

Resistance to Corrosion

Aluminum’s resistance to corrosion is another reason why the material is optimal for construction applications. The alloys that make up aluminum building products are:

  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Weather-proof
  • Immune to the damaging effects of UV rays

These properties ensure longevity when using aluminum in construction.

2. Aluminum Enhances Aesthetics and Design

Incorporate Design Features

Extruded aluminum grants the possibility to incorporate design features in varying applications in construction. For example, grooves and other complex shapes can be made in windows to enhance its design. Almost any design feature can be added to a project due the flexibility offered by the aluminum extrusion process.

adm2Surface Finish Flexibility

Aluminum’s surface can be finished to beautify the material used in a construction project. To ensure a good bond with the surface finish, the aluminum is pretreated to enhance the material’s corrosion resistance.

Anodizing and painting are the most common finishes used on aluminum surfaces. It can also be finished to meet the decorative requirements of the application.

 3. Aluminum is Ecological

Energy Efficiency

Aluminum is considered one of the most energy efficient and sustainable materials used in construction. In fact, aluminum-intensive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED-certified buildings have won awards for Platinum, Gold and Best-in-State sustainability across the country.

Reusability and Recyclability

Aluminum’s reusability and recyclability is becoming more important when used in construction applications, as building owners choose deconstruction over demolition of buildings. Choosing the deconstruction route is optimal since it is possible to extract all recyclable materials, which can keep the material’s scrap value, reducing the environmental impact and costs of dumping in a landfill.

The metals you choose have lasting impact on the strength, longevity and quality of your finished construction project. Aluminum extrusions have been fabricated, processed and delivered by American Douglas Metals since 1976. We can produce custom aluminum extrusions to meet precise specifications, including cut-to-length and wide rectangular or wide round extrusions. Additionally, we offer a variety of fabrication, processing and finishing for metals such as aluminum, steel and brass at all of our locations.


Click here to learn more about American Douglas Metals’ custom aluminum extrusion solutions and get a FREE quote on your next project.


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Introducing Our New Website with “Metals Market” Shopping Feature

We are happy to announce the launch of our new website (, which includes a new “Metals Market” shopping feature. The new Metals Market allows customers to view and purchase from an extensive inventory of available surplus metals and exclusive products including aluminum coils, steel sheets and more.

With solutions for a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications, the updated website provides an easy-to-use navigation and modern design to present the detailed information needed to understand each of our products and services. Additionally, the update now gives customers, new and old, the opportunity to purchase precise surplus and aluminum steel products directly from the website.

“We are very excited about creating a more dynamic digital space for our customers,” says Jeff Raimonde, Vice President of Marketing at ADM. “The new metals market now creates a simple purchasing opportunity, providing the convenience of a quick and accessible ordering process.”

We have 40 years of experience delivering top quality metal products and services such as flat-rolled aluminum, flat-rolled steel and custom aluminum extrusions from our facilities in Buffalo, New York, Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida. As an all-in-one service provider and trusted source for meeting diverse metal needs, the new Metals Market now gives us the opportunity to sell and deliver products to a larger geographic region.

To visit our newly launched website, learn more about what we have to offer and to explore the Metals Market, visit

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Introducing ConnecTable: A Commercial Seating Solution for Large Groups

Seating 1Anyone who works in the service industry knows the challenge of accommodating large groups all too well. Amidst a Saturday night dinner rush, a random party of 15 walks in and you start playing Tetris with tables to seat a large, albeit great-for-business, group.

With the all-new ConnecTable table extender, your restaurant, resort, event center or other dining facility can easily increase seating capacity to efficiently accommodate large groups. Made from American Douglas Metals’ (ADM) aluminum, ConnecTable provides a sturdy, yet lightweight solution to both streamline group setup and provide much-needed seating space.

Benefits of ConnecTable Include:

  • Cost-Effective Table Insert that Extends the Original Length of the Table(s)
  • Easy to Use and Quick to Assemble
  • Increases Seating Capacity by 2-6 Seats, Depending on Size
  • Space-Saving, Stackable Design that Eliminates Need to Store Extra Tables
  • Long-Lasting Sturdy Material that’s Rust-Proof and Resists Bowing
  • Thin, Lightweight Design that Can be Assembled by a Single Employee

Without ConnecTable

Combining multiple tables to seat large groups during a busy time can be a daunting task. It requires several employees to move heavy tables around and uses excessive time. Taking several tables to seat one party consequently increases wait times, cuts down on available seating and results in a poor experience for many of your guests.

With ConnecTable

 ConnecTable, however, serves as a space-saving alternative to combining multiple tables to seat large groups of guests. After simple and quick assembly onto your existing tables, your guests will be seated comfortably without compromising additional tables that could be used for smaller parties. Plus, ConnecTable’s user-friendly and lightweight design requires only one employee’s time for set up!

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ConnecTable is available in various sizes, allowing for easy integration onto various lengths and widths of tables. No matter your industry or the size of your space, you can now efficiently accommodate the seating arrangements for large groups.


What are you waiting for? Arrange large groups faster and easier, without compromising additional seating! To find a size that best meets your needs and to request a quote, click here. For more information about ConnecTable, click here to visit our website.

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