Fabricating architectural copper cupolas, finials, full dormers, and louvers since 1952.

Metalaire Louver Co.
Building quality architectural copper and steel ventilation products, since 1952.

Metalaire Louver was founded in 1952 based on the belief that hard work coupled with true craftsmanship produced a quality product. It has been sixty six years since we first opened our doors, and we still hold those values to be true. Metalaire products are all hand crafted here in the USA by experienced metal workers and copper smiths. Collectively we have over 100+ years experience working with metal. Our experienced team of customer support and fabrication staff are excited to serve you!

Custom and special projects:
Metalaire Louver Company is pleased to offer the ability to fabricate most any custom project manufactured from a variety of sheet metal and iron products. If you have a custom project and would like to receive information on our ability to manufacture it for you please contact us at info@metalairelouver.com.

Website products & size alterations:
All of our product line is available in custom sizing per specs as provided by the homeowner, builder, or architect. We are more than happy to accommodate your desires for a custom look or size. To request a custom product, or additional questions regarding our products, please feel free to contact us!

Metalaire Louver Company
9165 Cordova Park Road
Cordova, TN 38018
(Toll Free) 1-877-365-9655
(Office) 901-365-9655
(Fax) 901- 365-9658

Our History:

Metalaire Louver Company was founded in 1952 by Major Marshall Thompson. At the time, louvers were typically manufactured at lumber yards using wood. Major realized the problem of installing a wood louver on a home not only had a short life and needed maintenance, but also could not effectively ventilate a home while protecting it from insects and elements.

He designed a louver, manufactured from metal and designed to easily be installed into gables and dormers of residential homes. He was traveling from Texas to Atlanta when he made a temporary stop in Memphis, TN. While in Memphis he presented his idea to a few lumber yards that quickly turned him away because they felt it would take a job away from the lumber yard rather than improve upon the wooden louver. Disenchanted, Major happened upon a few local builders who were convinced of Major’s idea and installed the new metal louvers on their homes. It did not take long for the louvers to overtake the market and begin to revolutionize the louver world.

Major began fulfilling orders and to our luck, never made it to Atlanta.

In 1959, James Walker Rawlings, a local boy happened upon Major in search of work. With his knowledge of math and valued stubborn attitude he was quickly hired by Major. He quickly took Major’s product to a new level by introducing new ways to fabricate, speed up production times, and cut down on material waste. Major constantly challenged his skills and personal virtues which eventually would help mold him to take the reigns of Metalaire Louver Company.

James Walker Rawlings, known to his customer as “Jim” was respected by his peers because of his honest straight forwardness and patience. He greeted each customer with a smile and loved to educate and share his mathematical knowledge with them in hopes of opening their mind to math. He was given the nickname of “The Rock” by the employees and was well respected as one of the hardest workers in the shop. Jim Rawlings attended Messick High School, served in the Army and graduated with a degree in math from Memphis State University. He greatly loved Memphis and seldom left its borders. Coupled with his character stubborn attitude exceptional sense of humor he bravely fought an 11 year battle with cancer and passed away in 2007. He is greatly missed by his peers, the construction industry, and his family.

Proudly carrying the torch passed on by his father, James Forrest Rawlings, also known as “Jim”, confidently took the helm in 1999 armed with his father’s knowledge for business and thirst for expanding the company’s manufacturing capabilities. Jim invested his time into learning new metal techniques that would directly improve and expand upon the company product line and create better building techniques for the construction industry.

Jim currently serves as the company president actively pursuing better building practices, continually improving the product line, and expanding manufacturing capabilities.

Jim can be contacted directly at his email,

Building quality architectural copper and steel ventilation products since 1952