Wishing all our friends and customers a very Happy Thanksgiving 2018. We are grateful for your business and trust you place in us. Many of you are aware that Vandergriff Ribs have been in short supply this season. Simply put, we sold out. The way we manufacture this rib starting with raw 1018 USA steel, to placing it in a die designed especially for our ribs, to hammering or pressing out a forging, to ultimately CNC Machining each rib is very time consuming. It is not a simple matter to order 500, 1000, 2000 forgings and have finished ribs in a couple of weeks. A run of 2,500 ribs from ordering steel to completed CNC machined ribs can take close to 3 months. If we run out, we are out until this entire process starts again. We go through this process not for one model of gin rib, but three. Today's environment with tariff's placed on steel imports make things even more difficult. There is more domestic demand for USA steel and now delivery dates are extended way out further and further. 8-12 weeks just for delivery once order is placed. We continue to make every effort to get Vandergriff Ribs made for all of our customers. We know this has been a difficult year. We appreciate you very much.
Happy Thanksgiving 2018.
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