Custom Aluminum, Stainless & Steel Sheet Metal Fabrication


Leading Edge Manufacturing

About Us


We have always been passionate about helping our clients succeed. Over the years, we have grown to be one of the Gulf region’s most reputable custom metal fabricators. Our products have expanded from modest panels to include such projects as generator enclosure packages used for the Olympic Games and driller’s houses used in the Russian Arctic.

We approach every opportunity with the goal of providing our clients with solutions that reduce lead-times and improve quality. Our vast range of metal fabrication capabilities can help clients obtain desired results and ultimately increase their bottom lines.

Service. Quality. Integrity. 

Our mission is to provide our customers with timely quotes, competitive prices, excellent customer service, quality products, and on-time deliveries.

Our Story

Over the Years


The Beginning

Leading Edge was founded in June of 1994. It started out in a small, 2500 square foot shop, on the banks of the Vermillion River.
Bigger & Better

Due to the need for more space, Leading Edge moved to it’s current 26,000 square foot facility in Youngsville, LA.

Sole Ownership
Steve Himel purchased his partner’s portion of the company.
A New Era
With the future in mind Steve & Felicia name Stephanie Clotiaux their eldest daughter the Chief Operations Officer of the company. All four of Steve and Felicia’s children play a significant role in the operations and management of the company.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Steve Himel

CEO / Owner

Felicia Himel


Stephanie Clotiaux


Grady Tardiff


Brandy Arnett

Marketing Manager

Gary Ferstl

Design & Drafting

Kevin Ellender

Design & Drafting

Caleb Marshall

Logistics Manager

Joseph Knight

Parts Manager

Nicholas Broussard

Fabrication Manager

Martin Bernard

Finishing Manager

Chaswill Phillips

Quality Inspector