Community minded Scott Hamann donates door prize items to groups such as the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. Roy Wells is the lucky winner of an original metal art piece by Scott Hamann of Metal Magic in Nikiski.
In 1985 Scott Hamann had just about lost it all, “The price of oil went down causing many people to leave the state and I ended up losing my home, vehicles and most everything I had up in Palmer, so I decided to come down here to look for new opportunities and to make the Kenai my home. I ended up living in a swamp in Clam Gulch and started my business under a tree, literally, and began building things piece by piece and built it from there to what it is today by making things for the oil companies,” Hamann told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. Today Hamann’s Metal Magic plant in Nikiski has over $1.5 million dollars worth of special fabricating and metal working tools and equipment some of which can be found no where else in Alaska. “We do a lot of fun things and some things that no one else in Alaska is able to do, we take a lot of pride in our work and we are meticulous about detail, but I couldn’t get it done without the great group of employees we have at Metal Magic. They are really what makes it happen. Several of them have been with me for over 12 years now and several more for over 8 years. I can’t do it all myself and am so blessed to have these folks working for me. They are like my family and they are the very best at what they do. They make me look good every day,” said Hamann.
Scott grew up on a farm in Palmer and had learned some welding in high school before going to work for Greer Tank in Anchorage, “That was a great experience, they kind of turned me loose and let me learn the equipment and that’s how I got started. It seemed like a natural thing for me to do, I guess I have a gift for it, I can see just how it needs to be built in my head before I ever get started. I really love it, I get up every morning still after 20 years at 5:00 a.m. and love going to work,” said Hamann.
Recently Hamann has become well known for his Native American metal art that he has generously donated to civic groups for fund raisers. “Actually I see art in all of it, whether it’s a box, truck bed, or native art, I take pleasure in it all and knowing that I’ve done it the best it can be done. But I do like the art pieces because it’s something new and now I’m excited about our new molds that are coming on line where we can actually do some foundry work of melting and casting metal and because it’s new and different I’m learning a lot everyday which is fun,” he said.
Even with the closing of the Agrium plant in Nikiski, Hamann remains optimistic about the future for the Peninsula, “I’m hopeful that the Blue Sky coal gasification project will go forward and I believe Pebble mine will happen and rightfully so, because I believe that all the negative comments are coming from people who haven’t been there and don’t understand that it can be done environmentally safe, so I believe as more new technology comes on board that truth will prevail and that our best times are yet ahead and especially for the Peninsula,” said Hamann. For more photos and information on the industrial, commercial, marine, residential, and metal art fabrication of Scott Hamann and the men and women of Metal Magic of Nikiski, go to www.metalmagicalaska.com.
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