Who We Are

A-1 Welding and Fabrication: Proud to be Northeast Ohio’s Premier Custom Fabrication Job Shop


Fifty years of tradition, three generations of passion for steel and thousands of projects later, A-1 Welding and Fabrication operates today on the same principles it was founded on back in 1966: unmatched work-ethic, pride and fanatical attention to detail. Breaking ground in a small, two-car garage in Lorain, OH, founder Dan Balko made use of his welding and fabricating experience to start his own company. The business was transformed from an engine repair and maintenance garage to an expansive custom fabrication job shop; Dan’s fine work and reputation in the field garnered demand from steel mills, auto manufacturers and chemical facilities to complete their most important
jobs. From heavy fabricating and structural work to bespoke aesthetic detail, A-1 carries an expertise in every range of service.


Today, President Ken Balko and Vice President Wayne Balko uphold the passion, quality standards and workmanship their father established years ago. With so many advancements over the last half-century, the two have implemented current technology with program effectiveness to help deliver a top-of-the-line service for the modern consumer. The Balko family’s promise for on-time deliveries and a “job well-done the
first time” have been foundational to continued business. Ken’s son, Cody Balko, has joined in to ensure that the original craftsmanship and family expertise is carried down through the generations.

Fields of Expertise:

Burn Outs

Repair Service

Blasting and Painting

Heavy Weldments

Machining and Assembly

Shaft and Bar Straightening

Materials We Work With

Carbon Steel

Alloy Steel

Stainless Steel

T-1 Grade