First think briefly on why metal manufacturing work would be required in the first place. Such thoughts apply in equal measure to all those with other thoughts going into the business of metal manufacturing or deriving some or another material benefit from the metal manufacturing works and all its processes. And in this latter case, you would have to primarily be the commercial customer.
That being said, whether you are new to this or are already making inroads as an established practitioner, you probably know by now that you will probably derive more benefit from custom metal manufacturing as opposed to pre-prepared works. It could be said that pre-prepared metal works, those that you could literally purchase off the shop floor, will fetch more interest from those commercial customers who really are struggling financially at this point in time.
It goes without saying that custom design, manufacture, distribution and installation work will always be a cut above the rest in more ways than one. Needless to say, the work does come out higher in price than shop bought sheets of metal. But the work is made to order. Think along the lines of patronizing a bespoke tailor and think how this would benefit you in the long run. You are apprized with the correct and exact size, and you are also benefiting from materials of a far superior quality than would be the case when shopping in the mainstream.
And while you are all human, each and every one of you is unique in some way or another. So, in the commercial and industrial lines, you cannot well and truly benefit from a one size fits all service offering. What is good for a rival operator may not necessarily work out for you.