About Us

We’re in This for You

At Western Branch Metals, you’ll get world-class products and personalized service. Founded in 1976, we are the nation’s largest boat shaft distributor and manufacturer of the Aqualoy brand of stainless steel boat shafting and rudders. We serve large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), custom boat builders, marine distributors, and machine shops throughout the United States. We are known for our technical support and overall boat shafting expertise.

Advanced Lab & Testing Services

Our Suffolk facility features a state-of-the-art chemical laboratory and propeller shaft testing technology. We offer:

  • Fatigue testing
  • Sea water corrosion fatigue testing
  • Material and alloy evaluation
  • Failure analysis
  • Product development
  • Metallurgical analysis and testing
  • Optical emission spectroscopy for fast and accurate determination of the chemical composition of metallic specimens

Our metallurgical laboratory facilities are equipped with macro and microscopes so our experts can investigate material characteristics and failure analysis.

quality products

With state-of-the-art technology, personal best craftsmanship, and a company-wide dedication to excellence, WBM ensures that all products are finished to exacting tolerances.

In addition to Aqualoy propeller shafting, Western Branch distributes 17-4PH condition H1150 (analysis and mechanical properties) and XM-19 (hot rolled properties) round bar, along with various marine-related products, including type 304 keystock, shaft couplings, and leaded red brass and bronze propeller nuts.


WBM's three U.S. warehouses (East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Coast) target our customers’ unique needs by inventorying the appropriate diameters, lengths, and grades of boat shafting. In most cases, WBM can offer expedited, same-day delivery. What’s more, we maintain a network of overseas export agents to serve clients around the world.

Home Office/Main Warehouse

1006 Obici Industrial Blvd
Suffolk, VA 23434

West Coast Warehouse

14570 Interurban Ave S, #C100
Tukwila, WA 98168

Gulf Coast Warehouse

5540 A Pepsi St
Harahan, LA 70123

Western Branch Metals provides superior products and services to meet all of your needs. Contact us to learn more.

Home Office/Main Warehouse:
1006 Obici Industrial Blvd
Suffolk, VA 23434

Toll Free: (800) 446-8133
Phone: (757) 215-1500
Email: sales@wbmetals.com

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