About Contrarian Micro Textures

Since 2001, Contrarian Micro Textures, by Rigidized® Metals Corporation, has been helping architects, panel manufacturers, fabricators and contractors succeed in creating sustainable buildings with high performance flat rolled metals, including stainless steel, titanium and other metals, specifically engineered for architectural applications.

These incredibly versatile products are available in a variety of beautiful, durable textures and surface treatments – including the highly popular InvariMatte® – can be fabricated to fit basically any shape for limitless design flexibility.

Contrarian Micro Textures' unique focus on architecture delivers a product line that is geared toward the uniformity, flatness and proper grade selection to ensure the appearance and performance of stainless steel and titanium building components. Made primarily from recycled material, our products are designed to last the life of the building without finish deterioration. The result is sustainable design with low maintenance costs and low environmental impact that generates long-term value to the building owner.

Contrarian Micro Textures has been helping architects, panel manufacturers, fabricators and contractors succeed in creating sustainable buildings with high performance flat rolled metals, including stainless steel and titanium, since 2001. We manufacture, distribute, and provide specification/metallurgical support for an unrivaled selection of high quality decorative metals designed and engineered specifically for architectural applications.

The Rigidized® Metals Corporation Story


Launched with the singular notion that deep texturing metals would improve both performance and appearance, three generations of the Smith family have guided Rigidized® Metals through many changes and challenges, always with great concern and respect for its customers, employees, and the community. Led by Richard “Stainless” Smith, the visionary founder, Richard “Sky” Smith II, the tireless marketer, and Richard “Rick” Smith III, the energetic innovator and collaborator, Rigidized® Metals remains a welcoming place for new and interesting ideas, innovative thinking, and exciting product applications.

Richard "Stainless" Smith
Richard "Sky" Smith
Richard "Rick" Smith


For over 75 years, Rigidized® Metals Corporation has been manufacturing deep textured metals for the industrial, architectural, elevator and transportation industries, to name just a few. The same benefits of using our textured metal on applications such as kitchen countertops to airport luggage racks have not changed. Our patterns have stood the test of time, and several of our originals are still in use today.

Throughout the company’s evolution, we were fortunate enough to have captured our products in these industries from the beginning. Below is just a taste of what we’ve offered from 1940 to today. Check out additional images by application or industry, below.

Since 1940, original pattern 5WL® remains in service while new textures and applications are ever evolving.


When Rigidized® Metals Corporation, originally Rigid-tex® Corporation, was founded in 1940, its main thrust was to provide deep textured metal for industrial applications. Today, over 75 years later, with its third generation of family-owned leadership, Rigidized® Metals Corporation continues to lead the world in the development and production of deep-textured, three dimensional engineered metal surfaces, now used in architectural, industrial, and transportation applications. Rigidized® Metals Corporation proudly produces engineered surfaces in Buffalo, NY, USA. From serving the war effort in the 1940s to providing solutions and offerings for transportation, aerospace, architecture and design today, Rigidized® Metals’ products can be found in a wide array of applications, including the futuristic IBM Building (now the United Steel Workers Building) in Pittsburgh, the iconic Unisphere in New York City, Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls, NY and hundreds of other installations and countless applications, providing a strong, uniquely beautiful, and highly durable solution. Check out our ever-expanding portfolio, here.

Unisphere, Flushing Meadows, NY


Today, Rigidized® Metals proudly supports several local community organizations as well as educational programs and local artists. By collaborating with universities and artists, the possibilities of our products with their ever evolving ideas is endless. Learn more about our various collaboration projects, here.

Customer Focus

Rigidized® Metals Corporation understands and can respond to the specific technical and logistical requirements of today's markets and industries. Quality, performance, and responsiveness define the Rigidized® Metals-customer relationship and we know those words have specific meaning to manufacturers, suppliers, engineers, architects, designers, artists and fabricators alike.

By utilizing an extensive knowledge of the innate characteristics of many different types of metals as well as capital and human resources, Rigidized® Metals will continue our quest to lead the world not only in unique surface design for metals, but also in forming and fabricating those metal surfaces into the shapes each customer needs. As Rigidized® Metals continues to evolve and to meet the challenges of ever changing markets, it continues to develop and enhance its design, rendering, and fabrication capabilities. With the world’s largest selection of deep-textured three-dimensional patterns, Rigidized® Metals continues to give designers, architects and engineers the freedom to choose.