About AST


AST Manufacturing is a Waterjet Cutting pioneer in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. The company was started in 1993 by the Paxton Brothers. At that time, they could not find anyone that would cut their products with the quality level and timeliness that they required. As a result, they bought a Waterjet Cutting table and sent out 10 faxes; voila a new waterjet cutting business was born.

Waterjet Cutting revolutionized the architectural fabrication industry and was a stepping stone to more advanced CNC Manufacturing technologies. Since 1993 AST has been at the leading edge of CNC Cutting technology. Advancing from our roots from the early days of Waterjet Cutting technology, AST has grown due to calls from our customer base to provide additional cutting and manufacturing services. Today we have become a full-service vendor of CNC Manufacturing technology. Our new name, AST Manufacturing, reflects our full range of capabilities in the 21st Century.

Even though our name has changed our mission has not. AST’s mission is to provide the highest level of customer service, satisfaction, and quality while utilizing the latest advances in CNC Manufacturing technologies in Laser cutting, Router cutting, CNC Machining, Waterjet cutting, Press Brakes, and other metal fabricating, machining/assembly technologies. Centrally located in the heart of Texas, AST has a highly skilled management and workforce team dedicated to customer service. Our commitment to excellence in customer service, innovation, and quality has earned us a reputation for dependability.

Our wide range of manufacturing capabilities and state-of-the-art equipment enable us to support customers from initial concept design through production, finishing, and assembly. From prototypes to components to full assemblies, AST can supply you with the sheet metal fabrication needs your product requires.

Today, the business is owned by Tony Woodall. Our team has more than 200 years of Laser cutting, CNC Router cutting, CNC Machining, Waterjet cutting, CNC Press Braking, and assembly/manufacturing experience. Many of the AST employees have made AST Waterjet their home for more than ten years. Our desire is to be the most dependable source for cutting materials. For almost 30 years we have consistently demonstrated that we can be a reliable source by delivering products on time with exceptional quality. If the product is not right, we will make it right, regardless of cost.

AST’s Quality Manual is 3rd Party certified to meet the ISO 9001:2015 quality standard.

Our customers operate in the following segments: Manufacturing & Fabricating Industries, Aerospace, Metal Fabricating, Oilfield, Sign Making, Architectural Structures, Floor Coverings, and Components.

AST’s equipment is constantly being upgraded to ensure that we are utilizing the latest Laser, Router, Waterjet, and CNC Machining advancements the industry has to offer. Since purchasing the company in 2006, Tony Woodall has consistently purchased new CNC equipment and updated all the existing machinery to the latest standards. Since 2009 AST has added state-of-the-art 4-Axis Tube Laser Cutting, 3-Axis Router cutting, CNC Press Brakes, and CNC Machining systems to its already impressive list of equipment.

We answer the call for industries that require quality products on time. We are proud that we are the manufacturing partner of choice for many industry leaders.

We are devoted to meeting and exceeding customer expectations and would love the opportunity to serve you and become your trusted manufacturing partner.