(St. Augustine, Fla.) – Local metals distribution company listed at #324 on the ‘2019 Inc. 5000 List’. In less than five years, Vested Metals International, a specialty metals raw material distribution company based in St. Augustine, Florida, has been named one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. With president and founder Viv Helwig at the helm, Vested Metals is currently listed at number 324 in the 2019 Inc. 5000 List, the nation’s most prestigious ranking for independent businesses.

“Used to manufacture everything from the fan blades of a Rolls-Royce airplane engine to the implant prosthesis used in spinal fusion surgery, we supply titanium, cobalt alloys, copper, brass, bronze, and more to industries like aerospace, medical, automotive, industrial, and energy,” explained Helwig. “About 80 to 90 percent of our clients are domestic, but we also supply hard-to-find metals to other countries in our region.”

Aside from Vested Metals’ recent Inc. 5000 accolade, the company has been named #7 on Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2019 “Fast 50.” Helwig, himself, has also been earning quite a few distinctions lately including one of the “50 Alumni of Distinction” by Flagler College, Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2019 “40 Under 40,” and as a recent finalist for the SMU NexGen Leadership Award sponsored by the Steel Manufacturers Association to recognize emerging leaders in the steel industry.

“Viv’s leadership through his company and as a member of the St. Johns County Industrial Development Authority is well thought-out and focused on doing the right thing,” said Melissa S. Glasgow, Director of Economic Development for St. Johns County. “As a Flagler College graduate, Viv chose to return to St. Augustine to open his business and within a few years, he has been able to find the right talent and supporting resources to grow his company exponentially – creating valuable jobs in the process.”



Vested Metals was founded in 2014 by Viv Helwig, a Jamaican native who grew up in Palm Bay, Florida and graduated from Flagler College. The fast-growing distribution company is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida and in 2018, had a revenue over $2 million with a three-year growth of 1,424 percent. Vested Metals sources hard-to-find alloys, grades, and sizes for niche applications and markets such as aerospace, medical, automotive, industrial, and power generation. For more information, visit vestedmetals.net.