About Us

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to leave a lasting impression on our clients by providing a specialized product and a high-end service where client decisions are informed.   

 

OUR VISION

To continually improve our process by combining the talent of highly-skilled craftsmen with today’s technological advancements.   

 

Meet Your Team

MoreThanGates has been serving the Albuquerque and surrounding area since 2011 beginning with custom gates and automatic entry systems. Owner, Art Edelhoff, added a General Construction License in the beginning of 2012 as clients continually requested services beyond just gates. That’s when the name MoreThanGates was born. The following year High Desert Ironworks was purchased and changed to HighDesertIron. MTG moved its fabrication shop from its humble roots in Corrales to merge its’ talents and resources with HDI at their current location in Albuquerque.

 

Passionate ~ Unique ~ Talented ~ Innovative ~ Efficient ~ Honest ~ Appreciated

Our employees are MoreThanGates’ biggest asset. Our product quality depends on everyone working together with professionalism and adaptability. The foundation of our success is built upon maintaining a close-knit, fluid environment within our organization. This has led to a unique culture with our customers that we are proud to have. You’ll get to know us by name. Our team is your team.

MoreThanGates

Art Edelhoff

Art Edelhoff

Owner

Art doesn’t recall a time in his life when he wasn’t building something.  He was introduced to welding at a young age and subsequently mastered his skills in California designing and building architectural entrances for large multi-million dollar estates. His imagination and eye for purposeful design is evident in the quality of his work. With almost two decades of fabrication and construction experience, Art has the knowledge needed to bring ideas to life. He brings originality to each job so no two are alike. Art’s energy and enthusiasm for functional, high-end design is contagious. 

When he’s not spending time with his wife and kids, Art enjoys boating, shooting and skiing. He is most influenced by fellow entrepreneurs Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. His inspiration for owning a business comes from seeing his visions turned into reality.

Lindsay Edelhoff

Lindsay Edelhoff

Special Projects

Lindsay brings a passion for sustainability to the building industry. She understands the interconnectedness between the aesthetics of good design and conservation. She has her LEED-AP accreditation and a vast LEED project portfolio which has excelled her in many facets of building energy analysis. At MTG she carefully fosters an environment of open communication and partnership.

Lindsay returned to Albuquerque after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Texas Tech University. Outside of raising her family and helping with the business, she enjoys entertaining, cooking and spending time with friends. She is most inspired by mothers and seeing the good in other people.

Omar Issa

Omar Issa

Senior Draftsman

Omar is the lead drafter at MoreThanGates. In 2014 he discovered a love for drafting while working for a major oil company as QA/QC Coordinator and Purchasing Supervisor. He is a self-taught Sketchup and AutoCAD specialist. With Associate Degrees in Integrated Studies and Project Management, Omar is an asset to MTG’s creative process. He takes the human imagination and brings it to reality.

Omar grew up in Albuquerque but has traveled around the world including Oman, Egypt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and London. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his children, watching movies and being outdoors. He is most inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Angelique Valdez

Angelique Valdez

Office Manager

Angelique is the communication hub for MTG. She has been working in call centers and customer service for 17 years. Her experience contributes to the team effort with her timeliness and organization. She attacks each day with purpose and a willingness to help wherever she’s needed. Angelique takes pride in the quality and detail of the MTG product and making sure our customers are happy.

Angelique grew up in Santa Fe, NM. In her spare time, she enjoys  reading and exercising. She is most inspired by her family and learning new things.

Ray Martinez

Ray Martinez

Service Manager / Job-Site Supervisor

Ray has gained a wealth of knowledge working in the construction industry for 30 years. His extensive background brings a hands-on, problem-solving approach to MTG. Ray is responsible for overseeing all MTG job-site activities and service calls. His skills span not only the construction trades but also installing and servicing automation systems.

Born in Albuquerque and a graduate of Valley High School, Ray has a long-standing attachment to our area. In his spare time, he enjoys working in his yard and caring for his beloved Harley motorcycles. He is motivated and inspired by his daughter who is attending college here at UNM.

HighDesertIron 

Armando Orona-Garcia

Armando Orona-Garcia

Shop Foreman / Senior Fabricator

Armando is a certified welder. He is the lead fabricator at HDI with 30 years of welding experience. Consistency and efficiency drive his work ethic. Together, he and his team, are responsible for fabricating and assembling our quality metal designs.

Armando came to the United States 16 years ago from Mexico. In his spare time, he enjoys listenting to country and latin music and spending time with his family. He is most inspired by God.

German Carreon Quezada

German Carreon Quezada

Senior Fabricator

German began welding and fabricating 5 years ago earning his degree and welding certificate from CNM. At HighDesertIron he most enjoys the influx of custom work and the creativity and unique challenges that come with it. He is highly motivated by providing a better life for his family.

German came to New Mexico 26 years ago. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, boxing and playing soccer. He is most inspired by building and seeing the results from the work of his own hands.

Brennan Ben

Brennan Ben

Junior Fabricator

Brennan has been welding for 4 years and is our newest member to the fabrication team at HDI. His prior experience was building sporting and playground equipment for schools. He appreciates the highly productive and professional environment at HDI.

Brennan was born and raised in Gallup, NM. He is new to the area having only been living in Albuquerque for a year. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, traveling and baseball.  He is most inspired by his parents and the life they’ve provided to him.

Frederico "Freddie" Cabriales

Frederico "Freddie" Cabriales

Senior Painter

Freddie has been working in the construction industry for over 15 years. He is a very talented painter motivated by honesty and respect. At HDI, he appreciates the stability and perseverance of the company.

Freddie is a hard worker. He has been living in Albuquerque for 15 years. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family and attending church and is most inspired by both.

James Flores

James Flores

CNC Operator

James is a highly-skilled CNC Operator, welder and mechanic. His skills are well-rounded and combine into a valuable asset for  HDI. He earned his education from CNM here in Albuqueruqe and further developed his talents in the field. He appreciates the detail and efficiency found in the work environment at HDI.

James is local to Albuquerque. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, working on cars and shooting. He is most inspired by working hard, improving his skills and being the best he can be.

Ernesto Gallegos

Ernesto Gallegos

Apprentice

Ernesto is a self-taught CNC Operator with several years of experience in the construction industry including being a plumbing apprentice. He is a jack-of-all-trades for HDI. In addition to operating the CNC machine, he also paints, finishes and installs projects. He enjoys the challenging and rewarding environment at HDI.

Ernesto was born in Albuquerque. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family and kids. He also enjoys time with his close friends and sports. He doesn’t take life for granted. He is most inspired by the success stories of families who have come from poverty.

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