1998 Large Plating Job Shop Survey

Article From: Products Finishing, , from Gardner Business Media

Posted on: 12/1/1998

A new list of companies responded to this year's survey . . .

The 1998 Large Plating Job Shop Survey, a biennial survey conducted by Products Finishing, is complete. The 1996 survey had many of the same respondents as the previous survey. However, 18 out of 25 respondents in the 1998 survey did not respond in the 1996 survey. Therefore, it is hard to say whether these large job shops have grown or remained stable in size during the economic upswing of recent years.

But, Products Finishing did get some interesting answers to the opinion questions posed in the survey. The survey asked platers three questions:

  1. Other industries are promoting their advantages and benefits. What should the plating industry do to promote itself?
  2. Are you involved in the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) and Strategic Goals program? If so, why? If not, why?
  3. What are your plans for growth, diversity and/or staying competitive?

The first question resulted in similar responses from virtually everyone who answered it. Most people thought that the best way for the plating industry to promote itself was to demonstrate that the industry operates in an environmentally responsible manner. Many of the respondents answered this way because they feel that regulators and legislators look at the industry as a "dirty" industry. Also, some respondents felt that the plating industry should promote how its processes enhance a number of products that are used by millions of people everyday. Without plating there are simply a number of products that would no longer have the durability or other properties required of them. Many people outside the industry do not truly understand what plating does.

The second question asked whether or not each company was a member of the CSI and Strategic Goals program. Fourteen of the 25 companies are currently participating in the Strategic Goals program while one company is currently assessing the advantages/disadvantages of the program. There were a variety of reasons why companies said they signed up for the program, including: demonstrate a positive relationship with the EPA/federal government; help establish environmental goals; become more efficient; be at the forefront of environmental technology; and inform regulators of the industry's environmental stewardship. Despite all of the talk about the program this year, two companies were unaware of the CSI and Strategic Goals program.

The third question asked platers about their plans for growth and diversity. The two most popular answers were making the plating process more efficient and developing new products. Other answers included: moving into new industries; improving quality and service; expanding geographic coverage; and reducing costs.

To see how each company is doing, note the survey results. Also, if you would like for your company to be listed in the 2000 Large Plating Job Shop Survey, inform Steve Kline, Jr. at 513-527-8837 or skline2@gardnerweb.com.

 


Plateco, Inc.
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Phone/Fax: 608-524-8241/608-524-6486
Contact: Todd Dempsey Employees: 160
Plants/Facilities:
Sq Ft of Facilities: 120,000
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Zinc
  • Manual: none

Other Processes: Mechanical zinc

 


Craddock Finishing Corp.
Evansville, Indiana
Phone/Fax: 812-425-2691/812-429-1370
Contact: Marc Craddock

Employees: 150
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 64,500
Annual Sales Volume: $5 to 10 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Chromate
  • Manual: none

Other Processes: Phosphating
Organic Finishing: Air-assisted airless spray, powder coating, electrostatic spray, HVLP

 


Electro Chemical Finishing
Wyoming, Michigan
Phone/Fax: 616-531-0670/616-531-2440
Contact: Ed Roebuck

Employees: 180
Plants/Facilities: 3
Sq Ft of Facilities: 110,000
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Brass, chromium, Copper, Electroless Copper, Gold, Nickel
  • Manual: Chromate, Electroless Nickel, Silver, Tin, Tin/Lead

Other Processes: Abrasive blasting, buffing/polishing
Organic Finishing: Powder coating, electrostatic spray, HVLP
Plastics Plated: ABS, ABS/PC, PC, PPO

 


DV Industries, Inc.
Lynwood, California
Phone/Fax: 323-563-1338/323-567-7130
Contact: Larry Blair
Employees: 150
Plants/Facilities: 2
Sq Ft of Facilities: 175,000
Annual Sales Volume: $15 to 20 million
Other Processes: Anodizing, pickling, etching, phosphating, chemical conversion coating
Organic Finishing: Electrostatic spray, HVLP

 


Crown City Plating Co.
El Monte, California
Phone/Fax: 626-444-9291/626-448-6915
Contact: Robert L. Coombes, Sr.
Employees: 350
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 278,000
Annual Sales Volume: $20 to 25 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Brass, Chromate, chromium, copper, Electroless Nickel, electroless Copper, Gold, Nickel, Stain Nickel Ghromium, Duplex Nickel, Ruthenium
  • Manual: Tin/Lead

Other Processes: Buffing/polishing, tumbling, vibratory finishing
Organic Finishing: Air-assisted airless spray, powder coating, electrocoating, electrostatic spray, HVLP
Plastics Plated: ABS, ABS/PC, polysulfone nylon, polycarbonate, polyester, polyetherimide, polyphthalamide, others

 


Fin-Clair Corp.
St. Louis, Missouri
Phone/Fax: 314-535-7868/314-535-6658
Contact: Pat Gleason
Employees: 145
Plants/Facilities: 2
Sq Ft of Facilities: 240,000
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Brass, Chromium, Nickel, Zinc, Duplex Nickel Chromium
  • Manual: none

Other Processes: Tumbling
Organic Finishing: Powder coating

 


Arlington Plating
Palatine, Illinois
Phone/Fax: 847-359-1490/847-359-1499
Contact: Alan Blankshain
Employees: 160
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 55,000
Annual Sales Volume: $10 to 15 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: None
  • Manual: Brass, Cadmium, Chromate, Chromium, Copper, Electroless Nickel, Nickel, Silver, Tin, Zinc

Other Processes: Buffing/polishing, pickling
Organic Finishing: Powder coating, electrostatic spray, HVLP

 


General Metal Finishing Co., Inc.
Attleboro, Massachusetts
Phone/Fax: 508-226-5626
Contact: Robert Palos
Employees: 110
Plants/Facilities: 2
Sq Ft of Facilities: 40,000
Annual Sales Volume: $10 to 15 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: None
  • Manual: Copper, Electroless Nickel, Gold, Nickel, Rhodium, Silver, Tin, Tin/Lead, Platinum

Other Processes: Vibratory finishing, pickling, etching, phosphating

 


Jagemann Plating Co.
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Phone/Fax: 920-682-6883/920-682-8003
Contact: Mike Jagemann
Employees: 185
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 70,000
Annual Sales Volume: $10 to 15 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Chromate, Chromium, Copper, Nickel, Zinc
  • Manual: Brass, Chromate, Chromium, Copper, Nickel

Other Processes: Pickling

 


Hohman Plating and Manufacturing, Inc.
Dayton, Ohio
Phone/Fax: 937-228-2191/937-228-5171
Contact: Jim Moloney
Employees: 120
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 90,000
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Tin
  • Manual: Brass, Chadmium, Chromate, Chromium, Copper, Electroless Nickel, Gold, Nickel, Silver, Zinc, Zinc Cobalt

Other Processes: Anodizing, abrasive blasting, buffing/polishing, black oxiding, pickling, etching, phosphating, PVD, sputtering, ion plating, cathodic arc deposition, plasma arc deposition
Organic Finishing: Dry film lubricant coating, conventional air spray

 


Gene's Plating Works
Los Angeles, California
Phone/Fax: 323-269-8748/323-269-5390
Contact: Harry Levy
Employees: 450
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 100,000
Annual Sales Volume: $20 to 25 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Chromium, Nickel
  • Manual: Chromium, Nickel

Other Processes: Buffing/polishing

 


Master Finish Co.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Phone/Fax: 616-245-1228/616-245-0039
Contact: Dale Mulder
Employees: 120
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 51,000
Annual Sales Volume: $5 to 10 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Chromium, Nickel
  • Manual: Chromium, Copper, Nickel

Other Processes: Abrasive blasting, buffing/polishing, tumbling, vibratory finishing

 


Metal Surfaces, Inc.
Bell Gardens, California
Phone/Fax: 562-927-1331
Contact: Jerry Margolin
Employees: 245
Plants/Facilities: 2
Sq Ft of Facilities: 98,000
Annual Sales Volume: $15 to 20 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Chromium
  • Manual: Cadmium, Chromate, Copper, Electroless Nickel, Electroless Copper, Gold, Nickel, Rhodium, Silver, Tin, Tin/Lead

Plastics Plated: Virtually all

 


Lincoln Plating Co.
Lincoln, Nebraska
Phone/Fax: 402-475-3671/402-475-9565
Contact: Steve Bauer
Employees: 290
Plants/Facilities: 3
Sq Ft of Facilities: 300,000
Annual Sales Volume: $20 to 25 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Cadmium, Chromated, Chromium Nickel, Tin, Tin/Lead, Zinc
  • Manual: Chromated, Chromium, Copper, Electroless Nickel, Gold, Nickel, Silver

Other Processes: Anodizing, abrasive blasting, buffing/polishing, tumbling, vibratory finishing, black oxiding, pickling, etching, phosphating, sulfamate nickel
Organic Finishing: Powder coating, electrostatic spray

 


Apollo Metals, Ltd.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Phone/Fax: 610-867-5826/610-867-7594
Contact: Michael Selya
Employees: 130
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 120,000
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Brass, Chromium, Copper, Nickel
  • Manual: None

Other Processes: Buffing/polishing

 


Fleet Design
Portland, Tennessee
Phone/Fax: 615-325-6701, 615-325-4773
Contact: Terry Woodward
Employees: 200
Plants/Facilities: 2
Sq Ft of Facilities: 110,000
Annual Sales Volume: $15 to 20 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: None
  • Manual: Chromium, Copper, Nickel

Other Processes: Buffing/polishing
Organic Finishing: Airless spray, HVLP

 


Nico Plating
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Phone/Fax: 612-822-2185/612-822-4580
Contact: Jon Phillips
Employees: 120
Plants/Facilities: 4
Sq Ft of Facilities: 200,000
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Zinc
  • Manual: Brass, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Nickel, Tin

Other Processes: Buffing/polishing, tumbling, phosphating, automated degreasing

 


Penn United Technology
Saxonburg, Pennsylvania
Phone/Fax: 724-352-1507/724-352-1799
Contact: Dave Miller
Employees: 550
Plants/Facilities: 4
Annual Sales Volume: More than $25 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated:
  • Manual: Cadmium, Electroless Nickel, Electroless Copper, Gold, Nickel, Silver, Tin/Lead

Other Processes: Abrasive blasting, buffing/polishing, tumbling, vibratory finishing, etching
Organic Finishing: Electrocoating

 


Precision Plating Co, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
Phone/Fax: 773-583-3333/773-685-7777
Contact: Jeffrey Belmonti
Employees: 150
Plants/Facilities: 2
Sq Ft of Facilities: 65,000
Annual Sales Volume: $20 to 25 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Copper, Gold, Nickel, Tin, Tin/Lead, Palladium, Palladium/Nickel, Palladium/Cobalt
  • Manual: Copper, Gold, Nickel, Silver, Tin, Tin/Lead, Palladium, Palladium/Nickel, Palladium/Cobalt

 


Professional Plating, Inc.
Brillion, Wisconsin
Phone/Fax: 920-756-2153/920-756-3246
Contact: Kent Aubry
Employees: 105
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 80,000
Annual Sales Volume: $5 to 10 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Zinc
  • Manual: None

Organic Finishing: Powder coating, electrocoating

 


S.K. Williams Co.
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Phone/Fax: 414-464-2220/414-464-2009
Contact: Bill Stern
Employees: 130
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 100,000
Annual Sales Volume: $5 to 10 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Chromium, Nickel, Zinc
  • Manual: Brass, Chromated, Copper, Electroless Nickel, Gold, Nickel, Tin

Other Processes: Anodizing, abrasive blasting, buffing/polishing, black oxiding, phosphating

 


Reilly Plating Co.
Melvindale, Michigan
Phone/Fax: 313-928-6800/313-386-2270
Contact: Carole Babik
Employees: 140
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 100,000
Annual Sales Volume: $10 to 15 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Chromate, Zinc, Zinc Iron, Zinc Nickel, Zinc Cobalt
  • Manual: None

Other Processes: Pickling, phosphating
Organic Finishing: Electrocoating, dip spin

 


Techmetals, Inc.
Dayton, Ohio
Phone/Fax: 937-253-5311/937-253-5096
Contact: Steve Deisher
Employees: 115
Plants/Facilities: 6
Sq Ft of Facilities: 100,000
Annual Sales Volume: $10 to 15 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Chromium, Electroless Nickel, Nickel
  • Manual: Chromium, Copper, Electroless Nickel, Gold, Nickel, Silver, Tin

Other Processes: Phosphating, electropolishing

 


Schulte Metal Finishing
Cincinnati, Ohio
Phone/Fax: 513-272-0311/513-272-0314
Contact: Tom McAndrews
Employees: 82
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 70,000
Annual Sales Volume: $5 to 10 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Chromium, Copper, Nickel
  • Manual: Brass, Chromium, Copper, Nickel, Bronze

Other Processes: Abrasive blasting, buffing/polishing
Organic Finishing: Powder coating

 


Whyco Technologies, Inc.
Thomaston, Connecticut
Contact: Robert Hyner
Employees: 215
Plants/Facilities: 1
Sq Ft of Facilities: 120,000
Annual Sales Volume: $20 to 25 million
Plating Processes:

  • Automated: Chromium
  • Manual: Chromate, Chromium, Copper, Electroless Nickel, Nickel, Zinc

Other Processes: Vibratory finishing, phosphating
Organic Finishing: Electrocoating



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