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Great Lakes Metal receives Chambers County award

22. May 2015

Great Lakes Metal Stamping, Inc. President Keith Hettig (center) and wife Betty Hettig accept the Chambers County Manufacturer of the Year Award from Chambers County Development Authority (CCDA) Board President Bobby Williams.


Great Lakes Metal Stamping, Inc. was named Chambers County’s Manufacturer of the Year at the Chambers County Development Authority’s annual luncheon.


Great Lakes was the first industry to locate in the Chambers County Industrial Park in Cusseta in 2007 and since their arrival have contributed over $10.3 million in capital investments and created 65 new jobs. The company specializes in full service metal stamping operations, but has broadened its capabilities by adding many in-house and outside services, including custom assembly and packaging, production welding, heat treating, metal finishing and plating.


Great Lakes founder and President Keith Hettig, his wife, Betty, and several Great Lakes team members were on hand at the luncheon to accept the award.


An emotional Hettig told the large crowd in attendance that the company’s success could not have been possible without their many hard-working team members in both their Alabama and Michigan facilities.


Hettig founded the company in 1995 in St. Joseph, Mich. Within three years, Great Lakes had grown from two employees and one press line to 14 employees and three press lines. Today, they employ more than 100 individuals and maintain 18 press lines along with welding and assembly operations at their two locations.

Pavco Offering Solutions For Decorative Hex Chrome Alternatives, General Metal Finishing Chemistries

21. May 2015



Pavco Inc. continues to grow its diverse portfolio of metal finishing technologies tailored to meet the ever-increasing demands of industry, both domestically and abroad.


With an emphasis on offering solutions for decorative hex chrome alternatives and general metal finishing compliant chemistries, Pavco will showcase its systems for alloys, zinc, nickel, chrome, copper and conversion coatings at the upcoming NASF Sur/Fin trade show in Chicago, June 8-10.


Highlighting the technology will be its prominent zinc nickel alloy technology line. For alkaline processes, the company says that its Ziniloy 3028 can meet the most demanding requirements, while its  Ziniloy HD adds unparalleled ductility. For chloride, Pavco says its NiClipse C provides unprecedented characteristics to include uniform alloy deposit throughout a wide current density range for productivity and direct plating on cast iron substrates.


Pavco will also be introducing further alternatives to expand its existing compliant chemistry, decorative tri-chrome and nickel offerings. For more information, visit


Take a tour of Pavco's Charlotte, North Carolina facility:







Anodyne Received Supplier of the Year from Boeing

20. May 2015



Anodyne, Inc. has been recognized as the Supplier of the Year in the diversity category by The Boeing Company. Anodyne was one of the 15 companies honored April 15 for distinguished performance in working with Boeing.


In January, Anodyne was notified that it was one of 548 companies to receive the Boeing Performance Excellence Award which rewards performance excellence. Achieving the Supplier of the Year designation further acknowledges superior performance and labels this class of winners as best of the best.


This year’s winners represent an elite group among more than 11,000 active Boeing suppliers in nearly 52 countries around the world. This selection was based on stringent performance criteria for quality, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service, and technical expertise.


Anodyne received the Boeing Supplier of the Year award in large part for their performance for the Spares Group in significantly reducing lead times. John McKenna, chief executive officer of Anodyne, accepted the award on behalf of Anodyne.


“This distinction is possible only through the partnership between Boeing and Anodyne and we are deeply honored to be recipients of this prestigious award. It is the pinnacle achievement within the aerospace industry and Boeing has a longstanding tradition of excellence. Our ability to reduce lead times and improve quality was in large part due to our respective companies working in tandem towards a common goal and we cannot thank Boeing enough for their support and partnership.”


Anodyne, Inc., headquartered in Santa Ana, California, is a leading global provider of metal finishing services to a diverse mix of commercial and military aircraft. These services include anodizing, plating, painting, non-destructive testing, and other services that enhance the quality and aesthetics of metal components that are used in the aerospace and defense industry. For more information regarding Anodyne, visit

C&R Plating Expanding Indiana Plant

18. May 2015




Specialty finishing and metal plating company C&R Plating, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Michigan-based KC Jones Plating Company, will construct and equip a 7,000-square-foot facility in Columbia City, which will connect two existing structures and bring the company’s total footprint to 37,000 square feet.


With its growth, C&R Plating will add a new highly- automated, computer-controlled plating line that will allow it to double its plating capacity and help its clients in the agriculture, commercial, automotive, defense and electronics industries increase the wearability, corrosion protection and the appearance of their products.


With construction already underway and the new facility expected to be operating by September, the company plans to create up to 29 new jobs in general plating, shift supervision and quality control by 2017.

DCHN Receives ITAR Registration

13. May 2015



DCHN LLC, a subsidiary of Katahdin Industries Inc., is now registered under code M35349 with the U.S. Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) pursuant to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) part 122. With its full-service metal finishing capabilities focused on aluminum anodizing, hard-coating, printing, and laser-marking solutions, DCHN is an approved supplier of choice for military and defense-related applications regulated under the U.S. Munitions List (USML).


Being ITAR compliant is another example of the on-going investment DCHN has made to better serve military, aerospace, and defense contractors by meeting their critical supply-chain, export/import, and recordkeeping requirements.

"DCHN follows some of the tightest finishing and coating processes in the anodizing industry, in order to decipher exact specifications and comply with ITAR, MIL-A-8625, MIL-STD-171, and other pertinent clauses in the contract," Tim Cabot, President of DCHN, said. "We leverage innovative and proprietary anodizing technology, process engineering expertise, and operational excellence to elevate the performance, quality, and through-put of the end-product, while lowering the overall manufacturing cost. ITAR requirements are an important aspect of doing business with military hardware manufacturers, and we are pleased to have this registration."

For more information on DCHN and its full-service anodizing capabilities, visit

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