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Valence Expands Titanium, Hard Metal Processing To All 10 U.S. Locations

2. November 2015




Valence Surface Technologies, one of the largest independent surface treatment company in the U.S., announced it now offers titanium and hard metal processing at each of its 10 facilities located throughout the U.S.


Recently, several Valence facilities added and enhanced their hard metal service offerings, solidifying Valence as the largest titanium and hard metal processor for the aerospace and defense industries.


“At Valence, our goal is to take the hassle out of special processing and allow our customers to focus on their core competencies,” said Valence CEO Tracy Glende. “As titanium content has increased on aerospace programs, our customers have asked for added capacity and redundancy of capabilities across the country, and Valence has responded. With our expanded capabilities, Valence will improve the supply chain for large envelope, high intrinsic value titanium and hard metal parts.”


Valence’s titanium and hard metal processes currently include: titanium etch/pickle; passivate; phosphate fluoride; alpha case removal; high-temperature stress relieve; sol gel; abrasive blast; shot peen; zinc spray; penetrant inspection; mag particle inspection; and primer and topcoat.


Specific processes added to particular Valence facilities include:


-Eastman, Ga. facility – As part of a major capital expansion project, Valence added a 25-foot titanium processing line with capabilities for non-destructive testing, titanium clean and pickle, sol gel and paint including bond primer. The large envelope tank line will support long parts such as helicopter blades, abrasion strips and structural airframe parts. The line has been installed and will be placed into service by the end of October 2015. The Eastman site has added prime approvals to support growing programs including the Boeing 787, Sikorsky UH60 Blackhawk and the Bell 525 Helicopter.  


-Carson, Calif. facility – Valence’s Carson site has expanded its titanium capabilities to support large envelope, high-value structural aerospace and space parts. Carson has enhanced its nondestructive testing (NDT) line, added new 27-foot titanium etch/pickle capability, and installed new titanium abrasive-blast capability up to 30 feet. In addition, the Carson site has added key approvals to support growth in the A350, JSF, 787 and 737 max programs.


-Everett, Wash. facility – Valence added titanium processing and expanded its steel capabilities at its Everett location in response to increasing demand and current constraints in the Pacific Northwest supply chain. Included in the expansion is a new large envelope shot peen pass-through cabinet and a new 12-foot titanium clean and pickle and passivate line, which will be operational in Q4 2015. In addition to its current aluminum and steel capabilities, Everett now offers shot peen, sol gel, titanium clean and pickle, and paint for titanium. Everett is adding Boeing approvals in 2015 and will be adding Airbus approvals in 2016.


We're Looking for the Finishing Industry's Go-To Guys and Gals

By: Jess Larkin 30. October 2015

Tom Dillon, Advanced Plating Technologies


Do you know a guy or gal that has made an impact on your company? Starting in December, Products Finishing will feature finishing's most impressive employees that demonstrate innovation and excellence in their work and help their company excel.


December's Go-To Guy is Tom Dillon, the powder coating supervisor from Advanced Plating Technologies. Dillon has been working for Advanced Plating for 32 years on several different lines until the late-90s when he was promoted as powder coating supervisor.


If you know a guy or gal in the industry that you think should be recognized for their work, email Jess Larkin at Include a short bio and a hi-res image of the guy or gal in the field.


Program Released for Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coating Symposium

29. October 2015



The  43rd Annual International Waterborne, High‐solids and Powder Coatings Symposium program line‐up has been released. The symposium will be held in the New Orleans Marriott. The week starts with short courses, January 31–February 2, followed by a Technology Showcase Exhibit Hall, February 2–4, and the main technical symposium February 3–5, 2016.


Technical sessions include waterborne, nanotube, bio‐based, academia, corrosion, additives, and a general session for all other talks. The 2016 Plenary speaker is Kurt Olson, Fellow, Coatings Research and Development from PPG Industries. He will be speaking on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Following will be the keynote speaker, John Gilbert, senior vice president, research and development, BEHR Process Corp. Rounding out the opening session will be our expert advisory panel.


The annual Sidney Lauren Memorial Lecture will be given by Kristen Blankenship, AGC Chemicals America's and winner of the Siltech Best Paper Award for Innovation at the 2015 Waterborne Symposium. The student's day will be on Thursday, February 4 featuring a student poster session/competition, resume books, informal interviews and a student reception. This is a great time to come and meet the students and see the work that is being done here at the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi.


Resume books for the 2015–16 Academic year will be available shortly. Request a copy or be added to the annual mailing list by emailing


Other companies represented with papers this year include: BASF SE, Nasa, Dow Coatings Materials, Croda, Nuplex Resins, Cardolite Corp., Dow Chemical Co., Worlee Chemie, Battelle, Molecular Rebar Design, Berger Paints India, Mississippi State University, Stoney Brook University, University of Concepcion, The University of Southern Mississippi, Evonik, SIltech, Dow Corning, BYK Chemie GmbH, Axalta Coatings Systems, Troy Corp., Clariant, Oxiteno, Emerlad Kalama Chemicals, Colmet Engineered Finishing Solutions, Rust‐Oleum Corp., Argex, TBF Environmental Technology Inc., STERIS, Wacker and more.


The symposium will be holding two short courses this year January 31–February 2 (prior to the technical symposium). They have a beginning short course in the Fundamentals of Coatings (optional one day add on for Sunday, January 31, 2016) and the Science of Formulating, and also our more advanced short course in Reformulating to Waterborne Coatings. Find course descriptions and more information on these courses at


Registration will open online on November 1, 2015.

Wisconsin's Professional Plating Hosts Manufacturing Day Event

27. October 2015




More than 150 students toured Professional Plating in Brillion, Wisconsin, recently as part of a Manufacturing Day event. 


Professional Plating General Manager Larry Dietz conducted the tour.


A story about the event appears on the website of local TV station Fox 11:


BRILLION - The state reports 10 percent fewer manufacturing jobs than a decade ago. On Friday, a handful of area companies took a step to try to encourage high school students to pursue careers in manufacturing.


More than 150 students learned what it's like to work at Professional Plating, in Brillion, Friday.


"We're working with customers like Airens, John Deer, Harley-Davidson to zinc plate to e-coat to powder coat. They do the welding, the punching the stamping. Our manufacturing connection is we plate to meet standards. We make it look pretty with the color," said Larry Dietz, general manager of Professional Plating.


To read the full story, click HERE


Here is the video:



C&R Plating Completes $2.5 Million Expansion

24. October 2015




C&R Plating in Columbia City, Indiana has completed a $2.5 million renovation and expansion project that included a 6,600 square foot addition and a new 8-station rack zinc and zinc nickel plating line.


C&R Plating, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Michigan-based KC Jones Plating Company, now has a total 37,000 square feet of space, said Mark Burger, KC Jones Plating’s business development and marketing manager.


Burger said C&R Plating added a new highly- automated, computer-controlled plating line that allows it to double its plating capacity and help clients in the agriculture, commercial, automotive, defense and electronics industries.


Palm Technology in Nashville, Tennessee built the line – which includes an off-line hoist racking system – and Aucos Controls from Germany was used for the line operations. KCH Systems in Forest City, North Carolina provided the ventilation system, and the line has two of the first Asterion Carbo-Dry units that reduce carbonates using a simple and relatively maintenance-free skid mounted system.


Chemistry suppliers for the project were Dipsol’s zinc nickel, Pavco’s zinc, and Asterion cleaners.


Burger said plans are to create up to 29 new jobs in general plating, shift supervision and quality control by 2017. The shop has about 70 employees.


KC Jones Plating Company purchased C&R Plating in 2002. It was incorporated in 1968 with production of zinc and yellow chromate, and expanded to include electroless nickel in 1974. 


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