Dave Marsh, a founder of Marsh Plating in Ypsilanti, Michigan, passed away April 6.
Marsh was an instrumental person in the finishing industry, and was a vital member of the National Association for Surface Finishing's Government Advisory Committee (GAC) for many years.
His sons, Matt and Mitch, now run the plating company. According to the company, the business started in 1959 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with six men sharing 60 years of collective electroplating experience.
His obituary as it appeared online:
David Marsh, 75, of Ypsilanti, Michigan passed away at home on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was born July 27, 1941 in Hudson, MI to Harold and Geraldine Marsh, and was the oldest of three children. His family moved to Ypsilanti, MI in 1947 where David spent most of his life. He was an entrepreneur at heart and began working at a very young age. He held jobs including paper delivery, door to door sales and truck driving all while in school. David attended Roosevelt High School, graduating in 1959. He met his wife to be, Susan Streicher, while in high school and married her on August 11, 1962. David went on to graduate from the University of Michigan in 1964 with a degree in business. Upon graduation, he took a job with the Cadillac Division of General Motors where he worked in the finance department for two years prior to joining Marsh Plating Corporation. His career at Marsh Plating Corporation spanned six decades. Under his leadership, Marsh Plating grew to become one of the largest metal finishers in the Midwest. In addition to his contributions at Marsh Plating, David was a tireless advocate for the metal finishing industry, serving as President of National Association of Metal Finishers (NAMF) from 1993-1994 and as a member of NAMF Government Advisory Committee for the past 23 years. David was a life-long member of Washtenaw Country Club and, in his spare time, enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife Susan, father Harold, mother Geraldine, sister Zoe Ann and brother Philip. David is survived by his three children and their families, Matthew (Katherine) Marsh, their children Samantha, Allison, and Emily, Teresa Crow and her son Andrew, and Mitchell (Collette) Marsh, their children Sabrina and Spencer. A visitation is planned for Saturday, April 22nd 1:00-4:00PM, Nie Funeral Home, 2400 Carpenter Rd., Ann Arbor, MI. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Hospice, 3075 Clark Rd., Suite 200, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
From the Marsh Plating website:
The company started out producing small volumes of zinc, cadmium, copper and phosphate coatings in two manually operated barrel lines.
As Marsh Plating continued to grow and expand and the company was forced to look at developing its capacity to meet customer's growing needs.
The company's second facility, Finishing Services Inc., was founded in 1975, producing zinc and manganese phosphate coatings as well as providing cleaning and pickling services to Marsh Plating’s customer base. Equipment was later added to process copper, nickel, tin, electroless nickel, dip spin and 3M mechanical coatings.
From 1983–1987 both Marsh Plating and Finishing Services undertook $3 million major physical plant expansions adding over 45,000 square feet to the combined facilities. The company also installed waste water treatment facilities, new dock facilities and modernized process control laboratories.
Today, the company has undergone $15 million of changes and expansions with the installation of new equipment and the launch its new facility, Piedmont Plating Corp., in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The three plating facilities, Marsh Plating, Finishing Services and Piedmont Plating, now employ over 150 people, cover over 200,000 square feet and house 13 full automatic plating lines for high-volume coatings. The company has transformed a great deal since Dave Marsh first began.
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