Plateco Earns Columbia Chemical's CAR Certification

Electroplater in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, recently earned certification as a Columbia Approved Resource applicator; this certification was attained through a stringent quality control audit, conducted in collaboration with Columbia Chemical.

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Plateco receives their CAR. certification from Columbia Chemical.  Front row, from left to right: Plateco Quality Supervisor Donna Schweich, Technology Manager Jerry Schweich, Administration Manager Mary Gudenschwager, President Jim Schweich, and Columbia Chemical Technical Sales Representatives Amanda Beach, and Tom Alderson; Back row, from left to right: Plateco Production Manager Tom Schweich, Engineering Supervisor Ben Bronk, Lab Supervisor Greg Papenfuss, Lanny Raymer, Maintenance Supervisor, Production Supervisor Jeff Roberts, and VP of Sales Jeff Parke. 

 

 

Plateco, an electroplater in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, recently earned certification as a Columbia Approved Resource (CAR) applicator.  This certification was attained through a stringent quality control audit, conducted in collaboration with Columbia Chemical.

 

Columbia says CAR designates high quality and constant improvement, setting Plateco apart from other applicators.

 

Jeff Parke, Plateco's vice president of marketing and sales, said that the collaborative partnership between Plateco and Columbia Chemical was key to achieving the goal of becoming a certified Columbia Approved Resource.

 

The working relationship prior to the quality audit spanned more than 10 years, said Amanda Beach, Columbia technical sales representative. 

 

“Columbia Chemical brought their expertise to the table as we tested, proved and enhanced every one of the quality systems we already had in place,” Parke said.  “Being a Columbia Approved Resource reinforces and validates our quality efforts to our customers.”

 

For more than 40 years, Plateco has offered customers various plating services, including zinc plating, baking, assembly packaging, trucking services and an assortment of post plating treatments.  With 90 employees and 75,000 square-feet of operating space, their business is focused on pursuing opportunities for products and services related to the industrial, heavy equipment, structural, telecommunications, lawn and garden, agricultural, automotive, appliance, and construction business sectors. The company is recognized for fast turn-around, high quality, flexibility, and productivity.

 

“Every plating shop is ISO-certified,” Parke said.  “CAR is a much more customized and cooperative effort.”

 

Beach said that “everyone learned a lot working together,”  as Columbia's technical service representatives were intimately involved with the internal Plateco team, evaluating and refining every aspect of what the company is doing in the plating industry.

 

To retain CAR certification, Plateco will continue to be audited quarterly. For information, visit columbiachemical.com