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2019 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey Shows Some Improvements and Declines

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The Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey was conducted in December 2018, and was the fifth in a series of annual industry surveys. More than 45 metrics were measured in the survey, which included shops from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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The North America plating and anodizing industry saw some improvements in areas such as order lead time and first-pass quality yield in this year’s Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey. Meanwhile, a few other categories saw decreases in efficiencies from a year ago.

The Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey was conducted in December 2018, and was the fifth in a series of annual industry surveys. More than 45 metrics were measured in the survey, which included shops from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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A few takeaways from the survey results:

  • Order lead time for this year’s survey was an average of five days for all shops, which is a 28 percent improvement from the seven-day average from last year. Top Shops averaged 3.5 days, which was down from five days.
  • On-time delivery was at 90.1 percent for all shops this year, down from 92.1 from a year ago. Top Shops were also down from 99 percent a year ago to 98.1 percent in this year’s survey.
  • First-pass yield quality was at 95.3 for all shops in this year’s survey, which is a slight improvement from last year’s 94.0 success rate. Top Shops were slightly down to 97.8 percent from last year’s 99.0 percent.
  • The amount of hours shops spent each week on parts inspection rose, from 193.8 hours for all shops to 204.1 hours in this year’s survey. Top Shops’ hours improved by more than 25 percent, from 270.0 last year to 344.9 hours per week this year.
  • The number of hours that shops spent finishing parts rose only slightly, from an average of 15.2 hours per day last year to 15.4 in this year’s survey. The Top Shops dropped to 18.9 hours per week from 22.1 hours from a year ago.

Data from the survey is used to determine which shops are the 2019 Top Shops. The survey also provides participants with insight into the best practices of shops throughout North America. Shops that complete a substantial portion of the survey will receive a customized report illustrating how their responses directly compare to all surveyed shops and to the Top Shops (those whose total survey scores placed them at the top of each question). The customized reports were compiled with the help of Gardner Intelligence, which is part of Gardner Business Media, the parent company of Products Finishing.

The report includes data and statistics that will help shops formulate a plan for improvements in finishing technology, performance and practices, business strategy and human resources.

The 2019 Top Shops will be honored at the SUR/FIN Conference on June 4 in Chicago. In addition, this year’s Finishing Hall of Fame class will be honored, as well as the upcoming Products Finishing 40-Under-40 class.

 

 

Perfection Industrial Finishing

Charles Zinke, Pres.

Tucson, AZ

perfectionindustrialfinishing.com

 

Aircraft X-Ray Labs

Justin Guzman, Pres.

Huntington Park, CA

aircraftxray.com

 

Elite Metal Finishing

Dan Rose, Pres.

Oceanside, CA

elite-metalfinishing.com

 

Sheffield Platers

Mark Watkins, Vice Pres.

San Diego, CA

sheffieldplaters.com

 

Embee Processing

Jeff Conrad, GM

Santa Ana, CA

embee.com

 

All Metals Processing

John Crowell, Dir. of Ops.

Stanton, CA

amp-oc.com

 

Temecula Quality Plating

Duc Vo, Sales Mgr

Temecula, CA

temeculaplating.com

 

Seminole Metal Finishing

Elliott Blackwelder, Pres./CEO

Altamonte Springs, FL

smfi.net

 

Freedom Metal Finishing

Keith Eidschun, Pres.

Clearwater, FL

freedommetalfinishing.com

 

A.M. Metal Finishing

Sloane Hunter, Vice Pres.

Orlando, FL

ammetal.com

 

Armoloy of Illinois

Nolan Hannan, Pres.

DeKalb, IL

armoloy-il.com

 

Ace Anodizing

David Vaughn, Pres.

Hillside, IL

acemetalfinishing.com

 

Electro-Spec

Jeffrey Smith, Pres.

Franklin, IN

electro-spec.com

 

General Metal Finishing

Stephen Chatfield, GM

Attleboro, MA

pepgenmetal.com

 

Coating Systems

Arthur Sacco, Pres.

Lowell, MA

coatingsystemsgroup.com

 

Silvex

Phil Ridley, Pres.

Westbrook, ME

silvexinc.com

 

Cadillac Plating

Nick Salvati Jr., Dir. of Ops.

Warren, MI

cadillacplating.com

 

KC Jones Plating

Robert Burger, Pres.

Warren, MI

kcjplating.com

 

Marsh Plating

Matt Marsh, Pres.

Ypsilanti, MI

marshplating.com

 

Nico Products

Pete Waldo, CEO

Minneapolis, MN

thelindgrengroup.com

 

Technical Plating

Tyler Thomas, Vice Pres.

Minneapolis, MN

techplating.com

 

Wolkerstorfer

Steffen Wolkerstorfer, Vice Pres.

New Brighton, MN

wolkerstorfer.us

 

Avtec Finishing Systems

Mike Roberg, GM

New Hope, MN

thelindgrengroup.com

 

Microfinish

William Stock, Pres.

Saint Louis, MO

microfinisco.com

 

Surtronics

Lee Bradshaw, GM

Raleigh, NC

surtronics.com

 

Lincoln Industries

Marc LeBaron, Chairman/CEO

Lincoln, NE

lincolnindustries.com

 

AeroDynamics

Cara Burzynksi, Pres.

Seabrook, NH

aerodynamicsmetalfinishing.com

 

Surface Technology

Michael Feldstein, Pres.

Ewing, NJ

surfacetechnology.com

 

Triple Cities Metal Finishing

Trevor Morgan, Vice Pres.

Binghampton, NY

tcmfcorp.com

 

Anoplate

Jim Stevenson, Pres.

Syracuse, NY

anoplate.com

 

Lustrous Metal Coatings

Mike Paxos, Pres.

Canton, OH

lustrousmetal.com

 

Electrolizing of Ohio

Greg Marn, GM

Cleveland, OH

ecofohio.com

 

Techmetals

Phillip Brockman, Pres.

Dayton, OH

techmetals.com

 

Hohman Plating

Bill Miller, CEO

Dayton, OH

hohmanplating.com

 

Plating Technology

Matt Raskin, GM

Dayton, OH

platingtech.com

 

American Metal Coatings

Konstantine Dotsikas, Pres.

Mentor, OH

americanmetal.com

 

Luke Engineering and Manufacturing

Chris Jurey, Pres.

Wadsworth, OH

lukeeng.com

 

Great Lakes Metal Finishing

David Wachter, GM

Erie, PA

goglmf.com

 

Punxsutawney Finishing Works

Jeffrey Grube, Pres.

Punxsutawney, PA

zincplating.com

 

Roy Metal Finishing

John Pazdan, Managing Partner

Conestee, SC

roymetal.com

 

Houston Plating and Coatings

William Howard, Jr., Chairman/CEO

South Houston, TX

houstonplating.com

 

Advanced Metal Finishing

Dwayne Robinson, Pres.

Roanoke, VA

amfva.com

 

Professional Plating

Larry Dietz, GM

Brillion, WI

proplating.com

 

ChromeTech of Wisconsin

Zach Henry, Production Manager

Franklin, WI

chrometech.net

 

Pioneer Metal Finishing

Robert Pyle, Pres./CEO

Green Bay, WI

pioneermetal.com

 

Green Bay Anodizing

Charles Dunhan, Pres.

Green Bay, WI

gbanodizinginc.com

 

Reliable Plating Works

Jaime J Maliszewski, Pres.

Milwaukee, WI

rpwinc.net

 

Oshkosh Plating Technologies

Aaron Johnson, Pres.

Oshkosh, WI

oshkoshplating.com

 

Galnik

Renato Villasenor, Director

Queretaro, Mexico

galnik.com

 

Censa

Francisco Hornelas, GM

Tlalnepantla, Mexico

estanadora.com.mx

 

 

 

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