Making Plating Lines New Again
PKG Equipment helps Monroe Plating in Rochester, New York revive a used line and give the shop extra flexibility.
John Rowe has never thought of himself as a “new car” kind of guy, preferring instead to kick the tires of a great used car that will get the job done for him just as well as a showroom model.
As general manager of Monroe Plating in Rochester, New York, he took that same approach when he joined the company four years ago when owner Ken McAlpin brought him on board to run the finishing company.
“Ken brought me on to grow this business,” Rowe says. “When I came on, our barrel line work was a shift a day, and after about two-and-a-half years, we grew it to where we were running it 24 hours a day, five days a week.”
So when he couldn’t fit more hours in a day to get additional work, Rowe started looking at adding capacity, which meant expanding Monroe’s operation and adding a new line.
“Our customers had the additional work for us,” he says. “We just couldn’t take it on.”
Monroe Plating specializes in electroless nickel and electroplated zinc in its 39,000-square-foot facility which has served the Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo and all of upstate New York and Pennsylvania for 50 years.