California Platers Honored for Being “Good Citizens”

Companies recognized for meeting limits for wastewater discharge. See the LIST HERE

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County honored almost 600 companies, many of which are in the plating and finishing industry, with Certificates of Recognition for being “good corporate citizens.”

The companies met their limits for wastewater discharge for at least a year, maintained their environmental equipment and fulfilled all permit requirements in one of the toughest environmental areas of the country. Ninety-one of the companies have received this recognition for more than five consecutive years.

”These companies have successfully demonstrated environmental compliance,” says Grace Robinson Chan, chief engineer and general manager of the Sanitation Districts. “We appreciate and applaud their efforts, because it helps us comply with our requirements and run our wastewater collection and treatment systems cost effectively.”

Sam Bell, vice president of Metal Surfaces and chairman of the Industry Advisory Council, says platers and finishers in the Los Angeles area work well with the Sanitation Districts to police themselves.

“The recipients of these awards are pleased to receive them, knowing that the Sanitation Districts view industry as a partner in the effort to protect the environment,” says Bell, an active member of the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California and the National Association for Surface Finishers.

“We hope this will continue to be an award that is sought after by industry and recognized by the public,” he says. “The Sanitation Districts have always worked closely with industry, and recognizing industry for conscientious compliance is a further step to encourage companies to meet regulations, protect the environment, and save water and energy.”

The idea for the Certificates of Recognition originated with the Bell’s Industry Advisory Council, an advisory group of 20 representatives from different industrial sectors. He says the council and the Sanitation Districts felt it was important that industries with good compliance records be recognized, and the recognition program is now in its 16th year.

“This is a great opportunity to build relationships between private industry and regulators,” says Cynthia Kurtz, executive director of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.

The Sanitation Districts are a regional agency consisting of 23 independent special districts serving more than 5.7 million people in 78 cities and the unincorporated territory within Los Angeles County. They are charged with protecting public health and the environment through wastewater and solid waste management, and in doing so convert waste into resources such as reclaimed water, energy and recycled materials.

Among the award winners are:
Abacus Powder Coating
Angelus Plating Works
Antique Metal Finishing
Astro Aluminum Treating Co. Inc.
Brothers Plating
Cal-Tron Plating Inc.
Calwest Galvanizing
Cardinal Industrial Finishes
C-Brite Metal Finishing
Christensen Plating Works Inc.
Chrome Nickel Plating
Chromplate Co.
Danco Metal Surfacing
Electrofilm Manufacturing
Express Powder Coating
Final Finish Inc.
Fine Quality Metal Finishing
Harlow Plating Co.
Heraeus Metal Processing
Jenco Plating Inc.
Leavitt’s Metal Finishing
Long Beach Plating Co. Inc.
Micro-Etch Co.
Mil-Spec Plating Corp.
Morrell’s Electro Plating Inc
Multichrome Co. Inc.
Praxair Surface Technologies Inc.
Quaker City Plating Ltd.
Quality Anodizing & Plating
S & K Plating Inc.
Safe Plating Inc
Sigma Plating Co. Inc.
Size Control Plating Co. Inc.
Spectrum Plating Inc.
Stabile Plating Co. Inc.
Ultimate Metal Finishing
Universal Metal Plating Inc.
Valmont Coatings
Verne’s Chrome Plating Inc.

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