Professional Plating Inc. was established in 1979 to meet a need. Bob and Pat Endries, founders of Endries International were looking for a dependable source of plating for the fasteners supplied to their customers.
In May of 1979 the zinc plating operation began with the barrel line being Professional Plating's sole production area. In June of 1983 the company expanded its zinc plating capabilities with the purchase of a Cyclemaster rack line.
With increased production, and regulation changes made by the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency, our wastewater system needed to be enhanced. A sludge dryer and filter press were added, making it possible to compress waste materials to a dry form and transport out of state for disposal.
1988 brought further expansion to Professional Plating. A thorough study brought information from many manufacturers that an acrylic paint was being requested. A 12,000 square foot addition became home for our Acrylic E-coat line, and our lab was upgraded to include precision testing equipment.
In the fall of 1991, Professional Plating Inc. found a need to enhance the E-coating choices offered to our customers. The addition of an Epoxy e-coat line proved to be beneficial to Professional Plating and it opened up a greater market of customers.
As Professional Plating continued to grow and become more successful, a realization that our rack zinc line was being run to capacity and customer demands continued to increase brought on the addition of a second rack production line. A building addition to house this new line, more office space, increased customer storage and a separate maintenance area was completed in 1993.
In 1998, Professional Plating added a state of the art powder coat system. This system has a ten stage pre-treatment system, which includes a non-chrome sealant. The ability to run a wide variety of parts, and the vast selection of colors available make this process an attractive option to manufacturers. With this newest addition also came the expansion of our lab area, three shipping docks, and additional storage for finished products.
In 2002 Professional Plating once again upgraded our wastewater system, by updating with a 5,000 square foot wastewater treatment system. The new system places Professional Plating ahead of EPA and DNR regulations along with reducing hazardous waste disposal costs.
The spring of 2009 brought new and exciting things to Professional Plating. With the 65,000 sq. ft addition, bringing us to 150,000 sq. ft, we increased our shipping and receiving dock capacity, while also increasing our storage area for finished product. Additionally, we added a state of the art zinc barrel plating line. The new line features all RoHS compliant finishes, and is fully automated.
2013 was a year of change for some of our production areas. One of the rack zinc plating lines that had been in operation at Professional Plating since 1990, was decommissioned after we purchased a new, custom-built plating machine. The new line was operational in May and has allowed us to improve efficiency and design enhancements to ensure repeatable and consistent quality.
In November of 2015, Professional Plating moved ahead with its next major expansion. We first moved an existing 10,000 square foot building to a separate property offsite of our Northway Drive location. This allowed us to construct a new 60,000 square foot addition. Along with that addition came a new state-of-the art zinc rack plating machine, which added 20 jobs to our PPI Team. The building and equipment installation was completed and started up in November 2016.
Our outside appearance changed in December 2017 when our Team moved into a new collaborative office center that now correctly reflects our address at 705 Northway Drive. We also completed the remodeling and repurposing of our old office space into a 10,000 square foot Work Lounge and Wellness Center for our Team.
In December 2018, we completed the installation of our newest Zinc Rack plating line, Rack 5. At a cost of $3.6 million dollars, we have once again invested in our future to stay on the leading edge.
Professional Plating Inc. will continue to listen to customer requests and to changes in the metal finishing industry. With the new millennium we have committed ourselves to quality by implementing the following:
Professional Plating, Inc. will strive to exceed customer expectations by continuing to improve processes, thereby demonstrating our commitment to both quality and environmental responsibility.