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Here at PPI, we are proud of our story
We are proud of our history, we are proud of our culture, and most importantly we are proud of all of our team members who make our business successful.
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Professional Plating Inc. was established in 1979. 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.
1988 brought further expansion. A 12,000 square food addition became the home for our Acrylic E-coat line, and our lab was upgraded to include precision testing equipment. Later, 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 an added rack 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. With this newest addition also came the expansion of our lab area, shipping, 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.
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. 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. 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. Our latest capital growth came about 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.
NEW as of 2021
In June of 2021 we issued purchase orders to launch our next major piece of capacity growth at Professional Plating. We began the process of procuring and installing our NEW Rack Line 6 zinc rack plating machine. This machine started production in June of 2022. This Productivity is 10 racks an hour and 288 sq. feet an hour. The machine has 23 tanks total with a 15 tank in the pretreatment system. It offers the capability to use multiple chromates and uses same tooling that is standardized to our two largest zinc rack lines – rack 4 and 5. The total investment for the building renovations and machine procurement is approx. $4.5 million. With our newest Rack line 6 installation also came a major renovation and expansion of our Quality Lab facilities. The size was increased by 50% and the complete layout and flow are new to offer enhanced timing and improve our lab efficiencies.
Rock Solid Reviews
Professional Plating (PPI) has been a preferred supplier and partner of Lincoln Industries for more than ten years. Currently, PPI processes and finishes more than 130 different part numbers for Lincoln Industries. Over the years PPI has become a key player in Lincoln Industries growth strategy as a member of Lincoln Industries’ supplier advisory council. At Lincoln Industries, we rely on PPI and their competent people to meet customer commitments, projects quality requirements and timelines. PPI continuously meets our demanding criteria for delivery performance, customer support and business impact. During the last couple years we have re-sourced multiple projects from poor performing suppliers to PPI. Cosmetic gloss powder is a difficult finish and very few companies have the systems and the technical abilities that PPI has, to be able to consistently process it successfully. Lincoln Industries people and PPI people have very close business relationships at each level and work closely on a daily basis. We appreciate PPI’s commitment as we work together to meet or exceed the high expectations of our customers.
Rock Solid Reviews
Professional Plating has become a great partner to KMC over the years, and we have come to rely on their ability to support KMC and our customers. No matter who you deal with at PPI, it is with professionalism and sincere care for our needs. The rare instances of any quality issues, we know that PPI will do what is needed to investigate and achieve root cause and corrective action. They truly stand by their word of exceeding customer expectations! The investments that have been made to update systems, production and processes, have created a very competitive price structure which benefits all of their customers. KMC has the confidence that they will continue to invest in technology and be a leader in their industry. I look very forward to receiving the PPI Quarterly Newsletter and read through every detail when it shows up in my email!! I am always amazed at the feeling of “family” I get from this. PPI cares for their employees and it is strongly reflected in all they do for them. I am equally appreciative of the business side of our relationship, , as I am getting a peak into the daily life at PPI, getting that glimpse into the nurturing, mentoring, rewarding and promoting from within! I am proud to be able to say that we do business with PPI and plan to continue doing so.
Kickhaefer Manufacturing Company, LLC
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We are a production machining operation that has worked with Professional Plating for more than 25 years. We directly supply and support only major O.E.M. customers’ production lines, and importantly, Professional Plating thoroughly understands what we reference as “production mentality”. They provide consistent highest quality plating. They are extremely responsive in terms of on-time delivery and including expediting as necessary; they understand that our product has to move when it has to move day and night and weekends. Professional’s quoting is rapid and extremely consistent, and their pricing is highly competitive. Professional Plating has also invested capital in their business processes and capacities over time in direct support of ours as our business has grown and we have increased our plating and painting needs and requirements . Also very important, Professional’s people are just that: always highly professional and terrific to work with. Professional Plating has substantively contributed to our competitiveness and business growth across many years as a truly strategic supplier partner.
Northeast Wisconsin Industries
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G3 Industries, Inc. has been doing business with Professional Plating Inc. for many years. They always deliver quality parts on time, the finishes are above & beyond our expectations. The customer service and quality teams are a pleasure with work with and the pricing is completive with other suppliers.
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Over the course of our 30 years in business we have developed a great partnership with Professional Plating. We strive on quality so it is nice to know when we send parts to PPI that the quality of our parts coming back will be exceptional. In our industry lead time is very important, it’s nice to work with a company who recognizes that and helps to keep our on-time delivery. Customer Service along with the rest of the team go above and beyond. They are tentative to all situations and I love working with them. I look forward to working with Professional Plating for many years to come.
Fox Valley Spring Co. LLC.