Major Fire at a US Heat Treater

According to a new release from WIFR News there is a major fire underway at commercial heat treater Curtis Thermal in Machesney Park, Illinois, USA. Curtis was recently mentioned in “The Monty Heat Treat News” when a change took place in the managment structure. The few details about the fire are below, detail of the management changes are further down.
“MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) – Crews work to put out the flames around 9 p.m. at Curtis Thermal in the 10000 block of N. Second St. A third alarm has been called on the fire with crews as far away as Janesville responding. Curtis Thermal is a metal heat treating plant that’s been serving the community since 1927.”
MAY 2023: Oldest US Commercial Heat Treater Has New Controlling Shareholder
According to the press release below Curtis Metal Finishing has a new controlling shareholder by the name of Primat Group. The history of Curtis Metal Finishing is long and distinguished, dating back to 1916 when Hoensheid Steel Treating was formed by Anthony and Ralph Hoensheid (Father and Son) making this the oldest commercial heat treater in North America as far as “The Monty Heat Treat News” can tell. While originally this was strictly a commercial heat treater this (and the name) changed over the years and the company is now more a coating company than a heat treater.

While the company is  based in Michigan they also have a location in Machesney Park, IL, USA which features several very large mesh belt furnace

“May 23, 2023; Primat Group has made a controlling investment in Curtis Metal Finishing Group a providerhnical intermediation services,pretreatment, heat treatment an based in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Based in Milan, Italy, Primat offers coating services for fasteners primarily for the auto industry. Curtis Metal Finishing is a portfolio company of HCI Equity partners, HCI will continue as a shareholder. Jeff Wilson will continue as CEO of Curtis.”

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