Monday Morning Briefing

Where Are They Now-Don Longenette. Because of his years in the heat treating industry working with companies such as Timken Bearings, Bodycote and Thermal Holdings Don’s is a name which many in the industry recognize immediately. Don recently made a change and as of 1 week ago he is Facilities and Maintenance Director at Union Metals in Canton, Ohio. We have no doubt but that he will do a good job. Last week we ran across the name Tracy Glende, which is a name from the past. If you recall Tracy was the President of the Bodycote ADE (Aerospace, Defense & Energy) division in North America for several years ending in 2009. Tracy is now Chief Executive Officer at Valence Surface Technologies if you are curious. Nickel Pricing has reached it’s highest level in 5 years meaning that all alloy component prices are slowly edging up.

From McLaughlin Furnace Group we have this press release; “McLaughlin Furnace Group is proud to announce the purchase of the property housing Vesco-McLaughlin. Vesco is a heat treat service and vacuum pump repair company that has been in operation for over 30 years, servicing primarily vacuum heat treat equipment. Since the addition of Vesco to the McLaughlin Furnace Group team, McLaughlin now houses the capability to service both atmosphere and vacuum heat treat equipment. The recent expansion of both the Indiana and Connecticut facilities has certainly set McLaughlin Furnace Group apart from the competition.”

It would appear that the upcoming heat treat exhibition, Heat Treat 19 being held October 15th-17th in Detroit, Michigan, USA is going to be a success. As of last week there were 5-count em-5 booths left which will probably mean that this ends up being a sold out event. This is the largest exhibition of its kind in North America in 2019 and our opinion is that if you have an interest in the heat treat industry don’t miss this. Bluewater Thermal is one of the largest commercial heat treaters in North America, if you don’t believe us check out our list of the Largest North American Commercial Heat Treaters We mention the company today because our understanding is that the company is looking for a buyer for their operation in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. This plant features batch IQ, mesh belt and aluminum processing. Furnace manufacturer Gasbarre (whose ad can be found on this page) sent us this press release; “Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems recently manufactured and commissioned a High Temperature Box Furnace Line for an aerospace company in the Midwestern United States.  The system is custom designed to meet the customer’s strict process requirements, manufacturing methods, and eliminates the need for a quench pit.  The equipment will process 36″ wide by 48″ long by 24″ high workloads, weighing up to 2,000 lbs, and will be used for solution treating of high alloy forgings.  The single zone electrically heated furnace is designed with multiple trim zones to meet AMS 2750 temperature uniformity requirements across a wide temperature range and allows for fast furnace recovery times. “

To round things out for today we have this photo from gear manufacturer/captive heat treater Overton Gear in Addison, Illinois, USA. What you are looking at are several of their parts fixtured prior to going into a Lindberg pit carburizing furnace with working dimensions of 7’ diameter X 15’ deep. Overton maintains a very impressive in house heat treat department which includes possibly the largest Gleason press quench units ever built which have the ability to process parts up to 84” in diameter.