Linden, NJ — May 12, 2016 - General Magnaplate is proud to announce Nadcap reaccreditation for the production of engineered coatings at its New Jersey facility. In addition, the Company’s Texas facility is currently undergoing the Nadcap approval process. The Nadcap program is designed to ensure the competency, capability and consistency of companies performing ‘special manufacturing processes’.

“We are delighted to announce our Nadcap reaccreditation because the quality of our process is a key differentiator for our customers across all of the industries we serve,” reports Fred Mueller, Corporate Quality and Safety Manager at General Magnaplate. “In addition to the reaccreditation Nadcap has also increased the time between audits to every eighteen months, from the typical twelve months, proof that we are exceeding compliance and reaching the highest possible quality standards.”

Nadcap is the leading worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost-effective consensus approach to special processes and products and provide continual improvement within the aerospace industry. Its mission is to provide international, unbiased, independent manufacturing process and product assessments and certification services for the purpose of adding value, reducing total cost, and facilitating relationships between subscribers and suppliers.

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About General Magnaplate

General Magnaplate’s engineered coatings transform low-performance, plentiful and inexpensive metals into corrosion-resistant, chemical-resistant, super-hard, dry-lubricated products that last longer, are more cost-efficient, and perform faster. General Magnaplate is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, NADCAP accredited, and has been designated a "Star Site" by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In addition, many of its coatings are both FDA and USDA compliant.  

General Magnaplate would like to remind its customers that its New Jersey facility has achieved Nadcap accreditation. General Magnaplate’s Texas facility is currently undergoing the Nadcap approval process.

Nadcap is the leading worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost-effective consensus approach to special processes and products and provide continual improvement within the aerospace and automotive industries. Its mission is to provide international, unbiased, independent manufacturing process and product assessments and certification services for the purpose of adding value, reducing total cost, and facilitating relationships between subscribers and suppliers.

Fred Mueller, Corporate Quality and Safety Manager of General Magnaplate, reported, “We are proud of our Nadcap accreditation. General Magnaplate has always been a leader in the aerospace industry, partnering with many of the OEMs and suppliers responsible for the United States’ proud history of space exploration. Nadcap’s mission to add value, reduce total cost, and build stronger relationships between vendors and customers matches our own corporate philosophy here at Magnaplate.”

 

We are pleased to announce a new range of ‘Basic’ products that offer differing characteristics and deliver great value for applications that have less demanding requirements. They may be a little more cost-effective but our new Basic products are applied with the same quality and professionalism that you have become used to from General Magnaplate.

Wear Resistance on Aluminum Surfaces
Part of our Tufram® family of coatings, Tufram Basic hard anodizing is an electrochemical process that creates a protective oxide layer on aluminum parts, improving corrosion resistance and imparting other desirable surface properties such as lubricity. Since the entire process takes place in a cool electrolyte bath, Tufram Basic protects aluminum parts from any thermal distortion.

A wide range of wrought and cast aluminum alloys can be hard anodized. Process conditions as well as aluminum alloy determine the hard oxide layer’s thickness, surface characteristics and degree of substrate incorporation. Our tight process control is a crucial ingredient in a quality hard anodized coating.

Wear resistant coating offers corrosion protection on metals
Nedox® Basic electroless nickel is a high quality electroless nickel process worthy of the Magnaplate name, which delivers superior performance compared to other electroless nickel processes.

Our Nedox Basic coating offers many distinct advantages when plating irregularly-shaped objects, holes, recesses, internal surfaces, valves or threaded parts. This coating features uniform deposit thickness and ductility relative to pure metals, and its high surface hardness and reliable corrosion-resistance makes it ideal for industrial applications.

Thermal Spray for Wear Resistance
Our Plasmadize® Basic thermal spray is an engineered coating system for applications experiencing high wear and abrasion. In the Plasmadize Basic thermal spray process, a metal alloy, ceramic or cermet material is applied by thermal application, creating a 0.003- to 0.25-inch layer on the surface. The high quality and process standards employed through this process make Plasmadize Basic the only thermal spray worthy of the Magnaplate name.

Unlike chemically deposited coatings, Plasmadize Basic mechanically bonds to the substrate material without altering its surface properties. The coating also limits the heat encountered by the substrate material, further preserving its original properties.

Continuing its strategy to offer customers a global coatings partner that can service facilities worldwide, General Magnaplate has announced its first Spanish licensee. Based in Barcelona, Tecnocrom Industrial has been a leading coatings provider in Spain and Portugal for 55 years and has earned a reputation as being extremely customer-focused.

This newly formed relationship with General Magnplate means that NEDOX® coatings will now be available in both Spain and Portugal. Tecnocrom Industrial serves many markets including packaging, pharmaceutical, oil & gas, automotive, military & aerospace, food processing, hydraulics, printing, paper and sealing.

 

“We are delighted that Tecnocrom Industrial has joined the Magnaplate Worldwide team,” reported Nemanja Marinkovic, International Licensee Liaison, Magnaplate Worldwide. “General Magnaplate and Tecnocrom Industrial share a common philosophy of solving our customers’ problems and putting their applications needs first. Also, we both have been working in the coatings industry for over fifty years so there is a tremendous amount of application data that we can share to improve the services we both offer.”

Jordi Giró, Export Manager at Tecnocrom Industrial, commented, “In our constant search for alternatives, more efficient and environmentally friendly coating solutions, we believe that the agreement with General Magnaplate will allow us to implement this new technology in our plating lines and successfully introduce it in the market with the help of our loyal customers.”

 

The Nedox Advantage


NEDOX enhances the performance of common metal alloys. By offering superior protection against wear, friction and corrosion, NEDOX can help less durable metals achieve the longevity and performance of chrome and stainless steel.

NEDOX exceeds the physical properties of common industry coatings such as nickel plating, electroless nickel plating, sulfamate nickel, co-dep electroless nickel and polymer impregnated electroless nickel.

It is well-known for its ability to eliminate stick-slip and galling in a wide variety of applications. It also performs well in chemically corrosive environments—including wash-down and uranium-enrichment applications with UF6 exposure. NEDOX is also highly resistant to salt spray.

 

To learn more about Tecnocrom Industrial visit: www.tecnocrom.es

 

Ventura, CA – April 15, 2016 – General Magnaplate Corp has announced this week that it will be closing its Ventura, CA, facility and will serve West Coast customers directly from its Arlington, TX and Linden, NJ operations. The engineering coatings company has reported two main reasons for the facility closure: difficult business conditions created by the State of California and the settlement of a potential lawsuit against subsidiary General Magnaplate California threatened by the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) of Santa Barbara, CA. The EDC claimed that General Magnaplate Corp. had violated the Clean Water Act, which the Company vigorously denies.

“After 36 successful years in Ventura we have made the extremely difficult decision to close our facility,” reports Candida Aversenti, CEO of General Magnaplate Corporation, a woman owned company. “This is a very sad day for our employees and for my family who have a long history of job creation in this area, but the simple fact is that the State of California does not provide a business friendly environment. Increases in Workers Compensation costs and government regulations, combined with predatory citizens groups and law firms that make their living entirely by preying on small businesses, have left us with no other choice but to shut down our California facility. This is in stark contrast to our New Jersey and Texas facilities which are flourishing in small business-friendly environments created by the respective local governments and environmental agencies.

Reacting to the allegations by the EDC that the company’s facility was discharging polluted storm water into the Santa Clara River, General Magnaplate’s President and COO, Edmund Aversenti, commented, ““General Magnaplate is not in violation of the Clean Water Act and ongoing investigations suggest that the alleged polluted storm water runoff from our facility actually came on to our property from neighboring properties exempt from CWA compliance. We have agreed to settle with the EDC for purely economic reasons. This is particularly upsetting given that we have a strong SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan) in place at the California facility and have contracted consultants to insure that we are in compliance. General Magnaplate takes great pride in being environmentally responsible corporate citizens.”

Candida Aversenti added, “General Magnaplate’s coatings have an inherently positive effect on the environment, something that our founder, Dr. Covino, promoted many years before the current environmental trend.”

“He believed that the advancement of metal coatings would have a positive impact on the use of natural resources. Because our coatings improve the performance of metals, more abundant common metals can be used as substitutes, thereby preserving rare alloy ores. And by using coatings to preserve the life of metal parts, our customers are also able to reduce the amount of raw materials required for manufacturing and decrease the amount of scrap. Furthermore, reducing the need to make new parts also conserves energy used in manufacturing processes. There are many, many positive environmental effects to be had from the use of coatings for metal components.”

Anthony Strauss of the Strauss Law Group, which represented General Magnaplate in its case with the EDC, commented, “It is sad to see yet another employer leave the area. California is earning a reputation as a non-friendly business state and it’s the employees that are paying the ultimate price.”

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About General Magnaplate

General Magnaplate California is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Magnaplate Corporation of New Jersey, a woman-owned small business. It has facilities in Texas and New Jersey and worldwide licensees. General Magnaplate applied "synergistic" coatings transform low-performance, plentiful and inexpensive metals into corrosion-resistant, chemical-resistant, super-hard, dry-lubricated products that last longer, are more cost-efficient, and perform faster, therefore conserving the earth’s valuable material resources. General Magnaplate is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, NADCAP accredited, and has been designated a "Star Site" by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In addition, many of its coatings are both FDA and USDA compliant. Learn more about General Magnaplate at www.magnaplate.com.

 

About Strauss Law Group

Strauss Law Group, APC and Anthony Strauss are Ventura based attorneys representing small and medium sized business throughout California in business, employment and litigation matters. Mr. Strauss has been counsel for General Magnaplate for over twenty years. Go to www.strausslawgroup.com for more information about the firm.

With the holiday season upon us, General Magnaplate would like to share with you some of the ways we contribute to charitable causes, and humanitarian and educational programs in our community and worldwide.

General Magnaplate has continued its membership with the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum’s Anchor Society. The Society supports the Museum’s many education programs, exhibitions and maintenance of their extensive collection of historic artifacts. Since 1982, the mission of the Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark, has been to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire youth. In 2015 a new program was launched for returning military personnel with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions and their families. Educational programs were also expanded this past year for adults in transitional housing and children in foster care, reaching over 1100 individuals. Previously, we made a donation to the Intrepid to help rebuild the Space Shuttle Enterprise’s pavilion damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

In past years, we have donated to Puppies Behind Bars, Heifer International, the American Red Cross, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Kaleidoscope of Hope, Special Olympics, and the American Cancer Society.

General Magnaplate set up scholarships with Endicott College and Pepperdine University, to fund programs which enable single parents to have a residential college experience with their child, and for foster children to complete their education.

Here in Linden, we support our local community, contributing to emergency services, arts and education programs, donate to our town’s food bank and hire help from ARC, a county agency which helps those with disabilities find employment.

In our plants, we’ve celebrated Earth Day for many years, cleaning up our work areas and parking lots, planting flowers and trees, and continue to enjoy vegetables from our company garden. We recycle plastic bags, bottles, cans and paper. Our California facility had solar panels installed to reduce their energy consumption, and we continue to look for ways to conserve energy and resources. We greatly appreciate the assistance of all our employees in helping us to help others and the environment all year long.

May the spirit of the holiday season fill you and inspire you!  Happy Holidays to one and all.

General Magnaplate is proud to announce we have received the Citation of Merit Award given by the Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Awards Program. Information on this program can be found here: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lsse/employer/Governors_Awards.html

For more photos from the Hudson/Union County awards dinner, please visit http://www.njsisc.org/gov-awards.html (fourth set of photos). Pictured here is Wayne R. Cromwell, Executive Vice President Operations of General Magnaplate, receiving our award.

Citation of Merit Award

General Magnaplate is proud to announce that our ISO 9001:2008 certification for all three North American facilities has been renewed.

Candida Aversenti, CEO, says “We are proud to have our ISO certification renewed. The principles of the ISO standard are the same as those here at General Magnaplate – a strong commitment of quality to our customers by every member of the company, together with a drive for continuous improvement. For over 60 years, General Magnaplate has been providing our customers with the utmost of quality and excellence. This certification reconfirms that commitment, and will help build stronger relationships with our customers.”

Raymond Grumling
Sales Manager, Ventura, CA Facility

Congratulations to Raymond Grumling who joined Magnaplate in 2010 and, following a stint in inside sales, has become the new sales manager for the Ventura plant in California. This facility is responsible for General Magnaplate’s customers in California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

Raymond has a strong background in metals and fabrication, as well as in fluid handling products used in fields such as agriculture, chemical manufacturing, oil production and refining, and waste water treatment. When he is not serving customers, Raymond enjoys motorcycles, autos, boats, planes – and anything that moves!

 


Robert Fess

Territory: Northern California, Nevada, Washington and Oregon
Cell: (732) 540-5957
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Robert Fess joins Magnaplate after years as an outside salesman for an aluminum and plastic distributor/ processor. He previously worked in technical sales in the industrial fluid handling systems field. A graduate from the University of Santa Cruz with BS degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences, his hobbies include golfing, bocce, gardening and home improvement projects.

Bo Dobkins

Territory: Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida
Cell: (732) 540-4918
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Bo Dobkins joins Magnaplate with 12 years technical sales experience. He graduated from North Georgia Tech and enjoys the outdoors, including camping, hunting, fishing and golfing.

In lieu of holiday gifts this year, General Magnaplate has become a member of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Anchor Society. The Society supports the Museum’s innovative education programs, exhibitions and maintenance of their extensive collection of historic artifacts.  Since 1982, the mission of the Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark, has been to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire youth.  Previously, General Magnaplate contributed to Project Enterprise, to rebuild the pavilion damaged by Superstorm Sandy which houses the Space Shuttle Enterprise onboard Intrepid. 

To learn more about the Anchor Society, visit http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/AnchorSociety.aspx http://www.intrepidmuseum.org

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