2017 Electric Parade
Jun 18, 2017
We all know that planning an outdoor event leaves a chance for disappointment if Mother Nature isn't interested in playing along. However, the Brillion Optimist Club and hundreds if not thousands of people had absolutely no complaints about the weather for the Brillion Electric Parade held on Friday, June 9th!
Main Street in Brillion was packed with onlookers for the annual night-time parade that kicks off at around 9:00 p.m. This parade is special not only for the many lights that adorn each... (more)
We Will Always Remember ... Bob Mathiebe
Jun 16, 2017
Bob Mathiebe was a founder of Professional Plating, Inc and was instrumental in building a sound foundation for the business to succeed. Bob worked at Professional Plating from 1977 until his retirement in 1999. He passed on January 22, 2016.
On Tuesday,June 13th we had the opportunity to gather Bob's family together and unveil the memorial plaque that is on display in our new offices. A tree was also planted in our newly landscaped green space. A few stories were shared with the Mathiebe... (more)
Cinco de Mayo Event
May 09, 2017
Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for "Fifth of May" and is a celebration held each year on May 5th. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over Napoleon's French forces. This year, the event was the catalyst to have some fun at work!
Held a day early to accommodate our production teams that do not work on Friday, we planned a menu and raffle event using a Cinco de Mayo theme.
We had a taco bar catered by Braun's Deer Run Golf Course and Restaurant, which received rav... (more)
Professional Plating Awards Scholarship
May 02, 2017
Professional Plating is proud to announce that they will be sponsoring the annual Salutatorian scholarship at Brillion High School.
This year's recipient, Courtney Schwalbach is shown receiving the $5,000 scholarship from General Manager, Larry Dietz.
We wish Ms Schwalbach our Congratulation and Best Wishes on her future endeavors!... (more)
Professional Plating Inc. Is One Of Top Finishing Shops in U.S.
Apr 10, 2017
Professional Plating Inc. has been named one of the best finishing shops in the U.S., according to an industry benchmarking survey conducted by Products Finishing magazine, a trade publication which has covered the industry since 1936.
The magazine conducted an extensive benchmarking survey that analyzed a company in several different areas, including Current Finishing Technology, Finishing Practices and Performances, Business Strategies and Performances, and Training and Human Resources.
Professional Plating Recognizes Milestone Anniversaries
Feb 15, 2017
Professional Plating recently awarded gifts to 22 Team Members who had reached milestone anniversaries during 2016. Team Members selected gifts including gift certificates for personalized yard signs, furniture, river boat dinner cruises, jewelry and Door County excursions.
The dedication and work ethics of these team members are driving forces behind the Success and growth of the company. We greatly appreciate their efforts!
Ber Yang Retirement
Jan 06, 2017
Our team member, Ber Yang, is retiring from Professional Plating Inc. after 16 years of employment.
Ber started his career with Professional Plating Inc. on April 11, 2000. For the past 16 years, many of our team had the pleasure of working with Ber. He has worked for PPI in many different departments throughout his years, finally settling in on his favorite line; Rack Line 3.
Despite the language barrier, Ber has done an amazing job wherever he worked. He quietly observes what needs ... (more)
Annual Food Drive
Dec 28, 2016
Professional Plating Inc. once again this year held a drive to collect foo and personal care items. This drive is done each year to support the local St. Vincent Depaul Food Pantry.
The team came impressed us once this year with their overwhelming support. Approximately 1,500 items were donated.
Professional Plating Inc. also donated $300.00 in cash to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry in support of the great things that that group does for the surrounding area.
Carollynn Acker â€“ PP... (more)
Small Box or Expedited Freight Shipments
Nov 07, 2016
We see all sorts of variations to how we are asked to ship product. 95% of all the material we process for our 450 different customers, goes out truck freight.â€¨The majority of the other shipments are shipped via UPS and/or FedEx, per customer requests.
My article today is to communicate on how the UPS and FedEx shipping world can impact the quality and the resulting cost of the coatings we apply for you.
Raw parts as received are generally part to part contact when we get them, with the e... (more)
Powerful Thing Winner
Jun 27, 2016
Recently, 15 Professional Plating Inc. Team Members were recognized when randomly stepping up and doing a “Powerful Thing” within the area that they were working.
This included helping out in a special way or making a special powerful impact.
The 15 team members all received a FREE raffle ticket to a local Raffle put on by the Brillion Optimists Club as a Fund Raiser for the Splash Pad at The Brillion Community Center.
One of our team members from our epoxy area Austin Behnke – was a WI... (more)
Installation of our new plating machine is underway!
Jun 27, 2016
If you have been watching our progress, you will know that the construction of the building that will house our new zinc rack plating line, is complete. The picture shows the start of the machine installation, beginning with support beams.... (more)
May 09, 2016
The last of the concrete floor is being poured today!... (more)
New Building Almost Enclosed!
Mar 29, 2016
Construction crew has the outside sheeting and roof almost complete. Windows are being installed this week.... (more)
Construction Progress is Taking Shape
Feb 26, 2016
The main steel structure frame of our new building is almost complete! ... (more)
Feb 13, 2016
Our expansion project is well under way, with the first beams being erected this week!... (more)
Feb 09, 2016
On Thursday, February 4, 2016, we got our own version of Super Bowl fever started! Our "Soup-er Bowl" event invited Team Members to donate a pot of their favorite soup or chili. Bowls were then sold for $1 each so that others could warm up with a sampling of the various flavors. Team Members also donated and subsequently purchased baked goods.
Proceeds from this event were donated to the Calumet County K9 Fund, which is actively fund raising in order to start a canine unit for the county. A... (more)
Feb 08, 2016
Please be advised that Professional Plating is no longer offering any ceramic or hi-temp coating processes for header, muffler or manifold work.
We will continue to process specialty orders for Powder Coat painting, E-coat and Zinc plating.... (more)
Jan 29, 2016
Professional Plating mourns the death of Robert (Bob) Mathiebe, age 81, who died on Friday, January 22, 2016 following a short illness.
Bob was one of the co-founders of Professional Plating Inc. and was instrumental in building a sound foundation for the business to succeed. Bob worked at Professional Plating from 1977 until his retirement in 1999.
Rest in peace, Bob!
Annual Food Drive
Dec 14, 2015
Professional Plating Inc. held its annual holiday team member food drive to help stock the shelves of the local food pantry. The team collected 992 items this year for the local St. Vincent De Paul's Food Pantry. In addition to the food items, several toys were donated to distribute to children who may have gone without presents this Christmas.
Professional Plating would like to thank all that donated to the food drive this year. The support is greatly appreciated, as the number of those in... (more)
Building and Equipment Expansion
Dec 01, 2015
On Tuesday November 24, 2015 we announced that we will begin a new expansion program in December.
Work is planned to commence on three separate building expansion projects. The three phases will be done concurrently. The square footage additions will amount to over 60,000 square feet of new space being added, resulting in Professional Plating Inc. having 210,000 square feet to “Meet and Exceed” our customers expectations!
Included in the expansion, we announced that we will be adding a... (more)
Nov 03, 2015
We have been experiencing some beautiful Fall weather here in Northeastern Wisconsin! We took the opportunity to celebrate Fall with a “Pumpkin Day” event on Wednesday, October 28th.
Teams were encouraged to decorate their work areas with pumpkin and Fall-themed items to help “bring the outside, in”. The company also sponsored a catered meal featuring pork and turkey, red potatoes, vegetables and desserts. It’s hard to find anyone who complains about being served a hot homemade meal while a... (more)
Oct 26, 2015
On Friday, October 2, 2015, Professional Plating and the Ariens Company co-hosted Manufacturing Day in Brillion.
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers
Over 160 students representing six local high schools attended the event which is part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.
Back to School Supply Collection
Aug 25, 2015
Professional Plating Inc. held its annual School Supply donation campaign in August for the local schools. This year, PPI’s team members donated over 1180 assorted school supplies. The items collected included notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, folders, crayons, and many more various school needs. The packages of pens, pencils, and highlighters were counted as one item so the individual item total would actually much higher.
PPI would like to thank its team members for their overwhelming suppor... (more)
$10,000 Donation to Brillion STEM facility
Jul 23, 2015
Professional Plating recently announced the donation of $10,000 to the Brillion Public School District's proposed state-of-the-art STEM Center. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific areas - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.
Professional Plating has been a long-time supporter of student success in the area of workforce development. The skills that local students will learn in STEM education will best prepare the next generation's workforc... (more)
Product Finishing Magazine 2015 Top Shops
Jul 23, 2015
Product Finishing magazine created a program to identify companies that are leading the industry in technology, best business practices and processes. Professional Plating is very proud to be included on the list of the 50 Top Shops!
The selection was based on data collected in a very detailed survey, submitted by several hundred plating shops. One of the things that stood out in the compilation of the winning companies, was that the Top Shops spent more money on capital equipment to kee... (more)
Paint the Town Purple
Jun 24, 2015
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life has an active group in Brillion. The theme this year was "Paint the Town Purple". The signature color of Relay for Life is purple, the color denoted for all types of cancer.
The Brillion event was held at the Brillion Middle School track on Friday, June 19th. 84 participants helped to raise over $39,000 within their teams. Professional Plating supports the corporate event with a donation, and also donates directly to some of the participating t... (more)
Brillion's Electric Parade
Jun 15, 2015
On the night of Friday, June 12th, the lights on Main Street in the small community of Brillion went out. No weather-related problems or non-payment of a bill to the local utility company were to blame. It was purposely done in order to give highlight to the annual Electric (night time)Parade!
The Brillion Optimist’s who organize this annual event, estimate over 3,500 people lined the street for last year’s parade. No small town parade would be complete without tractors and scout troops, b... (more)
Fox Valley Humane Association collection
May 27, 2015
The Student Council of Brillion Elementary School recently organized a collection of much needed pet food and supplies to be donated to the Fox Valley Humane Association. Professional Plating took the opportunity to team up with the students in their efforts. The FVHA cares for nearly 4,000 animals annually.
Shown in the picture are members of the Student Council and some of the items that were donated.... (more)
Endries International Table Show
May 27, 2015
On May 13th Professional Plating took part in the Endries International Table Show at the Radisson in Green Bay
Our participation in this show allowed us to meet and talk to over 150 Endries associates, not just from their headquarters in Brillion, WI but from around the United States and the Netherlands.
As well as discussing current projects we do for Endries, we had samples on hand of each our main processes, those being Powder coat, E-coat and Zinc (rack and barrel). The attendees c... (more)
Apr 01, 2015
In the weeks in advance of Easter, we asked our Team Members to have a child in their life color a picture to help decorate our plant. We had a great turn out of artwork! By random drawing we awarded gifts to two adorable kids. Adalynn is the Granddaughter of our E-coat Team Leader, Dave; and Evan is the son of Order Entry Clerk, Mary. Happy Easter to you all!... (more)
Annual Food Drive
Jan 05, 2015
Professional Plating Inc. recently held its annual holiday team member food drive to help stock the shelves of the local food pantry. The team collected over 1,020 items this year for the local St. Vincent De Paul's Food Pantry.
Professional Plating would like to thank all that donated to the food drive this year. The support is greatly appreciated, as the Food Pantry’s list of recipients continues to grow each year. We are proud to have team members that are dedicated to giving back to the... (more)
Nov 07, 2014
Rick Nicklaus, a Lead Person on one of our zinc rack lines, recently received one of those phone calls that no parent wants to receive. Their son was involved in a serious car accident. The hearts of fellow team members swell with a need to help out when these terrible things happen to our co-workers.
On Thursday, October 30th we held an “Anything Goes Bucket Raffle” to raise money to help pay for non-covered medical expenses that this young man will have as he recovers from his injuries
Oct 09, 2014
Pink is everywhere this time of year. It’s a reminder that our loved ones continue to suffer and lose their lives to breast cancer.
As has been our tradition for the past few years, Professional Plating participated in the Wear Pink campaign organized by the local high school’s Sting Cancer group.
Tuesday, October 7th was Wear Pink day in Brillion. Our teams were challenged to cover themselves head-to-toe in pink and points were awarded for wearing pink pants, shirts, socks, head wear an... (more)
School Supply Collection
Sep 04, 2014
Professional Plating Inc. held its annual School Supply donation campaign in August for the local schools. PPI’s team donated 804 assorted school supplies. The items collected included notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, folders and various other supplies. Packages of pens, pencils, and highlighters were counted as one item so the individual item total was actually much higher.
PPI would like to thank its team members for their overwhelming support! Thanks to their generosity, many local chi... (more)
Timber Rattlers Game
Jul 16, 2014
Professional Plating Inc. team members and families had the opportunity to enjoy a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball game on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Team members were encouraged to sign up and bring their friends and families. Many brought along a dish to pass for the pot luck pre-game tailgating festivities.
Close to 80 of PPI’s friends and family members turned out for the event. The theme that night was Star Wars and there were lots of colorful light sabers in the crowd. The weather ... (more)
Powder Coat Manager Announcement
Jul 16, 2014
Professional Plating Inc offering powder coating, barrel zinc plating, rack zinc plating, acrylic and epoxy e-coating, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jessica Moskow to the position of Powder Coat Manager.
Jessica joined Professional Plating Inc in September of 1995. Throughout her career she has held various positions in Zinc Plating, Wastewater Operations, Quality Lab and Powder Coating.
Jessica was promoted to Powder Quoter Scheduler Planner in September of 2006 and then to Po... (more)
Brillion's Electric Parade 2014
Jun 27, 2014
The stars shown brightly over Brillion on Friday, June 13th as the city once again hosted many visitors to watch and participate in the Brillion Optimist Club Electric Parade!
The entry submitted by Professional Plating was in celebration of our 35th year in business, complete with cake and balloons!... (more)
A Day for Kids
Jun 02, 2014
Businesses in the Brillion area were invited to participate in a special day dedicated to kids health, safety and environmental issues that affect us individually and as a community. The event was held on Saturday, May 31st.
Professional Plating donated two of ten bikes that were given away at the event. Kids and their families were also able to enjoy free inflatables, child ID kits, face painting, and other kid-friendly events. The weather cooperated as well which made for a very fun fami... (more)
35th Anniversary Open House
May 30, 2014
On Wednesday, May 14th Professional Plating hosted an Open House in celebration of our 35th year in business!
We were glad to welcome customers, vendors and neighbors from the community who were able to see our production lines in full operation. Our team was excited to be able to show off what we have worked so hard to accomplish in the past 35 years. We heard many compliments from those in attendance and will use that to continue to exceed our customer's expectations!
Thanks to all who... (more)
Easter Collection for Harbor House
Apr 17, 2014
As a project for Easter this year, Professional Plating asked Team Members to donate items for the Harbor House in Appleton. Harbor House is a safe haven for women and children who have made the difficult decision to get out of a bad situation, domestic violence. Many times these families are forced to leave with little more than the clothes on their backs!
Our collcection efforts focused on needs of youth and teens, as these older children are often overlooked, losing out to donations of d... (more)
2013 Service Anniversary Awards
Mar 13, 2014
Professional Plating recently recognized Team Members who reached milestone anniversaries in 2013. Those Team Members are: Gail Schuh-30 years; Jane Cleary and Sheila Free-20 years; Kerry Behnke, Tim Bastian, Angela Bastian and Melanie Schaefer-15 years; Mark Stanelle-10 years; Doreen Vondracek, Ashley Schuh, Cindy Bartels and Jesse Koehler-5 years.
We truly appreciate the dedication of these awesome Team Members!
Feb 23, 2014
Nicole, a 16-year old young lady from Brillion, who is the niece of one of our Powder Department team members, Jill Trochta (pictured on the right) had the race of her life while trying to beat the leukemia that she was diagnosed with at the age of 12. She won that race! Now, to accomplish an item on her “bucket list”, she and her Mom are raising funds in order to compete in a cancer event called “Team in Training”, preparing for a half marathon in Washington, D.C. in April. In order to par... (more)
Soups and Sweets for Stella
Feb 18, 2014
On January 30th, Professional Plating held a fundraiser for one of its team members.
Stella Vetter, from our Powder department, recently gave birth to her son, Braxton. Braxton was born three months early and is currently at Children’s Hospital. Braxton’s premature birth has caused Stella and her family some unexpected travel and medical expenses.
Team members were asked to bring in soups or baked goods to sell on this special day. A total of $637.62 was raised.
We are very proud of our te... (more)
Dec 20, 2013
Professional Plating Inc. held its annual holiday team member food drive to help stock the shelves of the local food pantry. The team collected over 1,000 items this year for the local St. Vincent De Paul's Food Pantry.
PPI would like to thank its team members for their continued dedication to giving back to the community. Along with the team member donations, Professional Plating Inc. also made a significant monetary donation to the food pantry to be used toward the purchase of meat products... (more)
Fall Fest Raffle
Nov 04, 2013
PPI hosted a Fall Fest Raffle to celebrate the Fall season and to raise money for five-year-old Lily Boettcher, great niece of PPI Team Member Kelly Strouf, who was diagnosed in April with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer.
Team Members were invited to bring in hand-made or store-bought items to donate to the raffle. Tickets for the bucket raffle were sold to Team Members. We are proud of the PPI team members that supported this event. We were able to donate $985 to Lily’s family for medical ... (more)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Nov 03, 2013
Wear Pink for breast cancer awareness was held on Tuesday, October 29th. This city-wide event to “paint the city pink” was done to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Professional Plating was once again looking for a head-to-toe display of pink on all team members willing to participate. Teams earned points for wearing specific articles of pink clothing (shirt, pants, hat/head wear, socks). The team with the highest percentage of points this year was the Offline E-coat team, followed by the ... (more)
2013 Team Member Appreciation Picnic
Aug 22, 2013
As has been our tradition each summer, we once again sponsored a Team Member Appreciation Picnic on Wednesday, August 14th.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a party outside under a tent behind our building. A tasty meal of two varieties of chicken breast, meatballs, beef tips in gravy, California blend vegetables and dinner rolls was catered in for our 170+ team members to enjoy. To compliment the meal, Cold Stone ice cream was served for dessert!
In addition to having a dr... (more)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
Jul 15, 2013
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
A night at the ball park with family and friends…who could ask for anything better? That is just what was served up on Saturday, July 13th when Professional Plating invited our Team Members and their families/guests to enjoy the Wisconsin Timber Rattler’s baseball game against Lake County at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, WI.
The Timber Rattlers are a minor league team affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers and compete in the Midwest League.
The theme at t... (more)
Military Appreciation Month
May 27, 2013
May is Military Appreciation Month. To show support for our military personnel, and in special recognition for one of our own team members currently stationed in Afghanistan, we collected items for care packages. The collection was kicked off with a Camo Day, asking team members to show support by dressing in Camo on Tuesday, April 16th. After the collection was over, care packages containing personal hygiene items, puzzle books, paperback books and magazines, and lots of "goodies" were shipp... (more)
May 17, 2013
In support of the local Brillion High School Sting Cancer student organization, Professional Plating took part in Wear Yellow Day on Thursday, May 16th to raise awareness of all types of cancer. We had a good portion of our team members who wore yellow, some wearing not only yellow shirts, but hats, socks and pants as well! The department showing the most support in terms of earning points for wearing specific articles of yellow clothing, was our E-coat Offline Racking team. Participating mem... (more)
Brillion High School Tours PPI
May 08, 2013
Professional Plating welcomed Brillion High School Chemistry II students along with their teacher Ryan Peterson for a tour of our facility. The students are completing a section on electrochemistry and we gave them first hand experience on how electrochemistry is used in an industrial setting. We focused on trouble shooting aids such as the hull cell to help promote a better understanding in their lab setting. This is the fifth year the Chemistry students have visited us.... (more)
Apr 30, 2013
This Spring, Professional Plating has embarked on an exciting new program, training 60 team members. This specialized “next step” leadership training is being done with over 1/3 of our total workforce.
Working cooperatively with Fox Valley Technical College, we have developed a customized training program which will span the range of topics from “Engaging and Empowering Others” to “Communicating Effectively” to “Motivating Others”. This six-session program will build the skills of potential... (more)
Recognition of Service Anniversaries
Mar 26, 2013
Each January, Professional Plating recognizes Team Members who have reached a milestone anniversary with the company in the preceding year. In 2012, we had 17 team members who received a service anniversary award for five to 20 years of service. We thank them for their dedication!
Tammy Cummings-10 years; Connie McCormick–20 years; Karl Bastian- 15 years,Darren Lovrek-5 years; Dave Anhalt-20 years; Brian Hermes-5 years; Geri Marshek-5 years; Denise Tamm-5 years; Carrie Braden-15 years; Bo... (more)
New Production Line Coming in 2013
Jan 18, 2013
2013 will bring significant change to the zinc plating department
at Professional Plating! Installation of a new rack zinc plating
line is slated to take place in March.
•Our new machine will have design enhancements such as automatic chemical and temperature controls to further add to our repeatable and consistent quality
•Our line flexibility and productivity will increase as well by being able to run several chromate colors at once
•Superior bath controls for water management
PPI Food Drive
Dec 11, 2012
Professional Plating Inc. held its annual holiday team member food drive to help stock the shelves of the local food pantry. The team collected over 1,100 items this year and donated them to St. Vincent De Paul's Food Pantry.
PPI would like to thank its team members once again for their dedication to giving back to the community. Along with the team member donations, Professional Plating Inc. also made a significant monetary donation to the food pantry to be used toward the purchase of meat... (more)
PPI Supports Troops in Afghanistan
Dec 03, 2012
Professional Plating Inc. held a care package donation campaign for the NMCB 133. NMCB 133 is a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion that is made up of Navy Seabees. Navy Seabees are members of the United States Navy Construction Battalions that consists of builders, electricians, plumbers, equipment operators, mechanics and many others. NMCB is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
PPI was able to collect many items including snacks, books, games, pe... (more)
Certified Green Belt in Six Sigma
Oct 01, 2012
Kerry Behnke the Quality Coordinator at Professional Plating, Inc. became a certified Green Belt in Six Sigma on September 19th in a ceremony in Milwaukee at the Harley Davidson Museum.
Six Sigma is a problem solving based training that combines class study received at Harley Davidson along with completing and presenting a project to a peer group and other supplier candidates at Harley Davidson. Kerry’s project was increasing first pass yields on specified gloss black parts that get powder coat... (more)
School Supply Donations
Sep 06, 2012
Professional Plating Inc. held its annual “Team Member Appreciation Picnic” on August 22, 2012. As part of this year’s celebration, the company invited team members to bring and donate school supplies needed by the Brillion Elementary School. The team collected over 1200 school supply items. The items collected included backpacks, notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, folders, markers, tissues and many other various items.
PPI would like to thank its team members once again for their overwhelming ... (more)
One more reason to use PPI
May 07, 2012
“One” more reason to use PPI as your “One Stop” Metal Finisher!
Professional Plating Inc. listens. About a year ago we added a Black Oxide line based on the information
we received from our customers. Today we are proud to announce the addition of a Blasting Line. Many
of our customers have asked us for this process.
The Blasting Line will complement our metal finishing processes.
• We have invested in the latest state of the art sandblasting equipment.
• This equipment can remove rust, sc... (more)
Apr 30, 2012
Brillion, WI. Professional Plating Inc, an ISO 9001:2008 registered company offering barrel zinc plating, rack zinc plating, acrylic and epoxy e-coat and powder coating, is pleased to announce the promotion of Sue Cohen to the position of Office Manager.
Sue joined Professional Plating in July of 1981. At that time she was one of three team members who comprised the company of Professional Plating and was responsible for a large variety of tasks associated with the start of a new business. ... (more)
Easter Egg Decorating Contest
Apr 18, 2012
In celebration of Easter, Professional Plating held an Egg Decorating Contest along with its pot luck lunch on April 4, 2012.
All the entries were terrific and we appreciate the fun the team members brought to the celebration!
The winners were:
Toni Post and her Yellow Egg Cake
Stella Sessoms and her Packer Football Field
Sue Cohen and her Scuba Eggs
The winning team members each recieved an Easter Basket prize to take home and... (more)
Relay of Life
Jun 27, 2011
On June 17th Brillion held their annual Relay of Life with 15 teams participating. This 12 hour walk was held at the Brillion High School track to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This year $43,288 was raised to help find a cure for cancer and help the people fighting cancer get through it with support and education.
The event starts out with a survivor walk around the track and this year we honored 43 survivors. They are the reason this event takes place in cities all around the ... (more)
Brillion High School tours PPI
May 26, 2011
Professional Plating welcomed Brillion High School Chemistry II students along with their teacher Ryan Peterson for a tour of our facility. The students are completing a section on electrochemistry and gave them first hand experience on how electrochemistry is used in an industrial setting. We focused on trouble shooting aids such as the hull cell to help promote a better understanding in their lab setting. This is the third year the Chemistry students have visited us.... (more)
Souper Bowl Tailgating Chili Cook Off
Feb 10, 2011
The Winner of PPI's Souper Bowl Tailgating Chili Cook Off is Toni Post!!!
On Friday, February 4th, PPI held a Souper Bowl Tailgating Chili Cook Off for its team members in anticipation of the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl.
Team members were asked to bring in their best chili in a crock pot to be judged by coworkers. The company also provided additional chili catered by Cobblestone for everyone to enjoy.
All team members are invited to judge the entries. Team members tasted ... (more)
PPI meets GM Automotive plating specification standard.
Feb 01, 2011
We are pleased to be able to announce another step forward in our long line of industry approvals.
We are now able to offer you the barrel plating capability from Professional Plating Inc. to meet General Motor’s Automotive Plating Specification.
Professional Plating Inc. has the appropriate process and application methods in place and our quality systems and subsequent testing is approved to conform to and exceed the GM needs.
For more details on the testing that we passed and the rel... (more)
Professional Plating Inc. Announces New Manager of Powder Coat and Specialty Coatings
Oct 15, 2010
Professional Plating Inc., Brillion, WI has promoted Robert Zipperer to the role of Manager of Powder Coat and Specialty Coatings.
Robert brings over 18 years of diverse experience to this managerial role. Robert began his career at Professional Plating Inc. in 1992. He has been a key player in the growth at PPI and placement of an effective quality system to manage our business. Bob has achieved success in various roles at PPI. Quality Control Technician, Technical Quality Assistant, Q... (more)
PPI takes 1st place!
Jul 09, 2010
Professional Plating once again had an entry into the local Optimist sponsored “electric” (night time) parade. The theme for our float was Brillion’s 125th birthday. Our team of float workers from our office, production, shipping and maintenance departments come together to display a float to be proud of (and also took this year’s 1st place honors)!
May 07, 2010
Professional Plating Inc.’s Service Award Program recognizes team members who have reached milestone anniversaries in the previous year. PPI would like to congratulate its team members who have reached these milestone anniversaries in 2009.
1st Picture: (left to right) David Rogers, 5 years; Sandra Sengbusch, 5 years; Scott Fagg, 5 years
2nd Picture: (left to right)
Front row: Carollynn Acker, 5 years; Steve Bates, 5 years
Middle row: Ronald Borchardt, 15 years; Amy Gast, 15 years; Me... (more)
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Mar 17, 2010
Professional Plating Inc. continues to look for new ways to enhance our positive environmental footprint. We are pleased to announce,
• As of March 1, 2010 we are no longer a hazardous waste generator
• Reduced our generation of Waste Water filter sludge by 34,000 lbs in 2009
• Our process cooling water from our rectifiers are recycled back to rinse waters, saving 11,000 gallons of water per day !!
• We eliminated the use of a 25-hp chiller by using reverse osmosis water to cool the ... (more)
Black Oxide addition
Feb 26, 2010
Professional Plating Inc. Is proud to announce the addition of our newest service Black Oxide! Our line is a TruTemp black oxide line. With this comes some exciting new capabilities.
We are able to offer a black oxide that does not emit a salt bloom after processing. Professional Plating can now black oxide the most difficult non-stainless substrates. Castings can be run black oxide and no worries of turning them red, and powdered metal can be processed without the risk of salt bloom! The B... (more)
Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Nov 06, 2009
In celebration of Halloween, Professional Plating held a Pumpkin Decorating contest for its team members.
Team members were invited to decorate their pumpkin in any way; carved, adorned, or painted. Creativity and imagination were encouraged.
All of the pumpkin entries were amazing and it was hard for our judges to pick a winner.
The winner of the pumpkin decorating contest was Amy Grube and her Elmo pumpkin! Amy will receive a $25 gift card for her pumpkin.
PPI would like to than... (more)
A Business Success Story: Live on WHBY
Sep 11, 2009
Professional Plating was featured as the story of the month, September 2009, on FVTC Business and Industry's Sucess Stories & Testimonials web page.
A live broadcast featuring Larry Dietz, General Manager and Sandy Eyler, Communication Skills Instructor at FVTC was conducted by 1150 AM WHBY at 12:45 p.m. on September 11, 2009.
Please go to the following site to read more about this story:
A recorded version of the broadcast can b... (more)
A New Safety Record
Jul 09, 2009
PPI has reached its goal of 183 days (six months) in a row without a safety recordable incident. A new RECORD for the company!
We are very proud to be a part of a true team commitment where all team members grabbed onto to make this a very clean and a very safe place to work.
To celebrate our milestone all team members were entered into a drawing for two TV's.
The winners of the Sony Bravia Flat Screen TV’s are:
Jessica Swanson & Jon Koehler
The winners of a half day of vacation ... (more)
Brillion Electric Parade
Jun 16, 2009
As a proud member of the Brillion community, PPI was pleased to participate in this year's Brillion’s Electric Parade. The parade was held on Friday evening, June 12th, 2009. It was a perfect night for a parade, the evening was warm and the wind was calm. We were happy to have so many people from the community show up to enjoy the parade!
This year's float celebrated PPI's 30th anniversary. PPI appreciates all of our great customers who have contributed to our growth over the past 30 years... (more)
Rep. Tom Petri "impressed" by PPI tour
Jun 02, 2009
Rep. Tom Petri ‘impressed’ by PPI tour
Brillion business’s ‘emphasis on service’ stands out
By Chris Havel
The Brillion News
BRILLION - Rep. Tom Petri met two objectives in one trip.
The Congressman was able to catch up with an old friend, Bob Endries, while touring the new addition at Professional Plating, Inc. While Petri’s schedule didn’t allow him to attend PPI’s May 15 ‘Open House’ to celebrate its 30th anniversary, it did afford him an opportunity to take the tour Tuesday mornin... (more)
Open House at Professional Plating Inc.
May 08, 2009
It is with great pride and enthusiasm Professional Plating Inc invites you to our Open House on May 15th , 2009 from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.
Help us celebrate our 30 year anniversary and our Grand Opening of our new addition. Come see our state of the art processing line. It features the most high tech equipment available. In spite of the economy we are growing.
Take a tour of our new 65,000 square foot addition which includes the new zinc processing line. This brings our total square footag... (more)
Professional Plating Inc. honored as a Wisconsin Citizenship Award recipient
May 06, 2009
Professional Plating Inc. is honored as a Wisconsin Citizenship Award recipient.
Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine with the help of Edgewood College review many deserving companies each year and honors only a few that stands out from the rest. The judges make their decisions based on Environmental stewardship, Community relations, Employee relations, Diversity efforts, and Customer relations.
Several team members attended the banquet to receive this very prestigious award. They are, fro... (more)
PPI expands, has best sales year ever!
Apr 22, 2009
BRILLION - Professional Plating is coming off its best sales year ever, a showing that would be enviable enough given the dismal economy that slammed the manufacturing sector and the firm's main client base especially hard.
But Professional Plating Inc., or PPI, pulled it off even as it worked through a 65,000-square-foot expansion the past year that neared $4 million, including $1.5 million in new production equipment.
"While we were building, while we were moving, while we were erecting, we ... (more)
PPI at the World of Wheels Show in Milwaukee!
Jan 20, 2009
February 13th, 14th and 15th are the show dates for the World of Wheel Show at Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee, WI. This is national car show for car enthusiast just like you. Come see all the new finishes available.
The show hours are: Friday 5:00 pm. to 10:00 pm, Saturday 10:00am to 10:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 7:00pm.
Stop by the booth and see something “SPECIAL”.
PPI receives the 2007 Best of Class Supplier Award from Thomas Industries.
Sep 17, 2008
Thomas Industries, a global leader in the production of compressors and pumps for global OEM, end-user, and engineered systems applications, has recently presented Professional Plating, Inc. with a 2007 Best of Class Supplier Award. This is presented to their suppliers in recognition of exemplary commitment to Quality, On-Time Delivery, Service, Total Cost and Continuous Improvement.... (more)
Governor Doyle visits PPI
Sep 12, 2008
Governor Doyle of the State of Wisconsin spent Thursday morning with team members of Professional Plating and Endries International. The City of Brillion will receive a Development Block Grant for infrastructure improvements to support the growth of the two companies.
Professional Plating’s addition of 65,000 sq. ft. is nearing completion; while Endries International is enjoy the 101,000 sq. ft. addition at this time.
Both companies are an example of what hard work and determination can ... (more)
The future looks bright!
Sep 08, 2008
PPI Expansion Project
PPI’s new expansion project is moving along fast and furious. The steel is all up and they are starting to enclose the building. We are looking at the building being fully enclosed by October and we will start moving in by November. We are looking forward to this new expansion improving our product flow and increasing our finishing capabilities for our customers. Please call us with any questions you may have on this expansion or on what PPI can do for you.
Governor Doyle Presents Training Grant
Jul 28, 2008
Governor Doyle was at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton on Thursday, July 24, 2008 to present a check for $97,000. The college is using the money to continue training workers at businesses in Brillion, WI.
“I want to be very clear about something, and this is a vision shared across the state, manufacturing has been what has gotten us this far, and it is going to be manufacturing that is going to lead us into the future as well,” Governor Doyle said.
Three of the four major manufact... (more)
Here we grow again
May 09, 2008
Professional Plating Inc. Plans $4 MILLION Plant Expansion and Equipment Installation in Brillion
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Expansion to enhance and continue to add value for existing and growing customer base.
Brillion, Wi. – Professional Plating Inc., a leader in the Midwest powder coating, e-coating and zinc plating markets, today announced that the company will be making new investments totaling up to $7.0 million over a five year period. The initial stages of this being for a new investment in its Bri... (more)
WOW a success
Mar 17, 2008
On behalf of all the team members at Professional Plating we would like to thank all of you who stopped at our booth. We appricate your interest in our products. As you know PPI, will "meet or exceed" your needs. Give us a call so you too can join the "winners circle." Thanks again! Hope to see you next year!... (more)
PPI at the World of Wheels show
Feb 15, 2008
March 7th, 8th and 9th are the dates for the World of Wheels show at the Brown County Veterans Arena complex in Green Bay, WI. This is a national show for the car enthusiast just like you. We will have samples of ceramic coated parts as well as powder coated parts. Ceramic coated parts can help improve the performance of your engine. Powder coating can help improve the look of your car.
The show hours are: Friday 5pm-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-7pm.
See you there!
Jan 24, 2008
Professional Plating is proud to recognize Team Members who reached milestone anniversaries with the company last year. Congratulations!
1st picture from left to right: Greg Lettau, 10 years; Andy Van Domelen, 5 years; Aaron Barr, 5 years
2nd picture from left to right: Dave Fesing, 5 years; Kym Rosner, 10 years; Carrie Braden, 10 years; Bob Zipperer, 15 years.
3rd picture from left to right: Karl Bastian, 10 years; Dave Anhalt, 15 years; Linda Menza, 5 years; Tammy Cummings, 5 ye... (more)
TIGER Drylac certifies Professional Plating Inc.
Dec 21, 2007
We are pleased to announce that we recently received a Certificate of Qualification as a Certified Applicator for the Superior Architectural Powder Coatings from TIGER Drylac U.S.A., Inc. In order to receive this certification we demonstrated and met the stringent quality and processing standards necessary to become an approved applicator.
Our Specialty Coatings Team members proudly hold the certificate.
Coats for Kids Collection
Nov 06, 2007
For the second year in a row, Professional Plating Inc. participated in the Coats for Kids campaign hosted by Cumulus Broadcasting and The Salvation Army. Team members at Professional Plating Inc. once again demonstrated their generosity and commitment to sharing with the community by donating new and gently used coats.
Professional Plating Inc. provided a drop box for their team member’s donations at its 705 Northway Drive location. On Saturday November 3rd, the collected coats were d... (more)
Oct 25, 2007
National Recognition. Metal Finishing Magazine a national trade publication recently wrote a featured story on Professional Plating Inc. Reginald Tucker, the editor of Metal Finishing spent a good deal of time touring and asking questions about Professional Plating Inc. As noted in the article we are your BEST option for “Repeatable and Consistent” finishing and value added services. Click on the link to the left, Metal Finishing Article to read the story. ... (more)
Fit and Finish Special
Oct 12, 2007
HOT STUFF Help celebrate our 1ST anniversary of the Ceramic Coating, Custom Powder Coating, and Internal Engine Coating addition to our processes. Its simple, here is all you do. Deliver parts and place an order by December 31st and receive a 15% DISCOUNT off our already low price. Come to "Where Winners Finish"... (more)
Professional Plating Fitness Challenge Achievers
Sep 04, 2007
Several of Professional Plating Inc.’s, team members took a challenge to spend the summer of 2007 committed to a healthier lifestyle. They participated in a 50-hour exercise challenge.
Professional Plating is proud to announce that 15 team members achieved the goal of 25 hours of exercise in the specified time period. Of those, 11 team members achieved the goal of 50 hours of exercise in this time period.
We would like to congratulate the participants for their hard work and let them k... (more)
Jul 05, 2007
Recently we had our annual re-certification evaluations for our ISO rating. We are pleased to report we passed with no deviations. This is a big part of the puzzle to ensure we can offer you a repeatable and consistent metal finish.
Give us a call and let our team “meet and exceed” your expectations.
We continue to grow
May 23, 2007
Our Specialty Coating Department continues to grow. More and more car enthusiast are hearing about our quality and turn around time. We can boast that we have over 25 years of combined work experience in this department. Give us a call and let us "meet or exceed" your expectations. We look forward to having you as a customer. ... (more)
PPI at the World of Wheels
Feb 26, 2007
March 23rd, 24th, and 25th are the show dates for the World of Wheels Show at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Complex in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is a national show for car enthusiast just like yourself! This will be our first opportunity to showcase our new product line. Come see what all the fuss is about. We will have all kinds of samples and even a drawing for a special prize.
The show hours are Friday 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. ... (more)
Jan 10, 2007
As a result of its continued commitment to product development Professional Plating Inc. is pleased to announce several additions to its product and service offerings.
Our "Specialty Coating" product line has grown with the addition of Ceramic Coatings and will feature Ceramic Exhaust; Custom Powder to include engine blocks, valve covers, and heads; and Internal Engine coatings. We are now able to provide our customers in the racing, restoration, industrial and commercial markets with qualit... (more)
RoHS yellow now available
Nov 21, 2006
Professional Plating is proud to announce that we have the capability of supplying RoHS yellow. This process is completely hexavalent chromium free and has the appearance of hexavalent yellow. Salt spray protection is 96 hours per ASTM B117. Call today for more details.... (more)
Professional Plating Inc. Purchases Defibrillator for Team Member's Safety
Nov 13, 2006
As part of an ongoing commitment to focus on safety and wellness for its team members, Professional Plating has purchased a Medtronic LIFEPAK CR Plus AED unit for its 705 Northway Drive, Brillion location. The defibrillator unit has been installed in the plant and is ready for operation if any sudden cardiac arrest situation may occur.
The company has already trained eleven of its team members to use the unit and plans to train additional ten more before the end of this month. Training is b... (more)
Professional Plating Receives 2005 Excellent Supplier Certificate
Jun 20, 2006
Thomas Industries, a global leader in the production of compressors and pumps for global OEM, end-user, and engineered systems applications, has recently presented Professional Plating, Inc. with a 2005 Excellent Supplier Certificate. This is presented to their suppliers that show commitment to excellence through continuous improvement to quality, on-time deliveries, service, and total cost.... (more)
Rack Zinc Plating Part Size
Jun 01, 2006
We are happy to be able to announce that we now have the capability to meet and exceed your needs in rack plated parts. Our new overall dimension capabilities are 30" wide, 60" high and 110" in length. We can provide this length of part with yellow or clear chromate protection. We can provide black zinc up to 84" in length.... (more)
Powder Coating Part Size
Jun 01, 2006
We are proud to announce that our "One Stop Shop" capabilities also changed in our powder coat supply chain. We can now handle your part needs with dimensions of 48" wide, 68" high and up to 12' long. Our off-line batch process can handle parts up to 24' long. We can paint any color to these lengths. Challenge us with your needs!... (more)
Introduction of our newest product, ProGard.
Mar 31, 2006
Professional Plating Inc. is excited to announce the introduction of our newest product, the “ProGard” process.
Our ProGard process is a unique process designed for pre-treating different types of magnesium alloys. The most common alloys used with ProGard are AZ91 and AZ61.
ProGard prepares the surface of the magnesium for powder coating or e-coating. This multi-step process cleans and pre-treats the surface of the magnesium allowing for excellent adhesion and outstanding corrosion resista... (more)
Professional Plating meets OSHA Final Standard on Hexavalent Chromium
Mar 28, 2006
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final standard for occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium in the Feb 2006 Federal Register. The standard covers occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) in general industry, construction and shipyards.
The new standard lowers OSHA’s permissible exposure limit (PEL) from 52 to 5 micrograms of chromium per cubic meter of air as an 8-hour time-weighted average. Professional Plating Inc. has proactively work... (more)
E-coat paint change
Jan 13, 2006
Professional Plating is pleased to announce that both our Acrylic and Epoxy Electrocoat lines have now successfully switched over to PPG paint products. PPG's extensive technical support and superior paint coatings along with their long list of automotive approvals have made them a great fit for Professional Plating's expanding electrocoat market. Professional Plating, along with PPG's support, has undergone a series of PPAP testing to automotive and customer specifications to ensure the smoot... (more)