General Magnaplate Texas has extended its Nedox® capacity through the investment in new, larger stainless steel and polypropylene tanks which can handle parts up to 20 feet in length. In addition to the new large tanks, the facility has also purchased a new crane with a capacity of up to 8000 pounds - one of the largest in North Texas.

John Larsen, General Manager of our Texas plant, explained "With this new investment we now have the capacity to coat larger parts, such as the 15 foot long rotors that are used in the oil and gas industry for moving materials down-hole. In addition, we also have the ability to handle higher volume orders with much faster turnaround times, which will further improve our service to customers." 

General Magnaplate California installed 668 solar panels on the roof of our plant in Ventura in December 2011.  We worked with a local solar company, Coastal Solar, and our local power company, Southern California Edison.  The installation costs were partly offset by state incentives and federal tax credits.  So far, we have been able to cut our electricity expense in half, and have been able to provide power back to the grid on low usage days and weekends.  The introduction of solar power in our Ventura plant has not only reduced operating costs, but also presented an opportunity to support local businesses! 

General Magnaplate’s headquarters in Linden, New Jersey celebrated the grand opening of our exhibit in our town’s Historic Society Museum.  All of our employees visited the museum and viewed the displays, historic documents and pictures from the early days of Linden and companies with a long history of business in the town.  We celebrated several milestones -- General Magnaplate’s 60th anniversary in business, with 45 years in Linden.  We opened our Linden plant in 1967, at first manufacturing TUFRAM® pots and pans, then converting to industrial surface enhancement coatings a few years later.   

From our humble beginnings in a garage in 1952, General Magnaplate has grown into a company with three plants in North America and licensees across the globe.  Our founder, Dr. Charles P. Covino, had great pride in America and its spirit of invention.  His background in engineering, chemistry and metallurgy brought forth many innovations in surface enhancement coatings.  Back in the 1960’s, some of his earliest coating inventions were utilized by NASA in its fledgling space program.  Our involvement continues to this day with coatings on parts for astronauts’ spacesuits , the International Space Station and the Rovers exploring Mars . And now, the era of commercial spacecraft is underway with SpaceX’s historic Dragon mission to the Space Station. For the latest on America’s space program, visit http://www.nasa.gov.

The countdown continues as NASA prepares for the landing of Curiosity on Mars.  The Rover is a mobile laboratory; its 23 month long mission – to find evidence if conditions have been favorable to microbial life on Mars. NASA has even created a free 3D app for iPhone and iPad detailing the robotic elements of the Rover and two other spacecraft.  

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NASA’s Rover Curiosity has begun sending images back from the surface of Mars, including panoramas of the Gale Crater landing site.  Over the course of a full Martian year (687 Earth days), Curiosity will analyze samples of soil and rocks looking for signs of past life.  Click here for the latest updates on the Rover and images.  

Congratulations Candi!

General Magnaplate’s staff, customers and vendors would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Candi Aversenti, CEO of General Magnaplate, on her 30 years of service at the Company and also to mark the celebration of her 60th birthday! Dr. Covino established General Magnaplate the year that Candi was born. After joining the company in 1982, she took over the reins from her father as CEO in 1999. Dr. Covino sadly left us in 2007 at the age of 82 but his spirit of invention and pushing the boundaries of coatings technology remains strong at the Company. 

Remembering Dr. Charles P. Covino, General Magnaplate’s founding father.

Candi Aversenti celebrates 30 years at General Magnaplate.

General Magnaplate is proudly celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and the timing could not be better as it coincides with the successful launch of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule. Dr. Charles P. Covino, affectionately known as “Doc”, established the company in 1952 and the rest, as they say is history. Candi Aversenti, CEO of General Magnaplate, comments, “We are extremely proud to be celebrating sixty years in business, but more so we are proud to celebrate sixty years of serving our customers, sixty years of improving the quality of our customers’ products, and sixty years of contributing to some of mankind’s most valuable products and endeavors, including the NASA space program. General Magnaplate has a long history in the U.S. space program and the Company’s coatings have been utilized by NASA for coating mission-critical parts on virtually every vehicle sent into space.” “With such a strong aerospace background, General Magnaplate’s coatings were a natural choice” adds Candi Aversenti. “Our coatings have been engineered to withstand the harshest of environments, and for 60 years they have proven their ability to perform in mission-critical situations such as space flight.”

SpaceX holds a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to fly 12 unmanned supply missions to the space station, and the Dragon is the first privately developed spacecraft to visit the International Space Station. Dragon is not only the first privately developed spacecraft to successfully return from Earth orbit, but it is also the only reusable spacecraft in operation today. Aversenti continues, “We understand that space travel is one of the most exciting yet most difficult of all human endeavors. General Magnaplate is constantly innovating and developing new coating technologies and are proud that our coatings are playing a part in the dawn of a new age of space travel. This is another momentous step in the 60 year history of our company.” 

Robotic Arm Grapples SpaceX Dragon at International Space Station


General Magnaplate celebrated its 60th anniversary with a visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, to view the newly installed space shuttle Enterprise.  Unfortunately, the shuttle and its protective pavilion sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy.  We have made our 2012 Holiday donation to the Intrepid Museum to support their efforts to make repairs and reopen to the public. We also contribute to these organizations: Heifer International, American Red Cross, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Special Olympics,Kaleidoscope of Hope, American Cancer Society, and our local emergency services and food bank. May the spirit of the holiday season inspire you! 

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