The installation of solar panels on the roof of General Magnaplate’s Ventura, California facility has helped us become even more ‘green’.  Electrical consumption has been cut by 55-100% depending on the month of the year and available daylight.  In addition, energy from the panels being fed back into the grid on weekends as well as before and after working hours has enabled the Ventura plant to be billed at about a 55% lower rate.  This will provide several thousand dollars in savings each year for the facility and help the environment at the same time.  

General Magnaplate proudly celebrated its 60th anniversary at three separate locations this year: the USS Intrepid Museum in NY, the Texas Rangers ballpark in Arlington, TX and at the Squashed Grapes Winery in California.


The celebration at the USS Intrepid was particularly apt because of General Magnaplate’s long history of working on defense applications. The USS Intrepid also known as The Fighting “I”, is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name. Commissioned in August 1943, Intrepid participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, most notably the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The carrier was used to recover Mercury and Gemini astronauts during the 1960’s when they splashed down into ocean after Earth orbit during the early days of America’s space program. The entire staff from the New Jersey plant visited the great aircraft carrier and were also able to see the Enterprise space shuttle which is on display at the Intrepid.


Texas celebrated the 60th anniversary with America’s favorite pasttime at the Texas Rangers ballpark in Arlington. They really hit it out of the park that night!


The California plant celebrated the anniversary in style at one of the State’s premier wineries. Magnaplate’s coatings are used in bottling and labeling lines around the world,  always nice to sample some of the product too!  

General Magnaplate Texas recently increased its NEDOX® capacity to better service our customers. We can process parts up to 20 feet in length, up to 3.5 tons and up to 25 inches in diameter in the longest tanks in the south and southwest USA. We can also provide our customers with electroless nickel plating utilizing these larger processing tanks. Parts such as a 6" diameter x 15’ long extruder shaft used to move PPE in the petrochemical industry, and a 15’ long rotor used down-hole for the oil and gas industry can now be coated at our Arlington, Texas facility. 

 If you need coefficient of friction values for your engineering calculations, General Magnaplate’s New Friction Calculator can help. Available for both iPhones and Android devices, the new app provides static and dynamic coefficients of friction (COF) for more than 200 pairings of commonly used materials and engineered coatings. Friction Calculator’s materials database is continually updated with new materials and coatings. 

Other features include a Surface Engineering Resources section offering information on understanding coefficient of friction, surface roughness, calculating corrosion rates, wear mechanisms and thread tolerances. In addition, the Friction Engineering Help area enables users to easily contact General Magnaplate’s technical service department to ask for help with your surface enhancement problems.

Search iTunes or Google Play to download the version for your device. A web version of the app for desktop use is available at: 

Last December, General Magnaplate’s employees collected much-needed items for our troops and sent them to the 576th Engineer Company at Shindand Airbase in Afghanistan. The Company was so grateful for the care package they received and for being remembered during the holidays that they sent us a certificate of appreciation, signed by their First Sergeant and Commanding Officer. General Magnaplate is proud to support our troops and has already decided to tie in our annual Earth Day celebration later this month with another care package for them in remembrance of Memorial Day. We are asking our employees to bring in supermarket plastic bags for recycling, and for each employee that contributes, we will set aside money to purchase items for our soldiers. Look for a future post for more details.  

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