Louisiana Plating & Coatings has opened its 80,000-square-foot plating and coatings facility in Scott.
The company is now providing area industries, primarily oilfield service companies, with corrosion protection services — including salt bath nitriding, phosphate, and spray coatings — and in late July plans to open its electroless nickel plating line.
LP&C is a wholly-owned division of Houston Plating & Coatings, a two-decades-old Houston-based provider of corrosion prevention services. “HP&C has a significant customer base in Louisiana, and having these services available in Louisiana will significantly decrease the turnaround times for [oilfield service companies] and other Louisiana-based manufacturers,” says William Howard, CEO of HP&C.
Under construction for the past year, the plant encompass nearly 3.5 acres under roof:
• A 20-foot (3,200 gallon) electroless nickel plating tank capable of handling large parts;
• Two Salt Bath Nitride/Quench Polish Quench lines (QPC is a specialized type of nitrocarburizing case hardening that increases corrosion resistance, originally developed by the Kolene Company. The name refers to the three steps involved: nitrocarburizing, polishing and post-oxidizing;
• Two 10-foot ovens and two 25-foot spray booths;
• A phosphate line large enough to handle a 20,000 pound part; and
• A 10,000-square-foot spray coatings and phosphate building, including five- and 10-ton cranes.
Howard points out that the new Louisiana plant is a continuation of HP&C’s planned expansion of its facilities, which includes growing operations at the company’s Humble, and Tyler, Texas, plants.