WATERLOO — Advanced Heat Treat Corp. has officially broken ground on a new 15,000-square-foot expansion at its corporate headquarters at 2825 MidPort Blvd.
It is first expansion at its corporate headquarters since it broke ground on the airport location in 1998. The new addition will allow AHT to segregate its trademark processes and maintain its state-of-the-art manufacturing presence.
The new expansion will also bring with it two new gaseous ferritic nitriding/nitrocarburzing units with sizes up to 13 feet tall and 5 feet wide. The new additions will be twofold: the larger unit (13 foot by 5 foot) will allow AHT to grow its longer-like product line, for processing long plastic injection screws for the plastics industry, hydraulic cylinder rods for the agriculture and/or construction industry lines and various pump, motor, shaft components for the oil and energy industries, and the smaller unit (4 foot by 5 foot) will be designed to capture more of the aerospace product line market; this unit will be targeted to be Nadcap approved by late 2018 or early 2019.
By doing so, AHT will then have two Nadcap-approved processes inside its walls: ion nitriding and gaseous nitriding.
“This expansion will allow us better control of product flow, inventory control and process capacity,” said William Cowell, vice president of ion nitriding and plant manager. “We’ll be nearly doubling our gaseous nitriding capacity with these additional units and with the floor space, we’ll be able to better accommodate our customer demands.”
AHT has been at the forefront of ion nitriding since the company was founded in 1981 by CEO/owner Gary Sharp. It currently has 55 ion/gaseous nitriding units across its four locations: 2825 MidPort Blvd., 2839 Burton Ave., Monroe, Mich., and Cullman, Ala.