Construction has Been Completed for New Solar Atmospheres Facility in California

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World's largest vacuum heat treating company Solar Atmospheres has just finished the first phase of construction for its California facility and is looking forward to servicing the west coast.

Solar Atmospheres of California (SAC) has completed construction of a new 22,000 square foot facility in Fontana, CA. The plant is situated on over 2.5 acres with plenty of room for expansion. Populating the building with equipment and support systems is nearing completion.

Five vacuum furnaces will be installed initially, which will be two high-pressure, 10-bar quench furnaces and three 2-bar quench furnaces. The largest furnace is a 24-foot car bottom vacuum furnace with two load cars for optimum utilization. This furnace is currently installed and in full operation along with a six foot 10-Bar horizontal vacuum furnace capable of performing Solar’s patented Low Pressure Vacuum Carburizing process. Other vacuum furnaces will include two 4-foot furnaces, (1) 2-Bar, (1) 10-Bar and a lab furnace. The new facility is also equipped with large air furnaces, large cryogenic freezers and hardness testing machines. A 10-ton crane spans the entire building allowing for overhead access to virtually every piece of equipment in the facility. A drive-in bay has been added for loading and unloading of large flatbed trucks and an onsite bulk gas storage facility will supply nitrogen, argon and helium. In addition, a brazing room has been built in the facility to handle the preparation of parts as long as 24 feet. Vacuum brazing furnaces are installed and fully operational.

Solar’s newest facility offers the company’s full complement of processes currently available within the Solar group. SAC’s primary focus is to service customers in the western United States. Some of our services include annealing, stress relieving, age hardening, degassing, solution treating, brazing, carburizing, homogenizing, magnetic annealing, hydriding and hardening. SAC also offers process development that can be customer specific.

SAC’s Quality Department led by Quality Manager Alan Rachman and assisted by Solar’s Corporate Quality Director, Mike Moffit, have begun the approvals process. Solar fully expects to be AS9100 Rev B/ISO9001:2008 approved in April 2011 and NADCAP approved in May 2011.

Mike Drakeley has moved to California from Solar Atmospheres in Souderton, Pennsylvania, and leads the Sales Department for SAC. Mike brings over 17 years of experience in vacuum heat treating and brazing. Mike will work with customers and prospects to ensure that we understand their needs and that we meet those needs in a cost effect manner.

Dan Barszcz has also made the transition from Souderton, Pennsylvania, to Southern California. Dan has been with Solar Atmospheres for over 11 years and comes with many years of shop experience. Most recently, Dan’s role was as a Quality Technician. Dan’s assignment in the new CA facility will be as Production Manager. Additionally, Jim Anderson has relocated Southern California. Jim has been with Solar for six years and comes to CA with experience in both the Production and Maintenance Departments.

Derek Dennis, President states, “I am very pleased to be up and operational. We look forward to the new challenges that lie ahead. The initial response from our customers has been very positive. I look forward to meeting every customer in an effort to exceed their expectations. In addition, I would like to extend an open invitation to come and visit our brand new facility.

"Although the first phase of building is now nearing completion, SAC is aware that this is only the first step in a long journey. We are committed to become the west coast’s obvious choice for vacuum heat treating and brazing through honesty, integrity, responsiveness, accountability and an overall unwavering commitment to unmatched customer service.”

Solar Atmospheres also operates in two other locations in the United States. The corporate headquarters is located in Souderton, PA, and Solar Atmospheres of Western PA is located in Hermitage, PA.

Solar Atmospheres is the world’s largest commercial vacuum heat treating company that is servicing the industry today. Through extensive processing knowledge and precise temperature controls, customer specifications can be met while achieving minimal distortion and bright, scale-free results. Solar’s extensive capabilities include over 50 furnaces for vacuum heat treating and brazing services, ranging from lab size to the world’s largest commercial vacuum furnace (36 feet long, 150,000 pound capacity). Solar maintains the highest standards of quality, and your total satisfaction is our goal.

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