Blue Origin tours Metal Finishing Company during June 2021 Supply Chain Development visit

Bob Babst, Rob Babst, and Mike Marasco (Director of Customer Relations) of Metal Finishing Company discuss Blue Origin’s strategy for exploring the Wichita supply base with CEO Bob Smith

Metal Finishing Company was honored to welcome Blue Origin CEO Dr. Bob Smith and his team to Wichita during their supply chain development visit in June 2021.  The visit was also hosted and coordinated by Senator Jerry Moran as well as the Greater Wichita Partnership for economic development. 

Metal Finishing Company is well positioned to provide inspection and processing services for the Space Industry and is eager to take on this new challenge.  Our President Rob Babst had this to say during the facility tour:

“As a 3rd Generation family owned business here in Wichita, Metal Finishing Company has long been focused on the local aerospace community.  From our management team to each and every employee here at Metal Finishing – we absolutely share a passion for manufacturing and aerospace in this state, and we look forward to working hard each and every day to do our part in the Blue Origin Supply Chain.”

The visit was also covered by local media and reported on by Daniel McCoy of the Wichita Business Journal as follows:

One of the biggest names in the new space race is ready to do business with Wichita. 

Bob Babst discussing the history of Metal Finishing Company with Senator Jerry Moran

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) this week, in conjunction with the Greater Wichita Partnership, hosted Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith at a dinner with local aerospace leaders and a tour of several suppliers the following day. 

And as the young company ramps up, Smith said during a stop at Metal Finishing Co., the local supplier density and capability makes Wichita a potential “one-stop shop” for much of what Blue Origin needs. 

“It’s so important for us to partner commercially with a wide supply base,” he said. “We’re really imploring the Wichita supply base to come with us on this great adventure for what we’re going to go do next in space. Kansas has a remarkable heritage in aerospace that’s almost unmatched.”

Blue Origin, which Smith said has grown five-fold in five years, will next month launch its New Shepard rocket into space with passengers for the first time — including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

But as the commercialization of space opens up new frontiers for companies like Blue Origin, Smith said there will be ever-increasing supply demand. 

Rob Babst, Phoebe Babst (4th Generation family employee), and Senator Moran touring the Murdock facility

And in a globally competitive aerospace industry, he hopes to keep as much of the industry in the U.S. as possible. 

“The reason I’m in Wichita is exactly that,” Smith said. “We are growing a space company. We really are in the second Golden Age of space flight.” 

The trip to Wichita was the company’s first such tour of a supplier community — and Moran said he hopes Smith and the leaders of other space companies will become familiar faces in town as the Air Capital ties itself to the burgeoning industry.

The goal, of course … is in the near future we learn of new business being conducted by Blue Origin with Wichita and Kansas companies,” he said. 

The Metal Finishing Company President Rob Babst said it’s a partnership that he would be grateful to be a part of. 

“We have to be competitive, other cities, other communities and other states really want what we have here in Kansas,” said Babst. 

Metal Finishing Company shares in the Blue Origin vision to commercialize space travel and looks forward to being a continued part of Mankind’s journey to the stars!

Electro-Zinc Line

Metal Finishing Company has installed and is operating a new fully automated twenty-foot long by five-foot deep electro-zinc line at the East Harry location. This line is strategically located in the same location as the hard metal heat treatment division. This allows a customer to ship parts requiring heat treatment and commercial zinc plating to one location, saving time and shipping costs. The customer can issue one purchase order for both services. The zinc bath is Trivalent clear zinc and meets the more commonly required now REACH standard. Yellow dichromate is also available in this line if it is required. The size of the line ensures a quick turnaround and exceptional quality.

Murdock Hard Anodize Line

Metal Finishing Company is pleased to announce we have completed installation of a new Hard Anodize line at our Murdock location. This line is currently focused on firearm related components and has the potential to take on a wide range of products in the aerospace, medical, and general commercial markets. With two dedicated hard anodize tanks we currently have significant excess capacity and look forward to future growth in this area. We are able to offer Hard Coat anodize with or without an added black dye for appearance.

Tony Velazquez, Murdock Processing Plant Manager, has this to say about the expansion: “I’m very pleased to have this new capability within the Metal Finishing Murdock facility. The ability to provide high volume hard anodize coatings on parts up to 8’ in length gives us a unique market presence and will allow us to grow in new areas outside our core aerospace focus. Our initial focus on firearm related components is particularly exciting to me and I look forward to expanding our presence in that area.”

Metal Finishing Company is able to accept FFL licensed components at the Murdock facility – please contact us with your Hard Anodize needs.

Mexico Paint Facility

Metal Finishing Company is pleased to announce we have expanded into an additional 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space located within our existing building in Chihuahua City, Mexico. This expansion houses our new aerospace painting department and has allowed us to improve our product flow throughout our facility. The area features (6) large paint booths and (2) dedicated curing ovens along with plenty of room for additional growth. Additionally, we have re-located masking resources so that we are now able to mask in proximity to our painting operations in line with lean manufacturing principles. Our part marking and final inspection area is also co-located in this new space for further integration and seamless product flow.

Rene Espinosa, Director of Mexico Operations for Metal Finishing, has this to say about the expansion: “I’m very pleased with our new paint shop area which will increase our capacity while improving our product flow. This will allow us to better serve our existing customer base and also opens up opportunity for new projects. As the aerospace economy of Mexico continues to grow, it is critical the supply chain is ready and able to support increased demand – with this expansion Metal Finishing Company is confident we have the resources in place to meet this need into the future.”

Ultrasonic 10-Axis System

Metal Finishing Company is proud to introduce our newest ultrasonic system to the fleet - a Matec 10 Axis Automated Scanning System. This system complements our existing capabilities by offering multi axis scanning of complex shaped parts. It is the latest in inspection technology by providing:

Partnership with Figeac-Aéro Groupe for 787 Dreamliner

Metal Finishing Company is proud to announce that we have signed a multi-year deal with France based Figeac Aero Groupe. This deal involves work on the door program of the award-winning Boeing Company’s 787 Dreamliner.

The deal was negotiated and signed at the Farnborough International Airshow, which is held at the Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, England. The agreed services will be performed in Metal Finishing’s Wichita facilities as well as its Chihuahua Mexico facility.

This deal was mostly made possible because of Metal Finishing Company’s unique distinction of having more special approvals for Boeing than any other company in the world. On top of the agreement Metal Finishing Company will receive a top-supplier recognition from Figeac-Aero.

Metal Finishing Steel Heat Treat

Metal Finishing Company began development of its heat treating facility in August 2012 when the plans were made for an aluminum heat treating plant to be added to Metal Finishing’s Murdock campus. By 2014 the decision to begin expanding into the steel processing was initiated and since late 2014 the Metal Finishing Steel heat Treat has been flourishing. The steel heat treat started out offering commercial processing for steels, stainless steels, tool steels, and titanium. As of 6/22/15 the steel heat treat was accredited to process Boeing product and on 9/10/15 was accredited with NADCAP certification. The plant has several other Prime Aerospace companies in the process of performing or scheduling audits to accredit the steel facility.

The steel processing is capable of:

The plant is capable of cryogenics from -100 F to -240 F limited only by part dimensions. The heat treat can process parts in integral batch, age, and temper that can fit into a 30” X 48” X 30” box. The vacuums have a working zone of 24”- 36” X 36” – 48” X 24” – 36” depending on unit used in processing. Cryogenics is limited to a 24” X 36” X 24 “work zone currently.

Materials being processed currently:

The plant is comprised:

We will soon open a full service lab (projected to open first quarter of 2016). It will provide:

Our future looks bright as we will have continued growth and will be moving towards processing capabilities in induction capabilities, low temperature nitriding, and brazing. We plan on expanding the work zone sizes in cryogenics, aging, annealling, and stress relieving as well. With these processing capabilities Metal Finishing Company is beyond a doubt one of, if not the largest one stop processing house in North America and the world for your NDT, Heat Treat, and Pre & Post Finishing needs.


Boeing Approves MFCO for Heat Treatment

The Boeing Company has granted Metal Finishing Company, Inc. Heat Treat Division, Wichita Kansas interim approval to process Stainless Steel, Titanium and related Vacuum Heat Treatment services based on a NADCAP audit that is scheduled for later this year. This was accomplished under the direction of Gene Westphal, Manager Heat Treat Operations, Duane Heinrich, Special Projects / Steel Heat Treat Manager and Keith Kastner Quality Manager Heat Treat Operations and their respective teams. Congratulations on completing a monumental milestone in the 70 year history of Metal Finishing Company Inc. headquartered in Wichita Kansas. This addition complements the NADCAP approved Aluminum Heat Treatment, Non-Destructive Testing, Finishing and Plating of Aerospace parts and assemblies.

These additional Heat Treat approvals are detailed on the Boeing website D1-4426