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Hausner Hard Chrome
www.hausnerinc.com / HQ: Owensboro, Ky. /Jeff Hausner, owner: "No matter what the future
holds for industry, we want to improve our ability to add value to our customer's bottom line."

South

cies began scooping up German scientists and engineers. Hans Hausner
received offers from Chrysler and the
U.S. Army to bring his chrome-plating
technology stateside.
Hans Hausner moved his family to Chicago where he founded a
small chrome plating plant. In 1969,
Hans' son, Wolfgang, opened his own
chrome-plating business in Elk Grove
Village, Ill. The company remains in
the family and is now owned by Wolfgang's sons, Jeff and David Hausner.

Creating Versatility

wolfgang hausner founded
the chrome-plating business
in 1969, and it remains family
owned and operated.

Smart Solutions

hausner hard chrome keeps clients productive
with its high-quality coatings. by tim o'connor

A large energy company had an
idea for a new, massive cylinder barrel for its offshore rigs in 2008, but it
encountered trouble finding partners
who could pull it off. The energy company through its industry partners
developed a 30-foot-long cylinder
barrel with an 18-inch inner diameter and wanted to coat the ID with
chrome in one pass. The company
went to many of the big chrome platers in Europe, but none of them had a
process that fit the specifications.
Only Hausner Hard Chrome (HHC)
had the ability to undertake the challenge. The company retrofitted its
facility in Owensboro, Ky., to add catwalks and an auxiliary crane so that
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workers could walk above the barrels.
With some innovative thinking and
the right investment, the company
was able to create a chrome-plating
process for large cylinder barrels that
no competitor could match.
Understanding how to develop
unique solutions for customers comes
from decades of experience in the industry. Chrome plating has been part
of the Hausner family for four generations. Hans Hausner operated one of
the largest chrome-plating shops in
Germany during World War II until
the end of the war when Russian forces took over the area.
With the war in Europe over, American companies and government agen-

HHC provides industrial hard chrome
plating and many other coating services to a number of industries and a
variety of applications. The company's many coatings are used on machinery parts in places such as steel,
aluminum and paper mills; food,
chemical and pharmaceutical production; mining, rubber and plastic
industries; roofing, building and material manufacturing; along with newer markets in power and wind production. "No matter what the future
holds for industry we want to improve
our ability to add value to our customer's bottom line," Jeff Hausner says.
He credits the company's versatility for its success. Both Dave and Jeff
Hausner began working at HHC when
they were in their teens, by the time
Dave and Jeff graduated high school
they had been involved working in
a number of the production departments. They were also moved around
wherever they were needed.
It is the same for all of HHC's employees. People might start in one
area, but they rotate over to every part
of production. In this way, employees
learn how to handle every piece of the
production process, allowing Hausner to position them to maximize productivity. "It was a smart way of doing


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