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Specialty Steel Treating Inc.
www.sst.net / HQ: Fraser, Mich. / Employees: 220 / Specialty: Commercial heat treating /
Mark Sosnowski, VP: "Our continued success is driven by forming partnerships with our customers."

Midwest

specialty steel treating's services
include gas and vacuum carburization;
press-and-plug, roller and bath oil
quenching; and vacuum heat-treating.

The Heat is On

specialty steel treating's methods can aid everything
from aerospace to automotive. by russ gager
Heat-treating is a way of strengthening metal, and the demands on parts
handled by Specialty Steel Treating
Inc. are always increasing. "There's
a whole array of different heat-treat
processes and applications," Vice
President Mark Sosnowski explains.
"You heat-treat to strengthen parts
for their planned service life."
Among the processes offered by
Specialty Steel Treating are gas and
vacuum carburization; press-andplug, roller and bath oil quenching;
vacuum heat-treating, normalizing,
carbonitriding and gas nitriding; and
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neutral and precipitation hardening. The company serves a variety of
industries: 40 percent aerospace, 25
percent industrial, 10 percent truck,
8 percent heavy equipment, 7 percent
rail, 5 percent automotive and 5 percent firearms.
The 60-year-old company has
94,000 square feet of manufacturing
space in its three operating facilities
in Fraser, Mich., where it is also headquartered. Manufacturing occupies
44,000 square feet in Farmington
Hills, Mich., and 42,000 square feet in
East Granby, Conn. A 31,000-square-

foot distribution center for the Michigan operations also is in Fraser.
Each plant has its specialty. The
plant on Commerce Road in Fraser specializes in aerospace parts for
commercial and military aircraft that
are flight-critical, such as transmission gears, bearings and shafts. The
plant on Malyn Road in Fraser produces tapered bearings. "We've grown the
facility to do industrial and aerospace
bearings as well as railroad wheel
bearings," Sosnowski says. "We are
one of the only commercial heat treat
companies to offer full CMM inspection of hardstock for our customers."
Farmington Hills does more automotive and truck parts, and the East
Granby facility produces aerospace
parts for military and commercial aircraft and also parts for firearms and
other industries.


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