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Specialty Steel Treating Inc.

Midwest

	 Part	quantities	can	range	from	five	
pieces	 for	 the	 aerospace	 industry	 to	
many	thousands	for	the	industrial	and	
automotive	 industries.	 "The	 higher	
volumes	are	going	to	be	at	the	Malyn	
and	 Farmington	 Hills	 facilities,	 and	
lower	 volume	 aerospace	 configurations	 will	 be	 processed	 within	 the	
Commerce	facility,"	Sosnowski	says.

Certification and Inspection
Specialty	 Steel	 Treating	 was	 chosen	
for	the	pilot	program	of	the	National	
Aerospace	 and	 Defense	 Contractors	
Accreditation	Program	(Nadcap).	Nadcap	 is	 a	 worldwide	 cooperative	 program	of	major	companies	designed	to	
manage	a	cost-effective	consensus	approach	to	special	processes	and	products,	and	provide	continual	improvement	within	the	aerospace	industries.	
Because	Specialty	Steel	Treating	participated	 in	 the	 pilot	 program	 of	 this	
accreditation	program	in	1994,	it	was	
the	 first	 company	 to	 be	 Nadcap-certified.	 The	 company's	 variety	 of	 additional	 certifications,	 such	 as	 ISO	
9002,	TS	16949	and	AS	9100,	is	one	of	
its	strongest	competitive	advantages.	
	 Specialty	 Steel	 Treating	 Inc.	 inspects	its	parts	and	performs	destructive	 and	 non-destructive	 testing	 on	
them.	 These	 inspections	 can	 include	
but	are	not	limited	to	microhardness	
and	microstructure,	surface	and	core	
hardness	and	tensile	strength.	
	 "What	 we	 do	 in	 our	 metallurgical	
labs	is	we	simply	inspect	the	properties	 that	 we	 alter,"	 Sosnowski	 says.	
"During	 case	 hardening,	 you're	 putting	 a	 harder	 case	 on	 the	 part	 so	 the	
surface	 is	 harder	 than	 the	 center	 for	
wear	resistance,	but	then	there's	still	
ductility	in	the	part.	This	design	is	desirable	for	certain	gears	and	bearings	
to	maximize	performance	and	life.
	 "Some	of	the	tests	are	destructive,	
where	we	will	cut	or	section	a	part	to	

specialty steel treating
invested $1.6 million in a
furnace that is automated
with multiple robots.

prepare	 for	 micro-analysis,"	 Sosnowski	continues.	"We	will	examine	
microstructures	through	one	of	our	
microscopes,	and	use	one	of	our	microhardness	 testers	 to	 test	 for	 case	
depth	via	a	microhardness	profile.	A	
small	 sample	 of	 parts	 are	 sectioned	
for	 destructive	 testing	 and	 a	 larger	
sample	of	parts	are	hardness-tested.	
For	 some	 applications,	 we	 do	 100	
percent	 nondestructive	 testing	 via	
eddy-current	testing."

Long-time Customers
Specialty	Steel	Treating	works	with	
its	 customers	 to	 develop	 innovative	and	proprietary	processes.	"We	
have	customers	that	we've	been	doing	 business	 with	 and	 grown	 with	
for	 well	 over	 30	 years.	 "	 Sosnowski	
notes.	 "As	 they	 succeed,	 we	 succeed.	 Also,	 we	 are	 under	 very	 strict	
non-disclosure	agreements	with	our	
customers.	 What	 we	 help	 develop	
here	 ourselves	 or	 together	 we	 keep	
to	 ourselves	 -	 it's	 our	 intellectual	
property	 and	 our	 competitive	 edge.	
We	 hold	 our	 partnerships	 with	 our	
customers	to	a	very	high	standard."

	 As	 far	 as	 competitive	 advantages,	
Sosnowski	cites	"our	willingness	to	
invest	 with	 our	 customers	 and	 our	
tight	 quality	 system	 that	 we	 have	
in	place.	We	will	never	compromise	
quality	or	our	customer's	brand	image."	 An	 example	 of	 Specialty	 Steel	
Treating's	 willingness	 to	 invest	 in	
its	 business	 is	 the	 $1.6	 million	 it	
spent	 recently	 to	 install	 an	 innovative	furnace	that	is	completely	automated	with	multiple	robots.
	 Besides	 long-time	 customers,	 the	
family	 owned	 and	 managed	 company	 also	 has	 long-time	 employees.	
"We	 have	 a	 low	 turnover	 because	
of	 our	 family	 history	 and	 the	 level	
of	respect	that	management	has	for	
the	all	associates,"	Sosnowski	says.
Specialty	 Steel	 Treating	 recruits	
employees	 from	 technical	 colleges	
and	 through	 the	 internships	 it	 offers.	"Where	we're	having	difficulty	
hiring	 is	 for	 the	 quality	 technicians	
and	the	more	entry-level	positions,"	
Sosnowski	 reports.	 The	 company	
offers	 its	 employees	 extensive	 inhouse	 training	 both	 in	 small	 classroom	groups	and	on	the	job.
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