Jan 25, 2016

Hohman Plating has been working with National Labs and particularly, NASA Glenn, for over 50 years.  Through licenses and collaboration, Hohman Plating has been able to commercialize many specialized and unique coatings.  Hohman Plating is excited to be the only licensed source by NASA for the plasma spray application of the PS 300/PS 400 solid lubricant coating for high temperature applications.


Please see ‘Trending with Tech Transfer’ article on page 5 using the following link, courtesy of NASA Glenn Research Center, Aerospace Frontiers:

Oct 22, 2015

Manufacturing drives billions of dollars into the local economy. DRMA’s show (AMTS) provides companies here a chance to connect with the most important advancements and showcase their own capabilities.  Please click below to read article and see Hohman Plating.

Oct 8, 2015

A special thanks goes out to the DRMA and staff for putting on a very successful outing and to the Walnut Grove CC staff for their hospitality.  Hohman Plating is very grateful to be a part of such a great organization, DRMA, and appreciates all they do to promote Manufacturing in the Miami Valley.

Team Hohman won the event with Gross low score of -11 (61) and won 2 Closest to the Pins.

(In picture from left to right: Bill Boerger, Tyler McConnell, Bill Fitzgerald and Jon Leavell)


Jul 14, 2015

Hohman Plating is now officially approved by Pratt & Whitney to process Hard Chrome plating to the AMS 2406 specification, which for Pratt Whitney is listed as PWA-S-2406.   This now means we are approved for PWA to the following chemical processing specifications:

AMS 2403 – Nickel plating

AMS 2416 – Nickel Cadmium

AMS 2406 – Hard Chrome plating

Jun 29, 2015

At the SUR/FIN show in Schaumburg, IL on June 9th, 2015, Bill Miller, Chief Engineering Officer, accepted the “Top Shop” award.  Bill commented ‘We are very pleased with this top shop recognition.  It reminds us that we continue to do the right things for our customers, employees and our community.’

Established in 1918, we have over 90 years of experience in matching the right coating to the evolving demands of a multitude of industries.  Our customers turn to us first when faced with tough coating challenges.

Apr 2, 2014

We are now approved for AMS-2403, 2406, and 2416 for Pratt & Whitney.

As of December 19, 2013, Hohman Plating is approved for

  • AMS-2403 (Nickel Plating)
  • AMS-2406 (Hard Chrome Plating)
  • AMS-2416 (Nickel-Cadmium Diffused Plating)

For additional information, please contact Sales at 937-228-2191 or e-mail


Nov 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin recognizes Hohman Plating for priority expedite service request!

“In our business we must get our products to the production
lines on a regular schedule. We rely on dependable service from suppliers like
Hohman Plating to help us keep our schedule and satisfy our customers. We want
you to know that we appreciate your efforts and look forward to continuing our
business relationship.  I do want to mention that your “customer service
team” has worked with us in professional and  friendly manner as I
continue to expedite an move this order through the process.  Sometimes it
is not easy to understand my side of an expedited order; they seem to
understand and move our orders through with resolve of our mission.  I
thank both of them for that.  Once more, thank you!”

L.W.R., Lockheed Martin

Sep 30, 2013
Hohman Plating has been approved by Aerojet/Rocketdyne as a supplier for process AMS-2470.  AMS-2470 is the process of providing Chromic Anodize coating on aluminum components.  Chromic Anodize coating allows for corrosion resistance and is also a preparation for painting and other coatings.  Therefore, if you are machining aluminum components where the surface has faying or traps electrolyte, requires corrosion resistance, or needs a surface prep for paint or other coatings, give Hohman Plating a call and let us help you determine if this is the correct process for you.
May 29, 2013
Rickey Gayheart, Solution Control Manager, is celebrating his 30-year anniversary with Hohman Plating.
May 15, 2013

We have a perfect score on Quality and Delivery from one of our Top Customers!

We have a 100% rating for Quality indicating zero quality defects and 100% rating for on-time Delivery.

Apr 24, 2013

Curt Bush reaches 56 years at Hohman Plating!

According to the very oldest archived records, Curt has been with Hohman Plating longer than any current or former employee.  It seems unbelievable in this day and age that a person works 56 years.  Add that to 56 years with one employer.  That probably puts Curt in the top 99.9999 percent of all people (one in a million).

Curt started at Hohman Plating on March 12, 1957.  Curt moved up from Kentucky with his family to Dayton to begin his career as a production plater.  His first job was working with the original master anodizer, Artman Moore.  They worked in the area that is presently the phosphate department.  At that time we did sulfuric and chromic anodize only.  We also had black dye along with dichromate and hot water sealing solutions.

Curt branched out to learn Precious metal plating, plating Gold, silver, indium and rhodium.  Since going to part-time status, Curt has learned how to rack plate complex parts that are coated with Copper, Bright Nickel and Chrome.  Curt also worked overtime doing installation of plumbing and mechanical systems.  Curt was part of the early Saturday morning maintenance crew in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  Curt worked with legends such as Manuel Gayheart and Ray Mahan.

Curt officially retired from full-time duty on September 26, 1997.  He took 6 months off and now continues to work part-time as a blasting operator for aerospace parts, racker, unracker, and inspector for difficult decorative chrome automotive and decorative  hardware.

Curt has been married to his wife Geneva for 58 years.  Curt has 2 daughters,  5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Congratulations to Curt for his 56 years and still counting.

Thanks for all the great results and the wonderful memories,

Bill Miller


Apr 23, 2013

Delmas Stephens surpasses 47 years at Hohman Plating!

According to the archive records, Delmas has been at Hohman Plating the second longest of any employee (second ONLY to the 55 year and counting record of Curt Bush).  This tenure record is not nearly as impressive as compared to the impressive list of parts that Delmas has processed.  Delmas has coated jet engine parts, defense parts, turbine gears, aircraft fasteners, automotive brake fluid covers, refrigerator parts, medical bed parts, boat horn hardware, Harley-Davidson parts, Delta faucet parts, Tiffany lamps, and WWF Championship Belts.  On the automotive side, Delmas has plated wire wheels, headlamps reflectors, window frames, bumpers, grills, exhaust manifolds and the list goes on and on.

Delmas started working in the barrel “room” and it was only a room.  It occupied half of what is currently the Decorative Chrome Department.  The floors were hardwood and very slick from the cleaners and other chemicals.  All parts were cleaned in large stainless steel baskets.  There were NO hoists.  This was a very physically demanding job with a production rate of three barrels per hour, 24 in a shift.

Delmas eventually moved to the Decorative Chrome Department to rack plate difficult parts with Bright Nickel and Chrome.  Delmas was also a part of the early Saturday morning maintenance crew in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  Delmas worked with legends such as Manuel Gayheart and Ray Mahan.

Delmas officially retired from full-time duty on March 3, 2006.  He took a couple of months off and now continues to work part-time as a Specialty Decorative Chrome plating operator, only working on the most difficult commercial automotive and decorative Hardware.

Delmas has been married to his wife Glenda for 45 years.  Delmas has 3 grandchildren.

Congratulations to Delmas for his 47 years and still counting.

Thanks for all the great results,

Bill Miller


Apr 9, 2013

Please visit us at booth #2443.  The MRO Americas Show will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center April 16 - 18.

Click here to register:

The MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) Americas Show brings together leaders in the Aviation and MRO industries including Boening, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney and many others.  Conference Topics include Airline Operations, Propulsion, Advanaced Materials, Avionics, Logistics & Suplly Chain, and Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul.

Mar 12, 2013
Hohman Plating has received Merit certification through Nadcap (National Aerospace and Defense Contactors Accreditation Program) for Chemical Processing.  Hohman Plating already had Merit status for Vacuum Coatings.
Aug 30, 2012

A proprietary coating provided by Hohman Plating is now a part of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory, Curisoity, the next Mars Rover.

Hohman Plating has a long history of developing and engineering coatings for use in space.  From the Space Shuttle expeditions to satellite launches to the new Mars Rover mission, we are committed and excited to be included in the past, present, and most importantly, future of space exploration.

Aug 20, 2012

A recently published video created for the City of Dayton features key leaders of aerospace including Hohman Plating.  To view the video, click on the following link:  "Evolution of a Dayton Original: Aerospace Technology"


"This video presents three growing enterprises that are taking advantage of the region's rich base of resources for current and future success.  The businesses highlighted in the four-minute production are IDCAST, Hohman Plating and Manufacturing and GE Aviation."  - BizBites


Mar 1, 2012

In recent months, Hohman Plating has added a Controller, an Organizational Development Specialist, an Account Manager, and five (5) new operators.

Feb 9, 2012
Hohman Plating now certifies to ASTM-B-700 Grade D.
Oct 31, 2011

Products Finishing, Tim Pennington, Editor.

AutoPlan takes guesswork out of order entry.

Oct 28, 2011

By Thomas  Gnau, Dayton Daily News, Staff Writer           

Oct 28, 2011
Hohman Plating was recently approved for a Federal Firearms License (FFL.)
Aug 26, 2011
President, Dave Fulton, and Engineer, Andrew Lambers, recently attended the AESF Electroplating and Surface Finishing CEF (Certified Electroplater-Finisher) Course.
Aug 26, 2011
General Manager, Dave Fulton, has been promoted to President. Owner and former President, Bill Miller, will continue his role as CEO.
Aug 15, 2011
Hohman has passed the stringent requirements for AS 9100
Jun 16, 2011
On June 16 and 17, 2011, Technical Service Manager, Todd Boyer, and Engineer, Dale Allard, attended The Science and Engineering of Hardcoat Anodizing through the LightMetals Institute.