Products Finishing names APT ‘Top Shop’ for Fourth Straight Year

Products Finishing Magazine Awards APT ‘Top Shop’

Milwaukee, WI: Advanced Plating Technologies has been named one of the best finishing shops in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive year, according to an industry benchmarking survey conducted by Products Finishing magazine, a trade publication which has covered the industry since 1938. This is the third year in which the survey has been conducted and since the inception, APT is 1 of only 16 shops that has been awarded the Top Shop award each all four years.

The magazine conducted an extensive benchmarking survey that analyzed finishing companies in several different areas, including current finishing technology, finishing practices and performances, business strategies and performances, and training and human resources. Out of 2,540 active metal finishing job shops in the U.S., only the top 50 shops out of approximately 200 that choose to apply each year are given the honor of being a Products Finishing magazine ‘Top Shop’ based on a scoring matrix of those four criteria.

“Advanced Plating Technologies has established itself as one of the best finishing operations in the industry,” said Tim Pennington, editor of Products Finishing magazine. “The criteria we used was very stringent, and only the finishing shops that excelled in all four areas made the list.”

“We are extremely excited to be recognized as one of Products Finishing magazine’s ‘Top Shops’,” said Matt Lindstedt, President, Advanced Plating Technologies. “We have been focused as a company on the integration of people, business systems and finishing technology to become one of the best metal finishing job shops in the country. We have invested a great deal of time and resources in hiring and training key employees, making strategic capital investments and facility expansions to drive towards this goal. Our current modernization and expansion of our electroless nickel capabilities, expansion in precious metal plating and the completion of a new high-capacity, and state-of-the-art waste treatment system are part of the largest capital investments in our company history. This award validates our ongoing continuous improvement efforts, to bring our customers best-value in metal finishing services.”

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APT Completes New Plating Line; Additional Expansions Planned for 2018

Capacity Expansions Are Underway at APT:

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New Plating Line at APT

Expansions are underway at Advanced Plating Technologies. In addition to 2018 being the 70th year in business, the fourth generation, family owned company has recently completed a brand new plating that will service rack and barrel copper. The new plating line is the first production line build at APT in over 7 years and the first new plating line in 20 years. This new infrastructure investment showcases the drive that Advanced Plating Technologies has to expanding as a company and staying downtown Milwaukee to continue providing jobs to over 80 individuals and counting.

“We are very excited to have this line up and running. Since investing so much into our waste treatment system in 2016, we have been committed to growing as a company more than ever and building additional infrastructure is the best way to do it,” said company President, Matt Lindstedt. The line was primarily assembled in-house with oversight and consulting from John Lindstedt (CEO), Matt Lindstedt (President), Erik Probasco (Plant Manager), Douglas Winslow (Facilities Manager) & James Lindstedt (Production Manager). “We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and experienced staff that was able to provide insight during the expansions” said company CEO, John Lindstedt.

In addition to the already completed line, APT plans to complete another barrel silver and tin plating line which is aiming to be live Q3 of 2018. “We will by far have the fastest turnaround and most capacity for barrel silver in the entire Midwest, if not the country” said Matt. “We will be designing the line exactly how our customers are demanding parts – with increased capacity and better efficiency.” The new plating line will allow APT to run both barrel and rack plating simultaneously with limited turnover time. Be sure to check in often for updates on the recent and planned expansions at Advanced Plating Technologies and see below for images of the new, completed plating line .

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APT Announces Matthew Lindstedt as President

Matthew Lindstedt Named President of APT

Milwaukee, January 10th, 2018 – Advanced Plating Technologies has announced Matthew Lindstedt has been named President effective January 1st, 2018. Former President, John Lindstedt, has been named Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

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Matthew Lindstedt

Matthew has been with Advanced Plating Technologies (formerly Artistic Plating Company) since 1990. He started in polishing and plating before moving to the Maintenance Department in 1992. While at Arizona State University, Matthew continued to work at APT during summer vacations and school breaks. After graduating college and a tour of service in the Air Force, Matthew returned to APT full time in 2003 when he became the Engineering Manager. He transitioned into the Technical Sales Manager role shortly after in 2005 where he remained the Technical Sales Manager until 2018. During his tenure as Technical Sales Manager, Matthew expanded APT’s sales into new markets including Ammunition, Firearms, and Oil & Gas and led the company to more technically-focused industries.

“Matt has helped transform APT into what it is today”, said CEO John Lindstedt. “His vision, leadership skills and work ethic are a few of the attributes that he will bring as President. Our goal is to be the most technically proficient metal finishing shop in the United States and I feel Matt is the best choice to lead that continued effort.”

About Matthew Lindstedt

Matthew, 41, has been with Advanced Plating Technologies for 27 years and worked full time for the company for 15 years. He graduated from Arizona State University on a ROTC Scholarship in 1999 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduating from Arizona State, Matthew served in the United States Air Force from 1999-2003. Matthew achieved Professional Engineer (P.E.) accreditation in 2003.

About Advanced Plating Technologies

Advanced Plating Technologies is a Fourth Generation Family Owned company and currently has over 70 employees. Advanced Plating Technologies is an industry leading, plating and powder coating company that provides engineered solutions in surface finishing across a range of demanding industries including the medical, defense, power transmission/distribution, telecommunication and the oil & gas markets.  Founded in 1948 as Artistic Plating Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the current name reflects an engineering focus and commitment to technological growth to provide exacting plating, passivation and powder coating services for major OEMs and quality-focused suppliers. For more information please visit

Advanced Plating Technologies to Exhibit at 2018 SHOT Show

2018 SHOT Show Set For January 23-26

Advanced Plating Technologies will be exhibiting at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s show marks a milestone 15 years that APT has exhibited at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. This will also be the 40th Anniversary of the show which is held each year and organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and is the largest of its type for the shooting, hunting and firearms industry.

“We have seen the ammunition and firearm industry at high and low points throughout our tenure with providing surface finishing solutions. I think it shows very positive about the industry and the NSSF to be able to continuously provide a high quality show for 40 years”, said Technical Sales Manager, Matt Lindstedt. Advanced Plating Technologies will be showcasing its full line of proprietary ammunition and firearm cornerstone finishes at the show: Ducta-Bright 7a® Nickel, Black-TPD®, Eclipse-TPD® and Tacti-Black® Electroless Nickel as well as copper plating for bullets and projectiles.

“Our engineering and production staff has been hard at work developing new surface finishing technologies and we are excited to be pushing a new post-plate finish option, HP+™, for use on our black nickel and black electroless nickel finishes” said Sales & Marketing Associate, Scott Benson. HP+™ is a proprietary process in which a rare earth metal molecular sealer is bonded to the surface which enhances the depth of the black and reduces the luster (brightness) of the finish. It will also improve dry film lubricity and corrosion resistance.

For more information on the 2018 SHOT Show or to register to attend, you can visit the website by clicking here. Be sure to check back often for updates and information leading up to the show.

Fast Facts:

What: SHOT Show

When: Tuesday January 23 –  Friday January 26

Where: Sands Convention Center – Las Vegas, Nevada

Booth: 15632

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APT To Exhibit at Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis

Medical Design & Manufacturing Conference Set for November 8-9

Advanced Plating Technologies will be participating in the 23rd Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) trade show in Minneapolis, MN in booth 2522. More than 600 suppliers will be showcasing industry specific technologies and this will be APT’s 7th consecutive year having a booth at the Minneapolis show.

“We are excited to once again be returning to Minneapolis to showcase our surface finishing solutions to the medical device industry. Our range of plated medical device coatings to improve biocompatibility as well as enhance the hardness, corrosion resistance, wear resistance or lubricity of a medical device continue to advance and draw more interest each year we attend the show”, said Technical Sales Manager Matt Lindstedt. In addition to plating services, APT also offers passivation of stainless steel and titanium medical-grade alloys and powder coating for selective or highly cosmetic medical device applications.

To learn more about APT’s full line of capabilities specific to medical devices, please visit our medical coatings page.

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Fast Facts:

What: Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center – Minneapolis, MN

When: November 8-9, 2017

Booth: 2522


APT Selected as Beta Test Site for new TriRinse℠ System

Beta Testing for TriRinse℠ Set to Begin

Advanced Plating Technologies is proud to announce that the company has been selected to beta test Hardwood Line Manufacturing’s new TriRinse℠ System. The company will be installing the tank on one plating line. This announcement comes on the heels of the 2017 NASF SUR/FIN show in Atlanta where Hardwood Line showcased the new system.


The rinsing process is essential in metal finishing avoiding the carryover of chemicals from one bath to the next during the plating process. Fresh water is used to ensure that the parts are free from chemistry prior to entering the next bath. The TriRinse℠ system utilizes a triple rinse in one tank and focuses in on multiple factors of the rinse cycles:  Greater rinsing efficiency, less line length by limiting the amount of tanks and tools needed, and the cornerstone of metal finishing – waste treatment. The TriRinse℠ system will ultimately have greater efficiency in water usage resulting in less wastewater that would have needed to be treated. “Our company invested the largest amount of money in company history with a new waste treatment system that was completed in 2016. With that being said, our company is very aware of the environmental impact that surface finishing can have. The new TriRinse℠ is an exciting and beneficial tool for the surface finishing industry and we are excited to be the shop that will have it installed on one of our lines”, said company President John Lindstedt. Advanced Plating Technologies and Hardwood Line Manufacturing will be reviewing baseline data prior to installation to compare to the results from the TriRinse℠ system both during the testing as well as after the testing is complete.

For additional information on Hardwood Line’s new TriRinse℠ technology, please visit their website or click here to download a PDF version of the process.

APT Continues Growth; Adds Three Employees

Advanced Plating Technologies Has Added to its Support Staff

In line with the five year growth plan, Advanced Plating Technologies has added to its support staff. Three individuals have been hired to help with the increased demand of work at APT within Engineering and Customer Service. Read below to learn more about them:

Alex Gerding – Quality Engineer 

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Alex Gerding

Alex joined the APT team in January of 2017. His emphasis and focus on the Quality end of things made him a perfect fit for our rapidly improving Quality Department. Alex attended Michigan State University. He graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of the office, Alex enjoys frequent traveling with his soon to be wife and has an avid interested in theater performance and musicals.

Kevin LoGiudice – Estimating & Process Engineer

Kevin started at APT in the engineering department in the beginning of April 2017. He attended Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and finished with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomolecular Engineering in 2015 and his Masters in Engineering Management. During his time at MSOE, Kevin was a part of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

Patricia Long – Customer Service Associate

Patricia began at APT at the end of March 2017. With a strong background in Customer Service, Patricia was a great fit to help ease the increasing amount of customer inquiries. Patricia graduated with Associated Degree in Business from Bryant & Stratton College in 2010 and is finishing her Associates Degree in Human Resources at Waukesha County Technical College with an estimated graduation date in 2018. Outside of the office, Patricia enjoys watching sports and cheering on her favorite basketball team, the Golden State Warriors.

With the addition of these individuals, APT is able to operate at even greater efficiency. There are growing career opportunities within APT at all skill levels. To learn more about Advanced Plating Technologies, please visit the About APT page.

APT To Exhibit at OTC in Houston

APT To Exhibit at OTC in Houston

Advanced Plating Technologies will be attending the world’s largest event for the Oil & Gas industry May 1-4 in Houston, TX when the company exhibits at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in booth 7404 for the first time in company history. “With our growing presence in the Oil & Gas industry, we were very excited to finally be able to exhibit at the OTC show. We are currently working on multiple projects with the end use being Oil & Gas components” said Technical Sales Manager Matt Lindstedt.

Some of the notable finishes offered by APT for this industry include heavy build electroless nickel plating for corrosive and erosive applications, gold plating and silver plating for high reliability interconnect and signal transmission as well as copper, tin and tin/lead metallic lubricants for power transmission systems. APT will be featuring product samples for viewing at the 7404 booth. In addition to the already listed finishes, passivation, black nickel, as well as electrolytic nickel will be points of interest for those within petrochemical.

“We’re very excited to be able to showcase our surface finishing capabilities to the industry leading OEM’s as well as other suppliers at the show. Through our dedicated engineering and commitment to improvement we are really pushing our brand and OTC is the perfect place to keep that momentum going” said Sales & Marketing Associate Scott Benson.

OTC this year will feature more than 2,300 exhibitors from 100 countries. The show floor is spread across four platforms: NRG Arena, NRG Center, Outdoor Exhibits and the Pavilion. Advanced Plating Technologies will be located in the NRG Arena on the main floor in booth 7404. APT will have representatives from Sales, Marketing, Production and Engineering at the show.

Fast Facts:

What: Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

Where: NRG Arena – Houston, TX

When: May 1-4, 2017

Booth: 7404

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APT to Exhibit at 2017 SHOT Show

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Advanced Plating Technologies will again be exhibiting at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 17th-20th. This marks the 14th year that APT will be hosting a booth at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show.

“We are thrilled to exhibit once again at SHOT to showcase first-hand our latest developments in metal finishing technology for the ammunition, firearm and defense markets.  We continue to focus on innovation with coatings that make products perform better, last longer and look superior, “ says Technical Sales Manager, Matt Lindstedt. “Just a few of our industry innovations include Techni-crom®, Ducta-bright 7a Nickel®, Eclipse-TPD® and Black-TPD® as well as our new Dura Nickel HP+™.  As this year’s show we will also be exhibiting new developments as well as staple capabilities like our heavy build copper plating of projectiles and stannic staining.”

SHOT Show marks the first trade show in 2017 for APT. Be sure to follow APT on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube for product features, blog posts, and general updates leading up to the show.

Fast Facts:

What: SHOT Show

When: Tuesday January 17-  Friday January 20

Where: Sands Convention Center – Las Vegas, Nevada

Booth: 15632

Advanced Plating Technologies Rolls out New Recruiting Plan

APT Looks to Recruiting for Continued Growth

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Career Opportunities at APT

Advanced Plating Technologies is excited to announce a brand new employee recruiting plan which is set to be in full operation by 2017. The recruiting plan focuses in on partnering with local high schools and tech colleges in the Milwaukee area to give students real world experience within the manufacturing industry, attending career fairs and marketing the company as an excellent career opportunity through emphasis of benefits and career progression. One of the main emphases APT looks to have on the program is to let young adults know that there are options besides the traditional college route that has been the overwhelming message for many years. “There is a wealth of students that do not want to attend a traditional 4-year college after high school, I am confident that APT can provide excellent resources to these individuals that would rather jump into the workforce and start a career immediately”, said Sales & Marketing Associate Scott Benson.

The company has excellent resources to train and develop employees with little to no experience – with 2 Master Surface Finishers and a staff full of Certified Electrofinishers ready and willing to develop those with a drive and hard work ethic. “Electroplating is one of the overlooked steps in manufacturing, yet it is so crucial to the majority of applications. It is our goal to find workers who have an interest in learning something new”, said company president John Lindstedt, MSF. The overall goal for this project is to attract employees who want to start a meaningful career, coupling this with the excellent benefits and career path opportunities, APT feels that employees can set themselves up to have great success. Even with this program just getting started, there are still multiple positions available today for immediate hire. You can view our job listings and visit our Career Opportunities page to see what is available.

If you would like to learn more about the program in specifics or have interest in joining, partnering or recruiting with Advanced Plating Technologies, please give us a call at 414-271-8138.