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Southwest United Industries - Completes Major Expansion
January 8, 2010

Southwest United Industries has completed a major expansion of its Tulsa, Oklahoma anodize and paint facilities.  The new facility is located in a contiguous 30,000 square foot building and features state of the art anodizing, painting and waste treatment facilities.  A team of Southwest United professionals worked with outside consultants and contractors for over two years to design and construct the most modern, energy efficient and environmentally friendly anodize facility in the industry.  The design team utilized the vast knowledge and experience of Southwest United’s 300 employees and fifty five years of metal processing history to build a facility designed around efficiency and maintaining Southwest United’s leadership role in aerospace metal finishing.



Alert: Southwest United Industries - OKC is now approved for LMA PH-090
December 3, 2009

Southwest United Industries - OKC is now approved for LMA PH-090. Making us your one stop shop for F-35.

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Southwest United Industries Continues with Major Expansion of Tulsa Anodizing and Paint Facilities
January 27, 2009

Southwest United Industries has committed to a new firm time line for completing the major expansion of anodizing and paint facilities. The construction is well over 50 percent complete and the new time line will allow construction to be completed and all equipment to be installed and operational by the Fall of 2009 with OEM approvals and Nadcap accreditation completed by early 2010. The new facilities will provide Southwest United with the most modern, competitive and environmentally friendly facilities in the industry.

The 26,000 of additional square feet will bring Southwest United's Tulsa facilities to 135,000 square feet located in a complex of contiguous buildings. The efficient design of the new facilities was developed using Southwest United's 55 years of aerospace metal finishing experience. The new facilities are designed to ensure Southwest United continues to meet it's core values of exceeding our customer's expectations by providing world class service and quality as well as protecting the environment.

Contact your Southwest United representative to see how you can utilize this new world class facility.



Joyce Brimmer Retires
December 31, 2008

After 40 years of working at Southwest, a very loyal Joyce Brimmer has retired and bid farewell this past December 31, 2008. Joyce began her career on March 26, 1968 in the hard anodize department. Throughout her employment at Southwest, Joyce has mastered all forms of anodize masking. Her expertise and seniority in this field led to her most recent position as Lead Masker. Joyce’s friendly smile and gracious heart will be missed by all.


Southwest United Industries, Inc. Announces The Initiation Of Internet Access For Registered Customers
April 20, 2008

Southwest United Industries, Inc. announces the initiation of internet access for registered customers to securely obtain timely job information through SWU’s customer internet portal

 Save valuable time with the ability to:

  • Search your company’s in-house jobs by your purchase order number, SWU received date, your reference number etc.
  • View pictures of your parts taken when your parts are received by SWU
  • Print or download to your desktop a listing of your parts at SWU
  • View, print or download your company’s shipping report including carrier and tracing numbers
  • Easy access to your SWU customer service representative
  • Review SWU terms and conditions

To sign up and obtain your secure personal log in and password information, contact your customer service representative at Southwest United Industries.  Our customer service representatives are waiting to hear from you.


Southwest United Industries Purchases Advanced Processing Inc.(API) Of Concord, ON
April 11, 2008

Southwest United Industries is proud to announce that it has purchased all the outstanding shares of Advanced Processing Inc. (API) of Concord, ON. The coordination, amalgamation and the complete integration with Ceel Limited of Brampton, ON will establish the first complete one-stop-shop processing company in Ontario.

Mr. Terrence Martin established Advanced Processing Inc. in 1979 to service the blossoming de Havilland aircraft manufacturing sector. In the year 2000, the company moved to its present location in Concord. At that time API employed 25 people in a facility of 13,000 square feet. It has since expanded to 18,000 square feet and employs 45 people in a 3 shift system.

Based in Ontario, API serves an extensive customer base throughout Canada.   API is approved by most major aerospace prime contractors including Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin, Goodrich, and Messier-Dowty.  API is an ISO 2001-2000/SAE AS 9001B registered company holding Nadcap accreditations for Chemical Processing, Non Destructive Testing and Shot Peening. Current chemical processes include Anodizing, Cadmium Plating, Chemical Coversion Coating, Passivation of Stainless Steels and application of Prime and Top Coats.

Southwest is very pleased that Terry Martin will continue running the day-to-day operations of API. He will spearhead the addition of several new process lines and assist in the integration of API and Ceel to ultimately develop one seamless processing company. 

Southwest United Industries was established in 1953 in Tulsa, OK. It currently operates in Tulsa and Oklahoma City providing non-destructive testing, shot peening, thermal spray coating, plating, grinding, anodizing and painting services to the aerospace industry. It is Nadcap accredited and is certified and approved by all the major aerospace prime contractors.

Plasma Coating Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest United Industries and is located in Gardena, CA. PCC provides thermal spray coating (HVOF, plasma, wire-arc, combustion powder and wire), precision grinding, painting, Teflon and dry film lube services to the aerospace industry. It is approved by many aerospace manufacturing companies and is Nadcap accredited.

Ceel Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest United Industries and is located in Brampton, ON. It provides chrome & sulfamate nickel plating, HVOF thermal spray and precision grinding to the aerospace, nuclear and defense industries. Ceel is Nadcap accredited and has earned many aerospace process approvals.


Firm Keeps World Flying - Southwest United Industries Featured In Tulsa World Business Section
November 05, 2006

Southwest United Industries President Bill Emery talks about his company near downtown Tulsa.

Click Here (PDF 579K) to read the full article


Southwest United Industries closes purchase of CEEL Limited of Brampton, ON. Installation of HVOF thermal spray coating and grinding to support aircraft landing gear industry top priority
February 28, 2006

Southwest United Industries of Tulsa, OK has closed the previously announced purchase of all of the outstanding shares of CEEL Limited of Brampton, Ontario.

Mr. Larry Raycraft established Canadian Electroplating Enterprises Limited in 1978 to service the heavy equipment hydraulic industry. In 1981 the company moved to its present location at 85 Stafford Drive in Brampton, Ontario. Mr. Neil Raycraft purchased the company from his father in 1994 changing the name to CEEL Limited. Currently CEEL provides hard chrome and sulfamate nickel plating services from its 18,000 square foot facility to aerospace, military and general industrial customers. CEEL is Nadcap accredited and approved by Boeing, Goodrich and Messier-Dowty. Neil Raycraft will remain as Vice President / General Manager of the facility which will retain its current name.

Southwest is excited to enter the Canadian market through the purchase of CEEL and to be associated with Mr. Raycraft and CEEL’s outstanding group of customers and employees that have contributed to CEEL’s success.

Southwest’s top priority is to support the Canadian aerospace community with the installation of HVOF thermal spray coating and grinding into the CEEL facility with Ti-Cad plating and additional processes to follow.


Southwest United Industries launches upgraded processing facility within Tulsa, Oklahoma complex

The new production area contains fourteen new tanks, two large ovens, two HVOF work cells, two walk-in abrasive blasting rooms and a machining center for assembly of aircraft accessories.  The additional processing includes additional deep tank capacity for titanium cadmium plating designed specifically for large landing gear pistons.  The new production area also contains a newly designed magnetic particle inspection area also to facilitate the significant demand for large landing gear pistons.  The increased capacity reinforces Southwest United Industries commitment to be the leader in large part processing for the aerospace landing gear market.


Southwest Earns More NADCAP Accreditations

Southwest United Industries recently obtained certification by Nadcap for Shot Peen. The scope of accreditation covers Automated, Computer Controlled, Flapper and Manual Shot Peen precesses. Southwest United also obtained certification for Aerospace Quality Systems.

These certifications add to our existing certifications for Thermal Spray Coatings, NDT and Chemical Processing which encompasses plating, anodizing and painting processes. Our NDT certification covers fluorescent penetrant inspection and magnetic particle inspection.


Southwest Announces Continued Expansion Of CNC Grinding Facilities

Southwest United Industries recently added 2 new Kellenberger CNC Kel-Vista Universal grinders with 14” x 40” capacity and 2 new NC Okamoto Universal grinders with 12” x 36” capacity. Both sets of machines can grind steel, chrome plating or tungsten carbide thermal spray coating.

A factory reconditioned conventional Toyoda Universal grinder with capacity of 19” x 106” was put into production in the fall of 2004.

This added capacity along with existing grinding capability further positions Southwest United to offer industry leading grinding support to our plating and thermal spray product lines.

Southwest Announces Expansion Of Anodize Facilities In Oklahoma City

Southwest United Industries has recently opened an additional state-of-the-art facility in Oklahoma City , Oklahoma offering anodize, alodine and painting services. Included with this facility is an aluminum process line that consists of 14 tanks including two anodize tanks, two seal tanks, deoxidizer, alkaline etch, alkaline cleaner, dryer and space for up to 4 additional tanks. The facility has a large capacity for processing parts up to 22 feet long, high volume capabilities, full paint shop and is fully automated. In addition, the facility offers the available space to expand to meet additional customer requirements and the efficient layout ensures quick and reliable service.

For more information, view the online brochure (PDF 309KB).

Southwest Earns Additional NADCAP Accreditations

Southwest United Industries recently obtained certification by Nadcap for Thermal Spray Processes. The scope of accreditation covers oxy fuel thermal spray, wire spray, plasma spray and HVOF thermal spray. It also covers stripping for thermal spray coatings, coating evaluation labor practices for mechanical testing, metallography and thickness and hardness testing.

Southwest's Thermal Spray certification is in addition to our existing certifications for Quality Systems, NDT and Chemical Processing which encompasses plating, anodizing and painting processes. Our NDT certification covers fluorescent penetrant inspection and magnetic particle inspection.


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