Surface Combustion, Maumee, Ohio, welcomed the Governor of the State of Ohio, Bob Taft, and a delegation of staff personnel and newspaper, radio and television media at its corporate headquarters and R&D facility in Maumee on October 22. The governor was given first-hand reviews of in-house projects in Surface's engineering department, as well as tours of Surface's controls laboratory and R&D section, where Surface's patent-pending VringCarb vacuum carburizing process was explained. The governor also was given first-hand observation of the ion-nitriding process. Surface was chosen for the tour by the governor's office because of its long-standing support for Governor Taft's exporting initiatives.