As Phoenix Heat Treating Inc. celebrates 50 years of existence in 2013, we look back with pride to recognize a heat-treating heritage that spans nearly 100 years.

    In 1915, the great-grandfather of Peter Hushek, current owner and president of Phoenix Heat Treating, began his heat-treating career in the Midwest. Charles Wesley Sr. spent his life serving customers as a commercial heat treater, and he was also one of the founding members of the Metal Treating Institute (MTI) in the mid-1930s. Following in his footsteps were Peter’s grandfather and his father, Chuck, who launched Phoenix Heat Treating in 1963. Peter earned his metallurgical engineering degree in 1982, and he continues to distinguish the company as a resource that provides “Intelligent Heat Treating™” to its customers.

    Atop that strong four-generation foundation, the company has grown into one of the premier commercial heat treaters serving principally the western states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Nevada as well as Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico. Service, however, is not limited to those states. Phoenix Heat Treating has earned a reputation for tenacity when it comes to solving difficult processing scenarios. The company considers the full spectrum of knowledge and process understanding from raw material conditions prior to heat treating all the way through to finished microstructures and post heat treating processes.

    Phoenix Heat Treating is a full-service resource that provides virtually every type of heat treating from more than 50 furnaces. Atmosphere processes include large pit and integral-quench furnaces for through-hardening, carburizing, carbonitriding and ferritic nitrocarburizing. The company also offers fluidized-bed processing. Phoenix Heat Treating operates a substantial vacuum department with seven furnaces, including several large furnaces, with one having a 90-inch-deep hearth capable of hardening 5,000-pound loads. The company offers drop-bottom furnaces for aluminum processing, induction hardening and neutral salt processing, which includes marquench and austempering capabilities. Phoenix Heat Treating provides metal finishing, including electropolishing, passivating and copper plating. In-house copper-plating capabilities meet the strict requirements for mil-spec mask carburizing, and the one-stop approach saves customers turnaround time and simplifies their purchasing process.

    Customers vary from a wide range of commercial accounts to ultra-high-tech clients that provide manufactured parts and systems to aerospace, defense, electronic and medical industries. Phoenix Heat Treating is an approved source for many prime suppliers, including Honeywell, Boeing, General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter and Hamilton Sundstrand to name just a few. The company routinely processes the elite aerospace parts that fly through all levels of the atmosphere, from civilian and commercial to military and space exploration.

    A leading-edge process automation system is proof to a companywide commitment to quality. Phoenix Heat Treating, which is Nadcap-accredited, has been a pioneer in electronic furnace control systems and electronic record archiving. The company’s digitally deployed recipe system ensures a highly repeatable and thoroughly controlled process that is backed up by its second-generation automated video documentation system.

    Phoenix Heat Treating delivers a superior-quality service at a competitive cost. Whether you require quick-turn heat treating of stamped parts with programmed recipe cycles to ensure exactness in heating, soaking and quenching, or vacuum processing of stainless, high-speed, superalloys, tool steels and aluminum alloys, we are a single-source solution for your needs.


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