Wall Colmonoy of Madison Heights, Mich., is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2018. Established in 1938 in Detroit by Albert F. Wall, the company manufactures surfacing and brazing products, castings and engineered components.
Wall Colmonoy employs 500 employees with offices and manufacturing facilities located in the U.S. and the U.K. Colmonoy®, the original nickel-based hard-surfacing alloy, was developed in the 1930s for application on downhole drill bits for the oil industry. During World War II, Colmonoy alloys extended the lifespan of arrestor hooks, tank grousers, tread and drive sprockets on U.S. Army tanks. Today, it has applications in a variety of industries, including steel and power generation.
Wall Colmonoy is also a leading expert in high-temperature nickel-based brazing. In 1950 the company invented a new brazing technology involving nickel-based filler metals and hydrogen atmosphere furnaces, Nicrobraz®.
In 2006, Aerobraze in Cincinnati, Ohio, was purchased to complement Wall Colmonoy’s brazing, heat-treating, welding, machining and coating capabilities. In 2014, Wall Colmonoy acquired Franklin Bronze Precision Components, an investment casting firm located in Franklin, Pa.