Atmosphere Annealing Inc. was established in 1978 primarily focusing on processing automotive parts through bell annealing furnaces. The original Atmosphere Annealing also operated a phosphate coating line.

Today, the Lansing, Mich.-based MTI member operates as Premier Thermal Solutions (PTS), which is the parent company for Atmosphere Annealing LLC and NitroSteel LLC. Atmosphere Annealing operates four plants (two in Lansing, one in Canton, Ohio, and one in North Vernon, Ind.) that specialize in metal heat treatment and phosphate coating. NitroSteel, meanwhile, specializes in selling ferritic nitrocarburizing for its facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

With approximately 200 employees, PTS mainly serves the automotive, heavy truck, defense, agriculture, energy and heavy equipment industries. The company provides a wide range of services, including: normalizing, isothermal annealing, oil quenching, tempering, ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC), stress relieving, shot blasting, phosphate coating, sawing and grinding. These services translate to better machinability, uniform microstructures, desired hardness and better formability.

Having five locations strategically located throughout the Midwest allows PTS to be close to many of its customers, thus cutting down on freight costs. The company also offers trucking capabilities, which gives it an advantage when it comes to turnaround time.

Two aspects of the business really set PTS apart from the competition. One is the vast amount of metallurgical expertise within the company. Their technical team has over 140 years of combined metallurgical expertise. Because of this knowledgeable staff, PTS is able to process very difficult jobs with unique and tight tolerances. NitroSteel’s niche, meanwhile – offering ferritic nitrocarburized bar stock – is unique in that it offers a superior alternative to chrome plating.

With recent investments for FNC capabilities in the Lansing plant and additional quench-and-temper capacity, the company continues to grow and look to the future.

One thing will remain the same, however. Premier Thermal Solutions’ number-one goal is to ensure the needs of its customers are exceeded.

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