Solar Atmospheres of Michigan completes first phase of relocation plans

August 24, 2023

Solar Atmospheres of Michigan has seen over $5 million in investments since its announced relocation (Courtesy Solar Atmospheres)
Solar Atmospheres of Michigan has seen over $5 million in investments since its announced relocation (Courtesy Solar Atmospheres)

Solar Atmospheres of Michigan Inc, formerly known as Vac-Met, has successfully completed the first phase of its relocation plans. The company has invested over $5 million in new equipment, including two vacuum furnaces, an air tempering furnace, and a freezer, as well as all-new utilities.

As a result, Solar Atmospheres was able to host its first AS9100D audit at the new facility in Chesterfield, Michigan. This quality management system audit for aviation, space, and defence organisations, which incorporates ISO9001 standards, passed with zero findings.

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One year after purchasing the company, the goal was to construct a new facility without disrupting the existing customer base.

“We wanted to keep the forty-two year old Vac-Met business fully operational during our relocation phase,” stated Bob Hill, President of Solar Atmopsheres of Michigan. “Therefore, to bring both business units under one roof, we needed to configure a new ‘mini business’ to satisfy AS and Nadcap requirements. Today, we can begin running commercial work only in Chesterfield. After our upcoming Nadcap audit, we will start processing aerospace work. Following that milestone, we will begin to relocate nine existing vacuum furnaces from our Warren and Fraser Michigan plants to the new facility. Chesterfield will be able to scale with our customers and expand the business well into the future!”

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