In 1959 Perry Leahman and Sam DiBlasi set up in an old officer’s mess hall located behind the Reading Airport in Reading, Pennsylvania that had not been used since the end of WWII under the name Industrial Metal Plating. Later, they joined forces with Herb and Ralph Maack, owners of Pottstown Plating Works, and for the next eleven years the company continued to operate on a small scale.
In 1971 Greg Maack, the son of Ralph Maack was discharged from the army and wanted to work in the family business in Pottstown. His father sent him to Industrial Metal Plating in Reading to get some experience. Greg spent the next fifteen years learning the business and eventually bought out all of the partners. He modernized equipment, added new plating processes, made several additions to the building, and grew the company from 12 employees to 65.
In 1986 a fire completely destroyed the entire company. Greg immediately went to work to rebuild his business where the original IMP once stood. One year later, the new state of the art facility was complete. Aluminum anodizing and chromate conversion were the primary finishes that they now provided.
In 1995 Greg’s son, Jamey Maack joined the company after graduating from college. He, like his father, learned the business from the ground up participating in every job and position the company had to offer. He modernized technology, added new processes and implemented current business practices.
Today In 2020 Industrial Metal Plating has changed its name to US Anodize to further focus on its specialty service, aluminum anodizing. US Anodize strives to provide the highest quality aluminum finishing to America as America’s Finishing Specialists. In addition quality, US Anodize is committed to managing environmental impact as an integral part of our operations. In particular, it is our policy to assure the environmental integrity of our processes and facilities at all times. US Anodize remains owned and operated by the Maack Family, continuing its tradition as a 3rd generation family-run business.