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UniMetal, however, does more than just clean metal components. With its combined operations encompassing more than 150,000 square feet, it is the largest and most diverse precision metal-finishing company in the Northeast, employing a combined 130 people.

The company is led by President George LaCapra Jr, who works alongside his father, CEO George LaCapra Sr., and Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Patrick Hayden.

The metal-finishing services they offer include bright dipping; deburring; oxides; passivation; phosphates; reel-to-reel plating; copper, electroless nickel, nickel, tin, zinc and zinc alloy plating, and precious metal plating including bright silver, silver and gold.

Each process serves a different purpose for metal finishing. Deburring, for example, uses various abrasives on bulk parts or components made from metal or other materials to achieve a variety of surface effects. That can include removing burrs, descaling, smoothing, radius formation, removing rust, surface finishing and more.

For this UniMetal uses several methods, including barrel tumbling, dry tumbling, vibration, sand blasting, among others.

Some of the benefits for precision cleaning and metal finishing include corrosion resistance, conductivity, and cosmetic.

Quality Control

UniMetal takes pride in its Quality Management System, which is designed to exceed ISO 9001: 2000 and National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap) standards.

The company, which was created in 2011 by the merger of Quality Rolling & Deburring Co. of Thomaston and Donham Craft Inc. of Naugatuck, may be focused on metal finishing, but it doesn’t make any finished products.

As George LaCapra Jr. told the Republican-American about a year after the merger, “What we do is take thousands of metal components that our customers use to manufacture their products and finish them, improving them either functionally or cosmetically.”

With the addition of the new Roll machinery, UniMetal can now clean those products with even greater precision as well.