Metal Coating, Engraving & Heat Treating


The 5,100 metal finishing companies in the US provide finishing services for manufacturing and construction customers. Major revenue categories include metal coating and engraving; electroplating, plating, polishing, anodizing, and coloring; and metal heat treating. Companies provide finishing services for customer-supplied metal goods and may sell finished metal goods. Some companies offer finishing services for alternative materials, such as plastics and composites.

Hazardous Waste and Processes and Government Regulation

The metal finishing industry is highly regulated because processes often involve dangerous chemicals and generate hazardous waste.

Customer In-House Capabilities

Companies may compete with manufacturers that opt for in-house metal finishing activities instead of outsourcing to a third party (“captive finishing”).