Solar Atmospheres builds a future for vacuum oil quenching

The 15,000-square-foot expansion continues at Solar Atmospheres of Western PA. (Courtesy: Solar Atmospheres of Wester PA)

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected every industry and business globally. Solar Atmospheres of Western PA (SAWPA) is no exception, but is planning for the future.

“We have had to think on our feet, find innovative solutions and pivot quickly, to change protocols to protect our employees and to safeguard our business,” said Bob Hill, president of SAWPA. “At first, it seemed almost necessary to pause our business, take time to figure out every minute detail to play it safe. However, that philosophy was not how we built this business after the 2001 recession, nor would that have supported our employees, their families and our customers today.”

Solar views this period as a way to set new paths of transformation and growth for the company. It has encouraged the adoption of the newest technology, such as vacuum oil quenching (VOQ). The latest VOQ quench line, including a hardening furnace, tempers, washer, and charge car, will be installed and fully operational by the end of 2020. To make room for this innovation, SAWPA continues to progress in the construction of its 15,000-square-foot addition. Solar believes this is a time for all business to look at strategic ventures and new diversified offerings with a new lens to better serve this ever-changing environment.