Partners in PBZ Parts: Metal Finishing

Solid partnerships with local companies enable PBZ to offer its customers end finishing capabilities – such as powder coating, zinc-plating, and metal polishing – without the customer having to worry about parceling out the work.

It’s all streamlined, with the final product delivered from one job shop.

powder coated parts
Keystone Koating provides powder coating to manufacturers in PA, MD, NJ, NY and DE.

Powder Coating

PBZ works hand in hand with Keystone Koating, the powder coating facility located next door. The AAMA 2604-certified shop’s innovative powder coating process includes an attribute many other facilities don’t have: a quality assurance lab, with a salt fog cabinet and four-step testing program. Learn more here.

The powder coating standard at Keystone Koating includes: surface examination, pretreatment, various levels of coating, cure & quality testing, defect & blemish detection, blasting, masking, primer and shipping.

Powder coating is a dry, environmentally friendly metal finishing treatment that serves a protective and decorative role.

zinc coated metal
Zinc plating by K&L Plating Company, Inc., in Lancaster.


PBZ has manufactured parts that go to a zinc plating firm each month. Much of its zinc-plating is done by K&L Plating Company, Inc. in Lancaster, PA. Established in 1955, K&L Plating has been providing metal plating services for more than 40 years.

Zinc coating prevents corrosion.

Zinc coating is a common metal surface finishing used in consumer, industrial and commercial products.

zinc plating
Tubing with a mirror finish.


When PBZ customers specify a certain finish they’d like to a stainless steel part, PBZ works with Accent Metals, Inc. of York to get the level of finish desired.

Most commonly, PBZ metal parts are polished to have a mirror finish or satin finish.

Metal polishing smooths out small imperfections in the metal’s surface and improve its appearance.

Students Weld Grills in PBZ Program

students weld grills at PBZ LLC
Pictured: Brandon Alwine, Logan Snyder, Caran Sensenig, Michael Cassel, Ryan Nolt, Andrew Cassel, Joel Groff, PaulB Hardware Sales and Marketing Manager Phil Groff, and PBZ Operations Manager Chad Hackman.


PBZ Manufacturing and Ephrata Mennonite School recently teamed up to offer a weeklong vocational program that enabled several Mini Term students to learn welding at PBZ LLC, 295 Wood Corner Road, Lititz.

students learn welding at metal fabricating company
Designed by Ephrata Mennonite students, this grill was created in a yearly program hosted by PBZ LLC.

This winter, seven students welded their own grills using parts, equipment and blueprints provided by PBZ staff. All materials were donated by PBZ.

At the end of the week, students, school board member Phil Groff, also sales and marketing manager at PaulB Hardware, and PBZ Operations Manager Chad Hackman, gathered at the metal fabricating facility to celebrate their project success.

They grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs outside.

Each student is allowed to keep his grill. This is the third year for the program.