Timeline

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1945

February 15, 1946

WCI is founded as Albert Lea Electro Plating, Inc in Minnesota by Russell Henry and Bruce Thompson

1950

1952

Company begins developing electroless nickel plating chemistries and commercial applications for nickel plating

1970

September 1972

WCI moves its operations to its present location in Rock Island, IL

1978

WCI obtains its first patent number 4113899 for ‘Method of obtaining electroless nickel coated filled epoxy resin article‘ and licenses it to John Deere Foundry

1979-1991

WCI nickel plates 17 separate parts for each of the 5 spacecraft of the US Space Shuttle program

1980

1989

WCI obtains its second patent number 4830889 for ‘Co-deposition of fluorinated carbon with electroless nickel‘ (PTFE)

1990
2000

2000

WCI obtains its third patent number 6156390 for ‘Process for co-deposition with electroless nickel‘ (PTFE)

2010

November 2016

WCI becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great River Industries, Inc as the Henry family retires. Jim Henry remains a consultant to WCI

March 2017

WCI adds Coventya chemistry products to its product offerings

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