1929 – 2019
Thank you, Customers, Employees, and Suppliers!
Reliable Plating Works, Inc. turns 90 years old but we don’t look a day over 50!
The Maliszewski family has been in ownership of Reliable Plating Works, Inc. (RPW) since 1929.
Julian Maliszewski bought into Reliable Plating Works, Inc. in 1929 as a young, 25 year old accountant. The 5 employee plant did everything by hand and also did multiple finishes. As the plant grew, doing everything from nickel and chrome to cadmium, copper, and zinc, Julian gained more and more shares of the company.
In the early 50’s his son John started working at the age of 12 and learned all aspects of the company. In 1967 Julian and John fought constantly about getting automation into the plant. John being young, wanted all the new items. Julian, coming from the depression, felt you did not buy anything with credit, you bought with cash.
Finally, Julian became so fed up with John’s constant arguing that he said, “Fine, if you pay for the machine I will build the building for it.” John had already worked out a deal with the machine manufacturer to finance the machine but needed a way to pay for it. So he had one more request from his father. The shop was doing everything by hand and was only managing about 80 -100 racks per day, so he asked his dad if he could get $.10 per rack produced on the new machine, to cover the cost of the machine. Julian figured the kid can’t possibly afford the machine on $10 per day, so he agreed. John quickly said, “Great, you have 6 months to build the building as the machine will be here in 7 months.”
What Julian did not know, is that the machine would do 80 racks per hour, and his son, that was getting paid $1.75 per hour, was now going to be getting an additional $8 per hour to pay for his machine. John took full ownership of RPW in 1977 after his father’s death.
John’s three sons joined the business in similar fashion, all working at the age of 12 learning all aspects of the company. In 1998 the sons (Jack, Jaime, and Jeff) bought the company from John, and in September of 2001 (right about the time of 9/11) they started Elite Finishing LLC. This is why we say “Our family might not be the smartest, but we sure are durable and can take a punch.” As the Julian made it through the depression, the grandsons made it through the recession after 9/11 and again in 2012.
By continuing to stay up to date with the most automated ways of processing parts, we like to think we look really good for a 90 year old company. We have fourth generation family working in the business now, and we plan on being around for another 90 years. RPW owes it all to our great customers, employees, and suppliers. We have a customer that has been with us since 1929, a supplier that is still with us since 1949, and several employees that have been with us for over 40 years.
Thank you ALL so very much!!
The Maliszewski Family!!
Zombie Shoot Team Building
You don’t want to miss this event. It is limited to the first 15 applicants and is one of our most fun events of the year!
This event is held at THE SHOOTERS SPORT CENTER IN RACINE WI and will be held Thursday, March 14. We start at 9:30 at The Shooters Sport Center with safety instruction and rules. We hand out safety glasses and hearing protection and explain what we will be all doing once we get into the range area. We will have several different types of weapons to shoot including a full auto 9mm AR from Thureon Defence in Germantown. We will also have a station for anyone that wants to shoot their own weapon.
Safety will be our number one emphasis; fun will be number two! Check out the video below for footage from our last Zombie Shot Team Building event!