We have big news to share. 
 
Applied Process, the industry leader in salt quench heat treating, announced today that it has been 100% acquired by Aalberts N.V. (Aalberts), a Dutch public company. Aalberts, an industrial technology company, and - among others - one of the leading surface technology companies in the world, operates in over 50 countries and is committed to adaption and innovation with a clear focus on engineering mission-critical technologies for its customers.

Applied Process will join the Material Technology group within Aalberts. The Material Technology group offers a unique combination of advanced heat and surface treatment technologies utilizing a global network of service locations with excellent local knowledge to customers active in general industries, automotive, aerospace and power generation. 

Richard Wright, COO of the US Division of Aalberts Material Technology stated "Aalberts is very excited that Applied Process is joining our team of world-class service providers. Applied Process is the world-wide leader in austempering heat treatment, and we look forward to supporting their efforts to expand their technology and service offerings." 

Harold Karp, Applied Process President and CEO stated, "We are very excited to be part of the Aalberts family. We especially look forward to the synergistic opportunities of providing a broader and stronger service offering to our customers that will come from the technical expertise and other businesses within Aalberts." 

We are very grateful for our customers’ business and look forward to continued growth together. We are also excited about the new business opportunities that will come as we join the Aalberts family. We are confident our new ownership will serve us all well and provide incremental technical, capital and human resources to further strengthen our superior technical support, unrivaled customer service, and perfection in heat treating services.
 
Our brand and Hostile Duck will continue on, as will the entire leadership team. Our customers and friends should expect "business as usual" after the transaction. In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions or if we can be of service.