Blessings in a Back Pack-Waukesha at Lowell Elementary School EPi team helps packs 2000 meals

By Eric Olander


September 15th, 2016 Dina Ziegenhorn, Kevin Ray, and Diana Petrova helped packed 2000 meals for the local Waukesha chapter of the national organization Blessings in a Pack Back.   Below are three of the EPi team members who helped out!

Diana Petrova EPI Accountant

Diana Petrova EPI Accountant

Kevin Ray EPI Chemist

Kevin Ray EPI Chemist

Dina Zigenhorn Office Manager

Dina Ziegenhorn Office Manager







This is starting EPi's second year in working with this great organization that has no administration fees 100% of the money goes to the food and packaging. The labor for packing and distributing the meals is 100% volunteers at the schools. Last year over 900 Waukesha kids received weekend meals during the school year to help their families out with the food challenges they face today.  While we were there Fox 6 News Milwaukee news broadcaster Beverly Taylor created a great story that tells it all.  Note you might see me in the background with a bright blue golf shirt on.

Click here to watch Beverley Taylor's Story

How the U.S government is subsidizing American companies Wal-Mart and McDonalds with Food Stamps based on the article by Nathaniel Parish Flannery in Forbes

By Eric Olander

I have always believed that manufacturing was what drove the USA to vibrant-growing economy, even with a recession, to create a middle class in the USA that could buy homes,  take vacations, and send their children to college. Today that dream is gone do to food security issues that has resulted in new organizations like Blessings in a Back Pack in Waukesha, WI that feeds over 200 kids in 4 elementary schools in the Waukesha School District. We will not get people off Food Stamps until we create high quality jobs and that pay more than $15.00 an hour to solve this problem. The USA has gotten to expensive to raise a family with high housing costs, food costs, insurance costs, and all of  the other expenses in the living in the USA. We have seen a rise with Sanders and Trump popularity as people are desperate for a change in their lives economically so they can be successful. I would point to the U.S. government with both parties guilty of representing their special interests instead of doing what is right for the country. The government has accomplished this by picking which companies will win in the market place and also by excessive taxation and regulations. Our government is  too big and too controlling. The result is Texas is discussing Texit  (exit the USA becoming it's own country of Texas) and could leave the USA in the future as the Federal government has gotten too big in controlling the states. You do not hear Clinton and Trump talk about making the government smaller and the deficit.  I am afraid we are going through another political cycle with no change while we grow the U.S. government.

Nathaniel Parish Flanner article explains  what is going on today in the USA please read and thank you to Nathaniel on a great article!

E-Brite 5.0 CU alkaline non cyanide copper solves problem when using cyanide on white metal with stone jewelry

By Eric Olander

An interesting new application for EPi's fifth generation alkaline non cyanide copper  E-Brite 5.0 CU.  The jewelry customer was trying to plate using cyanide copper, but the cyanide copper solution would dissolve the jewelry stones making then dull and discolored.  The substrate was white metal and the process was to plate necklace with the decorative stone already installed on the necklace. The cyanide seemed to start stripping the jewelry stones finish, while the E-Brite 5.0 CU does not strip the stones. Below you can see the picture of the E-Brite 5.0 CU plated on the white metal and the stones. The copper plate strongly bonds to the white metal which easily accepts additional plating with silver and gold. Interesting how they use wire for racking the necklaces.



Race to the Bottom for Manufacturing jobs in the USA 33% of mfg workers on government assistance

By Eric Olander

I read a book authored by Alan Tonelson The Race to the Bottom that was published in August 2002. At the time the threat to US manufacturing was China and other Asian countries. Mr. Tonelson's prophecy has come true now as  the new reality in the  US is lower living standards that we are now experiencing in 2016. You wonder why our economy does not grow read further please.


Yesterday I read a interesting article from Forbes on Twitter from David Kiley who discussed the findings from UC Berkley please read this article below.

Why U.S. Manufacturing Workers Are On Food Stamps And Medicaid

Providing insights and news about the global auto business.

A UAW worker on a General Motors’ assembly line building a Chevrolet Camaro. Downward pressure on wages, combined with rising prices has more manufacturing workers in the U.S. on public assistance to make ends meet. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley shows that over one-third of manufacturing workers in the U.S. are on some form of public assistance. The percentage shoots up to 50% when temporary manufacturers are factored in.

The results of the study follow similar ones that show a high percentage of fast-food and retail workers on public assistance such as food stamps and Medicaid. But the findings on manufacturing workers are eye-opening because those jobs are so often extolled as being the highest-quality jobs available for non-college-educated workers.

“Manufacturing has long been thought of as providing high-paying, middle-class work, but the reality is the production jobs are increasingly coming to resemble fast-food or Walmart jobs, especially for those workers employed through temporary staffing agencies,” said Ken Jacobs, chair of the Labor Center and co-author of the report.

Not only do politicians frequently talk about the importance of strengthening manufacturing in industrial states like Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, but state governments typically come up with huge incentive packages to companies for locating a new manufacturing facility in their state. But the University notes that manufacturing jobs are costing tax-payers $10.2 billion.

The report analyzed utilization rates and costs in the five largest means-tested public benefit programs for which data is available: Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), food stamps (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP), and basic household income assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF).

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These kinds of revelations have been fueling the movement to a higher federal minimum wage, and is often cited for helping to drive the Presidential candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders, whose primary platform plank is income inequality between white collar and blue-collar workers.

The UC-Berkeley researchers report that the largest classification of temporary manufacturing production workers—assemblers and fabricators—earn a median wage of $10.88 an hour, while those hired directly by the companies make an average of $15.03.

I found these findings amazing as we have two factors here lower wages and higher costs to live the USA. The results more food insecurity, poverty, government assistance and charities like Blessings in a Pack Back, who provide food over the weekend for children who are experiencing food insecurity. Why is the media not exposing the true facts on what is going on today?

B/Ox 311 GEL restores this statue’s stature

By Eric Olander

B/Ox 311 GEL

B/Ox 311 GEL

Recently one of EPI's B/Ox 311 GEL customers shared the difficult to do restoration job. Previously the part had turned green from the chlorinated water used in the  fountain. It was all stripped off and then polished leaving the original substrate. The home owner was looking for a beautiful chocolate brown color and B/Ox 311 GEL is the perfect color for this statue. The  B/Ox 311 GEL permits the customer to apply the 311 on vertical surfaces. Liquid patinas would be running down the statue wasting chemistry  Also the GEL allows for more time to work in the B/Ox 311 GEL to accomplish the final uniform color. To preserve the stature of the chocolate brown color the restorer  used Corrosion Block, which is used in marine environments.

Blessings in a Backpack 7000 meal packing for Waukesha, WI schools by EPi

By Eric Olander

Diana Petrova and I helped pack 7000 meals for local Waukesha school district schools a couple of Saturday days ago. Blessings in a Backpack- Waukesha serves 200 children in Kindergarten to grade 5 in four elementary schools alone every week during the school year. Who gets these receives these meals? Kids who participate in the Federal meal program for breakfast and lunch qualify for Blessings in a Backpack.

blessingsIMG_3204You can see how the we set up for the packing of meals. There were 100 volunteers for three shifts in 10 hours making this happening. This first picture is before the filling commences.

blessingsIMG_3205Here we are filling the meals! Quite a mass production and assembly line for the 7000 meals. What's in a meal? Applesauce, raisins, granola bars, Chef Boyardee lasagna, macaroni and cheese, animal crackers, and more.

EPi team members Mark Kulas, Kevin Ray, Igor Borysenko, Sid Arthur, Dina Ziegenhorn and Diana Petrova have gone to two elementary schools to help distribute meals on Friday mornings for the kids in each class room.

Nationally Blessings in a Backpack serve millions of kids. This is a  great service ,but it troubles me that we have so many people needing this to get by.

Insta Blak 333 blackening process replaced powder coating for race car Birdcage part for CPT Racing MFG

By Eric Olander

Below is a picture of a part from Chris Comptom of CPT Racing MFG,  who uses Insta Blak 333 to blacken his birdcage suspension parts used in race cars see the picture below!



Read Chris's story below!

Well thank you so much.  This is a new part I recently make and is my 2016 Model.  I will get a order together for you very soon.  You can use the picture and CPT Racing MFG in anything you like!!!

Here is a little history.

I have been racing for many years, my father has a business that manufactures large machinery and a little bit of race car stuff.  I grew up around the business.   We made a few items for racing that we wanted special so we started to make some of our own simple parts.

A few years ago,  I wanted to try to make my own Birdcage - The picture I sent you. (picture above) And I started doing this on my own.  As this developed so did other products.  See web page -   The picture I sent you is a suspension piece that is for a Floater Rear end suspension.  Mostly used in Dirt Track Racing, IMCA and or UMP and other sanctioned bodies of racing.  Mostly Dirt Modified Type of Cars.  See attached photo of my car.

CPT Modified Pict


Now I am getting a lot of response and I am selling a small amount of product with a  large potential.  I have been powder coating my own products and I was trying to find a better, cheaper and faster way to finish the product rather than powder coating them  I searched on line and I was doing some Nickel plating, and then I found you guys on line when searching for Nickel plating companies and process.  Larry was a great help when I called.

I am going to completely stop powder coating the product and use your product exclusively.  It is faster, easier and I think looks better than powder coating.  I am very excited.  Your people were great too when I called for help and what product I should use.

As of now, I am a small OEM and price is very competitive in this market.  And tough for me since I am the small and new guy on the block.   I will most likely be betting 5 gallon bucket of the E-Tec 503 and the Insta Blak 333.  I also did learn that it is really needed to clean the parts with the cleaner like you recommend.  Makes a way better finish and deeper black.  Some of my parts were machined and the oil was really deep in the parts and the cleaner got rid of the oil.  So I am going to make a small run type of dipping station for all of my products.  Most all of my parts can fit in the 5 gallon bucket so it will be easy.  Ones that do not I have a flat tray I can use.  Thanks again and I am very excited that I found your product.  I would recommend this to anyone.

Chris Compton

CPT Racing MFG






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