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Kewanna Metal Specialties

Kewanna Metal Specialties, Inc. is a privately held corporation, founded in 1960. The business came under the control of the Finke family in 1962 when Allen J. Finke became President and Treasurer; in more recent years, sons James Finke (Vice President of Manufacturing) and Jeffrey Finke (Vice President of Sales) have become the managing executives of the business. A team of knowledgeable and qualified managers compliment and support the Finke's leadership, representing over 250 years of manufacturing experience.

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KMS Location

KMS is located conveniently in the center Northern half of the state of Indiana, and is easily accessed via state highway and served by virtually every freight line. Our secondary plant is located 15 minutes away in beautiful Rochester, Indiana and is equally well accessed and easily serviced by many carriers. 

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KMS Services

Kewanna offers a broad variety of wire manufacturing options in its menu of abilities. Assembling, bending, brazing, broaching, chamfering, coining, cold-forming/heading, e.d.m. shaping/cutting, drilling, fettering, fixturing, forming, grinding, jigging, key-slotting, knurling, machining, pilot-run & prototyping, punching, shearing, slotting, swaging, threading, and welding are some of the services provided. 

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Kewanna provides several finishing options, including in-house powder coated finishes, and several decorative metallic platings and finishes. KMS provides electrostatically applied Epoxy, Polyester, Urethane, and modified Vinyl powder coatings, as well as general Vinyl powder coating via fluidized bed.

Kewanna also can provide degreasing, rust inhibiting rinses, hot-dip galvanizing, black oxide, zinc and clear chromate, zinc and yellow chromate, nickel-chrome plating, and electropolished finishes. 

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Minimums Orders

It should be noted that while KMS has no minimum manufacturing quantity, set-up cost, engineering cost, and relevant tooling cost can have a significant impact on small quantity orders. Because of these charges, ordering one piece of a custom product generally results in a charge of at least $100.00 plus tooling, if any.  

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Tooling Cost

Tooling is purchased by the customer for the manufacture of a production order, it is owned exclusively by that customer, who is entitled to exclusive rights to the tooling. The tooling is the property of the customer. KMS  warehouses said tooling and performs normal maintenance of the tooling to guard against normal wear and tear and to ensure it's accuracy.  

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KMS Removal Charges

While tooling is the property of the customer, it remains in the possession of KMS. Tooling is produced and charged at or below the actual cost to manufacture, and KMS therefore does not profit form the manufacture of tooling. A customer may remove tooling from our possession, but it is subject to a removal fee. The tooling removal fee for KMS may be computed as follows: 25% of is original quoted price, or the actual labor cost to produce the tooling, whichever is greater.

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Kewanna provides cut threading in a range from #5 through 3/4-20 cut threads.  Kewanna provides rolled threading in a range from #4-40 through 1 1/4 - 20 rolled threads. Kewanna does not perform wood-screw threading, nor acme threading. 

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Kewanna provides arc, butt, spot, mig, and tig welding.

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Material Size 

Kewanna works with low to medium carbon wire, galvanized steel wire, stainless steel wire, and brass wire. Round, square, oval, octagon, and hexagon shapes are all available. While we prefer to stay within a range of .062" through 1.000" wire diameters, we are willing to review any application. If we determine that this is something outside of our realm, Kewanna can frequently make recommendations as to where you may be able to source that type of work. 

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