By Tom Reynolds, Export Solutions

In this new series, Export Solutions focuses on a different client each month to highlight their company history, products, services and business philosophies.

For more than 30 years, CTS has provided its customers with a wide range of advanced coatings and surface modification services. The company helps solve some of industry’s toughest problems related to wear, corrosion, erosion, abrasion and thermal conductivity.

Started in 1978, the company formally known as Cincinnati Thermal Spray (CTS) has grown to four strategic locations around the United States, with a team of more than 180 employees nationwide. This talented group of problem solvers represents some of the brightest minds in the fields of engineering, robotics, technological processes and more.

“Our people are the reason why CTS continues to lead the industry,” said Dan Classen, President of CTS. “Our ‘can-do’ approach creates a culture of winning, which is apparent in every corner of our business – from the conference room to the shop floor. This culture is what drives CTS to continually find new ways to bring value to our customers.”

One example of this is CTS’s new offerings of advanced TBC Systems and DVC Coatings. With advanced Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC) capabilities, CTS is able to provide its customers with superior protection of base metal parts from hot gas corrosion. This is particularly valuable for the aerospace and power generation industries, which often need service companies like CTS to provide Dense, Vertically Cracked (DVC) ceramic coatings, which are designed to protect hot combustion components from wear and tear.

Over the years, CTS has added a variety of other capabilities to increase value for its customers. These include machining, grinding, shot peening, and painting.

This commitment to excellence has led CTS to develop a worldwide customer base across a variety of industries, including: aerospace, automotive, commercial, steel and power generation, among others. Accreditations and certifications include Nadcap (Coatings and Chemical Processing) and AS9100, as well as approvals from gas turbine manufacturers such as General Electric Aviation, General Electric Energy, Pratt and Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and Honeywell.

The company currently operates at four locations in Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas. Learn more at

Tom Reynolds is the Vice President of Operations for Export Solutions, a consultancy firm which specializes in ITAR and EAR compliance.