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Finishing What Others Start For More Than 40 Years

Finishing What Others Start Since 1978

  1. Bales Mold Service Founded

    1978

    Steve and Mike Bales founded Bales Mold Service in a 1,000 sq-ft space in Lombard, IL. The company offered diamond polishing services.

  2. Bales Moves to Downers Grove Facility

    1985

    Bales moved to Downers Grove, IL, after building a 15,000 sq-ft facility there, adding electroless nickel and chrome plating services.

  3. NICKLON™ Coating Debuts

    1992

    Recognizing the need for new coatings to improve mold release and lubricity, Bales introduced NICKLON™, a nickel Teflon coating.

  4. Adding Micro TIG Welding

    1996

    Bales became a one-stop shop by adding micro TIG welding to the services we offer.

  5. Becoming ISO Certified

    1998

    Bales obtained ISO 9001 certification.

  6. Pocket Mold Finish Guide Introduced

    2000

    Bales developed its popular pocket mold finish guide that includes references for all SPE-SPI standard finishes.

  7. Diamond Chrome Debuts

    2001

    Bales introduced its proprietary Diamond Chrome coating for applications requiring extreme hardness.

  8. NIBORE™ Coating Developed

    2003

    Bales developed NIBORE™, which combines electroless nickel and boron nitride particles for superior lubricity and hardness.

  9. Stainless Steel Passivation Service Offered

    2004

    Bales added stainless steel passivation to our service offerings.

  10. Expansion Allows for More Services

    2005

    Bales purchased adjacent property and began planning a 14,000 sq-ft addition to our location in Downers Grove, IL to allow for more services.

  11. Bales Celebrates 30 Years

    2008

    In time for the celebration of the company's 30th anniversary, Bales completed construction of the new addition - expanding capacity for electroless nickel and hard chrome plating. A new, state-of-the-art wet chemistry lab was also added, along with a larger inspection space.

  12. 2nd Generation Leadership

    2009

    Following the retirement of Mike Bales and the sudden passing of Steve Bales in November 2009, a new generation assumed leadership at the company. Stacey Bales became President, while Sara Mortensen became Vice President.

  13. Steve Bales Honored with Moldmaker of the Year

    2010

    Steve Bales was honored posthumously with the Moldmaker of the Year award, presented by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

  14. Bales Achieves Woman Owned Certification

    2011

    Bales achieved Woman Owned Certification through the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

  15. Honored for Sustainability

    2013

    Bales was presented with the first Green Business Award by the Village of Downers Grove.

  16. Bales Debuts New Brand

    2015

    Reflecting a bold vision for the future, Bales launched a rebranding effort. Our company name was simplified to simply "Bales" - plus we unveiled a more modern company logo, a new website, and a strategy for more proactive communications with our customers. The new brand received an Award of Distinction for Corporate Identity at the 2015 Communicator Awards.

  17. Diamond E.N. Coating Developed

    2016

    Bales launched Diamond E.N.™, an electroless nickel coating with diamond particles and Bales' toughest nickel product yet.

  18. Bales Celebrates 40 Years

    2018

    Bales celebrates 40 years in business, honored and humbled to continue our family’s legacy. We continue to invest in facility and process improvements to provide the best possible service to our customers. 

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