Solar Atmospheres employees recognized by Metal Treating Institute

October 30, 2019 - 09:30am
Solar Atmospheres employees recognized by Metal Treating Institute

Solar Atmospheres Inc. has long been a model of innovation and leadership in the heat treating industry. As long-time members of the Metal Treating Institute (MTI), Hermitage, Pennsylvania-based Solar employees are actively involved in the many programs available through the institute and MTI recognized three Solar employees for their commitment to MTI.

On Oct. 5, Bob Hill, president of Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, was honored with the prestigious M. Lance Miller Legend Award, in recognition of his leadership and lifetime commitment to the heat treating industry and MTI.

Hill received the award in absentia, thanking fellow nominees, those who nominated him, and all MTI members in a videotaped acceptance speech. Hill said of the honor: “Life is never boring as a commercial heat treater, and that’s why, after 43 years, I can honestly say I still enjoy being a part of this unique industry. It means so much that I’ve been honored with the M. Lance Miller Award.”

Hill’s heat treating career began in 1980 when he joined Precision Heat Treating Inc. as vice president. Hill moved on to Solar Atmospheres of Souderton PA in 1995. Within five years, Hill was promoted to president, to head Solar’s newest venture 370 miles away in western Pennsylvania.

In addition to Hill’s involvement with MTI, two other employees from the Solar Family of Companies – Patrick Reilly and John Hahn – are recent graduates from YES, MTI’s Leadership Training Program.

According to MTI’s website, “The YES Management Training Program is a 10 month program where 30+ MTI Member owners, executives, and managers of ‘all’ ages attend four training sessions. The YES program is for ... an employee who is aiming for the next level in his/her personal growth ...”

Related Glossary Terms

  • boring


    Enlarging a hole that already has been drilled or cored. Generally, it is an operation of truing the previously drilled hole with a single-point, lathe-type tool. Boring is essentially internal turning, in that usually a single-point cutting tool forms the internal shape. Some tools are available with two cutting edges to balance cutting forces.


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