Since 1945, Metal Improvement Company has been a pioneer in the shot peening industry. Based in Wichita, Kan., the firm offers an array of services, such as shot peening, laser peening, heat treating, coating services, reed valve manufacturing. It serves the aerospace, automotive, chemical, marine, agricultural, mining and medical industries. The ISO 9001/9002 certified firm operates 24 shot peening facilities in North America and 12 in Europe. It is a subsidiary of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, which specializes in designing/manufacturing products for motion control and flow control applications.