ATLANTA, Ga.—Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. (SAF) celebrated its 70th anniversary last fall. At its founding in 1946, SAF was one of only two anodizing lines in the country. Founder Marvin McClatchey was a chemical engineer and pioneer in anodizing for architectural applications. Still in the family, SAF is currently led by second generation brothers and co-CEOs, Penn McClatchey and Jim McClatchey.
Early customers included commercial glazing contractors working to meet pressing demands for storefront and curtain wall projects in the post WWII building boom. Since then, SAF’s customer base has expanded internationally to include construction specifiers, design-build contractors, commercial construction subcontractors, alternative energy product manufacturers, product engineers, automotive suppliers, and fabricators and manufacturers in many other industries.