Finishing & Plating Service, Inc. was founded by the late Tom Laken Sr. in 1952. Tom Sr. was a self-taught chemist through International Correspondence Schools in analytical and quantitative chemistry. He was able to take a small idea and make it into a successful business that is now in its fourth generation.​​

Tom Sr. retired in 1981 and FPS was taken over by his late son, Tom Jr., who served as the CEO for over 35 years. At this time, Tom Laken III and Bruce Laken began to oversee the everyday tasks and management. In 2008, Bruce was named Vice President and Tom III was named President.

In 2017, Tom Laken III became CEO of Finishing & Plating. With help from Bruce, Tom III's wife, Lori, and Tom Jr.'s wife, Nancy, FPS stays successful while simultaneously maintaining its family values and complying to its Quality Policy.

In 1991, FPS upgraded to a larger facility in Kenosha Industrial Park. Moving to a 38,000 sq ft location, FPS has six state-of-the-art plating lines running three shifts, five days a week. Since then, two additions have been made to increase warehouse space and enclose shipping docs to accommodate customers. Environmentally, FPS has a custom water treatment facility in-house that exceeds the latest local, state, and federal requirements.

​Continuing to keep the customer request and improving service and quality, in 2017, FPS was re-certified to ISO 9001-2015.

FPS has always prioritized being active in supporting the community. FPS values cooperating with the city of Kenosha through businesses and organizations such as Hawthorne Hollow, The Kenosha YMCA, The Boys & Girls Club, The Kemper Center, and many more. Other professional associations FPS is affiliated with are: NAMF AESF and CMFI, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Wisconsin Manufacturing Commerce, and National Association Manufacturers.