ACME Surface Dynamics, Inc., was founded as ACME Hard Chrome in Alliance, Ohio, in 1953. Lester P. Miller set up his fledgling business in a building that had once housed one of the earliest Greek Orthodox churches in the area. Today that building houses part of the plating facility in a much-expanded business.
During those early years, ACME also did some plating work in copper, zinc, cadmium and nickel, but it was soon determined that hard chrome was the preferred process, and the other metals were discontinued. The first of several additions was undertaken in 1964.