Products Finishing

OCT 2013

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PAINTING program. The company also was the first business locating in Pasco County to receive its Brownfield Job Creation Bonus. These performance-based state incentives mean that the refunds are awarded after job requirements have been met. William Kelley, SB general manager, said about 75 workers will eventually be employed at the plant. After working out the details of the new facility—which is comprised of three 78,000-square-foot rooms that will house machining, finishing and warehousing/packaging—Tolsma was brought in to set up the finishing operations. A 30-year veteran of the finishing industry, Tolsma's prior experience was coating ammunitions, so the aftermarket wheel sector was new ground for him. His first order of business was to purchase a used finishing line from a wheel manufacturer located in Ohio. That line was then taken apart and shipped to Florida where Tolsma's crew re-assembled it and upgraded a few of its fixtures. Improving the Finishing Line "There definitely was some work that needed to be done on the line," Tolsma says. "It was built in the early 2000s, but it was originally installed in Michigan and ran for five years, then was torn down and moved to Ohio, so we had some work we needed to do on it." The finishing line—which actually had been three separate 1,000-foot lines—had been idle since 2009, so Tolsma had to replace some pumps and filters to get it operational again. He then reassembled it into a line that is just over 2,000 feet in length, which required new drive motors for the system. When it came to the spray equipment, SB called on Finishing Brands of Toledo, Ohio, to install all new parts. The new installation includes products such as DeVilbiss, Ransburg, BGK and Binks spray-finishing, fluid-handling and electrostatic-spray equipment. Gary Jacobsen, a Finishing Brands sales manager, says SB chose his company's equipment after seeing a Class A1 automotive finishing application in Asia which was using Ransburg Rotary Bell technology. "Our first meeting was last November, and we just started talking through the processes because we had a clean slate with the empty building," Jacobsen says. "We could design our own blueprint of how we wanted this finishing line to run and where we wanted the stages. Then it came time to execute the plan." Late last year, SB Manufacturing in Dade City, Fla., began coating wheels, an operation that is now in full production with a goal of more than one million wheels per year. 24 OCTOBER 2013 —

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