Products Finishing

NOV 2013

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PRETREATMENT Cutting Down Pretreatment Waste and Water Husqvarna Outdoor Products replaces phosphate pretreatment system. BY TIM PENNINGTON EDITOR After almost 40 years on the manufacturing side of the industrial coating business, Harry Holland never envisioned himself an innovator, let alone a guinea pig. "When something works well, you want to stick with it and not change it," says Holland, finishing manager at Husqvarna Outdoor Products' manufacturing plant in McRae, Ga., where he makes lawn mowers, garden tillers, snow throwers and trimmers. The company also pretreats parts and powder coats those mowers and tillers sold at major U.S. stores such as Lowe's; and, needless to say, the outdoor products need to be coated properly to ensure customer satisfaction. "I've been in this business more than 38 years, and one thing I know is that you have to meet those paint specs every time all the time," Holland says. "You won't last if you don't." What finishing managers like Holland face every day is finding the balance 30 NOVEMBER 2013 — pfonline.com between routinely getting nine and 10 ratings on salt-spray tests, and satisfying his company's desire to become a greener, more eco-friendly manufacturer. Power Products That's what Holland faced when Sweden-based Husqvarna launched an initiative at its numerous manufacturing plants around the world to go greener and improve its production systems to reduce the amount of waste being discharged, as well as to use cleaner chemistry. The chore in the U.S. fell to Holland, who has been with Husqvarna—the world's largest producer of outdoor power products including robotic lawn mowers, garden tractors, zero turns, snow blowers, chainsaws and trimmers—since back when the company was known as Electrolux and also owned the Frigidaire line of white goods for the kitchen. Electrolux spun off Husqvarna as its

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