Several times each week the sales staff and editorial department of Products Finishing receive phone calls and e-mails from companies looking for a finishing job shop. Some are looking for a finisher that performs a rather standard process, such as polyester powder coating, while others are looking for a finisher that can perform a more specialized process, such as low-pressure plasma spraying.
Some of you might think that this would be an easy task for us since we have several thousand job shops on our circulation file. But, it is not. While we can comb through our list to find a job shop that may answer someone's question, the process can be time consuming. And, we may not have enough detailed information about some job shops to help out the individual.
Therefore, the staff of Products Finishing has created a new web site—www.pfshopfinder.com—so that individuals can easily find a job shop that performs a specific finishing process in a particular region of the country. There is a link to the new site from www.pfonline.com as well.
The site allows finishing job shops to list their company for free by city and state in 138 process categories, from chromic acid anodizing to epoxy powder coating to chemical stripping. There are also opportunities to expand your company's listing at a minimal yearly cost. So far there are more than 200 companies listed at PFShopFinder.
In the next few weeks, many of you will receive a listing form. I encourage you to fill out this form and return it to us so you can participate in the site. We will be advertising the site in other trade magazines (such as Modern Machine Shop and Automotive Manufacturing and Production) that reach companies that are looking for finishers.
We know that it can be difficult for finishers to market their services. PFShopFinder makes it easy for your company to be seen by a large number of potential customers.
If you have any questions or would like to be listed on the site, please call Scott Walker, publisher, or myself at 513-527-8800. We'll be glad to help you in anyway possible.