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Steel Manufacturer Hannibal Ind. Opens Houston Plant, Powder Coat Facility

12. February 2016



Hannibal Industries Inc., a Los Angeles-based steel manufacturer, is building a 42,000-square-foot expansion at its already 110,000-square-foot facility in northwest Houston that will house the company's new powder-coating production line, an environmental room and additional office space.


The company plans to open the offices March followed by the plant in September.


Steve Rogers has been named the executive vice president of Hannibal Industries and will relocate to the company's new Houston office, which is slated to open in March.


“Hannibal Industries has been forging ahead with its plans for Houston as our business has remained strong and shown great potential for major expansion in certain geographical regions as well as within potential new industries,” Blanton Bartlett, president of Hannibal Industries, said in a statement. “We are confident in the team we are assembling and are very proud of the work these individuals have displayed thus far."


Albers Finishing & Solutions Holding Open House of New Intellifinishing System

10. February 2016




Albers Finishing & Solutions in Cheney, Kansas, will host an open house at their facility on March 24 from 10 am–3 pm to display their new line that provides liquid paint services to regional and national customers.


The highly automated paint line has a part window of 2' × 4' × 8' and can handle up to 500 lbs of weight on each load bar. Albers Finishing & Solutions was created in response to a local manufacturer who had a need to provide a finished product, but didn’t want to stray from their core business by adding paint inside their operation. 


The liquid paint line is capable of painting 2,000 to 3,000 parts per day, and features an automated conveyor that can move load bars forward and reverse or even stop them independently of every other load bar in the system, a three-stage wash, dry off oven, two paint booths equipped with Fanuc robots applying liquid primer and paint via automated paint mix equipment, a dual-lane energy-efficient cure oven and a load-assist lifter. The line was designed and installed by IntelliFinishing based out of Salina, Kansas.


“This paint system offers some of the best and newest advances in the industry,” says Woody Miller, IntelliFinishing’s project manager. “With advanced automation and controls, energy efficiencies and floor space savings, the cost to paint each part is less than other systems. This is a very high-end system, located here in Cheney. Other manufacturers are struggling with their monument systems and would love to have a system like this.”


IntelliFinishing teamed up with Downey Consulting, a local company in designing the following for the system: load-assist lifter, carriers, loadbars, hangars and a rotator mechanism in each paint booth. The parts are hung on a custom loadbar with a spinner wheel, and spun using the air-operated (intrinsically safe) rotator. All of this is controlled by the PLC. The wireless lifter mechanism is capable of removing the loadbar from the carrier fully loaded with parts, placing finished product on racks, or changing loadbars for a different type/style of part. This enables the ultimate in flexibility of the system.


The facility is located at 38628 West 15th St. South. For information, please visit



Praxair Surface Technologies and GE Aviation Form Joint Venture

8. February 2016



Praxair Surface Technologies and GE Aviation have entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture for the development, support and application of specialized coatings.


The coatings will be tailored for GE Aviation’s and CFM International’s current and future engine models, including the GE9X and LEAP engines.


When created, the joint-venture company will expand its footprint with a new coatings plant in the southeast United States, which will supplement the services provided to GE from Praxair’s Indianapolis facility and other global operations. Additionally, under the agreement, Praxair Surface Technologies’ current scope of services provided to GE Aviation will be expanded. GE Aviation production volume will continue to grow due to a large backlog of commercial engine orders.


Praxair Surface Technologies will be the majority owner of the venture and will consolidate the results. GE Aviation will hold the remaining membership interests. The parties plan to begin operations during the second quarter of 2016, once regulatory approvals are obtained.


“We are delighted to expand and formalize our long-standing relationship with GE Aviation and combine efforts to provide exceptional service, capabilities and technologies to the growing aviation industry,” said Praxair Surface Technologies President Pierre Lüthi. “Together, we’ll enhance our advanced coating capabilities to provide a dedicated coating source and support the growth of GE’s new engine platforms.”


“This specialized coating joint venture with Praxair will enable us to meet our growing engine production volume,” said Colleen Athans, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Supply Chain. “The unique coating capabilities will enhance our engines’ performance and durability, which are key requirements for our customers.”

February’s Go-To Guy: Jose Lopez, Elite Finishing

By: Jess Larkin 5. February 2016


Jose Lopez, Elite Finishing

Jose started at Elite at 17 and has been there 36 years, now as plant manager. He comes in early to check on things, and can be seen at the plant late at night checking up on projects. Jose's wife and daughter both work at Elite, too. “We should be calling the place Lopez Platng because Jose cares so much about the company, treating as if it was his own,” said Jaime Maliszewski, president of Elite.



Go-To Guys



Carl Weber, Professional Plating Inc., is a total “Glue Man”! Carl joined Professional Plating Inc. in Wisconsin with only 10,000 square feet of space. He has been an integral part of six expansions and is currently leading efforts on the seventh and largest expansion yet of over 60,000 square feet, which includes a new cellular zinc rack plating line. After the current expansion, he will oversee and add value to the 210,000 square feet in his maintenance management role.




Tom “Tucker” Gulland, RPW Inc., started at RPW at the age of 17 and has been employed for over 33 years. Tucker now holds the title of assistant plant manager with a reputation as the guy that gets things done. Customers, suppliers and employees all know that Tucker where to find it, how to plate it and where it goes. Tucker has done everything from racking to managing.



Know a guy or gal in the industry who should be recognized? Email Jess Larkin at


Originally published in the February 2016 issue.


Painting a Boeing 737: See The Video

4. February 2016



How do you paint a new Boeing 737? The folks at Southwest Airlines recently did. Check out the video below.


It costs between $100,000 to $200,000 to prep and paint each plane, depending on which colors are chosen, and how many colors.


The paint on a 737 adds about 555 pounds to the weight of the aircraft. 


See more HERE



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