Top Shops

Products Finishing magazine is searching for the best-run and most customer-driven electroplating and anodizing operations to give them an award of distinction: the title “Top Shop.” The shops that complete the survey will get a benchmarking report for the industry, plus a Custom Shop Report that details specifically how their shop stacks up against others in the finishing industry

Top Shops Survey for Liquid and Powder Begins May 1

The Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey for liquid and powder coaters — an industry-wide program to determine best practices and statistical data from hundreds of finishing shops across North America — will launch May 1.

2018 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey: Electroplating Data Show Profit Correlations

Gardner Intelligence found a distinct relationship between profits and order lead time in the thousands of data points it reviewed.

Top Shops: Safeway Services Earns its Way to No. 1

The owner of Safeway Services, a painting and powder coating provider in Rockford, Illinois, wants to be more than just a hired hand.

2017 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey: Investments, Profits Are Trending Up

Analysis: Trends show more consistencies than differences over time; shops are increasing capital expenditures each year, with shops ranking at the top spending at 10 percent of gross sales.

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2017 Finishing Industry Economic Forecast

What the team at Gardner Business Intelligence sees ahead for the industrial finishing industry in 2017.

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How to Read Your Top Shops Customized Benchmarking Report

Video from Michael Guckes from Gardner Intelligence explains how to read and understand your Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking custom reports you received if you took part in the recent survey.

Capital Expenditures and Growth

The axiom says that you must spend money to make money. Turns out the statistics prove it true, too. Top Shops spend money to make money, and keep more of it.

2018 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey: Finishing Technologies

Pilkington Metal Finishing spent about 12 percent of its gross profits on capital expenditures in 2017, which is one reason the shop was selected for recognition in the Finishing Technologies category.