Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) is constructing a new 12,000-square-foot powder coat facility at its manufacturing complex in Goshen, Ind., allowing the company to utilize the more durable, eco-friendly process in all of its towable frame-building operations.
“This will eliminate wet-coating, giving all our customers a powder-coated finish,” said Jason Lippert, president and CEO of LCI, a subsidiary of White Plains, N.Y.-based Drew Industries Inc.
The firm currently operates four powder-coat plants in Elkhart County and one in Southern California, which services Lippert’s four surrounding production plants, including operations run by subsidiary Zieman Manufacturing Co.
“Right now our four facilities in Elkhart County are powder coating 750 chassis a day,” Lippert said. “This will allow us to powder coat up to 1,100 to 1,200 a day, and also leave some idle capacity so we can continue to grow and provide powder for new business.”
Lippert said construction of the approximately $3 million facility is slated for completion in mid-March. The plant will feature a 110-foot oven and is capable of handling chassis up to 50 feet.
Product will run through a four-stage electrostatic process, starting with an aluminum oxide sandblast and ending in a high-heat oven that bakes the powder to the frame.
“Powder gives a more uniform coating, eliminating runs while also painting the underside parts to resist corrosion,” said Lippert, noting that powder-coating is a zero emission process.
Lippert said that in addition to its normal work flow, the company had received an influx of orders from builders supplying units to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for hurricane victims.
“We had a real strong October and November, which is a time when we normally are slowing down,” he said.