Associated Finishing, Inc. is opening a third facility in Litchfield, MN to expand our capabilities and add capacity. The Litchfield facility will be operational in early December 2016 and has 27,000 sq feet of production space that will be used in a variety of ways. The large batch system includes a spray bay, abrasive blast room, powder/liquid paint booth, and oven that can accommodate a 40′ part. Once the large batch system is up-and-running, we will be adding a conveyor line that can handle a 20′ part. This will increase our efficiency and lower prices on parts that will fit on the line. There is also plans for a second conveyor line in the future. AFI is excited about how this new expansion will have a positive effect on our current customers and we are looking forward to the new relationships it will bring!
AFI has done it again! We have added another truck to our fleet making a total of four trucks for our customers’ convenience. We now run a fleet of three straight trucks and one tractor/trailer. These trucks make daily runs to the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro area and other routes around Minnesota for customer pick-up and delivery. AFI feels that this free trucking service is essential to connect with our customers and the value of this service takes care of many of the headaches involved with logistics. It’s simple: contact our shipping department: firstname.lastname@example.org and they will do the rest.
AFI opted for another straight truck because of its driver flexibility. This gives AFI the ability to change with our customers’ needs. The truck also has new and improved graphics on it. The AFI cartoon characters are still alive and well, but we rearranged a few other items to better reflect our business. Although this new truck might not go to the Twin Cities everyday, it will create more space on the trucks that do make those trips. That means a better chance that your parts can be picked up and delivered on the day that you requested.
Here at AFI, we strive to be flexible for our customers to give them the best experience possible. That flexibility has gotten us into drop shipping to a final destination. This saves valuable time and money for our customers. Of course, our customers need to have faith in the quality of the parts that we send out since they will never see them. Our quality has spoken for itself as we have continued to increase the amount of drop shipping out of our location. We have a lot of experience in drop shipping to John Deere, Case-New Holland and more. Call today to find out if drop shipping is right for you!
AFI’s salesman, Matt Miller (pictured on left), seconds as an assistant football coach for his alma mater Cleveland High School. He works with the offensive and defensive line for the small 9-man school just north-east of Mankato. Matt comments, “Coaching and developing players is always something I have really enjoyed. It’s also fun to give back to the community where I grew up. I am lucky to work for a company who not only lets me, but supports my participation in something I love to do. I’ve had co-workers and their families at our games cheering us on!”
This year the Clippers had their best year in many as they went 10-2 overall, while winning their district and section. It was only the second time in school history that Cleveland has made it to the State Tournament. The Clippers eventually lost in the State Quarterfinals to the back-to-back-to back state champion Grand Meadow. Congratulations to Matt and Cleveland on a great year!
In our quest to have the most up-to-date equipment, AFI has replaced the first stage of our washer on the automatic line at the Rock Street facility. The first stage of our 6-stage cleaning system is where the cleaning detergent and pressurized hot water is sprayed onto the part to wash off oils or any other contaminants. Heat and detergent concentration are the name of the game in getting parts clean and AFI is now able to get even hotter temperatures in our cleaning solution. We have also added a brand new filtration system that will allow our baths to remain consistently clean for longer periods of time. The filters are also easier to clean, meaning less down time on the line and ultimately quicker turn times on your parts!
Every summer, AFI has an annual company picnic for all of our employees and their families. Its a time to get away from the powder coat lines and liquid painting booths. The picnic was held at Bray Park this year in Madison Lake, MN (just outside of Mankato). We enjoyed the fun in the sun, including: swimming, a bean bag tournament, bingo, a treasure hunt, and face painting. AFI also gave out many prizes; anything from cash to boat anchors! The real purpose of the picnic to show appreciation for all our hard-working employees and to bring our families together to relax and have a little fun.