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Litchfield Grand Opening!

On December 8th, AFI had a Grand Opening for customers, community members, and family to see the new facility. It was a great night filled with music, food, and celebrating a lot of hard work. Thank you to the Mayor of Litchfield- Keith Johnson, Paul Pagel (MNTAP), and Sam Ziegler (Director; GreenSeam) for the congratulations and welcoming us to Litchfield. We even had a few guest musicians for the night: Keith Johnson, Paul Pagel, and Merle Felling (Founder; Felling Trailers) who played with the Blue Ox Jazz Babies.



Recognition for a Young Leader

(left: Becca Kent-MDHA Chapter Coordinator, middle: Tyler Niss, right: Denis Quarberg– MDHA State President)


Congratulations to Tyler Niss for receiving the Youth Leadership Award at the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association banquet. Tyler was recognized for going above and beyond for his local chapter. Tyler is a regular volunteer at his chapter events such as Fall Banquet and raffle sales. Tyler is a junior at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School and works part-time at Associated Finishing. He is also the son of estimator Scott Niss.

Perseverance Pays Off!

Jammey Harroun was nominated and now has been chosen as a finalist for the Glenn Sheppard Leadership Award. Glenn Sheppard is a well-regarded entrepreneur and speaker on the fundamentals of business management. His annual award represents a leader who leads by example and sees the value in employee development. Jammey Harroun is one of those leaders and was nominated by Ann Austad.


Jammey started at AFI as a temporary worker in 2000. He has grown and developed his leadership skills ever since. He first worked his way to Line Lead, then Second Shift Manager, and now Operations Manager. Ann Austad (Logistics Manager) says, “Jammey has consistently shown his work ethic to everyone at this company, by example. He also uses his intuitive nature to relate to employees’ needs and yet is consistent with any discipline that needs to happen. I personally have witnessed Jammey’s growth as a manager; first from the Human Resources aspect for 10 years and now more recently from the production standpoint.” Jammey truly sees the value in every employee and believes everyone deserves a chance no matter their background or situation.


Congratulations Jammey on being a finalist!


AFI Annual Golf Outing

AFI puts on an annual golf outing for our employees and friends at Terrace View Golf Course outside of Mankato. One Saturday morning each September, we trade in our powder guns for golf clubs and hit the links as a company. After our nine holes of golf, AFI provided a great lunch with brats, hamburgers, and cookies. Thank you to all of our suppliers who gave gifts to our employee drawing and thank you to Ryan Kapsner and Ann Austad for putting on the event!

Website Update!

AFI has been working all spring on updating our website to have more information and be easier to use for our employees, customers, and applicants. We hope that you find our new website easy to navigate and easy to find the answers to your questions. Our updated pages answer many questions about how powder coating works and if it is the right fit for your project. If you need further assistance, check out the contact page to find the right person to call. Don’t forget to sign up for the quarterly newsletter on the bottom of the page.

A big Thank-you goes out to Thundera MultiMedia for the creating and the continuing support of the new website.

Design 2 Part Show- Minneapolis Convetion Center

Associated Finishing will have a booth at the upcoming Design 2 Part show on June 10 & 11 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The show will have many design manufacturers and services from around the state. Scott Niss and Matt Miller will be representing AFI at the show. FREE registration at Look forward to seeing you there!

Show Hours:

Wednesday June 10: 9:30- 3:30

Thursday June 11: 9:30-3:00