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!
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.
Associated Finishing is proud to announce the addition of Mick Rykhus to our team!
Mick is originally from Eagle Lake, MN and attended Minnesota State University, Mankato. He graduated from MSU with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, Mick went to work for CAT as a Manufacturing Engineer in the fabrication department for Caterpillar Work Tools in Wamego, Kansas.
We are excited to bring Mick back to the Mankato area. His title is Facilities Manager, but we will be using him in many different ways. AFI will count on his design and fabrication skills to improve our processes and create an ideal facility to best suit our customers. AFI is always on the road of continual improvement and adding Mick to the team is definitely moving us in the right direction. Welcome Mick!
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Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Design 2 Part Show. AFI had a great showing there and we really enjoyed the chance to discuss our business with a variety of companies. The “church-key” bottle openers that we gave as a free gift were a big hit! AFI powder coated a variety of different colors and pad printed our logo on them. We gave out over 200 openers!
If you were at the show, but didn’t get a chance to talk to us, and want to learn more about our powder coating and liquid coating processes give us a call today!