On Friday, April 28, 2017 Lakeland Police Department agency held its 2016 Annual Award ceremony. Both sworn officers and civilian team members were honored for work during 2016. Pop's Painting was honored for painting the LPD SWAT Team's armored vehicle. Mark and Chris Woods attended the ceremony to receive the award. It should be recognized that Mr. Jamie Woods in his typical boots on the ground approach to work did not attend, but elected to stay back at the shop in order to make sure that the work was getting done. It was Jamie Woods who unselfishly gave his time, energy, and expertise to refurbish the paint on the exterior and did not ask for one dime or any recognition in return. Well I'm giving the credit where it is due so he can be recognized, however I won't give him the dime. Thank you Jamie for investing in the community that supports us. Lakeland Police Department is one of the finest I have ever known and we support them 100 percent.
Last week Pop's personnel went to the Carboline training facilities in St Louis to train and become approved applicators of the Carboline line of intumescent coatings. We look forward to this partnership with Carboline. Thank you Mark Adkins, Rick Brown, Sean Younger, and the rest of the Carboline Team for all of your support!
Management from American Marsh Pumps corporate headquarters in Tennessee visited our facilities last Thursday for a tour of our facilities. The visitors indicated that they are looking for a vendor to supply coatings and liners for their products. Pop's currently is the supplier for coatings and liners for American Marsh Pump's local branch. The challenge that American Marsh Pumps is faced with is finding a vendor to produce consistent quality with the coatings and liners for their products. They seemed to be impressed. Indications point to Pop's becoming the leading supplier for American Marsh Pumps products on a national level. We look forward to forming this partnership.
Pop's Painting QP-3 re-certification is a success. Pop's Coatings receives QP-3 for powder coating. Sherwin Williams approves Pop's Painting to apply Firetex intumescent coatings. Technology goes bust.
It's been a busy month.
On March 22, SSPC performed their quality audit at our facilities. They found only two minor deficiencies. Pop's Painting was recertified for the QP-3 status. Pop's Coatings earned the QP-3 status for powder coating. This allows us to compete in the powder coating market when the qualifications are a more stringent requirement from a customer. Congrats to the Quality Department on your achievement!
Last week Sherwin Williams completed the training of personnel for intumescent coatings. We are now an approved applicator of Sherwin Williams Firetex products. Thank you Dustin and Deano for all of you support. Next week Pop's will send personnel to St Louis for Carboline to train applicators and approve Pop's to be an applicator of their intumescent products. We are entering a market where there are established leaders. It is our goal to diversify services and to emerge as a leader in intumescent coating applications. We are still waiting to hear back from Inernational.
Technology has been the loser this month. Our partnership with Knowify came to an abrupt halt. This Project Management app created frustration with workers and the CEO decided to pull the plug. We realized minimal success with using the app. While Knowify provides a great cloud based Project Management system with capabilities to provide work instruction, documents, job costing, invoicing, purchasing, and full QuickBooks integration, our culture is not ready for this type of technology. For any project management app to work requires full active, not passive, participation from everyone involved. Knowify is the complete package when you are ready for this kind of technology in manufacturing.
Pop's Painting has recently launched a new integration with technology using tablet devices. A partnership with Knowify, a cloud based Project Management app, is beginning to to shape. Knowify allows workers to log in to work activities using a smart device, which tracks time spent on various activities in the manufacturing process. Additionally it creates an avenue for workers to get instructions, product data sheets, bill of landings, and other information all in one place. This process is 100% paperless. We are working out the kinks in the new implementation of this technology and are very excited about he possibilities for the future.
SSPC hosted its annual conference in Tampa this year. Pop's was fortunate enough to have four attendees to the exhibition hall this year. It was neat to see new technology, different gadgets, and to maintain relationships with vendors. Special props to TruQC and to DeFelsko. For my personal experience these two companies have made quality measuring and documentation as steamlined, real time, precise, and as accurate as possible. Thanks guys and please keep thinking progressively.
Congratulations are in order again for Mr. Michael Letchworth. He has completed the SSPC Quality Control Supervisor course and SSPC Inspection Planning and Documentation Planning (INSPEC) courses. Nice work Mike!
Two cranes were installed yesterday on the new warehouse. One is 15 ton capacity. The other is 10 ton capacity. There is a ways to go but we keep inching towards completion.
Congratulations are in order for Mr. Michael Letchworth. This morning grades were posted for the NACE training he completed. He is now a NACE CIP Level II. Nice work Mike!
Our existing partnership with Carboline will soon extend to provide shop applied intumescent coatings. Intumescent coatings provide protection for steel when under heat duress to maintain the ingrety of the structure. This is very exiting news. We will start training with Crboline after the first of next year. After we have been trained in the application of intumescent coatings from Carboline and Sherwin Williams, we will be certified for application of intumescent coatings for two vendors. Workers start training with Sherwin Williams tomorrow for application of their line of intumescent coatings. Pop's Painting Is trying to diversify the protective coatings and liners that we provide to industry that would be fit our current personnel, equipment, and facilities.
Jhon Galvan (front), Mike Marquez (middle), and Rob Prpich (back) take an opportunity to have fun for a minute and sent me this selfie. Thanks guys!
The new straddle crane is now operational. This puts our lifting capacity at 79 tons for a single lift.
Pop's Painting partners with Florida Polytechnic University to implement technology in our manufacturing.
It is an honor and a privilege to partner with Florida Polytechnic University. We have submitted a problem statement to the Design 1 & 2 program and our problem statement was selected as one of their projects. The end result is to use paperless devices to improve the way information flows to workers. We look forward to these students' solutions.
Pop's Coatings coatings applicators and quality personnel receive training from Tiger Drylac in preparation for the SSPC QP3 audit.
Yesterday Tiger Drylac came to our facilities to train powder coat applicators and quality personnel for the additional training required in order to apply for the SSPC QP3 certification for powder coating application facilities. Thank you Blair Hollack for your accommodations. This puts us a step closer to be able to apply for this certification.
Yesterday Trident Building Systems started placing anchors for the erection of our new warehouse. The warehouse will be 76 x 300 for a total of 22,800 additional warehouse space. This new warehouse will cover the new steel grit blast machine and provide additional space for coating and lining applications in an enclosed space. So far we have plans to include one 10 ton overhead crane.
New handrails have been added to the new steel grit blast machine. It is not operational yet but we are making progress.
Mr. Michael Letchworth of Pop's Painting will attend NACE CIP Level II training in Cape Canaveral dates December 4-9 of this year. Congratulations Mike and good luck!
In preparation for the next QP3 audit from SSPC we are preparing the powder coating operation to acquire SSPC QP3 status. We feel as though this certification could put Pop's Coatings in a better market position. Pop's Coatings personnel and Pop's Painting Quality personnel attended a training session yesterday with PPG and Dietz Supply. Thank you Mr. Ian Bork of PPG and Jamie Argyelan of Dietz Supply for coming in to train us on powder coating fundamentals, applicator wand use, settings, cleaning, application technique, and quality controls and documentation. We will keep you posted.
On December 13 of this year Sherwin Williams will train us on how to apply their fire protection (intumescent) systems. We will then be approved to apply Sherwin Williams fire protection systems. Pop's Painting is diversifying services to provide additional solutions to industry. The area we are targeting is application of intumescent coatings on fabricated steel in house prior to steel erection. Stay tuned for details.
A new straddle crane has been purchased and is nearing completion. We hope to have it operational in a couple of weeks.
In an attempt to reduce fugitive emissions and increase productivity, another steel grit blast machine is being constructed. Updates will follow.
Pop's Painting, Inc. supports law enforcement. Thank you to Jamie Woods, our Operations Manager who gave his time to re-paint the armored vehicle for the Lakeland Police Departmet SWAT Team.
Chris Woods Sr. has worked in the Protective Coatings Industry for 25 years. He is the Quality Systems Manager at Pop's Painting Inc. and a NACE CIP Level II.
We are passionate about this industry. We are proud of our forefathers’ and we want to continue this legacy.
Pop’s is an industry leader for the application of protective coatings and liners in a job shop structure. We continue to keep our good reputation for quality and service as an organization and we differentiate ourselves by continuously becoming more and more efficient at producing better quality products. This is accomplished by- acquiring smart assets, developing our people, and implementing the technology that will streamline information flow and lead to efficient processes. We think that we can be a stellar example for how an efficient protective coatings and liners job shop should effectively operate. We are creative and progressive and we think BIG!