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Black River Falls, Wis. — Michael Dougherty, President & CEO of D&S Manufacturing, announced that the company will be significantly upgrading its off-line liquid spray painting, powder coating system and integrating powder coating capabilities within its production environment. “Soon, D&S will be home to one of the largest powder coating booths in the Midwest,” he stated.

According to Rob Bucek, Production Control Manager, the investment was prompted by an increase in business and a preference of customers to have more secondary services, such as powder coating, satisfied through one integrated resource. “Our upgraded facility will enable us to increase throughput by 300% while reducing production from three shifts to two. We will also be able to accommodate components that are as weighty as 10,000 lbs. and far more efficiently process smaller parts. Plus, by completing these operations in-house, we maintain complete control over quality and project lead times,” he explained.

A group of D&S employees, including painters Jesse Limberg, Christopher Rommel and Spencer Windsor, utilized a decision matrix to evaluate potential paint system developers in areas that included general knowledge, sales after service, technical support, quality and construction capabilities. In selecting Global Finishing Solutions of Osseo, Wisconsin, team member and Plant Supervisor Michael Lien cited that company’s ability to think outside the box in meeting D&S’s specific manufacturing objectives. “To eliminate obstructions, Global Finishing integrated a unique door that disappears under the floor instead of a traditional overhead system. As a result, we are able to more effectively utilize the system’s sizeable 200 feet by 30 feet footprint,” he revealed.

For more than 40 years, ISO 9001:2008 certified D&S Manufacturing has served as a custom manufacturer of exceptional quality large scale components, assemblies and complete weldments for a broad cross section of well-respected corporations that include Caterpillar, Oshkosh Corporation, Parkson, The Trane Company and CNH. The company’s extensive capabilities include technologically superior machining, laser, high definition plasma and oxy-fuel cutting, as well as manual and robotic welding. These resources are complemented by diverse value-added services ranging from wet painting and shot blasting to assembly and testing. A dedicated and highly skilled workforce lives a commitment to superior project management, exceptional quality, accountability, teamwork and continuous improvement, which empowers the company to live its slogan, D&S …. Solid™.

For more information, please contact John Barkley, General Manager, D&S Manufacturing, P. O. Box 279, Black River Falls, WI, 54615, 715-284-5376, ext. 307 or fax 715-284-4084. Send e-mail to jbarkley@dsmfg.com, and visit D&S Manufacturing's Web site at www.dsmfg.com.