Keystone Koating has been named one of the best finishing shops in North
America, according to an industry benchmarking survey conducted by Products Finishing Magazine, a trade publication which has covered the industry since 1938.
The magazine conducted an extensive benchmarking survey that analyzed hundreds of finishing companies in several different areas, including Current Finishing Technology, Finishing Practices and Performances, Business Strategies and Performances, and Training and Human Resources.
Only the top 50 shops were given the honor of being a Products Finishing magazine “Top Shop” based on a scoring matrix in those four criteria. Seven of the Top Shops were located in Canada, and the remaining 43 were located in the U.S. See the 2015 top shops listed here.
Products Finishing has referred to the Top 50 as the “Cream of the Shops.” A feature article appears in the October Issue.
“Keystone Koating has established itself as one of the best finishing operations in the industry,” said Tim Pennington, editor of Products Finishing magazine. “The criteria we used was very stringent, and only the top finishing shops that excelled in all four areas made the list.”
“This is a great accomplishment for our team,” said Rick Gehman, president of Keystone Koating. “I’m very proud of the hard work, dedication and excellence that each one of our team members puts into their work.”
Gehman, and the leaders that preceded him, have maintained a company culture that encourages excellence, while being able to hold on to trained employees in an industry known for high turnover.
“It’s a good working environment. I have a foreman and bosses that are great to work with. They just care. If I’m struggling with something, and an office man comes through, you can expect he’ll help,” explained Ray Hoover, an employee at the Lititz plant for nearly three decades.
“People help each other here,” shared Dexter Strawser, a loader at Keystone Koating’s second plant in Mifflintown . “That environment makes everyone strive to achieve the highest quality of powder coating we can.”
It’s a team mentality that has propelled this powder coating company into the Top Shop rankings.