R Repainting equipment can be a smart investment. A new paint job can lengthen the life of the machine or increase its resale value. Freshly-painted equipment can also boost your company’s professional image. With a new painting facility, located at the Columbus Branch, Columbus Equipment Company can provide a high-quality paint job for your equipment in a time- efficient, environmentally-friendly manner. “The pressurized, cross-draft booth keeps the paint where it is directed, limiting any oversprays or impurities that could mar the surface,” said Gene Wyer, Columbus Branch Service Manager. Additionally, the booth has baking capabilities to cure paint in 45 minutes, so the painter can use two or more colors on a machine in a day. Previously, one color had to cure overnight before the second color was added. The updated paint booth is staffed by a new employee with more than 30 years experience in painting machinery, Wyer said. “Much of his experience is from the automotive field, and he brings the quality of automotive paint jobs to the equipment world here at Columbus Equipment Company.” Upgraded LED lighting in the booth makes it easy for the paint crew to check for flaws. For safety, the booth is equipped with a dry, chemical-fire suppression system. At 64 feet long, 16 feet wide, and 16 feet high, the paint booth can accommodate machinery as large as a crane or a PC490. “We can paint the whole machine or just a section, depending on what the customer wants,” Wyer noted. Adding a paint job to a planned repair or service visit is a convenient and cost-efficient way to get the painting done, and Columbus Equipment Company stands behind its paint work the same way it stands behind its mechan- ical work. The new paint booth represents a $350,000 investment in upgrading capacity to provide a service many customers request. PRODUCT SUPPORT New Paint Facility Enhances CUSTOMER CONVENIENCE, SATISFACTION, AND MACHINE INVESTMENT “The pressurized, cross-draft booth keeps the paint where it is directed, limiting any oversprays or impurities that could mar the surface.” Gene Wyer; Service Manager, Columbus Equipment Company Repainting equipment is frequently requested since it can lengthen the life of the machine and increase its resale value. Freshly-painted equipment will also enhance a company’s professional image. 19