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SourceOne Secures Elite Status in Powder Coat Industry

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From left, Chad Cooke, DuPont Technical Service Representative, and Ivan Reed, Special Projects Coordinator, tour the shop floor July 18 before the bi-annual DuPont certification audit begins.
From left, Chad Cooke, DuPont Technical Service Representative, and Ivan Reed, Special Projects Coordinator, tour the shop floor July 18 before the bi-annual DuPont certification audit begins.
DuPont Certified Star Coater
For the past eight years, SourceOne has been a member of the elite DuPont Certified Star Coater group.

One of only seven companies nationwide, this status proves SourceOne leads the powder coat industry in safety policies, quality assurance, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. By passing audits every two years — the most recent in July — SourceOne maintains its certification and earns the right to display the DuPont Certified logo in advertising, invoices and on its website.

“The DuPont Certified Star Coater logo has market significance,” said John Skiff, DuPont Area Manager. “You see that and recognize it means quality.”

Certification brings in customers, according to Powder Coat Supervisor Rob Norris. For one recent customer, the logo sold them on SourceOne's quality.

SourceOne's excellence also is lauded by DuPont representatives. They use SourceOne as an example of a company that partners well with DuPont and continuously improves with each audit.

“The safety culture they've developed and the strides they've made in customer relations are two of the biggest things SourceOne has done well,” said Chad Cooke, DuPont Technical Service Representative. “This partnership also helps us get better. In my opinion, of the half dozen audits I've done across the country, SourceOne is the leader and who I always reference to other companies.”

As praise builds for SourceOne and business grows due to Star Coater certification, more operating room was essential. SourceOne acquired an additional 5,000 square feet from an adjacent building in July, which follows closely behind January's 2,500-square-foot expansion dedicated to adding wet painting capabilities.

“The additional space is an opportunity to reconfigure existing space,” said Special Projects Coordinator Ivan Reed. “It will not only increase our overall operating capacity, but also enhance our productivity and quality efforts.”

Although no official plans have been made, Reed said the acquisition of two additional bays could mean a future new assembly area, product line or production cell.