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Business name: Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc.
Store manager: Mike Sigler.
General manager: Bob Mesick.
Address: 8118 N.E. St. Johns Road.
What the business does: Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc. is a full-service automotive and industrial coatings supplier, providing products and services to the collision repair and industrial manufacturing industries. It offers tools and equipment for the auto body professional and also carries a complete line of automotive car wash and detailing supplies.
The company is also a wholesale distributor to the aerospace, recreational vehicles and marine markets. The business has five branches in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, with corporate offices in Eugene, Ore.
Steps to build your business: General manager Bob Mesick said the company has recently expanded its Reno, Nev. location and acquired businesses in the Salt Lake City area and in Woodland and Napa, Calif. It plans for additional acquisitions of distributors that fit the company profile.
Greatest challenge: Mesick said the company’s challenge in a highly competitive industry is to give customers the highest quality goods and services in a timely manner so they can meet their goals and deadlines.
What’s ahead: A company team is focused on bringing the latest industry tools and techniques to customers. The company’s annual Pacific Northwest regional product expo and business seminar, called Partners in Profit, will be in April at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Portland. The show caters to industry professionals but anyone interested in the collision industry is invited.
Business history: To date, Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc. has 19 branch locations across Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Indiana and Mississippi, and is the Northwest’s largest distributor of DuPont and BASF automotive paints.
Year established in Clark County: 2000.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.