Wheel refurbisher rolls along with a powder coating triple play
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Snider Fleet Solutions, Greensboro, N.C., is a private company founded in 1976 that supplies new tires, retreads, and vehicle services to the transportation industry. The company operates a growing auto and truck rim and wheel refurbishing business in Bluffton, Ind. The Bluffton plant’s process utilizes a dedicated powder coating line to clean, shot blast, prime, and coat the rims and wheels. Until 3 years ago, the company used an overhead conveyor system and single convection oven to powder coat its parts. This limited production to 3,000 wheels per month working three shifts, 24 hours per day.