Planning and courage build new powder coating business
Fighting the odds during a recession, just a year after opening Aegis Industrial Finishing works overtime to meet customers’ needs.
Facing stiff competition from China that was making the powder coating of high-volume small parts increasingly competitive, Dave McKinnon decided to depart the business that his father-in-law had established in 1948 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Despite the difficult decision to leave the business in which Dave had worked for more than 20 years, Dave and his son Chris decided to launch a new business that would handle a mix of larger parts in a smaller volume. Too large to ship from China economically, a single piece can earn the same amount as 500 smaller pieces at the previous plant.