Switch to powder goes smoothly for company's silk screeners
When a timer manufacturer switched to powder coating, the paint manager expected to throw away all the expensive silk-screening inks and buy new ones. Instead, she needed only an inexpensive can of metal-etching thinner.
Employees at Intermatic, Spring Grove, Ill., waited in long gasoline lines with everyone else during the energy crisis of the 1970''. But after they filled their tanks and drove to work, they found business booming. With energy prices skyrocketing, everyone wanted timers to regulate energy use for their appliances. And Intermatic just happened to manufacture timers, low-voltage outdoor lighting, and a variety of other energy-efficient household appliances.