According to the American Trim, a Tier 1 supplier to the transportation and appliance markets, the new coating line will consume far less energy then the existing processing line and provide greater product functionality to its customers. Lima Mayor David Berger was joined by Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel, along with several local and regional dignitaries, to make the announcement in American Trim’s plant on Baxter Street in Lima.

“This effort by American Trim is part of a multi-year commitment by the company to reinvent its manufacturing processes and pursue an agile manufacturing strategy with the express purpose of retaining jobs in Ohio and Lima in particular,” Mayor Berger said.

Steve Hatkevich, director of research and development at American Trim, added: “We are appreciative of the support from the Ohio Department of Development, the Mayor and our Representatives to make this possible. We will add over $1.3 million of our own funding to bring this state of the art installation to our facility.”

The new line, which uses coatings cured by UV light, will reduce energy consumption by up to 95% when compared to traditional thermally cured coatings, according to American Trim. This eliminates the need to heat the coating and the substrate, cure the coating, and then cool the panel back to a temperature that can be easily handled—dramatically reducing energy consumption. This new protective film coating technology will be marketed under the name SelectiveGuard TM.