Winona Powder Coating, Inc. one of the first powder coating operations to open in the state of Indiana, recently held the grand opening of its new Etna Green production facility, the Journal Gazette reports. The grand opening of the 167,000-square-foot facility in Etna Green, Ind., builds on the current 30,000-square-foot property. The new facility, which represents a $5 million dollar capital investment, boasts a state-of-the-art powder coating line with a 5-stage washer, automatic and manual coating booths, and digitally controlled ovens. According to Winona Powder Coating, the new line can coat parts up to 72 inches high by 36 inches wide and up to 24 feet in length.

According to the Kosciusko County Economic Development Corp., the expansion of Winona Powder Coating’s Etna Green site will add 25 jobs over the next several years. “Kosciusko County is proud of Winona Powder Coating as one of our growing entrepreneurial companies and proud of the quality workers they find here that makes a company successful,” said Brad Jackson, Kosciusko County Commissioner. Indiana Municipal Power, which serves the Town of Etna Green, provided energy conservation assistance, the state of Indiana will be providing workforce and training assistance.

Winona Powder Coating has been in business since 1974 and started powder coating in 1979, making it one of the first powder coating operations to open in the state of Indiana. Winona has powder coated more than one billion dollars worth of customers’ parts in the past 30 years. Winona Powder Coating, a large, high-volume powder coating job shop serving Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan, is a leading supplier of powder coating services to large industrial companies throughout the Midwest. Winona Powder Coating services customers in the following industries: foundry, agriculture, i.e, John Deere and Caterpillar; military/defense; recreational vehicles; automotive, i.e, Bosch; marine; heavy industry; construction; electrical equipment; plumbing; and government, among others. Winona Powder aims to provide coating services at very attractive pricing due to high efficiency hanging conveyor lines, multi-shift operation and large-scale purchasing power.