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Bob Bertelsen founded A Plus Powder Coaters, Inc. in June of 1996. It all started in April 1996 when he had a need for some powder coating on a car he was building. When he found no one in the area could do his job in a timely manner, he decided to investigate the powder coating process. He spent most of April and May learning all he could about powder coating. It was during this time he was introduced to PCI (Powder Coating Institute). A Plus Powder Coaters, Inc. has been a member in good standing since 1996 and Bob now serves on their Custom Coater’s Steering Committee. In June of 1996, he incorporated A Plus Powder Coaters, Inc. and started the process of building our first building and system.

The first building was 75 feet wide and 150 feet long at 11,250 sq. ft. In March 1997 we started production with a conveyor system for larger production runs and a batch system for smaller runs and prototypes. We have expanded 7 times since we started and now have more than 60,000 square feet facility located on 6 acres in Columbiana Ohio. A Plus Powder Coaters, Inc. added our first 15ft. x 30ft. blast room in 2005 and has since added a second blast booth of the same size. We have expanded into packaging and light assembly work over the years.

Our Staff:

Bob Bertelsen- President/CEO

Bob founded the company in 1996. His main job is to set vision and plan for the future. He designs and builds most of the equipment and also works on plant efficiencies. Bob is very active in his church. He has been married to the same woman for over 30 wonderful years, and has 3 grown daughters. He enjoys building and racing classic muscle cars (see Cars in navigation) in his spare time.

Terry Watson- Sales Manager

Terry has been with the company since 1998. He first was a shop supervisor, then in 2000 transferred into sales. He has been a great asset to the company and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to powder coating. He currently serves as chairman of the Certification Committee for the Powder Coatings Institute. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and church. He also has a passion for helping people with their finances and leads Financial Peace classes on a regular basis. Terry is married and has 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. He is an avid deer hunter and fisherman, who fishes many local bass tournaments every year.

Nick Sukosd- Production & Quality Manager

Nick joined the company in 2013. He has been a fast study in powder technology. His duties include scheduling production, running the quality lab and keeping customers in the loop on their product. Nick is married and has a 3 year old son. He is an avid musician and plays many instruments.

Joyce Keslar- Office Manager

Joyce joined the company in 2002. She is responsible for all the accounting and employees. She is extremely good at keeping the paper work straight. She helps with her church, is married and has 2 children and 6 grandchildren. She enjoys riding her Harley whenever possible.

Lisa Arms- Administrative Assistant

Lisa came on board in August of 2013. She does all the data entry, schedules any shipping needed, and assists customers and vendors. Because of her exceptional phone personality Lisa also answers the phone. She is married to a pastor and has 4 children and 10 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family and church.