This Thanksgiving, we hope you have many, many things to be thankful for. We know we have been blessed at Induron Coatings. As we’ve gone through this season, we’ve been thinking about the things we can be thankful for as a result of industrial coatings. Continue reading Why We’re Thankful for Industrial Coatings
As a family business that’s been around for more than 65 years, Induron has learned a thing or two about building a good reputation and establishing trust. We hope that we’ve done a good job at both. We certainly have learned valuable lessons through both successes and failures. Be wary of any business or person that has been around for 65+ years that claims otherwise. Because of an effort to learn from our mistakes, integrity and good fortune, we are still around. But we feel that can do even better going forward. Continue reading Cutting Through the Clutter to Build Trust
Potable water storage vessels are a necessity in our modern world. As we drive up and down our nation’s highways, potable water storage vessels of all shapes and sizes can be easily spotted. Some are big and some are small, some are short and some are tall.
But no matter the size, they all have to be maintained. The interiors and exteriors of potable water storage vessels require a tank and/or coatings specialist to perform annual inspections. There are several techniques used in performing inspections, including taking dry film thickness readings and recording them. Inspections also involve making sure vent screens are covered and protected from the elements. The entire inspection process should also be visually documented with video or camera. Continue reading Importance of Annually Inspecting Potable Water Vessels
Many years ago, I attended a sales meeting where a senior manager said one of the silliest things that I’ve ever heard. He said, “You need to go out and sell our new system even if it’s not as good as some others, because customers have been waiting for it and we’re one of the ‘biggest’ paint companies in the U.S.”
Unfortunately, he really did believe this nonsense because of years of internal brainwashing. Even more unfortunate is that customers oftentimes fall into the very same trap of believing bigger suppliers are better. Continue reading Size Matters
Several years ago, I got a call from a client who said, “Your paint is too shiny.” That’s something I never thought I would hear!
At the time, we were supplying the coatings on a one-of-a-kind standpipe-style water storage tank. What made this tank unique was that its top was cut at an acute 45-degree angle with the face (logo) pointed toward the runways and control tower at Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport in Gulfport, Mississippi. Continue reading We Can Fix That, Whether Shiny or Matte
I remember well the afternoon of Oct. 4, 1957 – it was a big time in my life. I was somewhere between Gainsville, GA, and Birmingham, riding in the car with my dad. He had been in Gainsville for the weekend working as a volunteer “corner flagman” at an SCCA amateur sports car race. I was just a 14-year-old kid, amazed at the cars and those who drove them.
On that particular late afternoon, we were listening to the evening news when a strange “beep, beep, beep” sound came over the radio. It was a sound that changed almost everything in my future.
It was Sputnik! Continue reading From Space Frontiers to Protective Coatings
As an executive in a small business, I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers on how to “keep employees happy.” However, when I think about it, I think I know someone who does – Ric Michaels, my first grade teacher.
I’m not comparing Induron’s employees to first graders. But I am saying that keeping employees – or any other group of people – happy and productive requires the things we all learned, or should have learned, very early in life from a good role model. Continue reading The Best Ways to Keep Employees Happy
Induron loves getting together for a good cook-out. We’ve been known to have company events for various holidays, and barbeque of some sort is often on the menu. Even at our plant expansion ribbon cutting ceremony a couple of years ago we served classic Dreamland BBQ in a huge white tent for lunch.
This tradition goes way back as demonstrated in this first photo of Induron founder, William E. Hood ca. 1955. This particular event was held for Christmas one year to thank our factory guys. The grill is made out of a paint (or resin) drum, which is certainly not something you see very often. Our barbecue events are often celebrations of the great people we have working at our company. Continue reading Story of this Photo: Cooking for the Team and the Wild One
August 7, 2000 was a banner day for the city of Roseville, Illinois. It’s the day Maguire Iron began erecting the new 250,000 gallon pedisphere water tank for the town. It was quite a sight.
On September 12th, the 1st-5th grade children and many town residents were there to watch the 200-ton crane begin to lift the pieces in place. One of the residents, Helen Perrine, told her brother-in-law, a member of the village board, that she sure wished they could “put roses on the new tower.” Be careful what you wish for! Continue reading A Moldy, Mildewed Rose Isn’t As Sweet
By David Hood, Induron CEO
My father, William E. Hood, was a true Southern gentleman. His reputation for being kind, humorous, respectful and giving has long outlived him. He is still remembered as Santa Clause because he dressed up each Christmas and entertained children for years from his home on Memory Lane in Birmingham.
He is also well remembered by the paint industry for his many contributions to the industry, including serving as the first industry President of the National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association (now known as the American Coatings Association). Continue reading A Long Line of Induron Mentors