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NOV 2015

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COATINGSPRO NOVEMBER 2015 43 movement from the ground." In addition to the challenges during the project, the job's location at a power plant created a few more hurdles before the job even was started: A ll Capital Painting & Decorating employ- ees needed to have more than your average criminal background checks. Tey needed to be cleared by the Department of Homeland Security so that the company can work on sensitive jobs like this one, Miller said. "It's the same thing as a background check, just more paperwork," Miller said. "And it lasts a lot longer, and it puts us in the Department of Homeland Security system nationwide. Tat helped us out with another federal project because they cleared us right away." Lights On! Before working on the power plant equipment, much of it had to be de-energized for safety reasons, Miller said. Te power plant would also test their systems before the Capital Painting & Decorating crew could start painting. " We had shut-dow n periods when they were doing testing," Miller said. " T hey were running intake equipment and were testing their equipment to make sure it operates." Because this was a peaker plant, it was needed during the peak season, which, of course, was in the summer when the Capital Painting & Decorating crew was working. "If it's really hot out, they need to start up their generators," Miller said. "So we would shut down, they would test, and then we would start back up after they would test." Despite all of the interruptions, both the routine equip- ment shutdow ns and the not-so-routine tornado shelter visits, the crew still had to meet its tight time constraints. Miller and his employees had to fnish each phase of the job under a tight deadline because the power plant needed to start the equipment back up to run the plant. "Te job had to be completed in phases so the plant could still produce energy," Miller said. Te overall job was also on a tight deadline, and more was on the line than just the Capital Painting & Decorating reputa- tion. If the plant could not operate, people across the country couldn't get power. But by work ing hard and ef f icient ly and stick ing to their detai led plan, the crew was able to get ever y thing done on time. W hen they f inished the job, they cou ld litera l ly say they had kept the lights on, not just in their tow n, but across the countr y. CP The coatings systems varied throughout the project. For example, on the exhaust stacks, the crew applied two coats of silicone. On the steel buildings, they applied a primer and two coats of enamel. All work was completed during the summer — and around a surprise tornado! But the Capital Painting & Decorating crew worked efficiently and was able to finish the job on time. VENDOR TEAM 3M Safety equipment manufacturer 3M Center St. Paul, MN 55144 (888) 364-3577 www.3m.com Genie Telescopic Equipment manufacturer P.O. Box 97030 Redmond, WA 98073 (800) 536-1800 www.genielift.com Graco Inc. Equipment manufacturer 88 11th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 623-6000 www.graco.com Purdy Equipment manufacturer 101 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115 (800) 547-0780 www.purdy.com The Sherwin-Williams Company Coatings manufacturer 101 W. Prospect Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115 (216) 566-2244 www.sherwin-williams.com Titan Tool Inc. Equipment manufacturer 1770 Fernbrook Lane Plymouth, MN 55447 (800) 526-5362 www.titantool.com The Wooster Brush Co. Material manufacturer 604 Madison Ave. Wooster, OH 44691 (330) 264-4440 www.woosterbrush.com Power Plant

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