New Hope business poised for growth
As local dignitaries gathered last month to welcome Pioneer Metal Finishing to the city of New Hope, the change in location from Minneapolis is a signal of growth for this 72-year-old company.

Originally founded in Minneapolis in 1945, Pioneer Metal Finishing is now headquartered in Green Bay, Wis, but the company recently moved one of its plants from North Minneapolis to New Hope, allowing for an expansion that will facilitate growth.

Step inside the 58,000 square foot plant and you will find a state-of-the-art anodizing equipment line that provides protective coatings to millions of metal parts each year.

"This is just raw aluminum, and then when we finish it, and it will come out looking like this," says Pioneer Plant manager Nate Michael showing a finished component with a hard Teflon coating that will be used on a Polaris ATV.

Pioneer finishes a wide variety of parts and products from wide-ranging industries such as marine, automotive, aerospace, defense, medical device, and even kitchenware pots and pans.

"We've installed a state-of-the-art anodizing line, and what that does is it provides a corrosion, wear resistant, aesthetic coating on aluminum components," said Michael.

In moving to New Hope, Pioneer and the 100 employees who work in Minnesota were able to expand into a larger space and design the new equipment line for more energy efficiencies.

"We were able to reduce our water usage for example by 50 percent," said Bob Pyle, Pioneer president and CEO. "We're going to lower our energy usage by about 35 to 40 percent because of air makeup systems that have been designed for the facility. And as a result of that, the work environment for our people will be outstanding."
Already one of the largest metal finishing companies in the United States, Pioneer is positioned for growth with its new New Hope facility.

Over the next two to three years, the New Hope facility is projected to grow 20 to 30 percent.

Alexandra Renslo reporting

June 12, 2017


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