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INTRODUCING THE BIGGER STATE-OF-THE-ART AIR MAKEUP UNIT (AMU)

Leading North Carolina paint booth manufacturer announces the big brother to their Sure-Cure® Air Makeup Unit Line

SureCure26K-500February 20, 2015 – GREENSBORO, N.C.—Standard Tools and Equipment Co. has been designing and manufacturing paint spray booths since 1997 and has built over 18,000 paint spray booths. In October of 2013, the company announced the release of their own air makeup unit (AMU), the Sure-Cure® AMU Ignite, available in 10K – 14K CFM with ETL certification.

Standard Tools and Equipment began 2015 with the release of the Ignite’s big brother, the Sure-Cure® AMU Inferno. Available in 17K – 26K CFM, it is also ETL certified and available for larger paint booths and truck booths.

Both units are designed, manufactured and sold by Standard Tools and Equipmen­­t from the Greensboro, North Carolina plant.

“The launch of the Sure-Cure AMU Ignite in 2013 was successful, we were selling units before we even announced the development. We got such positive feedback from our customers on our unit and our shipping times, that we got right to work designing the larger unit,” said Standard Tools and Equipment Co. CEO Michael Kestler.  “We continue to offer products to our customers that meet our high standards of excellence at an affordable price. Our AMU line provides them a safe and reliable unit with all the bells and whistles included in the marketed price. With the addition of the Inferno unit, we can provide a unit for any size booth they may have.”

One of the gaps in the market that the company noticed was the extremely long production times in ordering an AMU. We could design, customize, build and ship a paint booth in less than 10 days but our customers were waiting months for their air makeup units, which were sourced out at the time.

After some research, Standard Tools and Equipment decided that they wanted to start developing their own units. They were determined to make their air makeup units safer and quicker …  to meet the needs of their customer.

“We have built an extraordinary unit that can be built to the customer’s specifications, and shipped within just 2-3 weeks,” John Mauney, Director of Manufacturing at Standard Tools and Equipment Co. “We’re offering our customers the opportunity to be up and running quicker. We understand that they have a business to run and we want to help them do that.”

For Standard Tools and Equipment, that’s exactly how they began to make paint booths back in 1997. “We noticed a major need and as a player in the industry for many years, we already had all the right components to meet that need,” Kestler said.  “We have used our experience to develop over 18,000 booths that are unsurpassed in performance and value for our customers.”

As one of the largest Paint Booth manufacturers in the United States, Standard Tools and Equipment Company pulled together everything they had learned over the last 15+ years to develop air makeup units. Safety was important as the company started to plan out how their unit would be different than others on the market. Many safety features complete this AMU, including flame failure reset, multi-service disconnect and a low-flame auto setting at the loss of power. Their units are designed to be the safest available on the market today.

For more information on the Sure-Cure AMU products, visit https://www.paint-booths.com/category/paint-booth-air-make-up-units.html

Our CEO’s Response To Doing Business In China

Meeting at our Chinese plantsLast week, I was in China visiting three of the plants that manufacture equipment for Eagle Equipment and Tools USA. A picture of my visit to one of the plants was posted on facebook. We were immediately inundated with comments that were ugly, obscene, and questioned my patriotism. This is in response to those comments.

My family roots in this country can be traced back to the 1600’s, before there was a United States. My ancestors fought the British in South Carolina during the American Revolution. My family served and died for both sides in the Civil War. And I have had relatives serve our country in every war from WWI to Afghanistan and Iraq. My father and his father were lifelong members of the machinists union (AFL/CIO) in the airline industry. My mother’s father played football for the University of Alabama in 1917 and 1919 (no team in 1918 because of the war). My son spent ten years as an officer in the US Army, serving in Kosovo, Iraq, and Korea.

I love my country and I am proud of my family’s American Heritage and my lineage.

Reviewing products produced overseasTen years ago, Standard Tools manufactured all of our products in the United States. We paid above average wages and provided good benefits to our workers. Gradually over the years, we became less competitive because we could not compete with imported products. Like the textile and furniture industries before us, the automotive equipment industry was being off-shored in search of cheaper labor.

Faced with a choice of importing products or shutting down a portion of our business, I elected to bring equipment in from overseas. We spent two years selecting vendors that could and would produce equipment that met our rigid standards of quality and safety. We continue to monitor the development and production of our foreign made products. We maintain a presence inside the manufacturing plants that work for us. I can assure our customers that the quality of production in our plants equals or exceeds the quality of most American manufacturers.

While I wish that we could build these products in this country competitively, the reality is that we can’t. And sadly, the American buying public doesn’t care. We still offer American made lifts. Last year, only 13 people were willing to pay for an American made Eagle lift. 13! Like all of the other lift and frame machine manufacturers and distributors, we are forced to give the people what they want, an inexpensive product. I see our goal as providing the highest quality imported product and a competitive price.

Carefully inspecting one of our foreign-made productsNow let me share my final thoughts on this subject. There are currently 50 employees and their families here in North Carolina that depend on Standard Tools for their livelihood. They come from all over: Rick and Terri are from Pittsburgh. Bill is from Chicago. Phil and Jennifer are from Long Island. Carmen is from Miami. Her parents fled Cuba to escape communism under Castro. Bam, Dhuen, and Soh are Monteynards from Vietnam. They are refugees from the internment camps set up by the Vietnamese following the fall of South Vietnam. Rada is from Bosnia. He fled from the civil war in his homeland in the Balkans. All are Americans and all love their country dearly.

We are a great nation and we will continue to grow and prosper. However, in the new global economy, we must work with other peoples and nations to achieve prosperity. The world seems to have gotten smaller in my 60+ years but not more understanding. There is still no place for ignorance and bigotry. It is easy to blame our problems on foreigners, including the Chinese factory worker. The truth is that it is not their fault. They are just like us, people that love their families and are working hard to provide for them. We just come from different places.

Michael Kestler, CEO
Standard Tools and Equipment Co.

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Standard Tools and Equipment Co., operating as Tools USA and Eagle Equipment, is a trusted leader in the automotive aftermarket industry. Through their mail-order catalog and Web sites, they market hundreds of their manufactured products including frame machines, pulling posts and clamps, paint booths, truck paint booths and powder coating equipment.  Eagle Equipment is an internationally known supplier of automotive lifts and wheel service equipment.

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