GFS People: Meet the Structure Department

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Global Finishing Solutions® (GFS) is a family-owned and operated company, focused on our family of exceptional employees. With this “people-first” approach, our employees have every chance to flourish and make their mark. Each month, we spotlight a different department within the company, from our manufacturing floor to our office buildings.

Let’s learn a little more about our first and second shift structure department team:

Department name: Structure Department, Building 1

Number of employees:
First Shift: 28
Second Shift: 23

Who they are: The structure department at Global Finishing Solutions is made up of two shifts, encompassing many diversified talents and all age groups. From all walks of life, many Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials make up this important department at GFS.

What they are known for: This group is responsible for structural steel welding, painting and fabrication. The primary products they work on are Hazardous Material Storage Buildings (also known as paint kitchens), which are used to provide a code-compliant, controlled environment to store potentially hazardous chemicals for a business or shop. This department also builds dust collection modules for Sanding and Grinding Booths, which contain and filter dust and exhaust clean air back into a shop. Additionally, they work with all I-beams, product doors and heavy iron work.

How they make a difference: The structural steel department adds value to GFS product’s weld-ons and paint. In the past four months, they came together and worked efficiently to grow the production of Hazardous Material Storage Buildings from three products to six per month between both shifts.

Ken Hutchens

Hidden Department Fact: We have two employees who are in race circuits — Ken Hutchens is an asphalt car owner and driver, and Andy Zimmerman races outlaw mini mod cars.

Thank you for all of your hard work!

Andy Zimmerman in his Outlaw Mini Mod car

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