Powder Coating Manufacturer Business Plan
INNOVATIVE OVER COAT
2800 West 13 MileMidland, MI 48506
This plan is the second of two powder coating manufacturer plans included in this edition. Both plan owners site that the changing government regulations have created a demand in the market for a more environmentally friendly coating process. Innovative Over Coat, like Brudder Coating Systems, presents a detailed plan, with industry information that is helpful to anyone considering the powder coating business.
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS
- MARKET ANALYSIS
- SOURCES AND USE OF FUNDS
- FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Innovative Over Coat (IOC) will be the provider of choice in the Midwest for powder coating finishes for custom, refinish parts. IOC will provide these finishes with superior quality and superior service. IOC will retain customers by providing custom colors and superior customer service.
Powder coatings are the fastest growing sector of the paint industry; 149 million pounds sold in 1992 to 450 million pounds projected for the year 2000. Why is powder growing so quickly? There are three key reasons: it is less expensive to apply than liquid coatings, it is easier to apply than liquid coatings, and there are no solvents so it is more environmentally friendly than liquid coatings.
Many individuals who are refinishing motorcycle, automobile and snowmobile parts are impressed with the appearance and durability of powder coatings. Innovative Over Coat intends to capitalize on this market opportunity.
Innovative Over Coat (IOC) is a Michigan-based S-Corporation which will provide powder coating application services to metal parts. The initial target market will be individuals who are located in Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio, and are rebuilding motorcycles, custom automobiles, boats and snowmobiles.
Why will IOC initially target the refinish market? First, powder coating has a reputation for being a superior finish. Second, the individuals refinishing these "big boy toys" are committed to obtaining a superior finish. Third, powder coating has a reputation for being environmentally friendly. The greening of America is driving individuals to search out ways to reduce environmental impact. They will prefer powder coating.
IOC has already retained one customer, a Linnfield Motorcycles dealer located in Birmingham, Michigan. This dealer is building custom motorcycles, and has committed to hiring Innovative to apply the paint to frame and metal parts. As well as a high volume retail customer base, Linnfield Motorcycles is a high volume parts supplier and will provide Innovative with all of its after market powder coating business.
What kind of parts will IOC be coating? For motorcycles, frames, brackets, fenders, cylinders, and gas tanks. For custom automobiles, brackets, engine parts, and trim pieces. For snowmobiles, skis, frames and brackets.
We have identified more than 480 prospective customers in Michigan and Northwest Ohio. These customers include motorcycle dealers, motorcycle parts dealers, antique and custom automobile shops, and snowmobile dealers. These customers will buy services directly from Innovative, and refer customers to Innovative.
There are not enough aquality applicators in the market place to support the growing demand for custom powder coating services. There are 21 powder coating companies in Michigan and Northwest Ohio, but these companies are production shops serving the automotive market. We have identified one small company located in Sandusky, Ohio that is serving this market.
The two partners forming this business have the breadth and depth of experience needed to succeed. John Godsey, President, has 16 years total experience, with eight of those years in management. Ike Walton, Vice President of Operations, has been working with the automotive industry for 22 years, and has been installing and operating powder coating systems since 1988. These two individuals make up the core of IOC, and cover the business needs essential for success.
IOC has developed financial projections for the first three years of operations. IOC is building the business in a manner that will be profitable almost immediately. We project $9,530 profit on $36,250 sales in the first year. Profit will grow to $42,450 on $117,000 sales in the third year.
IOC must obtain financing in order to start this company. IOC is seeking $30,000 in traditional financing to support capital purchase, and a small amount of initial working capital. The owners are providing $10,000 funding: $5,000 cash and $5,000 equipment.
Innovative Over Coat (IOC) will be the applicator of choice in the Midwest for custom powder coating finishes. IOC will accomplish this by providing powder coating application services of superior quality combined with superior service. IOC will focus its marketing efforts on parts that require a quality finish.
DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS
Innovative Over Coat, a Michigan S-Corporation, is a start-up venture that will provide custom powder coating finishing services for metal parts. IOC will provide custom coating services to customers who demand a finish that looks great and will last. IOC will focus our initial marketing efforts on companies and individuals who are building/rebuilding motorcycles, automobiles, and snow mobiles. [This is a market where current and future demand far exceeds the supply.]
IOC will differentiate itself from the competition by:
- focusing on custom coated parts
- providing only powder coated finishes
- providing superior service
Comparison of Liquid and Powder Coatings
(Liquid coating (i.e., paint) involves applying a thin layer of coating to a part. The coating must contain some form of solvent carrier that transfers the paint to the part being coated. The solvent carrier can be water or a chemical such as toluene or xylene. The solvent evaporates, leaving behind the thin film of coating. The coating must cure to form the final, hard finish. Curing can occur in one of several ways based on the formula: evaporation (air dry), baking (elevated temperature dry), use of Ultra-Violet radiation, or use of a catalyst.
By contrast, a powder coating does not involve the use of any liquid. A dry powder is electrostatically applied to the part, and then cured in a baking oven at a temperature of 350 to 425 degrees. There are no solvents to evaporate, eliminating all air emissions. There are no liquids required to clean equipment, eliminating all liquid waste generation.
Powder coatings have proven to be an efficient, economical, and ecologically sound method of industrial finishing. Generally, powders outperform liquids because of their higher molecular weight and greater insolubility; there is less film porosity with superior chemical resistance, toughness, hardness and abrasion resistance.
Some of the advantages of powder coatings include:
- Powder is an attractive choice over liquid finishing systems because it is a 100 percent solids material that contains no solvents. Powder coatings permit compliance with volatile organic compound (VOC) air pollution standards.
- Powder eliminates the need for storing flammable paints and solvents. And, there is no liquid paint sludge to dispose as hazardous waste.
- Oven exhaust and air make up can be reduced because no solvent fumes are emitted during the curing cycle. This results in considerable energy savings.
- Powder that is not deposited on the part can be reclaimed and reused, increasing material efficiency to as much as 95 to 98 percent.
- When a coating mistake has been made, powder can be blown off with compressed air and reapplied to the part before baking, further decreasing part rejection.
- The need for paint mixing is eliminated. Powder is introduced into the feed hopper directly from the box.
- Powder coatings can offer excellent color consistency, color matching capabilities and color and gloss retention.
- Clean up is easy; powder can be vacuumed off skin and clothing with a high efficiency vacuum.
- Soap and water will accomplish the final clean up.
While this all sounds too good to be true, there has historically been one limitation to powder coatings. They could not match the visual performance of a liquid coating. This limitation was eliminated within the past few years, when powder coatings have been developed to match liquid coatings in all measures of performance.
IOC has selected powder coating finishes because they are the finish of the future. Powder coating is the fastest growing segment of the coating industry. Powder coating sales have nearly doubled since 1992 (149 million pounds in 1992 to 257 million pounds in 1995), and are expected to nearly double again by the year 2000. Sales are projected to be 450 million pounds by the year 2000.
Powder coating sales have grown at the expense of other types of coatings, and manufacturers are converting from liquid coating to powder coating. Liquid paint (solvent borne and water borne) will drop from 16 percent of the market in 1995 to 67 percent in 2000. Powder coating will increase from 15 percent in 1995 to 22 percent in 2000.
The conversion from liquid to powder is happening for several reasons. First, it is environmentally friendly. Powder coating causes no air emissions and produces no hazardous waste. Second, it is less expensive. Applying powder coating costs one tenth of the cost of the application of liquid coating.
IOC has further evaluated the market by interviewing numerous powder coating users, and other experts in the field. Customers, paint manufacturers, and painting equipment manufacturers agree that there are few custom powder coaters in the Midwest who can consistently, and reliably apply powder coating to meet the demanding standards of our targeted market segment.
IOC will initially target the custom refinishing of motorcycle, automobile, and snowmobile parts. Why? First, these individuals demand a high quality finish. Second, these individuals are willing to spend more money to get a high quality finish. Third, these individuals know that a powder coating finish is superior to a liquid coating finish in performance and look. Furthermore, IOC partners have an extensive network of contacts in the motorcycle industry.
Organization Of The Sales Effort
How will we get customers? IOC will initially work through other companies to obtain business. We have identified more than 480 companies in Michigan and Northwest Ohio: motorcycle dealers, motorcycle parts dealers, antique and custom automobile shops, and snowmobile dealers. These companies can use our services directly and refer customers to Innovative.
Sales will be accomplished only through internal resources. IOC is presently building a reputation with local Linnfield dealerships. We will use this "word of mouth" advertising in combination with advertising in trade publications, trade shows and mailings to local dealerships.
IOC has already established a relationship with Linnfield Motorcycles in Birmingham, Michigan. Linnfield is key to market entry. Linnfield is an established dealer of motorcycles and is a meeting place for the local Linnfield owner's club. They are developing a line of custom motorcycles that will sell for more than $30,000 each; this will showcase the IOC quality finish.
As stated above, Linnfield wants IOC to paint all of their custom motorcycles. They have already agreed to refer customers and other motorcycle dealers needing powder coating to IOC. IOC needs more than one customer to survive.
We will expand our customer base using the following steps:
- Personal contact to the owners of the 12 Linnfield Motorcycle dealers located in Michigan and Southeast Ohio.
- Develop a point-of-sale display for parts counters at these 12 dealers. This provides access to their customers, and a constant reminder to the dealers.
- Personal contact to owners of antique automobile/auto customizing companies and snow mobile dealers in Northwest Michigan.
- Develop a point-of-sale display for parts counters at these companies, as appropriate. This provides access to their customers, and a constant reminder to the owners and their employees.
- Develop brochure and price list for POS display.
- Mailing of brochure and price list to the remainder of the 482 companies on the prospect list.
Our research shows that there are not enough quality applicators in the market place to support the growing demand for powder coating services. Our research shows that the demand will continue to grow. Innovative Coating will position itself from day one to fulfill the needs of this market segment.
Innovative Coatings will compete in a marketplace that currently lacks service providers. We compiled a list of Midwest companies who apply powder coatings. Out of the twenty-one (21) competitors we found, ten are located in Northwest Ohio. Of these ten companies, only four (4) are custom powder coaters. The other companies are production powder coaters (large production runs for the automotive industry).
IOC will differentiate themselves from these companies in three ways:
- custom powder coating will be our only business
- applying a quality finish will be our primary focus
- exceptional customer service will be a key part of our product
Innovative Coating recognizes that customers demand "Service Beyond The Sale." IOC will develop a partnership with customers and suppliers. We'll make sure that every job is done right. IOC will exceed customer expectations. IOC will provide technical support when a problem arises, rapid response to customer demands, and flexible company hours. IOC has extensive application experience, and can work closely with the customer to develop cost effective techniques to insure the highest quality finishes.
People who want to buy a new Linnfield motorcycle are willing to wait two to three years before taking delivery. This is the commitment to owning one of "America's premiere" motorcycles. This same commitment extends to the many individuals who are rebuilding older Linnfield motorcycles to "like new" condition. These individuals spend considerable amounts of money to rebuild the motorcycle to "like new" condition. They spend additional money to get an exceptional paint job.
We will get to these individuals through the Linnfield dealers, which is where individuals needing an exceptional paint job go for referrals. We will target the Linnfield motorcycle dealer with an established business.
Top Five After-Market Prospects
Linn field Motorcycles, Birmingham, MI - Discussions and meetings held with the owner. IOC has been asked to powder coat their new line of custom motorcycles.
Butterfly Bikes, Grand Rapids, MI - Discussions held with the owner. Very interested in IOC service and capability.
Washington Linnfield, Pontiac, MI - No discussions held to date.
Donahue's Wheels, Cadillac, MI - No discussions held to date.
Nash Jackson Linnfield Motors, Scottsdale, AZ - One meeting conducted with the owner. Very interested in IOC service and capability.
To succeed in custom coating, every individual in the company must be a peak performer. Success will require the ability to manage the company resources effectively. Success will require a strong sales effort. Success will require the ability to deliver a product that meets the customer's expectations. The IOC management team meets these requirements.
John Godsey, President, has been involved in management, operations and sales during his 16 year career. John has spent more than half of his career in management positions, including: Office Manager fora $2.5million, 25 person office; Regional Sales and Technical Manager for an $88 million company; Regional Vice President for a start-up operation, part of a $20 million, 125 person operation; Vice President - Operations for a $4 million, 40 person company; and Corporate Manager for a Fortune 200 Company.
Ike Walton, Vice President-Operations, has the knowledge and experience that it takes to set up and run a high quality powder coating operation. Ike has more than 22 years of experience working in the automotive industry. Ike has spent the past 8 years working for the world leader in robotic powder coating application systems. Ike spent 6 years developing the programming that drives the powder coating system, and has spent the past 2 years as Project Manager installing new systems and troubleshooting existing systems. These projects involve multi-million dollar systems. Ike has seen all of the things that affect a quality operation, and knows how to develop and implement the solution. Furthermore, Ike has run a small custom powder coating operation in the past.
Roles and Responsibilities
Each member of the management team brings a different resource to the company, resulting in a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. Innovative will start out in a fashion that will minimize overhead costs and risk, and maximize profitability. John and Ike will be the only employees initially, responsible for selling the work, applying the powder coating, and running the business. We expect that this business will grow quickly, and we will need employees within six months. At that time, our business management experience will prove invaluable, as described below.
John Godsey will be responsible for managing the company, and leading the future growth of the organization. He will be directly responsible for the financial, administrative and human resources aspects of IOC. Initially, he will also use his past experience with operations and sales to coordinate and assist with these responsibilities. He brings strong technical and management experience to IOC. John has a strong background with management and quality control systems.
Ike Walton will be responsible for leading the operations. Ike's expertise in installing and operating powder coating systems will prove invaluable to efficient facility management. Ike will install and operate the powder coating system. All operations staff will report to Ike, and it will be his responsibility for ensuring that customer orders are completed on-time, and to customer specifications.
IOC will obtain accounting/financial support on an as needed basis. IOC initially intends to maintain financial information internally, using an accountant for semi-annual or annual reviews.
IOC will also obtain legal support as an outside resource. The firm has not been selected at this time.
Operations will be responsible for delivering a product that meets customer expectations the first time. Our market analysis identified that customers need a powder coating operation that can reliably deliver a high quality finish, bundled with superior customer service. Other powder coating operations in this geographic area place little emphasis on cleanliness, quality, or on-time delivery.
IOC will succeed by differentiating ourselves from these companies in four ways:
- powder coating will be our only business
- applying a high quality finish will be our primary focus
- the equipment needed to produce a high quality finish will be purchased from the start
- exceptional customer service will be a key part of our product
The first key to applying a Class A finish is having the right equipment. IOC will purchase equipment capable of applying high quality finish. This equipment is:
Application Equipment: Symons Studio manual spray powder system: Ultimate flexibility and control manual application of powder coatings.
Baking Oven: The powder coating cures when exposed for a prescribed length of time to temperatures between 350 and 425 degrees Fahrenheit. The baking oven must hold temperature during that time, and all surfaces must be evenly exposed.
Spray booth: IOC will purchase a used spray booth that will allow for the collection of sprayed powder. As cash flow warrants IOC will refurbish this booth to become a permanent color booth.
The correct equipment is only one step to delivering a high quality finish. The equipment must be operated effectively. Two key aspects to operation are "Working Environment" and "Quality Program."
A clean and orderly work environment is essential for the success of IOC. We will hire future employees, and consider them to be long term investments; we can only retain them if we provide a safe, sound and healthy environment.
Beyond this, a clean and orderly work environment is essential to providing a high quality finish. Airborne dirt and dust will contaminate the powder coating, and result in a finish with imperfections.
IOC principals know that it is critical to meet customer expectations the first time. We have all had our share of customer complaints, due to product that does not meet customer specifications. The unhappy customer is just one cost of poor quality. There is also the cost to rework the part. It costs more to redo the work than it did to do it right the first time. IOC will institute Quality Control systems that will allow us to make parts right the first time. Quality will be built into all IOC operations, and all employees will adopt the quality ethic.
Quality control will also be the responsibility of each employee. The goal is to move responsibility for quality control out onto the work floor. Each employee will also have responsibility for their own job performance. Quality and process problems, concerns or recommendations will be discussed as part of weekly and monthly company wide meetings.
IOC will make every effort to comply with all environmental regulations. Powder coating is environmentally friendly. The environmental impact is minimal. There are no solvents used in the paint process, eliminating the need for wash solvent and eliminating VOC emissions from coating operations. Powder coating that must be disposed can be handled as ordinary trash; it is not a hazardous waste.
There are some permitting requirements for this operation. The air permitting requirements are minimal; the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) does not require an air permit for powder coating operations.
During the majority of the first year IOC will be staffed by Ike Walton and John Godsey. This will cut down on overhead and allow the owners to implement quality programs prior to hiring new employees. As the business grows, IOC will hire additional employees to ensure that customers get parts coated in a reasonable amount of time.
IOC will initially operate renting space from part of a building. The target space has natural gas and electricity available to meet our requirements. This space will have a month-to-month lease, allowing us to pay only for the space that we need, and move into larger space when needed.
IOC expects to secure our own building or portion of a building after one year. Our search will focus on the area immediately east of Toledo, Ohio. This area has a large number of light industrial buildings, equipped with the power and structural needs of a growing company.
SOURCES AND USE OF FUNDS
The total dollar amount being sought is $30,000 in conventional financing. IOC expects there to be only one funding round for full financing during the first 2 to 3 years. IOC does not want to seek financing that would require an outside equity position.
The funding will be used to purchase capital, and provide working capital for the initial 4 to 6 months. This funding is essential to allow the start of this company.
This business plan assumes that IOC will purchase a combination of new and used equipment. Used powder coating equipment is notreadily available; this will determine the amount of new equipment that must be purchased.
Use Of Funds
|Purchase of oven||$20,000|
|Spray gun and hopper||$2,500|
|Used Spray Booth||$2,500|
|Total Capital Expenditures||$27,000|
|Purchase of Inventory||$1,500|
|Total Working Capital||$8,000|
|Total Use Of Funds||$35,000|
IOC is seeking funding that will allow equipment purchase, building leasing, equipment set-up, and will support the operation for the initial period. IOC expects that cash flow will support the operation after the initial period, and that a bank will provide a line of credit based on the Accounts Receivable (A/R's).
IOC has determined our financial requirements based on the financial analysis in the following tables. Included are the Pro forma Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow analysis for the first three years (1997, 1998 and 1999). The income statement shows that IOC will be profitable almost immediately. We project generating $9,500 profit on $36,250 sales in year 1, $26,840 profit on $87,000 sales in year 2, and $41,850 profit on $117,500 sales in year 3.
Financial ratios are included for your convenience.
We have included financial standards as compiled by Jackson Associates for comparable companies in this industry.
|Start Up Costs||0.00|
|Total Fixed Assets||27000.00|
|Total Intangible Assets||0.00|
|Total Current Assets||7653.97||33896.13||91528.92||342.86%||170.03%|
|Total Fixed Assets||27000.00||23142.86||19285.71|
|Less: accum. deprec.||3857.14||3857.14||3857.14|
|Net Fixed assets||23142.86||19285.71||15428.57||−16.67%||−20.00%|
|Total Current Liabilities||5249.54||5915.33||6665.53||12.68%||12.68%|
|Long Term Debt||20091.75||14176.42||7510.89||29.44%||−47.02%|
|Paid in Capital||35000.00||35000.00||35000.00|
|Total Net Worth||5455.54||33090.09||92781.07||506.54%||180.39%|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES & NET WORTH||30796.83||53181.84||106957.49||72.69%||101.12%|
|Debt Ratio (Total Debt/Total Assets) TIE||0.82||0.38||0.13||−54.09%||−64.92%|
|Average Collection Period||0.00||16.63||15.40||#N/A!||−7.45%|
|Total Asset Turnover||1.17||1.63||1.09||38.98%||−32.85%|
|Return on Assets||30.96%||50.46%||39.13%||63.01%||−22.46%|
|Return on Equity||174.76%||81.11%||45.11%||−53.59%||−44.38%|
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||IndustryNorm|
|Cash & Equivalents||23.6||552||80.9||12.4|
|Trade Receivables - (net)||0.0||7.5||9.4||262|
|All Other Current||0.0||0.0||0.0||2.1|
|Fixed Assets (net)||75.1||36.3||14.4||39.4|
|All Other Non-Current||0.0||0.0||0.0||3.4|
|All Other Current||0.0||0.0||0.0||7.8|
|Long Term Debt||65.2||26.7||7.0||19.4|
|All Other Non-Current||652||26.7||7.0||9.4|
|Total Liabilities & Net Worth||100.0||100.0||100.0||100.0|
|All Other Expenses (net)||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.9|
|Profit Before Taxes||36.7||43.1||49.7||4.3|
|Cost of Sales/Inventory||7.65||11.16||303.35||18.3|
|Cost of Sales/Payables||#N/A!||#N/A!||#N/A!||19.0|
|Net Profit + Depr., Dep.,|
|Amort./Cur. Mat. L/T/D||0.00||0.00||0.00||3.4|
|% Profit Before Taxes/Tangible Net Worth||242.72%||112.65%||62.65%||23.7|
|% Profit Before Taxes/Total Assets||43.00%||70.09%||54.35%||9.4|
|Sales/Net Fixed Assets||1.56||4.49||7.58||4.5|
|% Depr., Dep., Amort/Sales||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||42|
|% Officer's Comp./Sales||1.66%||1.85%||5.13%||11.1|
|Less returns, discounts||181.25||435.00||587.50||140.00%||35.06%|
|Cost of Goods Sold|
|Total goods available||2293.13||5091.25||6168.75||122.02%||21.16%|
|Total Cost of Goods Sold||1926.88||4592.50||6143.75||138.34%||33.78%|
|Travel & Entertainment||300.00||600.00||840.00||100.00%||40.00%|
|Total Operating Expenses||20766.50||44321.00||52055.00||113.43%||17.45%|
|Total Operating Income||13375.38||37651.50||58713.75||181.50%||55.94%|
|Year One Cash Flow|
|Other Motorcycle Dealers||0||250||500||500||500||500|
|Month of Shipment 60%||300||750||900||1,350||1,350||1,800|
|First Month 30%||0||150||375||450||675||675|
|Second Month 10%||0||0||50||125||150||225|
|Third Month 0%||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Fourth Month 0%||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Travel & Entertainment||0||0||30||30||30||30|
|Miscellaneous (Start−up costs; Samples)||3,225||0||50||0||50||0|
|Net Cash From Operations||−30,736||−31||222||979||1,140||1,593|
|Cash on Hand||4,264||4,233||3,785||4,094||4,564||5,488|
|Bank Loan Required||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Year Two Cash Flow|
|Other Motorcycle Dealers||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,500|
|Month of Shipment||3,900||3,900||3,900||3,900||4,500|
|Travel & Entertainment||50||50||50||50||50|
|Miscellaneous (Start-up Costs; Samples)||0||50||0||0||50|
|Net Cash From Operations||2,481||2,781||2,504||2,491||3,031|
|Cash on Hand||13,451||15,562||17,396||19,217||21,578|
|Bank Loan Required||0||0||0||0||0|