Friday, October 21, 2011

Global Metalfinishing Finally Opens After 2 Years

Tamea Woodward at Global Metalfinishing's new tanks.

Tanks full and ready to anodize.

More treatment tanks.

Storage of necessary chemistry.

The ventilation chiller and rectifier behind the facility.

Story, Photos by DAN SMITH

After nearly two years of fussing and fighting with various regulatory agencies and government bodies, Global Metalfinishing owner Tamea Woodward has finally opened the new shop in Roanoke--without inviting Roanoke officials to the celebration.

Woodward invested between $1.2 million and $1.3 million in the building and equipment and has added a number of employees. She started the project--which is an offshoot of her other business, East West DyeCom--with seven employees and now had 18. She hopes to have 26 in the next 24 months.

Global will concentrate on general anodizing of metals, where East West DyeCom was more specific in its purpose, anodizing for the art community. Woodward says the facility will allow her to "improve quality and increase capacity."


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