The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 16, 2012

Business breaks ground on expansion

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer

Friday, November 16, 2012 — New Finish Powder Coating and E-Coating in Norwood had a ground breaking ceremony for its new 25,500-square-foot addition to plant three Wednesday morning. New Finish has three plants, two off U.S. 52 and one off South Stanly School Road.

“This is good Chamber weather, today,” said Tom Ramseur, CEO of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.

“Steve and Brenda Bradley joined the Chamber seven years ago, and they’ve found their niche here in the community.”

“We’re just delighted that New Finish is investing in Stanly County... We’ll do everything we can to help ensure your success,” Stanly County EDC Director Paul Stratos said.

“We ride a lot of backs every day,” said Brenda Bradley, vice president of New Finish.

“We have about 50 employees and we rely on them every day to be here. We appreciate and love all of them. We really appreciate the faith you all have placed in us. It has taken so many people to get us where we are.”

Bradley explained that with the new facility they will be installing a new powder line. The old powder line came from the old Wiscassett Mills building; Bradley and her husband, New Finish President Steve Bradley, retrieved and assembled the powder line themselves.

“The old powder line is held together with duct tape and prayers. With the new one, we’ll be able to do better quality work,” Brenda Bradley said.

“This will be a state of the art powder system,” said Dale Poplin, New Finish plant 2 manager.

“When we bring in our customers to show them the facility we need to get that wow-factor right away and the new powder line will accomplish that. We’re just getting started here.”

Bradley relayed that she and her husband moved to Stanly County from Michigan 18 years ago. Her husband began working at a powder coating company, then moved on to a more technichal aspect of the job that kept him moving all over the country. In 2001, the couple was able to form New Finish, Inc. The first plant on South Stanly School Road opened in 2003. In 2007, they opened their second plant, which was also when plant manager Poplin came on board. They acquired their third plant in 2010.

“Steve and Dale are the dreamers; I hold the purse strings tight,” said Bradley.

 “They like to conquer the world. The bigger we get, the greyer my hair gets. They don’t like to say no to anyone.”

Bradley elaborated on the new facility, saying they’re envisioning a big complex, and since they built on 50 acres of land, they have the room for it.

“Both of our daughters work with us here at New Finish, so maybe they’ll want to continue it one day,” said Bradley.

Bradley wanted to extend a special thanks to the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, EDC, Norwood Business Association and all the others who have been instrumental in making their business a success.

Additionally, New Finish has been selected as one of four finalists to win the Small Business of the Year Award, given by Business North Carolina Magazine. The winner will be announced in early December.

For more on New Finish, Inc., visit www.newfinish