Press Releases

February 26, 2002
SPORTPAINT ACHIEVES ONE MILLION COMPONENT MARK CONTINUES FOCUS ON TOP QUALITY PAINT FINISHING FOR AUTO INDUSTRY
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February 26, 2002

SPORTPAINT ACHIEVES ONE MILLION COMPONENT MARK CONTINUES FOCUS ON TOP QUALITY PAINT FINISHING FOR AUTO INDUSTRY

LOUISVILLE, KY - SportPaint, Inc., a leader in providing quality, environmentally compliant paint finishing of components such as bumpers, fenders, tonneau covers, motorcycle tanks, and more in the automotive, automotive aftermarket and motorcycle industries, has completed its one millionth component.

To emphasize its focus on providing superior painted finishes of plastic interior and exterior body parts, SportPaint will host a booth at the Society of Automotive Engineers Conference and Exhibition at Detroit's Cobo Conference Center in Detroit March 4–7. This is the first time SportPaint will be represented at the SAE World Congress.

"SportPaint works hard to maintain our reputation for supplying high-quality paint finishing to our customers. Our current focus is targeting industry leaders as potential customers, which could include Honda, General Motors, Ford, BMW, Toyota and Mercedes Benz. These potential customers require our brand of quality paint finishing," said Thomas Cunningham, President of SportPaint. The company is concentrating its efforts on automotive components, targeting plastic exterior body parts such as bumpers, door garnishes and trim molds. "Our customers expect and receive great products and service from our team at SportPaint," notes Cunningham.

For more information about SportPaint products and services, visit the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Exhibition Booth 1575. The SAE Conference and Exhibition takes place March 4–7, 2002 at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.

Founded in 1995, SportPaint currently employs 115 persons. SportPaint utilizes leading industry technology in High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray equipment and state of the art down draft spray booths, as well as an automated paint production line. SportPaint's process control and design allows it to provide customers with the capability of multi color changes and various production volumes for a variety of metal and plastic parts.

February 14, 2002
SPORTPAINT UPGRADES FACILITY TO BETTER SERVE CUSTOMERS
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February 14, 2002

SPORTPAINT UPGRADES FACILITY TO BETTER SERVE CUSTOMERS

LOUISVILLE, KY - SportPaint, Inc., is installing several upgrades to its Class A automated paint finishing line at its facility in Louisville, Kentucky. SportPaint provides quality, environmentally compliant paint finishing for metal and plastic components such as bumpers, fenders, tonneau covers, motorcycle tanks, and more in the automotive, automotive aftermarket and motorcycle industries.

Improvements to SportPaint's existing automated paint finishing conveyor line include:

  • New oven ducts in its automated line, which will increase efficiency of the line by at least 30%
  • Addition of a new compressor room to improve overall dirt and damage control, thus providing even higher quality paint finishing of parts.
  • Installation of additional lighting in the inspection area to improve overall quality of parts before final shipping to our customers.
  • Expansion of two automated paint booths to include a clean room to prevent dirt and debris from entering into the paint booths, which in turn provides better quality for our customers.
  • Enclosure of automated conveyor line from Powerwash dry-off to automated paint booths (improving cleanliness before the parts are painted and the quality of the finished components).

"These upgrades represent the latest in a series of major investments SportPaint is making to meet and exceed the needs of our customers," said Thomas Cunningham, President of SportPaint. "In the past year, we have installed a new automated production line for painting components, as well as a power washing system that allows us to start the paint process with the cleanest possible components. We are always looking for ways to provide our customers with top quality painted components or parts and excellent service." Cunningham notes that the upgrades are underway, with completion scheduled for April 2002.

For more information about SportPaint products and services, visit the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Exhibition Booth 1575. The SAE Conference and Exhibition takes place March 4 7, 2002 at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.

Founded in 1995, SportPaint currently employs 115 persons. SportPaint utilizes leading industry technology in High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray equipment and state of the art down draft spray booths. SportPaint's process control and design allows it to provide customers with the capability of multi color changes and various production volumes for a variety of metal plastic parts.

December 11, 2001
SPORTPAINT ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTMENTS:
NAMES JEFF STEIER PROCESS ENGINEER AND SARAH MATNEY HUMAN RESOURCE ASSISTANT

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December 11, 2001

SPORTPAINT ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTMENTS:
NAMES JEFF STEIER PROCESS ENGINEER AND
SARAH MATNEY HUMAN RESOURCE ASSISTANT

LOUISVILLE SportPaint, Inc., which provides quality, environmentally compliant paint finishing for metal and plastic components in the automotive OEM, automotive aftermarket and motorcycle industries such as bumpers, fenders, tonneau covers, motorcycle tanks, and more announced that Jeff Steier has joined the company as Process Engineer. Sarah Matney has joined the company as Human Resource Assistant. Thomas Cunningham, SportPaint President, made the announcements.

Steier is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. As Process Engineer, Steier will be responsible for New Product Development, Process Improvement, and Computer Aided Design. Prior to joining SportPaint, Steier was employed by Jideco as a Process Engineer. Steier is a native of Okolona, Kentucky, and resides in Mt. Washington.

Matney is a graduate of Spaulding University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She currently is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development at Webster University. As Human Resource Assistant, Matney will be responsible for Safety, Training, and assisting the Human Resource Department. Before joining SportPaint, Matney was a Technical Publishing Specialist and Human Resources Assistant at Humana Health Care. Matney is a native of Seymour, Indiana, and resides in Louisville.

Founded in 1995, SportPaint is currently employs 115 persons. SportPaint utilizes leading industry technology in High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray equipment and state of the art down draft spray booths. SportPaint's process control and design allows it to provide customers with the capability of multi color changes and various production volumes for a variety of metal plastic parts.

December 4, 2001
SPORTPAINT BUCKS AUTO SUPPLIER TREND, POSTS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH
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December 4, 2001

SPORTPAINT BUCKS AUTO SUPPLIER TREND,
POSTS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH

LOUISVILLE SportPaint, Inc., a Louisville-based provider of quality, environmentally compliant paint finishing for metal and plastic components to the automotive, automotive aftermarket and motorcycle industries, projects a 134% increase in sales for the year ending December 31, 2001.

The privately held company was founded with eight associates in 1995, and has posted annual sales gains averaging 178% over the past five years.

Thomas Cunningham, President of SportPaint, attributes the company's continued growth to SportPaint's dedication to providing quality products and exceptional service to customers in the automotive and motorcycle industries. "We focus on meeting and exceeding customer expectations for quality, delivery, communication and pricing. We develop the skills of our associates to allow them to make significant contributions to the success of our organization," said Cunningham. "Our customers know they can rely on SportPaint to meet their needs, and their continued confidence in us has led to our strong growth."

Cunningham notes that SportPaint projects continued strong growth in 2002, anticipating a sales increase of 277% over 2001 sales levels. "While many auto suppliers and manufacturers are experiencing economic challenges due to market conditions, SportPaint is positioned for ongoing growth because we are able to be flexible and meet the changing needs of our customers."

Founded in 1995, SportPaint is currently employs 115 persons. SportPaint utilizes leading industry technology in High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray equipment and state of the art down draft spray booths. SportPaint's process control and design allows it to provide customers with the capability of multi color changes and various production volumes for a variety of metal and plastic parts.

November, 2001
LOUISVILLE ENTREPRENEUR SAYS KEYS TO SUCCESS FOR AUTO SUPPLIERS IS FLEXIBILITY, FINDING NICHE
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November, 2001

LOUISVILLE ENTREPRENEUR SAYS KEYS TO SUCCESS FOR AUTO
SUPPLIERS IS FLEXIBILITY, FINDING NICHE

LOUISVILLE - Auto suppliers, who are flexible and innovative, will survive, says Tom Cunningham, President and Co-Founder of SportPaint, Inc., a supplier of quality, environmentally compliant paint finishing of metal and plastic auto and motorcycle components.

Cunningham also believes that auto industry suppliers who are focused on meeting the rapidly changing needs of customers, are positioned for success over the next five years, despite recent downturns in the economy.

Meeting customers' needs has consistently helped SportPaint gain new business. As an example, Cunningham cites a project his company executed for a Major Automotive Company, which drastically reduced turnaround time for shipping painted replacement bumpers. By assuming a key role in supplying the parts, SportPaint was able to refine the process and cut the time it took the customer to receive ordered parts from two weeks to just 24 hours.

"By thinking the project through and focusing on what our customer needed, we were able to succeed, and that is why our customers can rely on SportPaint," says Cunningham.

Cunningham, whose company has grown to an anticipated $15-20 million in annual sales in six years, also predicts the heyday of mammoth, conglomerate supplier organizations will be followed, in part, by smaller suppliers who are flexible and have an entrepreneurial spirit that supports the industry with quality components, innovative thinking and the ability to deliver on-time and on-demand parts.

"We all know how fast the tide of the automotive industry can turn," Cunningham said. "Designers and brand managers want the ability to tweak or re-tool their models more quickly than in the past. As suppliers, we are going to need to move at a much faster pace, be innovative and deliver with quality."

"The auto industry has been successful in recent years delivering models with targeted customer appeal such as SUV's and light trucks," Cunningham said.

"Consumers enjoy customizing these vehicles to their own tastes such as adding tonneau covers to pickups, or ground effect options. There also are plenty of vehicles on the road that need replacement parts. There is a big future for the automotive and light truck after market."

"I really believe the industry will be great again within five years," Cunningham said.

Founded in 1995, SportPaint is currently employs 115 persons. SportPaint utilizes leading industry technology in High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray equipment and state of the art down draft spray booths. SportPaint process control and designs allow it to provide customers with the capability of multi-color changes and various production volumes for a variety of metal and plastic parts.

October 18th, 2001
SPORTPAINT PROMOTES ERIC BROWN TO DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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October 18th, 2001

SPORTPAINT PROMOTES ERIC BROWN TO DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

LOUISVILLE, KY -SportPaint, Inc., which provides quality, environmentally compliant paint finishing for metal and plastic components in the auto and motorcycle industries such as bumpers, fenders, tonneau covers, motorcycle tanks, and more announced the promotion of Eric Brown, a resident of Louisville, to director of operations.

Thomas Cunningham, SportPaint president, announced the promotion.

Brown, a graduate of Murray State University (KY), where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering technology, joined SportPaint as EHS Coordinator in 1999, and then served as manager of administration and business develop prior to his latest promotion.

In his role of director of operations, Brown will be responsible for all operations including the three SportPaint production facilities in Louisville, materials, EHS, and Special projects.

Founded in 1995, SportPaint is currently employs 115 persons. SportPaint utilizes leading industry technology in HVLP spray equipment and start of the art down draft spray booths. SportPaint process control and design allows it to provide customers with the capability of multi color changes and various production volumes for a variety of metal plastic parts.

October 11th, 2001
SPORTPAINT INSTALLS PNEU-MECH PARTS WASHING SYSTEM
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October 11th, 2001

SPORTPAINT INSTALLS PNEU-MECH PARTS WASHING SYSTEM

LOUISVILLE, KY -SportPaint, Inc. has installed a custom-built, five stage power washing system for cleaning plastic automotive components. SportPaint provides quality, environmentally compliant paint finishing for metal and plastic components such as bumpers, fenders, tonneau covers, motorcycle tanks, and more in the automotive, automotive aftermarket and motorcycle industries.

The system was built and installed by Pneu-Mech Systems Manufacturing of Statesville, North Carolina, and meets General Motors' plastic parts cleaning specifications. Pneu-Mech Systems Manufacturing supplies and installs equipment for all types of paint and powder systems.

"This system allows SportPaint to provide even better service to our customers, who rely on us for high-quality painted finishes on their plastic components," said Thomas Cunningham, President of SportPaint.

The power washing system is located at SportPaint's main facility in Louisville. It features a solvent-based wash system designed to remove any surface impurities from components before the components are painted.

Founded in 1995, currently employs 115 persons. SportPaint utilizes leading industry technology in High Pressure Low Volume (HPLV) spray equipment and start of the art down draft spray booths. SportPaint's process control and design allows it to provide customers with the capability of multi color changes and various production volumes for a variety of metal and plastic parts.

November, 2000
SPORTPAINT GROUND BREAKING
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November, 2000

SPORTPAINT GROUND BREAKING

LOUISVILLE, KY -SportPaint Inc., a privately held custom paint-finishing supplier for both the automotive and motorcycle industries, will break ground this month for a $771,000, 84,000-square-foot facility at 8151 National Turnpike.

The company, which currently supplies custom paint finishes for components for Honda automobiles and Honda motorcycle parts, will incorporate into the new facility an overhead conveyor line for painting high volume automotive parts, according to a news release.

SportPaint will expand its work force to 150 employees from 100 when the new facility is completed in December 2000, the release said.