Manufacturing Day

Helping Student’s Get Up Close and Personal with Manufacturing Jobs.

Here at United Surface Preparation we don’tMFD_Logo_nodate_2015_R_Color manufacture anything, but the relationship we have with manufacturers is vital. Whether it’s the vendors that manufacture the products we sell or the buyers who manufacture with products they acquire from us, they are all part of what makes our company great.  Because of this relationship, we make a point to be involved and support the manufacturing community.

One of the best opportunities to support the manufacturing community is on National Manufacturing Day, which is celebrated the first Friday of October. This year, October 6th marked the sixth annual celebration day. With over 2,840 events and a proclamation by President Donald Trump, it was a definite success!

Manufacturing Day is a time to celebrate modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite their communities – including students, educators, business people, media, and politicians – to their facilities. This collective effort educates visitors about manufacturing career opportunities, improves the public perceptions of manufacturing, and illustrates the importance of manufacturing to the world economy.


History of Mfg Day

In 2012 National Manufacturing Day was established to raise awareness to the workforce shortage in manufacturing and changing the overall perception of manufacturing jobs.  National Manufacturing Day was established in 2012 to foster knowledge about the economic impact of U.S. manufacturing and improve the public’s view of manufacturing careers.

Consider the following facts from the National Association of Manufacturing:


  • the average annual salary of manufacturing workers in the U.S. is $77K
  • manufacturing careers have the highest tenure in the private sector
  • 90 percent of manufacturing workers have medical benefits
  • STEM jobs are projected to grow by 8.65 million by 2018
  • manufacturing offers diverse career options for all education levels
  • the industry supports 17.4 million U.S. jobs
  • every $1.00 spent in manufacturing creates $1.37 of wealth for the economy
  • Nearly 12 percent of the nation’s GDP is from manufacturing.

Although there are amazing career opportunities, the response from the public has been less than enthusiastic. Many small to medium-sized manufacturing businesses are struggling to recruit young adults to replace their retiring workforce. Not only is there a problem recruiting younger adults, there is also a large gender gap occurring throughout the manufacturing industry. There has been difficulty recruiting women into the workforce due to the perception of it being a male-only field. This is why National Manufacturing Day is so necessary– it cultivates excitement and awareness about the industry!

Joining Pace Industries Celebration 

This year at United Surface Preparation, 22448380_1759719700724571_2339619080565051490_nwe decided it was crucial to somehow get involved with a Manufacturing Day event. Because we don’t manufacture anything at our facility, it would have been difficult to host our own event. Instead, we decided to join together with some of our close friends at Pace Industries which is a full-service aluminum die casting, zinc die casting and magnesium die casting manufacturer.


Attending the event were high school students interested in manufacturing programs from Roseville High School and St. Francis High School. The students listened to a presentation from Pace discussing the different job opportunities available and their corresponding compensations, duties, education requirements, etc. The students also had the opportunity to tour the manufacturing facility and learn, hands-on, about the day-to-day work that occurs at Pace.

One of the unique characteristics of

Kids at Pace Industries for Mfg Day

Pace Industries is their emphasis on safety. They have a commitment to 24/7 safety that starts with each associate and extends to successful delivery of quality products and services to customers, as well as visitors, with no accidents. To help make sure the students and Pace both felt comfortable during their event experience, United Surface Preparation provided safety wear including safety glasses and earplugs. Other than simply donating material, we wanted to show students that there are a large variety of jobs in the manufacturing industry whether you are directly manufacturing a product or not.

Participating in a Manufacturing Day event this year allowed us to see first-hand the excitement it sparks in students and the potential it has to truly make a difference. We are both optimistic and confident that this annual event will lead the way in changing the portrayal of our industry and getting it the positive image it deserves. We are more than eager to partner with Pace Industries again next year and create an event bigger and better than ever!

If you have any questions regarding National Manufacturing Day or would like to find a way to get involved, please contact us.

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Dust Collector Maintenance Tips

Dust Collector Maintenance Tips

The best in the abrasive industry, Ervin Industries, share their recommendations.

Ervin Industries has a well-known reputation of excellence in the abrasive and air blasting industries. They have recently begun sharing this knowledge through training seminars that they are hosting across the country. These seminars give customers the opportunity to diagnose problems in their operations, gain overall blasting knowledge, and bounce ideas off industry-experts as well as other companies.

One topic that may seem like common sense was emphasized in the training seminar: Dust Collector Maintenance. Ervin recognized that this has been a common occurring problem in blast operations and shared some crucial tips:


  1. Empty hopper regularly.
  2. Inspect Shaker Mechanisms,
  3. Check Drive for loose belts and correct direction,
  4. Examine dust levels. Dust on cell plate floor indicates leakage between dirty and clean side of the collector.
  5. Inspect for worn vent piping.
  6. Check manometer reading on a daily basis. Doing so will indicate a dust collector malfunction and notify that a shake-down or cleaning is required.

To help ensure these tasks are being done regularly and properly, it is important to have a maintenance schedule in place which can include tracking usage, repairs, running hours, etc. This allows for equipment to run at its peak performance at all times while helping eliminate costly downtime.  Altogether, the more data that is tracked the more likely preventative maintenance will occur opposed to emergency maintenance.

United Surface Preparation has in-house tool repair, traveling field technicians, and a large inventory of replacement parts to ensure your equipment stays in tip-top shape. Please contact us if you need help creating a maintenance schedule, your interested in preventative maintenance, or if you have any other inquiry regarding this topic.



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Concrete Training Seminar – Fall ’17

Fall '17 concrete training


All attendees will receive certification for 16 hours of concrete grinding/polishing training upon completion.


The training will be hosted at the following location:

United Surface Preparation

900 Lund Boulevard

Anoka, MN 55303

Have questions? Contact Us.

Rylie Dierich –

Mike Heintz –













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The Newest Dynabrade Random Orbital Sander Series

Dynabrade has earned a reputation for excellence and leadership in the innovative design and manufacturing of unique portable abrasive power tools and related accessories. They proved the “Dynabrade Difference” once again this spring with the release of their Dynorbital Extreme Random Orbital Sander Series.


The new Dynorbital® Extreme is the most refined random orbital sander to date and boasts the greatest power and most consistent speed of any palm-style orbital sander. Power and speed combine to quickly and reliably produce the desired finish, while ergonomic features keep operators safe and comfortable throughout their experience. The symmetrical design allows left or right-handed operators to always work comfortably along with the compact size that fits naturally in most operators’ hands.

The three main benefits that are emphasized in this series are: Extreme Power, Extreme Comfort, and Extreme Performance.

Extreme Power – A new motor design has the highest power-to-weight ratio in the industry with .3hp at 1.8 lbs. and the most consistent speed under load in the industry, running at 92% of rated tool speed. It also had a new rotor design that enhances power with less friction.

Extreme Comfort – As many know, sanding can become extremely uncomfortable and even painful over long periods of time. The new ergonomic design with integrated comfort platform allows for more wrist support while the addition of the soft grip co-molded to rigid composite base housing ensures maximum comfort and durability. A recessed throttle lever was also thought into the design to eliminate pinch and pressure points on an operator’s palm.

Extreme Performance – The new features make it possible to achieve consistent, superior finishes in less time. It is made from the highest quality materials for extreme durability and longevity. Most importantly, it is proudly made in the U.S.A.

The Dynorbital Extreme Random Orbital Sander Series comes in 12 different models and can be accessorized with a variety of different sanding pads, abrasive discs, vacuum systems, and maintenance products.  With its ideal industries being wood, metalworking, marine, aviation, and wind energy the series can suit almost anyone’s needs.

To learn more about these items or place an order, please call us at 1-800-322-1413 or fill out the contact form below:

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How Industrial Companies Can Conserve Water through Wastewater Recycling

All businesses have a common goal of savings – whether that’s saving time, saving money, or saving other resources. Conserving water is one such objective that serves two purposes, since it benefits the company and the environment.

For companies that machine parts, a lot of water is used throughout the process as these parts are tumbled, deburred, and finished. Once complete, the water typically gets relegated to waste. However, there are ways of cleaning and reusing the wastewater, thereby reducing the amount of fresh water needed.

Centrifuge systems are often used for water recycling. After parts have been mass finished, the water used during the process becomes contaminated with material from the metals and abrasive media. Oil and particulate matter may be present, which can harm the environment if not properly handled.

Using a centrifugal water recycling system, the solid particles are separated from the water through the spinning force of the system, which causes denser materials to clump together.  This results in a clean water/compound mixture that can be reused for processing parts.

These types of water recycling systems can actually reduce fresh water and compound consumption by about 98% – which is substantial. Sludge disposal is also made easier since there is less liquid waste. Before these systems were put into place, water systems were getting clogged from the tumbling media creating sludge in the drain pipes. Centrifugal water recycling systems combat this issue.zm_zentrifuge-05.jpg

There are a number of water recycling systems to choose from depending on the application and types of materials that will need to be cleaned from the water. The brand name we trust and carry is Walther Trowal, a company that has specialized in manufacturing surface technology equipment since 1931. To see their centrifuge systems fully explained, watch this video.

United Surface Preparation can work with manufacturing companies to find the right solution for their needs. We’ve worked with a diverse set of shops in the past, and look forward to helping you find a system that works for your facility and application.

For more information, feel free to call 1-800-322-1413 or contact us online.

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Chicago Pneumatic Air Compressor Line

Chicago Pneumatic Compressor Flyer

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U.S. Saw Dust Buggy


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