United Surface Prep is Right at Home on Land or at Sea

You might not think of boats when you think of United Surface Prep but you should! We work closely with the marine industry by providing the equipment they need to keep boats of all sizes in pristine condition.

Although we are not located on a coast, we serve the Great Lake areas where recreational boating is a major industry. The Green Bay area is also home to a number of naval contractors who prepare ships before they ‘ship out’ on a great adventure. For seaworthiness, all boats and ships must be prepared for their time in the water. That is why proper preparation, maintenance, and the right products are so important.

Routine maintenance includes thoroughly inspecting the hull of the boat for blisters, distortions, and cracks. If any of these defects are present, they must be addressed before heading out to the waters. Using the right abrasive material and equipment is key to getting the job done right. We offer a wide range of surface conditioning abrasives, marine adhesives, sealants, and compounds, and marine black streak remover to improve and protect the hull. Our abrasives are suitable for use on both wood and fiberglass. In new molded fiberglass applications, we supply sanding and polishing equipment to OEMs for all finishing applications.

If the paint is in good condition, only a light sanding might be necessary before applying a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately, many boatyards prohibit normal power sanding because it generates too much dust. We have addressed this issue and offer a new dustless sanding system. This technology protects residents and the environment from toxins by containing 100% of the dust generated through sanding. This has been a long term problem and our customers are very happy to have an outstanding solution.

There’s an old saying that boats are holes in the water you dump money into. While boats do require regular maintenance and repair, United Surface Prep provides high-quality and high-value products that will help you get the job done right. Contact us today to learn more about products that help the marine industry stay afloat

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Did You Know That June is Safety Awareness Month?

The National Safety Council celebrates safety awareness every June. Their mission is to make everyone safe at work, at home, and on the roads. As an industrial equipment distributor, it is our goal to provide products that workers need to stay safe on the job. Because of this we pay close attention to regulations and standards designed to protect workers in a wide range of industries.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.”  One area in which OSHA has been focusing heavily on is noise levels and hearing loss. Their statistics state that approximately 30 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous noise at work.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that workers in the manufacturing industry at high risk for hearing loss. Many of the machines and tools used in manufacturing produce very high noise levels. Exposure to these levels can cause irreparable hearing loss and increase workplace accidents. OSHA recommends noise controls as the first line of defense against excessive noise exposure and annual hearing tests.

Noise controls come in varying forms. OSHA recommends administrative controls to change the environment to expose the fewest number of employees to noise or to move employees away from machinery. While these administrative controls are an ideal situation, it may be unreasonable or impossible to institute these kinds of changes. If that is the case the easiest and fastest way to protect workers from noise is with hearing protection devices (HPDs).

HPDs include earmuffs and plugs that are worn when workers are working in noisy environments. The choice of which type of HPD to use depends on factors such as noise level, comfort, and the suitability of the device for the worker and the situation. But, the most important factor is that the HPD provides the desired noise reduction.

When it comes to occupational safety, using the correct equipment is the first step in protection. United Surface Prep stocks a large selection of occupational health and safety products such as safety glasses, respirators, and hearing protection products. This June, keep all your employees safe from noise and other dangers with safety products from United Surface Prep.

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Exhibiting at CastExpo was a Great Success

As we mentioned in a previous blog, we attended CastExpo and the 120th Metalcasting Congress on April 16th-19th as a first-time exhibitor.  Sponsored by the American Foundry Society, the show brought professionals from all areas of the metal casting industry to our home state.

This year’s attendance was impressive with 6,173 registered attendees and over 400 exhibitors. Being new to the show were weren’t sure what to expect, but the show floor was consistently busy. We spoke with suppliers, metal casters, and casting buyers. Industry experts presented the latest technical research and held practical roundtable discussions and panels.

The show was well organized and offered us networking opportunities to get in front of an industry we don’t typically target. In fact, the show generated 49 new sales leads for us! The ability to have machines on display allowed us to explain how they worked and the types of finishes they produced. Having the video of the machine in action and examples of finished parts available enhanced our ability to connect to the attendees who stopped by the booth. There were many questions answered by our experts.

The 121st MetalCasting Congress and Tabletop Exhibit is scheduled for April 25-27, 2017 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI. The United Surface Prep team is looking forward to attending and exhibiting again next year!

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United Surface Prep is Making its Debut at CastExpo

CastExpo, sponsored by the American Foundry Society, brings together suppliers, metal casters, and casting buyers. This year’s show is coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN on April 16-19. We will be exhibiting for the first time and are excited to be attending this great show being hosted in our own backyard.

The American Foundry Society is the leading U.S. based metal casting society. It serves members of the metal casting industry domestically and abroad. At CastExpo over 450 exhibitors will be showcasing new equipment, resources, and technologies while industry experts will be on hand to discuss the latest technical research,
industry trends, and process optimization ideas.

Attending and exhibiting at CastExpo shows our support for the manufacturers that we work with who trust in the quality of the products we provide. At Booth #1213 we will be displaying the equipment available for manufacturing cast products. Unfortunately, there are no machine demonstrations but we will have a video running that shows the details of the machines and how they operate. United Surface Preparations booth will have the following machines on display:

Empire Air Blast
Walther Trowal!

Sample parts finished in these machines will be available for attendees to see, we will outline other finishes these machines are capable of producing.

Our own experts will be ready to answer any questions and to offer innovative solutions and products for any metal casting operation. We hope you stop by our booth and say hello!

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Renting and Leasing Programs Will Provide You with the Right Equipment at the Right Time

As a leading distributor of industrial abrasive products and equipment, we work with customers in many different industries. From large manufacturers to small job shops, our supplies are used in projects regarding floor grinding, polishing, blasting, and much more. The nature of some projects requires our rental services. Recently we have expanded our fleet to include additional pieces of equipment available for renting and leasing.  Here are key reasons you may want to consider renting or leasing with us for your next abrasive application.

Benefits of Renting Equipment with United Surface Prep

  • For customers who need a piece of equipment for a short period of time, our rental program is perfect
    If a customer has a machine that is not working and out for repair, United Surface Preparation will deliver a rental machine to keep production running on schedule. This prevents our customers from having to purchasing a new machine without available funds or in a hasty decision.
  • Rentals let you try before you buy
    By renting equipment from us, customers get a feel for the quality of our equipment and see the benefits of the machine. It is a good way to try out and test equipment before making an investment in it. We often see rental customers coming in and want to purchase the machines they have rented!

Benefits of Leasing Equipment

  • Monthly Payments Instead of One Lump Sum
    If a customer has chosen a new piece of equipment or machine but doesn’t have the budget to purchase it outright, leasing offers an affordable way to incorporate new equipment at a more manageable cost.  Often times buying a new machine isn’t in the foreseen future and companies are forced into making a purchase once their equipment runs down. Paying out one large sum to purchase a machine can become a burden on them. Leasing makes buying a new machine a lot more affordable.
  • Options to Buy
    Leasing options cover 2-5 years of monthly payments with an option to purchase the machine at the end of the term.
  • Possible Tax Deduction
    Leasing, in most cases, can be used as a tax deduction for businesses which makes the machinery even more affordable.

At United Surface Preparation, we offer many ways to add equipment to your operation. Whether it is through a rental or leasing program, we will be able to get you the right machine for the price. Contact us to learn about our top-quality equipment and how you can receive immediate delivery.

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World of Concrete Expo is a Solid Place to Connect with United Surface Prep

This year’s World of Concrete (WOC) Expo is shaping up to the biggest in 7 years and we are ready to hit the pavement (literally!). As the industry’s only international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries, this is the ideal opportunity for United Surface Prep to support our dedicated customers and vendors.

The WOC Expo is taking place on February 2nd through 5th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Over 55,000, concrete and masonry professionals from around the world join to learn about latest technologies and innovative products through specialized seminars, networking with exhibitors,  and interactive workshops. The show offers unlimited opportunities to strengthen your industry needs.

As for us, we will be in the booths with our vendors to provide detailed information on our products and their uses. We are excited to be able to answer any questions that may arise and to reconnect with the experts in the concrete industry. An event like the WOC affords all of us like-minded professionals the opportunity to get together to advance the industry’s goals.

The vendors we will be supporting are:

  •    HTC: Booth: S10627
  •    Ameripolish: Booth O40749
  •    Metzger/McGuire: Booth S10907
  •    CTS Rapidset: Booth S10207
  •    Hi-Tech: Booth C4565
  •    Prosoco: Booth S11227
  •    ISI Diamonds: TBD
  •    US Saws: Booth S11007
  •    Pullman Ermator: Booth S11739 and Booth C4621

Please stop by any of these locations and learn more about United Surface Prep’s full line of high-quality industrial abrasive products and equipment.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at the show!

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United Surface Prep Is Proud To Be A Key Supplier For Minnesota Vikings’ New Stadium

Leading the Way! Minnesota Vikings Top the NFC North Division of the NFL and United Surface Prep is Proud to Be a Key Supplier for the Team’s New Stadium

United Surface Prep is a key supplier for the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Viking’s new NFL stadium set to open next year. With this honor, we feel like we’ve scored a touchdown in our industry! This is a great opportunity for us to work with contractors using our products and equipment for concrete polishing at the new stadium, which is located right here in our home state.

Construction of U.S. Bank Stadium is showing a lot of progress recently, and excitement is building among Viking fans and everyone affiliated with the project. If you’re not a local, but want to check out the new stadium’s progress, you can see the photo gallery on the Viking’s site. The Viking’s public relations team offers updated aerial construction photos of the new stadium on a regular basis, and everyone involved in the stadium’s construction boasts about the design.Viking's New Stadium Design

According to the Viking’s website, the new stadium “exhibits a bold, progressive design and combines efficient functionality with stunning architecture.” Among the most unique features of the stadium will be its transparent ETFE “clear roof,” plus an entire glass wall that overlooks the downtown Minneapolis skyline, and also “the world’s largest pivoting glass doors.” It’s an exciting project for sure, and we’re proud to be a part of it!United Surface Floors Vikings stadium

As for our contribution we are helping the crew grind and polish over 400,00 square feet of concrete flooring! Equipment on site nclude two 270 HTC Edgers, Ermator vacuums and a variety of hand grinders. Alongside them are the LS Densifier and LS Grind N’ Fill. We couldn’t be more excited to see the finish floors to match the new stadium’s impressive concept.

Just like the Vikings are leading the way in the NFL, currently ranked at the top of the NFC North Division (as of 12/3/15), we’re leading the way in our industry, too! United Surface Prep is a leading distributor of industrial abrasive products and equipment for the Upper Midwest region, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. Learn more about us by visiting our website, or call us at 1-800-322-1413 if you have any questions (or if you just want to talk football and the Vikings!) Go, Vikings!

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