Reliant Finishing Systems Promotes Mr. John Thomason to Executive Vice President

Reliant Finishing Systems ( announced today that they have promoted Mr. John Thomason to the position of Executive Vice President. In 2005, Mr. Thomason was first employed as the Operations Manager for Reliant Finishing Systems’ parent organization, Reliant Specialty Equipment Corporation. In 2007, he was promoted to Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for Reliant Finishing Systems and personally oversaw expansion into their current Somerville, Alabama manufacturing facility. His latest promotion will establish Mr. Thomason as the executive level coordinator for all of Reliant Finishing Systems’ product development, manufacturing and technical service activities, as well as various other corporate initiatives.

Mr. Michael Schuerer, President of Reliant Finishing Systems, stated that the promotion was the result of Mr. Thomason’s unceasing efforts to accelerate the company’s growth. “When we brought manufacturing in-house, Reliant Specialty Equipment Corporation was very lucky to attract Mr. Thomason and integrate him into our organization. He had a mix of hands-on skills and management savvy that was almost impossible to find. Early on, Mr. Thomason’s direct involvement led to a rapid increase in manufacturing efficiency and overall output. He insisted that we refine the packaging methods we were using and rethink our approach to order fulfillment. His approach also compelled Reliant to invest in state-of-the-art CNC equipment, as opposed to using less expensive manual systems like some of our competitors. When we launched Reliant Finishing Systems, I felt Mr. Thomason’s ability and experience made him the natural choice to develop the manufacturing side of our operation. In addition to overseeing manufacturing-related functions, he demonstrated other leadership skills that generated measurable results. His efforts are directly linked to our recent increases in profitability. I am confident that he will be even more effective now that he is taking on a larger role at Reliant,” he said.

Mr. Thomason is similarly pleased by the way his relationship with Reliant has evolved. He said, “My experience with Reliant Finishing Systems has been very rewarding. The company is evolving quickly. We’ve reached a level of agility that our competitors cannot seem to meet. Our price points and lead times also compare very favorably with our major competitors’, and I feel that our level of customer care is unmatched in the finishing industry. I have invested heavily in the idea that it takes more than just good products at fair prices to make Reliant Finishing Systems thrive. Although I have exerted a great deal of influence on Reliant’s manufacturing processes, I have also pushed for continual improvement to our customers’ overall buying experience. I believe that the changes we’ve made have not only increased profitability related to the manufacture of our products, but also boosted sales. I look forward to driving this type of growth for years to come.”

Reliant Finishing Systems is a privately-held U.S. company specializing in the manufacture of capital equipment used in the powder coating industry. The company provides media blasting enclosures, multi-stage washers, chemical pretreatment enclosures, powder-specific spray booths, and high-performance drying and curing ovens. Reliant Finishing Systems sells under its own brand and provides private label products to OEM clients.