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Urethane Supply Company Announces Name Change to Polyvance

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Urethane Supply Company, a pioneer in the field of automotive plastic repair since 1981, is announcing a change in the name of their business to “Polyvance”. The change in name reflects the progression that has occurred in automotive plastics since the company’s inception.

“Back in 1981, most of the bumper covers were actually made from urethane plastic,” says Kurt Lammon, company president. “The founder of our company, Jim Sparks, came up with the original name because he supplied products required to repair urethane bumper covers.”

Because most bumper covers are now made from blends of polypropylene, the old name has created confusion in the marketplace. “We often get calls from people who want to buy urethane foam, thinking that we supply urethane,” says Lammon. “We wanted a name that speaks to our main mission, which is advancing the technology of polymer repair.”

Advancing Polymer Repair” is the official tagline and the inspiration for the name “Polyvance.” Polyvance will continue to be devoted entirely to helping body shops profit  from plastic repair and refinishing through its innovative products and training. Polyvance will continue production of its most popular products – the 6059-C Nitro Fuzer nitrogen plastic welding system, the 3601 and 3611 Bumper & Cladding Coat Adhesion Primer, and the 5700HT Mini Weld Model 7 airless plastic welder – as well as its complete line of plastic repair and refinishing products. Polyvance’s products will continue to be available through paint, body & equipment distributors across North America.

For questions contact Kurt Lammon at 800-633-3047, or Industrial Finishes by phone, 800.531.1503, or email

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Industrial Finishes Welcomes Gemini Wood Finishes to Product Line

Thursday, February 18th, 2016


Who is Gemini Wood Finishes?

Founded in Oklahoma in 1964, Gemini has been dedicated to the wood finishing industry. Serving in architectural, industrial, and commercial wood finishes, they have grown to the entire US market, as well as international markets. The wood finishing coatings could be used for a variety of different products/applications including: furniture, cabinets, wood flooring, and exterior wood coatings.

Products and Performance

gemini2-225x300At Industrial Finishes and Systems, we have introduced Gemini coatings as part of our product supply including: clears, sealers, pigmented lacquers, primers, stains, and more. One of the most popular Gemini products we provide would be the conversion varnish. Compared to leading competitors, Gemini’s conversion varnish tends to have the advantage in clarity, water-resistance, chemical resistance, durability in weather conditions, and VOC compliancy.

Gemini also carries Sirca products for exterior wood applications. As an example, most exterior wood clears on exterior wooden doors will be lucky to last a year until they begin to turn yellow or crack. Sirca’s clears will last 7 years until an additional coating would be necessary.


With results as impressive as Gemini, you can’t go wrong with these products for your wood finishing needs. To learn more about Gemini products, contact our Industrial Finishes and Systems Utah store locations, or Gemini’s website at for more information.


Industrial Finishes Abrasive Belt History

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Industrial Finishes and Systems got its start in the abrasive wide belt market once they saw that a change was needed in the milling industry.

According to Stuart Barr, founder of IF&S, “Their own systems experts were experiencing how different types of wood possessed different properties, therefore sanding applications were never the same in each region they were working in. Different trees, in different regions, and even different elevations have different physical properties that make up the structure of the tree. This caused a major issue when it came to sanding the wood. At times, sanding pressure could be light, while another time the pressure could be too much, resulting in a waste of the abrasive material.”

Already known as “The Problem Solvers” Sanding Machine

Stuart – with the help of his team of sanding experts – was not going to sit idle and see his customers unnecessarily waste money by buying more sanding belts. He was going to solve their waste problem!

At the time, Stuart identified the mills’ “sander men” as an impingement point of the entire milling operation. If they shut down their station to change out a sanding belt, the process completely halted the rest of the production line process. This particular problem was now more than just saving customers from buying more abrasive belts, it was also to keep customers’ operations moving, therefore allowing the customer to increase their overall profits.Kimwoods belt sander

With this new insight, Stuart was able to build and implement a system that could be administered “across the board” so-to-speak. He traveled around the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast asking mills to try out this newly developed system. In exchange (if they found that it worked) they would buy abrasive belts exclusively from Industrial Finishes and Systems. Low and behold, many mills found out that they were saving more money with Stuart’s system, which allowed IF&S to gain a major share of the wide belt abrasive market.

To remain true to his “Partners in Profit” mentality, Stuart continued to find the best solutions for his customers, even if that meant sacrificing some of his own profits. Industrial Finishes Kimwoods Sandingand Systems had two types of sanding belts: high grade and low grade. The company did not offer a mid-grade variety, nor did they want to sell a product that was not going to be the best option for their customers.

This level of honesty and integrity served Industrial Finishes and Systems well as it entered this market, and it continues to this day. IF&S has since become the World’s primary supplier of wide abrasive belts.


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