Local company merges with Durango business

James Fenton
Shop foreman Kevin Sweek, left, powder coater Mike Cortez and owner-operator Clint Haskin pose for a portrait Friday at New Image Powder Coating in Farmington.

FARMINGTON – Whether you have a hot rod, a firearm, some fencing or a funeral urn, Clint Haskin wants to paint it, and he's got 400 colors to choose from.

Haskin, 44, has owned and operated New Image Powder Coating, a painting shop and storage yard off La Plata Highway, for two years. On Friday, Haskin announced the expansion of his business' reach into southern Colorado with the addition of a second location an hour's drive away in Durango.

Maggie Kavan — marketing director for Ska Fabricating, or Ska Fab, an offshoot brewing equipment manufacturing business of Ska Brewing in Durango, Colo. — confirmed the businesses were merging.

"Ska Fabricating makes craft brew equipment in Durango with a small footprint and affordable equipment for the craft brewing industry," Kavan said in a phone interview. "(Ska Fab) partnered with New Image and together (entered) the powder coating business. The brewery and Ska Fab will remain separate businesses."

Kavan said Ska Fab discovered Haskin when the company was looking for quality powder coating for some of the fabricated steel items it makes, like beer depalletizers — equipment that helps workers efficiently unload breakable cargo like hundreds of beer bottles on a pallet — among other arcane, insider baseball brewery equipment.

The Durango outfit was so impressed with Haskin's work, the two businesses made the decision to join forces to manage increased orders from as many as seven countries and expand Haskin's talents northward into La Plata County.

Kevin Sweek adjusts the air and powder flow before working on a project Friday at New Image Powder Coating in Farmington.

“The craft industry just identifies your town,” Kavan said. “It represents a part of who they are and where they live.”

The two-state company now employs 11 employees — six workers in Durango and five in Farmington — "to start," Kavan said.

Unlike conventional liquid paint, powder coating involves spraying a polyester or epoxy powder with a high-voltage electrostatic charge applied to both the sprayer mechanism and the object being painted. The powder-coated object is then cured in a walk-in "oven" that is 20 feet deep, 10 feet wide and 8 feet tall.

Haskin said the result is paint color that can tolerate any weather or moisture, bend without flaking and last for decades.

On Friday, Haskin's two full-time painters were busy applying cardinal red to lug nuts and a lift kit for a Jeep, and a far-flung sampling from the color spectrum on a dozen or so hand-fashioned metal flower ornaments a customer had brought in to have painted as a surprise for his wife.

"We've done a little bit of everything," Haskin said while showing a funeral urn fashioned from an old oxygen tank that a customer wanted painted bright yellow.

Haskin worked in the oil field for nearly 20 years before he launched his business, powder coating his own race cars at his Aztec home.

"Powder coating's grown by leaps and bounds," Haskin said during a tour of his Farmington shop on Friday. "We've been fortunate to be able to keep growing, especially with the downturn in the oil field. If we're not busy, we're at least steady."

James Fenton is the business editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4621.

Kevin Sweek prepares a truck framefor powder coating Friday at New Image Powder Coating in Farmington.

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What: New Image Powder Coating in Farmington

Where: 2792 Inland St.

Hours: 7:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and weekends by appointment

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