Paint Platoon USA, a Chicago-based commercial painting contractor, is doing something most commercial painters don't - traveling even for small- to mid-sized jobs. While most commercial painting contractors prefer to stick close to home, Paint Platoon USA has discovered that adding mobility to their business arsenal allows them to snap up jobs that would otherwise fall through the cracks.
"We're lean and we're agile," said Scott Kuperman, president of Paint Platoon USA. "We take on jobs too big for house painters and too small for the multi-million dollar commercial painting companies."
While taking on work nationwide boosts business for Paint Platoon USA, it's especially beneficial to their industrial clients. Most businesses in need of specialized industrial painting have to train local contractors or juggle multiple contractors for all of their facilities. Using a single contractor offers much-needed consistency across multiple locations.
For example, when a commercial or industrial client needs special coatings to control corrosion in over 200 storage facilities across the country, they rely on Paint Platoon USA. This way, they get one industrial painting contractor that can provide the right protection for all their warehouses.
"It's actually easier for them to stick with a reliable commercial painting contractor that's willing to travel," said Kuperman. "The contractor in California may do it OK, but then this guy in Jersey may do it wrong. There's no consistency. That's what Paint Platoon USA provides."
Paint Platoon USA's mobility has set a trend that's likely to catch on industrywide, especially since many of their clients can't find local experts who know how to handle the specialized coatings and sensitive equipment involved industrial painting jobs.
"I think you'll see more industrial painting contractors start traveling," said Kuperman. "Businesses are getting tired of searching for good painters in every area they expand into."