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Local industry’s handiwork headed for presidential ball

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 11/7/2012

Shawn White will be watching President Obama’s inaugural ball with renewed interest in January.

White, quality specialist for Ernest-Spencer Custom Coatings, 1510 N. Davis Ave., Ottawa, said his company recently applied a special powder coat to steel panels that would be installed where the 2013 presidential ball will take place at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Shawn White will be watching President Obama’s inaugural ball with renewed interest in January.

White, quality specialist for Ernest-Spencer Custom Coatings, 1510 N. Davis Ave., Ottawa, said his company recently applied a special powder coat to steel panels that would be installed where the 2013 presidential ball will take place at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“We will be watching the ball closely,” White said, adding that he has not worked on a high-profile project of this magnitude before.

Ernest-Spencer applied a clear top coat to protect the properties of the cold-rolled steel panels, which ranged in size from 3 feet-by-4 feet to 4 feet-by-6 feet, White said.   

It took the Ottawa company four days to complete the custom order for Fredonia-based Tindle Construction, which would be installing the panels in the Mayflower Hotel ballroom, White said.

Though Ernest-Spencer has applied powder coats for Tindle Construction jobs many times before, White said Wednesday, he and other employees at Ernest-Spencer had no idea the industrial company’s custom project was for the presidential inaugural ball until a Tindle representative informed him of the cargo’s destination when the work was finished.

“We had no idea where it was going until that last order was loaded on the truck,” White said. “To be involved in something on this national level makes us all very proud.”

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