St. Lucie Works – Chip’s Custom Painting, Inc.

St. Lucie Works – Chip’s Custom Painting, Inc.


we or you’ll see where the new motors
come in crated and they’re ready to go and you’ll have your actual return date
hundreds of marine motors dozens of classic cars and holes and more than 50
airplanes are serviced each year by chips custom painting since 2002 owner
and president chip karlstrom has been providing quality paint jobs to
customize exterior worked anything that drives floats or flies with a small
group of roughly a dozen full-time staff and independent contractors chips crew
works out of two hangars totaling roughly 19,000 square feet inside the
treasure coast international airport and business park this is where all the
magic happens they say what originally started strictly as an aviation paint
shop karlstrom has expanded his business in recent years to include the painting
of outboard marine voters from individuals and local manufacturers
including blue water pursuit and maverick we kind of fell into the boat
motors we did it for a friend I believe a manufacturer saw the white motors you
know brand new Yamaha I was like well where’d you get that done and he found
out and then you know the rest of the United actually got a quarter of a
million dollar booth and you know a tram system is going to be coming through
here and like a pure assembly line and you know start to finish chip successful
dive into painting outboard motors has facilitated the expansion of the
company’s operation and internal equipment increasing productivity and
cutting down the drying time what we’ll have is a trolley system will run
through this door here it’s a steel beam where the motors will roll straight
through like an assembly line so what we’re doing is we’re increasing our
production double almost triple because this actually bakes the oven itself
it’ll turn on and it 30 minute drive time so whereas we should wait three or
four hours for a motor to be ready to go you got an hour as with most businesses
location is a key to success the company’s position inside st. Lucie
County’s general aviation airport has proven to be fruitful when it comes to
landing new clients so being a the st. Lucie County International Airport’s uh
has customs here and everything works out very well it’s a very good
environment a lot of people like to come here you have
Airport Tiki I mean it’s just kind of a it gives a how do you say you know venue
for people to come to and then while you’re here it’s oh wait a minute bait
shop here and then they taxi on over and go by the way I what to fix this or how
much for a stripping paint you know you go from there sure maybe you gotta bring
the plane in the beaches of you know just a few miles away exactly exactly
and it works out very well kind of everybody kind of works with themselves
out here at the airport in our works with each other i should say you have
you know a PP Jet Center you have aircraft turban works you have arrow
trim you have I mean all these different people you know and they all work
together you have mechanics and cerium it’s pretty much a one-stop shop
avionics you know your FB 0 helicopter school aviator flight school I mean it
just coat the list goes on so for being a smaller airport it’s actually a the
growth is tremendous I mean in the years to come I mean if you you see what it
was before 10 years ago into what it is now I mean the projections only go up
from there all the locations help real in new clients chips quality work has
helped keep employee and spokesman chris sullivan
explains the staff uses high-quality environmentally friendly paints that
hold up to the high speed severe winds saltwater sun and other harsh
environments that vehicles have to traverse clients travel from Canada
South America and Europe have customized painting done on a vintage Volkswagen or
striping added to a Learjet or registration numbers change on a tail
wing utilizing DuPont aviation finishes training the painters prep workers and
finishers make sure that the customers are satisfied the paint’s we actually
use give it a lot more longevity so we don’t actually get our customers back as
much but you get the quality and you know amour amour sound paint job when
you come to us and that’s the difference between us and other paint job and other
paint shops that sentiment of strong customer service extends beyond its
clients and trickles down throughout the treasure coast international airport one
hand washes the other is pretty much I look at it because a big jet coming in
here helps the FBO helps the county helps you know everything as far as
maintenance and things of that nature so what we’re looking forward to to find
out more about chips custom painting visit their website at chips custom
painting calm or call seven seven two four six seven nine 980 and be sure to
tune in again next month as we highlight another local business and show how st.
Lucie works

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