Shaun P. Shoemake, Managing Partner
Shaun P. Shoemake started his company Plastic Welding and Fabrication, Ltd. (PWF) from a garage. He made repairs to plastic products and built small projects. The turning point for PWF was when a customer requested to build an entire hot-dip galvanizing plant. Since then, there was no looking back. With his vast industrial knowledge acquired from years of service, Shoemake has established PWF to be a leading provider of exceptional industrial-strength fabricated plastic products.
Today, PWF is a go-to name for plastic welding repair and custom plastic tank fabrication services. The company provides a vast array of custom tanks, including galvanizing tanks, secondary containment liners, process dip baskets, and chemical storage tanks that will not corrode and are resistant to chemicals. PWF offers all the reasonable equipment required for building tanks such as in-house CNC, steel welding, butt fusion welding with corner technology, fusion bending, plate welding, sandblasting, and coal tar epoxy coating for a process tank that has a standard two-year workmanship warranty. The company’s crew provides on-site installation services and has emergency 24/7 services for plastic welding repairs. “We are a one-stop-shop, we fabricate, design, engineer, sell across, ship, install, and service all the equipment,” says Shaun Shoemake, Managing Partner of PWF.
The typical engagement with a customer of PWF seeking to build or modify their processing plant or production line begins with listening to their requirements. Realizing their needs, PWF then accounts for the size or amount of material sent or needed, the location of the plant, and the product poundage before selecting the proper equipment to be designed and fabricated. Leveraging more than 20 years of deep expertise in the industry, PWF can recommend the best possible process equipment to achieve the customer goals. “It’s a complete custom design, and we starting with the end and backing into the project,” states Shoemake.
We are a one-stop-shop, we fabricate, design, engineer, sell across, ship, install, and service all the equipment
What adds to PWF’s continued success is their commitment to value. Shoemake ensures that they are informed on current trends and uses this knowledge to provide their customers the best products in the industry. He promotes training and continued education for himself and his employees. Recently, he sent a crew of 7 to “Confined Spaces” training to prepare them for an upcoming on-site tank repair. He attends various workshops and was present at the K-2019 Plastic Show held in Germany. “It was a big boost for our company and gained knowledge in updated tools and machinery, plastic material selections, and in engineering services that will allow us to be more competitive and more informed than average plastic fabrication companies,” remarks Shoemake.
In addition to fabrication, PWF also provides automation services, which ensures smooth and efficient flow of production. A limited labor force has created challenges in the manufacturing industry. By automating production processes such as material handling, tank covers and hoods, fluid control, chemical control, and PLC monitoring, PWF brings various benefits to the table. Automation reduces defects and ensures consistent performance, increasing the bottom line value as well as the quality of the output in production. Cost savings is also made possible by reducing employee training, thus decreasing overheads. Also, it ensures compliance with internal or external requirements, such as statutory requirements.
Shoemake highlights an instance wherein a plant in the U.S. that was struggling with limited labor and production output issues for their three Aluminum anodizing plants. They approached PWF to build new equipment and to automate their process line. The company installed an automated line in place of the three initial manual process lines, which resulted in more output than all three combined and enhanced the performance of their production. This resulted in cost savings and reduced overhead for the customer.
PWF possesses a necessary cornerstone in the galvanizing and anodizing industry in the U.S. The company is currently developing a process for removing the hardened zinc from the galvanizing kettle that could not be removed in the past, which provides valuable cost savings to the customer and is environmentally safe. Further, PWF is currently designing a product line for wastewater treatment. Keeping the ethos of a family-owned business, the company is committed to excellent service with a personal touch and continues to offer customized solutions for its customers.