Bill Klammer continued doing some design work, but began to branch into liquid spray painting as a way to maintain a more consistent cash flow for his new company. AE began to grow steadily.
Powder coating was just starting out in the 1970's. Chuck was interested in this technology and convinced his father to let him add a powder coating line to the company's services. This gave AE an entirely new market to explore. It didn't take long and Associated Engineering was long on work and short on capacity.
Schreyer, AFI's President, joined AFI as a painter in 1978 when the company was applying liquid paint and experimenting with a new phenomenon called "Powder Coat". Throughout high school and college, Ted worked with AFI and decided to stay with the company after graduating in 1985. During the late 1980's, he covered various administrative roles with the company and eventually took over all production responsibilities when John Kapsner was hired in 1988 to handle finances. Ted had remained V.P. of Operations since that time.
Kapsner was actually AFI's banker during the 1980's. In 1988, he joined AFI's staff because he had a desire to eventually own a business and AFI looked like a promising opportunity. He has run the office and administrative portion of the business as V.P. of Administration since he was hired.
With Kapsner's financial background and Schreyer's finishing background, the two have a great understanding of the metal finishing business.