MetoKote Corp. the electrocoat, powder coat, liquid paint and specialty coatings supplier, recently relocated its Performance Test Laboratory to a larger space within its Lima, OH facility. The company has offered customers the convenience of an in-house A2LA (American Association for Laboratory Accreditation) certified laboratory since 1995. This lab has provided service to customers doing business at any of the company’s 30 facilities worldwide. The new 1,900 sq ft location provides an improved controlled environment, offers more space, and the ability to perform hundreds of different test methods for customers. Additionally, the new space allows for room to grow for future equipment needs.  “Our Performance Test Laboratory illustrates our commitment to quality and customer service,” said Jeffrey Oravitz, president and CEO of MetoKote Corp. “Moving to a larger space allows us to continue accommodating customer needs in a timely manner. This service also saves our customers time and money by eliminating the need to utilize outside laboratory services, and our A2LA accreditation offers customers confidence in the accuracy of the testing methods.” The Performance Test Laboratory is staffed by two full-time employees and offers a variety of services such as salt spray testing, cyclical corrosion testing, humidity testing, QUV accelerated weathering, hardness tests, solvent rubs and more. To ensure optimal process performance, bi-weekly panel corrosion tests are performed for the company’s 78 process lines located around the world.  The facility conducts Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) testing, performance specification testing to dictate coating requirements, and collects research and development data. Laboratory personnel also maintain a specification library which includes material and performance specifications which are utilized companywide at different stages of the operation. It is recertified by A2LA every two years. Data collected at the laboratory is internationally accepted and recognized as part of a mutual recognition arrangement A2LA has with international programs such as the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC). This reduces technical hurdles for customers who operate or market abroad.