In an ongoing effort to increase efficiencies and streamline production techniques, Heil Environmental recently unveiled the latest addition to its Fort Payne AL manufacturing facility. The new paint facility will significantly reduce lead times for Heil refuse collection vehicles, while also reducing the amount of wasted paints and solvents, and the need for the additional application of paint. In addition to the newly constructed Detail & Pre-Delivery Center, another paint production line was added within the existing facility. With these changes, vehicles now come with an enhanced finish that has been designed to better withstand harsh environments.
Heil's paint process is unique among manufacturers of refuse collection vehicles and similar to systems used by leading commercial truck makers. Once a Heil vehicle body is completely cleaned, pre-treated, and sealed, a separate DuPont primer coat of paint is applied and baked, followed by a high-performance polyurethane enamel coat, providing chip resistance and UV protection to defend against color fade and deterioration.