Metal Finishing Solutions has begun constructing a new facility in Robinson, Texas, that will provide electrocoat, conversion coatings, and powder coating capabilities.

Several Texas media outlets say the new 110,000-square-foot facility will cost over $20 million to construct, and will coat parts for Tesla, which it says is Metal Finishing Solutions’ largest customer.

According to documents filed with Texas regulators, MFS “proposes to construct and operate an electrocoating line and a conversion coating line in the Robinson facility located in Robinson, Texas.”

Media reports say the facility is expected to have over 40 workers to start. MFS is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has operations in San Jose and Stockton in California, and in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Mike Laptalo, President of MFS, announced in 2023 on LinkedIn that the company was bringing a new location to Texas.

“Metal Finishing Solutions will open its fifth location in the state of Texas to expand our existing sites in California and Arizona,” Laptolo wrote. “Our Texas location will provide fully automated conversation coating, ecoating and powder coating.”

MFS was founded in 2012 in Santa Clara to provide plating and finishing services in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco area. The company says it services the electric vehicle, industrial, medical, military and semiconductor business sectors.

“We continue to invest in innovation, such as with our state-of-the-art automated production line that features an eco-friendly conversion coating process which is optimized for Electric Vehicle applications and is the first of its kind in the Bay Area,” the MFS site says.