We chat with Andrew Kossowski, who three years ago  left the corporate world behind to buy a metal finishing operation. This year, he is building himself a new one.

In 2020, Kossowski and his wife, Sydney, retired from their careers and decided to purchase DHS Enterprises in Clearwater, Florida. The 5,000-square foot facility — which they have renamed Veterans Metal — was an all-manually-operated finisher specializing in Type II anodize, Type I and II chem film, and Type 2, 6, and 7 stainless steel passivate.

This year, they are building from scratch a $2.6 million, 15,000-square-foot facility in Largo with nearly all new equipment and fixtures just a few miles down the road. Kossowski says it was time to modernize the operation.

“It’s a shop that is very long in the tooth, but it has great potential and a good customer following as well,” he says. “Those customers wanted more, but the previous owner really didn’t want more, and he was happy where it was. But I definitely want to take it to the next level.”

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