The Hexamer Family owns RACK Powder Coating and Media Blasting. Our parents, Ted and Virginia Hexamer, raised five children in the Canton South area. Virginia was a stay-at-home Mom, and after we entered school, she became a secretary at Trump Elementary. Our father worked 42 years at the Timken Company and had a great ability to figure out how to make anything work. We strive to apply that same ingenuity into our customer’s projects. They taught us about, hard work, being fair, keeping your word, and giving back to the community. What they taught us is what we hope to give to you as a RACK Coating customer.
RACK Powder coating has been in business for over 50 years. It is fitting that we pay tribute to the founders Don and Glen Swigart. The brothers had a commitment to living with integrity and did much for the Canal Fulton community. Glen and his wife, Rose Ann, continue to reside in Canal Fulton and are enjoying their kids and grandchildren. We appreciate the foundation the Swigart brothers set 50 years ago making RACK a respected name in Powder Coating and Media Blasting.
Meet The Team
BRUCE SULLIVAN: Plant Manager
For the past 35 years, Bruce has been perfecting his techniques and expertise in powder coating and plastisol. This is evident in every job that the Rack team delivers to our customers. Bruce’s leadership in the company began when he started at RACK while attending the University of Akron. His expertise provides solution-driven service to our customers. Bruce will assist you in achieving a particular look or finish for your product, and work with our team to find a solution for any challenge you may face.
Bruce and his wife Nancy are lifelong residents of Canal Fulton and have two daughters. In his spare time Bruce enjoys working on his Christmas Tree Farm.
THOMAS CRISE: Vice President of Ceramics and Performance Coatings
Tom’s interest in powder coating began in his work shop at home while he was rehabilitating an injury. Educated at Michigan State, Purdue, and the University of North Carolina, Tom’s course work and interest focused on Engineering and Computer Science. After graduation, Tom served six years in the Marine Corp. After leaving the military he was trained at Northwest Industrial Coatings where he gained significant knowledge in the industry. In 1999, he formed North Carolina Powder Coat in Greensboro, North Carolina, and moved to Ohio in 2003 and established Powder and Performance Coatings in Bedford. Tom joined RACK in 2010 and brings a wealth of experience especially in high temperature ceramic coatings. Tom spent six years in the United States Maine Corps and married his high school sweetheart and is enjoying their five Children. When he is not spending quality time with his family, Tom is enjoying automobiles, motorcycles and or participating in a marksmanship event.
DON KING: Director of Engineering and Chemical and Cleaning Process
If the customer has something made of metal Don King knows everything that is needed to make sure the job is done right. Don graduated from Indiana Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering. He spent the next years running various operations for Republic, LTV and Republic Engineered Steel.
He held leadership roles in the Stainless and Heat Treat Bar Divisions heading up Operations, Planning, Maintenance, and Shipping. Don managed teams that kept the blast furnaces and Coke Plant running at one of the largest Stainless Steel finishing plants in the US. Don and his wife, Sally, have three sons, two who are engineers and his youngest is a doctor.