“We have a lot of opportunities in our own backyard,” Hawkins said, although he couldn’t identify the potential customers Tesla NanoCoatings has contacted.
Joseph Barone, vice president of marketing who has ties with Ohio’s oil and gas industry, said processing facilities constructed in the Utica Shale region could benefit from the company’s products. A possible site would be the ethane cracker plant being developed in Belmont County by PTTGC America LLC, a Thailand-based company.
Using Tesla NanoCoating products with the industrial equipment could be “a great value proposition,” Barone said, noting the product’s ability to block corrosion, protect metals and serve as a non-skid surface.
The company has corporate offices, research and development operations, and a warehouse in Massillon, while making its coatings at a facility in Akron. There is a second warehouse in Louisiana and distribution in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.
Tesla NanoCoatings also has worked to protect its product technology, seeking and receiving patents in several countries outside the United States and Canada.
“We’re trying to protect our turf as best we can,” Hawkins said.