With more and more industrial coating work being generated in the pipeline and penstock markets, this month, we wanted to feature one of our pipeline coatings specialists. Eric Nenninger has been with Thomas Industrial Coatings since 2005. He carries a broad list of certifications, serving as a NACE Level 3 Coating Inspector, an SSPC PCI Level 3 Certified Inspector and SSPC QP: Quality Control Supervisor.

How long have you been at Thomas Industrial Coatings?
I’ve been at Thomas for 7 years now.

What’s your role as a pipeline coatings guy?
I’m Thomas Industrial Coatings Regional Manager for the northern region of the Midwest.

Where’s your stomping ground?
I’m from the St. Louis area, but for the last several years, I’ve been bouncing around northern Illinois, including Chicago where I’m based. Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas – all part of my territory.

Your day-to-day at Thomas Industrial Coatings…
I oversee industrial painting projects for pipelines and penstocks from start to finish. I visit sites, perform visual inspections and keep everything running nice and smooth.

What makes Thomas Industrial Coatings different?
Thomas is unique because we’re a top five industrial painter in the United States but still have managed to retain that family-run atmosphere. Everyone enjoys working with each other and cares enough to make sure that we all live up to our standards of quality. This isn’t by accident though. This is by careful design. It’s a work environment we all care about greatly, so we hard hard to maintain it.

Tell us about your current pipeline coating project
Pipeline coatings and penstock painting is definitely a large part of what I do. I’m actually working on a penstock coatings project with Minnesota Power and Light right now. It’s a great project and is one I’m really enjoying.

How about when you’re not working?
It’s getting a little cold now but I enjoy training for triathlons.

If you could have dinner with three people, who would they be?
My wife, George Washington and Joe Montana.

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