LIMA — For Jose “Joe” Tirado, it's good to be back.
The director of technology and quality at MetoKote Corporation, Tirado has a long history with the company, starting working for them in 1987. However, when the automotive industry took a downturn in 2008, Tirado semi-retired after 21 years.
“For five years, I was involved in technology consulting at the international level,” he said. “Then they asked me to return, so as of Jan. 1, I'm back in business at MetoKote.”
Tirado, a native of Spain, immigrated to the United States in 1984, where he first found work for the City of Lima.
“I worked for the city for three years as the industrial monitoring chief,” he said. “How I got to MetoKote is they were outside of the city limits, but they wanted to be connected to the city sewer system, and in order for them to do that, they had to meet several regulations, and that's how I got to know them. They then extended an offer to me, and it's been a great relationship ever since.”
Tirado's position allows him to be at the forefront of new metal coating technology.
“For MetoKote, technology is defined as process engineering,” he said. “We do a lot of research and development on new materials, new technologies, new equipment and new applications. We're very strong on the R&D side.”
Seeing these new processes being applied is very rewarding for Tirado.
“Being on the leading edge of technology is always a good feeling,” he said. “We're participating with Ford as a direct supplier to their facility in Dearborn on the technology for the aluminum on the F-150 project. It's going to be on the road pretty soon, and we're hoping that the public will really buy into it. It's going to be a 700-pound truck instead of the 1,600-pound trucks out now.”
Back in the fold, Tirado is looking forward to another lengthy stay with the company.
“As long as we continue to grow, I'll be here,” he said.