Grants help small businesses reduce VOCs

Oscar Auto Body converted to a waterborne paint system.Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted from many industrial and commercial processes used in businesses all around us. You may recognize them as the solvent-like fumes coming from materials like coatings, inks, solvents, adhesives, gasoline, and other chemicals used in everyday commerce. With the help of MPCA grants, small businesses in Minnesota are working to reduce their use of VOCs.

So far, 21 small businesses in Minnesota have received $660,000 in grants to reduce VOCs. Altogether, these grants will reduce about 16 tons of VOCs annually, equal to more than 16,000 cans of spray paint.

Funded projects

  • Crystal Lake Automotive (Lakeville and Burnsville): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Dan Loock's Automotive (Redwood Falls): Replacing a solvent-based parts washer with a water-based unit and add a solvent recycler.
  • Heppner's Auto Body (Inver Grove Heights): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Heppner's Auto Body - Midway (St. Paul): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Heppner's Auto Body - 7th Street (St. Paul): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Heppner's Auto Body (Woodbury): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Jenniges Gas and Diesel (Wabasso): Replacing a solvent-based parts washer with a water-based unit and adding a solvent recycler.
  • Maaco (Richfield): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Maplewood Collision Center (Maplewood): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Master Collision Group (Bloomington): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • MCP Collision Center (Annandale): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Mountain Power Hydraulics (Mountain Lake): Install industrial parts washer, eliminating Xylol.
  • Oscar Auto Body (Minneapolis): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Pro Auto Collision & Frame (Ortonville): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Rupp's Unique Auto Body (Elbow Lake): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College (St. Cloud): Install the Virtual Paint system, which teaches the next generation of painters about efficiency and techniques that use less paint and reduce emissions.
  • Uptown Auto Care (Redwood Falls): Replacing a solvent-based parts washer with a water-based unit.
  • Valley Craft Industries (Lake City): Converting a paint line that applies finish to products from liquid to powder paint.
  • Wayne's Auto Body (Hastings): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Windy's Collision Center (St. Paul): Converting to waterborne paint system.