Who we are

About Us

Established in 1999, East Coast Refinishing & Surface Stripping, Inc. has become trusted for having the most comprehensively skilled team of certified paint specialists, media blasters, welders, and metal fabricators.  

Located in the New England area of the East Coast here in Berkshire County Massachusetts, Our 30,000 sq ft warehouse is equipped with the latest software, tools, and safety equipment capable of handling projects of any size.

We are well versed in technical guidelines and certification of steel framing and structural code compliance supported by third-party inspections. Not only are we GSA Certified but every member of our welding team holds AWS certification in D1.1 structural welding code, ensuring compliance with AISC structural fabrication codes.

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Our Mission

We are focused on being the most trusted provider by maintaining our core values and long-term visions of excellence. We aim to be recognized for deploying an iron clad stripping process alongside a glass-like finish of the longest lasting and most durable coatings.

A reputation for welding and fabrication skills that impress beyond expectations. Proficient in every structural and safety code. Each project completed using expert level techniques.

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Our Mission

We are focused on being the most trusted provider by maintaining our core values and long-term visions of excellence. We aim to be recognized for deploying an iron clad stripping process alongside a glass-like finish of the longest lasting and most durable coatings.

A reputation for welding and fabrication skills that impress beyond expectations. Proficient in every structural and safety code. Each project completed using expert level techniques.

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Who We Serve

Located in Western Massachusetts in the town of Pittsfield, ECRS serves:

  • Commercial Businesses & Industrial Machine Shops
  • Residential Clients & Artisans
  • Architects & Structural Engineers
  • Builders & General Contractors
  • Property Developers
  • Transportation Super Intendents
  • Owner Operator CDL drivers
  • Excavation & Heavy Equipment Companies
  • City, State, Town Project Development
  • Military, Navy, Fire, Safety, Armored Vehicles

Any refinishing, media blasting, or fabrication project can be transported to our shop or completed on site within a 90-minute drive of zip code 01201.

Popular service areas across New England, Canada, and the East Coast

Popular Local Areas
Alford, MA
Ashfield, MA
Egremont, MA
Great Barrington, MA
Hancock, MA
Lenox, MA
Leverett, MA
Mount Washington, MA
New Ashford, MA
New Marlborough, MA
Northampton, MA
Otis, MA
Pelham, MA
Pittsfield, MA
Richmond, MA
Sheffield, MA
Stockbridge, MA
Tyringham, MA
West Stockbridge, MA
Whately, MA
Williamstown, MA

Popular Nearby Areas
Albany, NY
Austerlitz, NY
Averill Park, NY
Canaan, CT
Canaan, NY
Chatham, NY
East Granby, CT
Enfield, CT
Hartford-County, CT
Litchfield-County, CT
Schenectady, NY
Stamford, VT
Torrington, CT

Areas Transported to us
Ontario Canada
Albany, NY
Baltimore, MD
Brattleboro, VT
Clifton Park, NY
Fairfield, CT
Lancaster, PA
New MIlford, CT
Portland, ME
Providence, RI
Richmond, VA
Rochester, NY
Schenectady, NY
Windham, CT
State of California
State of Connecticut
State of Maine
State of Massachusetts
State of Minnesota
State of New Hampshire
State of New York
State of Oregon
State of Pennsylvania
State of Rhode Island
State of Vermont

We Skillfully Strip & Prepare

  • Any Metal or Fiberglass Surface
  • Apply the Most Durable Coatings
  • Metal Fabrication using Raw Materials

24/7 Emergency Locksmith
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Do you want to revitalize your asset with the best Surface Enhancement Solutions in the market? Contact us today for a consultation and discover how our industry-leading services can elevate your project. Experience the perfect blend of precision and expertise.

The history of East Coast Refinishing & Surface Stripping, Inc.

East Coast Refinishing was founded by Peter and Claudia Melle in 1999 opening our warehouse-sized paint shop on industrial avenue.  During this time, media blasting welding, and metal fabrication were added to the list of services.

In 2003, East Coast Refinishing officially became East Coast Refinishing & Surface Stripping Inc. after acquiring a company named Surface Stripping Technologies from Doug Mason.

In 2010, Peter Melle passed away. Claudia and his son Ben Melle continued running the business.  Ben expanded the lineup with military grade blast mitigation coatings for navy vessels and armored vehicles. Two additional spray coatings for residential insulation were also added to the list of services.

In 2019, Ben purchased the business from his mother Claudia. She is now semi-retired and working part time for the company. 

In 2020, East Coast Refinishing after so often blasting and restoring vehicle frames to their original rust-free condition, saw the need for a preventative coating that inhibits winter road salt from corroding steel. A new division of Oil and wax undercoating was born.

Today more expansion goals are on the horizon and the outlook is good. We look forward to serving our customers for many years to come.

Our Team

Proud of decade-long employees that enjoy a fruitful career and family atmosphere

Joseph Massaro

Steel fabrication, welding, and installation: Graduate from welding school (TIG, stick, and MIG), general

Keith Bernier

Steel Fabricator/welding/Layout man: 43 years’ experience Berkshire bridge iron. Certified for stick welding, MIG

Joe Liccardi

Sandblast Tech:  47 years’ experience. Crane operation, fork truck, sand blasting, and other media

Connor Haughey

Painter/ Autobody Tech: Degree in automotive Tech Service. 10+years Proficiency in all phases of

Claudia Melle

Office Manager, 25 years’ experience: bookkeeping and customer service.

Ben Melle

President, 25 years’ experience: studied at Berkshires Community College and UMass Amherst. Nexseal spray

Kirk Barnes

Spray foam tech/ welder/ fabricator: 12 yrs. Spray foam technician certified, certified welder/ fabricator

Scott Trumble

Painter: 34 years’ experience: Certified paint mixing/ painter, auto body and bedliners. Certified crane,

John Catalano

Specialty Coatings: 17 years welding and fabrication, 12 years Painting. 2 ½ years oil,

David Clack

Sand Blaster: USMC Rifle Expert-USMC, 2013-15, Die Maintenance Tech-Aisin Automotive Casting 2014-2021, spray foam

Gary Stedman

Painter: 16 years’ experience: sandblasting, painting, spray foam, OSHA certified. PPG Certified., spray foam

Jason Bernier

Supervisor: 30 years’ experience, certified welder, fabrication, and structural steel certified. Painter, spray bedliner,

Samantha Trumble

Receptionist: 3 years social work, 4 years receptionist, 9 years cosmetologist certification. CPR and

Sheldon Victor

Metal Fabricator: 20 years’ experience, complex fabrication, blue prints and technical drawings, precise field
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Where we strip, shape & refinish your most important projects

The One-stop-shop For Anything Steel, Aluminum, or Fiberglass

Light to heavy projects of any scale. Residential, Commercial, or Industrial in nature

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