Over the past two decades, JOA Factory Exposure Solutions has established itself as a complete sales, design, fabrication and installation group with over 60 years of combined industrial ventilation experience.
Our roots date back to 1998 when JOA was first established in Delft, The Netherlands. JOA Ontwerp / Advies B.V., as we were originally known, built their name and credibility on providing expertise in the field of applied fluid dynamics for the purpose of designing high performance dust and fume extraction systems. The first customers were in the plastic, pharmaceutical and tobacco manufacturing industries.
1998 - Our focus is on designing high performance dust and fume extraction systems for the plastic, pharmaceutical and tobacco manufacturing industries.
2004 - With our expansion, there is now an emphasis on new and growing markets for dust and fume control in the US, Mexico and Canada.
2010 - We move into industrial office space near I-77 and Charlotte Douglas Airport. Allows for additional employees, increased storage and ready access to transportation.
2018 - New ownership leads to a new name and new mission: providing a Cleaner, Safer and Healthier Work Environment for our customers.
Brent Hindman provides both leadership and management for JOA Factory Exposure Solutions across sales, design, project installation and commercial operations. His primary responsibilities are to provide strategic vision and planning to accomplish corporate growth strategies, improve and expand the core solutions and services that we provide to our customers, and provide guidance to empower employees to achieve their stated goals and be the best in their field.
From his initial hire as a Regional Sales Manager in 2004, Brent has steadily grown in his experience, capabilities and industry knowledge, enabling him to provide our customers with an improved workplace environment through the application of high performance industrial ventilation solutions.
Brent earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992. He has over 20+ years of industrial sales experience, in addition to 3 years of field engineering work. In his free time, Brent enjoys spending time with family, strength training and motorcycling.
Eric Virkler provides both a leadership and management role for JOA Factory Exposure Solutions with primary responsibility for project installations, guiding and assisting the Project Management team to ensure that customer expectations are exceeded in terms of project delivery and quality.
Since beginning employment with JOA in 2004, Eric has served in a variety of capacities including sales, project design and administration.
Eric earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Textile Chemistry and Business Management at North Carolina State University and his MBA from Wake Forest University. In his free time, Eric enjoys bicycling, fishing, tennis and spending time with family.
Scott joined the JOA team in 2011 initially as a Project Engineer and later moved into his role as Engineering Manager in 2017. Scott brings with him over two decades of experience, previously focused in the Textile HVAC / Filtration industry. He now focuses his experience and leadership on the development of equipment and systems which will help to achieve our goal of providing a robust, effective and sustainable industrial ventilation solutions for the customer. In addition, he is focused on new ways to capture, convey and contain through extensive R&D research and modeling.
He has always been interested in what makes a mechanical item work. Is it the way it rotates, the power source, or it is a brace placed in the perfect spot, and the basic design that allows an object to remain stable, or in motion? It is this passion that allows him to look at a given situation, break it down, and develop a path forward. He is just as interested in the “Why” as he is in the “How”.
Scott obtained his Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering after completing a 3-year tour in the Marines. In his free time, Scott enjoys perfecting his North Carolina style smoked BBQ, off-roading and completing those small to large home repair projects. Scott also enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.
Charlotte, North Carolina, has been our home since our inception in 2004. As the city has grown, it has flourished with new construction throughout the city and new transportation routes by auto and plane. This has given us the opportunity to grow our office and place us nearer to our customers. The “Queen City” continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the United States and with continual investments in light rail, transit and quality urban planning, it will only continue to attract future growth opportunities.
We are always looking for talented engineers, project managers and industrial sales representatives who are interested in joining our expanding team. Currently we have two vacancies:
If you think you would be a good fit for JOA, please apply online or send us your resume with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Recently JOA commissioned a very important dust collection system for a dry pet food manufacturer. The project posed several unique challenges as the process required a very high level of flexibility and ergonomic freedom for the operators to effectively and quickly perform their tasks. In addition, the dust emitted from the dry pet food manufacturing process is highly explosive, so a primary goal of this project is to effectively eliminate risks for explosive dust accumulation in the area. JOA developed a custom engineered system to best meet the requirements for high performance dust control while maintaining high productivity and plant safety. The customer has said that the air quality in the production area is now crystal clear, with no visible dust accumulation in the area. They are pleased with the performance of the new JOA dust collection system which has exceeded expectations.
JOA has been involved in silica dust collection upgrade projects for asphalt roofing manufacturers for the past 4 years. In November 2019, we learned that our 7th factory has achieved a sustained operator exposure level of below 50 μg/m3 (micrograms of silica per cubic meter of air) averaged over an 8-hour day. This is below the permissible exposure level (PEL) set by OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926.1153. The customer is very satisfied with their dust collection upgrade and the improvements in air quality, housekeeping and overall plant cleanliness.
In addition to JOA’s recent office expansion, JOA will be building a new Air Technical Test Lab. Here they will have the capability to simulate and test air flow, pressure, and transport velocities associated with hoods, duct, and mechanical devices as it relates to customer specific requirements.
Partnering with new customers has allowed JOA Factory Exposure Solutions to further expand its office size by nearly double. The expanded site will have roughly 5,000 SF that includes 700 SF of laboratory space and 1,000 SF of storage space. This expansion will be complete in Fall 2019.
If you have new project to discuss or just want to some general consultation, please contact JOA today so that we can discuss your application, goals and expectations.Contact Us