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SAF names senior project manager

September 8, 2014

SAF (Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc.) has promoted Kelly Marino to senior project manager at SAF Metal Fabrication division, Villa Rica, Ga. Marino, who served previously as junior project manager, has been employed at the company since 2006. In her new position, she does take-offs from...

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Chief Fabrication to open powder coating operation in Nebraska

August 22, 2014

Chief Fabrication, a division of Chief Industries Inc. in Grand Island, Neb., will open a newly built powder coat facility in August 2014. Once in full production, the facility will be one of the largest powder coat operations in the country, according to the manufacturer. The facility will...

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Specialty Metals Processing purchases Thomson Steel Polishing equipment

August 21, 2014

Specialty Metals Processing, a toll processor of special flat-rolled metals in Stow, Ohio, has acquired 13 abrasive belt polishing/grinding machines from Thomson Steel Polishing, a toll processor in Chicago that has closed its doors. The new equipment expands the company’s capabilities and...

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Nasmyth Group acquires Technical Metal Finishing

August 19, 2014

Nasmyth Group, a worldwide supplier of precision engineering products and services in Coventry, U.K., has acquired the business and assets of California-based Technical Metal Finishing Inc. (TMF) to create Nasmyth TMF. TMF is a supplier of metal surface finishing, including precision masking,...

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Pferd appoints applications specialist

August 18, 2014

Abrasive products manufacturer Pferd Inc., Leominster, Mass., has appointed Sean Lindley as applications specialist covering Louisiana and Texas, with occasional assignments in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Based in the Houston area, he is responsible for providing product training and support to end...

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Winona Powder Coating secures John Deere certification

July 30, 2014

Winona Powder Coating, a high-volume powder coater based in Etna Green, Ind., has been awarded the JDM F17 certification from John Deere. This paint process qualification enables the company to expand its color coatings offerings to an expanded base of agricultural parts suppliers. In addition...

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Marco launches mobile website

July 16, 2014

Marco Group Intl., Davenport, Iowa, a provider of products and services to the surface preparation and protective coatings industries, has launched a redesigned website at www. Developed to be adaptable for use on a computer, tablet, or cell phone, the new design includes interactive...

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PCI establishes educational fund

July 14, 2014

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI), Montgomery, Texas, has announced its official establishment of an educational fund designated for awarding scholarships to students who are pursuing studies in fields related to powder coatings. They must be attending an educational institution that offers...

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Report projects metal finishing chemicals demand to reach $9.5 billion by 2020

July 8, 2014

Global Industry Analysts Inc., San Jose, Calif., has released a research report titled "Metal Finishing Chemicals: A Global Strategic Business Report." The report, which provides a comprehensive review of market trends, drivers, mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic metal finishing industry...

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PPG launches online digital design and specifications binder for metal coatings

July 8, 2014

PPG Industries’ coil and building products coatings group, Pittsburgh, has announced that its Architectural Metal Coatings binder is available online in a digital, downloadable format at The digital binder features updated catalogs, product brochures, and data sheets...

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Polychem Powder Coatings achieves certificate of excellence from Materials Connexion

July 1, 2014

IFS Coatings, Gainesville, Texas, has announced that its Polychem powder coatings brand has been awarded a Certificate of Material Excellence by Material Connexion and has been accepted into Material Connexion’s library of innovative materials. To be accepted into the library, the Polychem...

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Pferd hires VP of operations

June 30, 2014

Pferd Inc., a manufacturer of abrasive products, cutting tools, industrial and maintenance brushes, and power tools in Leominster, Mass., has appointed Peter Skaalen as its vice president of operations. Based at the company’s Advance Brush facility in Milwaukee, he is responsible for directing...

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Sunset Industrial Applications opens

June 24, 2014

Sunset Industrial Applications Inc. has celebrated its grand opening in Chambersburg, Pa. The veteran-owned small business provides contract finishing services, offering production capacities and finishes in liquid and powder coating. The company serves OEM and tier suppliers in the Mid-Atlantic...

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IFS Coatings opens new manufacturing plant in Oklahoma

June 20, 2014

IFS Coatings, Gainesville, Texas, has opened a new powder coating manufacturing plant in Ardmore, Okla. The facility produces high-volume, Class A and functional powder coating finishes requiring extensive quality control. The plant, designed using the lean manufacturing concept, features...

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2014 NASF SUR/FIN draws largest attendance in recent history

June 19, 2014

The NASF SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Tradeshow, held June 9-11 in Cleveland, showcased more than 178 product and service companies and presented more than 80 speakers. More than 2,200 surface finishing professionals from throughout the U.S. and 30 other countries attended or...

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