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Constellium to open automotive aluminum sheet finishing line in France

October 18, 2016

Constellium N.V., Amsterdam, has opened a new, $197.6 million finishing line at its plant in Neuf-Brisach, France, to meet the growing demand for aluminum automotive body sheet. With a production capacity of 100,000 tons, the 787-ft.-long finishing line features high-speed thermal treatment,...

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Pferd names steel works technical sales specialist

October 17, 2016

Milwaukee-based Pferd Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of abrasives, brushes, and power tools, has appointed Tim Lee to the position of technical sales specialist - steel works. In this role, he works with customers on their cutting requirements, particularly large-diameter cutoff wheels from...

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Linetec expands capacity in Wisconsin

October 5, 2016

In response to customer growth and increased demand for finishing in the architectural metal products market, Linetec is expanding shift coverage and enhancing production flow to gain capacity at its paint facility in Wausau, Wis. In the past year the firm has added nearly 100 employees. Before...

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Acme Mfg. appoints president/CEO

October 5, 2016

Acme Mfg. Co., an Auburn Hills, Mich.-based manufacturer of integrated robotic automation for polishing, buffing, deburring, and grinding systems, has named G. A. “Fritz” Carlson III as president/CEO and majority shareholder. Carlson, who joined the company in 1984, is the fourth-generation...

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Greenkote opens joint venture facility in Shanghai

September 20, 2016

Greenkote PLC, Brook Park, Ohio, a provider of zinc-based anticorrosion metal coatings, has announced the opening of a new facility in Shanghai, PRC, which will provide Greenkote® coatings to the Far East region. The new licensee, Shanghai Premier Tension Control Bolts Co. Ltd. (SHTCB), is a joint...

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Electrocoat Association launches new website

September 15, 2016

The Electrocoat Association, Cincinnati, has established a new website at updated design and functionality present the organization’s brand and objectives in its work in the finishing...

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Pferd to host Manufacturing Day event on Oct. 7

September 8, 2016

Pferd Inc., a manufacturer of brushes, abrasives, and power tools, will host a Manufacturing Day event on Oct. 7, 2016, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at its Milwaukee facility. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing, occurring on the first Friday in October, meant to inspire the next...

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2016 Electrocoating Seminar set for Oct. 4-5

September 2, 2016

The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association Intl. will host the 2016 Electrocoating Seminar, Oct. 4-5, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Oct. 4 kicks off the classroom-style program with an introduction to electrocoating. The discussion will center on cost and process efficiencies,...

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PCI launches video series highlighting powder coating toughness

August 30, 2016

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI), Taylor Mill, Ky., has introduced the video, “Powder Coating, A Better Kind of Paint,” at It also is available by searching #ABetterKindOfPaint on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.This is the first in a series of videos focused...

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Pferd appoints VP of sales

August 8, 2016

Milwaukee-based Pferd Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of abrasives, brushes, and power tools, has appointed Jon-Michael Raymond to the position of vice president, sales. Raymond previously served as manager of private brand and retail, U.S. and Canada, for Osborn Mfg. He also held several...

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Allied Machine acquires Allied Maxcut Eng.

July 29, 2016

Allied Machine & Eng. Corp., a manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems in Dover, Ohio, has completed the purchase of Allied Maxcut Eng. Co. Ltd. UK, which now operates as Allied Machine & Eng. (Europe). Allied Machine purchased half of Allied Maxcut more than 20 years ago to...

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Axalta Coating Systems receives Worthington Industries 2015 Certified Supplier Award

July 21, 2016

Axalta Coating Systems, a Houston-based supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has been recognized as a certified supplier for the eighth consecutive time by Worthington Industries. To become a Worthington Certified Supplier, Axalta was required to meet or exceed a number of product...

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Hetran acquired by Big B Mfg.

July 19, 2016

Orwigsburg, Pa.-based Hetran Inc., a supplier of precision machines for the cold finishing industry, has been acquired by Big B Mfg., Klingerstown, Pa. Now named Hetran-B, the firm will continue to supply the same product line, but under the leadership and service of Big B Mfg. Big B Mfg. is a...

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Osborn appoints product manager, abrasives

July 18, 2016

Richmond, Ind.-based Osborn, a supplier of industrial brushes, polishing compounds, and buffs, has appointed Ty Weber as product manager for its abrasives division. Weber has more than 12 years of industry experience. He previously worked as a territory sales manager for Osborn. Before joining...

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Gema hires Heartland region territory manager

June 28, 2016

Gema USA Inc., Indianapolis, has hired Keith Hoffman as a territory manager for the Heartland region. He has more than 10 years of operational and managerial powder coating experience with a large manufacturing company. Gema, a Graco Inc. company, is a provider of manual to fully automated...

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