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CCAI Accepting Applications for 2017 Matt Heuertz ScholarshipOpen in a New Window

  Ryan Roesler, national CCAI scholarship winner with Executive Director Anne Goyer.    The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is now accepting applications for our 2017 Matt Heuertz Scholarship program until April 3. Awards will be announced in June at CCAI’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.  Over the past several years, the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has awarded scholarship money from the CCAI Matt Heuertz Scholarship program to students currently enrolled in curriculum that could lead to a career in the finishing industry. The primary objective of this program is to encourage advanced education in finishing technologies, honoring the first CCAI Executive Director Matt Heuertz, who served the association for 16 years.  “CCAI wants to invest in our industry’s future,” CCAI Executive Director Anne Goyer says.  “Reaching out to students and schools that can provide the necessary training and education to better the finishing industry is one of our top goals as an association.” CCAI also offers its “Careers in Finishing Guide” for anyone interested in learning more about the many opportunities available in the surface finishing industry. The guide can be downloaded from CCAI’s website and is also available by contacting the national office. Qualified candidate applications will be reviewed by the National CCAI Education Committee for the national scholarship program. Applications will also be distributed to chapters that provide additional scholarship funding for students in their area. Students must complete a CCAI National scholarship application; provide a transcript or other grade verification and a resume with a photo. To view the criteria & the selection and award process of the scholarship program and to submit an application, go to    


Matrix Coatings Earns Licensed Industrial Applicator Status for Teflon CoatingsOpen in a New Window

  Chemours and Intech Services announce Matrix Coatings Corp. of West Palm Beach, Florida, as a Licensed Industrial Applicator (LIA) of Teflon industrial coatings. The LIA program is an elite group of coating companies with extensive knowledge of Teflon industrial coatings and experience in recommending and applying fluoropolymers in a variety of applications. LIAs meet a list of criteria and qualifications as well as quality of workmanship and are a reliable resource for recommending coating solutions.  “I have been involved in the Teflon coating business since 1978 and fully understand the great honor it is to be a member of the prestigious group of Chemours LIAs,” Larry Sloan of Matrix Coatings says. “It validates for our customers and potential customers that they have come to the right place.” Matrix Coatings is a custom coater recommending and applying high performance coatings serving a wide range of industries. Intech Services is the sole distributer of industrial Teflon finishing products and a reliable resource for industrial coating experience and expertise. Chemours is a new company with over 200 years of history, created from DuPont’s performance chemicals businesses and a leading producer in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions.   For more information, visit


Analytical Testing Hours Per WeekOpen in a New Window

  Shops that spend a considerable amount of time analyzing the parts they have coated perform better in most matrix in the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey, conducted earlier in 2016. The Top Shops -- roughly those in the upper 80th percentile -- spent roughly 56 hours per week in analytical testing of their parts. All other shops averaged around 2.4 hours per week. The average was 52.36 hours, and the median was 15 hours.


Guerette Joins MicroCare as Senior Marketing ManagerOpen in a New Window

  Guylaine Guerette   MicroCare announces that Guylaine Guerette has joined the MicroCare management team in the newly created position of senior marketing manager. Guerette is an alumna of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and has spent eighteen years in marketing at Brady Corporation where she managed multi-channel marketing programs and led the deployment of sophisticated marketing campaigns for various Brady Workplace Safety sub-brands. At MicroCare, Guerette will be responsible for synchronizing the marketing programs at the company across all four business units. “Guylaine is a superb addition to MicroCare,” Tom Tattersall says, MicroCare Chief Operating Officer. “She has deep, hands-on experience in crucial marketing skills and also a heads-up strategic perspective that is so rare but so essential to building sustainable, long-term marketing programs.” Vice President – Operations, Heather Gombos adds, “I think Guylaine brings the benefit of ‘fresh eyes’ to the MicroCare marketing mix. Her ideas and guidance are going to help our customers better understand what MicroCare can do for them; how we save them money.”   


Lou Hirbour, former Technic VP, passesOpen in a New Window

Lou Hirbour   Lou Hirbour, retired Technic vice resident, passed away December 29 at the age of 84.  Hirbour had been with Technic for 50 years, beginning as a salesman in the Northeast U.S. in 1961. In later years, he developed Technic’s West Coast regional sales operations and was instrumental in opening the Asian markets for Technic products. Hirbour also spearheaded the development of the Technic Cutstrip Plater for the semiconductor industry. Funeral services were held January 6.  


Scrap/Rework Rate as a Pct of Shop SalesOpen in a New Window

  We surveyed plating shops on their scrap and rework rates, and asked them to determine what it was as a percentage of overall sales. The Top Shops came in at a much higher rate of 4.0 percent, which may mean they scrutinize their finished parts more carefully. The average shop reported 2.6 percent as a ratio of sales; the mean was 1.0 percent, and the rest of the shops averaged 0.2 percent.


Arlington Plating Appoints Brian Isola Vice President of SalesOpen in a New Window

        Brian Isola has been appointed vice president of sales by Arlington Plating Company. A surface finishing industry veteran, Isola holds over thirty years of manufacturing experience in decorative and functional plating, anodizing and metal stamping operations. Prior to joining Arlington Plating, Isola was the director of sales and marketing for Chem-Plate Industries in Elk Grove, Illinois. Previously, he was the director of sales and marketing development for S&D Products (Barlett, Illinois), and served as vice president of sales and marketing for the Chicago Anodizing Company, and held a number of sales management positions at Pioneer Metal Finishing (Green Bay, Wisconsin).  “Brian brings a wealth of experience to Arlington, coupled with a passion for delighting customers,” Richard Macary, president of Arlington Plating Company says. “As part of our senior leadership, Brian’s proven track record to deliver exceptional results will further strengthen our team’s commitment to excellence in all we do.” A certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Isola is an active member of the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI). He has also held memberships with the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA), and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). Isola earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and has volunteered for several charities and youth sports organizations.        


IHEA’s Online Learning Course Set for Spring 2017Open in a New Window

  The Industrial Heating Equipment Association is gearing up for its six-week online course, Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course, scheduled to begin on March 13, 2017. The course is ideal for students looking for a flexible web-based format. The program offers a vital tool to industrial process heating operators and users of all types of industrial heating equipment. In the instructor-led, interactive online course, students learn safe, efficient operation of industrial heating equipment, how to reduce energy consumption and ways to improve bottom-line processes. This class provides an overview of the fundamentals of heat transfer, fuels and combustion, energy use, furnace design, refractories, automatic control, and atmospheres as applied to industrial process heating. Students will gain a basic understanding of heat transfer principles, fuels and combustion equipment, electric heating, and instrumentation and control for efficient operation of furnaces and ovens in process heating. Students will also earn PDH’s for passing the course.  This course is led by industry expert, Max Hoetzl, retired Vice President of Surface Combustion.  With over 40 years of experience in the combustion industry, Hoetzl offers scheduled online office hours to assist students with questions and offer guidance throughout the course.  Registration fee includes course instruction, live interaction with the instructor, class forums to interact with other students, and an electronic copy of IHEA's Fundamentals of Process Heating Course Handbook. Registration is open until March 8th. The cost for IHEA members is $700 and $875 for non-members, which includes online access to materials, quizzes and projects as well as access to the instructor. Printed materials are available for an additional fee. For a complete listing of the course topics and to register online visit and click the "Training and Events" tab then scroll to "Online Course."  


PCI Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference Returns to IndianapolisOpen in a New Window

      The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) is hosting the Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference this spring from March 27 to 31, at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Long known as the event where the industry gathers to discuss all things powder coating, PCI is devoting an entire week to powder coating education, hands-on training, tabletop exhibits and networking with industry peers. The event begins with PCI’s Powder Coating 101: Basic Essentials Workshop, offered Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28. The workshop includes classroom instruction based on PCI’s Powder Coating: The Complete Finisher’s Handbook, an evening reception where attendees can interact with workshop presenters and other attendees, and a trip to PPG Industries’ powder facility to experience hands-on demonstrations. All technical conference sessions take place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 29 and 30, with general sessions each morning, followed by more than 15 breakout sessions. There will be a tabletop exhibition featuring powder coating manufacturers, powder coating application equipment, system houses, chemical suppliers and various services and suppliers that support the powder coating industry, along with hospitality salons sponsored by PCI members. PCI will conduct its Custom Coater Forum on Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31. The program is created based on the needs of our Custom Coater members and offers valuable interaction among custom coaters sharing tips and information that can positively impact business.  For registration, a full schedule of events and more information, visit    


Hubbard-Hall Expands Line of Heat Treat SaltsOpen in a New Window

  Hubbard-Hall announces additional capacity for heat treat salts and corresponding services, effective immediately. The company expands its supply of  rubber curers and heat treaters alike on the North American East Coast with a full heat treat salt product line. Heat treat salts, also known as heat transfer salts, are used in plain carbon and alloy heat treatments, such as austempering, martempering and annealing of steel. Heat treat salts are also utilized to cure extruded and molded rubber, along with additional applications including thermal storage in the solar, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries. “As a result of a consolidation of suppliers over the years, customers have been seeking alternative sources that can focus on producing a high-quality product with reliable delivery and responsiveness to their needs,” director of sales, Scott Papst says. “We have aligned our resources to meet this need.” For more information, visit