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Midvale Industries Celebrates 115th AnniversaryOpen in a New Window

  Midvale Industries celebrates its 115th anniversary with a new website commemorating the company's history and its future commitment to the industries that it serves. According to the company, the new website is designed to enhance user experience by utilizing features such as simplified navigation, product category filters, product videos and slideshows, mobile responsiveness, and faster loading times. The new site also offers more product pages highlighting innovations and services. Midvale Industries says that it plans to create additional product pages for new product lines including the Graco Contractor paint equipment line and the Mi-T-M power washing equipment line. Midvale Industries serves the foundry, metal finishing, aerospace coating removal, painting and cleaning industries with parts cleaning, mass finishing and paint application products. For more information, visit    


Hentzen Coatings Recognizes R&R Powder Coating as a Certified ApplicatorOpen in a New Window

    North Carolina-based industrial powder coater, R&R Powder Coating has earned Approved Applicator Status from Hentzen Coatings. The approval process included a thorough line audit and physical testing to AAMA 2605 specifications. Monica Hayes, owner of R&R Powder Coating, says “We appreciate the focus on consistency and high-quality that Hentzen delivers in their Certified Applicator Program, and we’re proud to receive this recognition from them.” An industry leader in powder and liquid coatings, Hentzen Coatings has been manufacturing fluoropolymer powder coatings for architectural applications since 2003. An annual testing and recertification process is required for R&R Powder Coating to maintain its Approved Applicator status from Hentzen.   For more information, visit  


Environmental Management Hours Per WeekOpen in a New Window

    When it comes to environmental management, the Products Finishing Top Shops are spending a considerable amount of manpower on keeping their shops green and in compliance.   The 2016 survey showed that Top Shops spent 40 hours per week in environmental management. The average was 26.5 hours, and the median was 10 hours.   Those shops that are not in the Top Shops -- meaning those that are in in the top 20 percent of respondents -- were spending around 2.5 hours per week in environmental management.


Hubbard-Hall Celebrates Newly Renovated LaboratoryOpen in a New Window

    From left to right: Senior Technical Advisor Larry Ensley, Inman Mayor Cornelius Huff, Inman City Administrator Jeremy B. Caudle, and Hubbard-Hall President & CEO Molly Kellogg cut the ribbon in honor of the renovated lab.   South Carolina Mayor Cornelius Huff led the ribbon cutting ceremony as chemical manufacturer and distributor, Hubbard-Hall opened a newly renovated lab. The company has invested over half a million dollars in the renovation, adding 40-percent more capacity for the product development of specialty chemicals for industrial surface finishing. With additional benches and an expanded pilot lab, the company will also increase its technical service capabilities Hubbard-Hall (headquartered in Waterbury, Connecticut) acquired the former peach-packing facility in Inman, South Carolina, in 1974 and has steadily reinvested in the plant. After a small expansion in 1978 came a million-dollar modernization in 1995. The facility now employs 27 people and includes departments in manufacturing, customer service, purchasing and sales as well as technical service.  “From a tech service and product development point of view, we want to be our customers’ best supplier, and to do this we need a best-in-class lab” says president and CEO Molly Kellogg. Equipment in the 1,600-square-foot lab includes an ion chromatography unit, a FT-IR, an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer and a Karl Fischer Water Analysis. The Pilot Lab houses spray wash cabinets, two corrosion chambers that allow multiple ASTM corrosion tests to run simultaneously, multiple tank lines to mimic customer processes, a vibratory bowl and a line to test the company’s black oxide product, Black Magic. “Investing significant dollars behind our people and our products just makes sense,” Kellog says. “We go to market as a service company, using chemistry and expertise to help manufacturers improve their bottom line.”  For more information, visit    


Schaffner Manufacturing Hires Robert Pinchot for Marketing, Product DevelopmentOpen in a New Window

  Robert K. Pinchot   Schaffner Manufacturing and the Schaffner family of industrial finishing companies is proud to announce the hiring of Robert K. Pinchot as director of marketing and product development. The company says that Pinchot has dedicated his career to the metal finishing industry and is the third generation of the Pinchot family to join Schaffner Manufacturing, following his late grandfather Robert J. and late father Robert B.  Bringing over 34 years of manufacturing, automation, technical and sales/marketing experience, Pinchot will be a valued asset to the Schaffner team, and begins his position in January.  Schaffner Manufacturing and the Schaffner family of industrial finishing companies are manufacturers of finishing and abrasives products including flap wheels, buffing wheels as well as buffing compounds. For more information, visit    


Linetec Names Michael Bridenhagen as Inside Sales ManagerOpen in a New Window

    Michael Bridenhagen has been named as inside sales manager for paint and anodize finisher, Lintec. Bridenhagen will lead and develop the company’s inside sales and customer service team. As the inside sales manager, Bridenhagen will drive efficiency in department operations and will support on-time customer delivery and satisfaction. Bridenhagen has served in sales and management roles for more than 20 years at several Wisconsin-based companies. Most recently, he was the sales manager for Eastbay, Inc., Footlocker's largest, most influential school and clubs sports accounts. Previously, he worked at Noel Group as vice president of operations, where he was responsible for three call centers and a team of 90 people. Noel Group is the former parent company of Travel Guard, a leading travel insurance plan provider where Bridenhagen worked as regional vice president of sales for the western U.S. and Canada. Bridenhagen earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Continuing to expand his knowledge, he also successfully completed Kellogg Graduate School of Management programs through Northwestern University in Illinois. Linetec provides finishing and related services for customers' architectural metal components, such as aluminum framing for window, curtainwall and entrance systems, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. For more information, visit    


Chemetall Opens New Precision Microchemicals Technical Center in Silicon ValleyOpen in a New Window

    Chemetall, manufacturer of specialty chemicals, announced the opening of a new R&D facility located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Fremont, California. Chemetall’s Precision Microchemicals group develops and produces high purity coolants, lubricants, abrasive slurries and cleaners used in the machining and surface conditioning of electronic materials for device fabrication. The Precision Microchemicals group operates a 12,000-square-foot facility comprised of administrative offices, an R&D laboratory and a Process Development laboratory, which specializes in lapping, polishing, chemo-mechanical polishing/planarizing (CMP), and cleaning. “Our move to Silicon Valley is a smart, strategic decision because of its proximity to important industries such as semiconductor, LED, HDD and optics/photonics. These industries need local technical support, as well as collaborative manufacturing and logistics services,” says Niraj Mahadev, director of precision microchemicals.  The company’s facility in Fremont is further supported by a cutting-edge manufacturing plant in Jackson Township, Michigan and global manufacturing sites in Frankfurt, Germany and Singapore. Products designed and developed in Fremont can be readily scaled and produced in any of Chemetall’s ISO 9001:2008 registered plants. “Chemetall’s Precision Microchemical’s team offers best-in-class products to meet customers’ needs in the industry. In many instances, our clients require a solution utilizing customized chemistry. Chemetall excels in the rapid formulation and delivery of products to meet these specific needs,” Mahadev continues. “Our company’s process development laboratory is specially equipped to evaluate the performance of abrasive slurries in lapping, polishing and CMP of electronic materials and subsequent cleaning processes. Our clients benefit from our simulation and testing capabilities during the initial evaluation of products.”  For more information, visit    


NASF Report December 2016: NASF Signs Milestone Agreement with Automotive Industry Action GroupOpen in a New Window

NASF recently launched a major partnership with the Detroit-based Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). The two organizations finalized a memorandum of understanding  aimed at closer collaboration on mutual projects and expanding engagement between the surface finishing industry and original equipment manufacturers and automotive supplier base. Many NASF supplier and job shop members are familiar with AIAG and some have already joined. Formed over 30 years ago, AIAG provides a venue where professionals from member companies—including automakers, suppliers of all sizes, manufacturers, service providers, academia and government—can collaborate to improve industry processes through global standards development and and harmonized business practices. Through its various programs, AIAG provides a neutral, open and legal forum to: Facilitate industry action on common issues Develop business process standards and guidelines Publish standards, guidelines, and white papers, and Educate and inform through assessments, training, events, and newsletters. AIAG will join NASF as a top “Alliance Partner” and NASF corporate members meeting certain criteria can join AIAG at no charge with AIAG membership fees waived. Some members of both groups have participated in various AIAG initiatives such as the CQI 11 Plating System Assessment. Other AIAG programs and resources include training and tools to address industry problems in quality, supply chain and corporate responsibility. As part of the memorandum, NASF and AIAG have agreed to meet regularly to: Discuss updates on industry issues, initiatives and projects, Share meeting announcements, newsletters and other information pertinent to ongoing initiatives of the associations and Foster open communication between staff on all levels of each organization. AIAG will also work with NASF and its training arm, the AESF Foundation, to develop and facilitate a new Automotive Finishing and Quality Workshop at next year’s NASF Sur/Fin conference in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information on the NASF-AIAG partnership and NASF member advantages, please visit or contact Matthew Martz at NASF headquarters at      Christian Richter, NASF | The Policy Group   NASF Secures EPA Pollution Prevention Grant with National Center for Manufacturing Sciences NASF’s research and training division, the AESF Foundation, has been awarded a pollution prevention grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The grant proposal was submitted earlier in the year under the NASF’s joint partnership with Ann Arbor, Michigan-based National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS). The new project focuses on evaluating and benchmarking current and emerging industry pollution prevention practices. NCMS and NASF will prepare a comprehensive list of pollution prevention options and develop a survey and audit tools for evaluating pollution prevention options at surface finishing facilities. The project will engage approximately six potential facilities from the Michigan Chapter of NASF to participate in the survey. NCMS and NASF will provide training and technical support for implementing pollution prevention options, offer workshops to promote implementation, prepare company case studies on the participating facilities, and incorporate the results into the association’s educational courses. For more information, please contact Christian Richter or Jeff Hannapel with NASF at or     Jeff Hannapel, NASF | The Policy Group   TSCA Reform: NASF Focuses on Implementing New U.S. Chemicals Law NASF is a member of the North American Metals Council (NAMC) that monitors North American and global regulatory issues that impact the use of metals. NAMC has prepared a working document that identifies a timeline for the EPA to achieve the mandates identified in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) that amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In addition, the EPA has also posted its first-year implementation plan on its website at NASF will continue to review the new requirements associated with the implementation of the new TSCA Reform legislation and provide updates to members. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at         Upcoming NASF Events 2017 Leadership Conference Keynote: Disney’s Lee Cockerell  February 26 - March 2, 2017 LaPlaya Resort and Spa: Naples, Florida NASF’s Leadership Conference brings together over 100 attendees to network and learn about the issues and challenges facing the surface finishing industry. This year’s keynote speaker is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort.  The conference covers topics such as “What the Finishing Industry Can Expect from the New White House and Congress” as well as new initiatives from the NASF that provide members an advantage in 2017.  Read more at  2017 Washington Forum April 25-27, 2017  Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City: Arlington, Virginia The NASF Washington Forum offers both strategic and practical updates from top leaders and decision makers on the challenges that impact the surface finishing industry. The event includes a day and a half of sessions and networking followed by an optional day of meetings with legislators and congressional staff. With a new administration coming to Washington, attendees will get first-hand news on how decisions in and outside of Washington will affect their businesses in the coming years.    NASF Sur/Fin on Track to Sell Out Exhibit Space The NASF Sur/Fin Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Trade Show is on track to sell out for Atlanta next June. With seven months to go, nearly 70 percent of booth space has been reserved.  Attendees and exhibitors will not only continue receiving the best in conference programming but will see expanded show hours as well.   The event will take advantage of Atlanta’s easily accessible location in the Southeast region of the U.S., the “new Detroit” for the automotive industry. Additionally, the geography boasts a strong presence from the aerospace, defense and other key sectors for surface finishing technologies.  Regardless of the industry you serve, Sur/Fin will deliver the newest and most innovative technologies in the marketplace. Visit for more information.  The NASF/AESF Foundation 2017 Course Catalog is Back The NASF/AESF Foundation course catalog is back for 2017 and is offering several training courses on pertinent topics in the surface finishing industry. Choose from a selection of classroom courses, web-based training, home study or design your own course. Go to to download the full course schedule and catalog.       NASF Technical Papers: Edited by Dr. James Lindsay, NASF Technical Editor Electrodeposition of Ni-Fe-Mo-W Alloys: 14th Quarter Report By Yujia Zhang and E.J. Podlaha-Murphy, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts The NASF Research Board extends a grant for work at Northeastern University, in Boston. The project, “Electrodeposition of Ni-Fe-Mo-W Alloys,” is under the direction of Professor Elizabeth J. Podhala-Murphy. There are a number of industrial applications for electrodeposited molybdenum and tungsten alloys, given their corrosion resistance, magnetic properties and wear resistance. This project involves a study of incorporating titania particles in the alloy matrix. In this quarter, composite Ni-W-TiO2 films were deposited from a citrate-boric acid electrolyte. The amount of particles in the deposit followed a Langmuir-like behavior with the amount of particles in the electrolyte. The full paper can be accessed and printed at Crack Formation during Electrodeposition and Post-Deposition Aging of Thin Film Coatings : 2nd Quarter Report Prof. Stanko R. Brankovic, University of Houston, Houston, Texas  “Crack Formation during Electrodeposition and Post-Deposition Aging of Thin Film Coatings,” is directed by Prof. Stanko R. Brankovic and studies fundamental aspects of crack formation in electrodeposited thin films. The aim is to identify and quantify key parameters of the electrodeposition process affecting the crack formation in thin films, with emphasis on chromium electrodeposits. This study hopes to develop a strategy applicable when electrodeposition for crack-free films is needed. The 2nd quarter studied electrodeposition of chromium thin films on polycrystalline copper substrates from Cr+3-containing electrolytes. The work reveals more about the electrodeposition process of chromium films in terms of mechanical integrity, signs of stress and more. The full paper can be accessed and printed at Note: In the October Technical Papers section, the name of the lead author should have been Ahn Phong Tran. We regret the error.        Originally published in the December 2016 issue.           


Jack Tetrault of Sanford Process is Chairman of the Aluminum Anodizers CouncilOpen in a New Window

Jack Tetrault   The results of the Aluminum Anodizers Council's (AAC) annual election of Officers and Directors were announced at the 25th Annual Anodizing Conference and Exposition on October 5 in Montreal, Canada.  Jack Tetrault, Partner in Katahdin Industries in Massachusetts, Chief Operation Officer for D-CHN and President of Sanford Process Corporation in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, was elected to serve his first one-year term as Chairman of the Aluminum Anodizers Council.   Tetrault has over 35 years of experience in the anodizing industry beginning in 1978.  He earned his business degree from Johnson and Wales University and has owned and/or operated anodizing job shop businesses in New England since 1984.  He has his name on three anodize patents.        Jack Tetrault first joined the AAC Board of Directors in 2012 when he was elected as a Firm Director.  “The Aluminum Anodizers Council is made up of a great group of knowledgeable and dedicated people that strive to make our industry stronger,” said Tetrault.  “I’m honored to be elected Chairman of AAC.” Todd Hamilton, Branch Manager for Southern Aluminum Finishing Company (SAF) in Atlanta, Georgia, was elected to a one-year term as Vice Chair of the Council.  Hamilton has 27 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and Management with 19 years in Sales, Sales Management and Operations Management for Southern Aluminum Finishing Company managing SAF’s sales and operations efforts of aluminum extrusion, flat sheet, fabrication and finishing services for the Atlanta facility. Hamilton is filling an unexpected vacancy on the Board.  Hamilton first joined the AAC Board of Directors in 2006 when he was elected as a Firm Director.  He previously served as Vice Chairman in 2008-2010 and as Chairman from 2010 through 2013.    Jeff Henderson was elected to the nonvoting position as President of the Council for one term.   Four new members were elected to the AAC Board of Directors.  Shayne Seever, VP Administration at Sierra Aluminum in Riverside, California and Lewie Smith, President of Jordan Aluminum Extrusion in Memphis, Tennessee were elected to new two-year terms as Firm Directors.  Mary Oakley, Manager-National Accounts at PotashCorp in Northbrook, Illinois was elected to serve a two-year term as a Supplier Director and Scott Walker of Products Finishing Magazine in Cincinnati, Ohio was elected to serve a two-year term as a Professional Director.   Remaining on the Board of Directors are Firm Director Roger Thomas, Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Alexandria Industries in Alexandria, Minnesota; Firm Director Ed Burlingham, President of Burlingham International in Costa Mesa, California, and Janette Courtney, Environmental Compliance Manager at Bonnell Aluminum in Newnan, Georgia.   The Aluminum Anodizers Council is the international trade association of firms engaged in aluminum anodizing and whose mission it is to support its members—and users of anodized aluminum—through education, advocacy, and promotion.  For more information, contact the Aluminum Anodizers Council, 1000 N. Rand Road, Suite 214, Wauconda, IL 60084-3102 USA.  Telephone 847.526.2010; fax 847.526.3993;;


Asterion Appoints Mike Woodruff as Technical Sales RepresentativeOpen in a New Window

    Mike Woodruff   Asterion, LLC announces the appointment of Mike Woodruff as Technical Sales Representative. Woodruff is responsible for the sales and technical support of the company’s high-performance plating processes, pretreatment chemistry and powder coatings products in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and eastern Arkansas. A surface finishing industry veteran for over 35 years, Woodruff joins Asterion with extensive knowledge in both plating-on-plastics and metal substrate processing that includes equipment design, chemical sales, technical support and production management experience. Prior to joining Asterion, Woodruff was a technical sales engineer with Associated Rack Corporation, where he was instrumental in growing the company’s footprint and sales throughout the southeastern U.S. Blair Vandivier, president and CEO of Asterion says, “The in-depth knowledge Mike has amassed during his impressive career gives him a unique appreciation of our industry’s increasingly demanding requirements.” Asterion is a surface technology company that provides high-performance plating applications, pretreatment chemistry, and powder coatings to the surface finishing industry. The company also distributes traditional and custom-blended chemistry for a variety of uses, including pollution control and preventative applications. “As the newest addition to our team, I expect that he will provide immediate and significant value to our customers,” Vandivier says.     For more information, go to