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Chromaflo Hires Casey Webster as Human Resources ManagerOpen in a New Window

Chromaflo Technologies, global suppliers of colorant systems, chemical and pigment dispersions, announces that Casey Webster has accepted the position of human resources manager for the Americas.   In this role, Webster will facilitate implementing and analyzing polices across the Americas with focus and attention to consistency, commonality and Employer of Choice processes. Previously, Webster was the director human resources for Haysite Reinforced Plastics. Webster has held positions of increasing responsibility including prior roles as human resources and environmental manager, and environmental health and safety engineer.  “I look forward to Casey’s unique experience and proven track record of aligning goals and achieving results,” says Andrea G. Singer, vice president of human resources.  Webster holds a B.S. degree in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University, in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Webster also received a SPHR (Certified Senior Professional of Human Resources) certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.  For more information, visit    


TCI Powder Coatings Hires Dale Blackwell as Director of ManufacturingOpen in a New Window

TCI Powder Coatings, a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., appoints Dale Blackwell as director of manufacturing. Blackwell brings over 20 years of manufacturing and operations experience to this position with TCI. Prior to this position, he spent 16 years managing various powder manufacturing locations with Valspar and has also worked for Drexel Chemical Co. and A&L Analytical Labs. Blackwell is a graduate of Lambuth University with a B.S. in Chemistry. “We are thrilled to have Dale join our team,” Doug Greene, president of TCI, says. “Dale has a unique blend of skills and experience in the manufacturing industry that will benefit our organization and further advance our Premium Brand position in the powder coatings market.” TCI manufactures powder coatings and is dedicated to developing superior thermoset powder coatings. RPM International Inc., a holding company, owns subsidiaries providing coatings, sealants, building materials and related services serving both industrial and consumer markets. Industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. For more information, visit


JR Eyerly Returns to Haviland as Technical Sales RepOpen in a New Window

JR Eyerly has resumed his 13 years of service as technical sales representative at Haviland Products Co., after completing a short-term specialty project in the anodizing and plating industry. Working from the Grand Rapids headquarters, Eyerly will primarily serve customers in Michigan and Indiana. Recognized as a chemistry troubleshooting expert, Eyerly is a Certified Electroplater Finisher with more than 30 years’ experience in plating industry positions, ranging from lab and environmental to sales and general management. He is also a graduate of the Kushner Electroplating School and a member of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF). Eyerly took a two-year leave to engineer, design and build a specialty anodizing line, as well as guide the project through completion and staff training. “JR’s experience and skill set completes our team expertise.  We have anticipated his return,” says national sales manager Graham Torr.  Haviland Products Co. formulates, manufactures and distributes decorative, functional and specialty coatings worldwide.  For more information, visit


North American Rectifiers Hires Jason McGahey as VP of SalesOpen in a New Window

North American Rectifiers Inc. (NAR) announces the hiring of Jason McGahey to vice president of sales.  McGahey brings 18 years of rectifier industry experience to NAR. Prior to joining NAR, he was a global sales manager at a well-known rectifier manufacturer. In his new role at NAR, he will be refining and deploying NAR’s sales and marketing strategies in multiple industrial sectors across the U.S. He will be supported by NAR’s established inside sales and technical teams located in both Canada and Germany.  “We are delighted with the addition of McGahey assuming a leadership role. He shares the same ideals and values as NAR does when it comes to customer service and going that extra mile to surpass customer expectations,” says Kevin Hewett, president of North American Rectifiers. North American Rectifiers offers both SCR and switch mode rectifier power solutions and is the exclusive home of Plating Electronic GmbH (PE), global manufacturer of switch mode rectifiers. The company has partnered with Plating Electronic GmbH offering both SCR and switch mode DC power solutions. For more information, visit


Aluminum Anodizing Operation Receives General Motors ApprovalOpen in a New Window

Arlington Plating Co.’s fully automated aluminum anodizing operation has been approved by General Motors. Meeting the GMW14665 material specification, “Anodic Oxidation Coating on Aluminum,” exterior automotive trim parts up to 100" in length will soon be processed though the 5000 ft.2 line. The GM approval certifies that Arlington Plating Co. is highly qualified to anodize exterior aluminum parts that address both Class A and Class B alkaline pH requirements, as well as decorative interior trim applications. Recently completed in January 2017, the automated line produces MIL-A-8625 Type II (sulfuric) anodizing with high pH sealants, organic die coloring and electro color capabilities. The line offers bright dip and satin finish applications. The GM team’s extensive review included an audit of the 44 process tanks that comprise the anodizing line, as well as best practices and standard operating procedures performed by the company. GM noted that the installation of the automated line, representing over a $2 million-dollar investment, factored into granting GMW14665 approval so quickly. For more information, visit


ACM Technologies Opens Ion Exchange Resin Regeneration FacilityOpen in a New Window

ACM Technologies opens a new state-of-the-art ion exchange resin regeneration facility in Gardena, California, located in the South Bay section of Los Angeles. ACM has an existing regeneration plant in the Baltimore, MD area that has been in operation for more than 20 years. The new plant will enable west coast customers to submit spent ion exchange resins for regeneration and subsequent reuse. The resins are typically used to purify metal-bearing rinse waters, process waters and other closed-loop operations, as well as wastewater treatment prior to discharge and groundwater cleanup. “We are excited to be commissioning this new regeneration facility, especially here on the West Coast where there is an essential need for water recycling and reuse,” says Mike Warner, president of ACM. “This regeneration service will enable many facilities to treat, purify and recycle their process streams and wastewaters.” The company is hosting an open house on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 12 to 4 p.m., offering tours of the regeneration facility, located at 13850 Van Ness Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249. ACM Technologies services the metal finishing, EDM, wastewater and groundwater market with ion exchange resin regeneration and related equipment and rentals. ACM is a sister company to ResinTech Inc., a manufacturer of ion exchange resins. For more information, visit


Top Shops: First Pass Quality YieldOpen in a New Window

First pass quality yield is an extremely important benchmarking measurement of how well a shop is performing to specification and meeting the requirement of the customer. When parts are inspected, they are determined to meet or fail the required call-out for the coated part. In the 2017 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey, the Top Shops (those in the 80th percentile) averaged 99 percent approval on first pass inspection, while all other shops had a 95 percent pass rating. The median was 98 percent, and the mean was 96.5 percent. While the percentages may seem minuscule, they can add up quickly when compared to the thousands or millions of parts coated by a shop. To see more about the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey, please click HERE


Chromaflo Technologies President and CEO Appointed to American Coatings Association BODOpen in a New Window

Scott Becker, president and CEO of Chromaflo Technologies Corp., has joined the American Coatings Association (ACA) Board of Directors as of May 9, 2017. With this appointment, Becker will serve a three-year term ending in 2020. Becker has been the President of Chromaflo Technologies since 2012 and previously served as CEO and president of Plasticolors Inc., and Elementis Specialties' Colorants and Additives business. “I am honored to be nominated and confirmed to the Board of Directors of the American Coatings Association and look forward to this opportunity to better serve the coatings industry,” Becker says. The ACA is a nonprofit association with the goal of advancing the paint and coatings industry. Through this opportunity, Becker will help carry out ACA’s mission of advancing, promoting and supporting the coatings industry companies, organizations and professionals. Chromaflo is an independent global supplier of advanced colorants and chemical dispersions for the paint, coatings and thermoset plastics industries. For more information, visit


Sames Kremlin Hosts Open House for Distributor NetworkOpen in a New Window

In Plymouth, Michigan, Sames Kremlin designers and manufacturers of a wide range of process equipment hosted an open house on May 1 - 3 for the company’s Valued Partner Distributor network. With over 130 guests in attendance, Sames Kremlin says the exhibition was the perfect opportunity for it to expand on its recent merger, review its corporate vision, and communicate its new branding message. The open house consisted of a collaboration of customer service, engineering, technical, GI and automotive sales and marketing teams, engaging with the company’s distribution network. The two-day event discussed applications, products and solutions available to general industry, automotive and wood markets. The company also highlighted two of its three labs open at the Plymouth facility, a wood and general industrial lab as well as its sealant and adhesive lab. Products featured included the Sames Kremlin Nanogun-MX manual Airmix spray gun, SFlow manual airless spray gun, MCR Controller for automatic powder, REV 800 Controller for standard solutions and its EasyPaint robotic standard solutions. Also featured were new dispense products such as innovative standard solution applications, pumps, shot meters, and controllers. According to Sames Kremlin, the liquid applied transit coating application used to protect goods during transportation was a hit with guests, as were the standard robotic solution packages that consisted of easy and expert solutions. In the its news release, the company says, “Sames Kremlin’s focus in partnership with our Distribution network for 2017 is building our businesses ‘Stronger Together.’ We believe our recent Open House supported our mission and we thank everyone for joining us for this exciting and educational event. For more information, visit 


PPG Earns 2016 John Deere Supplier of the Year AwardOpen in a New Window

PPG announces that it was named Supplier of the Year and earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program for 2016. Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. According to the company, PPG earned the honors in recognition of its dedication to providing electrocoat (ecoat), liquid and powder coatings, and pretreatment chemicals products and service of outstanding quality to John Deere’s global operations, as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. PPG representatives Viktor Sekmakas, executive vice president; Shelley Bausch, vice president, global industrial coatings; Andrew Carroll, global technical and product management director, industrial coatings; and Jill Buckley, global John Deere account manager, industrial coatings, accepted the awards on behalf of the company.  Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement. PPG has also been named a recipient of a John Deere Supplier Innovation Award for 2016, presented to select John Deere suppliers who have demonstrated innovation in a product or service they provide. As a leading global coatings company, PPG offers a comprehensive array of ecoat, pretreatment, liquid and powder products for metal finishing to manufacturers in numerous industries. For more information, visit