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Investor Group Acquires Twitchell Technical Products

Dallas, TX (July 17, 2015) – Private investment firm Highlander Partners, L.P. has acquired from a Capital Partners affiliate.Twitchell is a Dothan, AL-based manufacturer of engineered polymer fabrics and coatings that are inputs in a diverse set of end... more »

SPOTLIGHT: Development Consortium Targets Smarter Surface Coating

Aurora, IL (July 1, 2015) – A new approach to applying advanced thin-film coatings to high value engineering products is being developed by,, and, all based in the United Kingdom. Cobham also maintains corporate offices in Arlington, VA and a technical... more »

INNOVATION: Jet Edge Aids Solar Vehicle Project with 5-Axis Waterjet

St. Michael, MN (July 1, 2015) – Waterjet systems manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc. recently helped the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project (UMNSVP) by waterjetting several fiberglass composite chassis components for the team’s new car, ‘Eos.’Jet... more »

SPOTLIGHT: AESF Foundation Scholarship Recipients Announced

Washington DC (July 1, 2015) – AESF Foundation, the educational arm of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), announced the winners of its 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Manish Shinde (left) and Yunfei Xu.Yunfei Xu, PhD candidate in chemistry... more »

Shimco and Keronite Sign Aerospace Agreement

Markham, ON, Canada – Shimco and Keronite signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of metallic, solid and peelable shims in aluminum and titanium for aerospace applications.Matt Hamblin (left), CEO of Keronite and Peter Voss, president,... more »

Powder Coating Seminar Set for Alabama

Taylor Mill, KY – The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) will present its next ‘Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar’ at Alabama Power’s Technical Applications Center in Calera, AL, October 6-7, 2015.Seminar attendee tries his hand... more »

PPG Acquiring IVC Industrial Coatings

Pittsburgh, PA – has reached a definitive agreement to acquire, a specialty powder and liquid coatings manufacturer with 2014 sales of more than $100 million. The transaction was expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.... more »

Uyemura Expands Management, Production Teams

Southington, CT – Uyemura International Corp. announced five new appointments, including strategic new positions, within the company’s U.S. infrastructure.John Meyers has been named product manager for electroless copper, a new position. He also will... more »

Truck Trailer Builders Get More Color and Finish Options

Cleveland, OH – Through recent advancements in the prepainted aluminum stage of production, truck trailer builders can now apply more colors, specialty finishes and visual effects, according to the National Coil Coating Association (NCCA).While ‘old school’... more »

Boker’s Expands Made-to-Order Capabilities

Minneapolis, MN – Through investment in equipment, technology and process improvement over the past year, Boker’s, Inc. has expanded its made-to-order stampings and washers capabilities for cabinet and furniture makers.The company said the improvements... more »

DeVilbiss Drives Forward with Car Racing Events

Toledo OH (April 27, 2015) – Finishing Brands, manufacturer of DeVilbiss industrial finishing equipment, recently announced sponsorship of the DeVilbiss CRP Audi R8 LMS Ultra, bringing a new look to the car’s exterior, complete with DeVilbiss logo and... more »

Dave Strand Named President and CEO of TPS

New Columbia, PA – Dave Strand was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Thermal Product Solutions (TPS, LLC), effective in early April 2015. Strand has spent nearly 30 years in the industrial oven and furnace industry, including in operations,... more »

CCAI Opens New Salt Lake City Chapter

Taylor Mill, KY – The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) announced the opening of a new Salt Lake City Chapter. An official kick-off meeting was scheduled in April at the Hyatt House.The Salt Lake City chapter plans to offer programming... more »

Flexicon Marks Anniversary with Expansion

Bethlehem, PA – Flexicon marked its 40-year anniversary in 2015 with completion of the 91,000-sq-ft (8,500-m2) building envelope that doubles the size of its U.S. headquarters. “With walls, roof and floor now complete, and mechanical systems underway,... more »

CCAI Accepting Applications for 2015 Scholarships

Taylor Mill, KY (February 17, 2015) – Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is expanding its scholarship program to include applicants throughout the United States who are interested in finishing careers.The primary objective of the program... more »

Ding Joins Dow Corning in Key Market Role

Midland, MI – Yujie (Jessica) Ding recently joined Dow Corning Corp. as the company’s North American regional marketer for coatings and construction chemicals. She previously was with Chemtura Corp., where she had worked in commercial and marketing roles... more »

ASC to Focus on California Regulations in 2015

Bethesda, MD (January 9, 2015) – Regulatory actions in California, such as a revision to the Prop 65 labeling requirements and a possible alternative assessment evaluation of construction adhesive or sealant product under the state’s new Safer Consumer... more »

New U.S. Distribution Pacts for Evonik Silica

Parsippany, NJ (December 5, 2014) – Evonik Corp.’s Inorganic Materials Business Unit has announced new agreements with The Cary Company and Dorsett & Jackson, Inc., to broaden distribution of its silica products in the Midwest and West regions, respectively.Added... more »

Michelman Opens New Collaboration Center

Cincinnati, OH (October 24, 2014) – A new Advanced Materials Collaboration Center at Michelman headquarters, here, is aimed at enhancing development of new water-based coatings, surface additives and polymers. It includes six laboratories with new equipment,... more »

Versatex Building Products Acquired by Investor Group

Dallas, TX (January 9, 2015) – Highlander Partners, L.P., a middle market private investment firm based here, announced the acquisition of, a company serving both the new construction and renovation/remodel markets. Founded in 2003, Pittsburgh-based Versatex... more »

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