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The FINISH LINE: Heads-Up: OSHA Changes

Industry leaders are reminding companies that OSHA revised its record keeping and reporting rules effective at the start of this year, with two key changes taking the stage. more »

THE FINISH LINE: Ill Winds of Change

By Mike Botta and Mark Devlin
Each dose of positive economic news seems to be closely followed by potentially negative trends facing finishers, manufacturers and other critical players in the U.S. industrial sector. 


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Henkel Rebrands Purbond under Loctite Name

As part of a new, leaner branding concept adopted by Henkel for its industrial adhesives business, Purbond adhesives will be marketed under the Loctite brand going forward. more »

THE FINISH LINE: Recalling Confidence

The growing number of auto recalls actually may have served to boost consumer confidence. Heading into 2015, that’s a bit of positive news for the finishers and other industrial operations that rely on vibrant auto sales. more »

THE FINISH LINE: Ozone Alert Issued

Economic activity in U.S. manufacturing expanded for the 15th consecutive month through August, but NAM recently sounded an alarm. more »

THE FINISH LINE: Good News, Bad News, Best News?

Good news: economic optimism continues surfacing in manufacturing and finishing; Bad news: that optimism is guarded. more »


After successful visits to Indianapolis, Louisville, Grand Rapids, Las Vegas and Chicagoland, the annual SUR/FIN show returns to Cleveland, its first visit back to the city since 2007. more »

Huron Capital Launches Specialty Chemicals Platform

By FW Staff
Huron Capital Partners LLC, a private equity firm based in Detroit, has co-founded Valentus Specialty Chemicals, Inc. seeking to build a platform company in the $18 billion U.S. specialty coatings industry. more »

THE FINISH LINE: Will History Repeat?

By Mike Botta and Mark Devlin
Perhaps it took America sinking into a state of near depression to make it happen, but the Buy American trend is again strongly on the upswing across much of the country. more »

THE FINISH LINE: Work in Progress

By Mike Botta and Mark Devlin
While manufacturing appears to be on the rebound, experts continue warning that the industrial sector is not attracting nearly enough new talent to replace experienced but retiring Baby Boomers. more »

Finish Line: Dreaming of a Green 2014

The Powder Coating Show and FABTECH, two of the top industry shows designed to display the latest technology and detail the trends for the upcoming year, are just around the corner. more »

Building Industry's Image

As the economy slowly but surely inches ahead in recovery mode, industrial companies in general—and manufacturers in particular—continue to sound the alarm that new talent is in short supply. more »

The Finish Line: SUR-FIN, Chicagoland Style

The finishing community is descending upon the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, June 10-13 for the annual SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Tradeshow & Conference.

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Business Decline Reported by Metalformers

By FW Staff
Monthly survey indicates a less robust outlook in the second quarter of 2013.

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The Finish Line: TGIS: Thank God It’s Spring!

By Mike Botta and Mark Devlin
We survived the near-death bout with the infamous ‘fiscal cliff’ at the start of the year, followed by something called ‘sequestration.’ Now it's time to Play Ball!

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As the Calendar Turns...

We’re knocking at the door of another New Year and with it, renewed hope for a better, more prosperous future.

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Putting the Finishing Touches on 2012

For the finishing world it’s also time for two of the biggest trade shows and conferences of the year: Coating 2012, October 9-11, in St. Louis and FABTECH 2012, November 12-14, in Las Vegas.

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SUR-FIN 2012 Team Hit Another Home Run

By Mike Botta and Mark Devlin
A great deal of credit should go to the organizers of what turned out to be another successful and informative SUR/FIN trade show and conference in June.

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European Show Puts Eye on the Finishing Touches

By Mike Botta 
METAV 2012, a conference and exhibit focusing on manufacturing and finishing technology, takes place February 28 through March 3 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Coating 2012 Show Issues Call for Papers

By Mike Botta
Organizers of this year’s Coating 2012 show, set for October 9-12 in St. Louis, have put out a call for papers for their comprehensive and in-depth technical conference program.

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