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THE FINISH LINE: Automotive Rolls On

From ignition switches and airbags to cheating diesels and engines that catch fire, the troubling trend of massive automotive recalls continues this year. more »

THE FINISH LINE: New Tech on Stage

There’s still time to make plans to attend FABTECH, November 9-12, at Chicago’s massive McCormick Place exhibition center. more »

THE FINISH LINE: Planning for 2016

By Mike Botta and Mark Devlin
Although U.S. industrial production softened slightly as we headed into the summer months, experts continued to point to encouraging signs for the U.S. economy based on positive employment numbers, improving consumer confidence, and growing retail sales. more »

AMETEK to Acquire Cognex Surface Inspection Unit

Edited by FW Staff
AMETEK, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Surface Inspection Systems Division (SISD) of Cognex Corp. for approximately $160 million. more »

Major Expansion for Gordon Brush

Edited by FW Staff
Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., a privately held corporation specializing in industrial brushes, has acquired a new facility more than three times larger than its 51,000- sq-ft existing facility in Commerce, CA, where it has been located for 17 years. more »

THE FINISH LINE: Learning's Never Finished

SUR/FIN’s 97th birthday this month reminds us that we’re never too old to learn; to that end, the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) continues to play a major supporting role for the future of finishing. more »

Whitford Corp. Expanding Fluoropolymer Coatings Business

Posted by FW Staff
Whitford Corp., a longtime manufacturer of fluoropolymer coatings for industrial and consumer industries, is establishing a new medical coatings group. more »

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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