News Update

4/3/2014 - RadTech announces 2014 board

BETHESDA, Md.–RadTech has announced its new Board Members for 2014. Effective January 1, the new members are: Lisa Fine, Joules Angstrom, chair of the Environmental Health and Safety Committee; Beth Rundlett, DSM, co-chair of the UV LED Committee; and Aaron Smith, Kimball, chair of the Wood Committee. “These individuals are strong contributors to the UV/EB industry and are well-known for their work in their specific areas," said Don Duncan, Wikoff Color Corp., president of RadTech. “RadTech is proud to add these proven, effective leaders to our Board.” The new board members join Duncan as well as 12 other current board members. RadTech is the nonprofit trade association for the advancement of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies.


4/2/2014 - Uni-Spray adds to engineering group

WATERLOO, Ont–Uni-Spray Systems is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Jordan to its engineering group. Jordan, who was previously part of the engineering department of A. O. Smith, will provide engineering support to the company's pretreatment sales force. Uni-Spray Systems manufactures nozzles, risers, and other high-quality products for metal finishing.


3/31/2014 - Gas leak exposure leads to OSHA citations

WASHINGTON, D.C.–A Wisconsin metal finishing facility that allegedly failed to evacuate workers during a natural gas leak has been cited with 17 health and safety violations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced. Badger Metal Finishing Inc., St. Francis, Wis., is accused of violating OSHA standards related to fall, eye, and respiratory protection; labeling of hazardous chemical containers; and more in addition to failing to evacuate workers during a gas leak. The citations, including 14 serious and three other-than-serious, total $46,200 in proposed penalties.

OSHA inspected Badger Metal Finishing after receiving a complaint that workers were not evacuated during a natural gas leak. The company conducts metal polishing and plating, powder coating, and finishing applications for a variety of industries, but primarily the automotive and motorcycle businesses. Badger Metal Finishing has filed a notice to contest the citations, an OSHA spokesperson confirmed.


3/28/2014 - EPA seeks entries for green chemistry competition

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Safer, cleaner, more efficient industry technologies are invited to compete in the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) annual green chemistry competition. EPA is seeking nominations for the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, which recognize outstanding chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use. Companies or institutions may nominate innovations that feature the design of greener chemicals or products, greener chemical synthesis, or greener chemical reactions. The deadline for submissions is April 30. For more info, visit www2.epa.gov/green-chemistry.

The EPA says it plans to recognize winners this fall in each of these five categories: greener synthetic pathways, greener reaction conditions, design of greener chemicals, small business, and academic. The awards are sponsored by the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute and industry, trade associations, academic institutions and other government agencies.

More than 1,500 technologies have been nominated and 93 awards presented since the challenge started in 1996. Previous award winners include: an additive used during aluminum production that prevents billions of pounds of CO2 emissions each year; a water treatment system for industrial and commercial cooling systems that uses fewer chemical additives and saves billions of gallons of water per year; and a redesigned synthesis for a pharmaceutical ingredient that prevents over 1 million pounds of hazardous waste a year.


3/27/2014 - Valspar introduces new powder coating system

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–The Valspar Corp. has announced the commercial introduction of Valde ECP, a patent-pending powder coating system that delivers superior edge corrosion protection in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. The system consists of two specially engineered powder coating layers that are applied consecutively and cured in a single oven cycle. The elimination of the intermediate cure and cool down steps saves end users significant capital and operating costs, reduces cycle time, operational footprint and work-in-progress inventory. Valde ECP meets or exceeds industry requirements for appearance and has proven to deliver vastly improved edge corrosion protection over prior technologies. It has been field tested on parts and equipment over an 18-month period in various real-world operating environments with results exceeding expectations.


3/26/2014 - Intech Services celebrates the 75th anniversary of PTFE coating

NEWARK, Dela.–Intech Services Inc. is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the invention of PTFE, later named and trademarked as DuPont Teflon. The accidental invention of Roy Plunkett, a DuPont chemist, is a fluoropolymer that is now used in virtually every manufacturing industry, service industry, military, and many medical applications. It has become an essential part of our everyday lives in the most unassuming of ways.

While researching new, safer chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants in 1938, Plunkett had tetrafluoroethylene gas stored in containers at dry-ice temperatures. When he opened a container, none of the gas came out. Instead, a white powder had formed inside, which was later found to be the polymer of tetrafluoroethylene (polytetrafluoroethlyene). By 1941, PTFE had a patent process and trade name, Teflon. From its original development, Teflon coatings have evolved from machine and industrial applications to its most famous use, a non-stick surface for cookware. Further development of fluoropolymers included the discovery of these other widely used fluorpolymers: ETFE, PFA, and FEP. DuPont is still innovating today with their fluoropolymers.

Intech Services is the sole distributor of DuPont Teflon industrial coatings to the US and Canada. Visit www.intechservices.com for more information.


3/25/2014 - Courses: April 2014

April 1-3: Radiation Curing Technology. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Hampton, Middlesex, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact Elisabeth Brown at +011-44-20-8487-0815; fax +011-44-20-8487-0805; www.pra-world.com/training.

April 15: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. Dallas, Tex. Also offered April 17 in Atlanta, Ga., and April 24 in Middleboro, Mass. Offered by Brookfield Engineering Laboratories. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com/services/educational-programs.

April 15-16: Making Properties and Profits<\#208>Twin Screw Extrusion Seminar. Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, Ohio. Sponsored by the University of Akron. Contact the training center at 330/972-8303; fax 330/374-8789; jmealy@uakron.edu; www.uakron.edu/aptc.

April 15-16: Powder Coating 202 Hands-on Workshop.

Wagner Systems facility, Elgin, Ill. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 936/597-5060; fax 936/597-5059; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

April 29: Paint & Coatings Basics. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Hampton, Middlesex, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact Elisabeth Brown at +011-44-20-8487-0815; fax +011-44-20-8487-0805; www.pra-world.com/training.



3/25/2014 - Courses: May 2014

May 6-7: Powder Coating 101 Hands-on Workshop. Axalta Coating System's facility, Houston, Tex. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 936/597-5060; fax 936/597-5059; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

May 6-8: 48th Annual Western States Corrosion Seminar. California State Polytechnic University, Pomono, Calif. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact Jamal Safa at 312/367-6903; fax 281/228-6300; jamal.safa@water.ladwp.com; www.nace.org. firstservice@nace.org; www.nace.org.

May 12-15: Paint Technology. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Hampton, Middlesex, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact Elisabeth Brown at +011-44-20-8487-0815; fax +011-44-20-8487-0805; www.pra-world.com/training.

May 13-14: ASTM Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic, and Gas Tests. Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, Ohio. Sponsored by the University of Akron. Contact the training center at 330/972-8303; fax 330/374-8789; jmealy@uakron.edu; www.uakron.edu/aptc.

May 13-14: IHEA Safety Standards Seminar. Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare, Des Plaines, Ill. Sponsored by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA). Contact Leslie Muck at 859/356-1575; fax 859/356-0908; leslie@goyermgt.com; www.ihea.org.

May 13-15: Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course. West Virginia University Coliseum and Shell Building, Morgantown, W.Va. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact Danielle Petrak at 304/293-4307; fax 281/228-6300; aucss@mail.wvu.edu; www.nace.org.

May 15: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. New Brunswick, N.J. Also offered May 22 in Middleboro, Mass. Offered by Brookfield Engineering Laboratories. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com/services/educational-programs.


3/24/2014 - Tesla announces $50 million investment from Korean chemical firm

NORTH CANTON, Ohio–Protective coatings maker Tesla NanoCoatings says it is poised for significant growth with a new strategic partnership and major investment by a Korean chemical firm. SK Global Chemical, based in Seoul, South Korea, will invest up to $5 million in Ohio-based Tesla in the first year and up to $50 million over the next 5 to 7 years, the coatings company announced this week.

Founded in 2007, the rapidly growing nanotech company produces Teslan, a line of two-coat protective coatings for steel. Teslan's primer is a two-part solvent-based product containing fullerene carbon nanotechnology; the topcoat is available in an epoxy, polyurethane, or polyaspartic formulation. The coating was developed in collaboration with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center and has won several awards.


3/20/2014 - American Galvanizers Association releases galvanized steel inspection app

CENTENNIAL, Colo.–The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) has released a comprehensive app to aid in the inspection of hot-dip galvanized steel. The app is available for purchase for $4.99 in both the Apple and Google Play stores. The app is a visual guide to identifying various surface conditions present after hot-dip galvanizing. “The advantage of a picture-based app is that it provides inspectors, architects, and engineers who may be unfamiliar with the specific outcomes of the galvanizing process with a visual example of a surface condition similar to one they are viewing for their particular project,” says AGA executive director Philip Rahrig.

Each image in the app is accompanied by text identifying the industry term for the surface appearance and detailing how and why it occurs, and whether or not it is accepted according to the specification. Rahrig continued, “Although approximately 3.5 million tons of structural shapes, plate, fasteners, and tubing are hot-dip galvanized each year in the US and Canada, the design of products and the chemistry of steel being galvanized yields an array of results which are often misinterpreted. This app provides an immediate understanding of surface conditions, which makes it handy when there is an inspection question.” In addition to the visual interpretation of surface conditions, the app also contains critical specification (ASTM, ISO, AASHTO) information to assess compliance with coating thickness requirements as well as how to conduct repairs.


3/18/2014 - OSHA fines Chicago paint shop

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Blocked exits, lack of ventilation, and combustible dust in the paint shop have drawn federal citations and fines to a Chicago company that coats and manufactures industrial shelving and storage. OSHA has cited Edsal Manufacturing for nine violations–eight serious and one repeat–carrying $75,000 in proposed penalties. The citations stem from an inspection that OSHA launched after receiving a complaint alleging unsafe work practices at the facility. During its inspection, OSHA determined that the company failed to provide unobstructed exit routes. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, contest the findings, or request an informal conference.


3/14/2014 - The Crown Group acquires ElectraFinish

WARREN, Mich.–High Road Capital Partners has announced that its portfolio company, The Crown Group, has completed the acquisition of ElectraFinish Inc., Asheboro, N.C. ElectraFinish is a leading provider of high-quality plastic coating services and solutions to the automotive, agricultural, heavy truck, and other industrial end markets. The transaction represents the first add-on acquisition The Crown Group has completed under High Road's ownership.


3/13/2014 - EPA web tool expands access to scientific, regulatory info on chemicals

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a web-based tool, called ChemView, to significantly improve access to chemical specific regulatory information developed by EPA and data submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

“This online tool will improve access to chemical health and safety information, increase public dialogue and awareness, and help viewers choose safer ingredients used in everyday products,” said James Jones, assistant administrator for the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “The tool will make chemical information more readily available for chemical decision-makers and consumers.”

The ChemView web tool displays key health and safety data in an online format that allows comparison of chemicals by use and by health or environmental effects. The search tool combines available TSCA information and provides streamlined access to EPA assessments, hazard characterizations, and information on safer chemical ingredients. In addition, the new web tool allows searches by chemical name or Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number, use, hazard effect, or regulatory action. It has the flexibility to create tailored views of the information on individual chemicals or compare multiple chemicals sorted by use, hazard effect or other criteria. The new portal will also link to information on manufacturing, processing, use, and release data reported under the Chemical Data Reporting Rule and the Toxics Release Inventory.

In the months ahead, EPA will be continuously adding additional chemicals, functionality and links. When fully updated, the web tool will contain data for thousands of chemicals. EPA has incorporated stakeholder input into the design, and welcomes feedback on the current site. To access the tool, visit www.epa.gov/chemview.


3/10/2014 - Silica rule creates debate in construction industry

WASHINGTON, D.C.–A new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica has pitted construction employers against organized labor and safety advocates. After the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its long-delayed Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica, a new group of employers from the construction industry emerged to fight the rule. Labor and other supporters of the rule are being equally vocal.

The 11 building and contracting associations that have formed the Construction Industry Safety Coalition say their goal is “to encourage OSHA to develop better choices for compliance with the construction-specific silica rule, specifically alternatives that also address costs, consistency with existing federal regulations, and do not overly burden small businesses.” Meanwhile, labor unions are calling for swift action to finalize what they call a long-overdue rule.

The proposed rules–one for general industry and maritime employment and one for construction–would update 40-year-old Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) on silica. The proposal also details methods for controlling worker exposure, conducting medical surveillance, training workers about silica-related hazards, and recordkeeping. The rule will be felt throughout the coatings, construction and abrasive blasting industries. More than 2 million American workers are currently exposed to respirable crystalline silica, according to OSHA. More than 640,000 are believed to be exposed at levels that exceed the current PELs. For more info on the proposed silica rule, visit www.osha.gov/silica.


3/6/2014 - Rhino buys protective coating supplier

SAN DIEGO, Calif.–Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired Advanced Coating Solutions, a protective and marine coatings maker and longtime Rhino supplier. Advanced Coating Solutions, Bellevue, Wash., provides thermal insulation coatings for marine, industrial, and commercial applications. Acquiring the supplier brings its products and personnel in house and gives Advanced Coating more resources for new development. Rhino Linings will continue producing Advanced Coating's current commercial products, which include water-based polyurethanes, acrylic coatings, and water-based acrylic emulsion coatings.


3/5/2014 - Protective coating withstands temperatures up to 1,400°F

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.–A new heat-resistant coating for a variety of metal applications is the latest offering from Flame Control Coatings, a manufacturer of flame-retardant and heat-resistant paints and coatings. TemperKote 14105 can withstand temperatures up to 1,400°F while providing a corrosion- and chemical-resistant finish. The coating is approved by the Army Research Lab for Mil Spec MILPRF14105. In addition to military applications, the coating has also been used in heavy equipment, industrial manufacturing, and automotive applications. TemperKote 14105 is a low-VOC coating that is free of hazardous air pollutants.


3/4/2014 - Advanced manufacturing firm to invest more than $26 million in Rockingham County, N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C.–Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. will establish a new manufacturing facility in Rockingham County, N.C. The company plans to create more than 450 new jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2017 and invest more than $26 million in the new Mayodan location.

Sturm, Ruger & Co. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market, and a major producer of precision steel investment castings. The company is establishing a new manufacturing facility in North Carolina to accommodate its continued growth and planned new products. New positions will include production workers, tool makers, manufacturing engineers, and product design engineers.

Compensation for the new positions will vary by job function, but the average annual compensation will exceed $45,000, plus benefits. The average annual wage in Rockingham County is $33,007. For more information job opportunities, visit www.ruger.com.

The project was made possible in part by an award to Ruger from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee. Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements. JDIGs are awarded only to new and expanding businesses and industrial projects whose benefits exceed the costs to the state, and which would not be undertaken in North Carolina without the grant.


2/28/2014 - ALTANA acquires Henkel's specialty coatings unit

WESEL, Germany– Global specialty chemicals group ALTANA is pushing deeper into the North American coatings market with the acquisition of Henkel's $15 million specialty coatings unit. Henkel, Rocky Hill, Conn., is a global leader in the consumer and industrial industries. Within the ALTANA group, the coatings unit will be integrated into ACTEGA Kelstar Inc. in the US, a part of the ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants division. The technologies acquired include effect and overprint coatings curing under UV radiation and electron beam.


2/26/2014 - Torrent Systems announces new powder coating system

ELKHART, Ind.–Torrent Systems LLC has announced a new type of powder coating system with substrate weight, size, and process flexibility previously unattainable in a small footprint with less capital cost. This patent-pending system uses a rotating carousel from which substrates are suspended in a single part or as a load of parts weighing up to 4,000 pounds. The carousel rotates in a fully programmable five-stage sequential pretreatment washer for outstanding surface preparation. The flexibility of the system gives powder coaters competitive access to new markets and gives OEM's more space for production of their products. Torrent Systems manufactures powder coating systems with small footprints that provide the high-quality surface preparation capability of monorail system.


2/24/2014 - Seneca Companies hires engineer

DES MOINES, Iowa–-Seneca Companies Industrial Group division, known for sales and installation of industrial finishing equipment and systems, is pleased to announce Kevin Higgins as a new system application engineer. Higgins joins Seneca Companies with 15 years of experience at EXEL North America in a variety of sales and technical roles. Most recently, Higgins has been designing and integrating automated finishing solutions and providing technical expertise as a market development manager in the general industrial manufacturing industry.


2/21/2014 - Florida plastics company updates safety program

NORTH PORT, Fla.–After seeing its injury and illness rates nearly double, King Plastics Corp. began working with OSHA's free On-site Consultation Program in 2011 to update its safety program and address hazards involving fall protection, electrical issues, chemical container labeling, and the use of compressed air. The company's efforts helped reduce the number of workplace injuries from seven in 2011 to zero in 2013. OSHA has recognized King Plastics' exemplary safety and health management system and efforts in changing its safety culture by accepting the company into OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. To request a free consultation, visit OSHA's On-Site Consultation page at www.osha.gov/consultation.


2/19/2014 - Rice Lake Weighing Systems mourns the loss of co-founder

RICE LAKE, Wis.–One of the weighing industry's most prolific and sociable scalemen, Donald B. Johnson, has passed away peacefully with family by his side. “Donald B.,” as he was known, was 98 years young. He co-founded Thomas and Johnson Scale Service in 1946, the same company that would later become Rice Lake Bearing, and eventually Rice Lake Weighing Systems (RLWS). His life's legacy can be seen today in the internationally recognized Rice Lake scale brand, and in the business that employs his family of more than 600 employees worldwide. He remained active within RLWS operations well into his nineties. Rice Lake Weighing Systems is a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of weight-related products and process control equipment.


2/18/2014 - EPA launches new online mapping tool for environmental impact statements

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched an interactive web-based mapping tool that provides the public with access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) filed with EPA for major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed federal actions. When visiting the website, users can click on any state for a list of EISs and learn about the potential environmental, social, and economic impacts of these projects.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to consider the impacts of proposed actions, as well as any reasonable alternatives as part of their decision-making process. For proposed projects with potentially significant impacts, federal agencies prepare a detailed Environmental Impact Statement which is filed with EPA and made available for public review and comment. EPA is required to review and comment on Environmental Impact Statements prepared by other federal agencies.

“This interactive tool makes it easier for the public to be informed about the environment around them,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, which oversees NEPA compliance. “Major projects and decisions have the potential to affect the environment where you work and live. I encourage everyone to check out the tool, stay informed and lend your voice.”

The tool supports EPA's commitment to utilize advanced information technologies that help increase transparency of its enforcement and compliance programs. To use the tool, visit eismapper.epa.gov.

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