News Update

7/20/2016 - EPA releases 2014 TRI national analysis

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In 2014, 84 percent of the 25 billion pounds of toxic chemical waste managed at the nation's industrial facilities was not released into the environment due to the use of preferred waste management practices like recycling, energy recovery, and treatment. This is according to the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The remaining 16 percent was released to the air, water, or placed in some type of land disposal. Most of these releases are subject to a variety of regulatory requirements designed to limit human and environmental harm.

The 2014 TRI data shows a 6 percent decrease in total disposal or other releases to the environment from 2013 to 2014. Notably, air releases from industrial facilities decreased by 4 percent during this period, mainly due to decreases from chemical manufacturing facilities and electric utilities. Air releases have decreased 55 percent since 2003.

TRI data is submitted annually to EPA, states, and tribes by facilities in industry sectors such as manufacturing, metal mining, electric utilities, and commercial hazardous waste. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), facilities must report their toxic chemical releases for the prior year to EPA by July 1 of each year.

The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 also requires facilities to submit information on pollution prevention and other waste management activities related to TRI chemicals. This year, the TRI report is available on its own dedicated website, giving users easier access to key information, including analyses and interactive maps showing data at a state, county, city, and zip code level. Other new features of this year's analysis include integrated demographic information, profiles of federal facilities and the automotive manufacturing sector, and a discussion forum where users can share feedback about the report. To access the TRI report, visit

7/19/2016 - Beetle shell inspires anti-frost coating

BLACKSBURG, Va.—Researchers from Virginia Tech are looking to inhabitants of one of the hottest areas on the planet for inspiration in developing a coating that would inhibit ice formation on critical surfaces. By successfully creating chemical micropatterns to control the growth of frost caused by condensation, the team foresees end-use applications that would work to prevent frost on airplane wings, wind turbines, condenser coils, and windshields.

The research paper, “Controlling condensation and frost growth with chemical micropatterns,” was published in Scientific Reports, an online journal from the publishers of Nature.

The Virginia Tech team noted that the Namib Desert Beetle—the inspiration for this study—lives in one of the hottest places in the world but still has a natural way of collecting airborne water. The beetle's shell features a water-repellent surface covered with tiny bumps that attract moisture and form it into drops. The collected water then flows to the insect's mouth by way of smooth-sided water-repellant channels between the bumps.

According to the researchers, the journey of frost across a surface begins with a single, frozen dewdrop. Ice takes water from dewdrops, causing ice bridges to propagate frost across the droplets on the surface. By controlling the spacing of the condensation, the researchers were able to control the speed at which the frost grew across surfaces, or even completely prevent it from forming.

The team performed its work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, a Department of Engineering Office of Science user facility. The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech provided startup support.

7/18/2016 - Fresh Coat Painters franchise opens in Lutz

LUTZ, Fla.—Chris Muth has opened Fresh Coat Painters of Lutz to serve the communities surrounding Lutz, Fla. Part of the Fresh Coat franchise, the company offers residential and commercial painting services, including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services, for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling, in-home color design consultations, and detailed quotes. Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems.

7/15/2016 - PPG pays $59K over waste allegations

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—The federal government announced a settlement with PPG in relation to alleged hazardous waste violations at the coatings manufacturer's research facility and manufacturing plant in Springdale, Pa. As part of the agreement, PPG will pay $59,000.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleges that PPG violated provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, based on observations dating to a September 2013 inspection. In the agreement settled upon, the paint and coatings manufacturer has certified compliance with the RCRA and does not admit liability. The settlement reflects the company's compliance efforts and its cooperation with the EPA in the investigation.

The EPA details the alleged violations, including buckets of hazardous waste stored improperly onsite, operating a hazardous waste storage facility without a permit, failure to keep proper documentation, and failure to keep containers of hazardous waste closed except when necessary. PPG fully cooperated with the EPA in its review of the facilities and has further optimized its material handling practices since the inspection.

7/13/2016 - AGA launches new website, brochure

CENTENNIAL, Colo.—Corrosion damage to reinforced concrete structures costs an estimated $20 billion annually in the US alone, and this figure is expected to grow by $500 million each year as existing infrastructure continues to age. The use of galvanized reinforcing steel is one solution to this growing problem.

The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) and the International Zinc Association (IZA), in partnership with 11 leading galvanizers, have launched a newly redesigned Galvanized Rebar website along with a new rebar market-focused brochure. The website,, features vast technical information related to specifying and designing with galvanized rebar, as well as performance and cost data. An FAQ section provides answers to many questions regarding galvanized rebar while the Standards section provides an overview of the global standard specifications for zinc coated reinforcing steel. The site also features case studies from all parts of the world with decades of proven corrosion protection performance.

The new brochure, “Galvanized Rebar: It Works,” provides an overview of the many benefits of using galvanized rebar in concrete projects, including a showcase of project photos. It can be downloaded on the new website.

7/12/2016 - Precision Coating acquires Boyd Coatings Research

BOSTON, Mass.—Precision Coating has acquired Boyd Coatings Research, Hudson, Mass., a provider of coating application services. Together, the companies will provide extensive and complementary fluoropolymer (Teflon/PTFE) application services to the medical device and highly engineered components markets. The company will be headquartered in Hudson, Mass., and a global R&D center will also be established at the facility to accelerate advances in coating deposition control and related capabilities.

7/11/2016 - OSHA announces final rule on respirable silica dust

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. The rule will curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

The new rule, “Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica,” amends silica exposure regulations for the first time since 1971. It represents the fruition of decades of research and a lengthy stakeholder engagement process, including the consideration of thousands of public comments. In terms of permissible exposure limits, the updated rule reduces the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.

“The previous exposure limits were outdated and did not adequately protect workers,” said OSHA assistant secretary Dr. David Michaels. “Limiting exposure to silica dust is essential. Every year, many exposed workers not only lose their ability to work, but also to breathe. Today, we are taking action to bring worker protections into the 21st century in ways that are feasible and economical for employers to implement.”

About 2.3 million men and women face exposure to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill and cut materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing. OSHA estimates that when the final rule becomes fully effective, it will save more than 600 lives annually and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis, an incurable and progressive disease, each year. The agency also estimates the final rule will provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion per year.

Most employers can limit harmful dust exposure by using equipment that is widely available. The rule provides greater compliance assistance to construction employers by including a table of specified controls they can follow to be in compliance.

The rule also staggers compliance dates to ensure employers have sufficient time to meet its requirements. The final rule is written as two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime. In addition to reducing the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica, the rule includes employer requirements such as limiting worker exposure through work practices and engineering controls (such as water or ventilation), providing respiratory protection when controls are insufficient, training workers, limiting their access to high exposure areas, and providing medical exams to highly exposed workers.

Those in support of the revised rule voiced their relief in industry events after the ruling was announced. However, not everyone supports the revisions. After OSHA published the proposed rule in September 2013, coatings and construction employers stepped forward to issue objections and urge the agency to withdraw the proposed rule, claiming that the proposal contained errors and inaccuracies and that the program would cost more than OSHA had calculated. Still, labor groups have been pushing for improved protections against silica since the 1970s, when it was determined that the Labor Department's first established silica protections did not go far enough to protect workers.

7/8/2016 - Sherwin-Williams, Valspar make $11.3 billion deal

CLEVELAND, Ohio—In a deal valued at $11.3 billion, The Sherwin-Williams Co. and The Valspar Corp. jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sherwin-Williams will acquire Valspar. The proposed all-cash deal, which is the largest in Sherwin-Williams' 150-year history, was announced in March. It is subject to regulatory approvals as well as Valspar shareholder confirmation. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the deal. The companies anticipate a close by the end of the first quarter next year.

Minneapolis-based Valspar is the world's fourth largest paint and coatings company, operating 57 manufacturing facilities across 20 countries and six continents. The company reported 2015 sales of $4.4 billion. Sherwin-Williams reports that the combined company would have sales of approximately $15.6 billion, adjusted earnings of $2.8 billion, with approximately 58,000 employees. The resulting company would be the top paint and coatings producer in the world.

Both companies believe that the transaction will receive all necessary regulatory clearances. However, under the terms of the agreement, Sherwin-Williams can terminate the proposal if more than $1.5 billion of divestitures are necessary for antitrust approval.

According to industry experts, the Sherwin-Williams and Valspar deal as well as the recent Dow and DuPont merger are good news for the sector as a whole. Mergers and acquisitions could be the key to boosting growth for the industry, which faces challenges due to global environment prices and demand.

7/7/2016 - Reshoring plus FDI remained strong in 2015

CHICAGO, Ill.—The Reshoring Initiative, an organization committed to helping manufacturers recognize the profit potential of local sourcing and production, has announced that reshoring plus FDI remained strong in 2015, and surveys consistently show that the trend is increasing.

About 240,000 manufacturing jobs have been brought to the US from offshore in the last 6 years, according to the Reshoring Initiative's calculations. That job gain is the result of both new reshoring, which is the return of manufacturing work by US companies, and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by foreign companies into our manufacturing sector. It also represents about 28 percent of the total increase in US manufacturing jobs since the low of 11.45 million in February 2010.

About 12.32 million Americans are now employed in the manufacturing sector. In fact, the research shows that more manufacturing work is now coming to the US than leaving the country. The Initiative's preliminary statistics for 2015 show that reshoring and FDI resulted in around 66,000 US manufacturing jobs. Final results will be released soon.

The Reshoring Initiative offers many tools and resources to help companies make supply chain sourcing decisions. Its Total Cost of Ownership Estimator is the best-known tool for this purpose. It uses advanced metrics that allow users to easily determine the total cost of offshoring by accounting for and understanding the relevant offshoring costs, which include inventory carrying costs, shipping expenses, intellectual property risks, and more.

7/6/2016 - ITPS Americas opens registration

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The program is set and registration is now open for the first International Thermprocess Summit Americas (ITPS Americas), which will be held August 10-12, 2016, at the Loews Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago, Ill. Sponsored by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), this event focuses on critical information designed to help thermal process executives improve manufacturing operations related to thermprocess technologies. For more info on the event, visit

7/5/2016 - BTD expands to add powder paint line

LAKEVILLE, Minn.—BTD Manufacturing Inc. is expanding its Lakeville, Minn., production facility to accommodate the addition of paint and assembly services. The company is also expanding its Detroit Lakes, Minn., facility to provide for growth in its stamping and tooling business. The expansions will result in two self-sufficient production and warehouse operations that will permit the company to offer more options to its customers.

The state-of-the-art powder paint line installed at the Lakeville facility is a modern powder-on-powder coating process designed to deliver results quickly and consistently. Parts can pass through an automated blasting process, and each part passes through an automated 7-stage wash system.

“We have been studying the acquisition of paint capabilities and equipment intensely for some time,” said Paul Gintner, BTD's president. “To meet customer requirements, we have outsourced paint on an increasing basis. By investing in our facilities, we should be able to bring paint in house and significantly reduce logistics.”

6/30/2016 - OSHA releases 2015 reporting numbers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Since January 1, 2015, employers have been required to report any severe work-related injury, defined as a hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye, within 24 hours to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The requirement to report a fatality within 8 hours was unchanged. During the first full year of this new reporting requirement, employers reported 10,388 severe injuries, including 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. OSHA says this new requirement has helped the agency engage with employers and focus resources where needed.

In the majority of cases, OSHA asked employers to conduct their own incident investigations and propose remedies to prevent future injuries. The agency provided employers with guidance materials to assist them in this process. Known as a Rapid Response Investigation, this collaborative, problem solving approach invites the employer and an area OSHA expert to work together toward the shared goal of fixing hazards and improving overall workplace safety. At other times, the agency determined that the hazards described warranted a worksite inspection.

An evaluation of 2015 results found that the requirement met its intended goals of helping OSHA focus resources where they are most needed and engaging employers in high-hazard industries to identify and eliminate hazards.

OSHA will continue to evaluate the program and make changes to improve its effectiveness. The agency is also seeking new ways to make sure that small employers know about their reporting obligations and the resources available to them

6/29/2016 - IHEA announces new directors, officers

TAYLOR Mill, Ky.—The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), Taylor Mill, Ky., has announced its 2016-2017 Board of Directors and Executive Officers. Serving as president is Daniel Llaguno, Nutec Bickley. Scott Schindlbeck, Honeywell I&CT, was named vice president and Mike Shay, H.E.A.T. Combustion Solutions, was elected treasurer. Outgoing president B.J. Bernard, Surface Combustion, will assume the role of past president.

Continuing their service for the 2016-2017 term are: Jay Cherry, Wellman Furnaces; Tim Lee, Maxon—A Honeywell Co.; Francis Liebens, SOLO Swiss; John Podach, Fostoria Process Equipment, a div. of TPI Corp.; John Stanley, Karl Dungs; Michael Stowe, Advanced Energy; KK Tiwari, Selas Heat Technology Co. LLC; and Jeff Valuck, Surface Combustion. IHEA represents the major segments of the industrial heat processing equipment industry.

6/28/2016 - AMA members elect chairman, vice chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Members of the American Coatings Association (ACA) have elected two industry veterans with a combined 70 years of experience to serve on the association's board of directors. Charles W. “Charlie” Shaver, chairman and CEO of Axalta Coating Systems, will serve as ACA chairman, and Charles E. “Chuck” Bennett, chairman of Randolph Products Inc. and vice chairman of Dixie Chemical Co., will serve as ACA vice chairman and treasurer. Both Shaver and Bennett will serve 2-year terms. ACA is a nonprofit trade association representing paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals.

6/27/2016 - CCAI-NI elects president

TAYLOR Mill, Ky.—Stephen Walters has been elected president of the Northern Illinois Chapter of the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI-NI), a technical and professional organization that provides information and training on surface coating technologies. Walters is president of Progressive Coating in Chicago, Ill. CCAI works to raise the standards of finishing operations through educational meetings and seminars, training manuals, certification programs, and outreach programs with colleges and universities.

6/24/2016 - Blasdel hires manager

GREENSBURG, Ind.—Blasdel Enterprises has hired Kathy Long as marketing manager. Long has a varied background in sales and marketing in the consumer packaged goods and logistics industries. Blasdel designs and fabricates heat and motion technologies, including electric infrared ovens, high-velocity convection air ovens, conveyors, and other specialty equipment.

6/23/2016 - Axalta begins production at Mexico facility, introduces new colors and coatings

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems LLC, a leading global supplier of powder and liquid coatings, has begun production at its expanded resin manufacturing facility in Tlalnepantla, Mexico. The facility will produce the resins that are the foundation of its waterborne coatings and traditional solvent-borne coatings.

In addition, the company has introduced two new options in the AR300 RAL color palette used in its Alesta powder coatings—Pearl Beige and Pearl Gold. These additions offer the powder coating industry even more premium colors that combine excellent color retention and weatherability. The new colors deliver a smooth, glossy coverage with excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance. They are TGIC-free and contain virtually no VOCs or targeted hazardous air pollutants, making them a sustainable and environmentally responsible solution.

Axalta has also globally launched its Alesta Anti-Graffiti powder coatings product line after a successful introduction throughout Europe. These coatings protect against graffiti and reduce the time, effort, and costs associated with repairing the damage caused by spray-painting vandals. The coatings are ideal for sound barriers along motorways and railway lines, marker boards, lockers, restrooms, information signs, indoor and outdoor recreation equipment, community facilities, and transportation terminals. The anti-graffiti product line offers good durability due to excellent chemical resistance, very good UV weathering properties, and outstanding film hardness.

6/22/2016 - AkzoNobel to buy BASF coatings business

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands—AkzoNobel has agreed to buy BASF's Industrial Coatings business for $530 million. The transaction would include technologies, patents, and trademarks, as well as the transfer of two manufacturing plants, one in the UK and one in South Africa. The planned transaction, which is subject to required consultations and regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of 2016.

“This proposed acquisition will strengthen our position in the important coil coatings market and fits well with our existing business, allowing us to offer essential solutions to our customers,” said AkzoNobel CEO Ton Bu¨chner. The business generated revenue of about $333 million in 2015, and supplies products for a number of end uses, including coil, furniture foil and panel coatings, wind energy and general industry, and commercial transport.

6/21/2016 - New specialty coatings company formed

ANDOVER, Mass.—Two companies have combined to form a new specialty chemical company that will be based in the US. Chemical Products Group (ICP Group) will formulate, manufacture, and market coatings and adhesives to industrial and construction markets. The company is a combination of California Products Corp. and Nicoat. Doug Mattscheck, the former CEO of Quest Specialty Chemicals, was appointed president and CEO of ICP Group. The new company will serve the architectural, specialty construction, packaging, printing, and spot surfaces end markets.

6/20/2016 - Cardolite develops new cashew-based coating

NEWARK, N.J.—Cardolite Corp., a developer and manufacturer of products using natural and renewable cashew nutshell liquid technology (CNSL), has introduced an epoxy curing agent that will give customers a cost-effective upgrade from common medium- and high-viscosity, solvent-free polyamides. Lite 3025 builds on the CNSL curing technology developed previously for the company's Lite 3000 series agents. Its applications for industrial use include windmills, platforms, and ships.

According to Cardolite, CNSL curing agents with phenalkamine are used in the heavy-duty coatings market because of their corrosion protection qualities, mechanical strength, and fast cure rate, even at low temperatures. The CNSL technology, modified with phenalkamide, offers the same protection but improves on similar product drawbacks such as color, overcoat window, and flexibility that have prevented a wider application.

6/17/2016 - Employee skims money from paint contractor

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A former bookkeeper for an industrial painting contractor has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $200,000 from his employer while working there. Robert Coppola Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y., pled guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, according to a statement from the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said that Coppola formerly worked for PCI International Inc., Tonawanda, N.Y., a company with more than 60 years of combined experience in surface preparation and coating application to industrial and commercial facilities. Between September 2013 and July 2015, Coppola allegedly forged checks and made unauthorized bank transfers to himself from the industrial painting contractor's accounts. In total, the district attorney's office said Coppola stole $204,154.11.

Coppola pled guilty to the highest charge for which he could have been convicted if the case had gone to trial. He was not offered a deal in exchange for his guilty plea. Although he faced a sentence of 5 to 15 years in state prison, State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller sentenced him to 5 years of probation.

6/16/2016 - AgGateway launches specialty chemical council

WASHINGTON, D.C.—AgGateway members have created a new council to address electronic connectivity issues related to the specialty chemical business. Segments covered by the council will include professional vegetation management, pest control services, and turf and ornamental, as well as subset segments such as aquatics and forestry. The council will address “pain points” related to the exchange of business data within these segments, and will collaborate with industry partners to implement standards and guidelines that provide timely, accurate, and standardized data.

The council will determine best practices and set standards for efficient data exchange in a way that meets the unique characteristics of the specialty chemical business. Electronic standardization and coding on products will enhance the accuracy and timing of billing and payments to distributors while also reducing complexity within the industry.

6/15/2016 - Paint booth noise and dust leads to fine

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A Montgomery, Ill., metal fabricating plant was investigated on claims that it exposed employees to unsafe levels of metallic dusts, vapors, and noise when manually powder coating metal products in two of the company's paint booths. After receiving a complaint of unsafe working conditions, OSHA inspectors allegedly discovered that employees at Lyon LLC were overexposed to noise and dust hazards in those paint booths, leading to a $76,000 fine.

The agency cited the company with 15 serious violations, including some that had several subcomponents that added up to 26 separate issues. The company, which was cited for operations at its metal fabricating shop in Watseka, Ill., said it disagreed with the federal agency's conclusions and planned to meet with OSHA officials to discuss the violations. The company says it takes its workers' health and safety seriously and hopes to reach an amicable resolution.

6/14/2016 - Coating technology will repel water and dirt

AMHERST, Mass.—Researchers have developed a process for making transparent coatings that they say will help repel water and dirt from various substrates. The process could help engineers manufacture coatings that would make graffiti removal easier. Unlike current processes, the researchers said, the newly developed system causes liquids to bead up and slide off, à la a lotus blossom.

Scientists who made the discovery recently published their findings in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Their paper, “Covalently Attached Liquids: Instant Omniphobic Surfaces with Unprecedented Repellency,” describes the process for the production of SOCAL (slippery, omniphobic, covalently attached liquid) surfaces.

Glass slides using this method can be coated in minutes by dipping them in the solution, letting them dry, and then rinsing them. The solution contains a siloxane monomer and sulfuric acid in isopropanol. When an object is dipped into the liquid, a thin film of liquid forms on the surface and creates a polymer as it dries. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) chains form and are anchored to the surface as it is catalyzed by the sulfuric acid.

The coating is homogenous. Aqueous and organic liquids reportedly roll off of coated slides without leaving a trace, even at a minimal angle of inclination. The PDMS chains can move around as though they were in a liquid. The coatings are thermally stable and show omniphobic properties even after a year in storage.

6/13/2016 - Research shows that fines bolster compliance

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Do employers take worker safety more seriously when they know there will be formal or financial consequences? New research confirms previous studies that suggest citations and penalties from workplace inspections reduce injuries that occur on the job.

Researchers with the Canadian-based Institute for Work and Health looked at the outcome of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities when inspections, citations, and fines were a driving force in compliance. Unlike previous studies, the new research also looked at intermediate outcomes, such as compliance. The research examined a period from 1990-2013.

According to the researchers, employers do take steps to prevent work-related injuries for employees when there are direct consequences. There is also strong evidence that inspections without penalties have no effect on reducing injuries. The team found moderate evidence that the first inspections have the largest effect on compliance rates, while subsequent inspections and penalties have a substantially lower effect. Simultaneously, the researchers found moderate evidence that new laws have no effect on reducing injuries. However, the studies on new laws were quite diverse, and the researchers cautioned against concluding that new laws are not needed.

OSHA recently changed the way it measures inspections to give more complex, time-consuming inspections more weight than others. The agency said the new research confirms that more inspections equal a healthier workplace.

6/10/2016 - Polychem Powder Coatings launches new color collection

GAINESVILLE, Tex.—Polychem Powder Coatings has launched its Barely There Collection. The new collection features 10 soft white or neutral shades with just a hint of color. Colors are available in flexible quantities as low as 5 pounds, with free sample panels shipped within 2 days. Polychem specializes in color and effect creation, with over 15,000 existing colors and 13 different color collections.

6/10/2016 - Sun Chemical forms new division

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Sun Chemical has formed a new Advanced Materials division, which features an expanded portfolio of technologies from both Sun Chemical and DIC, its parent company, to further enhance the company's ability to serve its customers. The division will deliver solutions to broad markets, including automotive, inkjet, electronics, architectural, industrial coatings, and more. Sun Chemical is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials.

6/9/2016 - Global infrastructure values closely examined

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands—A global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets took a look at the state of infrastructure around the world and assigned each a dollar value as a measuring stick for comparison. Arcadis collected data from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and statistics offices from various countries to deliver its analysis of the value of each country's “built assets” — highways, bridges, airports, dams and levees, buildings, and other physical structures.

The Arcadis Global Built Asset Wealth Index 2015 makes a connection between the distribution of the world's wealth and the built assets within a country that contributes to its productivity. The study calculates the value of buildings and infrastructure in 32 countries, which make up about 87 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. From this pool, the world's built asset wealth is valued at $218 trillion. This is an $8 trillion dollar rise from 2013 and is equal to more than $30,000 for every person on Earth.

In its rankings, China takes the top spot as global leader in built asset wealth, showing a built asset value of $47.6 trillion. The US takes the number two spot with a built asset value of $36.8 trillion.

6/8/2016 - Micron Metal Finishing reviewed by peer group

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.—A peer group of powder coating shop owners recently inspected and reviewed Micron Metal Finishing as part of a continuous improvement program among several companies in the industry. Micron Metal Finishing is a full service, large volume custom powder coating job shop. It has a 75,000-square-foot facility and three conveyorized lines with automatic reclaim booths and two batch operations. Axalta Coating Systems, a major supplier of industrial coating, sponsored the meeting. The peer review group meets twice a year to perform benchmarking exercises, comparing certain aspects of their business and how they perform. Group members rate the different processes involved in the powder coating operation and then openly discuss their findings with the host company.

6/7/2016 - Parker Trutec adds e-coating line

URBANA, Ohio—Parker Trutec Inc. is expanding in order to add a 14-station electrocoating system. The fully automated rack line will enable an increase in production capacity for both existing and new customers. The company is adding the 57,000-square-foot building expansion to its current facility. The total project cost will exceed $8 million. The company has chosen Henkel brand pretreatment chemicals and Axalta electrocoating paint for this new coating line. Parker says the building will improve production flow and efficiency for large part processing and allow better use of existing floor space throughout the plant. The company specializes in metal treatments and products that improve the resistance to wear, corrosion, and fatigue of metal components.

6/6/2016 - Restoring a Coney Island icon

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.—An 88-year-old national historic landmark is getting a facelift. As part of its multiyear makeover, the iconic Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster at Luna Park in New York City is getting a new paint job to restore it to its original glossy white finish. With its 2,640-foot-long track, the Cyclone has thrilled generations of riders with its 60-miles-per-hour, 85-foot, 60-degree plunge. The attraction is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, designating it an official New York City landmark.

Designed by leading coaster designer Vernon Keenan, the ride was constructed by National Bridge Co., which supplied the steel, and Cross, Austin, & Ireland, which supplied the lumber, at a total project cost between $146,000 and $175,000.

Crews from Baynum Painting, Newport, Ky., which specializes in painting solutions and industrial coatings for amusement parks as well as commercial, industrial, educational, and medical facilities, have been onsite to play a role in the multiyear restoration. In October, the crew began prepping and removing decades of worn paint coatings and corrosion with its 40,000-psi waterjetting/hydro blaster. With surface prep nearing completion, the new look of the amusement park ride was beginning to take shape as the primer was being applied in advance of the glossy white topcoat.

For its role in the project, PPG Industries' protective and marine coatings (PMC) business is supplying as much as 700 gallons of paint to the renovation. Through Baynum Painting, PPG will provide its epoxy primer and its acrylic siloxane topcoat for the structural steel components. The primer is a fast-drying, two-coat epoxy product engineered to perform in a wide range of atmospheric conditions. The topcoat is a single-component, isocyanate-free product that provides the performance, color, and finish quality of a high-durability urethane with easy single-coat application.

The wood surfaces will be treated with a PPG primer that is reported to block stains and demonstrate excellent adhesion on a variety of surfaces. The topcoat for the wood surfaces should deliver long-term color and gloss retention as well as resistance to weathering, salt spray, and other challenging environmental hazards.

6/3/2016 - Company charged with OSHA violation that caused worker's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—DNRB Inc., doing business as Fastrack Erectors, was charged in federal court for violating an OSHA regulation and causing the death of a Raymore, Mo., ironworker. Fastrack, located in Pacific, Mo., allegedly failed to enforce the use of fall protection.

In July 2014, Fastrack was a subcontractor in the construction of a 300,000-square-foot distribution warehouse located in Kansas City, Mo. Fastrack is an American Institute of Steel Construction-certified steel erection company that specializes in structural steel, miscellaneous steel, preengineered metal buildings, ornamental metal handrail, and precast installation. Fastrack supplied onsite supervisors while the ironworkers were hired from the local union.

On July 24, 2014, two Fastrack ironworker employees were receiving a bundle of roof decking sheet metal and setting it on top of the building's bar joists. The employees' task required them to guide the decking bundle to land it. The employees accessed the top of the building from a scissor lift and walked approximately 15 feet along a joist without wearing any fall protection. They walked on trusses that were nine inches wide or bar joists which were five inches wide. Other ironworkers secured the decking to the trusses with screws and welds.

According to the contract, Fastrack was required to provide fall protection for personnel working at heights in excess of 6 feet. No fall protection was provided by the company. Consequently, Eric Roach, 22, fell approximately 30 feet to the ground and was transported to a local hospital where he died the following day.

Federal statutes require that each employee engaged in a steel erection activity who is on a walking/working surface with an unprotected side or edge more than 15 feet above a lower level shall be protected from fall hazards by guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall arrest systems, positioning device systems, or fall restraint systems.

The charge contained in this information is simply an accusation and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

6/2/2016 - NEI offers self-healing polyurethanes

SOMERSET, N.J.—NEI Corp. has expanded its polyurethane-based NANOMYTE MEND line of top coats that provide self-healing properties that close gaps and seal cracks in a variety of substrates. MEND 1000 is a thermally induced, two-part coating that uses a phase-separated morphology to heal the damage. The coating can be self-healed by the application of warm air for several seconds with a device such as a household hair dryer. MEND 2000 also is a room temperature, two-part coating that uses the phase-separated morphology process. MEND 3000 is a two-part, solvent-borne coating that can be cured at room temperature. MEND 4000 is a clear, fast drying, high gloss protective finish for use over bare or stained wood, paint, plastics, and metal.

NEI says its technology works on substrates such as metal, wood, and polymers, including those that require a clear glossy appearance. The products are suitable for use in solvent-based, waterborne, and UV-curable coating systems and various coating resins such as polyurethane, acrylic, and epoxy. The products reduce lifecycle costs by increasing the substrate's service life and reducing their maintenance costs.

6/1/2016 - Steel mills fined after worker crushed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A steelmaker with a history of safety violations faces nearly $400,000 in fines for two inspections, including one after 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on a worker and injured him. OSHA cited TimkenSteel Corp., Canton, Ohio, with one willful, two repeat, and two serious safety violations for the incident. TimkenSteel specializes in special bar quality (SBQ) steel bars at least 6 inches or greater in diameter. The company also makes seamless mechanical tubing and precision steel components, offers machining and thermal treatment services, and manages a raw material recycling program.

OSHA fined the steel mill $122,500 for the violations it found during an inspection on the day the worker was hurt. However, the incident occurred less than a week after the agency performed an inspection at one of the company's other steel mills. No one was hurt prior to that inspection, but during that visit, OSHA found 18 violations. For those issues, the agency fined TimkenSteel $271,000.

The injured worker was hurt when a crane's safety latch failed, which caused the crane to drop its load on the man who was working on the factory floor below. The worker, who has been with the company for 7 years, suffered a broken foot and several other broken bones. He was unable to work for months following the incident.

TimkenSteel was created in 2014 as an independent subsidiary of The Timken Co., but the company has been manufacturing steel for nearly 100 years. During the past 10 years, the parent company has been inspected 27 times. From those inspections, OSHA said it has found and cited the company for 76 violations. OSHA also said the company was not reporting injuries and illnesses as all companies are required to do. As a result of the repeated violations, the agency has placed TimkenSteel into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

5/31/2016 - Airblast designs portable abrasive blast recovery unit

OROVILLE, Calif.—Airblast AFC has designed a portable abrasive recovery unit that is capable of removing grit from the size of dust particles to debris as large as 2 inches. The AbVac Grit Recovery Unit is available with flexible hoses, tools, and extensions to suction up spilled abrasive quickly and efficiently. Recovered abrasive material can be collected into a bag for disposal or can be combined with an abrasive storage hopper to allow material to be fed back into the blast machine and reused. It offers a compact design, retractable legs, and forklift sleeves that allow it to be picked up and moved easily. Airblast AFC manufactures spray booths, air make-up units, powder coating equipment, and related products.

5/27/2016 - AgGateway's online glossary continues to grow

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Significant new contributions to AgGateway's last year have boosted the usefulness of this important, open industry resource, with the number of validated terms now reaching more than 5,500. The glossary, launched in 2014, is available for free use by anyone in the agriculture industry. It is designed to promote efficient and effective communication between all segments of agriculture, including industry, government, and academia.

The glossary is a one-stop location in the form of an online wiki for agriculture terms, definitions, acronyms, key words, and synonyms. It pulls from a number of established industry sources and includes government definitions for key terms, from field and production to irrigation and pump.

Recently, the glossary has benefited from the addition of terms and definitions from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) based on their published standards. In addition, the Farm Financial Standards Council (FFSC) has begun to contribute financial terms and definitions, which are critical to the establishment of a common understanding of financial terms and definitions used in agriculture.

The glossary came about because many people in agriculture were experiencing communication challenges due to multiple definitions for a single term or phrase. That confusion can impact the ease of development of effective ag technologies and software. It saves a great deal of time when everyone can confirm that they're using the same vocabulary, with the same meanings.

One of the its strengths is that a core of its content has been contributed by authoritative third-party sources, such as the US Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency and AgGateway. In addition, its unique hierarchical authorization structure allows for one definition for a term to take precedence over another according to the contributing source. For example, the definition for a term from a legal body takes precedence over a definition made by someone from the general public. In addition to contributions from organizations, it includes a feedback process that industry members can use to contribute to the glossary.

5/26/2016 - Sherwin-Williams names new CEO

CLEVELAND, Ohio—Sherwin-Williams has named John G. Morikis as its CEO. Morikis has been with the company for more than 30 years, serving as COO for the past 9 years. He will replace current CEO Christopher M. Connor, who will become the company's executive chairman. Morikis is only the ninth CEO in the company's 150-year history. Sherwin-Williams is a global leader and producer of paints and coatings.

5/26/2016 - Valmont acquires American Galvanizing

OMAHA, Nebr.—Valmont Industries has expanded its coatings footprint with the acquisition of American Galvanizing Co., Folsom, N.J., a leader in hot-dip galvanizing in the Northeast US. American Galvanizing provides corrosion protection services to structural steel fabricators and steel manufacturers throughout the region. Founded in 1946, Valmont is a global leader in designing and manufacturing highly engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. In its coatings segment, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel and other metal products.

5/25/2016 - Confined space rules updated for construction applications

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the works since 1980, OSHA recently published new construction-specific confined space safety regulations under rule 1926.1201-1213. The regulations went into effect in August, while full enforcement was delayed until October 2015.

Many industrial painters are familiar with, and have been following, confined space regulations under the General Industry Orders rule 1910.146, but these guidelines have generally been triggered by maintenance in industrial plants and were not specific to construction. Most large or sophisticated owners required compliance with the confined space regulations, including permit-required confined spaces, for any maintenance work on their tanks, pipelines, sewers, pits, or similar spaces that fit the definition of a confined space.

Confined spaces are classified as work areas that are large enough for a worker to enter, are not designed for long-term occupancy, have limited access and egress, and pose a potential for hazardous atmospheres or engulfment or entrapment hazards. Even now, most work that complied with 1910.146 will comply with the new construction standard. Similarly, if contractors follow the new 1926.1200 series sections on industrial property, they generally won't run afoul of the regulations.

A knowledgeable, qualified, and empowered person, such as the project manager, superintendent, or safety representative, should be designated as the party responsible for all activities in the space. That person needs to be aware of every process that occurs, from constructing access, erecting containment, cleaning, or painting to containment/access removal. She or he can consider what training each participant needs, what safety or rescue equipment may need to be prestaged in the space, and how the company can accurately account for everyone in the event of an emergency. Coordination with local fire, police or other emergency responders may also be appropriate.

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