News Update

8/27/2014 - Brookfield celebrates 80-year anniversary

MIDDLEBORO, Mass.–In 2014, Brookfield Engineering is celebrating 80 years of innovation and customer service. The company began when Donald Brookfield Sr. envisioned a new, unconventional approach to measuring viscosity. His experimentation with motors and springs in the basement of his family's home resulted in the creation of a single-speed instrument that would ultimately become known as the world standard in viscosity measurement and control. Founding the business in 1934, Don made it his priority to offer the highest quality instruments at the lowest possible price. Over the years, the company has addressed issues of temperature control, small sample volumes, and very low viscosities, continually adapting to the changing needs of industry. Brookfield now produces viscometers, rheometers, inline process viscometers, texture analyzers, and powder flow testers. For more info, visit

8/26/2014 - DeFelsko plans expansion

OGDENSBURG, N.Y.–DeFelsko Corp. plans to expand its operations by more than doubling the amount of space at its headquarters. The company will demolish a building located on an adjacent property in order to construct a new 25,000-square-foot building. In the last few years, DeFelsko has expanded its product range and introduced improvements that have increased production, creating the need for a larger facility. The company's growth will result in the addition of an estimated 50 jobs over the next 10 years. DeFelsko manufactures coating thickness gages and inspection instruments for the paint and coatings industry.

8/25/2014 - KMI Systems celebrates 30 years

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.–KMI Systems Inc., a turnkey finishing system supplier, celebrated its 30-year anniversary on April 5, 2014. KMI was founded by Jim McRoy, Lou Kolar, and Vik Desai in 1984 when they decided to start their own company after working in the porcelain enamel industry for many years. Not long after its start, the company began supplying paint finishing systems as well as porcelain enamel systems. KMI has also announced the retirement of Jim McRoy, VP sales, after more than 40 years in the industry. The company has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, and will continue growing in the years to come.

8/22/2014 - Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo 2015 issues call for papers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–Learn about improving the efficiency of industrial finishing operations while maximizing investment returns by attending the Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo 2015, to be held Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn. The event is hosted by the Twin Cities Chapter of Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota. The event will include a vendor show, hands-on demonstrations, and technical seminars. At the last event, over 425 participants attended the 17 technical seminars and a vendor show featuring over 50 exhibits.

The expo is seeking people to present on topics related to metal finishing. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, new technologies and processes, cost savings, energy conservation, air emission reductions, and success story case studies. Abstracts of 250 words or less must be received by September 2, 2014.

Additional participation opportunities for the event include exhibiting, demonstrating, speaking, and sponsoring refreshments. To submit an abstract, inquire about exhibiting, or ask any other question, contact Paul Pagel at 612/624-4638 or

8/21/2014 - Axalta adds director

HAMILTON, Bermuda—Axalta Coating Systems Bermuda Co. Ltd. has announced that Robert M. McLaughlin has joined its Board of Directors and will serve as the chair of its audit committee. McLaughlin, Airgas Inc., brings extensive expertise in finance and accounting to the Board with particular experience in industrial companies. The company is a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings for automotive, transportation, general industrial, and architectural and decorative applications.

8/19/2014 - AMT elects directors, officers

MCLEAN, Va.—The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) has elected its 2014-2015 Board of Directors and officers. Newly elected directors are: Kevin J. Kilgallen, Mid Atlantic Machinery Inc., chairman; Jerry Rex, Hegman Machinery LLC, A Morris Group Inc. Company, first vice chairman; Richard L. Simons, Hardinge Inc., second vice chairman and treasurer; and Brian J. Papke, Mazak Corp., secretary. Returning board members include: David J. Burns, The Ex One Co. LLC; Thomas R. Dillon, DMG/Mori Seiki USA Inc.; Richard Gilchrist, Felsomat USA Inc.; Ronald S. Karaisz, Novi Precision Products Inc.; Lee Morris, The Morris Group; and Steven R. Stokey, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. AMT represents and promotes US-based manufacturing technology and its members.

8/18/2014 - Courses: September 2014

September 4: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Also offered September 18 in Middleboro, Mass., and September 25 in Kansas City, Mo. Offered by Brookfield Engineering Laboratories. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262;

September 22-26: Basic Composition of Coatings Short Course. Missouri S&T Campus, Rolla, Mo. Offered by Missouri S&T Coatings Institute. Contact Michael Van De Mark at 573/341-4419;;

8/15/2014 - EPSI announces staff transitions

FRANKSVILLE, Wis.—EPSI (Engineered Products and Services Inc.), and parent company AMTRACO have announced several staff transitions. Al Mueller, AMTRACO controller, will be transitioning to a position in AMTRACO's building management company, SBM. Amber Pfaff Chavez will be moving into the AMTRACO controller position. Jeanne Ehman has been promoted to accounting manager of EPSI's finance group. Hamsah Maier has joined EPSI's finance department. Tom Parham has been named executive vice president for AMTRACO. Frank Arellano and Nancy Saulsberry have joined EPSI at its Cerritos, Calif., office. EPSI provides custom engineered solutions in the masking industry, including a wide range of standard masking and hanging materials for product finishing.

8/14/2014 - Hubbard-Hall adds employees

WATERBURY, Conn.—Hubbard-Hall has added three professionals to its team: Michael Valenti, senior technical service engineer; Bob Becker, production manager and working supervisor; and Drew Wagner, environment, health, safety, and security manager. The company distributes over 5,000 chemicals and formulates specialty blends for custom applications.

8/13/2014 - ACA announces new officers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Coatings Association (ACA), Washington, D.C., has announced the election of two new officers to serve 2-year terms on its Board of Directors. Sandra Berg, Ellis Paint Co., will serve as chairman and Gary E. Hendrickson, The Valspar Corp., will serve as vice chairman and treasurer. Berg is the first woman to hold the chairman position in ACA's 126-year history. ACA is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry.

8/12/2014 - EPA awards top green chemistry innovations for 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized a new industrial coating process by Faraday Technology, Clayton, Ohio, and a new architectural coating formulation by Dow Chemical, Midland, Mich., as two of the five winners of its 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Faraday was honored for a new plating process that allows chrome coatings to be made from less toxic trivalent chrome. Dow's Coating Materials business was recognized for its development of Evoque PreComposite Polymer Technology, which reportedly improves coating performance while reducing titanium dioxide content by up to 20 percent.

The EPA selected five winners from scores of entries this year, bringing to 93 the total number of winners over 18 years of the program. The award program has received about 1,500 nominations over time. The EPA says the winning technologies have collectively reduced the use or generation of more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, saving 21 billion gallons of water and eliminating 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent releases.

8/11/2014 - NEI receives patent for self-healing coating

SOMERSET, N.J.–NEI Corp. has announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of allowance for its patent for a self-healing coating technology. The allowed claims describe an environmentally benign, conversion coating formulation, specifically applicable to copper and copper alloys, that provides protection against corrosion caused by dissolved salts and ammonia. The inorganic-organic hybrid coating (NANOMYTE PT30), which can be applied by dipping, spraying, or flow coating, provides protection against corrosion caused by dissolved salts and ammonia.

The coating's development was aided in part by funding from the EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. NEI has developed similar coatings to mitigate corrosion of aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel, and galvanized steel. NANOMYTE coatings are versatile, and can be modified to introduce color and other features to meet performance and aesthetic requirements. The self-healing coating has the ability to repair itself when damaged, thereby providing excellent corrosion protection. It provides an array of advanced protective surface treatments for metal, wood, and polymers.

8/8/2014 - TFC acquires Jet Finishers

ADDISON, Ill.–The Finishing Co. (TFC), an industry leader in high-quality coating services for OEM components, has announced the acquisition of Jet Finishers Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., a provider of finishing services for highly technical coatings and custom production runs. The acquisition expands TFC's capabilities to provide its customers with turnkey finishing, powder coating, and silk screening services for technical coating markets, including the electronics, communications, aerospace, military, and medical industries. In addition, Rand Marks, former president of Saturn Painting & Screening, has joined the new Jet Finishers team. Rand brings 35 years of experience in the high-end technical coating and hard silk screening markets.

8/7/2014 - Trimite Powders expands operations in South Carolina

SPARTANBURG, S.C.–Trimite Powders Inc., a manufacturer of powder coatings, has expanded its existing operations in Spartanburg County, S.C. The $3.7 million investment doubled the size of their previous facility. Roebuck Buildings Co., Spartanburg County, S.C., constructed the expansion. The expansion positions the facility to capitalize on increased demand and future growth.

8/6/2014 - OSHA proposes new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Last November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, an estimated 3 million workers were injured on the job in 2012. “Three million injuries are three million too many,” says Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. “With the changes being proposed in this rule, employers, employees, the government, and researchers will have better access to data that will encourage earlier abatement of hazards and result in improved programs to reduce workplace hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The proposal does not add any new requirement to keep records; it only modifies an employer's obligation to transmit these records to OSHA.”

The new proposal would require that establishments with more than 250 employees who are already required to keep records to electronically submit the records on a quarterly basis to OSHA. The agency is also proposing that establishments with 20 or more employees, in certain industries with high injury and illness rates, electronically submit their summary of work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA once a year. For more information on the proposed rule, visit

8/5/2014 - EPA releases updated sustainability plan

WASHINGTON, D.C.–As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and lead in clean energy, EPA has released its 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan that outlines actions planned over the next year to cut energy use and waste in agency operations. President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance in October 2009, setting aggressive targets for reducing waste and pollution in Federal operations by 2020.

EPA's 2013 Sustainability Plan builds on four years of progress under the Executive Order and provides an overview of how the agency is saving taxpayer dollars, reducing carbon emissions, and saving energy. The plan will also help guide EPA's actions to meet the new goal to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, which is more than double the current level. Meeting this renewable energy goal will reduce pollution in our communities, promote American energy independence, and support homegrown energy produced by American workers. For more info on the plan, visit

8/4/2014 - Protech acquires Seibert Powder Coatings

MONTREAL, Que.–Protech Chemicals Ltd. has finalized its acquisition of the powder coating division of NPA Coatings (NPAC), a subsidiary of Nippon Paints Japan. NPAC's powder coating division, Seibert Powder Coatings, is located in Cleveland, Ohio, where Protech will continue manufacturing operations. “The acquisition of NPA's powder business allows us to expand into new markets, particularly the automotive sector in which NPA is a leader,” said David Ades, managing director of Protech. Privately owned Protech develops, produces, and markets thermoset and thermoplastic powder coatings.

7/31/2014 - CRGI names executive director

CLEVELAND, Ohio—Coatings industry veteran Richard Scott has become the sixth executive director of the Coatings Research Group Inc. (CRGI). Scott succeeds Jackie Savoca, who retired after serving as executive director since 2000. Scott has more than 25 years of experience in the paint industry. CRGI is an international association of paint manufacturers dedicated to the sharing of current technical and business information.

7/30/2014 - Sherwin-Williams introduces new finish made for extreme weather

CLEVELAND, Ohio–Sherwin-Williams has announced a new fluoropolymer urethane coating for structures that require extreme weather durability. FluoroKem HS is a high-solids, ambient-cured, fluoropolymer urethane finish coating. The product is recommended for interior and exterior structures that require corrosion resistance and aesthetic appeal and for structures subjected to severe environmental exposures. Applications include stadiums, water tanks, sport complexes, storage tank exteriors, and bridges. The coating can be applied in one coat with brush, roll, or airless conventional spraying application methods. For more info, visit

7/29/2014 - ACA adds new education section on its website

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The American Coatings Association (ACA) is pleased to announce a new education section on its website,, which is dedicated to professional development opportunities and information. Under the education tab, visitors may find varied ACA resources, including conferences, webinars, industry periodicals and technical publications. As part of its educational offerings, ACA is also pleased to feature the Coatings Technology Institute (CTI), an online education program administered by the British Coatings Federation, and widely respected in the global coatings industry. ACA is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it.

7/28/2014 - Anticorrosion paint stripper billed as safest on market

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Cortec Corp., a global supplier of environmentally responsible corrosion-control technologies, has unveiled two heavy-duty, anticorrosion paint strippers and graffiti removers billed as “the safest on the market.” EcoClean VpCI432/433 are rapidly biodegradable, noncorrosive, nontoxic products designed to remove polymers, inks, resins, and coatings from concrete and wood surfaces, as well as two-part epoxies from metals without damage.

The products are formulated without methylene chloride, chlorinated solvents, methanol, toluene, or acetone, making them safe for consumers and the environment. In addition, the products remain on the surface to soften, penetrate, and remove the coating, unlike methylene chloride-based products that evaporate quickly. The multipurpose formulations can be stored indoors without restrictions and can used with a wide range of paints, lacquers, enamels, waxes, alkyds, acrylics, urethanes, and epoxies. Stripping time varies from 3 to 30 minutes, depending on the coating and the number of layers to be removed.

7/25/2014 - OSHA launches local emphasis programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is launching a local emphasis program in Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri for programmed health inspections of industries known to use hazardous chemicals and who have reported release of such chemicals to the EPA. The goal is to reduce occupational illnesses and deaths.

Chemicals reported to the EPA that have been released into the environment include ammonia; barium, chromium, and copper compounds; hydrochloric acid; hydrogen fluoride; lead and manganese compounds; Nhexane; styrene; sulfuric acid; and nitrate, vanadium, and zinc compounds. Industries will be selected for inspection based on site-specific chemical release data from the EPA's TRI Explorer database, which lists industry establishments that have released chemical quantities equal to or exceeding 100,000 pounds.

OSHA has created a toolkit to identify safer chemicals that can be used in place of more hazardous ones. The toolkit is available at Local emphasis programs are enforcement strategies designed and implemented at the regional and/or area office levels. These programs are intended to address hazards in industries that pose a particular risk to workers in the office's jurisdiction.

7/24/2014 - NACE launches study to tally corrosion's global cost

HOUSTON, Tex.–NACE International has launched a two-year global study to determine the financial and societal toll of corrosion on infrastructure, utilities, transportation, the military, and other sectors. The study will be led by Elaine Bowman, former NACE president and a longtime corrosion industry advocate. Using international, regional and academic research, the study will focus on economic data to provide statistics and models that asset owners can use for preservation, management or replacement.

“Corrosion is an inevitable but controllable process, which can result in destructive–even catastrophic–incidents when not properly prevented and managed,” Bowman said. “Costs associated with corrosion control include direct expenses like repair and replacement of assets, but there are additional indirect costs like production lost due to closure for repairs, or the environmental and physical impact of corrosion-related failures.” The NACE study will explore both direct and indirect costs, identifying ways to save as much as 30 percent, Bowman said.

In 2001, a study funded by the US Congress estimated the annual direct cost of corrosion in the US at $276 billion. The study, supported by NACE and overseen by the Federal Highway Administration, led Congress to develop a Corrosion Policy and Oversight office within the Department of Defense. According to NACE, this office has demonstrated up to a 40:1 return on investment for corrosion control programs implemented by the DOD. It also resulted in support for the world's first undergraduate degree in corrosion–a corrosion engineering program now underway at The University of Akron, Ohio.

7/23/2014 - NADCA awards scholarships to 17 students

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.–The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) is proud to announce that 17 students have been recognized by the David Laine Intern and Scholarship Program. This is the highest amount of students that have been recognized in one year since the program's inception, as well as the largest overall award given with the scholarships totaling $41,250. Most of the applicants received $2,500 scholarships, which are the highest scholarships awarded throughout the entire metal-casting industry.

The scholarship fund was established in 1975 in tribute to David Laine, who served as secretary of the American Die Casting Institute (ADCI), a forerunner of NADCA, for 29 years. Laine was instrumental in effecting many advancements for the benefit of the die casting industry. Among these was the development of a safety program, which was adopted by the institute in 1945. Laine also helped to found the Die Casting Research Foundation. The scholarships require that students complete an internship or co-op at a die casting company or a supplier to the die casting industry prior to applying for the scholarship. The prerequisite allows students to experience hands-on training in the die casting industry, with the hope that the learning experience will encourage students to continue on in the field after graduation.

The 2013 Laine Scholarship winners are as follows: Jack Bossong, Jacob Bowerman, Christopher Carberry, Kevin Coveny, Alexander Daar, Adam Fettig, Craig Hart, Tyler Holland, Caitlin Lahey, Brendan Melnick, Samuel Moser, David Prorok, Josh Province, Thomas H. Ring, Joseph Schwartz, Lindsey Twarog, and Daniel Winland. Scholarship winners cited experience gained in areas such as die casting machine re-builds, process development, quality engineering, and die maintenance on their application essays.

For more information on the recipients, including their universities and the companies that provided them the opportunity to work in the die casting industry, visit . The website also gives info on how to apply or participate in the program in the future. NADCA represents the voice of the die casting industry and is committed to promoting industry awareness, domestic growth in the global marketplace, and member exposure.

7/22/2014 - Construction fraud tab reaches $860 billion per year

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–Money laundering, bid rigging, bribery, and other types of fraud are now bleeding the global construction industry of about $860 billion a year–a tab that could nearly double by 2025, a new report says.

Construction fraud has become so common that it may account for 5 to 10 percent of revenues, a percentage likely to rise as the industry continues to recover, predicts “Time for a new direction: Fighting fraud in Construction.” The report was published by Grant Thornton, an organization of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms, and focused on research carried out in the US, Australia, Canada, India, and the UK. The report calls the construction and real estate industries highly vulnerable to fraud and urges action to stanch the losses.

Most construction companies have insufficient controls to identify fraud, the report says. As the number of stakeholders increases on a project, so do the opportunities for fraud. The greatest threat comes from within a company. Outside influences are still a threat, however, especially given the evidence of organized crime involvement in construction fraud. The report recommends that companies speak more openly about fraud and implement steps to mitigate it, such as encouraging whistleblowing, being vigilant, adopting a zero tolerance policy, and being prepared to prosecute.

7/21/2014 - RadTech hires new employees

BETHESDA, Md.—RadTech has hired two new employees to assist membership and extend its UV/EB outreach efforts. Doreen Monteleone has joined RadTech as director of sustainability and EHS initiatives. Monteleone has been helping businesses with regulatory compliance and sustainability issues for more than 20 years. RadTech's Education Committee has added Krystin Holmes as an advisor for its Student Competition. Holmes is a polymer science teacher, an IC3-certified online instructor, and a lab assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi. RadTech is the nonprofit trade association for the advancement of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies.

7/18/2014 - Central Coating adds Conformal Coating capabilities

WEST BOYLSTON, Mass.–Central Coating, a specialized precision coating application and EMI Shielding company, has recently announced the addition of Conformal Coating to their coating application capabilities. The Conformal Coating process provides protection against fungus, moisture, corrosion, dust, and thermal and mechanical shock to printed circuit boards and other electronic substrates. These coatings are dielectric materials applied to electronic substrates to protect circuits from environmental stress. They also minimize dendritic growth and the electromigration of metal between conductors. These coatings work to significantly extend the life of electronic devices used in extreme environments.

7/17/2014 - Clear coating extends service life of paint by 10 years

BRIGHTON, Mich.–A new clear coating offers a long-term solution to restore original properties, according to developer Nanovere Technologies LLC. NanoClear for Industrial Applications was designed to extend the in-service life of painted surfaces by 10 years. The coating is a one-component, cross-linked, hybrid polyurethane-based nanocoating system. According to Nanovere, NanoClear can restore original color, gloss, surface hardness, chemical resistance, and UV resistance to highly oxidized painted surfaces such as steel, aluminum, and fiberglass.

The product can be used for epoxy, polyurethane and topcoat restoration. Gloss retention is 99 percent after 5 years. The coating also has self-cleaning properties, including water, oil, dirt, and ice repellency. Application methods include HVLP or airless spray. The product was designed to air cure and comes with a 10-year warranty. Nanovere specializes in the research, development, and manufacture of nanocoatings with multifunctional properties.

7/16/2014 - OSHA releases educational resources to prevent hazardous chemical exposures

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Each year, tens of thousands of American workers are made sick or die from occupational exposures to hazardous chemicals. While many chemicals are suspected of being harmful, OSHA's exposure standards are out-of-date and inadequately protective for the small number of chemicals that are regulated in the workplace. To help keep workers safe, OSHA has launched two new internet resources.

The first resource is a step-by-step toolkit to identify safer chemicals that can be used in place of more hazardous ones. The “Transitioning to Safer Chemicals” toolkit provides employers and workers with information, methods, tools, and guidance on using informed substitution in the workplace.

The second resource is the “Annotated Permissible Exposure Limits,” or annotated PELs tables, which will enable employers to voluntarily adopt newer, more protective workplace exposure limits. Since OSHA's adoption of the majority of its PELs more than 40 years ago, new scientific data, industrial experience, and developments in technology clearly indicate that in many instances these mandatory limits are not sufficiently protective of workers' health.

“From steel mills to hospitals and construction sites to nail salons, hazardous chemical exposure is a serious concern for countless employers and workers in many, many industries, in every part of this nation,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “With these new resources, OSHA is making sure that all business owners have access to information on safer exposure limits and safer alternatives to help protect their workers and their bottom lines.” To learn more, visit

7/15/2014 - Cabot agrees to spend $84 million to control harmful air pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Boston-based Cabot Corp., the second-largest carbon black manufacturer in the US, has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty and spend an estimated $84 million on state-of-the-art technology to control harmful air pollution. According to the Department of Justice and the EPA, this will resolve the alleged violations of the New Source Review (NSR) provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at its three facilities in the towns of Franklin and Ville Platte, La., and Pampa, Tex.

This agreement is the first to result from a national enforcement initiative aimed at bringing carbon black manufacturers into compliance with the CAA's NSR provisions. “With today's commitment to invest in pollution controls, Cabot has raised the industry standard for environmental protection,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “These upgrades will have lasting, tangible impacts on improved respiratory health for local communities. We expect others in the industry to take notice and realize their obligation to protect the communities in which they operate.”

At all three facilities, the settlement requires that Cabot optimize existing controls for particulate matter or soot, operate an early-warning detection system that will alert facility operators to any particulate matter releases, and comply with a plan to control fugitive emissions that result from leaks or unintended releases of gases. To address nitrogen oxide pollution, Cabot must install selective catalytic reduction technology to significantly reduce emissions, install continuous monitoring, and comply with stringent limits. At the two larger facilities in Louisiana, Cabot must address sulfur dioxide pollution by installing wet gas scrubbers to control emissions, install continuous monitoring, and comply with stringent emissions limits. In addition, the Texas facility is required to comply with a limit on the amount of sulfur in feedstock, which is the lowest for any carbon black plant in the US. These measures are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 1,975 tons per year, sulfur dioxide emissions by approximately 12,380 tons per year, and significantly improve existing particulate matter controls.

In the complaint filed by DOJ on behalf of EPA, the government alleged that between 2003 and 2009, Cabot made major modifications at its carbon black facilities without obtaining pre-construction permits and without installing and operating required pollution technology. The complaint further alleges that these actions resulted in increased emissions, violating CAA requirements stating that companies must obtain the necessary permits prior to making modifications at a facility and must install and operate required pollution control equipment if those modifications will result in increases of certain pollutants.

Cabot Corp. manufactures global specialty chemicals and performance materials, which include rubber additives for tires and brake pads, activated carbon for air purifiers, chemicals used in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, and inkjet colorants. The proposed consent decree will be lodged with the United States District Court and will be subject to a 45-day public comment period. The company is required to pay the penalty within 30 days after the court approves the settlement. For more info, visit

7/14/2014 - SSPC revises zinc primer standard

PITTSBURGH, Pa.–Testing and performance requirements for highly pigmented primers containing zinc dust are part of new revisions to a standard from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. SSPC Paint 29, “Zinc Dust Sacrificial Primer, Performance-Based,” updated February 25, is a performance-based standard for highly pigmented primers that contain zinc dust as the major pigment component (minimum 65 percent weight in the dry film) and are defined by their ability to protect ferrous substrates. The standard, originally issued in 1991, contains performance requirements that owners and specifiers can use for inorganic and organic zinc-pigmented primer coatings intended for spray application for use by itself or as a primer in a multi-coat system.

The new technical revisions removed the outdoor testing requirements and outdoor performance levels. Performance criteria is now based on evaluation for accelerated exposure in accordance with ASTM D5894, Standard Practice for Cyclic Salt Fog/UV Exposure of Painted Metal. The new revisions increased the required accelerated exposure time from 3,000 hours to 5,040 hours for both inorganic and organic zinc-pigmented coatings.

The test to evaluate adhesion has changed from ASTM D3359 (crosscut) to ASTM D4541 (pulloff). Revised Paint 29 requires adhesion testing to be performed on the cured primer prior to and following accelerated exposure with a minimum adhesion requirement of 600 psi for each of four pulls on unscribed areas of three test panels. The maximum allowed scribe undercutting values have been increased from 0 (no undercutting) to 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) for inorganic zinc coatings and from 0 (no undercutting) to 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) for organic zinc coatings.

SSPC is the only nonprofit association that is focused on the protection and preservation of concrete, steel, and other industrial structures and surfaces through the use of high-performance protective, marine, and industrial coatings.

7/11/2014 - Valspar expands, experiences sales growth

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–The Valspar Corp., the world's sixth-largest paint and coatings company, has announced a 30,000-square-foot expansion of their powder coating manufacturing plant in Covington, Ga. In addition, after struggling sales of general industrial coatings fueled a 14 percent fourth-quarter decline in profits in 2013, new business gains and acquisitions boosted overall net sales and income per share for early 2014. Because of this, the company experienced a 10 percent boost in its coatings segment in the first quarter of 2014.

7/10/2014 - Metal recycler invests in safeguards to prevent hazardous chemical releases

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that AL Solutions, a West Virginia-based metal recycler, has agreed to implement extensive, company-wide safeguards to prevent future accidental releases of hazardous chemicals from its facilities. This resolves alleged Clean Air Act violations (CAA) stemming from an explosion at the company's New Cumberland, W. Va., facility that killed three people.

AL Solutions recycles titanium and zirconium raw materials for use as alloying additives by aluminum producers. In December 2010, three employees who had been handling zirconium powder at the company's former plant in New Cumberland, W. Va., died following an explosion which may have been caused by an accidental release of the chemical. Debris from the explosion, which destroyed the production area of the facility, was scattered into the yards of local residents. Earlier this year, the company opened a new, automated facility in Burgettstown, Pa., which includes modern technology to safeguard employees and reduce exposure to hazardous metallic dust.

The EPA estimates that the company will spend approximately $7.8 million to implement extensive measures to ensure compliance with environmental requirements, assess the potential hazards associated with existing and future operations, and take measures to prevent accidental releases and minimize the consequences of releases that may occur. In consultation with EPA, the company has already completed significant portions of the work required by the settlement and a prior administrative order.

7/8/2014 - Valspar Foundation, NDSU announce new scholarship programs

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–The Valspar Corp. and North Dakota State University (NDSU) have announced two new scholarship programs to provide opportunities for students studying coatings and polymeric materials at NDSU. The Valspar Foundation will contribute $20,000 to support up to five graduate student scholarships and a new program for Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). The scholarship program is administered through the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU and coordinated through NDSU's Development Foundation.

A selection committee consisting of NDSU professors and Valspar's technical leaders is pleased to announce the first Valspar Graduate Scholars Program awards to Olena Kudina, Lviv, Ukraine; Casey Orgon, Bemidji, Minn.; Adlina Paramarta, Java, Indonesia; Andriy Popadyuk, Lviv, Ukraine; and Alison Rohly, Lino Lakes, Minn. Each graduate student will receive $3,000, supporting the students' studies at NDSU's Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials for the 2014 academic year.

7/7/2014 - Marco Group offers new abrasive monitoring system

DAVENPORT, Iowa–Marco Group International now offers a new abrasive-blasting monitoring system that tracks live blasting time from remote locations. The Blastmaster Smart Box is a monitoring system for mobile and fixed location applications that monitors productivity in the field at the blast site through pressure measurement. Productivity time and motion studies can be assessed and production standards can be set with remote monitoring in blast rooms or from remote office locations, the company says. The box is retrofitable to any abrasive-blasting pot, blast room, or remote monitoring location.

Smart Box data allows site and production managers to analyze and forecast time and abrasive usage, establish production standards, reduce safety hazards through pressure monitoring, and identify ways to reduce costs. The company provides services and supplies to the surface preparation and protective coatings industries.

7/3/2014 - Packaging manufacturer to expand in Henderson County, N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C.–Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker have announced that ASG (AGI Shorewood) will expand its manufacturing operations in Henderson County. The company plans to create 50 new jobs and invest more than $8.5 million in East Flat Rock, N.C. Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be more than $40,000. The average annual wage in Henderson County is $34,528.

ASG is a global packaging company that specializes in the development of innovative solutions for the consumer products segment. The company will be adding new positions in the press room, die cutting, gluing, digital pre-press, customer service, production planning, and shipping and receiving. ASG anticipates the expansion will help the East Flat Rock facility achieve heightened production efficiencies, increase manufacturing volume, and bolster existing packaging offerings to help serve customers in the entertainment, personal care, healthcare, and pharmaceutical segments.

The project was made possible in part by a $60,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Henderson County, and the Henderson Partnership for Economic Development.

7/2/2014 - EPA releases interactive dashboard for chemical screening data

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the release of chemical screening data accessible through the new interactive Chemical Safety for Sustainability (iCSS) Dashboard. The iCSS Dashboard provides access to data from innovative screening technologies for chemicals that are found in industrial and consumer products, food additives, and drugs. “EPA's use of cost effective advanced chemical screening techniques has transformed this country's knowledge of the safety of almost 2,000 chemicals currently in use,” says Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development. “Today's release marks an important milestone in communicating and improving our understanding of the impact chemicals have on human health and the environment.”

As part of this data release, EPA is announcing the ToxCast Data Challenges, a series of challenges inviting the science and technology community to work with the data and provide solutions for how the new chemical screening data can be used to predict potential health effects. Challenge winners will receive awards for their innovative research ideas.

The data was gathered through advanced techniques as part of an ongoing federal collaboration to improve chemical screening. The collaboration, Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century (Tox21), is comprised of the EPA, the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences/National Toxicology Program, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Only a fraction of chemicals in use in the United States have been adequately assessed for potential risk. This information is useful for prioritizing chemicals for potential risk as well as predicting if chemical exposures could lead to adverse health effects.

7/1/2014 - Platinum Equity acquires MetoKote

LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Platinum Equity has announced that it has acquired MetoKote Corp., a provider of industrial metal coating services, from CCMP Capital Partners LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. MetoKote president and CEO Jeff Oravitz will continue to lead the company under new ownership and the company will continue to operate under the MetoKote brand. Platinum Equity has extensive experience in industrial services and working with automotive OEMs and heavy equipment manufacturers. MetoKote, Lima, Ohio, provides environmentally sound and cost-effective coating solutions.

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