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8/22/2016 - Tool estimates respirator cartridge life

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the US federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness, has revised its computer tool for calculating the service life of air-purifying respirator cartridges.

MultiVapor is a desktop software application for estimating breakthrough times and service lives of air-purifying respirator cartridges manufactured to remove toxic organic vapors from breathed air. A breakthrough time is the time following the first and continuous use of a cartridge after which the user of the cartridge could be exposed to a selected concentration of a harmful vapor. This is the consequence of the cartridge being used up. Service life is the breakthrough time with a safety factor applied. The MultiVapor tool can also be used for larger filters and for carbon beds of any size prepared for lab studies.

Updated in January 2016, MultiVapor 2.2.4 has 66 new compounds in its library, including toluene diisocyanate (TDI), methyl dipphenylene isocyanate (MDI) and Styrene. In addition, the typical organic vapor (OV) cartridge parameters are now more representative of commonly used cartridges. They were obtained by averaging three popular cartridge parameters. The tool is intended to help personnel set changeout schedules, but is not a substitute for regulatory requirements or professional judgments.


8/18/2016 - Dow to reduce acrylate capacity by 20 percent

MIDLAND, Mich.–Multinational chemical corporation The Dow Chemical Co. has announced that its Dow Performance Monomers business unit will be reducing acrylate capacity by 20 percent at its Deer Park Operations in Deer Park, Tex. Acrylates are used in a variety of applications, including adhesives, coatings, inks, plastics, and superabsorbent products.

In addition to the shutdown of acrylic capacity, other actions are being undertaken to address current market conditions. The company plans to optimize turnaround and structural costs and will explore co-producer supply agreements. Dow expects these actions will have an impact on both near- and long-term business.


8/17/2016 - IFS Coatings launches new architectural color card

GAINESVILLE, Tex.–IFS Coatings has launched a new architectural color card that features 26 colors, including 13 solid shades, 7 sparkling metallics, and 6 anodic style effects. Each color is available in AAMA-compliant technology: IFS 300SP complies with AAMA 2603, IFS 400SD complies with AAMA 2604, and IFS 500FP meets and exceeds the performance requirements of AAMA 2605. The 26 architectural coatings are standard, but the company also allows architects and designers to craft custom colors to match a color or create a unique hue.


8/16/2016 - PPG launches coatings R&D hub

PITTSBURGH, Pa.–PPG Industries has unveiled its newly completed research and development facility in Allison Park, Pa., which is just outside of Pittsburgh, home to its global headquarters. The new Coatings Innovation Center (CIC) represents a $7.8 million investment into science and technology activities. Upgrades to the facility include increased lab and testing space as well as equipment improvements that expand the company's technical capabilities in R&D for paint and coatings.

The facility improvements are meant to enhance PPG's resources for creating and testing sealants, adhesives, and pretreatment solutions; simulating the environments where customers use its automotive and industrial paints and coatings; and training distributors, painters, and collision-repair professionals to successfully use the company's automotive refinish coatings.

The renovated coatings application center provides two robotic spray booths with environmental controls for variable temperature, humidity, and airflow. Space has been converted to labs for synthesis, adhesives and sealants, and pretreatment solutions. A renovated 9,000-square-foot automotive refinish training center now provides two new spray booths, a prep station, upgraded equipment, and two large classrooms.


8/15/2016 - OSHA withdraws long-planned rule to reduce slips, trips, and falls

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has withdrawn its draft Final Rule to update existing regulations aimed at preventing slips, trips, and falls in the workplace from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review. OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the White House gatekeeper for rules with significant economic impact, reported in late December that OSHA had pulled the rule from OIRA pending further consideration by the agency.

The “Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention)” rule proposal was first issued in 1990. Eventually, based at least in part on public comments submitted in response to the 1990 proposal, OSHA published a notice to reopen the rulemaking for a second round of public comment in May 2003. However, because advancements in fall protection technology had far outpaced OSHA's rulemaking process, the agency concluded that its proposal was out of date and did not reflect current industry practice or technology.

In May of 2010, OSHA issued a reiteration of the proposal that reflected current information and increased consistency with other OSHA standards. OSHA held administrative hearings in January 2011 on the revised proposal. Then, in 2015, OSHA indicated that the rule was a top priority and they were on the cusp of finalizing and promulgating a final rule designed to update the requirements to protect against falls in the workplace. Only a month later, OSHA halted the review process.

Industry professionals speculate that, as important as fall protection is, promulgation of the silica rule and the rule requiring electronic submission of injury and illness data are more important at this time.


8/12/2016 - IMTS 2016 will once again showcase emerging technologies

MCLEAN, Va.–AMT-Association For Manufacturing Technology will feature additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing, and integrated energies in its Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), to be held September 12-17, 2016, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

AMT created the ETC, which debuted at IMTS 2004, as a showcase for current and near-future state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Premier exhibits at IMTS 2016 include three proof of concept additive manufacturing (3D-printed) displays: the additive bionic human, the AMIE project, and a new app that tracks and provides users with the latest technology advancements. The ETC showcases projects and disruptive technologies that were previously known to only a few, challenging preconceived notions of how manufacturing performs at its best.


8/11/2016 - OSHA delays effective date for enforcing anti-retaliation section of injury tracking rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is delaying enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin August 10, 2016, enforcement will now begin November 1, 2016.

Under the new “Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety and prevent injuries and illnesses. Employers are required to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation; implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting; and employers are prohibited from retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.


8/10/2016 - IHEA to offer several training opportunities this Fall

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.–This Fall, the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) will be offering the 47th Combustion Seminar, the Safety Standards Seminar, and the revised Induction Seminar. The concurrent seminars will be held September 19-20 at the Cincinnati Marriott RiverCenter in Covington, Ky. A joint Tabletop Exhibition & Reception will also be held on Monday, September 19. The tabletop exhibition will feature companies from all the technologies represented throughout the three seminars.

The Annual Combustion Seminar has been the leading educational opportunity for those in the industry for more than four decades. Attendees receive valuable instruction from experts in combustion technologies. The seminar is designed to provide current and relevant information for those responsible for the operation, design, selection and/or maintenance of fuel-fired industrial process furnaces and ovens. The 2-day class consists of 18 sessions which are led by knowledgeable speakers from IHEA member companies. Topics include air-gas premixing, applications, burners, controls, flame supervision, gas flow measurement, infrared heating, metering, troubleshooting, and more.

IHEA's comprehensive Safety Standards Seminar provides critical safety information for those involved with the design, manufacture, service, or operation of ovens, furnaces, kilns, dryers, thermal oxidizers, and a wide range of industrial applications. Speakers will highlight and discuss changes in the NFPA 86 standard that was released in Fall 2015. Attendees will be able to learn about these important changes to the standard and how they can affect their operation. Seminar speakers have a first-hand working knowledge in the development of the standard.

In conjunction with its newly developed Induction Division, IHEA has revised the Induction Seminar to provide a complete understanding of the technology. During this one-day seminar on Monday, September 19, attendees will learn about the basics of induction technology; equipment needed for an induction operation; induction processes, applications and markets; advantages of induction for improving plant operations; and what is needed to set up an induction operation. Seminar speakers are leaders in the induction industry.

In addition, IHEA's Fall Business Conference follows the seminars. The Association holds this conference each Fall for the purpose of bringing together IHEA member company representatives to conduct committee meetings and focus on IHEA's mission.

For more information on the seminars and to register, visit www.ihea.org and click on the Events tab.


8/8/2016 - ACA honors industry leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Members of the American Coatings Association (ACA) have recognized several industry leaders with awards for their decades of service, innovative ideas, and achievements. Christopher M. Connor, The Sherwin-Williams Co., received the George Baugh Heckel Award, the ACA's highest honor, in recognition of his leadership efforts on behalf of the association and the industry. Sandra Chapman, The Sherwin-Williams Co., was presented with the ACA Industry Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals who have given many years of service to the industry.

Four industry members received ACA's Industry Achievement Awards, given in recognition of specific contributions to the paint and coatings industry. The honorees were: Scott Thomas, The Sherwin-Williams Co.; Doug Mazeffa, The Sherwin-Williams Co.; Phil Brondsema, Celanese Corp.; and Wayne Fast, retired from PPG. In addition, three industry members received ACA's Industry Statesmen Awards, which honors individuals at or near retirement for service to the industry. The honorees were: Charles Bunch, PPG; Peter Longo, retired from California Products Corp.; and Joseph Tashjian, Ellis Paint Co. ACA is a nonprofit trade association representing paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals.


8/4/2016 - SSPC announces election results

PITTSBURGH, Pa.–SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the results of its 2016 election process. Ross Boyd, TruQC LLC, and Mana H. Al-Mansour, Saudi Aramco, were voted into the two open positions on the Board of Governors. Joseph Walker, Elcometer Inc., and Joyce Wright, Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, were both reelected by the membership for the two incumbent positions on the ballot. Terms for the new board members will begin July 1.


8/2/2016 - Axalta appoints board member

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings, has appointed Mark Garrett to its Board of Directors. Garrett is chairman of the executive committee and chief executive of Borealis AG, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals, and fertilizers with headquarters in Vienna, Austria.


8/1/2016 - Courses: September and October 2016

September 13: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. Denver, Colo. Also offered September 15 in Kansas City, Mo., and September 22 in Middleboro, Mass. Offered by Brookfield AMETEK. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com.

October 11: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. Phoenix, Ariz. Also offered October 13 in Houston, Tex., and October 20 in Middleboro, Mass. Offered by Brookfield AMETEK. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com.


7/29/2016 - OSHA issues final rule on workplace injuries, illnesses

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public, and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety and prevent injuries and illnesses.

OSHA requires many employers to keep a record of injuries and illnesses to help these employers and their employees identify hazards, fix problems, and prevent additional injuries and illnesses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports more than 3 million workers suffer a workplace injury or illness every year. Currently, little or no information about worker injuries and illnesses at individual employers is made public or available to OSHA.

Under the new Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, employers in high-hazard industries will send OSHA injury and illness data that the employers are already required to collect for posting on the agency's website. The availability of this data will enable prospective employees to identify workplaces where their risk of injury is lowest. As a result, employers competing to hire the best workers will make injury prevention a higher priority. Access to this data will also enable employers to benchmark their safety and health performance against industry leaders to improve their own safety programs.

Under the new rule, all establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness information from OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301. Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain industries must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A only.

To ensure that the injury data on OSHA logs are accurate and complete, the final rule also promotes an employee's right to report injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation, and clarifies that an employer must have a reasonable procedure for reporting work-related injuries that does not discourage employees from reporting. This aspect of the rule targets employer programs and policies that, while nominally promoting safety, have the effect of discouraging workers from reporting injuries and, in turn, leading to incomplete or inaccurate records of workplace hazards.

The new requirements take effect August 10, 2016, with phased-in data submissions beginning in 2017. These requirements do not add to or change an employer's obligation to complete and retain injury and illness records under the Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation.

Opponents of the rule, which was first proposed in 2013, say the measure will have unintended consequences that will negatively impact the American business community. Further, they claim the federal agency has overstepped its authority to publish such employer records, which previously remained confidential.


7/27/2016 - Hannibal expands to add powder coating line

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Steel manufacturer Hannibal Industries Inc. is building a 42,000-square-foot expansion at its already 110,000-square-foot facility in northwest Houston, Tex., that will house the company's new powder coating production line, an environmental room, and additional office space. The company plans to open the plant in September. In addition, Steve Rogers has been named the executive vice president of Hannibal Industries and will relocate to the Houston office.


7/26/2016 - Allnex names new CEO

BRUSSELS, Belgium—Allnex, a leading supplier of resins for architectural, industrial, OEM, and special purpose coatings, has named a new CEO. The specialty chemicals company announced the appointment of Miguel Mantas to the position of CEO effective February 1, 2016. Mantas succeeds Frank Aranzana in the leadership role. Aranzana will now become a member of the Allnex Advisory Committee. Mantas brings more than three decades of global executive experience in the chemicals and materials industry to the company.


7/25/2016 - NASF honors student with design award

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Chapters of Southern and Northern California, in partnership with the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., have announced that Bernard Mitchel is the first-place scholarship winner of the 2015 Fall Bright Design Challenge. Mitchel will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the winning design. This annual program prompts students to think beyond traditional design theory to develop next-generation creative and engineering solutions using surface technology.


7/22/2016 - OSHA offers new training cards

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More secure completion cards for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) volunteer safety classes are now in place. Aimed at reducing fraud and improving efficiency, OSHA has rolled out more durable and secure completion cards for its 10-hour and 30-hour voluntary safety classes.

The Outreach Training Program completion cards resemble credit card stock, with authorizing logos, a watermark when copied, and a QR code for authentication. The new cards for students and trainers are more difficult to copy, and include verifiable information such as ways to contact the trainer who conducted the course. The new process also reduces the number of days it takes to request and process cards.

OSHA's basic safety courses are tailored to construction, maritime, and general industry, as well as classes for disaster site workers. The courses cover the basics of workers' rights and OSHA protections, and describe how to identify, avoid, and prevent workplace hazards. While not required by OSHA, some states and employers require workers to complete the training. More than 830,000 students were trained under the program in fiscal year 2015.


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 www.epa.gov/trinationalanalysis.


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, www.galvanizedrebar.org, 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 www.itps-americas.com.


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.

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