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Since its founding in 1948, American Trim (known then as Lima Tool and Die) has achieved success by adding value to the parts it supplies to the appliance industry. The company’s first customer, a kitchen range manufacturer, fell in love with the stylish, chrome-plated handle that company owner Henry Hawk designed. With the help of the Tennessee Stove Works, Hawk expanded his company’s reach into the appliance industry by developing the capability to manufacture and then plate appliance parts using an efficient, continuous, process.

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As reported on by Zacks Equity Research on Nasdaq.com, provider of engineered services and welding solutions, PCI member AZZ Inc.  announced the buyout of the assets of Enhanced Powder Coating Ltd (EPC), a privately held plating and anodizing services provider, based in Gainesville, Texas. However, the terms of the agreement were kept under wraps. 

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Axalta Coating Systems held the grand opening of its Customer Experience Center on May 16, 2017, in Concord, N.C. Charlie Shaver, Axalta chairman and CEO, and Michael Carr, Axalta president, NA, officiated the opening program with special guests Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR® Cup Series champion, and Rick Hendrick, owner of 12-time Cup champion Hendrick Motorsports.

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Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions announces the acquisition of RP Paint Arrestors, effective June 30, 2017.

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The PCI Coatings Comparison Calculator has been updated.  Ensure that you have the most up-to-date app, along with a link to upcoming PCI events.

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From March 27-31, The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) hosted three events at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, making the end of March a hat trick for the powder coating industry. PCI devoted an entire week to powder coating education, hands-on training, tabletop exhibits and networking opportunities, through three of its events: a Powder Coating 101 Workshop, the Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference & Tabletop Exhibition, and the Custom Coater Forum.

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The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) and Gema USA Inc., a Graco Inc. Company, awarded two $2,500 scholarships and recently recognized the worthy students at the PCI Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference in Indianapolis.

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Ohio State University recently published a study in the journal, “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” which says that the average age of scientists has increased significantly in the last few years. They observed that the mean age of scientists has increased from 45.1 to 48.6 between 1993 and 2010. What’s more, the share of workers 55 and older almost doubled between 1994 and 2010 from 17 percent to 33 percent. This conclusion was reached by analyzing data of about 73,000 employed scientists in the United States. The primary reasons for this trend, according to the research, focuses mainly on the aging baby boomer generation, employees retiring at a later age, and a sparser influx of college graduates entering scientific fields.

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I'm writing this on the Sunday of the 2017 Masters Tournament. Prior to the start of today’s play, the broadcasting station showed a very moving tribute from Phil Mickelson about the late Arnold Palmer. This is the first Masters in many, many years without the very special, revered golf legend. But Arnie’s skills, handiwork and heart will forever be imbedded in the professional golfing world, impacting those who follow.

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Parker Ionics has appointed Bill Van Buren to the position of national accounts manager. His primary focus will be on the continued sales growth of powder related equipment sold through our largest distributor, nationally positioned and recognized Sherwin Williams Product Finishes Division.

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