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PPG Industries has introduced ENVIROCRON® HTE (high-transfer-efficiency) powder coating, featuring a proprietary bisphenol A (BPA)-free polyester formulation that has a fast application build rate and its designed to provide uniform coverage on complex parts and surfaces, reducing material waste.

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Over the last 30+ years, powder coating has revolutionized the finishing industry by providing a superior, durable, environmentally friendly finish - particularly for metal products such as appliances, automotive parts, sporting goods and countless other products. Powder coating is now the fastest growing finishing method in North America.

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Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event tailored specifically for custom coaters. The Custom Coater Forum provides peer group and round-table discussions on business solutions, new product technologies, PCI programs, and much more. It is an excellent networking opportunity that helps coaters gain new resources and tools to improve their business, as well as develop relationships with other powder coaters. Attendees benefit from immediate take-aways to enhance their business practices!

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S&K Powder Coating, a fabricator and custom powder coater, is officially expanding its operation into western Kentucky. S&K will be operating out of a 7,500 square-foot facility which will house batch ovens, a large powder coating booth, along with a full sandblast room.

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Reuters (2/12, Scott) reports that a new study from the consulting group ICF International shows that companies are beginning to shift their aerospace manufacturing activities back to the United States, as the savings from lower labor costs overseas has declined and automation has advanced. 

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A worker was hospitalized after an explosion Friday morning at Midwest Powder Coating Co. in St. Charles, Ill. According to reports, the man's injuries are not life threatening.

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Waterbury, CT, February 10, 2015- Hubbard-Hall announced that Gerry Mastropietro has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President. Gerry will be reporting to Molly Kellogg, President and CEO of Hubbard-Hall.


 

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Manufacturers in the United States have added roughly 18,800 workers per month on average over the past 13 months, with an average of 29,000 from October through January. This suggests that the momentum in demand and production in the second half of 2014 has led to an uptick in hiring, which is encouraging. Income growth was also higher, with average weekly earnings up 2.0 percent year-over-year in January. At the same time, the larger economy has also seen strong growth, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by nearly 260,000 per month since the end of 2013. The unemployment rate edged up to 5.7 percent, however, as more Americans re-entered the labor force looking for work. The participation rate rose from 62.7 percent to 62.9 percent.

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CNBC (2/6, Schoen) reports that the “improved outlook” of small businesses has showed up in ADP’s recent data, which indicated small businesses are “back in a hiring mood” with over 2 million more workers added to their payrolls last year. CNBC notes that the “bulk of the hiring is coming from services businesses,” though manufacturers like Marlin Steel are also hiring as it “booked its best revenues and profits since...1998.” The article notes that the improved job market has led to a “serious skills shortage,” making hiring more difficult, according to Marlin Steel owner Drew Greenblatt, which is “one reason he’s raised wages and is investing in training new hires.”

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The AP (2/5) reports that the latest edition of the ADP/Moody’s Analytics jobs report says that private-sector employers added 213,000 jobs in January. The AP says it is a “decent increase,” though it is “the smallest in four months.” It also came in below economists’ expectations of 230,000. The report noted that “manufacturers added 14,000 jobs,” 7,000 less than in December; “construction companies hired 18,000 more workers”; and service companies including “retail, transportation and utilities firms added 54,000 jobs.”

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