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Registration for the 2015 Powder Coating Show will close on Thursday, April 30th at 12:00 pm. If registering after that date, you will need to download a registration form and bring it with you to the show. On-site registration is Tuesday, May 5th between 1pm and 5pm or Wednesday, May 6th between 7:30am and 4:30pm. Please Do NOT FAX or email the registration form between the dates of April 30th and May 7th.

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Durable goods orders jumped 4.0 percent in March, which should be a sign that the sector was growing strongly and rebounding from recent softness. Instead, strong aircraft and motor vehicle sales in the month masked broader weaknesses behind the surface. Excluding transportation equipment orders, durable goods sales dropped 0.2 percent for the month and have edged lower across the past six months. Durable goods shipments were somewhat more encouraging on a year-over-year basis, up 3.7 percent, but they have been essentially flat since September.

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When you want to maximize your use of shop space and still accommodate a variety of production runs, batch ovens will provide the best solution. Designed for versatility and variability, batch ovens are well suited for production applications that vary in shape, size and volume. 

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Advantages of powder coating include thicker coatings without running or sagging, faster production cycles, and much lower emissions of volatile organic compounds. In most cases, key elements of powder paint systems are natural gas-fired convection ovens, or gas-fired catalytic infrared systems. The use of powder coatings for product finishing is expanding into new markets. These finishes are expanding from metallic products only to other surfaces, notably medium-density fiberboard (MDF). 

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Happy Earth Day! In addition to being the more durable and attractive choice, powder coating is also highly protective of our environment.

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Does PCI's Online Registration System Look Different?
Well, it should! The association is migrating all online registrations into its new Content Management System in order to keep all contact information in one place. The new system will clean up redundancies and ensure a more efficient process.

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Manufacturing production increased 0.1 percent in March. This followed three months of weaker data, including declines in both January and February. There have been some significant headwinds hitting the manufacturing sector over the past few months, including a strong U.S. dollar, weakened economic markets abroad, lower crude oil prices, the West Coast ports slowdown and weather. 

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TCI Powder Coatings, a powder coating manufacturer and subsidiary of RPM International company, launches a newly developed powder coating product offering, the TruAnodize line, meeting AAMA 2604 specifications.  As part of the TruDurance architectural coatings product line, these innovative powder coatings are designed specifically for architectural applications where the anodized look is desired. The TruAnodize coatings are a smooth, low gloss powder coating applied in one coat with no clear coat required.

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Warren, Michigan (April 6, 2015) – For the second consecutive year, The Crown Group Waterloo Plant has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2014 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating.  The Warren, Mich.-based company was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. Company employees accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held March 3, 2015, in Bettendorf, Iowa.

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After a slew of releases the week before, last week was a quiet one on the economic front. This brief pause allowed us to absorb the data that we have before moving forward. Manufacturers have needed to reconcile the weaker-than-desired market in the first quarter of 2015 with a still-upbeat sales, output and labor market outlook for the coming months. 

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