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Chemetall North America has earned Q1 Supplier Status Certification from Ford Motor Company. The certification represents recognition that Chemetall meets a global standard for quality. According to Chemetall, it is the result of the work of a team headed by Loree Lavergne, Chemetall’s manager of quality systems, and Heather Whitehead, Chemetall’s quality systems administrator.

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The U.S. economy added 142,000 nonfarm payroll workers in August, a disappointing figure given signs of a rebound in many other indicators lately. The consensus expectation had been for nonfarm payroll growth to exceed 200,000 jobs for the seventh consecutive month, as was observed in the estimates provided by ADP the day before. Manufacturing employment was flat for the month, which was also a disappointment. It ended a 12-month streak of job gains for the sector, a period in which manufacturers added 168,000 net new workers.

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Tamara Hancock, PCI® membership and marketing manager, talks about PCI’s recent partnership with UNA Purchasing Solutions.

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Col-Met, Rockwall, Texas, recently created an executive team to aggressively drive business growth. “We have a very good business with awesome and dedicated people, but we are lacking a sales and marketing element that will take our business to the next level,” says Eric Jones, Founder, CEO and majority shareholder.

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Gema USA Inc., Indianapolis, announced that Chris Merritt is celebrating 30 years of service with the company. Chris is the general manager for Gema USA Inc., a division of Graco Inc.

His responsibilities include managing the powder coating business within Canada, United States, and Mexico for Gema USA Inc.

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Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has announced its first scholarship award recipients for students at University of Akron and North Dakota State University. The Educational Fund is designated for the sole purpose of soliciting, recommending and approving scholarship awards to students who are pursuing studies in fields related to powder coatings.

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The 2014 Powder Coating Show—the only tradeshow solely dedicated to the powder coating industry in North America—is finally here. Proudly recognized as the leading resource for technical and applied technology forums as well as new product innovations and developments, this is your single best opportunity to meet and interact with the leading professionals from the powder coating industry.

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Manufacturers continue to wrap their heads around the fact that growth in the early months of 2014 has been more disappointing than originally anticipated, but at the same time, they are cautiously upbeat about the second half of the year. The sharp 2.9 percent drop in real GDP in the first quarter clearly altered perceptions about the economy, with business leaders struggling to try to figure out how that impacts their prospects for the rest of this year.

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In California, the state Assembly has passed legislation that would hold companies responsible for the employment conditions of its contracted, temporary workers that are employed through staffing agencies. CA AB 1897, currently pending in the Senate, would require client employers to share legal responsibility with labor contractors for any wage violations, on-the-job injuries, workers’ compensation coverage, and tax contributions. Labor advocates argue that temporary workers are more frequently subject to unsafe working environments, have higher rates of on-the-job injuries, and are not always paid their full wages by the agencies employing them.

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