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Awards and Leadership at the 2015 CCAI Annual Meeting

29. July 2015

CCAI Vice President, Mark Gentry (left) and CCAI Wisconsin Chapter President, John Heyer (right) present the 2015 CCAI James and David Wright Lifetime Achievement Award to Bob New’s daughter, Maria (center) at the Wisconsin Chapter Golf Outing.


The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) honored members for their service and dedication in the finishing industry and announced its 2015–2016 Officers and National Board members at the 2015 CCAI Annual Meeting in Delray Beach, Florida. The association also hosted the CCAI Annual Awards Luncheon in which the Chapter User award, Supplier of the Year award and, the highest accolade, the James F. and David J. Write Lifetime Achievement Award, were presented.


Robert New, member of the CCAI Wisconsin Chapter and former employee of Broan Manufacturing, was awarded the 2015 CCAI James and David Wright Lifetime Achievement Award. New was a longtime CCAI champion who served on the chapter board, organized chapter golf outings each year and committed his career to electrocoating processes and improvements for his company. He truly believed in CCAI’s mission and worked hard to promote the association. The Wisconsin Chapter presented the award to his family at its annual golf outing this month.


CCAI also honored three of its Chapter User and Supplier of the Year recipients at the Annual Awards luncheon. Each year, chapters recognize a User and Supplier member for their year-long service and dedication to their respective Chapter.


CCAI staff member, Leslie Muck (right) congratulates Southern California Chapter’s “User of the Year” recipient, Shivie Dhillon with Sundial Powder Coatings.


The 2014–2015 Chapter Award winners are:


Central States Chapter—Michael Miller, Webco Manufacturing Inc. and Marty Sawyer, Trimac Industrial Systems

Las Vegas Chapter—AR Iron LLC and Sercy Spears, Coral Chemical Co.

Northern Illinois Chapter— Bruce Bryan, Mighty Hook

Southern California Chapter— Shivie Dhillon, Sundial Powder Coating and Antonio Tapia, Coral Chemical Co.

Twin Cities Chapter—Bette Danielson, Nordic Ware and Tom Poppitz, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings

West Michigan Chapter—William F. Knape, Knape Industries Inc. and Woody Booher, Double D Equipment Co.

Wisconsin Chapter— Kathy Farley, The Sherwin-Williams Co.


CCAI also announced the leadership of the following individuals for the second year of their term as National Board of Directors Officers for 2015–2016:


President: Kevin Coursin, KMI Systems—Northern Illinois Chapter

Vice President: Ron Lum, Coral Chemical Co.—Southern California Chapter

Treasurer: Bill Oney, American Finishing Resources—Wisconsin Chapter

Recent Past President: Sam Woehler, George Koch Sons—Unaffiliated


In addition to the officers, serving on the National Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 programming year will be:


Northern Illinois Chapter—Bruce Bryan, Mighty Hook

Southern California Chapter—Shivie Dhillon, SunDial Powder Coatings

Mid-Atlantic Chapter—Duane Fudge, Chemetall

Wisconsin Chapter—Jim Gallagher, Harley Davidson

Iowa/Central Illinois Chapter—Kevin Irving, AZZ Galvanizing

Central States Chapter—Loren Keene, Pneu-Mech Systems Manufacturing

Greater Cincinnati Chapter—Todd Luciano, Products Finishing

Unaffiliated—Jim Malloy, Kolene Corp.

Twin Cities Chapter—Tim Milner, JIT Powder Coating; Mark Walsworth, Donaldson Co.

West Michigan Chapter—David Scharphorn, ChemQuest Inc.

Las Vegas Chapter—Tony Sclafani, AR Iron Inc.


Serving as Ex-officio Board members are: Wisconsin Chapter’s Larry Melgary, Northern Coatings & Chemicals and West Michigan Chapter’s Bob Warren, retired.

View the Sherwin-Williams Powder Coating Webinar

28. July 2015



If you didn't get a chance to attend Bob Cregg from Sherwin-William's webinar, “Ask the Expert: Three Common Powder Coating Problems Solved," you can watch it online.


Click HERE to watch the video. Bob spoke about a variety of different topics, including pretreatment, how to select the proper primer, application methods, cure issues, improper technology match-up vs. field performance expectation as well as premium corrosion failures.

Anest Iwata Partners with BK Racing as the Primary Sponsor for Matt Dibenedetto

27. July 2015

2015 NSCS No. 83 Anest Iwata Toyota Camry Rendition


Anest Iwata, headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, has partnered with BK Racing as a primary sponsor on Matt DiBenedetto's No. 83 Toyota at Kentucky Speedway.


Anest Iwata USA, is the North American Spray Equipment Headquarters for the Anest Iwata Corporation of Yokohama, Japan.  As the leading producer of spray guns in the world, Anest Iwata specializes in painting equipment, turnkey coating systems, air compressors and high-end dry vacuum pumps. In addition to being a primary sponsor this weekend, Anest Iwata joins BK Racing as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.


"I am excited to have new colors on board my BK Racing Toyota," Matt DiBenedetto comments. "Anest Iwata is a great partner of BK Racing's, so it's awesome to have them as a primary sponsor on my No. 83 Toyota.”


"Anest Iwata is honored to work with BK Racing in 2015, and for many years to come," Nicolle Williams, Marketing Manager at Anest Iwata comments. "We are incredibly honored to hold the primary sponsor position for Matt DiBenedetto and can't wait to see the No. 83 Anest Iwata Toyota under the lights at Kentucky Speedway."


MOCAP Acquires William Beckett Plastic Packaging

24. July 2015




MOCAP of Park Hills, Missouri, has acquired William Beckett Plastic Packaging of Sheffield, England, a manufacturer of specialized protective plastic packaging and containers for applications including cutting tools, DIY, technical and consumer/retail.


Greg Miller, co-owner and VP of Sales and Marketing, said this step by MOCAP -- a leading manufacturer of quality plastic and rubber products -- allows for expansion in their already current packaging division, known as Cleartec Packaging, which manufactures a full line of transparent semi-rigid plastic packaging tubes and containers.


“With the acquisition of William Beckett Plastics Ltd., MOCAP is able to offer the most extensive line of plastic packaging containers to our current customer base as well as introducing MOCAP’s line of protective closures and clear tube packaging to William Beckett Plastics Ltd. customers," Miller said. "This alliance enables MOCAP to broaden our scope and provide our customers with a product line that is unrivaled in this industry.”


MOCAP’s current customer base will now have access to the complete line of William Beckett Plastic Packaging Ltd’s solutions including round, square and rectangular telescopic containers, as well as boxes, inserts, multi-packs and cases.


Production from the Sheffield facility will remain in place, with additional investments already planned in the expansion of the product line through modernized tooling and equipment to facilitate continued sales growth.  The William Beckett Plastic Packaging Ltd products will be manufactured, marketed and sold throughout the world at MOCAP’s existing North American, European and Asian offices.


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Court Upholds EPA Hex Chrome Rule

23. July 2015

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.


A federal appeals court ruled July 21 that the Environmental Protection Agency took the necessary steps when it set rules on emissions of certain air pollutants, including hexavalent chromium for the electroplating industry.


The 2012 EPA rule was challenged by the National Association for Surface Finishing, which sued the EPA saying the new rules were too stringent. Environmental groups also sued the EPA, claiming the new rules didn't go far enough.


The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the EPA study of the issue was fair, and therefore the rules stand.


“We conclude that EPA’s methodology passes muster,” the court said in its opinion. “Keeping in mind the ‘wide latitude’ we afford EPA’s expertise-informed choice of data-gathering methodology, we find that EPA’s data-collection process was reasonable.”


When the agency passed the rules in 2012, it claimed that more than 224 pounds of hexavalent chromium would be removed from the air. But the agency also said that of the 1,350 plating shops in the U.S., more than 85 percent are already meeting the standards.


The EPA said for those shops not currently meeting standards, it would cost less than $1,000 in new equipment in order to come into compliance. They also said that "small number" of shops would need to spend upwards of $65,000 to become compliant.


“We uphold EPA’s model as long as the agency ‘explain[s] the assumptions and methodology used in preparing the model’ and ‘provide[s] a complete analytic defense’ should the model be challenged,” the court's opinion said.


To read the court's opinion, please click HERE




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