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Dörken USA Celebrates 15th Anniversary

22. September 2016

Dörken Corporation USA celebrated its 15th anniversary with key industry executives in attendance at the Manistee National Resort.



Dörken Corporation USA, an operating unit of Dörken MKS-Systeme, Herdecke, Germany and a global manufacture of corrosion protection coating systems, for a variety of parts including fasteners, springs, brackets, clips, stamped parts and large underbody componets recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of the company’s presence in North America.


The company hosted coating and plating licensees, and OEM equipment manufacturers to a two-day conference and seminar at the Manistee National Resort in Manistee, Michigan, August 16-17. The group gathered to hear brief presentations from Dr. Martin Welp, CEO of Dorken MKS-Systeme, Frederick Schultz, president, Dorken Corporation USA, Mike Vohland, publisher of Automotive Design and Production, as well as presentations from equipment builders Martin Mueller, WMV, Kevin Dyche, SIDASA Engineering and Brad Hannah, Perceptive Industries.


“The event was a wonderful way for the industry to get together and discuss ways we can all work to develop the best possible solutions for coatings," said Dr. Welp. "We heard from the builders and coaters and will continue to work toward providing those solutions with Dorken being an instrumental part in that development.”


Frederick Schultz, noted “Our 15th anniversary is another milestone and testament to our continued efforts in North America and an investment in our company’s overall global finishing strategies. The worldwide Dörken team continues to provide improvements in products and services to better serve our licensees, with everyone working for a common goal, success and pride in the high quality of the finished product delivered to the global supply chain.”


Dörken’s global coating solutions are approved for use by and meet the standards and specifications for corrosion protection, sealants, and lubricity performance of fasteners of vehicle manufacturers and Tier One suppliers worldwide yet are environmentally friendly. Its product development programs and manufacturing operations are certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 and to ISO 14001.

Axalta Gives University of Michigan Students Look Under the Hood at Pure Michigan 400

20. September 2016



Axalta Coating Systems hosted University of Michigan business, chemistry and engineering students at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 race weekend on August 27-28. The recently announced Axalta/U-M partnership aims to drive awareness and support for STEM and business education. Students had rare, special access to industry leaders from Axalta, Hendrick Motorsports, Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and NASCAR.


"Every day, the engineering excellence that is essential to racing transfers almost seamlessly into practical applications for the coatings industry," said Steve Markevich, Axalta Executive Vice and President of Transportation Coatings and Greater China. “Our partnership with the University of Michigan, one of the premier research institutions in the world, benefited students who joined us at the track and will continue to be a valuable resource for students and faculty in the future.”


U-M students experienced a wide array of business, engineering and race activities during the weekend. On Saturday, students took part in an interactive panel discussion focused on the fusion of business and engineering at the race track. The panel featured Markevich; Gene Stefanyshyn, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development at NASCAR; Roger Curtis, MIS President; and Eric Jacuzzi, Senior Aero/Vehicle Performance Engineer, at NASCAR. Chris McKee, Director of Business Development at the Motor Racing Network, moderated the panel. Topics varied from the advances in racing technology, to how sponsors maximize their visibility, and to how tracks like MIS make the fan experience ever more memorable. After the panels, students toured the track and saw parts of the rain-delayed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.


Saturday evening, Markevich and Jack Hu, U-M Vice President for Research, hosted dinner at the storied U-M Student Union in Ann Arbor. Guest speakers included Ray Evernham, three-time NASCAR champion crew chief and TV host, and Alex Bowman, substitute driver of the No. 88 Axalta/University of Michigan Chevrolet SS race car for Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the Pure Michigan 400.


“Engineering is problem solving,” said Evernham. “Work done in this area has taken our sport, an engineering-driven sport, to new levels.”


On Sunday, students returned to MIS to watch the Pure Michigan 400 and the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS with its special University of Michigan paint scheme. Axalta unveiled the joint paint scheme last June at its research and manufacturing facility in Mount Clemens, Michigan.


“This was a great weekend for our students to see the amount of engineering and the levels of teamwork that go into race events. The discussions with Axalta, NASCAR and MIS could have gone on all night,” said Chris Gordon, Manager of U-M’s Walter E. Wilson Student Team Project Center, which provides students with dedicated space and facilities for student race teams to compete nationally and internationally.

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Meridian General Acquires PCS PowderCoat Services

16. September 2016


Meridian General Capital has acquired California-based PowderCoat Services (PCS), a production powder coater offering its customers a diverse range of related services.


Founded in 1981, PCS serves a wide spectrum of industries including automotive, home improvement, consumer products, sports equipment, musical instruments, electronics, cleaning and sanitizing, and the military.


"With this acquisition, Meridian intends to build a dynamic industrial services enterprise," said Ravi Rao, founder and chairman of Meridian. "PCS provides a solid platform that has been successful in this highly specialized niche, one that is critical to its customers and environmentally a sound replacement to paint processes. Additionally, the expertise of key management staff will assure us of meeting our ambitious growth plans in this industry segment."


Based in Anaheim, PCS operates in five plants within an industrial park. The company provides personalized service, and uses its own fleet of trucks and drivers. For information, visit


Meridian General Capital is a Los Angeles-based private equity group that invests in lower middle market growth industries and is focused on acquiring businesses that have a history of operating profits. Visit  

How KVF Quad in East Moline Survives in a Dwindling Manufacturing Industry

14. September 2016


The Quad Cities is home to manufacturing giants like John Deere and, on a smaller scale, KVF Quad Corporation, a manufacturing company in East Moline.


Television station WQAD shows us that when companies like John Deere suffer, so too does KVF Quad Corporation, which does a lot of business related to the ag industry.


"When their production rates go down, we obviously feel that," said Eric Davis, KVF Quad Corporation General Manager. "There's no way around that. When they're laying off as many people, we see a decrease in the amount of parts that come in or the frequency that they come in," he said.


KVF Quad Corporation employs about 45 people. They put all sorts of finishing touches on parts - specializing in vibratory finishing, abrasive blasting, powder coating, and deburring.


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Plating Pioneer Fred Nobel Passes at 98

12. September 2016


Fred Nobel, a chemical engineer who held dozens of patents and worked to make electroplating processes more environmentally safe, died Aug. 3 at his Roslyn home of natural causes. He was 98.


Nobel was owner of LeaRonal, Inc. which developed and produced specialty chemical additives and other products used by the connector, printed circuit board, semiconductor, and metal-finishing industries.


Nobel partnered with Barney Ostrow, a boyhood friend who was also a plater and chemist. The two men started working out of a garage, developing an additive that gave copper plating a bright, shiny finish. They set up a lab in downtown Manhattan, and grew to a 30,000-square-foot plant in the Freeport-Hempstead Industrial Park and a spot on the New York Stock Exchange.


In 1999, the company sold for more than $460 million to Philadelphia-based Rohm and Haas.

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