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Columbia Chemical Begins Selling Direct In Mexico

4. March 2015

General Director Raymundo González and Sales Manager Adrian De la Torre.


Columbia Chemical has launched its latest international joint venture, Columbia Chemical de Mexico, to provide direct sales and service support to the Mexican market.  This move represents the company’s first registered, direct sales operation outside of the U.S.  Branded Columbia Chemical products will be sold to plating operations that provide coating services to automotive OEM’s and various other types of manufacturers.  Customers will be supplied and serviced from Columbia warehouses located in Guadalajara, Monterrey and Queretaro, Mexico.


Columbia Chemical de Mexico is being spearheaded by General Director Raymundo González and Sales Manager Adrian De la Torre.  Mr. Gonzalez has over 25 years’ experience in the metal finishing industry, including ten years as a representative for Columbia Chemical products.  Mr. De la Torre has over 15 years of experience in metal finishing.


“Customers can now communicate directly with us in a more competitive landscape.  Direct sales allow us to provide the most timely lab analyses, product turnaround, and on-site technical service,” says Columbia President Brett Larick.  “Mexico is a tremendously important market.  Our commitment to direct sales symbolizes our commitment to this fast growing market.”


Mr. Gonzalez adds, “Columbia’s quality products and reasonable market pricing already have a strong following in Mexico. Colzinc ACF-II, Extreme Acid Zinc processes and SpectraMate 25 are the most requested.”


Increased demand for Columbia’s line of Zinc-Nickel plating processes and related products will also be strongly supported.


Columbia Chemical is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of zinc and zinc-alloy plating additives.  For more information, contact Columbia Chemical Corporation, 1000 Western Drive, Brunswick, OH 44212, 330/225-3200,


Axalta Names Jeff Gordon Global Business Advisor

2. March 2015



Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, and Jeff Gordon, one of the most celebrated race car drivers in history, today announced a new multi-year partnership.


Gordon will become Axalta’s Global Business Advisor, and serve as special advisor to Charlie Shaver, Axalta Chairman and CEO, bringing his winning skills and innovative thinking to Axalta, its leadership team and its customers worldwide.


Axalta and Gordon have a long history, which began through the company’s sponsorship of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Although Gordon recently announced 2015 will be his final season as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Axalta will continue to sponsor and be the official paint supplier of Hendrick Motorsports.


“After 22 years, our partnership with Jeff and Hendrick Motorsports is the longest running driver, team and sponsor combination in NASCAR history,” said Shaver. “As a company that focuses on helping our customers win and delivering on our promises, Jeff embodies everything that Axalta represents and, as he contemplates his future outside of a race car, we see many additional areas where we can work together.”


Through the new partnership, Gordon will offer unique insights to Axalta global leaders in the Automotive Refinish, OEM, Commercial Vehicle and Industrial businesses. He will have the opportunity to directly contribute to specific global strategic initiatives; including goal setting and execution, and creating a winning culture.


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Metalplate Galvanizing Announces $9.75 Million Investment For New Site

27. February 2015



Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Metalplate Galvanizing Chairman Hartwell Davis Jr. announced a $9.75 million capital investment to develop a metal galvanizing plant in Jennings.


With the development of a 50,000-square-foot facility, the company will create 104 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $46,300, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 245 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 340 new jobs in the Southwest Region. The company estimates the project will generate 50 construction jobs as well.


Gov. Jindal said: “Louisiana’s Southwest Region has become a beacon for major new investment and industrial activity, and we are proud to add Metalplate Galvanizing to the growing list of companies that have selected Louisiana for new business investment. Our efforts to strengthen our business climate are truly paying off – more people have a job in Louisiana today than ever before, and we welcome Metalplate Galvanizing to our state for the development of a facility that will continue our industrial renaissance.”


Through hot-dip galvanizing to protect metal from corrosion, Metalplate Galvanizing serves customers in steel, petrochemical and other industries. The new plant will be the company’s seventh facility, and it will allow Metalplate to increase its volume and support new and existing customers in Louisiana and throughout the South.


“This new plant will be the largest of Metalplate’s seven galvanizing plants located across the Southern U.S.,” Davis said. “Metalplate recognizes the very large and enduring growth potential of energy-related industry in Louisiana and in particular along its I-10 corridor. We see a great need developing for hot-dip galvanizing at both new industrial operations and expansions of existing plant facilities. Our decision for the South Louisiana location has been greatly facilitated by the strong encouragement and support of Jeff Davis Parish and Louisiana officials.”


Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the new hot-dip galvanizing facility in Jennings will be the company’s first in Louisiana. Metalplate Galvanizing also operates facilities in Atlanta; Houston; and Jacksonville, Florida. The company launched operations in the 1930s as a small metal-finishing shop in Montgomery, Alabama, and began its hot-dip galvanizing process in Birmingham in 1949.


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New George Koch Sons Wastewater Treatment Concept Brings Operational And Cost Benefits

25. February 2015


George Koch Sons, LLC has introduced the Koch Rejuvenator, a stand-alone system that can link to new or existing processing lines to optimize cleaning chemical costs, reduce waste disposal expenditure and enhance production quality.


“The Koch Rejuvenator, which effectively cleans the cleaning solution, removes over 99% of oil and dirt from the cleaning stage and returns up to 97 percent of the solution back to the system for re-use,” says Sam Woehler, Vice President of Sales for George Koch Sons, LLC.  “It captures both floating and emulsified oils while reducing chemical costs by minimizing the need for chemical dosing.”


The skid-mounted Koch Rejuvenator is simply located alongside and connected to the cleaner process tank.  It utilizes a ceramic membrane and highly efficient, ultra-filtration technology to remove waste materials from the wash water before returning it to the process.  Because it maintains an extremely high quality level of wash solution, it benefits both production efficiency and effectiveness, helping the component or parts cleaning operation to be optimized.


“Since the rejuvenator continuously cleans the cleaner bath, the cleaning process is much more consistent, parts emerge cleaner, and tank dumps are greatly reduced,” adds Sam Woehler.  “Also, because the focus is on recovery and re-use at the source, early in the process, in many instances waste treatment at the end of the process is reduced.”


Payback can be achieved in less than three years with savings also arising from the need for only minimal maintenance and cleaning, and the fact that that waste oil can also present an opportunity for onward selling.


“This is a significant step in an important area of the metal treatment and finishing sector and one that has already been proven in typical installations in America,” comments Tom Neeley, Product Manager at George Koch’s global headquarters in Indiana.


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Florida Finishers Conference Draws Crowd To Hear History

25. February 2015



“Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow In Metal Finishing” was the theme of the 2015 Florida Finishers Corp. Mid-Winter Conference & Exposition 2015 January 28-29 at Hilton Double Tree Resort Sea World, Orlando, FL.


Event directors said a large group of finishers and suppliers were on hand to hear a group of speakers over the two-day event, as well as to tour the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and the Mission Systems and Training center.


Speakers included Wendy Weick, Richard Mahn, Mike Aleksinas, Dave Barron, Jim Collins, Erica Worsdell, Dr. Melissa Klingenberg, Gil Burlew, Dave Eyler, Keith Eidschun, Jim Jones, Harold Acosta, Rob Mason and Tim Pennington.


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Attendees listen to speakers at the Florida Finishers Corp. conference.

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