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Axalta to Acquire Ellis Paint Company

19. January 2017




Michael Cash, Senior Vice President and President, Industrial Coatings of Axalta Coating Systems and Sandy Berg, President and CEO of Ellis Paint Company, joined by members of Axalta and Ellis management. (Photo: Axalta)



Axalta Coating Systems announces its acquisition of Ellis Paint Company, a prominent manufacturer of industrial and automotive refinish paint in North America. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Founded in 1887, Ellis Paint Company is a well-known manufacturer and distributor of a strong portfolio of coating products suited for an extensive array of industrial applications and substrates including steel, concrete and wood, shipping vessels and construction equipment, and indoor and outdoor furnishings and fittings. Ellis Paint Company products include the Hy-Lux line of multi-purpose coatings, the Shaft-Lac line of solventborne coatings, the Maximus line of low-VOC industrial maintenance coatings and the Engard line of heavy-duty industrial coatings. The automotive segment of Ellis, Pacific Coast Lacquer, developed Poly-Primer, a legacy product that was the original solution to high-VOC lacquer primer in the vanguard of the evolution of low-VOC coatings in the automotive industry. Pacific Coast Lacquer is a name with a strong reputation in body shops, custom shops and auto design studios.


“We are excited to have the extensive range of high quality Ellis Paint Company brands join Axalta’s portfolio of products,” Michael Cash says, Axalta Senior Vice President and President, Industrial Coatings. “Ellis Paint’s commitment to providing innovative and sustainable coatings is renowned in the industry and will align well with our focus on technology and business strategy. We are committed to the continued support of Ellis Paint’s current customers and look forward to leveraging Axalta’s market strength to extend the reach of Ellis Paint’s fine brands to new customers.”


Ellis Paint Company has developed a vision and entrepreneurial spirit that has led to global solutions such as lowest VOC formulations, best transfer technologies and spent material recycling practices. From product development, manufacturing and application systems to its ability to respond to the evolving environmental priorities, Ellis Paint Company has fostered a reputation of being a partner that contributes to the success of its customers.


“It has been a dream of ours to take our quality products even further,” President and CEO of Ellis Paint Company, Sandra Berg says. “Our company has proven itself in California through three generations. It is tremendously exciting to know that Axalta will not only help us better serve our current customers, but also make our assortment of environmentally responsible products available to a wider range of national and international customers.”


For information about the Ellis Paint Company line of products, visit



CCAI Chapters Support Local Charities

17. January 2017
There was a tremendous turnout for the Southern California chapter golf outing and Toys for Tots toy drive

There was a tremendous turnout for the Southern California chapter golf outing and Toys for Tots toy drive.


Several Chemical Coaters Association International chapters held events during December to benefit charitable organizations.  The Southern California, Central States and Wisconsin chapters conducted toy drives during their December chapter events.  In addition, the chapters made cash donations to their local charity organizations. 


The Southern California Chapter held its 5th annual Toys for Tots Golf Outing on December 5 in Pasadena.  There were approximately 70 golfers who participated in the outing and toy drive.  Sixteen marines attended to help collect toys.  Chapter president Ron Lum was especially pleased to report they collected a record-breaking 662 toys this year.  The evening festivities were sponsored by Sundial Powder Coatings and held at Kings Row Gastropub where attendees gathered for an amazing close to the day's events with dinner and award presentations.


The Central States Chapter held a dinner meeting alongside their annual Toys for Tots campaign.  The meeting included a presentation by Tim Welch with AZZ Galvanizing on Natina steel, a surface treatment that chemically reacts with galvanizing to create a rustic brown finish that blends into surroundings for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. More than 20 people attended the event where several hundred dollars in toys was collected.   The chapter made an additional $250 donation to make for happier holidays for children in the Kansas City area. 


The Central States chapter collected toys and money for their local Toys for Tots program at their December meeting.


For the second year, the Wisconsin Chapter conducted a toy drive during their December meeting.  They collected over 500 toys, more than double from last year, for the Kids 2 Kids Program. They were also excited to present a chapter donation of $500.  A few companies in the chapter held internal toy drives and members from the chapter delivered the toys in person to the local Kids 2 Kids organization.  The chapter is proud of the terrific community support and looks forward to watching this effort grow every year.

The Wisconsin chapter donated over 500 toys to the Kids 2 Kids Program.

The Wisconsin chapter donated over 500 toys to the Kids 2 Kids Program.


NASF Taking Nominations for Industry Awards

12. January 2017


At Sur/Fin 2017 in Atlanta, the NASF will again recognize strong leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and resources to the surface finishing industry with a series of awards, which they are now taking nominations.


NASF will be recognizing a number of well deserving individuals to receive the following awards:


Award of Merit: Outstanding service of a local and/or national nature – Recipients are truly deserving given their tireless efforts at the affiliate and branch level and their selfless devotion to the industry.


Taormina Award: One of NASF’s most prestigious awards given to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry – Past award winners have been among the most dedicated individuals to improving our industry.


August P. Munning Award: Given to a supplier member who, in the opinion of his peers, has significantly contributed to the future well-being of the Association and exemplifies the traits of August P. Munning—his great interest, hard work, dedication and selfless devotion to the metal finishing industry.


Scientific Achievement Award: Recognizes a person who has contributed to the advancement of the theory and practice of electroplating, metal finishing and the allied arts; raised the quality of processes and products; enhanced the dignity and status of the profession; or has been involved in a combination of these efforts. The first recipient of this award was Dr. William Blum, Sr., who was instrumental in the establishment of fundamental research in the Society.


Presidential Award: Focuses on the extraordinary service put forth by an NASF member who is actively participating on the national level, going above and beyond the capacity of most.


NASF will be accepting nominations for these awards until March 29 and will be approved by the NASF Awards Committee. To nominate someone, please visit

Bringhurst, Almeyda Win AAC Paper Awards

10. January 2017
Jared Bringhurst of Futura Industries

Jared Bringhurst of Futura Industries


The 2015 Awards of Excellence were announced during the 25th Annual Anodizing Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Awards of Excellence acknowledge exemplary contributions by authors and presenters from the previous year's Anodizing Conference. The Aluminum Anodizing Council (AAC) recognized two authors for their outstanding contributions at the 2015 Anodizing Conference in San Diego, California.


Donald I. Johnson Award for Best Presentation

The best presentation award is named for Donald I. Johnson, retired from AaCron, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who was one of the founding fathers of the AAC. He served as AAC Chairman from 1987 to 1994.


Tank Optimization for the Job Shop

The Donald I. Johnson Award of Excellence for best presentation at the 2015 Anodizing Conference was awarded to Jeffrey Almeyda of Master Metal Finishers/Aerotech Processing Solutions in Paterson, New Jersey, for his presentation Tank Optimization for the Job Shop. Almeyda’s presentation discussed a pragmatic approach to maximizing the capabilities of new installations and existing process lines as well as variables that affect throughput, quality, cost and maintenance requirements.




Robert L. Kersman Award of Excellence for Best Paper

Applying Lean Manufacturing to Anodizing

The AAC presented the Robert L. Kersman Award of Excellence for best paper presented at the 2015 Anodizing Conference held in San Diego, California. The recipient of the award was Jared Bringhurst of Futura Industries in Clearfield, Utah, for his paper Applying Lean Manufacturing to Anodizing. Bringhurst’s paper addressed the application of a lean manufacturing and the use of lean tools to enhance the anodizing and extrusion processes. 



Pioneer Metal Finishing Relocates to New Hope, Minnesota

6. January 2017




Pioneer Metal Finishing has announced a $10 million investment as the company will relocate its Minneapolis operations to New Hope Minnesota. The move will provide room for expansion of the company’s service offerings and the installation of a technologically advanced anodizing line.


The New Hope facility will feature advanced technology and disciplined manufacturing processes to keep Pioneer at the forefront of the metal finishing industry.


“Our decision to invest $10 million dollars in a new facility and new equipment is directly related to serving our customers, improving our operation, and being a competitive supplier for years to come," says Bob Pyle, Pioneer Metal Finishing’s hief Executive Officer. "This new facility continues Pioneer’s proud tradition of serving customers in the Minneapolis market for more than 70 years. Our entire organization is energized about our future and we are committed to our customers’ success. We’re excited to set the standard in the metal finishing industry. Pioneer’s investment demonstrates our commitment to customers, our community, and our employees."


The new facility will be operational in the first quarter of 2017. The Minneapolis plant on River Road will be decommissioned after the new facility is fully operational.


For information, visit


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