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Metokote Receives Honda Supplier Performance Award

1. July 2015



MetoKote Corporation’s facility in Huber Heights, Ohio was recognized at the annual American Honda Supplier Conference in Columbus, Ohio last month. Honda honored 53 suppliers for outstanding performance in supplying service parts that serve the needs of customers after they have purchased Honda and Acura vehicles.  


This is the second year in a row that the Huber Heights facility has received this recognition.  Accepting the award on behalf of MetoKote were Suzy Bailey (Customer Service), Jim Herron (Production Manager) and Frank Zack (Plant Manager).


MetoKote has provided American Honda with service sheet metal parts for more than 21 years, including large bulk heads, bumper assemblies and various small brackets.  Many of the parts require custom labeling and packaging, and are sent directly to Honda’s distribution facilities.


The annual supplier awards recognition event was attended by more than 680 Honda North American suppliers. Honda Suppliers hit a record breaking $26.3 million worth of parts in 2014 for the more than 1.8 million Honda and Acura passenger vehicles produced last year in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


“MetoKote is proud to be the recipient of the Supplier Performance Award,” said Jeff Oravitz, MetoKote President and CEO. “We have built a partnership with Honda over the past two decades. Both Honda and MetoKote strive to deliver an exceptional product. To be recognized for our efforts reinforces our dedication to meeting – and exceeding – our customer’s needs.”


MetoKote serves more than 60 customers in the Greater Dayton area and across the United States. The Huber Heights facility has two electro-coating (e-coat) monorail systems and one liquid paint line. The facility also performs value added sub-assembly, custom packaging, bar coding and hem seal operations on finished parts. For more information, please visit

Columbia Chemical Receives Employee-Ownership Award

29. June 2015

Eight Columbia employees were present at the OCEO Conference to receive the company’s award for 10 years of employee ownership:  (Kneeling in front, l to r) Bill Rosenberg, Jr. and Mark Schario.  (Back row, l to r) Tim Lang, Doug Rubino, Brett Larick, Mariann Dance, Martin Gall, and Greg Schneider.


Columbia Chemical Columbia Chemical recently received an Ohio Employee Ownership Award in recognition of 10years of employee ownership.


The company began employee stock ownership in 2005 and has been 100 percent employee-owned since 2012.  The award was presented at the Ohio Center for Employee Ownership (OCEO) Conference, which drew a crowd of nearly 400 people.

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,

George Koch Sons Acquires Walgren Company

24. June 2015



George Koch Sons, LLC has acquired Walgren Company, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company with more than 60 years of experience providing turnkey anodizing and plating systems to the aerospace, military, industrial, and automotive industries around the world.


The systems are used to automate material flow during surface treatments such as plating, cleaning or chemical processing of manufactured parts.  Walgren will become part of George Koch Sons and will continue to serve its growing customer base from Grand Rapids, MI, and Dongguan, China.  Walgren will join Price-Koch Industries as divisions of George Koch Sons.


“The addition of Walgren is another opportunity to increase service to our customers with the best integrated solutions.  Our combined systems play a critical role in providing industry leading manufacturers the solutions necessary to remain competitive by reducing factory costs through automation, material optimization and efficient labor allocation,” said Chris Brack, George Koch Sons’ President. “The addition of the Walgren team, in particular their domain expertise in anodizing lines, deepens our solution offering as we continue to invest in capabilities in finishing systems.  Construction is currently underway on a world-class manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, and we look forward to adding the expertise of the Walgren team to our operations.”


“The opportunity to team up with an organization like George Koch Sons will allow us to better serve our customers.  Our customer’s needs have become greater and more complex and they often look for one key partner when making significant system investments.” said Craig Stevens, Walgren President. “We are confident that together with the George Koch Sons, we can better provide the breadth of systems to assist manufacturers in managing their complex production programs.”


Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and expected to close at the end of the month.  John Hennessey of NextGen Capital Markets acted as financial advisor for Koch.  For any questions, please contact David Carl of George Koch Sons.  Learn more about Walgren and George Koch Sons at and

Axalta Expands Powder Supply Capability in Southern California

22. June 2015


Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has announced the expansion of its powder supply capabilities in the Southern California region. Axalta’s new local delivery service provides daily deliveries expanding as far north as Oxnard, California and as far south as Fontana, California.


This new service will focus on increasing the powder coating offerings – such as Alesta, Nap-Gard, and Abcite brands – that are available in areas with a higher Axalta customer population.


“We recognized that our customers needed powder delivered periodically during the week,” explained Bill Owens, Axalta’s Southern Regional Manager, Powder Coatings North America. “By offering a dedicated delivery service to this area, we hope to better support the needs of our job coater customers.”


The new delivery offering is designed to help ensure that customers receive the products they need faster and more effectively. Axalta’s dedicated truck services a 50-mile radius consisting of four routes in the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire areas. Using a climate controlled, 26-foot refrigerated, Axalta branded truck, this additional offering is intended to help Axalta increase its customer support on the west coast.


In addition to the delivery service, a new full service public warehouse has been established in Commerce, California that includes added storage, order processing and inventory control services.


Axalta powder coatings are used in many different industries such as decorative, architectural, and agricultural, and are available in a variety of technologies for numerous applications. These products are designed to provide superior coverage, transfer efficiency and provide more effective coverage in less time.


To learn more about Axalta’s dedicated Southern California delivery service please email

Products Finishing Top Shops Luncheon Honors Industry's Best

18. June 2015

Milt Stevenson speaks with Matt Lindstedt and John Lindstedt



Products Finishing held a luncheon during the NASF Sur/Fin conference in June to honor its first Top Shops award recipients.


The Top Shops were awarded a celebratory bronze medallion and lunch provided by Products Finishing on Monday of the conference. Publisher Todd Luciano delivered a presentation outlining the process of selecting the Top Shops and the success of the survey.


Top Shops were evaluated through a benchmarking survey that analyzed the shops’ performance, how the shops are managed, the equipment used and other factors.


To see the 2015 Top Shops slideshow, click here.


The Top Shops survey will return in 2016 for those interested in participating. For more information about the Top Shops program, visit

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