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Electroplater Dave Roach, NASF Award Winner, Passes

14. August 2015





Dave Roach, 71, owner of Peninsula Metal Finishing, Orlando, FL, passed away suddenly on August 7.


He began his career as a technical sales specialist for Enthone in 1970. Three years later, he was named supervisor of a large plating jobshop.


He established Peninsula in 1985 to provide services for the aerospace, automotive, electronic, industrial, medical and military industries. Finishes include: anodizing; cadmium, gold, nickel, electroless nickel, tin, and zinc plating; chromating and phosphating. Under his guidance, the jobshop grew to 22,000 square feet and 30 employees. 


In 1991, Dave opened a second business as international distributor for Flo King Filter Systems.


He received the National Association of Finishers (NASF) Award of Merit in 2014 and was interviewed in the February 2015 issue of Products Finishing


He is survived by his loving family, including wife of 48 years (Becky), three daughters, and six grandchildren.


Dave enjoyed fishing and painting with his grandchildren (yes, he was an artist). He also liked hunting deer, turkey and hogs. He had a passion for flying airplanes and at the age of 40 received his private pilot’s license.


Dave was personable, an excellent conversationalist, had a wonderful sense of humor, and generously shared his metal-finishing expertise with others.  Those who knew him well will miss him greatly.


The following photo was taken in February 1977:



Bad Boy Mowers Expands With New Powder Coat System

13. August 2015




Bad Boy Mowers is expanding with a new powder coating line at its Arkansas headquarters.


Company officials say the new powder coating line will allow them to operate more efficiently.


Bad Boy Mowers manufactures one of the top zero turn radius  commercial lawn mowers on the market in addition to a new line of riding mowers for home lawn care.


To see more about the new powder coating line, click HERE

Quality Industries Adds New Powder Coating System

11. August 2015



Quality Industries Inc., a precision metalworks company headquartered in La Vergne, Tennessee, has invested $3.7 million in a new powder coating system at its main operational facility just outside of Nashville.


Designed from the ground up, QI's new powder coating system includes a Nordson ColorMax II spray booth and upgraded conveyor, with customized washing and oven systems. In addition to these machinery advances, the company has already significantly advanced its fundamental chemical technology – converting from an iron phosphate system to an environmentally friendly zirconium-based powder coating technology.


QI’s $3.7 million investment in new powder coating technology is part of a larger $12.5 million company-wide capital program for 2015, and will significantly bolster the company’s efforts to better serve its customers and achieve future growth, while improving overall quality and efficiency.


"For more than 30 years, QI has serviced the needs of our customers – providing them with comprehensive fabrication, finishing, assembly and powder coating under one roof," said Warren Hayslip, QI’s CEO and president. "Our focus on integrated services also means we place a high priority on the modernization of our equipment and advancements in our technical capabilities as critical elements in our overall growth strategy."


Specific features of the new system include: an I-beam conveyor system that allows for larger, heavier parts and a faster speed line; a washing system that accommodates longer and wider parts—equipped with feedback sensors for chemical monitoring of usage and efficiency; a system that exceeds industry standards by yielding more than 2,500 hours of corrosion resistance based on ASTM testing; and an oven system that prevents thermal conduction and has virtually eliminates radiant heat emitted to shop floor. Additionally, the Nordson ColorMax II spray booth changes colors in as little as 10 minutes. (The previous system required 30-minutes.) Overall, these improvements have increased processing speed by nearly 50 percent.

Axalta Coats Monument to Tour de France Winners

7. August 2015



Axalta Coating Systems provided the coating for an impressive monument erected by the town of Pau, France, to honour the Tour de France and its history.


Pau, the capital of Béarn on the northern edge of the Pyrenees, has been a stage town of the Tour a staggering 66 times. This year will mark its 67th time as a key stage of the Tour.


The impressive and permanent monument has been built in the heart of the city, in the Bois-Louis park. It comprises 104 two-meter high totems laid out in concentric circles, reminiscent of the historic Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England. Three of the totems are made of bronze and are uncoated – the presentation piece and a pair dedicated to the two World Wars – while the other one hundred and one totems have been cast from aluminium and glass and are dedicated to the winners of the Tour.


To reproduce the legendary yellow jersey of the champions, the totems have been painted with Alesta powder coating RAL 1018 Zinc Yellow, “the yellow of cheerfulness, the yellow of victory,” according to François Bayrou, the Mayor of Pau.


The primer and powder coating were supplied by Axalta and applied by its customer Job Coater, Sedam, who was commissioned to paint 111 totems in total: 101 for the current installation to represent the champions of the Tour, and 10 more for the future winners. A new totem will be added to the monument each year.


Alesta ZeroZinc primer was used for the pre-treatment of the substrate. This innovative next generation of zinc-free anticorrosion primer from Axalta offers excellent adhesion and degassing properties and is ideal for improving the finish on irregular substrates. Axalta powder coating RAL 1018 Zinc Yellow from the Alesta Fine Textured collection was then applied to provide the iconic yellow.

Bales Metal Surface Solutions' Harry Raimondi Named Moldmaker Of The Year

5. August 2015

A $500 honorarium was presented to the school of Harry’s choice: Township School District 211, specifically Schaumburg High School’s metal working program.



“Where’s Harry?” is a question the Bales team gets at industry events any time that Harry Raimondi, Bales Technical Services Manager, walks away from the company booth.


After more than 50 years in the business, Harry knows everyone and they know him, whether from his decades as a moldmaker or years on the other side, helping moldmakers tackle their toughest surface and finishing issues.

At Amerimold Expo earlier this month, when people were looking for Harry, it was to congratulate him. During the show, he was presented with the Moldmaker of the Year award by the Society of Plastic Engineers/Mold Making and Mold Design Division. The award annually recognizes one professional who has made a significant, positive contribution to the moldmaking industry.

“With all the talented people in the industry, it was quite a surprise,” says Harry, who recalls that as a teen, he was encouraged to consider moldmaking by an uncle who had been a machinist in the Navy.


Following high school graduation in 1964, Harry began an apprenticeship through the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA). Sponsored by A-1 Tool Corp in Melrose Park, Ill., he earned $1.35 an hour working 10 hours a day, then attended school for three hours in the evening two nights a week.


In 1976, Harry began working at Major Tool in Schaumburg, Ill., first as a moldmaker and CNC operator, and eventually foreman. Then in 1992, he moved to sales, joining Cutco Industrial Supply in Illinois. Harry came to Bales in 1996. Having been a Bales customer, he could put himself in the shoes of a mold shop’s crew, anticipate their needs, and pinpoint details that might go unnoticed by others.


“It’s so deserved,” says Sara Mortensen, Bales Vice President. She and Stacey Bales, President, nominated Harry. “He’s a pillar of the moldmaking community, not just in Chicagoland but around the U.S.”


In addition to the award, a $500 honorarium will be presented to the school of Harry’s choice: Township School District 211, specifically Schaumburg High School’s metal working program.


DME Co. sponsored the honorarium. In presenting the award, Glenn Starkey, President of Progressive Components International Corp. and President of the SPE board, said: “Along with Harry’s mold-building career, he has been a trusted resource and problem solver for moldmakers throughout the industry.”

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