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Aaron Kriegel joins Wagner Systems

10. November 2015



Wagner Systems in Elgin, Illinois, has hired Aaron Kriegel as regional sales manager.  In this role, he will be responsible for direct project sales as well as supporting the distribution channel in the Midwest Region. This involves working directly with prospective customers, supporting distributors in sales efforts as well as training and support regarding products and services offered. 


Aaron comes to Wagner Systems from Col-Met Spray Booths where he has been the regional sales manager for the past three years.  Prior to Col-Met, Aaron was with Sherwin-Williams handling capital equipment sales in the Eastern region of the U.S. 


New England Surface Finishing Regional Attracted Numerous Speakers

8. November 2015

Jeff Hannapel speaks to attendees.


The New England Surface Finishing Regional was held November 6 in Cape Cod in Hyannis, Massachusetts, attracting a large crowd and numerous industry speakers.


The National Association for Surface Finishing chapter had Jeff Hannapel from The Policy Group and the NASF national office speak on the hot button regulatory issues they are engaging in, and their potential impact on our industry.


Other scheduled speakers included:


Matt Sisti – Coventya, Inc.

Jordan Rose – Oxford Instruments America, Inc.

Gregory Mager – The Paint Project, Inc.

David Calnan – CCI

Dale Varney – OSHA

Francis DiGiovanni – MacDermid, Inc.

Bill Kozane – SIFCO Applied Surface Technology (ASC)

Jeff Bibeau – Tighe & Bond

Robert Rio – Associated Industries of Mass.

Katherine Robertson – MA Chemistry & Tech. Alliance


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MacDermid Opens New Facility In Mexico

6. November 2015



MacDermid has opened a location in Tlalnepantla de Baz in Mexico State. The 21,000-square-foot facility includes a laboratory capable of performing tests such as atomic absorption, HPLC and more. Lab personnel have been fully trained in all areas of analytical testing to meet customer requirements.


MacDermid is a producer of high technology specialty chemical products and provider of technical services. Their specialty chemicals are a key component of the manufacturing supply chain for the aerospace, medical device, printed circuits and transportation industries (automotive, motorcycle, heavy truck and agricultural).


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Axalta Coating Systems, Hendrick Motorsports Extend Relationship

4. November 2015



Axalta Coating Systems will continue its longstanding partnership with Hendrick Motorsports after agreeing to a contract extension that will expand its presence and take one of the most enduring sponsorships in NASCAR through 2018.


Beginning in 2016, Axalta will become a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS team of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 13 Sprint Cup Series races annually, an increase of three per season. Axalta will also be featured as a major associate sponsor during all non-primary events.

The agreement extends a multi-faceted partnership -- now in its 23rd full season -- that began in November 1992 when the company first sponsored driver Jeff Gordon and his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team. Gordon, who is in the midst of his final full-time Sprint Cup campaign, will continue to work with Axalta as a spokesperson and global business advisor. The multi-year relationship was announced earlier this year.


“We began a journey 23 years ago with Hendrick Motorsports and a young driver named Jeff Gordon. Eighty poles, 92 wins and four championships later, we are proud of the run we’ve had with Jeff,” said Nigel Budden, Axalta Vice President and head of its North America business. “Now, we are delighted to continue our relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and to adorn the hood of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Chevy SS with the Axalta logo in 2016. As our slogan says, ‘We Paint Winners,’ and by joining Dale we will continue to do so for years to come.”


On the racetrack, Axalta’s relationship with Hendrick Motorsports has yielded four Sprint Cup Series championships and 92 victories. Axalta has hosted thousands of customers at events and fashioned some of the most iconic paint schemes in NASCAR history. Earlier this month, the two companies broke ground on Axalta’s 45,000-square-foot Customer Experience Center that will be located on the Hendrick Motorsports campus in Concord, North Carolina.


“Axalta has built a model sponsorship program,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “For 23 years, they’ve recognized the opportunities NASCAR provides and understood how it drives value for their business. It’s a unique relationship that’s evolved with the times and has been consistently effective. We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished as partners and look forward to more successes together with Dale and the No. 88 team.”


Earnhardt, 40, has 25 career Sprint Cup victories, including two this season. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native recently clinched a fifth consecutive appearance in the championship-deciding Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Daytona 500. He is NASCAR’s 12-time most popular driver, as voted by fans.


“Axalta and Hendrick Motorsports have an incredible story,” Earnhardt said. “For me, it’s meaningful to work with a sponsor that’s been so committed to our sport and has such a rich history in NASCAR. Continuing the partnership is special for all of us, and I’m already excited about what the car will look like. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.”

Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum to Visit Fabtech Expo

By: Jess Larkin 3. November 2015


Presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will visit the Fabtech Expo in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 8:30 a.m. Santorum will speak with attendees before the show floor opens about the importance of manufacturing in the U.S. Afterward, he will tour the exhibit space to meet and interact with exhibitors and attendees alike. You will also find full access to exhibits, special events, presentations, educational sessions, an industry night and a professional welders competition. This is the last week for registration, so please visit to register.


The event kicks off on Monday with NASCAR legend and champion Rusty Wallace as the opening keynote speaker. 


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