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Rightech Fabrications Earns ISO 9001:2008

14. August 2014

Rightech Fabrications in Northbrook, Illinois has received ISO 9001:2008 certification.


The company, which makes of range of racks, baskets and coils for the finishing industry, utilizes 3D computerized drafting to transform customer needs into problem-solving products. Master welders supported by the most recent advances in Waterjet and laser fabrication, CNC-stamping and bending allow them to take full advantage of their manufacturing efficiencies.


For more information, please visit


Milwaukee Platers Join Forces to Help St Joseph Academy

12. August 2014


A group of Milwaukee-area plating and finishing shops helped St Joseph Academy with their annual golf outing, raising more than $45,000 to be used for building expansion.


St Joseph Academy is a school and daycare on Milwaukee’s south side. Most students come from low-income families that want a good faith-based education for their children. SJA does a terrific job with schoolwork and an even better job of teaching the children how to be loving, caring, and helpful human beings.


Reliable Plating Works president Jaime Maliszewski has chaired the golf outing for the past 15 years, and Cory Savage of Savage Solutions has been his co-chair for the past two years. Jaime and Cory, with a group of dedicated committee members, worked hard to make this event a success. 132 golfers, along with numerous sponsors, showed tremendous charity to the school. Donations helped raise over $45,000, which will be used to fund a major building expansion at SJA!


RPW and Elite had four teams at the event, and many of their customers and suppliers played as well. Other sponsors included Staffing Partners, Polco Metal Finishing, Savage Solutions, Hays Companies, Florida Cirtech, ChromeTech, First Business Bank, Waterstone Bank, Enthone, PNC Bank, Hunter Chemical, Ward & Kennedy, Quarles & Brady, Milport Chemical, John Haske, Metal Finishing Solutions, Micron Metal Finishing, So Clean Solutions, Scientific Control Labs, Midwest Finishing Systems, Inc., Phil Devlin and Sigma Environmental.


PPG supplies Duranar and Duracron metal coatings for Port of Miami Tunnel

8. August 2014


PPG Industries’ coil and building products group announced that it supplied Duranar XL and Duracron coatings to the recently opened Port of Miami Tunnel, which is made up of two 4,200-foot-long highway tunnels that travel under Biscayne Bay, connecting the MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island to the Port of Miami on Dodge Island.


Duranar XL coating—specified by Arquitectonica, the Miami-based architectural firm that designed the tunnels—is a three-part coating system consisting of a urethane primer coat, a decorative color coat and a protective fluoropolymer clearcoat. Arquitectonica selected Duranar XL Crystal Blue coating to cover the 4,000 metal panels lining both sets of tunnel walls.


Phil Buhr, PPG product manager, coil and building products group, said the selection of Duranar XL coating for a transportation project is unusual but makes sense for the Port of Miami tunnels.

“As a high-end coating system, Duranar XL coating is more commonly specified for monumental architectural projects and storefronts that demand long-term colorfastness, gloss retention and chalk resistance,” he said. “All of those performance factors and the ease of cleaning made Duranar XL coating an ideal choice for a high-visibility project like this, where the architect and project owners were determined to find a coating that would look good even after decades of constant exposure to humidity, salt air and automobile exhaust.”


For more information about Duranar XL and Duracron coatings, visit or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).


American Plating Power Names Steve Smith Vice President of Sales

6. August 2014



American Plating Power, a global supplier of industrial power supplies based in Fort Myers, Florida, has appointed Steve Smith as vice president of sales.


Smith brings 25 years of sales leadership and experience in international business development to this newly created role to help American Plating Power maintain its customer-centric focus while extending its reach into new markets.


Recognized for his ability to engage with customers and engineers in creating specialized solutions for leading high tech industries domestically and around the world, Smith has successfully led corporate expansion efforts into diverse industries and internationally in areas such as China, Southeast Asia, Brazil and Europe. He was responsible for the launch of more than a dozen highly innovative products used in the electroplating, semiconductor, and photovoltaic industries and has received recognition for “extraordinary and visionary” leadership within the industry.
“Steve’s global experience, energy and reputation will support and advance our company mission to serve the needs of our current and future customers at the highest level as we continue to grow our business,” said Waasy Boddison, President, American Plating Power. “The breadth of his experience and his capacity to form relationships based on delivering timely, effective and sustainable solutions will help position American Plating Power as the premier global supplier of industrial power supplies for generations to come. We are delighted to welcome Steve aboard as an integral member of our team.”


For further information on American Plating Power please visit



Aluminum In Danger Of Being Ruled Out Of Window PCR

3. August 2014

Aluminum is used in many architectural elements in construction.


The Aluminum Anodizers Council has issued a "Call To Action" for its members and others in the aluminum anodizing sector to help thwart an effort by an environmental group that could reduce the use of the materials on extrusions.


The AAC joined with the Aluminum Association to report that a non-profit environmental group called Earthsure is developing on behalf of several window and glazing trade associations a Window Product Category Rule (PCR) that would completely overlook (and therefore penalize) the recyclability properties of certain building materials, including aluminum extrusions. 


From the AAC:


A PCR governs how to get an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which is a life cycle analysis “nutrition label” for products. A PCR is a set of specific rules, requirements and guidelines for developing environmental declarations for one or more product categories. The PCRs define the type of data that should be collected, measured and reported in a life cycle analysis.  They include instructions for gathering data about the consumption of resources, including energy, water and renewable resources, and emission to air, water and soil.  Because data collection methods are standardized, the PCR allows for comparison of different environmental product attributes among products in a defined category.  By disregarding the material’s recyclability properties, not only would the PCR overlook what makes aluminum one of (if not) the most sustainable and recyclable materials, but would encourage the use of materials that are not recyclable at the end-of-life, and would simply end up being disposed into landfills.    


We completely agree with the Aluminum Association that Earthsure has a long and successful history in developing PCRs for various products. However, the proposed rules under this Window PCR would not give credit for recycling and would wrongly assess the estimation of life cycle energy use.


Action: Please visit and send a message to Earthsure and the sponsoring trade associations, requesting that they change course. The message is pre-written and automated to be delivered to the organizations listed. All you have to do is put in your name, email address and company and press the submit button at the bottom of the page.


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