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Diamond Vogel Celebrates 90 Years

17. October 2016


Diamond Vogel, a supplier of coatings for the finishing industry, is celebrating 90 years in business in 2016. The company’s story began in Friesland, Holland, where company founder Andrew Vogel worked in his father’s paint shop applying finishes to the homes and carriages of Dutch farmers.


The rest of the story comes from the Diamond Vogel website:


In 1913, the family immigrated to America. Andrew settled in northwest Iowa and soon discovered that American paints did not measure up to his family’s strict standards of appearance and performance. In 1926, with two small grinding machines, each capable of making five gallons of paint, Andrew launched Vogel Paint and Wax Company.


Following WWII, Andrew’s sons, the second generation of Vogels, carried on Andrew’s commitment to superior coatings. The company grew by supplying coatings to the expanding “short line” agricultural equipment industry. The company was also active in producing traffic paint, government coatings and architectural finishes.


The third generation grew up in the company and started on the front lines, clerking stores, cleaning vats, making paint, calling on customers. This breadth of experiences has given them an appreciation and passion for the paint business. Today, they have taken the reins and lead with dedication, experience and forward thinking resolve.


Through its history, Vogel Paint has grown both organically and through acquisition. In 1967 Vogel Paint bought the Diamond Products Manufacturing company of Marshalltown, Iowa and in the early 70’s the company started to do business as Diamond Vogel Paints to capitalize on the strong brand recognition of each company. Other key acquisitions have expanded the company both in technology and geographic reach.


Three generations, seven manufacturing facilities, 70 service centers and millions of gallon paint later, we’re still as stubborn as Andrew.  We still insist on perfecting our own formulas, producing and distributing our own products and servicing our customers with the kind of passion and commitment worthy of Andrew’s name.

Eyelet Manufacturer Finds Safer Paint Stripping With Aquastrip

13. October 2016
Paint stripping barrel being removed from the Aquastrip ACB tank.

Paint stripping barrel being removed from the Aquastrip ACB tank.


When a contract finishing manager for a 100+ year old eyelet manufacturing company ran into production delays and problems with his paint stripping process, he contacted chemical supplier and finishing industry experts at Hubbard-Hall to see if there was a solution.


In a candid conversation with Hubbard-Hall, the manager spoke out about developing a new product to meet his needs.


The manufacturer was buying a stripping product from another company, but there were several issues regarding service, value and performance. Not to mention the strong odor and no one really wanted to use it. He worked with Hubbard-Hall to develop a product—Aquastrip ACB—that worked better, lasted longer and was less costly than what we were using.


To read about the case study, please click HERE.


To get more infomrtaion on Hubbard-Hall, please click HERE.


Toefco Expansion Adds 20,000-Square-Foot Coating Facility

11. October 2016


Adding to its already operating two overhead conveyor lines with more than 400 available coating specs, Toefco Engineered Coating Systems in Niles, Michigan increased both its capacity and capabilities with the addition of a new 20,000-square-foot, high-capacity, high-temperature coating facility.


Toefco has been serving customers nationwide for more than 60 years, servicing a number of industries including automotive, agricultural, medical, food processing, compressor, heavy-duty truck and equipment, military and aerospace, and motorsports. 


With a passion for the art and science of coating technology, Toefco has become known industry-wide for a willingness to innovate in construction-formulating coatings that precisely fit with the application's performance requirements.


"We can spray coat anything. Well, almost anything. The insight and commitment that goes into our application and the custom chemical process we use at Toefco really surpasses the 'dip and ship' approach you'll find elsewhere," says Artie McElwee, a Toefco executive manager with nearly 20 years under his belt.


The 20,000-square-foot facility has expanded its production line to meet demands, adding to the facility:

  • The new line has an increased weight capacity of 750 pounds per hook and is capable of running oversized pieces up to 10 feet in length.
  • With the ability to handle just about any high-temperature paint job, the new facility can employ coatings from suppliers such as Magnee, PPG, Valspar, Northern Coatings and others with high-quality results.
  • The facility features a new powder booth, giving customers the option to use high-temp paint or powder processes.
  • Two massive spray booths offer expansion room for future robotics upgrades on the line and use hospital-grade air for 100-percent efficiency and repeatability of results. 


The Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location on August 29. For information, visit



Atotech Sold to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billion

7. October 2016


Atotech, a global manufacturer of high technology plating solutions, was sold by parent company Total to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billion, representing 11.9 times Atotech’s 2015 adjusted EBITDA.


Carlyle, which also owns the Axalta Coating Systems brand, is a global alternative asset manager that is well positioned in Asia, Europe and the United States through its significant range of investments, and is one of the most experienced private equity investors in the global chemicals industry.


“Atotech, which is very active in Asia, is the worldwide leader in its high-tech segment, with a business model focused on innovation and customer relationships. Carlyle will enable Atotech to pursue its growth ambitions and serve its customers while respecting its commitments towards its employees and stakeholders. This transaction is part of Total’s portfolio management strategy, which aims to align the Group’s asset base with its business ambition. It also forms part of the $10 billion divestment program over 2015-2017 announced by the Group,” said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total.


Equity for the transaction will come from Carlyle Europe Partners IV, a €3.75 billion buyout fund, and Carlyle Partners VI, a $13 billion U.S. buyout fund.


Gregor Boehm, Managing Director and Co-Head of Carlyle Europe Partners, said, “With its intense customer focus and state-of-the-art R&D capabilities, Atotech is poised for continued growth and innovation. We look forward to partnering with the company’s management team and employees to fully realize Atotech’s potential.”


Martin Sumner, Managing Director on Carlyle’s Industrial and Transportation team, added, “Atotech is a strong business with excellent growth prospects in the global plating chemicals and equipment industry. Carlyle looks forward to supporting Atotech’s management team through continued investment in superior technology innovation and solutions for its global customer base.”


The proposed transaction is subject to the applicable legally required consultation and notification processes for employee representatives and to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.



SRG Global Celebrates New World HQ with Opening Ceremony

7. October 2016



SRG Global held an opening ceremony Sept. 19 at its new world headquarters in Troy, Michigan for employees, representatives from Guardian Industries and human resource leaders representing the company’s plants around the world.


The new facility, which opened this summer, was built with the focus of future growth and attracting top talent. The 51,000-square-foot building currently houses more than 250 employees.



“Our vision is to be a trusted global partner, to continue to grow and provide engineering solutions that create superior value for our customers and society,” Dave Prater, President and CEO of SRG Global said while addressing event attendees. “This new facility is another step toward upholding that vision and serves as a flagship for our company.”


As a leading global manufacturer, SRG Global is well-known as a Tier 1 interior and exterior trim supplier, providing solutions that add both style and function for the automotive and commercial truck industries.



The new headquarters was designed to encourage both individual development of each employee and also collaboration between departments to foster innovation and to inspire ideas in a teamwork atmosphere. The facility features an open layout with an atrium and central staircases, natural lighting and several common areas.


For information, visit



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