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CCAI Wisconsin Golf Outing Awards $14K in Scholarships

15. August 2016


The Chemical Coaters Association International's Wisconsin Chapter held its annual golf outing in July, and awarded scholatships to various students.


Prime Coatings' Dan Curtin said the chapter awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships to students at the the Jim Steffes annual Golf Outing that took place on July 15. This event serves as the primary fundraiser for the chapter's James F. Wright scholarship program.  The Wisconsin Chapter of CCAI awards monetary scholarships to individuals that are studying finishing related fields including chemistry, environmental studies, business administration, and engineering among others.


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Electrocoat Seminar is Oct. 4-5 In Des Moines, Iowa

10. August 2016


The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association International are holding the 2016 Electrocoating Seminar on October 4-5 at the Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. 


An Introduction to Electrocoating kicks off day one of the classroom-style program to bring attendees up to speed with the technology before tackling more advanced topics in the remainder of the seminar. The discussion will center on cost and process efficiencies, quality control, and innovative technologies in the different components of a typical electrocoating line. Preventive maintenance and troubleshooting for defects that can plague a system will also be addressed and illustrated with actual examples. 


An evening networking event at the conclusion of day one provides attendees an opportunity to meet the presenters and ask questions specific to their company’s needs as well as interact with other attendees and potential partners.  


This year’s event will conclude with a plant tour of the John Deere Des Moines Works, Ankeny, Iowa.  The facility’s cathodic electrocoat system has been in operation since 1980 and will offer a real-world illustration of the technical material presented.


Registration includes the educational program, networking reception, group lunches and breaks, transportation to/from the plant tour, and a copy of the Electrocoat Association’s textbook, “Electrocoating: A Guidebook for Finishers”.      


To review the complete program and to register, visit or call Anne Von Moll at 1-800-563-8831.

CCAI Honors Chapter, Installs Officers and Board

8. August 2016
The CCAI board of directors

The CCAI board of directors


The Chemical Coaters Association International honored members for their service and dedication to their chapters and installed its 2016-17 Officers and National Board members during their 2016 annual meeting.


The CCAI Chapter User and Supplier of the Year awards and the James F. and David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award were presented during the Annual Awards Ceremony, also held during the Annual Meeting.


CCAI’s highest honor went to John Sudges of Midwest Finishing Systems


The 2015-16 Chapter Award winners are:  

  • Central States Chapter – Frank Laster, A-1 Paint Powder and Sandblast and Todd Lanquist, Chemetall; 
  • Las Vegas Chapter – Tony Sclafani, AR Iron LLC and Sercy Spears, Coral Chemical Co.; 
  • Northern Illinois Chapter – Jack and Dennis Walters, Acme Finishing Co. Inc. and Bruce Bryan, CCAI.; 
  • Southern California Chapter - Shivie Dhillon, Sundial Powder Coating and Hugo Cambron, PPG Industries;
  • Twin Cities Chapter – Ted Schreyer, Associated Finishing and Doug Van Duyne, DuBois Chemicals;
  • West Michigan Chapter -  Rich Saddler, Abcor Industries and Tom Farrington, Henkel Corp.;
  • Wisconsin Chapter – Lee Van Buskirk, Metalcraft of Maysville, Inc. and Mark LaValley, Northern Coatings & Chemical.


CCAI also announced their National Board of Directors Officers and Board Members for 2016-2017.  CCAI is very fortunate to have the leadership of the following individuals:

  • President:  Ron Lum, Coral Chemical Co. – Southern California Chapter
  • Vice President: Bill Oney, American Finishing Resources – Wisconsin Chapter
  • Treasurer:  Duane Fudge, Chemetall - Unaffiliated
  • Recent Past President: Kevin Coursin, Engineered Finishing Systems – Northern Illinois Chapter


In addition to the officers, serving on the National Board of Directors for the 2016-17 year will be:

  • Shivie Dhillon, SunDial Powder Coatings – Southern California Chapter;
  • Jim Gallagher, Harley Davidson - Wisconsin Chapter;
  • Kevin Irving, AZZ Galvanizing – Iowa/Central Illinois Chapter;
  • Loren Keene, Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg. – Central States Chapter;
  • Dan Labrecque, Tiger Drylac USA, Inc. – West Michigan Chapter;
  • Todd Luciano, Products FinishingGreater Cincinnati Chapter;
  • Jim Malloy, Kolene Corp. - Unaffiliated
  • Katie McGovern, Hubbard-Hall Inc. – Unaffiliated;
  • Ron McMahon, Sherwin-Williams, Co. – Northern Ohio Chapter;
  • Tony Sclafani, AR Iron, LLC – Las Vegas Chapter;
  • Mark Walsworth, Nordic Ware Inc. – Twin Cities Chapter;
  • Sam Woehler, George Koch Sons, LLC – Unaffiliated;
  • Tim Milner, JIT Powder Coating – Twin Cities Chapter;  


Serving as Ex-officio Board members are; Larry Melgary, Northern Coatings & Chemicals – Wisconsin Chapter; and Bob Warren, retired – West Michigan Chapter.


CCAI is a non-profit technical and professional association that provides information and education on surface coating technologies worldwide.  Visit CCAI on the web at


CCAI’s Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar at Georgia Power Company’s Customer Resource Center

4. August 2016



This September 13-14 seminar at Georgia Power CRC in Atlanta is made possible thanks to the Infrared Equipment Division of IHEA, Products Finishing Magazine and Georgia Power. The popular CCAI Powder Coating & Curing Seminar regularly sells out.  This comprehensive seminar includes a day and a half of instruction and hands-on demonstrations.  The classroom content will cover the following topics :


  • What is Powder Coating and Powder Coating Materials?
  • Cleaning & Pretreatment of Parts
  • Moving Parts Through the Process
  • Removal and Rework – hook and rack cleaning, transfer efficiency, reject stripping
  • Powder Coating Application for metals and MDF
  • Curing Powder Coatings
  • Test Methods for Performance
  • Running an Efficient System
  • Attendees will also experience lab demonstrations of several processes learned in the classroom.


This is the most cost effective powder coating & curing training available anywhere.


CCAI members: $199     Non-members: $299


Comments from past seminar attendees:


"I knew nothing coming into the seminar.  Now I feel that I have a good general understanding of the subject matter." 

"Speakers are very knowledgeable and helpful.  Very impressed."

CLICK HERE to view the promotional flyer.

Top Gun Powder Coating Expanding To New Location, 70+ Jobs

2. August 2016
Top Gun Powder Coating & Architectural Coating was established in 2005 in Jasper and currently employs 35 full-time associates at four locations.

Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating was established in 2005 in Jasper and currently employs 35 full-time associates at four locations.


Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating, a leading provider of world class architectural finishes, will expand to create a total of 70 new jobs in Adairsville and Jasper in Georgia.


“We are excited that Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating has chosen to expand their presence in Georgia,” said Chris Carr, Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner. “As a key supplier to a variety of thriving industries in Georgia, we believe they will be perfectly situated at these locations to serve their growing customer base. We want to commend our economic development partners in Northwest Georgia for their collaboration, and we look forward to supporting Top Gun Powder Coating & Architectural Coating in the future.”


Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating was established in 2005 in Jasper and currently employs 35 full-time associates at four locations. The company provides architectural coatings such as Kynar, powder, industrial liquid and military and media blast cleaning services to support the following industries: defense, sports and recreation, commercial food and lodging, transportation, oil, gas and electric.


“We are very excited about our newest facility in Adairsville. This addition will provide us with a lot of new opportunities and challenges,” said Dean Porio, President, Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating. “We appreciate all the support that we have received from both the city of Adairsville and Bartow County. We are looking forward to being a successful and contributing business in the community.”


This project represents a two-pronged expansion. Top Gun will add ten employees to their existing location in Jasper and create an additional 60 new jobs with the opening of a new facility in Adairsville to meet increased enterprise demands. The company plans to move into an existing location at 200 Princeton Blvd., Adairsville, GA  30103. They expect to be fully operational by August 2016.


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