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Mid-Atlantic Finishing's B.J. Mason Passes Away

6. October 2014



B.J. Mason, founder and President of Mid-Atlantic Finishing in Maryland and a past president of the American Electroplaters and Surface Finishing Society, died Saturday, October 4.


Mason formed Mid-Atlantic Finishing in 1976 and saw it become a premier national surface finishing company, providing a vast array of services to industries nationwide. One of his proudest moments came when Mid-Atlantic plated all of the structural steel used in the restoration of the William Penn Statue atop Philadelphia's City Hall.


Mason received the Silvio Taormina Award from the National Association For Surface Finishing in 2013.


"He was one of a kind and will truly be missed," said Christian Richter, executive vice president of the NASF.


Cool Clean Technologies Has A Hot IMTS

6. October 2014


One of the hottest booths at IMTS this year had a very “cool” process as Cool Clean Technologies introduced its new cleaning technologies utilizing environmentally friendly CO2.


Snow cleaning uses solid CO2 particles to clean the surface removing fingerprints, contaminants, and light oils without causing any damage to the part. Liquid CO2 (LCO2) cleaning uses a different approach. Parts to be cleaned are placed in a wash vessel kept at high pressure enabling the CO2 to remain as a liquid. LCO2 cleans all around the surface and inside the part in  areas difficult to reach with water based cleaning.


All of Cool Clean Technologiesprocesses are waterless, chemical-free, and designed to save customers on time and money. For more information, please visit

MacDermid Opens Japan Desk in Metro Detroit

3. October 2014



MacDermid will open a Japan Desk at its existing R&D facility in metro Detroit on October 1. A bilingual account manager will cater to the sophisticated needs of Japanese automotive OEMs and their expanding supply chain here in North America who require plating chemistry for decorative and anti-corrosive purposes.

The Japan Desk in New Hudson, Michigan will act as a liaison between Japan-based automotive customers in North America and MacDermid personnel to ensure that the customers’ ongoing requirements are established, understood and satisfied. The technical service laboratory at New Hudson is one of two world-class facilities operated by MacDermid in the Midwest. Products for Japanese customers will continue to be manufactured at the Center of Excellence in Ferndale, Michigan.

“Japan’s carmakers are localizing production here in North America at a feverish pace and there is growing demand for MacDermid’s proprietary technologies such as ZinKlad and XtraForm in the Southern U.S. and Mexico," said Michael Siegmund, Executive Vice President for the Global Automotive Business. "The establishment of the Japan Desk builds on our company’s long-standing commitment to Japan, where we have already been supplying product for more than 40 years.”

In regard to this new strategic initiative, Siegmund said MacDermid is the one of the few manufacturers who are capable of supplying plating chemistry to the automotive industry on a global basis.


"The recent deployment of OEM Account Managers has provided us with a better understanding of the industry’s ever-changing needs and has improved our response time in providing solutions," he said. "We are committed to further investing in local infrastructure to support our global automotive accounts.”

MacDermid, Inc. is a leading global producer of high technology, specialty chemical products and a provider of technical services. Additional information on MacDermid and its products and services is available at


Schaffner Manufacturing Acquires Barker Brothers

1. October 2014



Schaffner Manufacturing Company, a producer of flap wheels, buffing wheels and buffing compounds for custom metal finishing applications, has purchased the assets of Barker Brothers, a family-owned manufacturer of buffing wheels, flap wheels, convolute wheels and unitized abrasive wheels.


Barker Brothers is based in Ridgewood, NY, and has been in business for more than 100 years. The two companies represent more than 170 years of finishing experience in the automotive, aircraft, marine, housewares and woodworking industries.


“We are excited about being able to offer established and new customers a wider variety of finishing solutions than ever before,” says Bill Schaffner, president of Schaffner Manufacturing. “This acquisition will give our customers greater convenience and cost efficiencies through economies of scale.”


Schaffner Manufacturing Company, Inc. designs and produces Flapwheels, buffing wheels and buffing compounds for custom metal finishing applications in the production of plumbing fixtures, automobiles and trucks, motorcycles, aerospace parts & frames, door& decorative hardware, cookware, aluminum, stainless steel, zinc and brass. The family-owned company is based in Pittsburgh and has been serving the needs of metal finishers for more than 60 years.  Schaffner Manufacturing Company is ISO 9001:2000 registered and is the first buffing compound manufacturer in North America to have earned that certification.

For more information, visit

ICAFe Acquires Dove Equipment

29. September 2014



Dove Equipment has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by ICAFe, Inc., a leading industrial finishing systems integrator. With this acquisition, the combined ICAFe / Dove becomes one of the largest distributors to the industrial finishing systems marketplace.


“Both organizations are recognized leaders in industrial finishing systems,” said Jeff Treske, President, ICAFe.  “While each organization has its own strengths, together, we represent a larger, more financially stable organization with a greater ability to serve our customers more effectively.  In addition, this acquisition will serve as a catalyst to drive growth and pursue future expansion.” 


Based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, ICAFe has been serving the industrial finishing industry throughout Mid-Central United States for more than 60 years. The organization has grown steadily over the past few decades via organic growth as well as acquisitions.


Based in East Peoria, Illinois (with operations in Mexico) Dove Equipment has supported clients in the industrial finishing systems industry for more than 40 years. The company was previously employee-owned. Its primary North American service areas are Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, Dove also serves nearly all of Mexico, with offices in Monterrey (headquarters of Dove Mexico) and Puebla (which serves Mexico City).


The acquisition was approved by participants of the Dove Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) members in July and the deal closed in early August.


“Our focus is and will continue to be on providing high-quality and cost-effective finishing solutions for our customers,” said Javier Salazar, President, Dove Equipment. “The acquisition of Dove by ICAFe will allow us to do that more effectively, and we’re excited about the opportunities this deal provides.”


Dove will remain in East Peoria and Mexico. Its various operations will retain the Dove name. ICAFe will remain in Waukesha.

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