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PC Symposium Is October 13-14; Call for Papers Now Open

1. June 2015


The PC (Powder Coating) Symposium is a two day short-course/lab demo/seminar that delivers the latest in powder coating innovation to engineers, technologists, scientists, marketing and management professionals.  This event is produced by the Powder Coating Research Group and the Powder Coating Institute, and will take place in Columbus, Ohio on October 13-14.


The PC Symposium expands its reach to include top researchers from the world’s preeminent coatings institutes. They do this in response to a revitalized energy they have seen at the university and scientific research levels.

Therefore in addition to their array of the industry’s engineers and formulators, they have also invited the top researchers from the world’s preeminent coatings institutes. Attendees will not only be enlightened with emerging powder technology that promises to change finishing processe,s but also to the fundamental research feeding these advancements.


Two Day Event:


Day One: The morning consists of an introductory Short Course designed for the novice professional. Topics include Resin Chemistry and Performance, Manufacturing Process, Fundamentals of Application, Curing Techniques and Troubleshooting.


Evening Day One: A networking session encompassing table top exhibits, student posters, refreshments and appetizers.


Day Two: Central to the symposium theme day two boasts a dazzling body of industry and research experts who will be delivering papers on the latest technology ranging from pretreatment chemistry to novel resin chemistry and curing techniques.


The PC Symposium brings you face to face with the prominent experts in the powder coating industry for two full days of intensive dialogue.


Sponsorship information: Lori Koning:


Presentation information: Kevin Biller:

'How It's Made' Features Graymills Parts Washer

28. May 2015



Graymills Corp., a Chicago based manufacturer of pumps and parts washers, was featured in the highly acclaimed Science Channel series, How It’s Made. The episode was first broadcast on June 11, and demonstrated the production of an Immersion Parts Washer. This machine was designed, engineered and produced at Graymills factory in Chicago, Illinois.


Viewers were taken through the steps of manufacturing this large unit, including laser cutting, metal folding, MIG welding, and powder coating to the final assembly of the washer before shipment. Ultimately, the unit ended up on the production floor of a large industrial manufacturing plant. 


To learn more, contact Graymills, 3705 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613;;; Phone: 773-477-4100.


DuBois Chemicals Acquires Heatbath Corporation

26. May 2015



DuBois Chemicals, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Heatbath Corporation / Park Metallurgical based in Indian Orchard, MA.  The acquisition combines DuBois paint pre-treatment, cleaning and metalworking expertise with Heatbath’s innovative and proven heat treating and metal finishing proficiency.  The Heatbath acquisition extends and significantly enhances the full range of cleaning and process chemical solutions that DuBois delivers to a diverse range of manufacturing customers. 


“With the addition of the expertise, products and services of Heatbath, DuBois is uniquely positioned with the most comprehensive metalworking, heat treating, metal finishing and paint pretreatment solution offering of any supplier in the market," said Jeff Welsh, CEO of DuBois Chemicals. "We expect to present many new solutions to support our mutual customers with broadened technology, innovative products and application know-how.”


Tripp Walen, Heatbath President & CEO, said: “The addition of Heatbath to the DuBois portfolio expands the ability of both organizations to assist customers to produce the highest quality, consistent and cost effective production in their facilities.  We are very pleased to join the DuBois team.  Based on their excellent reputation for quality and customer support, I am very confident we have identified the right organization to successfully extend the Heatbath story into the future.”  Shields & Company acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Heatbath.


Founded in 1920, DuBois manufactures and provides specialty cleaning and process chemical solutions. DuBois has substantially increased its position in metal working fluids and surface treatment recently through the acquisition of Perkins Products, Galaxy Associates, Angler Industries and American Finishing Resources.  The company is committed to creating innovative sustainable products including Pearl-Z bactericide free metal working fluids and PACRE heavy metal and phosphate free surface treatment.  DuBois specializes in the areas of metal finishing/paint pretreatment, metalworking/lubricants, water/wastewater treatment, maintenance/equipment cleaning, paper chemicals, food processing cleaning/sanitizing, and transportation cleaning. For more information, please visit

Great Lakes Metal receives Chambers County award

22. May 2015

Great Lakes Metal Stamping, Inc. President Keith Hettig (center) and wife Betty Hettig accept the Chambers County Manufacturer of the Year Award from Chambers County Development Authority (CCDA) Board President Bobby Williams.


Great Lakes Metal Stamping, Inc. was named Chambers County’s Manufacturer of the Year at the Chambers County Development Authority’s annual luncheon.


Great Lakes was the first industry to locate in the Chambers County Industrial Park in Cusseta in 2007 and since their arrival have contributed over $10.3 million in capital investments and created 65 new jobs. The company specializes in full service metal stamping operations, but has broadened its capabilities by adding many in-house and outside services, including custom assembly and packaging, production welding, heat treating, metal finishing and plating.


Great Lakes founder and President Keith Hettig, his wife, Betty, and several Great Lakes team members were on hand at the luncheon to accept the award.


An emotional Hettig told the large crowd in attendance that the company’s success could not have been possible without their many hard-working team members in both their Alabama and Michigan facilities.


Hettig founded the company in 1995 in St. Joseph, Mich. Within three years, Great Lakes had grown from two employees and one press line to 14 employees and three press lines. Today, they employ more than 100 individuals and maintain 18 press lines along with welding and assembly operations at their two locations.

Pavco Offering Solutions For Decorative Hex Chrome Alternatives, General Metal Finishing Chemistries

21. May 2015



Pavco Inc. continues to grow its diverse portfolio of metal finishing technologies tailored to meet the ever-increasing demands of industry, both domestically and abroad.


With an emphasis on offering solutions for decorative hex chrome alternatives and general metal finishing compliant chemistries, Pavco will showcase its systems for alloys, zinc, nickel, chrome, copper and conversion coatings at the upcoming NASF Sur/Fin trade show in Chicago, June 8-10.


Highlighting the technology will be its prominent zinc nickel alloy technology line. For alkaline processes, the company says that its Ziniloy 3028 can meet the most demanding requirements, while its  Ziniloy HD adds unparalleled ductility. For chloride, Pavco says its NiClipse C provides unprecedented characteristics to include uniform alloy deposit throughout a wide current density range for productivity and direct plating on cast iron substrates.


Pavco will also be introducing further alternatives to expand its existing compliant chemistry, decorative tri-chrome and nickel offerings. For more information, visit


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