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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.

Molly Kellogg Is New CEO At Hubbard-Hall

25. September 2014



Hubbard-Hall Inc. announced a leadership change to become effective the first of the year.  Molly C. Kellogg, currently Executive Vice President, will become President and CEO upon the retirement of the current President and CEO, Andrew K. Skipp, on December 31, 2014.  Kellogg and Skipp are sixth generation family members of the company, whose roots date to 1849.


In announcing the organizational change, Charles T. Kellogg (Chairman and CFO), stated, “With 20 years of experience in the company and having worked in virtually every department, Molly has a deep understanding of the company’s internal strengths and external opportunities.  She’s committed to growing the business and brings a unique, long term perspective to our future success.”


Andrew Skipp, who announced his retirement to the Board of Directors on September 4, has had an impressive 37 year career at Hubbard-Hall, with the last 15 as President and CEO. Under his leadership, the company has enjoyed consistent financial success and implemented key quality initiatives such as Responsible Distribution, ISO and Lean. 


Molly, currently in charge of strategy, sales and business development, earned her MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in 1993 and a BA from Princeton in 1987.  She has been based out of the company’s Wilmington, MA branch for the last 20 years, with P & L oversight as well as direct responsibility for some of the company’s largest customers.  Molly lives in Newton, MA with her husband and four children.


“One of the great joys of a family business is seeing the next generation take over. Andrew, my nephew, has provided exceptional stewardship to our company and leadership to our industry. I know he will be successful in whatever venture comes next.” said Charles Kellogg,


“And it goes without saying that I am delighted to see my daughter take the reins,” added Kellogg.  “She is capable, committed and determined to make sure the business flourishes until the next generation is ready.”


Hubbard-Hall Inc., headquartered in Waterbury, CT, distributes chemicals into the metal finishing and electronics industries and is a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals for surface finishing, metal coloring and wastewater treatment.  The company has 111 associates in 3 locations, and works with distributors in the U.S. and abroad to support global manufacturers.


Sherwin-Williams Launches Two New Powder Coating Lines

23. September 2014



Sherwin-Williams launched two new products at the recent Powder Coating Show in Indianapolis, which was presented by the Powder Coating Institute.


The company launched Powdura OneCure, a two coating, one cure dry-on-dry coating system designed to save finishers time and money by reducing the steps needed to achieve enhanced edge coverage and corrosion resistance.


Engineered for heavy equipment and general metal finishing projects, Powdura OneCure offers  patent-pending formulated primers and topcoats that have the ability to co-react and cross-link. The products provide a seamless finish that delivers high quality aesthetics with superb durability.


The mono bake system offers a high performance alternative to conventional two-bake powder primer and topcoat systems. This allows finishers to reduce energy use, labor and maintenance costs while increasing throughput. The Powdura OneCure system requires a smaller production footprint and less capital equipment.


The finish meets or exceeds several OEM specifications.


“Powdura OneCure saves finishers time and cuts production costs to make high quality powder coating easy,” said Ron McMahon, Marketing Director- Powder, Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes. “It offers improved edge coverage and better corrosion resistance than two-bake powder coating systems to satisfy the needs of finishers in a variety of industries and applications.”


Sherwin-Williams also announced the availability of Powdura Sprint, a low-cure polyester resin-based powder coating system for use on medium density fiberboard (MDF). Ideal for finishing applications in the furniture, kitchen cabinet and general finishing markets, the coating system provides a high quality finish as it cures at temperatures as low as 250˚F.


Powdura Sprint requires fewer coats than competitive powder coating products, increasing line speed by up to 40 percent. The new finish also has excellent performance properties in stain and moisture resistance and offers an effective cost alternative to traditional liquid and laminate coatings.


Available in a wide range of solid colors as well as smooth and texture finishes, Powdura Sprint meets Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Association (KCMA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards as well as several manufacturers’ performance specifications.


“Powdura Sprint saves manufacturers time and money while producing a quality finish on engineered wood substrates,” said Laura Kelleher, VP Global Marketing. “It offers manufacturers of MDF-based products an attractive alternative to traditional finishes while delivering higher performance levels than competitive powder coating offerings.”


For more information on either product, please visit


EPA Targeting Metal Finishing Wastewater

22. September 2014


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its preliminary 2014 effluent guidelines program, and wastewater from the metal finishing industry is just one of the areas that will be subject to more regulation in the upcoming year.


Wastewater runoff from the oil and gas production, petroleum refining and nanomaterial industries are also on the 2014 EPA agenda. The EPA will seek information from industries that may need either revised existing regulations or new regulations.



The EPA does not currently regulate wastewater discharges from nanomaterial manufacturing facilities. The agency also wants to find out more about discharges from centralized treatment facilities that accepts wastewater from hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas extraction activities.


With a new look at the metal finishing industry, the EPA says it wants to gather more data about metal discharges, and in particular those performing zinc and cadmium plating.


The Clean Water Act requires EPA to publish every two years a schedule for  reviewing and possibly revising effluent guidelines that have been promulgated as required by Section 304(b).


Under Section 304(b) of the Clean Water Act, the EPA regulates the discharge of pollutants from industries directly to surface waters through effluent limitation guidelines, and indirect discharges via wastewater treatments plants through pretreatment standards. Both regulatory limits are based on available technology.


The EPA published its notice announcing the preliminary FY 2014 plan on Sept. 16. The agency will accept comments, identified by Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0170, at until Nov. 17.

New CCAI Online Training Videos Now Available

19. September 2014


The Chemical Coaters Association International has released a variety of educational training videos that can be accessed at anytime from anywhere.  Found on CCAI TV through CCAI’s website, the library of videos offers educational presentations from industry experts that run an average of 20 – 40 minutes in length. Designed to give information and provide an understanding of many finishing technologies, more than 20 videos offer a low-cost educational tool for those in the industry.  Additional videos will be added to the video library frequently. 


Videos can be rented for a 30-day period on an individual basis or on a package collection basis.  There are currently three packages available, containing multiple videos at a larger discount than individual viewing. 


Current collections include:

  • -Building Blocks of Powder Coating
  • -Español Educación
  • -Finishing Essentials
  • -Efficient Curing with Infrared


CCAI also has a series of free videos available from Corporate Members.  Check out some of the latest technologies and products like KMI Systems’ Turn-Key Finishing Systems, IntelliFinishing’s Shuttle and how it works, Midwest Finishing’s video on “The Midwest Difference,” Nordson’s Purple Up Close and TTX’s Finishing System Overview.  These videos contain valuable information for all finishers.


To access the videos, visit, click on EDUCATION, then click on CCAI TV.  Fees to access individual videos are $30 for CCAI members; $49 for non-members.  Video collection access is $79 for CCAI members; $99 for non-members. 



All CCAI videos (with the exception of the Corporate Member videos) are copyrighted by The Chemical Coaters Association International and may not be copied, saved nor reproduced without written permission of CCAI.

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