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Lincoln Industries names Bill Ellerbee President

31. August 2016
Bill Ellerbee

Bill Ellerbee


Lincoln Industries has appointed Bill Ellerbee as the company’s president. Ellerbee has served as the company’s vice president of operations for the last eight years, where he managed five departments and was responsible for leading operations at Lincoln and Lincoln Industries’ Pine Island location.


Ellerbee has been essential in supporting Lincoln Industries growth strategy and maintaining a strong customer service model. Over the last 26 years, Ellerbee has held key roles within sales, procurement, and operations teams.  Prior to Lincoln Industries he was vice president of global operations with Federal Signal Corporation in University Park, Illinois.  Ellerbee spent 16 years with Maytag Appliances in Newton, Iowa in various roles.  He implemented lean initiatives in various manufacturing locations and has been a key influencer of business growth strategies and execution.


Ellerbee is a Hastings, Nebraska native and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in finance.  Ellerbee and his wife, Diane, and their six children moved to Lincoln from Illinois.


“We have made Lincoln our home and are excited about this continued opportunity,” said Ellerbee. “I’ve worked with some great teams over the last 26 years, and I believe this team at Lincoln Industries the most talented and strongest. I look forward to continuing to grow my relationship with all Lincoln Industries people.”


Chairman and CEO, Marc LeBaron said Ellerbee’s talent for leading people and previous experience makes him a great fit for this role. 


“We are confident in Bill’s commitment to our culture and his understanding of our business processes,” said LeBaron.  “This is evident by the trust our people already have in his leadership.  Bill is aligned on both the vision and future of our company and will bring tremendous opportunities for Lincoln Industries.”  


Lincoln Industries is one of the largest and most diverse privately-held metal finishing company in North America. For over 60 years Lincoln Industries has been solving technically difficult problems for premium brands like Harley Davidson, PACCAR, John Deere, Polaris, Navistar and Mercury Marine.


Pennsylvania's Precision Finishing Holds Groundbreaking For New Facility

29. August 2016

Precision Finishing Inc. second & third generation family members: (left to right) Jeff Bell, Jeffrey Bell, Dean Bell and Thom Bell.


Precision Finishing in Sellersville, Pennsylvania held a groundbreaking ceremony in July 18 for a new building site to start a new chapter in the company’s history.


The new building site will be located at 1800 AM Drive in Quakertown. The new building will be approximately 40,000 sqft. which more than doubles the current office, manufacturing, and warehousing space in the Sellersville location. The company is planning a move in time frame during the winter of 2017.


In 2015, Precision Finishing Inc. celebrated 60 years of success. The company has been on a growth path and needed to expand and upgrade the entire Sellersville operation.


The company started as a small chemical company and tumbling job shop, in a chicken coop with five employees in Sellersville. Tumbling work of transistor radio parts for AT&T in Allentown forced founder Jack Bell to add plating services in the 1960s.


Over the last five years additional business technology was added including tele-sales and e-commerce. In 2014 the third generation of family entered into the business and now the company is moving into new purpose-built facility in 2017.

Axalta Hosts Annual Latin America Distributor Convention in Cancún

25. August 2016

NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon addresses Axalta Latin America distributors convention. (Photo: Axalta)


Axalta Coating Systems concluded its annual Latin America regional distributor convention in Cancún, México with more than 600 attendees participating in business presentations and strategic planning meetings. The five-day event offered opportunities for distributors and other customers to hear from Axalta management about the latest global developments from investments in new facilities and R&D capabilities to acquisitions and new products.


“This event is a unique opportunity to come together with our distribution partners and customers from across the Latin America region to celebrate our business achievements over the past year, while also discussing new growth opportunities for the future,” explained Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver who delivered the keynote address at the conference on Thursday. “Across the breadth of the region, the relationships that we have with distributors and end customers are the key to our mutual success. The business reviews and planning sessions provide all of us with a superb opportunity to learn from each other and build on the accomplishments of the previous year.”



“We Paint Winners,” Axalta’s automotive racing slogan, and “Think Big” provided the theme and backdrop of the conference. The close ties between the performance of the company’s coatings and success on the racetrack were underscored by remarks delivered by Jeff Gordon. Retired after 23 racing the Axalta sponsored No. 24 Team Chevy and now a consultant to Axalta, Gordon spoke to the group about the importance of combining latest generation technology, great planning and flawless execution in order to win on and off the track.


Participants at the meeting came from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, México, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Axalta Coating Systems Has Carbon Fiber Covered

23. August 2016

Alastair Gibson's "Carbon King" piece, which is made from carbon fiber and finished with Axalta's Spies Hecker. (Photo: Axalta)


Axalta Coating Systems is working with automotive manufacturers in their quest to make vehicles lighter in order to reduce emissions and fuel consumption by replacing standard steel with composites such as carbon fiber.


Axalta applies the technology behind its OEM coatings and refinish paint brands, including one of its three premium global refinish brands Spies Hecker, to develop effective coating systems for car manufacturers using carbon fiber and other light-weight substrates.


But the Axalta coating technology has, for one artist, even wider applications. Mixing artistic skill with a heavy dose of engineering expertise, artist Alastair Gibson draws on his 15 year’s of experience in Formula OneTM to create his carbon fiber sculptures, each impeccably finished with Spies Hecker.


“All the time that goes into the pieces before the coating process - and that can be as much as four weeks – would be wasted if we couldn't get a gorgeous finish from Spies Hecker to show off the weave of the carbon fiber,” says Gibson.


While Gibson has established himself at the cutting edge of carbon fiber sculpture in the eight years since becoming a full-time artist, his career is steeped in motorsport. After seven years in lower racing formulas, he spent 15 years in Formula OneTM, first as lead mechanic for the Benetton F1 Team, and then as race team chief mechanic for the BAR and Honda Grand Prix teams.


And Gibson’s carbon fiber sculptures cleverly incorporate titanium Formula OneTM parts, each of which has a production and part number that can be traced back to a specific car and race. These titanium components form the eyes of the Racing Piranhaand the spine of the magnificent Carbon King, which is based on a lion’s skull. Many pieces are displayed on a section of perma-glass under-floor planks that have been part of Formula OneTM cars.


For more information on Axalta, visit For more information on Spies Hecker, For more information on Alastair Gibson and Carbon Art 45, visit

DeFelsko to Host SSPC Training This Fall.

19. August 2016


DeFelsko has been selected to host several Society for Protective Coatings training events beginning this November at their headquarters in Ogdensburg, New York.


Just a short drive from Canada’s capital region (Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto), the Syracuse International Airport and the newly expanded Ogdensburg International Airport (slated for completion October 2016), these courses provide comprehensive training on the principles and practices of coating inspection.


Courses include the Protective Coatings Inspector Program and a workshop on using SSPC PA2 effectively. Detailed information can be found at


For further information, please contact Terry LaRue, DeFelsko Sales manager at .


To register, call SSPC toll-free at 877-281-7772 ext. 2204 or register online at


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