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Vincent Noonan named Sheffield Platers VP Strategic Operations

6. May 2016


Sheffield Platers in San Diego, California, has promoted Vincent Noonan to Vice President Strategic Operations. Noonan, who joined Sheffield Platers in 2008 and has been the company’s Director of Business Development, has more than 25 years of experience in the metal finishing industry, where he has held key technical, sales and management roles.


In the new role for Sheffield — a two-time Products Finishing Top Shop winner — company president Dale Watkins said Noonan will be responsible for ensuring that the organization is well positioned in a rapidly evolving and competitive business environment by being an agent for ongoing organizational change. Sheffield vice president Mark Watkins said that Noonan will help ensure that strategies are clearly understood by all stakeholders, and that the organization is achieving its strategic goals at an optimum pace.


In conjunction with the president and executive management team, Noonan will be tasked with identifying leads for new business development opportunities, and will also be responsible for ensuring highly productive relationships and partnerships for the benefit of the organization.


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Winona Powder Coating Gets UL Recertification

4. May 2016


Winona Powder Coating, the largest high volume powder coater in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan, said that they have been awarded recertification by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), meeting standards in both the United States and Canada.


Winona’s UL recertification, along with the company’s ISO9001 and JDM F17 certifications, conveys its dedication to meeting customers’ high expectations.


“We are proud to serve as the exclusive powder coater to two of the top industrial component suppliers in the world,” said Brian Bailey, president of Winona Powder Coating. “We understand how important it is for a customer to be able to offer a product that is UL certified throughout the entire supply chain. It’s a real asset to be able to offer this service to our customers that need and value UL certified powder coated components. We are constantly striving to raise the bar in order to compete with any in-house situation and meet our customers’ needs of exceptional quality levels.”


In addition to the UL recertification, Winona is currently in the process of seeking the AAMA 2604 specification. This specification is applicable to coatings of at least 30 microns thickness and intended primarily for commercial and architectural-grade applications. Over the next few months, tests will be conducted to evaluate abrasion resistance, chemical resistance and weathering. This specification recognizes high-performance coatings that can involve non-phosphate pretreatments, a necessity in some markets where phosphate pretreatments are not allowed due to environmental concerns.

Global Automotive 2015 Color Popularity Report

3. May 2016


White has continued to increase in popularity, topping out this year as the number one color globally, according to Axalta Coating Systems’ Automotive Color Popularity Report. This report looks at automotive color popularity by global geography and by a variety of vehicle segments.


White overtook silver in 2011 as the most preferred vehicle color preference. Since then, white has continued to gain popularity on all vehicle types in most regions, while silver has continued to decline. Customers in Asia (41 percent) and Africa (46 percent) prefer white more than in other parts of the world.


Since 1953, white has been one of the top five colors during all but three years. Whites have evolved and today they are available in a rich variety of alternatives from stone white solids and vanilla shades, to cool bright whites and pearlescent whites.


After white at 35 percent, there is a big drop to black, the next most popular color at 18 percent. These are followed by silver at 13 percent, gray at 10 percent, red at seven percent, and blue and beige/brown tied at six percent. At the least popular end of the spectrum, yellow was found on only two percent of vehicles, green on one percent, and all other colors on two percent of vehicles.


While the neutrals of white, silver, gray and black dominate, red and blue continue to be the top colorful choices, with red especially winning over vehicle buyers.

Automatic Coating Limited Celebrates 50 Years

2. May 2016


Automatic Coating Limited in Scarborough, Ontario, an applicator of liquid and powders coating in North America, is celebrating 50 years in the corrosion coating industry.


Automatic coating is a family business that was founded by Harold Bamford, and has lead the way by developing and investing in state-of-the-art equipment and holds patent and patent-pending technology in the application of coatings to increase life cycle and reduce maintenance cost. ACL operates in naval, pipeline, aerospace and manufacturing industries.  


Through ACL Pipe Line Services, Automatic Coating offers a complete range of managed services, including shop applied pipe coating, field coating services and pipe viper automated system for pipe rehabilitation, the world's first environmentally friendly automated coating system. 


“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our team for their hard work and dedication and our customers for the great partnerships we have developed over the years. They are what make our company great,” says Brad Bamford, President of Automatic coating. “We will continue to lead the way in innovation to ensure our customers and employees and the Canadian economy continue to thrive.”


May Go-To Gal: Kally Powell, Production Coordinator, All-Color Powder Coating Inc.

1. May 2016

Kally Powell, Production Coordinator, All-Color Powder Coating Inc.


All-Color Powder Coating Inc.’s Kally Powell efficiently juggles office duties while keeping management in line. Customers typically go directly to Kally for quick responses. Kally is definitely the “Go-to-Gal” in the shop.


Know a guy or gal in the industry who should be recognized? Email Jess Larkin at


Originally published in the May 2016 issue.


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