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Nordson Partners with Powder Coating Institute to Award $5,000 Scholarship

By: Hannah Coombs 26. October 2016

Dan Thompson, Director of Sales, Nordson Corporation (far left) and Trena Benson, Executive Director, PCI (far right) with Jakob Waffen and his mother (middle).



Nordson Corporation partners with the Powder Coating Institute (PCI) to sponsor the first $5,000 Nordson BUILDS/PCI Scholarship, awarded at the PC Summit earlier this month.


Administered by PCI, the scholarship is a merit based award, intended to promote the importance of American manufacturing, with the goal of introducing young minds to the world of powder coatings. Students must be seeking degrees in engineering or business to qualify, and demonstrate an interest in powder coating technology.


Nordson is a global supplier of inudstrial precision powder coating technologies and also offers expertise, support, workshops and training for a variety of industrial powder applications.


The company plans to expand its flagship Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program, administered by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC), to include partnerships with other organizations like PCI.


“These partnerships expand Nordson’s outreach to more students and help to minimize students’ loan debt associated with pursuing higher education,” says Amonica Davis, manager of student outreach at Nordson.


“We want students to be cognizant of the powder coating industry and to realize there are great careers to be had in the U.S. manufacturing sector,” explains Dan Thompson, director of sales, Nordson Corporation.


This year’s recipient, Ohio University student Jakob Waffen, embodies those goals. “Jakob is ambitious and deserving, and represents the future of continued manufacturing growth in the U.S.,” Thompson says.  “We were excited to select him as the first Nordson BUILDS/PCI Scholarship award winner.”



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Trojan Powder Coating Collaborates with Artist Stephen Glassman

25. October 2016


Trojan Powder Coating in New York City worked on architectural project in partnership with artist Stephen Glassman that was commissioned by The Durst Organization (TDO), the innovative structure titled Flows Two Ways, which adorns the facade of Via 57 West, Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) first mixed-use residence building in New York City. 


The installation, which was conceived and designed by Glassman, measures at an impressive 60 x 60 feet, and marks his first permanent, large-scale artwork in New York. To bring his vision to life, Glassman and his studio collaborated with Trojan Powder Coating on the custom color palette for the project. 


Inspired by the Hudson River’s Native American name and meaning— Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk, or the river that flows both ways—Flows Two Ways artfully showcases the strong connection and symbiosis between the city and the water. 


This inspiration, combined with the artist’s admiration for the work done by the Hudson River School, informed the sculpture’s palette, which showcases a mixture of bright and earthy tones of blues, greys, yellow and black that appear to change as the sun moves. The considered array of colors also mimics the Hudson River’s glow at sunset, injecting the West Side with a sense of energy and optimism.


Trojan Powder Coating created and applied the custom shades for Flows Two Ways, coating the aluminum, steel and metal tubing the sculpture is comprised of, including 35 interlocking aluminum panels, nearly 400 sixty-foot pipe clusters rolled and flowing in three axes, and faceted metal boulders.


“We were excited to partner with the Glassman Studio on this innovative sculpture,” says Keith Rein, Trojan’s Vice President who oversaw powder coating production for Flows Two Ways. “The project was executed over a short time period and our team worked diligently to ensure the color quality and coating was precisely what Stephen and his team had envisioned. We’re extremely proud of the finished product.”


Flows Two Ways is located at 601 West 57th Street, on the western wall of HELENA 57 WEST, the first residential tower built on the W57 superblock in 2005, immediately east of VIA, facing and signifying the VIA entrance.

CCAI's SoCal Chapter's Toys For Tots Golf Event Helps Marines

21. October 2016


The Southern California chapter of CCAI will hold their annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament on December 5 at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena.


This year the chapter is aiming for 600 toys for the U.S. Marine holiday program after collecting 523 last year. For each toy valued at $5 or more that a golfer donates, they will earn one raffle ticket for prizes to be given away after the golf is finished.



The event will include 18 holes of golf, cart, box lunch, dinner, team prizes, long drive contests, closest to the pin contests, hole in one contests, putting contest and a huge post-tournament raffle. Sponsorship opportunities include: lunch, dinner, 2 closest-to-the-pin holes, 2 longest-drive holes, putting contest, hole-in-one competition, tee box sponsors, banners and “sponsor a marine.” Please contact CCAI for additional information regarding the “sponsor a marine.”


To find out more about sponsoring this tournament or the CCAI organization please contact Ron Lum at 951-775-8785 or by e-mail at You may also visit the CCAI website HERE.



The fee is $150 per golfer, or $600 for a foursome. Not a golfer? The CCAI SoCal chapter invite you to be involved and help out during the golf outing. They need lots of volunteers! You can sign up to join the meal festivities and raffle for $75.



9:00 am – Registration & Check-in Starts
9:30 am - Putting Contest and Big Break Contest Start
10:00 am - Group Pictures Start
11:00 am - Shotgun Start
5:00 pm - Drinks & Dinner
6:30 pm - Awards & Raffle


$150 -  Individual Golfer
$600 -  Foursome (Free Tee box sign included - valued at $100)
$75 - Non-Golfing attendee



  • Round of golf
  • Range balls
  • Shared cart
  • Golf contests (Hole in One, Longest Drive, Closest to Pin, Putting, Big Break
  • Box Lunch on course
  • Dinner at Kings Row (Appetizers & Dinner - meal choice of cheeseburger, fish & chips or market salad)





Click HERE to register as an individual golfer, foursome, non-golfing attendee or to take a sponsorship. 


Event Hotel:
Hilton Pasadena
168 South Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA. 91101


$139 for single/double ($10 extra for each additional person in the room)

The special rates are available starting Friday December 2nd through Tuesday, December 6.  Please book your room by a November 7 to receive the special rates. After Nov 7 the rates are based on availability.  


You may book your room either by calling the hotel direct or by following this link:.



Tower at PNC Plaza with PPG Coatings Earns Architectural Award

19. October 2016
Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, courtesy of PNC Financial Corp.

Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, courtesy of PNC Financial Corp.



The Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, which features an innovative double-skin façade fabricated with Coraflon Sunstorm powder coatings from PPG, has earned Architect magazine’s 2016 R+D Award for High-Performance Building.


The double-skin façade, one of the first of its kind in North America, combines with two vertical thermal shafts and a solar chimney to naturally ventilate the 33-story skyscraper without electricity or fan power for 42 percent of the year. As a result, the Tower at PNC Plaza, which opened Oct. 1, 2015, is expected to consume up to 50-percent less temperature-control-related energy than comparable buildings of its size.


The inner and outer curtain walls incorporate metal framing finished with PPG's Coraflon Sunstorm fluoropolymer powder coating in "mica gray". Coraflon Sunstorm powder coatings meet or exceed American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2605 specifications, the industry’s most rigorous standard for weathering, corrosion and chemical resistance, color and gloss retention, and other criteria. They are formulated without solvents and emit virtually no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


Editors for Architect magazine wrote that jurors for the 2016 R+D Awards were most impressed by the design and functionality of the double-wall façade.


“You see a lot of these buildings where they just slap on a double-skin that acts as a buffer,” says juror Mic Patterson, LEED AP BD+C, vice president of strategic development, Enclos. “This double façade is integrated totally into the whole building energy and ventilation system.”


For more information about Coraflon Sunstorm powder coatings, and the PPG CFP Certified Fabricator Program and PPG CAP Certified Applicator Program groups, visit or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).



Diamond Vogel Celebrates 90 Years

17. October 2016


Diamond Vogel, a supplier of coatings for the finishing industry, is celebrating 90 years in business in 2016. The company’s story began in Friesland, Holland, where company founder Andrew Vogel worked in his father’s paint shop applying finishes to the homes and carriages of Dutch farmers.


The rest of the story comes from the Diamond Vogel website:


In 1913, the family immigrated to America. Andrew settled in northwest Iowa and soon discovered that American paints did not measure up to his family’s strict standards of appearance and performance. In 1926, with two small grinding machines, each capable of making five gallons of paint, Andrew launched Vogel Paint and Wax Company.


Following WWII, Andrew’s sons, the second generation of Vogels, carried on Andrew’s commitment to superior coatings. The company grew by supplying coatings to the expanding “short line” agricultural equipment industry. The company was also active in producing traffic paint, government coatings and architectural finishes.


The third generation grew up in the company and started on the front lines, clerking stores, cleaning vats, making paint, calling on customers. This breadth of experiences has given them an appreciation and passion for the paint business. Today, they have taken the reins and lead with dedication, experience and forward thinking resolve.


Through its history, Vogel Paint has grown both organically and through acquisition. In 1967 Vogel Paint bought the Diamond Products Manufacturing company of Marshalltown, Iowa and in the early 70’s the company started to do business as Diamond Vogel Paints to capitalize on the strong brand recognition of each company. Other key acquisitions have expanded the company both in technology and geographic reach.


Three generations, seven manufacturing facilities, 70 service centers and millions of gallon paint later, we’re still as stubborn as Andrew.  We still insist on perfecting our own formulas, producing and distributing our own products and servicing our customers with the kind of passion and commitment worthy of Andrew’s name.

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