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Walmart, Google Headline FABTECH 2014 Presentations

10. October 2014

Cindi Marsiglio from Walmart will be a featured speaker at FABTECH.


FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, features an all-star lineup of speakers and panels this November. Keynote presentations by executives from Google Enterprise and Walmart, a special Veterans Day panel on how veterans can help bridge the skills gap, predictions for the coming year from top manufacturing executives, and a motivational speech by a U.S. veteran and football star are just a few of the special events at FABTECH  2014.


FABTECH will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Nov. 11-13, 2014, and is expected to bring together 27,000 attendees and more than 1,400 exhibiting companies demonstrating the latest industry products and solutions.


Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart’s vice president for U.S. manufacturing, will kick off FABTECH with a keynote presentation at 9 a.m. on Nov. 11 on “Creating U.S. Jobs and Bringing Manufacturing Home.” Walmart has committed to spend $250 billion dollars over the next decade on U.S. made products in an effort to grow and expand U.S. manufacturing and encourage the creation of jobs. Marsiglio will discuss how Walmart is taking a leadership role in moving manufacturing back to the U.S. and working to find solutions to major barriers to on-shoring manufacturing.


In celebration of Veterans Day, FABTECH will hold a special panel on “Bridging the Manufacturing Skills Gap with Veterans” at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. With high demand for people to fill skilled manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and thousands of veterans and National Guard members exiting military service looking for civilian careers, five leaders from organizations that connect veterans and manufacturers will discuss how veterans could be the key to bridging the skills gap.


Four-time Super Bowl champion and Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier will speak at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 12.  Bleier will discuss the parallels he sees between the struggles he faced in the past and the challenges all business people face in today’s crowded, competitive marketplace. Rocky will also make a special guest appearance at the FABTECH Industry Night reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the College Football Hall of Fame.


Mike Walton, head of enterprise manufacturing for Google, will give two presentations at FABTECH.  Walton works with Fortune 500 manufacturers to introduce game-changing strategies and technologies into their manufacturing operations.  He will give an in-depth demonstration of big data integration for manufacturing at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12.  On Nov. 13, Walton will speak on “Transforming Your Manufacturing Business for the New Digital Age” at 8:30 a.m. In this presentation, FABTECH attendees will learn how to accelerate new product initiatives and time-to-profit using the latest digital technology and tools.


The “State of the Industry – Executive Outlook” panel will take place on Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. Todd Henry, operations manager at Caterpillar, Inc., Dave Whelan, senior vice president for supply chain at BlueBird Corp. and Raj Batra, president of the Industry Automation Division at Siemens, will discuss whether they believe the manufacturing sector might be experiencing a renaissance or just an up-tick. The panel is moderated by Edwin Stanley of GH Metal Solutions.


All of these special events are open to all registered FABTECH attendees. More information can be found on the special events page. You can also learn more about FABTECH or register to attend on the event website


The five FABTECH co-sponsors represent a wide variety of expertise and include: SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI). Together, these associations bring unmatched technical proficiency and industry insight to the 2014 FABTECH exposition and conference.

Survey Says NASF SUR/FIN Continues To Increase In Value

8. October 2014



Results of a recent survey conducted by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) revealed 2014 SUR/FIN Manufacturing and Technology Conference attendees found significant added value in taking their conference participation to the trade show floor.


Overall, 98 percent of SUR/FIN’s nearly 1,200 surveyed attendees visited the trade show to network and check out the latest innovations and technologies in the industry. In fact, an average of 60 percent of 2014 participant’s time was spent connecting with exhibitors on the trade show floor.


SUR/FIN organizers attribute the trade show’s rising success to their attention to strengthening the quality of the experience for both exhibitors and attendees.


“Our commitment to quality is the foundation behind the success of the show,“ said 2015 SUR/FIN Conference Chairman, Mark Norton of Grand Rapids-based Walgren Company. “Our goal has always been, and continues to be, producing the industry’s most prominent event for industrial finishing professionals looking to network with top industry analysts, thought leaders and product experts.”


As a result, this year’s SUR/FIN Conference and Trade Show enjoyed a strong boost in image. Survey results show 90 percent of attendees recommend SUR/FIN to their peers and partners in the industry.


Early statistics for SUR/FIN 2015 confirm this positive feedback. Over 85 percent of exhibit space is already sold, and exhibit reservations are filling up fast.  For more information and to reserve exhibit space, visit


Mid-Atlantic Finishing's B.J. Mason Passes Away

6. October 2014



B.J. Mason, founder and President of Mid-Atlantic Finishing in Maryland and a past president of the American Electroplaters and Surface Finishing Society, died Saturday, October 4.


Mason formed Mid-Atlantic Finishing in 1976 and saw it become a premier national surface finishing company, providing a vast array of services to industries nationwide. One of his proudest moments came when Mid-Atlantic plated all of the structural steel used in the restoration of the William Penn Statue atop Philadelphia's City Hall.


Mason received the Silvio Taormina Award from the National Association For Surface Finishing in 2013.


"He was one of a kind and will truly be missed," said Christian Richter, executive vice president of the NASF.


Cool Clean Technologies Has A Hot IMTS

6. October 2014


One of the hottest booths at IMTS this year had a very “cool” process as Cool Clean Technologies introduced its new cleaning technologies utilizing environmentally friendly CO2.


Snow cleaning uses solid CO2 particles to clean the surface removing fingerprints, contaminants, and light oils without causing any damage to the part. Liquid CO2 (LCO2) cleaning uses a different approach. Parts to be cleaned are placed in a wash vessel kept at high pressure enabling the CO2 to remain as a liquid. LCO2 cleans all around the surface and inside the part in  areas difficult to reach with water based cleaning.


All of Cool Clean Technologiesprocesses are waterless, chemical-free, and designed to save customers on time and money. For more information, please visit

MacDermid Opens Japan Desk in Metro Detroit

3. October 2014



MacDermid will open a Japan Desk at its existing R&D facility in metro Detroit on October 1. A bilingual account manager will cater to the sophisticated needs of Japanese automotive OEMs and their expanding supply chain here in North America who require plating chemistry for decorative and anti-corrosive purposes.

The Japan Desk in New Hudson, Michigan will act as a liaison between Japan-based automotive customers in North America and MacDermid personnel to ensure that the customers’ ongoing requirements are established, understood and satisfied. The technical service laboratory at New Hudson is one of two world-class facilities operated by MacDermid in the Midwest. Products for Japanese customers will continue to be manufactured at the Center of Excellence in Ferndale, Michigan.

“Japan’s carmakers are localizing production here in North America at a feverish pace and there is growing demand for MacDermid’s proprietary technologies such as ZinKlad and XtraForm in the Southern U.S. and Mexico," said Michael Siegmund, Executive Vice President for the Global Automotive Business. "The establishment of the Japan Desk builds on our company’s long-standing commitment to Japan, where we have already been supplying product for more than 40 years.”

In regard to this new strategic initiative, Siegmund said MacDermid is the one of the few manufacturers who are capable of supplying plating chemistry to the automotive industry on a global basis.


"The recent deployment of OEM Account Managers has provided us with a better understanding of the industry’s ever-changing needs and has improved our response time in providing solutions," he said. "We are committed to further investing in local infrastructure to support our global automotive accounts.”

MacDermid, Inc. is a leading global producer of high technology, specialty chemical products and a provider of technical services. Additional information on MacDermid and its products and services is available at


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