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TWR Service Acquires ISO 9001:2008 Certification

18. February 2015




TWR Service Corporation has received ISO9001:2008 certification. With assistance from the consulting services of Genesis 1 Technology, TWR completed the certification process in July of 2014.


TWR specializes in high quality Electroless Nickel plating and is excited to provide their customers with the assurance of an integrated management system that is documented and monitored to promote a consistent, quality driven service experience every time.


TWR is located in Schaumburg, IL. For information, call 847-923-0692, email, or visit their site at


FABTECH 2015 Chicago - Call for Speakers Is Open

16. February 2015

The FABTECH 2015 Call for Speakers is now underway and we invite you or someone from your company to submit an abstract for consideration in CCAI’s Finishing Technologies Conference Program.  The conference will take place during FABTECH 2015 from November 9-12 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Il.


"We value the expertise of our members and call on your talents to educate and inform the industrial finishing industry on the most relevant and significant material regarding industry standards, new products and services and the latest technologies," said Anne Goyer, CCAI's executive director. "As the finishing industry’s education & networking resource, CCAI is proud to offer this top-notch conference program.  With the support of our corporate members we continue to build a better finishing industry."


To submit an abstract, CLICK HERE to access the Call for Speakers system. You will need to create an account or scroll down to the log in information if you have previously participated as a FABTECH speaker.  Deadline is March 17, 2015.

CCAI On-Line Training Videos Now Free To Members

11. February 2015



The Chemical Coaters Association International says its entire assortment of CCAI educational training videos can be accessed at anytime from anywhere at no charge to CCAI members.


Found on CCAI TV through CCAI’s website, the library of videos consists of educational presentations from industry experts designed to give you information and provide an understanding on a variety of industrial finishing technologies.  There are more than 20 videos in the current collection with additional selections being added frequently.


Videos can be viewed on an individual basis or as a packaged collection.  There are currently three collections available containing multiple videos. 


CCAI also has a series of free videos available from corporate members: 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.


To become a member to gain access, visit and click on the 'Join Now' button on the middle of the home page.  CCAI individual memberships are $95 per year and include a membership to the chapter of your choice.


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.

Hardide Coatings Invests $7M in U.S. Production Plant

9. February 2015

Hardide Coatings, Inc., the United Kingdom-based provider of advanced surface coating technology, has announced investment in a new Virginia manufacturing plant worth about $7 million.


The investment will see Hardide Coatings expand provision of its range of specialist nanostructured coatings throughout North America.


The 26,000 square foot facility in Martinsville, Henry County, is planned to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2015 with up to 29 jobs being created in the first three years. The company produces a patented range of hard wearing coatings which significantly increase the life of critical metal parts operating in abrasive, erosive, corrosive and chemically aggressive environments. The new facility will service existing and new customers in the oil and gas, aerospace, flow control and advanced engineering markets.


"Demand from customers in North America, including leading companies operating in oil and gas exploration and production, valve and pump manufacturing, nuclear, advanced engineering and aerospace industries, is developing well and a local production facility will significantly boost the business available to us," said Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide.


The new facility is located within an Enterprise Zone in a state where more than 230 aerospace companies, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and two Rolls-Royce facilities are based. It will house new chemical vapour deposition (CVD) coating reactors as well as the latest pre-treatment, inspection, quality assurance and finishing equipment.


"Martinsville, Virginia was chosen after a long and detailed evaluation of numerous locations in different states. We chose Virginia as it offers a positive business environment with a central location for the existing and projected customer base and it makes a compelling economic and business case," said Kirkham.


"Creating jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector is critical as we work to build a new Virginia economy. I am thrilled to announce these new jobs, which pay well above the average prevailing wage for the region," said Governor McAuliffe. "I had the opportunity to meet with company officials last summer in the U.K. about this project, and we are honored to welcome Hardide Coatings to the Commonwealth's growing roster of international companies."


"This is a big win for rural Virginia as the region continues its economic rebound," said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "Hardide Coatings is a growing global company, and this significant investment to expand its manufacturing presence to serve worldwide customers is a great testament to the strong workforce and infrastructure in place in Martinsville-Henry County and the Commonwealth as a whole."


Fit-out of the building and local recruitment is already underway. The new personnel will receive full training in the Hardide coatings' process at the company's UK headquarters before the North American facility becomes operational later this year.


The range of Hardide coatings are highly abrasion, erosion, corrosion and chemical resistant while also being tough, ductile and impact resistant. Applied by chemical vapour deposition (CVD), the process can also coat them to internal surfaces and complex shapes. The coatings technology is proven to offer dramatic improvements in component life, delivering cost savings to customers through reduced downtime and increased operational efficiency.


Hardide Coatings, Inc. is based in Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK.

Drew Industries Acquires e-Coat Provider EA Technologies

4. February 2015



Drew Industries Incorporated, a leading supplier of components for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc., has acquired the business and certain assets of EA Technologies.


EA Technologies is an Elkhart, Indiana-based manufacturer of custom steel and aluminum parts and provider of electrodeposition and powder coating services for RV, bus, medium-duty truck, automotive, recreational marine, specialty and utility trailer, and military applications. EA Technologies' e-coat process is ISO 9000 certified. Sales of the acquired business for 2014 were approximately $17 million.


"We are pleased to acquire the business, facility, and paint and metal fabricating equipment of EA Technologies," said Drew's President Scott Mereness. "We believe the EA Technologies relationships in the bus, automotive, medium-duty truck, and trailer markets will help accelerate our industry diversification and product innovation, which are part of our long-term plan for strategic growth. This acquisition also provides us with the facility and equipment capacity, as well as the additional personnel, to expand our fabricating and coating operations."


The purchase price was $9.4 million, of which $6.8 million was paid in the fourth quarter of 2014, with the balance paid at closing, from borrowings under the company's $75 million line of credit.


Dennis Marcott, Manager of EA Technologies, who will not remain with the business, expressed confidence in the future of EA Technologies as part of LCI.


"EA Technologies is very well situated to supply components to the industries it serves," said Marcott. "The EA Technologies business is a natural fit for Lippert Components, and I am confident that Lippert Components will invest in this business for the long term and provide strong customer service, as well as new innovative components and services."


From 37 factories located throughout the United States, Drew Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, supplies a broad array of components for the leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment and other cargo; truck campers; truck caps; manufactured housing; modular housing; and factory-built mobile office units.


Drew's products include steel chassis; vinyl and aluminum windows; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; axles and suspension solutions; furniture and mattresses; thermoformed bath, kitchen and other products; manual, electric and hydraulic stabilizer and lifting systems; chassis components; entry, luggage, patio and ramp doors; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and slide toppers; electronic components; and other accessories.


Additional information about Drew and its products can be found at

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