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Anodizing Conference & Exposition is Sept. 16-18 in Pittsburgh

20. August 2014

Guy Charpentier, left, is a featured speaker at the AAC conference.


The Aluminum Anodizers Council's 2014 Aluminum Conference and Exposition is Sept. 16-18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event has been delivering industry-focused information and education, giving anodizers the tools and know-how to make well-informed decisions and improve their companies’ performance for over two decades.


Guy Charpentier from Bonnell Aluminum will speak on Strategies to Grow Demand for Anodizing Finishing.  The AAC says that if you are in the anodizing industry, you will want to hear this presentation which will provide you with strategies aimed at growing the demand for anodized finishing in the commercial architectural market.


Lynn Brown from Long Point Associates, who is the industry consultant to the Aluminum Extruders Counci,l will speak on Aluminum and the Road to 54.5 Implications for Anodizers.  When Ford launched the 2015 F-150 earlier this year, the general public caught on to the fact that those in the aluminum world have known for several years – that aluminum will play a major role in the automaker’s plans to greatly improve fuel efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.  This session will look at the accelerating use of aluminum in North American autos, the issues yet to be resolved, and the implications of this market on the development for anodizers.


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DuBois Chemicals acquires Angler Industries

18. August 2014



DuBois Chemicals, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Angler Industries in Sterling, CT.  Jeff Welsh, CEO of DuBois Chemicals, said the acquisition is a natural extension of the DuBois strategy to provide complete cleaning, metal working and surface treatment solutions for it’s diverse industrial customer base.


He said the Angler acquisition will increase DuBois market share in the Northeast while expanding access to Angler’s metal working fluids and specialty cleaning products to a broad international market. 


“We have great respect and admiration for the business and reputation developed by Angler and we are very pleased to have such an excellent opportunity to invest and grow in the Northeast," Welsh said. "We look forward to continuing and building upon Angler’s well earned reputation for outstanding customer support in their targeted markets.”


The addition of Angler to the DuBois portfolio expands manufacturing and laboratory capabilities, while offering the potential to further extend DuBois surface treatment and cleaning solutions to the Angler sales team and customer base.


"We are personally delighted about the merger with Dubois Chemicals. They provide an excellent growth opportunity for our employees well into the future. Their business philosophy, product lines and technical resources complement and expand our potential capabilities. We look forward to working in conjunction with DuBois to offer our customers the best services available in the industry" said Wes Schluter, former owner and partner in Angler Industries.


"The DuBois product line extends our current industrial product line, especially in paint pre- treatment. It also opens new arenas for our customers in waste water treatment, lubrication and cooling tower treatments as well as adding synergy between metalworking product lines. We're looking forward to exciting opportunities for our employees and customers," said John Offredi, also a former owner and partner in Angler Industries.


Founded in 1920, DuBois manufactures specialty chemical solutions. DuBois has substantially increased its position in metal working fluids and surface treatment over the past 5 years through the acquisition of Perkins Products and Galaxy Associates.  The company is committed to creating innovative, sustainable products which reduce the total cost of ownership for customers. DuBois specializes in the areas of metal finishing/paint pretreatment, metalworking/lubricants, water/wastewater treatment, maintenance/equipment cleaning, paper chemicals, food processing cleaning/sanitizing, and transportation cleaning.


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Rightech Fabrications Earns ISO 9001:2008

14. August 2014

Rightech Fabrications in Northbrook, Illinois has received ISO 9001:2008 certification.


The company, which makes of range of racks, baskets and coils for the finishing industry, utilizes 3D computerized drafting to transform customer needs into problem-solving products. Master welders supported by the most recent advances in Waterjet and laser fabrication, CNC-stamping and bending allow them to take full advantage of their manufacturing efficiencies.


For more information, please visit


Milwaukee Platers Join Forces to Help St Joseph Academy

12. August 2014


A group of Milwaukee-area plating and finishing shops helped St Joseph Academy with their annual golf outing, raising more than $45,000 to be used for building expansion.


St Joseph Academy is a school and daycare on Milwaukee’s south side. Most students come from low-income families that want a good faith-based education for their children. SJA does a terrific job with schoolwork and an even better job of teaching the children how to be loving, caring, and helpful human beings.


Reliable Plating Works president Jaime Maliszewski has chaired the golf outing for the past 15 years, and Cory Savage of Savage Solutions has been his co-chair for the past two years. Jaime and Cory, with a group of dedicated committee members, worked hard to make this event a success. 132 golfers, along with numerous sponsors, showed tremendous charity to the school. Donations helped raise over $45,000, which will be used to fund a major building expansion at SJA!


RPW and Elite had four teams at the event, and many of their customers and suppliers played as well. Other sponsors included Staffing Partners, Polco Metal Finishing, Savage Solutions, Hays Companies, Florida Cirtech, ChromeTech, First Business Bank, Waterstone Bank, Enthone, PNC Bank, Hunter Chemical, Ward & Kennedy, Quarles & Brady, Milport Chemical, John Haske, Metal Finishing Solutions, Micron Metal Finishing, So Clean Solutions, Scientific Control Labs, Midwest Finishing Systems, Inc., Phil Devlin and Sigma Environmental.


PPG supplies Duranar and Duracron metal coatings for Port of Miami Tunnel

8. August 2014


PPG Industries’ coil and building products group announced that it supplied Duranar XL and Duracron coatings to the recently opened Port of Miami Tunnel, which is made up of two 4,200-foot-long highway tunnels that travel under Biscayne Bay, connecting the MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island to the Port of Miami on Dodge Island.


Duranar XL coating—specified by Arquitectonica, the Miami-based architectural firm that designed the tunnels—is a three-part coating system consisting of a urethane primer coat, a decorative color coat and a protective fluoropolymer clearcoat. Arquitectonica selected Duranar XL Crystal Blue coating to cover the 4,000 metal panels lining both sets of tunnel walls.


Phil Buhr, PPG product manager, coil and building products group, said the selection of Duranar XL coating for a transportation project is unusual but makes sense for the Port of Miami tunnels.

“As a high-end coating system, Duranar XL coating is more commonly specified for monumental architectural projects and storefronts that demand long-term colorfastness, gloss retention and chalk resistance,” he said. “All of those performance factors and the ease of cleaning made Duranar XL coating an ideal choice for a high-visibility project like this, where the architect and project owners were determined to find a coating that would look good even after decades of constant exposure to humidity, salt air and automobile exhaust.”


For more information about Duranar XL and Duracron coatings, visit or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).


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