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George Koch Sons Acquires Walgren Company

24. June 2015



George Koch Sons, LLC has acquired Walgren Company, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company with more than 60 years of experience providing turnkey anodizing and plating systems to the aerospace, military, industrial, and automotive industries around the world.


The systems are used to automate material flow during surface treatments such as plating, cleaning or chemical processing of manufactured parts.  Walgren will become part of George Koch Sons and will continue to serve its growing customer base from Grand Rapids, MI, and Dongguan, China.  Walgren will join Price-Koch Industries as divisions of George Koch Sons.


“The addition of Walgren is another opportunity to increase service to our customers with the best integrated solutions.  Our combined systems play a critical role in providing industry leading manufacturers the solutions necessary to remain competitive by reducing factory costs through automation, material optimization and efficient labor allocation,” said Chris Brack, George Koch Sons’ President. “The addition of the Walgren team, in particular their domain expertise in anodizing lines, deepens our solution offering as we continue to invest in capabilities in finishing systems.  Construction is currently underway on a world-class manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, and we look forward to adding the expertise of the Walgren team to our operations.”


“The opportunity to team up with an organization like George Koch Sons will allow us to better serve our customers.  Our customer’s needs have become greater and more complex and they often look for one key partner when making significant system investments.” said Craig Stevens, Walgren President. “We are confident that together with the George Koch Sons, we can better provide the breadth of systems to assist manufacturers in managing their complex production programs.”


Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and expected to close at the end of the month.  John Hennessey of NextGen Capital Markets acted as financial advisor for Koch.  For any questions, please contact David Carl of George Koch Sons.  Learn more about Walgren and George Koch Sons at and

Axalta Expands Powder Supply Capability in Southern California

22. June 2015


Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has announced the expansion of its powder supply capabilities in the Southern California region. Axalta’s new local delivery service provides daily deliveries expanding as far north as Oxnard, California and as far south as Fontana, California.


This new service will focus on increasing the powder coating offerings – such as Alesta, Nap-Gard, and Abcite brands – that are available in areas with a higher Axalta customer population.


“We recognized that our customers needed powder delivered periodically during the week,” explained Bill Owens, Axalta’s Southern Regional Manager, Powder Coatings North America. “By offering a dedicated delivery service to this area, we hope to better support the needs of our job coater customers.”


The new delivery offering is designed to help ensure that customers receive the products they need faster and more effectively. Axalta’s dedicated truck services a 50-mile radius consisting of four routes in the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire areas. Using a climate controlled, 26-foot refrigerated, Axalta branded truck, this additional offering is intended to help Axalta increase its customer support on the west coast.


In addition to the delivery service, a new full service public warehouse has been established in Commerce, California that includes added storage, order processing and inventory control services.


Axalta powder coatings are used in many different industries such as decorative, architectural, and agricultural, and are available in a variety of technologies for numerous applications. These products are designed to provide superior coverage, transfer efficiency and provide more effective coverage in less time.


To learn more about Axalta’s dedicated Southern California delivery service please email

Products Finishing Top Shops Luncheon Honors Industry's Best

18. June 2015

Milt Stevenson speaks with Matt Lindstedt and John Lindstedt



Products Finishing held a luncheon during the NASF Sur/Fin conference in June to honor its first Top Shops award recipients.


The Top Shops were awarded a celebratory bronze medallion and lunch provided by Products Finishing on Monday of the conference. Publisher Todd Luciano delivered a presentation outlining the process of selecting the Top Shops and the success of the survey.


Top Shops were evaluated through a benchmarking survey that analyzed the shops’ performance, how the shops are managed, the equipment used and other factors.


To see the 2015 Top Shops slideshow, click here.


The Top Shops survey will return in 2016 for those interested in participating. For more information about the Top Shops program, visit

CCAI’s Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar In Alabama Is Oct. 6-7

17. June 2015

CCAI will present a Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar at Alabama Power’s Technical Applications Center (TAC) in Calera, Alabama, October 6-7. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Infrared Division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association and Products Finishing magazine.


The day and a half seminar features an introduction to the powder coating process, including cleaning and pretreatment, powder coating materials, application equipment and booths, curing options, part movement, running an efficient system and testing methods.  All of the classroom training will be provided by industry experts from some of the leading companies in the finishing business including: Wagner Industrial Solutions, Axalta, George Koch Sons LLC, Coral Chemical Co., Midwest Finishing Systems, KMI Systems, DeFelsko, Heraeus and Fostoria, a division of TPI Corp. 



Along with the educational instruction, attendees will spend time in the fully-equipped lab at the TAC to experience live demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on training. This interactive format allows attendees to get applied knowledge of the technologies they are learning in the classroom.  Attendees will have the chance to powder coat and cure a part onsite to take home with them.


Registration fee includes classroom training, the opportunity to experience hands-on demonstrations in a laboratory setting and copies of both CCAI’s new Powder Coating for Industrial Finishing Applications training manual and a copy of Infrared Process Heating Handbook for Industrial Applications, published by the IRED division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association.  Breakfast, lunch on day one and an evening reception are also included in the registration cost.  Fees to attend are $150 for CCAI members and $225 for non-members.


For complete details and to register, visit and click on the Introduction to Powder Coating & Curing Processes Hands-On Seminar button on the home page or click the EVENTS tab and scroll down to the seminar.  Call Kelly LeCount at CCAI at 859-356-1030 with questions.

PPG Acquires Cuming Microwave

15. June 2015


PPG Industries announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Cuming Microwave Corporation based in Avon, Massachusetts, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Cuming-Lehman Chambers, Inc., based in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Cuming Microwave is a global supplier of specialty coatings and materials that absorb microwaves and radio waves, such as radar. The company’s products are used in military aircraft and have applications in end-uses such as electronics, telecommunications, medical and automotive. The company employs about 160 people, operates three manufacturing facilities in Avon and maintains an office in Chambersburg.


“Acquiring Cuming Microwave will enable us to serve customers around the world with an enhanced product portfolio,” said Barry Gillespie, PPG vice president, aerospace. “The company’s technologies complement and expand PPG’s portfolio of products for the military and aerospace segments. Cuming Microwave products also represent a new and unique offering for customers across PPG’s businesses.”


PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer and distributor of aerospace coatings, sealants, and packaging and application systems. For more information, visit

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