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May Go-To Gal: Kally Powell, Production Coordinator, All-Color Powder Coating Inc.

1. May 2016

Kally Powell, Production Coordinator, All-Color Powder Coating Inc.


All-Color Powder Coating Inc.’s Kally Powell efficiently juggles office duties while keeping management in line. Customers typically go directly to Kally for quick responses. Kally is definitely the “Go-to-Gal” in the shop.


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Originally published in the May 2016 issue.


CCAI, PCI Hold Joint 2016 Annual Meeting in Colorado

28. April 2016
The Westin Riverfront Beavercreek will host CCAI & PCI’s 2016 Annual Meetings next June.

The Westin Riverfront Beavercreek will host CCAI, PCI’s 2016 Annual Meetings next June.


The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Powder Coating Institute (PCI) will co-locate for their 2016 Annual Meetings from June 19-23 at the Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek in Vail, Colorado.


CCAI will conduct their annual social activities, committee meetings and business meetings to start the week followed by several events held in conjunction with PCI including a welcome reception, joint general sessions and a golf outing.  PCI will round out the week with their association committee meetings and PCI business. This concept has been under consideration for the past two years as both the CCAI & PCI boards have been looking for ways that members can reduce the number of meetings they attend each year and also reduce the costs of attending various meetings.  While there is some slight deviation from past annual meetings, members will enjoy all the regular annual meeting traditions and events while gaining the opportunity to meeting new industry peers.


“The co-location of CCAI and PCI’s annual meetings allows industrial coatings users, suppliers and custom coaters the opportunity to learn and network with the entire industry in one trip,” notes CCAI President Kevin Coursin.  “By co-locating, it brings better efficiency and helps reduce travel expenses and meeting costs which we hope will allow more members to attend.  Combined with one of our country’s prettiest spots, we believe this will be one of best annual meetings yet.”


Likewise, PCI President John Sudges agreed with Mr. Coursin, “There are many benefits to this co-location.  In addition to the items mentioned above, both organizations retain their own independent and time-coordinated business segments of their meetings, while the organizations will share common general session and social activities.  It’s a win-win for both organizations.”


CCAI’s meeting will run from June 19 – 22 while PCI’s meeting will run from June 20 – 23.  Joint events and sessions will take place from Monday evening, June 20 through Wednesday morning, June 22.  Several registration categories will be available for members so they can choose whether they wish to attend either the CCAI or PCI meeting or attend both meetings.


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Axalta Starts Expanded Resin Production Facility in Mexico

28. April 2016


Axalta Coating Systems has started production at its expanded resin manufacturing facility located at its Tlalnepantla campus outside Mexico City. The investment to expand infrastructure will enable the company to support its customers with the latest coating technologies that are used in a wide variety of the company’s liquid coatings.


The additional polymer resins that can now be produced in Mexico provide the backbone of Axalta’s traditional solventborne and latest generation waterborne coatings. A key ingredient of all coating layers, resins provide the chemical structure that help make Axalta coatings durable and able to withstand the effects of weather and ultraviolet radiation.


“The opening of this facility, which takes place as Axalta celebrates its 150th anniversary, reflects the extensive operations and technology expertise based in Mexico that we were able to draw on to design and construct a production complex which joins what is already a world-class production facility and one of our largest operations centers in the world,” says Charlie Shaver, Axalta Chairman and CEO. “Our investment in this facility will enable us to support our customers with the latest coating technology and reflects our long-term confidence in both the future of Mexico and our expectations for continued growth across the region.”


The new facility integrates the highest standards in engineering and safety, relying on the latest technology to automate virtually every step of the production process and improve operational efficiencies, reduce waste and further reduce the environmental footprint from our operations. The entire Tlalnepantla facility operates under an “Industria Limpia” (“Clean Industry”) designation in recognition of its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of coatings production. A combination of talent and effort provided by entirely local resources made it possible to conceive and complete the entire project in only 14 months on time and on budget.


NASF Palmetto Hosting Billy Smith Golf Tournament

26. April 2016
Paul Frank, Palmetto President, with Wendi Smith and Bill Smith Memorial Tournament trophy.

Paul Frank, Palmetto President, with Wendi Smith and Bill Smith Memorial Tournament trophy.


The NASF/AESF Palmetto Branch Golf Outing is hosting the sixth annual Billy Smith Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, May 13 at Woodfrin Ridge Golf Club.


The event honors the late Billy Smith, the former technical director at Palmetto Plating, who died in 2010 at the age of 43 from cancer. Smith served as the Vice President of the NASF/AESF Palmetto Branch.


The event starts with a lunch at 11:30 a.m., and a shot-gun start at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per golfer.


Download a registration form HERE.


For more information, contact Jim Kistler at



Roy Metal Finishing Adding Second Facility

21. April 2016


Roy Metal Finishing (RMF) is expanding its current operations by building a second facility in Greenville County, South Carolina. Having added more than 100 jobs since its 2011 expansion, the new $16 million investment is expected to generate at least 40 new jobs over the next two years.


RMF, one of the largest metal finishing company on the East Coast, currently operates three facilities in Greenville County, and serves many of the I-85 corridor’s automotive, heavy truck and industrial equipment suppliers. Founded in 1961 as Roy Metal Finishing, RMF focuses on automated processes and chemical controls, introducing the latest in environmentally-friendly corrosion protection for aluminum and steel stampings, extrusions, castings and forgings.


Located at Greenville County’s Matrix Business and Technology Park, construction on the new facility is expected to be complete by June 2016 and will provide an additional 85,000 square-feet.


“The region’s automotive, heavy truck and industrial equipment manufacturers continue to drive our growth,” said RMF President and CEO John Pazdan. “We are seeing increased demand in our core businesses of electroplating, electrocoating and powder coating, as well as growth in warehousing, supply chain management and third party inspection. We continue to innovate to offer unmatched comprehensive solutions for assembly operations throughout the Southeast.”


“To see one of our existing companies succeed to the point that it is able to continue to invest and create jobs here is a real reason to celebrate,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “RMF’s $16 million investment, and the 40 new jobs it will create, will make a real difference in Greenville County, and we couldn’t be more excited that this fantastic company continues to show its commitment to our state and to our people.”




  • RMF expanding its current operations in Greenville County.
  • $16 million creating 40 new jobs over the next two years.
  • RMF is the largest metal finishing company on the East Coast.
  • The new facility will be located at Greenville County’s Matrix Park and will be completed byJune 2016.
  • For additional information on RMF, visit


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