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Protech/Oxyplast Acquires Powder Coating Business and Assets of Union City Industries

23. October 2015



Protech/Oxyplast Group of Montreal, Canada has reached an agreement to purchase the thermoplastic powder coating business and assets of Union City Industries of Union City, Michigan. The transaction is expected to close by mid-October.


UCI is a well-recognized name in PVC powder coatings and has been providing a quality product and excellent service to its clients for many years.


“We are looking forward to joining the Protech family to grow the thermoplastics powder business together," said Union City's principle, Ben Chard. "We are excited about the products and capabilities that Protech can offer our long-standing customers.”


Protech fully expects to benefit from the excellent business relationships that UCI has developed over the years with its customers.  Protech will integrate the UCI powder manufacturing operations into its own organization.  Current customers of UCI will continue to be able to obtain the products they are currently purchasing and, as well, will now have access to Protech's worldwide network of products and technology.


The Protech/Oxyplast Group is one of the world's largest manufacturers and marketers of powder coatings. Protech/Oxyplast products are produced in over twenty manufacturing facilities worldwide. Now in its thirty-ninth year of operation, the Protech/Oxyplast Group continues to grow its reputation as the leader in quality and innovative industrial coatings.  


Finishers Reliable Plating Works and Elite Revamp Team

21. October 2015


Wisconsin finishers Reliable Plating Works and Elite Finishing have made several management changes, naming Roberto Flores as their top salesperson and announcing that Scott Alberti has returned to take over the scheduling position. In addition, the company announced that Don Schmerling has retired.


Flores moves from his position as scheduler at RPW and Elite. Owner Jaime Maliszewski said that he was in this position to help him transition into sales when Schmerling decided to retire.


"Scheduling orders has helped Roberto get a good understanding of the way parts move through the plant and how he could assist customers as their salesman," Maliszewski said. "Roberto is very competitive which is a carryover from his playing days as a wide receiver for Lakeland College. He is very goal-oriented and will go all out to serve RPW and Elite customers.


Don SchmerlingAlberti previously did sales for RPW back in the 1990s, and then ran his own company for many years and most recently worked in marketing. Maliszewski said Scott has a great background in the polishing and plating industry, and will fit right in as Scheduler for RPW and Elite.


"He knows what it takes to get parts moved through a plant and is very familiar with all aspects of the metal finishing industry," Maliszewski said.



Gilbert Maliszewski, who will remain the Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota sales representative for RPW and Elite. All three have moved into a new Customer Service office which Maliszewski said was designed to create the most efficient and reactive Customer Service unit we could assemble.


Schmerling has been in the plating industry for more than 35 years and has made many friends over the years. He spent the last 15 years working with Reliable Plating Works and Elite Finishing, running sales for both facilities as Sales Manager.


"Don was always in a good mood and tried to make everyone's day happier as this was his selling technique." Maliszewski said. "He figured if he could make your life better you would buy from him. Don would do everything in his power to make sure you received your parts when you wanted them and how you wanted them. His smile will be missed at RPW and Elite, but we all know he'll be enjoying retirement with his family."



CCAI SoCal Holding “Toys For Tots” Golf Outing Dec. 7

19. October 2015




The Southern California chapter of CCAI will hold their annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament on December 7 at  Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena. This year the chapter is aiming for 500 toys for the U.S. Marine holiday program. For each toy valued at $5 or more that a golfer brings and donates, they will earn one raffle ticket for prizes to be given away after the golf is finished.


The event will include 18 holes of golf, cart, box lunch, dinner, team prizes, long drive contests, closest to the pin contests, hole in one contests, putting contest and a huge post-tournament raffle.


Sponsorship opportunities include: lunch, dinner, 2 closest-to-the-pin holes, 2 longest-drive holes, putting contest, hole-in-one competition, tee box sponsors, Green Pin/Flag sponsors (sponsors get to keep the flag), banners and “sponsor a marine.” Please contact CCAI for additional information regarding the “sponsor a marine.”


To find out more about sponsoring this tournament or the CCAI organization please contact Ron Lum at 951-775-8785 or by e-mail at  You may also purchase your sponsorship directly on the CCAI SoCal website at


Not a golfer?  We invite you to be involved and help out during the golf outing.  We need lots of volunteers!  You can sign up to join the meal festivities and raffle for $65. 

Columbia Chemical Expands Into Decorative Plating Market

15. October 2015




Columbia Chemical will debut into the decorative plating market with the release of two new product lines: NiCOL bright and semi-bright decorative nickel plating processes and TriCOL trivalent chromium plating process. 


Columbia says that NiCOL combines superior leveling and brightness with low stress and excellent ductility, and that TriCOL features great plating speed and bright, white color.


“The innovative and customer-focused approach we have brought to zinc plating over the past 40 years is now being carried over into the decorative plating market,” says president Brett Larick.  “Not only did we build the decorative chemistry, we also built the team to go with it.  We have always maintained a strong zinc plating team and now we also have a strong decorative plating team in place.” 


Jeffrey Boehmer recently joined Columbia Chemical as Technical Support Manager and is working with Vice President of Technologies Mark Schario, Lab Supervisor Matt Schario, and Research Manager Larry Seger “to exceed market expectations for decorative plating chemistries and service,” according to Larick.


“We look forward to continuing to make history in zinc plating while breaking new ground in the decorative arena,” he says.


Columbia Chemical is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of surface finishing additives.  For more information, contact Columbia Chemical Corporation at 330-225-3200, or visit

PPG Building Liquid Coatings Center In Wisconsin

13. October 2015

From left, are: Shekhar Nanivadekar, PPG operations director, industrial coatings; Jack Marshall, PPG plant manager, Oak Creek plant; Irina Platica, PPG technical director, industrial coatings; Kevin Braun, PPG vice president, industrial coatings, Americas; Steve Wirtz, PPG application manager, industrial coatings; and Joe Ehlinger, PPG engineer, Oak Creek plant.


PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has broken ground on a new application development center for liquid coatings at its Oak Creek, Wisconsin, plant.


The facility will support development of custom formulations of liquid coatings that apply well and consistently in varying application conditions, and it will enable PPG to simulate customer production lines for new coatings and application trials and for application training.


Scheduled to open in February 2016, the center will include advanced equipment such as multiple curing ovens, robotic paint applicators and spray booths with temperature and humidity controls to help mimic processes and environments in various customers’ plants. The abilities to simulate actual production conditions and to test applications on large and complex shapes and parts will enable PPG technical experts to engage closely with customers during development and testing, offering new opportunities to identify and address potential problems and to refine application training.


Kevin Braun, PPG vice president, industrial coatings, Americas, said the investment shows PPG’s commitment to developing innovative coatings along with its customers. “At PPG, we understand the challenges and demands our customers face every day. This new facility will enhance our ability to work collaboratively with them to develop next-generation liquid coatings formulations that help them reduce manufacturing complexities and make coated products that last longer and look better.”


As the world’s leading coatings company, PPG offers a comprehensive array of powder, electrocoat, pretreatment and liquid products for metal finishing to manufacturers in numerous industries. In addition to providing a broad range of coatings and a full spectrum of color choices, PPG backs its products with 50 years of experience in industrial coatings and technical expertise delivered through an international customer support network to help solve tough coatings challenges.


For more information, visit or call 1-888-774-2001.


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