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MacDermid Opens Japan Desk in Metro Detroit

3. October 2014



MacDermid will open a Japan Desk at its existing R&D facility in metro Detroit on October 1. A bilingual account manager will cater to the sophisticated needs of Japanese automotive OEMs and their expanding supply chain here in North America who require plating chemistry for decorative and anti-corrosive purposes.

The Japan Desk in New Hudson, Michigan will act as a liaison between Japan-based automotive customers in North America and MacDermid personnel to ensure that the customers’ ongoing requirements are established, understood and satisfied. The technical service laboratory at New Hudson is one of two world-class facilities operated by MacDermid in the Midwest. Products for Japanese customers will continue to be manufactured at the Center of Excellence in Ferndale, Michigan.

“Japan’s carmakers are localizing production here in North America at a feverish pace and there is growing demand for MacDermid’s proprietary technologies such as ZinKlad and XtraForm in the Southern U.S. and Mexico," said Michael Siegmund, Executive Vice President for the Global Automotive Business. "The establishment of the Japan Desk builds on our company’s long-standing commitment to Japan, where we have already been supplying product for more than 40 years.”

In regard to this new strategic initiative, Siegmund said MacDermid is the one of the few manufacturers who are capable of supplying plating chemistry to the automotive industry on a global basis.


"The recent deployment of OEM Account Managers has provided us with a better understanding of the industry’s ever-changing needs and has improved our response time in providing solutions," he said. "We are committed to further investing in local infrastructure to support our global automotive accounts.”

MacDermid, Inc. is a leading global producer of high technology, specialty chemical products and a provider of technical services. Additional information on MacDermid and its products and services is available at


Schaffner Manufacturing Acquires Barker Brothers

1. October 2014



Schaffner Manufacturing Company, a producer of flap wheels, buffing wheels and buffing compounds for custom metal finishing applications, has purchased the assets of Barker Brothers, a family-owned manufacturer of buffing wheels, flap wheels, convolute wheels and unitized abrasive wheels.


Barker Brothers is based in Ridgewood, NY, and has been in business for more than 100 years. The two companies represent more than 170 years of finishing experience in the automotive, aircraft, marine, housewares and woodworking industries.


“We are excited about being able to offer established and new customers a wider variety of finishing solutions than ever before,” says Bill Schaffner, president of Schaffner Manufacturing. “This acquisition will give our customers greater convenience and cost efficiencies through economies of scale.”


Schaffner Manufacturing Company, Inc. designs and produces Flapwheels, buffing wheels and buffing compounds for custom metal finishing applications in the production of plumbing fixtures, automobiles and trucks, motorcycles, aerospace parts & frames, door& decorative hardware, cookware, aluminum, stainless steel, zinc and brass. The family-owned company is based in Pittsburgh and has been serving the needs of metal finishers for more than 60 years.  Schaffner Manufacturing Company is ISO 9001:2000 registered and is the first buffing compound manufacturer in North America to have earned that certification.

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ICAFe Acquires Dove Equipment

29. September 2014



Dove Equipment has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by ICAFe, Inc., a leading industrial finishing systems integrator. With this acquisition, the combined ICAFe / Dove becomes one of the largest distributors to the industrial finishing systems marketplace.


“Both organizations are recognized leaders in industrial finishing systems,” said Jeff Treske, President, ICAFe.  “While each organization has its own strengths, together, we represent a larger, more financially stable organization with a greater ability to serve our customers more effectively.  In addition, this acquisition will serve as a catalyst to drive growth and pursue future expansion.” 


Based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, ICAFe has been serving the industrial finishing industry throughout Mid-Central United States for more than 60 years. The organization has grown steadily over the past few decades via organic growth as well as acquisitions.


Based in East Peoria, Illinois (with operations in Mexico) Dove Equipment has supported clients in the industrial finishing systems industry for more than 40 years. The company was previously employee-owned. Its primary North American service areas are Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, Dove also serves nearly all of Mexico, with offices in Monterrey (headquarters of Dove Mexico) and Puebla (which serves Mexico City).


The acquisition was approved by participants of the Dove Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) members in July and the deal closed in early August.


“Our focus is and will continue to be on providing high-quality and cost-effective finishing solutions for our customers,” said Javier Salazar, President, Dove Equipment. “The acquisition of Dove by ICAFe will allow us to do that more effectively, and we’re excited about the opportunities this deal provides.”


Dove will remain in East Peoria and Mexico. Its various operations will retain the Dove name. ICAFe will remain in Waukesha.

Molly Kellogg Is New CEO At Hubbard-Hall

25. September 2014



Hubbard-Hall Inc. announced a leadership change to become effective the first of the year.  Molly C. Kellogg, currently Executive Vice President, will become President and CEO upon the retirement of the current President and CEO, Andrew K. Skipp, on December 31, 2014.  Kellogg and Skipp are sixth generation family members of the company, whose roots date to 1849.


In announcing the organizational change, Charles T. Kellogg (Chairman and CFO), stated, “With 20 years of experience in the company and having worked in virtually every department, Molly has a deep understanding of the company’s internal strengths and external opportunities.  She’s committed to growing the business and brings a unique, long term perspective to our future success.”


Andrew Skipp, who announced his retirement to the Board of Directors on September 4, has had an impressive 37 year career at Hubbard-Hall, with the last 15 as President and CEO. Under his leadership, the company has enjoyed consistent financial success and implemented key quality initiatives such as Responsible Distribution, ISO and Lean. 


Molly, currently in charge of strategy, sales and business development, earned her MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in 1993 and a BA from Princeton in 1987.  She has been based out of the company’s Wilmington, MA branch for the last 20 years, with P & L oversight as well as direct responsibility for some of the company’s largest customers.  Molly lives in Newton, MA with her husband and four children.


“One of the great joys of a family business is seeing the next generation take over. Andrew, my nephew, has provided exceptional stewardship to our company and leadership to our industry. I know he will be successful in whatever venture comes next.” said Charles Kellogg,


“And it goes without saying that I am delighted to see my daughter take the reins,” added Kellogg.  “She is capable, committed and determined to make sure the business flourishes until the next generation is ready.”


Hubbard-Hall Inc., headquartered in Waterbury, CT, distributes chemicals into the metal finishing and electronics industries and is a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals for surface finishing, metal coloring and wastewater treatment.  The company has 111 associates in 3 locations, and works with distributors in the U.S. and abroad to support global manufacturers.


Sherwin-Williams Launches Two New Powder Coating Lines

23. September 2014



Sherwin-Williams launched two new products at the recent Powder Coating Show in Indianapolis, which was presented by the Powder Coating Institute.


The company launched Powdura OneCure, a two coating, one cure dry-on-dry coating system designed to save finishers time and money by reducing the steps needed to achieve enhanced edge coverage and corrosion resistance.


Engineered for heavy equipment and general metal finishing projects, Powdura OneCure offers  patent-pending formulated primers and topcoats that have the ability to co-react and cross-link. The products provide a seamless finish that delivers high quality aesthetics with superb durability.


The mono bake system offers a high performance alternative to conventional two-bake powder primer and topcoat systems. This allows finishers to reduce energy use, labor and maintenance costs while increasing throughput. The Powdura OneCure system requires a smaller production footprint and less capital equipment.


The finish meets or exceeds several OEM specifications.


“Powdura OneCure saves finishers time and cuts production costs to make high quality powder coating easy,” said Ron McMahon, Marketing Director- Powder, Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes. “It offers improved edge coverage and better corrosion resistance than two-bake powder coating systems to satisfy the needs of finishers in a variety of industries and applications.”


Sherwin-Williams also announced the availability of Powdura Sprint, a low-cure polyester resin-based powder coating system for use on medium density fiberboard (MDF). Ideal for finishing applications in the furniture, kitchen cabinet and general finishing markets, the coating system provides a high quality finish as it cures at temperatures as low as 250˚F.


Powdura Sprint requires fewer coats than competitive powder coating products, increasing line speed by up to 40 percent. The new finish also has excellent performance properties in stain and moisture resistance and offers an effective cost alternative to traditional liquid and laminate coatings.


Available in a wide range of solid colors as well as smooth and texture finishes, Powdura Sprint meets Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Association (KCMA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards as well as several manufacturers’ performance specifications.


“Powdura Sprint saves manufacturers time and money while producing a quality finish on engineered wood substrates,” said Laura Kelleher, VP Global Marketing. “It offers manufacturers of MDF-based products an attractive alternative to traditional finishes while delivering higher performance levels than competitive powder coating offerings.”


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