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P3 Technologies Rebrands as Forge Metal Finishing

6. September 2016


P3 Technologies, a Rochster, New York-based metal finishing company specializing in electroless nickel and anodizing, has rebranded as Forge Metal Finishing.


The name change signifies the company's incorporation of various capabilities from two separate companies – P3 Technologies and aScribe Laser Marking – through a new joint venture. Moving forward as Forge Metal Finishing, the company looks to reaffirm its position as a leading metal finisher that provides superior quality products through relentless ambition to solve any problem.


P3 Technologies’ President Mark Shaw joined laser marking company aScribe as an owner in 2000. He founded P3 Technologies in 2012. The companies have been operating in one facility since. Under the new joint venture, both metal finishing and laser marking capabilities will continue to be offered to customers. The new brand reflects progress and ingenuity that will strengthen your supply chain, while maintaining the same commitment to pristinely finished metal parts.


With the rebranding comes a redesigned website to match the new logo. The new site will include a blog that features company news, industry insights, and metal finishing best practices. While customers adjust to the name change, the old web address will redirect to the new site.


Since establishment, P3 has offered customers various metal finishing processes, including anodizing, passivating, and masking. Through the years, the company's expert team has also honed color matching capabilities that improve finished product consistency. Forge Metal Finishing will move forward with all of these capabilities and looks to expand in value-add metal finishing areas.


As an ISO 9001 and ITAR certified company, Forge serves industries such as Defense, Aerospace, Photonics, and Communications. The team understands that new problems occur constantly in these industries and they are driven to solve every challenge brought to them.


"Every member of our team is motivated – whether it's meeting tight deadlines or solving a complex design challenge, we are driven to succeed. That attitude won't change," says Shaw.

CCAI Awards 2016 Scholarships

2. September 2016

The CCAI Twin Cities Chapter Scholarship recipients receive their awards.



The Chemical Coaters Association International has announced this year’s scholarship recipients. For the past several years, CCAI has awarded scholarship money from the CCAI Matt Heuertz Scholarship Fund to students in programs (technical schools, high schools and colleges) geared toward coatings and finishing. 


CCAI received many qualified applicants and is excited to watch the growth of this program as it continues to attract bright new talent to the industrial finishing and coatings industry.  In addition, CCAI chapters have instituted their own scholarship programs for students in their region to support the growing need for young people in the finishing industry. 


More than $30,000 in scholarships has been awarded in 2016 between the National and Chapter awards and it is expected to increase each year.  Furthermore, each recipient has received a one-year student membership in CCAI, which will allow them to gain significant exposure to the industry and benefit from the multitude of resources available through the association.  “CCAI’s scholarship programs have been rapidly expanding over the past several years,” notes CCAI Executive Director, Anne Goyer.  “Our association is committed to supporting students, who are the future of our industry.  The CCAI National Board recently committed to funding CCAI’s National Scholarship through proceeds from FABTECH each year.  It’s a great way to give back to the industry and build our future.” 


Receiving a Matt Heuertz Scholarship of $2,000:  Marissa White, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay; Ryley Roeser, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire; and Mitchell Pagel, University of Minnesota.  The Matt Heuertz Scholarship program is sustained by the National CCAI and donations from CCAI Chapters.


Further congratulations are offered to the winners of the Twin Cities Chapter Scholarships; Brody Maki, Jenny Henningsen, Mitchell Pagel and Hannah Striggow. Each of the scholarship recipients attended the chapter Golf Classic event to receive their award from Twin Cities Chapter president Michelle Striggow



The CCAI West Michigan chapter honored their scholarship winners at a recent chapter golf outing as well.  The recipients include; Claire Elizabeth Farrington ($1,000), Joseph Farrington ($750), Briana Sanchez ($750), Madeline Andrusiak ($500), and Jacob Pelak ($500).


The Wisconsin chapter awarded $14,000 in scholarship funds this year.  The recipients attended the chapter golf outing and were presented with over-sized checks to commemorate the event.  The following students received scholarships; Francis Roushar, The James Wright Memorial Scholarship ($2,500); Marissa White, The Dave Wright Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) and Brent Groubert, The Jim Steffes Memorial Scholarship ($1,500).  In addition, general scholarships of $1,200 each were awarded to Austin Weaton, Emily Garczynski, Evan Degler, and Amanda CieslinskiMegan Bock and Ryley Roeser received $1,100 each and Eric Simon and Joshua Thompson took home $500 each. 


CCAI will be accepting applications for the 2017 scholarship program beginning in January 2017. Applications can be submitted online at


Ryley Roesler, a National CCAI scholarship winner with Ex. Director Anne Goyer.

Lincoln Industries names Bill Ellerbee President

31. August 2016
Bill Ellerbee

Bill Ellerbee


Lincoln Industries has appointed Bill Ellerbee as the company’s president. Ellerbee has served as the company’s vice president of operations for the last eight years, where he managed five departments and was responsible for leading operations at Lincoln and Lincoln Industries’ Pine Island location.


Ellerbee has been essential in supporting Lincoln Industries growth strategy and maintaining a strong customer service model. Over the last 26 years, Ellerbee has held key roles within sales, procurement, and operations teams.  Prior to Lincoln Industries he was vice president of global operations with Federal Signal Corporation in University Park, Illinois.  Ellerbee spent 16 years with Maytag Appliances in Newton, Iowa in various roles.  He implemented lean initiatives in various manufacturing locations and has been a key influencer of business growth strategies and execution.


Ellerbee is a Hastings, Nebraska native and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in finance.  Ellerbee and his wife, Diane, and their six children moved to Lincoln from Illinois.


“We have made Lincoln our home and are excited about this continued opportunity,” said Ellerbee. “I’ve worked with some great teams over the last 26 years, and I believe this team at Lincoln Industries the most talented and strongest. I look forward to continuing to grow my relationship with all Lincoln Industries people.”


Chairman and CEO, Marc LeBaron said Ellerbee’s talent for leading people and previous experience makes him a great fit for this role. 


“We are confident in Bill’s commitment to our culture and his understanding of our business processes,” said LeBaron.  “This is evident by the trust our people already have in his leadership.  Bill is aligned on both the vision and future of our company and will bring tremendous opportunities for Lincoln Industries.”  


Lincoln Industries is one of the largest and most diverse privately-held metal finishing company in North America. For over 60 years Lincoln Industries has been solving technically difficult problems for premium brands like Harley Davidson, PACCAR, John Deere, Polaris, Navistar and Mercury Marine.


Pennsylvania's Precision Finishing Holds Groundbreaking For New Facility

29. August 2016

Precision Finishing Inc. second & third generation family members: (left to right) Jeff Bell, Jeffrey Bell, Dean Bell and Thom Bell.


Precision Finishing in Sellersville, Pennsylvania held a groundbreaking ceremony in July 18 for a new building site to start a new chapter in the company’s history.


The new building site will be located at 1800 AM Drive in Quakertown. The new building will be approximately 40,000 sqft. which more than doubles the current office, manufacturing, and warehousing space in the Sellersville location. The company is planning a move in time frame during the winter of 2017.


In 2015, Precision Finishing Inc. celebrated 60 years of success. The company has been on a growth path and needed to expand and upgrade the entire Sellersville operation.


The company started as a small chemical company and tumbling job shop, in a chicken coop with five employees in Sellersville. Tumbling work of transistor radio parts for AT&T in Allentown forced founder Jack Bell to add plating services in the 1960s.


Over the last five years additional business technology was added including tele-sales and e-commerce. In 2014 the third generation of family entered into the business and now the company is moving into new purpose-built facility in 2017.

Axalta Hosts Annual Latin America Distributor Convention in Cancún

25. August 2016

NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon addresses Axalta Latin America distributors convention. (Photo: Axalta)


Axalta Coating Systems concluded its annual Latin America regional distributor convention in Cancún, México with more than 600 attendees participating in business presentations and strategic planning meetings. The five-day event offered opportunities for distributors and other customers to hear from Axalta management about the latest global developments from investments in new facilities and R&D capabilities to acquisitions and new products.


“This event is a unique opportunity to come together with our distribution partners and customers from across the Latin America region to celebrate our business achievements over the past year, while also discussing new growth opportunities for the future,” explained Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver who delivered the keynote address at the conference on Thursday. “Across the breadth of the region, the relationships that we have with distributors and end customers are the key to our mutual success. The business reviews and planning sessions provide all of us with a superb opportunity to learn from each other and build on the accomplishments of the previous year.”



“We Paint Winners,” Axalta’s automotive racing slogan, and “Think Big” provided the theme and backdrop of the conference. The close ties between the performance of the company’s coatings and success on the racetrack were underscored by remarks delivered by Jeff Gordon. Retired after 23 racing the Axalta sponsored No. 24 Team Chevy and now a consultant to Axalta, Gordon spoke to the group about the importance of combining latest generation technology, great planning and flawless execution in order to win on and off the track.


Participants at the meeting came from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, México, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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