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PPG Donates Military Coatings, Window for EC-135C Aircraft Restoration

15. November 2016

PPG production employee Michael Holloway, a retired U.S. Air Force technical sergeant, checks electrical resistance of the anti-icing heating system as part of the final inspection on a boom operator compartment side window for an EC-135C “Looking Glass” aircraft.


PPG donated a boom operator compartment side window and will donate military aircraft coatings to the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate in Ashland, Nebraska, for restoration of an EC-135C aircraft that was one of the last to fly as the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command’s “Looking Glass.”


For retired U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Holloway, command-and-control airplane AF-38049 was the first Looking Glass mission on which he flew. Now a PPG employee, Holloway proposed the idea for the window donation to PPG, and the company decided to donate the coatings, too.


“Upon examination of my flight records I discovered that 049 was my very first Looking Glass Mission on Nov. 11, 1987,” said Holloway, a production employee at PPG’s Huntsville, Alabama, aircraft transparencies plant where the heated window was made to replace a broken one. “Like most Looking Glass missions, it was 8.3 hours in duration, and we took off from and returned to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Over my three years as a crew member of the Looking Glass, I flew 222 sorties and accumulated 1,910 hours of flight time, and 21 of those sorties were aboard 049.”


“We are very excited to be restoring this important aircraft and grateful for the support of donors like PPG,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis, executive director for the museum. “Looking Glass served an important role in the U.S. strategic deterrence plans and was the reason the U.S. won the Cold War.”


Working with the museum’s restoration team, PPG military coatings experts selected high-solids Desoprime HS 7233 military epoxy primer to prohibit corrosion and enhance topcoat adhesion, as well as high-solids Desothane HS 8200 series military and defense exterior topcoat in gray and white to restore the aircraft’s appearance. The PPG protective topcoat affords ease of application, which was important to the museum’s painter, and will create a long-lasting world-class finish.


The boom operator compartment side window is located in the EC-135C’s aft belly, and PPG made the original one as well as the aircraft’s other transparencies. Lying in the compartment, the boom operator would transfer fuel to an aircraft flying behind the EC-135C by “flying” the refueling boom to a receptacle on the receiving aircraft.


“These aircraft served a vital role in the Cold War as a nuclear deterrent,” Holloway said. “I am proud to have been a part of such a historic mission, and I look forward to visiting the museum to see this glorious airplane and possibly volunteering with the restoration in the near future.”


PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armor, as well as chemical management and other services. For more information, visit


John Cole Named UM-Dearborn 2016 CECS Alumnus of the Year

11. November 2016


Parker Ionics president John Cole, a 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan at Dearborn, was named the UM-Dearborn 2016 CECS Alumnus of the Year


Cole is the president and chief operating officer of Parkwood Engineering Development Corporation, where he has been for 10 years. He was previously vice president of engineering and development for Kolene Corporation, a company he worked at for 35 years.


Cole has been awarded both the State of Michigan’s Professional Engineers in Industry “Outstanding Engineering Award” and the Detroit Metro Chapter’s “Engineer of the Year” award and is involved in many trade and professional organizations, including SME, SAE, and the Industrial Heating Equipment Association, where he served as national president in 2003.



An enthusiastic and engaged alumnus, Cole served as chair of the UM-Dearborn Alumni Society, CECS Industrial Advisory Board and chair of the CECS Alumni Affiliate Board for 13 years.



Greenkote Adds Major Anti-Corrosion Coating Capacity in Ohio

9. November 2016


Greenkote PLC, a provider of advanced anti-corrosion metal coatings, says that it has more than doubled the capacity at its headquarters production facility in Brook Park, Ohio. The company says that the expansion has come in response to increasing demands from the industry.


“Greenkote usage is showing a strong rise in the markets we serve,” says Greenkote CEO Mark Gore. “Over the past year we’ve seen a steady increase in orders for anti-corrosion and metal protection coatings, and our new state-of-the-art coating line will help us keep pace with the need.”


The company says that the added equipment will multiply current capacity by nearly two and a half times, enabling the Brook Park facility to process more than 150 tons of parts per month. It will also provide for the application of specialized topcoats and sealers to the Greenkote coatings to further enhance the coating performance.


Greenkote PLC provides coating services for construction, automotive, rail, utilities and a range of other industries in which products are exposed to harsh and corrosive environments. Greenkote can be applied to a broad range of metal parts, from threaded fasteners to stamped and cast pieces, in sizes from 0.2 to 78 inches.



ASETSDefense Workshop 2016: Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense

7. November 2016


The sixth Workshop on Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense will be held at Shades of Green, the Armed Forces Recreation Center at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando from December 6-8.


Increased environmental and occupational, safety, and health regulations in the United States and Europe are impacting the use of chromates, cadmium, and other chemicals in aerospace and defense surface treatments. As a result, the need for environmentally benign alternatives that meet or exceed the performance requirements of currently used materials is becoming increasingly acute. This workshop will cover the topics listed below, addressing all aspects of alternative coatings and surface treatments, with emphasis on performance, service data, approvals and implementation of clean coatings:


  • Session 1: Aerospace and Defense Needs and Approaches
  • Session 2: Hard Chrome and Other Wear Coatings
  • Session 3: Cadmium and Chromate Replacement at Depots and OEMs
  • Session 4: Light Materials
  • Session 5: Localized Repair
  • Session 6: Accelerated Corrosion Testing
  • Session 7: Painting and Stripping Contamination Control
  • Session 8: Non-Chrome Paint Systems
  • Special Side Meetings
    • Zinc-Nickel
    • Cadmium-Chromium
    • Gun Barrel Coatings
    • Renewable Materials for Composites
    • Networking and Poster Session


A poster session and side meetings will be held on topics of particular importance to attendees with detailed discussions of the performance and implementation of new technologies. Please see the link and reservation information below. The associated registration fee will be used to offset the cost of lunch and refreshment breaks.


Request for Presentations/Posters: Please submit your briefing, poster, or technical idea to Keith Legg or Robin Nissan.


Please see the link and reservation information below. The associated registration fee will be used to offset the cost of lunch and refreshment breaks.


Group Name: ASETSDefense
Group Code: 1612USOD MEETING REGISTRATION - $115.00
HOTEL RESERVATION prior to the deadline: 11 October 2016 (Booked separately from Hotel)
*A military ID will not be required to gain access to the facility


This Workshop has been approved by Mr. Frank Kendall (Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics). An invitation letter to that effect will be made available for DoD participants upon request to Braxton Lewis (Subject: ASETSDefense 2016 Workshop).


Advanced Surface Engineering Technologies for a Sustainable Defense – ASETSDefense - is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative sponsored by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). Its objective is to facilitate the implementation of new, environmentally friendly technologies for surface engineering (coatings and surface treatments) by providing ready access to background information and technical data from research, development, test, and evaluation efforts as well as the status of approvals and implementations. ASETSDefense provides defense organizations with information and assistance to improve weapons system performance and life-cycle cost while reducing or eliminating environmental safety and occupational health (ESOH) impacts from coatings and treatment processes that utilize hexavalent chromium (hex chrome, Cr6+, Cr(VI), chromate, chromic acid); coatings that contain cadmium; and coatings that contain volatile organic compounds (VOC).

NSA Industries Expands in Groveton

3. November 2016


Fabricator and powder coater NSA Industries in St. Johnsbury, VT, is expanding operations to Groveton, NH, and bringing at least 40 new jobs to a 73,000-square-foot facility at a former paper mill.


As NSA Industries considered expanding to Groveton, the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) and New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES) worked to help the company address its workforce needs, hosting two job fairs coordinated by the NHES Berlin office that attracted approximately 300 job applicants. In addition, DRED worked to facilitate contact between NSA Industries and the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority, which is assisting with financing for the facility.


"This is great news and I thank NSA Industries for choosing to expand in Groveton," said state Senator Jeff Woodburn. "For far too long, we have seen manufacturing jobs leave us in the North Country, but today's announcement shows that we can bring good-paying manufacturing jobs back to our region."


Founded in 1982 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont by Neal S. Austin, NSA Industries grew from its initial customer, the manufacturer of the Garden Way Garden Cart, to the only metal fabrication, machining and powder coating operation of its kind in Northern New England. It is now owned by a small group of shareholders and management.



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