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Axalta, Jeff Gordon Make a Splash at the ECOAT16 Conference

10. March 2016


Axalta Coating Systems and NASCAR icon Jeff Gordon announced the global launch of AquaEC 6100, Axalta’s newest cathodic epoxy electrocoat product at the ECOAT16 Conference in Orlando, Florida.


Formulated to offer excellent mechanical properties, superior corrosion resistance, and enhanced edge protection, AquaEC 6100 is also designed to improve productivity and reduce application costs., said Mike Cash, Axalta Senior Vice President and President of its Industrial Coatings business.


He said Axalta’s most advanced E-Coat, the tin-free technology used in AquaEC 6100 helps meet environmental goals.


“We’re honored to have Jeff, who has always been at the cutting edge of sport, share the AquaEC 6100 global launch at the ECOAT16 Conference,” said Cash. “It’s also exciting to introduce our latest E-Coat technology during the year of Axalta’s 150th anniversary. The product truly leverages our century and a half of experience in the coatings industry, a foundation on which we plan to create new, innovative products that will continue to make a difference in today’s ultra-competitive market.”


Axalta’s electrocoats meet or exceed the most rigorous specification requirements. In addition to offering new technology, Axalta assigns each customer a personal E-Coat representative to provide expert technical advice and serve as a process consultant.


“Our main goal is to go beyond developing and delivering a great product,” explained Cash. “Our goal is to increase the profitability of each customer. That means following up on a sale with customer service and support that will help our customers succeed.”


To learn more about AquaEC 6100 or the full line of the AquaEC 6000 series of products, please contact your local Axalta representative or visit

Prime Restoration Featured by Memphis Chamber

8. March 2016


The Greater Memphis Chamber recently featured Cory McCabe and Prime Restoration, which provides customers with high quality powder coating and media blasting services.


A few of the Q&A's in the article:


Why Memphis? Why This Location?

We have lived in the Memphis area our entire lives, and living in a major logistics center with air, railway, water and highway travel, we are able to not only tailor to customers in the Mid-South but also across the country. Memphis' prime hub loation allows us to get customers their products quickly and cost-effectively. Because our facility is located less than two miles from the interstate, it is a prime location for customers both inside and outside the Memphis area.

What Does Your Business Do?

We operate a full service commercial and industrial abrasive blasting, painting and powder coating firm. We use the latest procedures, materials, quality control and testing methods to serve clients in a variety of industries in sectors.

What Makes Your Business Stand Out?

We are one of only a few powder coating companies in the Mid-South and surrounding areas with the capability handle parts up to 25 feet in length and up to 7,200 parts a day. We provide a quick turnaround at an affordable price.


Dayton Mayor Visits Hohman Plating

4. March 2016


Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley visited Hohman Plating and Manufacturing in January to tour the facility and to hear about the company's plans to grow in 2016 and beyond.


The mayor took a few minutes to talk with Delmas Stephens, who is celebrating 50 years with Hohman this year. The company says that Delmas has coated jet engine parts, defense parts, turbine gears, aircraft fasteners, automotive brake fluid covers, refrigerator parts, medical bed parts, boat horn hardware, Harley-Davidson parts, Delta faucet parts, Tiffany lamps and WWF Championship Belts. 


On the automotive side, Delmas has plated wire wheels, headlamps reflectors, window frames, bumpers, grills, exhaust manifolds and so on.


For more information, visit


March Go-To Guy: Keith Rein, Trojan Powder Coating

3. March 2016

Keith Rein, Trojan Powder Coating


Keith has his hand in all aspects of the operations. Trojan owners say in 28 years, he has managed a variety of responsibilities, from new business acquisition and project management, to purchasing and overseeing production. Keith plays an integral role in the company’s success.


Know a guy or gal in the industry who should be recognized? Email Jess Larkin at


Originally published in the March 2016 issue.


Pioneer Metal Finishing Wins Efficiency Award

2. March 2016


Pioneer Metal Finishing in Warren, Michigan, won the Macomb County Business Awards' Efficiency Expert award for reducing its environmental footprint and utility usage.


The company upgraded its regenerative thermal oxidizer unit to reduce emissions and natural gas usage while increasing productivity 19 percent over the last year and profitability by almost 200 percent.


Efficiency Expert Pioneer Metal Finishing was unable to attend. Camille Silda, project manager of economic development services, accepted on their behalf.


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