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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.


MagicRack Unveils New Website

9. October 2015



Production Plus Corp., makers of MagicRack, has introduced its new, re-imagined and re-designed website, at


Visitors can view the broad range of industrial solutions offered by their MagicRack Division and their Fabrication Division. Customers can even purchase their standard products online.


Heavy or light duty, repairs or custom design, MagicRack provides products and services to the finishing industry and beyond.

Saran Industries Invests $4.4M In Kokomo Finishing Facility

7. October 2015



An Indianapolis-based manufacturer and finisher has announced plans to establish operations in Kokomo and create up to 60 jobs.

Saran Industries will lease and renovate a 250,000 square-foot, vacant factory complex that was once home to Indalex, an aluminum products manufacturer. Saran Industries will invest more than $4.4 million to renovate the facility and install new manufacturing equipment in Kokomo by 2016. The manufacturing complex has been vacant since the factory closed in 2008.


“The City of Kokomo has been working with Saran on this investment for several months,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “There were other Midwestern cities that were in contact with the company.  In the end, Kokomo’s skilled workforce, existing infrastructure and proximity to the company’s customer-base could not be matched. This is an exciting jobs announcement for our community, and is another sign of our strong economic growth.”

Saran Industries is a provider of industrial finishing and custom processing of forgings, casting and machined parts for industrial manufacturers. 

“Adding a manufacturing facility in Kokomo enables Saran to better serve our industrial manufacturing customers in Indiana and Michigan,” said Nick Saran, Vice President of Saran Industries. “We are confident in our Kokomo investment and the performance capabilities of the local workforce.”  

Saran Industries was founded in 1964.  The company is headquartered in Indianapolis and has a manufacturing facility in Shelbyville.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Saran Industries, LLC up to $500,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance helped facilitate state incentives for the project. 

Job seekers should visit for more information.


Coventya Offers Expanded Materials Science Capabilities

2. October 2015



Coventya’s Center for Excellence for Functional Technologies in Oriskany, New York has added new instrumentation to their Material Science division to offer new capabilities and improve throughput and accuracy of techniques to provide added value for their customers.


The Struers – DuraScan-20 is a microhardness tester that has state-of-the-art load control via combined load cell and dead weight technology ensuring highest degree of accuracy and repeatability; a high resolution CCD camera; and the ability to export data to secondary software for data interpretation and manipulation


The Struers – Tegramin-30 is an autopolisher that has advanced method development to provide consistency for full range of sample types; affords consistent reproducible results for polishing of both mounted and un-mounted samples; and has two 6-sample sample holders yield increased throughput for routine micro-hardness, thickness and failure analyses.


The Q-Lab – Q-Fog SSP600 is a neutral salt spray tester that has a large chamber (640L) to accommodate numerous customer samples at one time; test conditions, time and temperature are controlled by a built-in microprocessor; and has an internal Q-FOG controller


For any questions or inquiries regarding the equipment, please visit

CTG Asia Begins Co-Op Program With Chongqing University

30. September 2015

CTG CEO Barney Bosse, Chongqing co-op student Ivy and CTG Asia General Manager Enlin (Ned) Zheng at CTG Asia, Suzhou, China


Cleaning Technologies Group (CTG) has announced that it has started a cooperative education program at its CTG Asia division with the Joint Co-op Institute (JCI), a partnership between the University of Cincinnati and Chongqing University. 


The JCI students are all Chinese nationals who are studying a UC engineering curriculum being taught entirely in English by both UC and CQU professors. This program enables students to gain practical experience to complement their university education and better prepare them to transition into the workforce. 


CTG Asia recently hired Zhao Bi Han, who goes by the English name Ivy.  Ivy is a freshman at JCI in Chongqing studying in the Mechanical Engineering Program.  Her desire to design machines made CTG Asia an ideal place to start her Co-op career.  Another factor in her decision is the location of CTG headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Ivy will finish the last years of her studies at the University of Cincinnati and is expected to receive degrees from both universities.


Cleaning Technologies Group has utilized the co-op programs at local universities for decades.  Barney Bosse, CEO of CTG participated in the University of Cincinnati Co-op Program in the 1990’s and is a mechanical engineering graduate of the university. 


“Co-op students are a great source of future employees at CTG and, while teaching the students about the various aspects of an engineering business, the company has the benefit of new hires being instantly productive after graduation,” he said.


For more information about Cleaning Technologies Group, please visit:

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