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Platers in California will face higher financial penalties for environmental violations under new legislation passed by the state assembly.

According to Moore Compliance and Training's Bernie Moore (also a board member of the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California), Governor Jerry Brown and the Democrat majority legislature in Sacramento passed and signed SB96, which among its other provisions, adopts new and higher penalties for general, repeat and willful violations.

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Posted by: Steve Marcus 3. August 2017

Author: Time for EPA to Lead in 'Real World' Safety Standards

Steve Marcus is chairman of Markee International Corp. and a former columnist for Products Finishing. Contact him at

I have just attended a very well-presented seminar at the Parts Cleaning Expo at PMTS 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. The speakers were well informed and included leaders in the metalworking chemical field as well as two well qualified speakers from the EPA. 

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The Chicago Midwest Chapter of the National Association for Surface Finishing is partnering with chapters in Rockford and Milwaukee to host the Midwest Sustainability Summit on October 12-13, at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

“The informational sessions are focused on modern technology for surface finishing,” says Precision Plating's Becky Bennett, who is part of the organizing committee for the event. “The topics are centered around technology talks.”

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AZZ Inc., a global provider of galvanizing services, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services to the power generation, transmission, distribution and industrial markets, has acquired the assets of Enhanced Powder Coating (EPC), a privately held, high-specification, Nadcap-certified provider of powder coating, plating and anodizing services based in Gainesville, Texas.

Founded in 2003, EPC offers a full spectrum of finish technology, including powder coating, abrasive blasting and plating for heavy industrial, transportation, aerospace and light commercial industries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. AZZ anticipates the acquisition will be accretive to earnings within the first year of operation.
“The acquisition of EPC is a great addition to AZZ and enhances our position as a metal coatings solutions leader,” says Tim Pendley, senior vice president and chief operating officer of AZZ Metal Coatings. “This acquisition is consistent with our strategic initiative to grow our Metal Coatings segment with products and services that complement our industry-leading galvanizing business. We are pleased to welcome EPC’s employees to AZZ, and look forward to providing our customers with high quality service, and expanded coatings technology.”

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Carl Izzo, an expert in the field of liquid coatings and a Products Finishing columnist for several decades, passed away in July in Murraysville, Pennsylvania.

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