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Axalta Coats Monument to Tour de France Winners

7. August 2015



Axalta Coating Systems provided the coating for an impressive monument erected by the town of Pau, France, to honour the Tour de France and its history.


Pau, the capital of Béarn on the northern edge of the Pyrenees, has been a stage town of the Tour a staggering 66 times. This year will mark its 67th time as a key stage of the Tour.


The impressive and permanent monument has been built in the heart of the city, in the Bois-Louis park. It comprises 104 two-meter high totems laid out in concentric circles, reminiscent of the historic Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England. Three of the totems are made of bronze and are uncoated – the presentation piece and a pair dedicated to the two World Wars – while the other one hundred and one totems have been cast from aluminium and glass and are dedicated to the winners of the Tour.


To reproduce the legendary yellow jersey of the champions, the totems have been painted with Alesta powder coating RAL 1018 Zinc Yellow, “the yellow of cheerfulness, the yellow of victory,” according to François Bayrou, the Mayor of Pau.


The primer and powder coating were supplied by Axalta and applied by its customer Job Coater, Sedam, who was commissioned to paint 111 totems in total: 101 for the current installation to represent the champions of the Tour, and 10 more for the future winners. A new totem will be added to the monument each year.


Alesta ZeroZinc primer was used for the pre-treatment of the substrate. This innovative next generation of zinc-free anticorrosion primer from Axalta offers excellent adhesion and degassing properties and is ideal for improving the finish on irregular substrates. Axalta powder coating RAL 1018 Zinc Yellow from the Alesta Fine Textured collection was then applied to provide the iconic yellow.

Bales Metal Surface Solutions' Harry Raimondi Named Moldmaker Of The Year

5. August 2015

A $500 honorarium was presented to the school of Harry’s choice: Township School District 211, specifically Schaumburg High School’s metal working program.



“Where’s Harry?” is a question the Bales team gets at industry events any time that Harry Raimondi, Bales Technical Services Manager, walks away from the company booth.


After more than 50 years in the business, Harry knows everyone and they know him, whether from his decades as a moldmaker or years on the other side, helping moldmakers tackle their toughest surface and finishing issues.

At Amerimold Expo earlier this month, when people were looking for Harry, it was to congratulate him. During the show, he was presented with the Moldmaker of the Year award by the Society of Plastic Engineers/Mold Making and Mold Design Division. The award annually recognizes one professional who has made a significant, positive contribution to the moldmaking industry.

“With all the talented people in the industry, it was quite a surprise,” says Harry, who recalls that as a teen, he was encouraged to consider moldmaking by an uncle who had been a machinist in the Navy.


Following high school graduation in 1964, Harry began an apprenticeship through the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA). Sponsored by A-1 Tool Corp in Melrose Park, Ill., he earned $1.35 an hour working 10 hours a day, then attended school for three hours in the evening two nights a week.


In 1976, Harry began working at Major Tool in Schaumburg, Ill., first as a moldmaker and CNC operator, and eventually foreman. Then in 1992, he moved to sales, joining Cutco Industrial Supply in Illinois. Harry came to Bales in 1996. Having been a Bales customer, he could put himself in the shoes of a mold shop’s crew, anticipate their needs, and pinpoint details that might go unnoticed by others.


“It’s so deserved,” says Sara Mortensen, Bales Vice President. She and Stacey Bales, President, nominated Harry. “He’s a pillar of the moldmaking community, not just in Chicagoland but around the U.S.”


In addition to the award, a $500 honorarium will be presented to the school of Harry’s choice: Township School District 211, specifically Schaumburg High School’s metal working program.


DME Co. sponsored the honorarium. In presenting the award, Glenn Starkey, President of Progressive Components International Corp. and President of the SPE board, said: “Along with Harry’s mold-building career, he has been a trusted resource and problem solver for moldmakers throughout the industry.”

Rack Builder Expands Powder Coating Operation

5. August 2015



Hannibal Industries, Inc, a Houston-based manufacturer of pallet rack, is breaking ground on a 42,000-square-foot addition to its Hannibal South manufacturing centre on 10.5 acres.


The employee-owned company, headquartered in Los Angeles, announced expanding its manufacturing and distribution operations to Houston earlier this year. Construction is now underway to enlarge the existing 110,000-square-foot facility to house a new state-of-the-art powder-coating production line, an environmental room and additional office space.


“Hannibal Industries’ customer base in the South East has grown, and the company has been shipping more and more racking from Los Angeles to the region," said Steve Rogers, Hannibal’s vice president. "The management team felt it was time to expand in an effort to provide our customers with a National presence that will meet their growing needs.”


The Hannibal South facility in Houston will offer their  full range of racking products to serve the Eastern US markets.


Hannibal Industries provides storage solutions to the food and beverage, home improvement, warehouse distribution, manufacturing, cold storage distribution, retail, archive storage, automotive and Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PL). The company works closely with system integrators, consultants and forklift suppliers.

Awards and Leadership at the 2015 CCAI Annual Meeting

29. July 2015

CCAI Vice President, Mark Gentry (left) and CCAI Wisconsin Chapter President, John Heyer (right) present the 2015 CCAI James and David Wright Lifetime Achievement Award to Bob New’s daughter, Maria (center) at the Wisconsin Chapter Golf Outing.


The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) honored members for their service and dedication in the finishing industry and announced its 2015–2016 Officers and National Board members at the 2015 CCAI Annual Meeting in Delray Beach, Florida. The association also hosted the CCAI Annual Awards Luncheon in which the Chapter User award, Supplier of the Year award and, the highest accolade, the James F. and David J. Write Lifetime Achievement Award, were presented.


Robert New, member of the CCAI Wisconsin Chapter and former employee of Broan Manufacturing, was awarded the 2015 CCAI James and David Wright Lifetime Achievement Award. New was a longtime CCAI champion who served on the chapter board, organized chapter golf outings each year and committed his career to electrocoating processes and improvements for his company. He truly believed in CCAI’s mission and worked hard to promote the association. The Wisconsin Chapter presented the award to his family at its annual golf outing this month.


CCAI also honored three of its Chapter User and Supplier of the Year recipients at the Annual Awards luncheon. Each year, chapters recognize a User and Supplier member for their year-long service and dedication to their respective Chapter.


CCAI staff member, Leslie Muck (right) congratulates Southern California Chapter’s “User of the Year” recipient, Shivie Dhillon with Sundial Powder Coatings.


The 2014–2015 Chapter Award winners are:


Central States Chapter—Michael Miller, Webco Manufacturing Inc. and Marty Sawyer, Trimac Industrial Systems

Las Vegas Chapter—AR Iron LLC and Sercy Spears, Coral Chemical Co.

Northern Illinois Chapter— Bruce Bryan, Mighty Hook

Southern California Chapter— Shivie Dhillon, Sundial Powder Coating and Antonio Tapia, Coral Chemical Co.

Twin Cities Chapter—Bette Danielson, Nordic Ware and Tom Poppitz, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings

West Michigan Chapter—William F. Knape, Knape Industries Inc. and Woody Booher, Double D Equipment Co.

Wisconsin Chapter— Kathy Farley, The Sherwin-Williams Co.


CCAI also announced the leadership of the following individuals for the second year of their term as National Board of Directors Officers for 2015–2016:


President: Kevin Coursin, KMI Systems—Northern Illinois Chapter

Vice President: Ron Lum, Coral Chemical Co.—Southern California Chapter

Treasurer: Bill Oney, American Finishing Resources—Wisconsin Chapter

Recent Past President: Sam Woehler, George Koch Sons—Unaffiliated


In addition to the officers, serving on the National Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 programming year will be:


Northern Illinois Chapter—Bruce Bryan, Mighty Hook

Southern California Chapter—Shivie Dhillon, SunDial Powder Coatings

Mid-Atlantic Chapter—Duane Fudge, Chemetall

Wisconsin Chapter—Jim Gallagher, Harley Davidson

Iowa/Central Illinois Chapter—Kevin Irving, AZZ Galvanizing

Central States Chapter—Loren Keene, Pneu-Mech Systems Manufacturing

Greater Cincinnati Chapter—Todd Luciano, Products Finishing

Unaffiliated—Jim Malloy, Kolene Corp.

Twin Cities Chapter—Tim Milner, JIT Powder Coating; Mark Walsworth, Donaldson Co.

West Michigan Chapter—David Scharphorn, ChemQuest Inc.

Las Vegas Chapter—Tony Sclafani, AR Iron Inc.


Serving as Ex-officio Board members are: Wisconsin Chapter’s Larry Melgary, Northern Coatings & Chemicals and West Michigan Chapter’s Bob Warren, retired.

View the Sherwin-Williams Powder Coating Webinar

28. July 2015



If you didn't get a chance to attend Bob Cregg from Sherwin-William's webinar, “Ask the Expert: Three Common Powder Coating Problems Solved," you can watch it online.


Click HERE to watch the video. Bob spoke about a variety of different topics, including pretreatment, how to select the proper primer, application methods, cure issues, improper technology match-up vs. field performance expectation as well as premium corrosion failures.

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