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General Motors names BASF 2014 Supplier of the Year

3. April 2015

Joe Schmondiuk, BASF Vice President Global Accounts, OEM Coatings Solutions (center) accepts the GM Supplier of the Year Award from (left) Greg Warden, GM Executive Director, Body Engineering and (right), Randy Pappal, GM Executive Director, Global Purchasing Body Group.


BASF received General Motors’ Supplier of the Year Award for the 10th time in the past 13 years. The award was presented to Joe Schmondiuk, Vice President of Global Accounts BASF Corporation, during GM’s annual awards ceremony at Cobo Center in Detroit.


“BASF is pleased to have once again earned this recognition from GM,” said Schmondiuk.  “It demonstrates the great commitment and capability of our team to offer the innovative solutions that GM needs. We view GM as a key partner in the automotive industry and are pleased that we were able to support them on several key product launches in 2014.”


BASF’s Coatings Division supports GM by combining modern paint processes with special effect pigments and technologies. BASF offers a broad array of color solutions and processes that enable car makers to improve productivity and environmental performance.   


“These companies are the best-of-the-best suppliers, and deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contributions,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.  “We’ve had some good ‘wins’ of late, solid sales, strong earnings, and some nice awards, and you should know that we could not have accomplished any of  it without you and your teams, and your hard work.”


GM’s Supplier of the Year program began in 1992, and each year a global team of purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives determine the winners of the Supplier of the Year Award. Winners represent "World Class" performance leaders in the areas of quality, technology, price and service.

Tawas Plating Becomes Approved ZinKlad Applicator

1. April 2015

One of Tawas Plating Company's plating lines.


Tawas Plating Company in Tawas City, Michigan is now an approved applicator for the MacDemid ZinKlad 96 process.

ZinKlad processes offer high performance hexavalent chromium-free coatings with a proven consistent quality and a global network of over 75 approved applicators.


ZinKlad coatings are compliant with ELV & RoHS legislations and offer predictable torque-tension characteristics.

Tawas Plating Company and Tawas Powder Coating, Inc. was founded by Dr. Paul Chevis in 1954 after retirement from General Motors as a Process Enhancement Consultant. Dr. Chevis intended to do research on a then new plating process called electroless nickel. Soon after engaging in research, at the request of GM, his company became a full-fledged plating operation by electroless nickel plating steering column "knuckles". Since that time the company has evolved into a 65,000 square foot facility that offers its loyal customer base electroless nickel plating, zinc electroplating and powder coating.
The company is located in Tawas City, Michigan, which is bounded by the Huron National Forest on the west, Lake Huron and Tawas Bay on the East, and the famous Au Sable River on the north.
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Gema Industry Partner Symposium a Success

30. March 2015


Gema USA Inc. hosted an Industry Partner Symposium on March 12 at their Indianapolis, IN facility. The educational event outlined the many aspects of how Gema products precisely and efficiently “Control the Cloud.”


“This event was a great opportunity for our industry partners to learn about our products and see firsthand how we control the cloud," said Jeff Hale, Gema’s Director of Marketing.


Throughout the day attendees were able to participate in demonstrations and presentations introducing them to the latest in application and color change technology available for powder coating. Gema highlighted the new OptiFlex automatic spray gun and controls; the latest in pumping technology - the OptiSpray AP01; and the advanced color change technology - MagicCylinder and MagicCompact Quick Color Change Booths. Other products highlighted at the one day event included the OptiCenter Powder Management System, and the OptiColor quick color selector.



Attending the event were over 100 members from leading companies in the powder coating industry. The event provided companies, specializing in powder materials, system design and integration, pretreatment chemicals, and masking, the opportunity to learn about the newest products and leading trends for application and recovery equipment.


In addition to the industry partners, members from Gema’s distribution network were also in attendance.


“By bringing our distributor network into this event, our industry partners can better understand the strength of the Gema team and the added value that we can collectively bring to our customers,”said Hale.



At the conclusion of the event attendees enjoyed a networking reception and banquet. During the banquet, Gema announced their top distributor salesmen awards for the previous year. Awards announced were, Powder System Partner Award winner Dan Nosek, Dietz Supply Company, Huntley, Illinois; and dual award winner Scott Stalzer, American Industrial Corporation, Greenwood, Indiana, as the Manual Gun Champion and High Flier Gun Champion. 


As a business unit of the Graco Corporation, Gema operates its North American Headquarters from Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information about Gema, visit or contact Karen Walters at 317-298-5072, or by email at


ECoat16 Call For Papers

27. March 2015



The Ecoat16 Conference Steering Committee is accepting abstracts for keynote and technical presentations at its conference, Feb. 15-17, 2016. 


Conference Speakers will focus on a multitude of relevant topics within keynote addresses, basic sessions and interactive workshops.  Speakers will focus on a multitude of relevant topics within keynote addresses, group sessions/panels, and interactive workshops. The program will emphasize the efficiencies of electrocoating from both cost and process perspectives, as well as troubleshooting and maintaining a system to maximize performance. It will also contain topics of interest to the manufacturing industry as a whole.


Speaking at ECOAT16 gives you and your company


  • Recognition as an industry leader
  • Opportunities for new business relationships
  • A platform to enhance your professional success
  • Complimentary full-conference registration for one Speaker, 50% discount for Co-Speakers


Presentations must be free of commercialism.  Written paper is optional.  Visit to submit your abstract online from the Events Calendar.


Abstract deadline:  April 30, 2015


Questions?  Contact Karen McGlothlin at 800-579-8806 or


Plan now to attend the Premier Event for Electrocoaters - ECOAT16 will be held February 15-17, 2016 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida.


Presented by The Electrocoat Association and Products Finishing magazine, the objective of the conference is to support the expansion of electrocoat technology through the education of finishing industry personnel and those interested in the technology, both as a coating application and also a primer of choice for many other topcoat finishes. 


ECOAT16 features


  • Technical Presentations
  • Concurrent Workshop Options
  • Open-Forum Panel Discussions
  • Exhibit Room/Tabletop Hospitality Evening
  • Industry Awards Luncheon

CCAI Twin Cities Expo Draw Large Crowd

23. March 2015

Expo organizers Deb Savage, Jim Docken, Tim Milner, Paul Pagel and Jim Henningsen.


The Twin Cities chapter of Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota hosted a symposium and a paint and powder coating expo at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota on March 18-19.


The symposium was held on March 18 and focused on "Maximizing Performance from Individuals and Teams,"  presented by Judy Hartley, an independent performance consultant/facilitator specializing in leadership and team development and an Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and a member of the Manufacturers Alliance. 


Anne Goyer Opens MN Expo with Key Note Address.


Also on Wednesday, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center provided painter training, where trainers worked with attendees to improve finishing techniques on virtual reality spray equipment.  The training covered the fundamentals of spray application and focused on best practices to optimize spray technique to improve productivity, reduce rework and defects, and decrease air emissions. 


The Expo included a vendor show, hands-on demonstrations and technical seminars.



Expo floor exhibit activity.


Virtual Reality Painter Training.


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