PF Blog

CCAI’s Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar at Georgia Power Company’s Customer Resource Center

4. August 2016



This September 13-14 seminar at Georgia Power CRC in Atlanta is made possible thanks to the Infrared Equipment Division of IHEA, Products Finishing Magazine and Georgia Power. The popular CCAI Powder Coating & Curing Seminar regularly sells out.  This comprehensive seminar includes a day and a half of instruction and hands-on demonstrations.  The classroom content will cover the following topics :


  • What is Powder Coating and Powder Coating Materials?
  • Cleaning & Pretreatment of Parts
  • Moving Parts Through the Process
  • Removal and Rework – hook and rack cleaning, transfer efficiency, reject stripping
  • Powder Coating Application for metals and MDF
  • Curing Powder Coatings
  • Test Methods for Performance
  • Running an Efficient System
  • Attendees will also experience lab demonstrations of several processes learned in the classroom.


This is the most cost effective powder coating & curing training available anywhere.


CCAI members: $199     Non-members: $299


Comments from past seminar attendees:


"I knew nothing coming into the seminar.  Now I feel that I have a good general understanding of the subject matter." 

"Speakers are very knowledgeable and helpful.  Very impressed."

CLICK HERE to view the promotional flyer.

Top Gun Powder Coating Expanding To New Location, 70+ Jobs

2. August 2016
Top Gun Powder Coating & Architectural Coating was established in 2005 in Jasper and currently employs 35 full-time associates at four locations.

Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating was established in 2005 in Jasper and currently employs 35 full-time associates at four locations.


Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating, a leading provider of world class architectural finishes, will expand to create a total of 70 new jobs in Adairsville and Jasper in Georgia.


“We are excited that Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating has chosen to expand their presence in Georgia,” said Chris Carr, Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner. “As a key supplier to a variety of thriving industries in Georgia, we believe they will be perfectly situated at these locations to serve their growing customer base. We want to commend our economic development partners in Northwest Georgia for their collaboration, and we look forward to supporting Top Gun Powder Coating & Architectural Coating in the future.”


Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating was established in 2005 in Jasper and currently employs 35 full-time associates at four locations. The company provides architectural coatings such as Kynar, powder, industrial liquid and military and media blast cleaning services to support the following industries: defense, sports and recreation, commercial food and lodging, transportation, oil, gas and electric.


“We are very excited about our newest facility in Adairsville. This addition will provide us with a lot of new opportunities and challenges,” said Dean Porio, President, Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating. “We appreciate all the support that we have received from both the city of Adairsville and Bartow County. We are looking forward to being a successful and contributing business in the community.”


This project represents a two-pronged expansion. Top Gun will add ten employees to their existing location in Jasper and create an additional 60 new jobs with the opening of a new facility in Adairsville to meet increased enterprise demands. The company plans to move into an existing location at 200 Princeton Blvd., Adairsville, GA  30103. They expect to be fully operational by August 2016.


Southern Aluminum Finishing Celebrates 70th Anniversary

29. July 2016

SAF built railings for the new Pensacola Community Maritime Park in Florida.



Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. (SAF) headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is marking its 70th anniversary this fall. At its founding in 1946, SAF was one of only two anodizing lines in the country. Founder Marvin McClatchey was a chemical engineer and pioneer in anodizing for architectural applications. Still in the family, SAF is currently led by second generation brothers and Co-CEOs, Penn McClatchey and Jim McClatchey. 


Early customers included commercial glazing contractors working to meet pressing demands for store front and curtain wall projects in the post WWII building boom. Since then SAF’s customer base has expanded internationally to include construction specifiers, design-build contractors, commercial construction subcontractors, alternative energy product manufacturers, product engineers, automotive suppliers along with fabricators and manufacturers in many other industries.


In 1950 during the Korean war and an aluminum shortage, Alcoa invited SAF to accumulate scrap aluminum in return for a valuable flat sheet allocation. Soon after, SAF added aluminum sheet and extrusion distribution to its anodizing finishing services. 


SAF follows a growth plan to invest in resources whenever and wherever a strategic customer benefit can be identified to reduce logistical costs, time, and potential for shipping damage. In 1956 SAF added metal fabricating services with the purchase of an aluminum awning manufacturer driven to the brink by air conditioning. This resulted in single source ordering for aluminum anodizing, aluminum extrusions and sheet, and fabricating -- wins for both customers and SAF.


In 1968 after paint technology proved viable for architectural aluminum SAF began applying PVDF (aka Kynar - a registered trademark of Arkema Inc ) paint coatings. Expanding its paint finishing services 10 years later in 1978, SAF commissioned a 20,000 sq ft, fluoropolymer aluminum paint line. At this time SAF was among the first architectural fabricators in the U.S. with an in-house aluminum paint line, offering customers another reliable aluminum finishing option with extensive color choices.


In 1990 SAF entered the engineered architectural building products market by forming SAF Perimeter Systems Div. to manufacture innovative, custom commercial metal roof edge products, gutter and cornice systems. By 2011 the division had expanded its commercial designer series product offerings to include interchangeable extruded cornice mouldings, gutters, arch and radius building trim systems in addition to entryway pediment, entablature and column systems.


In 1994 SAF secured a resource for volume anodized aluminum sheet production by purchasing an aluminum coil processing plant. SAF’s coil-anodizing line gives their sheet customers substantial cost-savings. The plant also enables SAF to offer toll coating and related aluminum coil processing services. SAF is currently one of a handful continuous aluminum coil anodizers in North America.


Growing sales led SAF to acquire a 78,000 sq ft metal fabrication facility in 2003, expanding capacity for both SAF Metal Fabrication and SAF Perimeter Systems Divisions. To speed customer service in 2004 SAF inaugurated unique programs of “1 Day out” and “3 Day Out” turnaround times for qualified aluminum finishing and popular fabrication services. An industry first, customers were quick to respond with orders. In pre-recession 2008 SAF reported sales of $32 million, and they reached $38 million in 2016.


The pace of SAF innovation quickened with the introduction of architectural building column covers (2004) and panel (2007) systems, BIM CAD services (2009), Perimeter Systems engineered product innovations and enhancements. The company’s most remarkable physical expansion began after the opening of their SAF-West branch in Redding, CA in 2007. In 2013 SAF commissioned an anodizing line in Redding, transforming SAF-West to become a full mirror of SAF Georgia operations. This provides customers nation-wide with strategic benefits in price and delivery for all SAF services, including aluminum finishing, aluminum distribution, and fabrication projects. In 2015 SAF employment nation-wide reached 300.


For more details on SAF industry highlights and milestones visit

Wichita's Metal Finishing Signs Deal With France-based Figeac-Aéro Groupe

27. July 2016

The Wichita-based Metal Finishing Co. has agreed to a deal with a France-based airline.


The Wichita Business Journal reports that Wichita aerospace supplier Metal Finishing Co. announced that it has signed a multi-year contract with France-based Figeac-Aéro Groupe for processing and parts finishing work.


The company says that the work will involve finishing the door program of the Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner, and will cover services from both its facility in Wichita and in Mexico.


For more information, please visit the Wichita Business Journal HERE

PPG ice-deterrent coating for airplanes highlighted at Farnborough

25. July 2016


Visitors to this week’s Farnborough International Air Show in England are getting a first look at the capabilities of an innovative non-stick aircraft coating by PPG. The unique coating, which is still development, helps to eliminate ice build-up on airplanes for increased fuel efficiency, enhanced safety and less required maintenance.


By helping ice, insects and other substances to safely slide off an airplane’s wings and flight-control surfaces, PPG’s coating helps to prevent build-up that can create drag on the aircraft. This, in turn, helps to maintain a smooth flow of air over airplane wings, which studies by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have shown can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 6 percent.


PPG’s coating also helps to decrease an aircraft's energy use for ice removal by 75 to 85 percent compared to a standard finish by reducing the need to use electrical systems and hot air to prevent icing on the wings. Additionally, because the coating helps to minimize bug residue on the airplane’s surface, less post-flight aircraft cleaning is needed, which shortens turnaround intervals on the tarmac.


PPG holds four patents related to the coating’s technology and is currently collaborating with key commercial airframe and engine manufacturers to test the coating’s efficiency and durability. The product may be launched commercially as soon as 2017.


“PPG has a long history of developing innovative coatings, and collaborating closely with customers to solve some of their biggest challenges,” said Mark Cancilla, PPG global director, aerospace coatings. “We believe this coatings technology will help customers increase fuel efficiency and manage hazards such as ice build on aircraft components.”


To learn more about PPG products and services for the aerospace industry, visit Booth 160 in Hall 1 at the Farnborough International Air Show.


PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armour, as well as chemical management and other services. For more information, visit

« Prev | | Next »

RSS RSS  |  Atom Atom

Suppliers | Products | Experts | News | Articles | Calendar | Process Zones

The Voice of the Finishing Industry Since 1936 Copyright © Gardner Business Media, Inc. 2016

Subscribe | Advertise | Contact Us | All Rights Reserved