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NASF West Coast Bright Design Kicks Off With Tour

20. October 2014



The NASF West Coast Bright Design class has started, and 15 students from the Art Center of Design in Pasadena have toured K&L Anodizing and General/Brite Plating to get a look at what it takes to anodize and plate metal components.


Students from the college are asked to think beyond traditional design theory and bring out there very best creative spirit in developing "next generation" creative and engineering solutions incorporating various types of surface finishing coatings. About $15,000 in scholarships are awarded each year to students who present the best product using surface finishing techniques.


Sponsors of the West Coast Bright Design Challenge include the NASF West Coast Chapters -- the Metal Finishers of Southern, Northern and San Diego, California -- as well as the Art Center of Design in Pasadena.


The students are very involved and have spent several hours at these shops learning about surface finishing. Bryan Leiker, president of K&L Anodizing and president of the MFASC, said a very special thank you to Alan Olick for the time he puts in to make this class possible.

Haviland 80th Anniversary Underscored With National Recognition As One Of Best For Employee Financial Security

15. October 2014



Haviland Enterprises received national recognition this week as the company celebrated its 80th anniversary as one of the largest employee-owned chemical distribution companies in the United States.  Haviland was named as one of the 2014 winners of The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security. 


The Principal honors growing companies (5-1,000 employees) for their commitment to their employees’ financial security.  An independent panel of employee benefit experts selected Haviland for this distinction based on the company’s pledge to the financial and physical wellness of its employees through outstanding benefits. 


Haviland, an ESOP company with 220 employees and over 600,000 square feet of manufacturing space, is also featured in the October issue of Inc. Magazine for this achievement.  The Principal also makes a donation to a charity selected by each winning company; Haviland chose Healing The Children to receive the $2,500 donation. 


“We are proud to have been named to The Principal 10 Best list,” said Haviland CEO Bernie Haviland. “We are committed to investing in our employees and appreciate the opportunity to share our best practices with other growing businesses.”


Haviland Enterprises, Inc. and subsidiary Haviland Products Company formulates, manufactures and distributes decorative, functional and specialty coatings for Fortune 500 companies worldwide.  J. Bernard Haviland, a chemical engineer founded a small laboratory and chemical supply company in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1934. Over time, Haviland became one of the largest employee-owned chemical distribution companies in the United States.


For more information on Haviland Enterprises, please call 800-456-1134, or visit

Graco Sells Liquid Finishing Business Assets

13. October 2014



Graco Inc. announced Oct. 10 that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the liquid finishing business assets that were purchased as part of Graco’s acquisition of the Finishing Brands business from Illinois Tool Works in 2012.


The $590 million cash transaction with Carlisle Companies Incorporated is anticipated to close no later than the first quarter of 2015 and is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.


Carlisle Companies Incorporated is a global diversified company that designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of products that serve a broad range of niche markets including commercial roofing, energy, agriculture, mining, construction, aerospace and defense electronics, foodservice, healthcare and sanitary maintenance.


The divestiture is expected to be in compliance with the final Decision and Order that the United States Federal Trade Commission approved on Monday, October 6, 2014, which requires the Company to complete a sale of the Liquid Finishing business assets within 180 days of the Decision and Order.


The liquid finishing business assets included in the sale to Carlisle are those involved in the development, manufacture and sale of Binks spray finishing equipment, DeVilbiss spray guns and accessories, Ransburg electrostatic equipment and accessories, and BGK curing technology, all of which Graco is required to divest under the Decision and Order. The 2012 acquisition of Finishing Brands from ITW also included Gema, a global leader in powder coating technology, which passed review by the FTC and is now part of Graco. No other Graco businesses or assets are included in the transaction with Carlisle.


“The Gema business is a strong performer and an outstanding strategic addition to our portfolio,” said Patrick J. McHale, Graco’s President and CEO. “We are happy to have Gema as part of Graco and are looking forward to continuing to build upon its strengths.”


Walmart, Google Headline FABTECH 2014 Presentations

10. October 2014

Cindi Marsiglio from Walmart will be a featured speaker at FABTECH.


FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, features an all-star lineup of speakers and panels this November. Keynote presentations by executives from Google Enterprise and Walmart, a special Veterans Day panel on how veterans can help bridge the skills gap, predictions for the coming year from top manufacturing executives, and a motivational speech by a U.S. veteran and football star are just a few of the special events at FABTECH  2014.


FABTECH will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Nov. 11-13, 2014, and is expected to bring together 27,000 attendees and more than 1,400 exhibiting companies demonstrating the latest industry products and solutions.


Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart’s vice president for U.S. manufacturing, will kick off FABTECH with a keynote presentation at 9 a.m. on Nov. 11 on “Creating U.S. Jobs and Bringing Manufacturing Home.” Walmart has committed to spend $250 billion dollars over the next decade on U.S. made products in an effort to grow and expand U.S. manufacturing and encourage the creation of jobs. Marsiglio will discuss how Walmart is taking a leadership role in moving manufacturing back to the U.S. and working to find solutions to major barriers to on-shoring manufacturing.


In celebration of Veterans Day, FABTECH will hold a special panel on “Bridging the Manufacturing Skills Gap with Veterans” at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. With high demand for people to fill skilled manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and thousands of veterans and National Guard members exiting military service looking for civilian careers, five leaders from organizations that connect veterans and manufacturers will discuss how veterans could be the key to bridging the skills gap.


Four-time Super Bowl champion and Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier will speak at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 12.  Bleier will discuss the parallels he sees between the struggles he faced in the past and the challenges all business people face in today’s crowded, competitive marketplace. Rocky will also make a special guest appearance at the FABTECH Industry Night reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the College Football Hall of Fame.


Mike Walton, head of enterprise manufacturing for Google, will give two presentations at FABTECH.  Walton works with Fortune 500 manufacturers to introduce game-changing strategies and technologies into their manufacturing operations.  He will give an in-depth demonstration of big data integration for manufacturing at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12.  On Nov. 13, Walton will speak on “Transforming Your Manufacturing Business for the New Digital Age” at 8:30 a.m. In this presentation, FABTECH attendees will learn how to accelerate new product initiatives and time-to-profit using the latest digital technology and tools.


The “State of the Industry – Executive Outlook” panel will take place on Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. Todd Henry, operations manager at Caterpillar, Inc., Dave Whelan, senior vice president for supply chain at BlueBird Corp. and Raj Batra, president of the Industry Automation Division at Siemens, will discuss whether they believe the manufacturing sector might be experiencing a renaissance or just an up-tick. The panel is moderated by Edwin Stanley of GH Metal Solutions.


All of these special events are open to all registered FABTECH attendees. More information can be found on the special events page. You can also learn more about FABTECH or register to attend on the event website


The five FABTECH co-sponsors represent a wide variety of expertise and include: SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI). Together, these associations bring unmatched technical proficiency and industry insight to the 2014 FABTECH exposition and conference.

Survey Says NASF SUR/FIN Continues To Increase In Value

8. October 2014



Results of a recent survey conducted by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) revealed 2014 SUR/FIN Manufacturing and Technology Conference attendees found significant added value in taking their conference participation to the trade show floor.


Overall, 98 percent of SUR/FIN’s nearly 1,200 surveyed attendees visited the trade show to network and check out the latest innovations and technologies in the industry. In fact, an average of 60 percent of 2014 participant’s time was spent connecting with exhibitors on the trade show floor.


SUR/FIN organizers attribute the trade show’s rising success to their attention to strengthening the quality of the experience for both exhibitors and attendees.


“Our commitment to quality is the foundation behind the success of the show,“ said 2015 SUR/FIN Conference Chairman, Mark Norton of Grand Rapids-based Walgren Company. “Our goal has always been, and continues to be, producing the industry’s most prominent event for industrial finishing professionals looking to network with top industry analysts, thought leaders and product experts.”


As a result, this year’s SUR/FIN Conference and Trade Show enjoyed a strong boost in image. Survey results show 90 percent of attendees recommend SUR/FIN to their peers and partners in the industry.


Early statistics for SUR/FIN 2015 confirm this positive feedback. Over 85 percent of exhibit space is already sold, and exhibit reservations are filling up fast.  For more information and to reserve exhibit space, visit


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