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Electroplaters, anodizers, liquid and powder coaters have all come to rely on Products Finishing magazine as their No. 1 source for surface finishing news and technology for more than 80 years. That’s because our feature stories and how-to case studies resonate with our readers: the job shop owners and OEMs who specialize in coatings. Products Finishing provides its readers information and research on the latest equipment, technology, processes and best practices to help them stay profitable and efficient. Whether it is about equipment and supplies for plating, liquid and powder coating, anodizing, electrocoating, parts cleaning, pretreatment or mechanical finishing, each month our magazine put in front of the people who will buy it: shop owners and custom coaters.

Tim Pennington
Editor

Tim Pennington is Editor of Products Finishing magazine, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to joining the magazine, Tim held reporting and editing positions at several major newspapers. He was a reporter and editor in the news and sports departments at the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Post. He was also an NFL writer for USA Today covering the Cincinnati Bengals. Tim left the newspaper field and joined several marketing and public relations firms before joining the PGA Tour as the marketing director a Champions Tour event in Cincinnati. After serving as community relations director for a large Ohio city, Tim re-entered the publishing world when he became editor of Products Finishing, a publication which has served the finishing industry for more than 80 years.

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El McKenzie
Managing Editor

El McKenzie is the managing editor of Products Finishing and also has worked as an editor on sister brand Modern Machine Shop since 2011. She has learned a lot about the finishing industry during her tenure and continues to gain new understandings virtually every day. El’s background is quite varied. With one semester of mechanical engineering education to boast about, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Dayton and also holds a highly applicable master’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University.

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Matthew Kirchner
Columnist

Matt Kirchner [pronounced “Kirkner”], an international speaker on topics of interest to business people, is President of Profit360, LLC, a Midwest provider of management advisory services to manufacturing, retail and service companies. Most recently, Kirchner served as the Chief Executive of American Finishing Resources, LLC (AFR). With facilities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana; and a transportation footprint encompassing twelve states, AFR is the largest provider of Industrial Coatings Removal and Paint Fixture and Hanger Design and Fabrication in the North America. In 2014 Kirchner and his private equity investment partner completed the sale of AFR to DuBois Chemicals. Thereafter he served as the President of AFR, an operating unit of DuBois Chemicals. Contact him at mkirchner@profit-360.com

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