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Protherm, an electric infrared heater and oven manufacturer based in Brandon Minnesota, has completed the purchase of the assets of Process Thermal Dynamics.

Protherm owner Marty Sawyer also owns Trimac Industrial Systems of Kansas City, Kansas, which manufactures process heating and cleaning equipment, including gas catalytic infrared ovens, convection ovens, parts washers, pretreatment washers, and powder coating and paint finishing systems. Sawyer says the combination of Trimac and Protherm brands is a company that designs and manufactures a complete range of infrared and convection solutions. 

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The Metal Construction Association (MCA) awarded its Patrick R. Bush Service Award to Scott Moffatt, PPG market manager for architectural coil and extrusion coatings, during the organization’s 2018 Winter Meeting in San Diego, California. This award recognizes one individual each year who has made significant volunteer contributions to the MCA.

A 10-year member of the MCA, Moffatt has held a variety of volunteer roles with the organization, including serving as a board member for both the association at large and the Metal Roofing Alliance, and as chairman of the program committee.  

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The Twin Cities chapter of Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota will host the 2018 Minnesota Paint & Powder Coating Expo and related symposium, March 14-15, at Century College in White Bear Lake, near St. Paul. The two days of seminars and demonstrations are geared toward improving the efficiency of industrial finishing operations.

The symposium will take place Wednesday, March 14, and will focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how finishers can take advantage of the IIoT to remain competitive. It will cover:

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Despite a fire in April 2017 that took its entire finishing operation, Protech Metal Finishing of Vonore, Tennessee, has been successful in achieving Nadcap accreditation for Aerospace Quality Systems and Chemical Processing.

Although the fire completely destroyed its facilities, the company and its employees banded together to assemble a makeshift plating operation and prepare for the certification process, which Protech then passed.

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Tru-Tone Finishing Inc., a family-owned provider of industrial electrocoating, plans to create 120 jobs as it establishes a Lexington, Kentucky, facility.

Tru-Tone offers ecoat, powder coating and other finishing processes for a variety of industrial clients from its two existing locations. The company will initially implement an ecoat metalfinishing process to serve the surrounding region at an existing 70,000-square-foot building on Baker Court. Tru-Tone representatives expect that line to open this summer, with powder coating capabilities added in 2019. Ultimately the Lexington plant will operate three 35-employee shifts.

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