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Axalta Coating Systems partnered with Atrium Health’s Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital, Hendrick Motorsports, LP Building Products and GoBabyGo! to build custom vehicles for children from the Charlotte, North Carolina, area with mobility issues.

At Axalta’s Customer Experience Center (CEC) on the Hendrick Motorsports campus in Concord, North Carolina, company and partner representatives modified motorized toy cars for use by special needs children who have difficulty walking or crawling. The retrofitted cars are said to promote independent mobility, which helps to develop cognitive, social, motor and language skills in younger children who are not able to freely move on their own.

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Professional Plating hosted an open house in May that drew more than 600 visitors to its expanded facility in Brillion, Wisconsin.

Customers, vendors, and local businesses partners and area residents were given full-scale tours that encompassed the entire 200,000-square-foot facility as well as the new Team Center, Worklounge and Wellness Center, Collaboration Room, and Comfort Suite.

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In response to increased customer demand, Able Electropolishing has begun an expansion that is expected to effectively increase production capacity at its Chicago facility, which employs 200 people in three shifts. Construction is expected to be completed in August.

“The new space will enable our company to continue to provide the timely service that Able has consistently provided since its beginning," says Scott Potter, vice president of sales.

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Triumph Group Inc. has sold its Triumph Aerospace Structures Long and Large (L&L) machining and metal finishing operations to Aerospace Systems and Structures, a California specialty aerospace investment firm, and Valence Surface Technologies, an aerospace product finishing company, backed by Trive Capital, a $2 billion private equity firm with experience in the aerospace industry.

The L&L sale consists of Triumph Structures Los Angeles Inc. (TSLA) and Triumph Processing Inc. (TPI), which together employ approximately 400 people in the Los Angeles area. TSLA has four locations and specializes in the manufacture and assembly of large structural components including stringers, spars, chords, landing gear assemblies and beams as long as 180 feet. TPI, located in Lynwood, California, offers non-destructive testing, chemical processing and paint services to the global aerospace industry.

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Dr. Irene Petrick, Intel Corp.’s Market Innovation Director, Industrial Solutions Division/Internet of Things Group, will present “Factories of the Future: What Does the Future Workforce Look Like?” at the International Finishing & Coatings Summit and the International ThermProcess Summit in Atlanta, July 30 to August 1.

According to the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), Petrick’s talk will focus on the theme “Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, the Fourth Manufacturing Revolution, Artificial Intelligence—these terms have quickly become standard manufacturing terminology, but exactly how do they impact your business and your workforce? Dr. Petrick will address what manufacturers can expect on the factory floor as well as changes to their workforce as these once-ideological concepts become today’s reality.”

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