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Indiana Manufacturer Plans $3M Upgrade, Including Powder Coat

Wait Industries, an Elkhart, Indiana-based private capital investment firm which operates two manufacturing plants, says it will invest more than $3 million in cash and capital in its facilities.

Inside Indiana Business reported that the company completed the purchase of Voyager, a metal fabricating firm that supplies to the automotive and medical industries.

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40-Under-40 Program Looking for 2020 Leaders

Do you know someone under the age of 40 who has a bright future in the finishing industry? Then nominate them for the Products Finishing 40-Under-40 recognition program and let the finishing industry know about them.

Young professionals are vital to the finishing industry and it is important to acknowledge those making strides in shaping the industry's future. Products Finishing is recognizing our industry's young talent through our annual 40-Under-40 awards program, which seeks 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in finishing, both in their company and in the finishing community. The emphasis is on leadership and potential leadership, whether for a current employer or overall involvement in the industry.

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Tim Pennington, editor of Products Finishing, had the chance to sit down with Chad Andreae, vice president of sales at Therma-Tron-X, to discuss some of the latest products and innovations from the company, which designs, fabricates and installs custom paint finishing systems for industrial clients.

One of the innovations that Andreae speaks about is TTX’s Automated Conveyor Carrier (ACC) material handling system that incorporate a wireless network to send instructions to individual carriers throughout a paint line.

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Michael Guckes, a Products Finishing economic columnist, has some useful insight for finishers who rely on the automotive market for much of their shop’s work. Guckes and Tim Pennington, editor of Products Finishing, recently sat down for a lengthy discussion on what Guckes sees ahead for the automotive sector in 2020 and beyond.

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Sea Glass is Axalta's Global Automotive Color of the Year

Axalta says its 2020 global automotive color of the year is Sea Glass, a modern turquoise blue shade.

Nancy Lockhart, Axalta’s global product manager for color, says it was inspired by nature’s waterways and oceans, and has depth and intense color as it glitters in sunlight, making it a color that consumers want and that will be noticed by motorists around the world.

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