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The National Association for Surface Finishing honored several in the industry with awards given out at the SUR/FIN trade show in Chicago in June.

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Here is your top news from the finishing world for the week of July 17:

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The corrosion experts from Dörken MKS played a huge role in making sure the Petersglocke bell of Cologne Cathedral in Germany will ring properly for another 100 years or more.

After 18 months of silence, the bell began sounding again last year thanks to craftsmen and technology from Dörken MKS. In the summer of 2016, an investigation by the European Competence Center for Bells (ECC-ProBell) revealed that uneven striking of the clapper – as a result of the offset hole in the bell cover – meant that the “Dicke Pitter” was no longer emitting its customary sound. It was subsequently discovered that a repositioning of the bell clapper could not only result in an improved sound but also contribute to the long-lasting protection of the Petersglocke.

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The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) Fall Seminar Series will be Sept. 24-25 in Cleveland, Ohio. The event includes seminars on combustion, safety standards and codes, and process heating.

Attendees from all three seminars gain access to IHEA’s tabletop exhibition and reception on Tuesday, Sept. 24, for additional one-on-one interaction with suppliers from across the processing industry. The sessions for the combustion and the safety standards and codes seminars will be at the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland; while attendees for the process heating seminar will be transported from the InterContinental Hotel to the seminar at Selas Heat Technology, where they will receive classroom training and demonstrations of the different technologies.

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MiddleGround Capital, a private equity firm in Kentucky, acquired three Wisconsin companies, including Hartford Finishing, one of the largest industrial powder coaters in the Midwest and also a provider of electrocoating, wet painting and assembly services.

MiddleGround also purchased Steel Craft and Capitol Stampings, which are also headquartered in Hartford, Wisconsin.

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