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Verta Inc. has launched an architectural metal coating operation in Delano, Minnesota. The company was established in 1985 as the exclusive finisher for its sister company, Industrial Louvers, but is now branching out to new customers.

“We are really excited about the interest and opportunities we have received from the market,” says Brett Reinhardt, director of operations. “Our process is unique and offers significant advantages, including high-quality appearance, durability and sustainability.”

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Columbia Chemical and Products Finishing will host a free webinar on October 18 titled “Hexavalent to Trivalent — Making the Switch,” which will address regulations, process differences, details of the conversion, cost factors and benefits of the shift in chromium plating.

To register, click HERE.

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Purdue University researchers have developed a super-strong material that may change some manufacturing processes for the aerospace and automobile industries.

The Purdue team, led by Xinghang Zhang, a professor in the university’s School of Materials Engineering, has created a high-strength aluminum alloy coating that has clear advantages for manufacturers in these industries.

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The Electrocoat Association will hold an Ecoat Boot Camp, September 11-12, in Ridgeland, Mississippi, which includes a tour of Systems Electrocoating’s facility in nearby Jackson.

The group says industry experts have designed this interactive program to meet the varying technical needs of electrocoaters and those interested in learning more. Attendees will review the basics of ecoat before taking a deeper dive into cost and process efficiencies, quality control, troubleshooting and innovative technology. 

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Northern Indiana Anodize (NIA), a startup aluminum anodizing company, says it plans to invest $6.9 million in its first location in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and create as many as 48 new jobs by the end of 2021. The company plans to use 32-foot tanks to accommodate aluminum parts as long as 30 feet.

“With the economy growing, we’re seeing companies changing from steel parts to aluminum for weight and performance purposes,” says Bruce Fogler, chief financial officer. “We know there’s a high demand for anodizing providers and a shortage of large-tank anodizing facilities, so we’re starting this company to provide high-quality services in a growing industry.”

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