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Old Bridge Chemicals (OB), a manufacturer of copper and zinc compounds, will spend more than $3 million to expand its zinc-sulfate manufacturing operations in New Jersey and more than double its capacity. A ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Old Bridge Township Mayor Owen Henry and other local officials took place recently on the company’s 64,000-square-foot campus.

“This most recent milestone continues to advance the quality and reliability of OB’s high-performance zinc-sulfate products while showcasing our strong ties to the Old Bridge community,” says Bruce Bzura, OB president.

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Vinyl records have been making a huge comeback, as music lovers are turning back to the original LP format to listen to their favorite singers and bands. Mastercraft Metal & Finishing in Elizabeth, New Jersey, uses lacquer masters to build stampers or metal molds containing the music’s DNA.

Check out this article on how records are made with the help of the plating industry.

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Valence Surface Technologies is investing in a 10,000-square-foot expansion at its Garden Grove, California, site formerly known as Coastline Metal Finishing that will be used for digital masking technologies and to add phosphoric anodize and bond primer capabilities.

Phosphoric anodize and bond primer processes are used extensively in satellite applications to improve the emissivity characteristics of RF components, and to enhance the bonding and corrosion characteristics of metal-composite interfaces that are common in commercial and military aerospace applications. Valence says the line will be operational in the second quarter of this year, designed to provide a full-service solution for its aerospace, satellite and defense customers in the region.

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The NASF will host Peter Grevatt, who heads the EPA's Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water, to discuss the agency's most consequential initiative in years at the NASF Washington Forum on April 17.

From the NASF:

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Kyzen will offer one-day VOC compliance seminars for the metal parts manufacturing industry in April and May. The first “Clean and Green” sessions will take place April 18 and 19, at co-host Stericycle’s facility in Inglewood, California. Seminars also will take place May 23 and 24, at co-host Ecoclean in Southfield, Michigan.

The technical sessions will provide attendees with an in-depth review of the latest changes in solvent regulations affecting parts cleaning and a guide on how to become VOC compliant. They will cover the growth of modified alcohol solvents in the manufacturing industry as well as applications and operational procedures. A step-by-step guide explaining how to prevent corrosion at manufacturing facilities will also be presented. Throughout the seminar, there will be opportunities for hands-on testing of chemistries, and attendees are encouraged bring their own metal parts for testing.

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