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The Powder Coating Institute will host its 2019 technical conference April 1- 4, 2019, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, and is currently seeking presentations. Along with the sessions that are critical to powder coating operations, PCI is looking for new and innovative topics that offer practical information to improve powder coating operations, discuss hot industry trends and provide ideas to enhance business practices.  

The organization suggests the following topics:

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Watch Products Finishing Publisher Todd Luciano talk with Anne Goyer, executive director of the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) about the International Finishing and Coating Summit (IFCS), to be held July 30–August 1, at the Intercontinental Hotel in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia.

The International Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) and CCAI will co-host the International Thermprocess Summit (ITPS) and the IFCS. This is the first-time the two conferences will be held in conjunction with each other, highlighting synergy between the two industries and providing expanded opportunities for participants. The executive-level summits are co-sponsored by Products FinishingIndustrial Heating and Heat Treat Today publications.

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Diamond Vogel, a manufacturer of paint and coatings based in Orange City, Iowa, has revised its brand identity, including a modernized and simplified update to its iconic windmill logo, and a new look and feel to its branded communications and signage. In addition, many of the company’s separately branded business units will begin to use the Diamond Vogel branding.
 

 

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Sifco Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) has completed a substantial refurbishment of its research and development laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio.

Originally built in 1992, this is the first major renovation to the site, designed to give research engineers a spacious, practical and durable facility in which to conduct R&D work for the company’s selective brush plating solutions. The modernization includes durable, easy to clean flooring; new cabinets and equipment; and a new ceiling with improved lighting.

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The state of Michigan has awarded a $850,000 grant to back the expansion of metal finishing company Almond Products in Spring Lake Township.

Almond is spending $5.3 million to expand its facility as its business grows. The expansion is expected to add 72 jobs. The additional state money will go toward upgrading the Grand Haven/Spring Lake sewer system so it can support the plant expansion. Spring Lake Township is also giving Almond a 50 percent property tax abatement to encourage the project.

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