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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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Hentzen Coatings says its coatings on Louisville Slugger’s MLB Prime wood bat offers the “secret sauce” of the updated 2019 version.

Mike Butler, Slugger’s product line manager for wood bats, says the fresh line of MLB Prime was launched in April, and has plenty more new features from knob to cup.

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The Metal Finishing Association of Southern California (MFASC) and the Metal Finishing Association of Northern California (MFANC) are hosting the 39th annual Metal Finishing Conference on Sept. 17 and 19.

The southern California event on Sept. 17 will be held 4-8 p.m. at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, while the northern California event on Sept. 19 will be 4-8 p.m. at Napredak Hall in San Jose.

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The Class of 2019 for the Products Finishing 40-Under-40 leadership group has a vast array of experiences and training, but one thing appears to remains constant through all of those selected: the pursuit of excellence in surface finishing.

Read more about what’s in this month’s issue:

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Custom Fabricating and Supplies, headquartered in Franklin, Wisconsin, has expanded their California operations in Sante Fe Springs for supplying component die cuts, custom rubber-molded parts, extrusions and masking supplies for industrial applications.

With increased square footage, CFS added on-site, custom tape slitting capabilities and additional warehouse space. This will allow more products to be stocked locally, reducing lead times for production and delivery to their West Coast customers.

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