PCI awards 2017-18 scholarships
The Powder Coating Institute (PCI), Taylor Mill, Ky., has awarded its 2017-18 scholarships to worthy students who are pursuing studies in powder coating technology. The criteria for
the annual awards include relevance to powder coating technology, comprehensiveness of the university program, future
goals, unique qualifications, and a letter of recommendation
from an adviser. The 2017-18 scholarship program awarded
$20,000 in total, which includes corporate donations of $5,000
each from Axalta and Nordson Corp. The recipients are:
• PCI General Scholarship—Raviteja Kommineni and Shiyin
Yu, both of Eastern Michigan University
• Axalta/PCI Scholarship—Theodore Hammer, University of
• Nordson Builds/PCI Scholarship—Benjamin Whipker,
Rochester Institute of Technology
sells MW Industries
Genstar Capital, a San Francisco private
equity firm, has announced the sale of
MW Industries Inc., Rosemont, Ill., to affiliates of American Securities LLC.
MW is a provider of springs; fasteners;
and flat-stamped, spring-related products. Since its acquisition by Genstar in
2011, the company has completed 12
strategic add-on acquisitions to position
it in markets including aerospace, consumer products, and medical sectors.
Reliance Steel & Aluminum
completes acquisition of
Reliance Steel & Aluminum, a Los An-geles-based metal service center, has
acquired all common stock of Ferguson Perforating Co. through Diamond
Mfg. Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of
Ferguson, a producer of perforated
metal for a variety of markets, is based
in Providence, R.I., and operates an additional facility in New Castle, Pa.
Upon the close of the transaction,
Ferguson’s current CEO will retire, while
the rest of the management team will
remain in place.
United Performance Metals
adds metal processing
Metals distributor United Performance
Metals has installed a new 6-kW fiber
laser at its Cincinnati headquarters. According to the company, the fiber laser
is expected to reduce lead times by cutting metal three times faster than traditional CO2 lasers.
Matrix Service facility
earns OSHA’s highest
Tulsa, Okla.-based Matrix Service Co.
has announced that its Catoosa Fabrication facility has received the Voluntary
Protection Program (VPP) Star designation. This status—the highest awarded
by OSHA—is given to employers and
employees who demonstrate exemplary achievement in the prevention
and control of occupational safety and
health hazards and serve as role models
for others. The plant is one of only two
heavy metal fabrication facilities in the
U.S. to have achieved this status.
The 215,000-sq.-ft. facility processes
more than 45,000 tons of steel per year
in the manufacture of above-ground
tanks, pressure vessels, towers, and
drums. At the time of award, the facility
had completed nearly 870 days without
a recordable incident, placing it within
the top 1 percent of fabrication facilities
Axalta Business Director Michael Bol-len (left) presents scholarship to recipient Ted Hammer.
(Left to right) Dan Thompson, Nordson
director of sales; award recipient Benjamin Whipker; Greg Dawson, Nordson
regional sales manager; and Sue Ivan-cic, Nordson account executive.