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Electropolishing is one of multiple methods of finishing metal, making the metal polishing sector a key part of the whole metal finishing industry. Electropolishing helps manufacturers smooth and streamline metal surfaces, eliminating any microscopic torn surfaces.

A handful of the most common applications for electropolishing and metal polishing:

-Deburr threads, improve corrosion resistance and reduce galling on fasteners

-Remove fissures and cracks from springs and prevent early product failure

-Create smooth, sharp surfaces on blades

-Remove weld discoloration, as well as create sanitary, clean finishes for wire racks

In addition to fasteners, springs, blades and wire racks, manufacturers can electropolish:

-Tubing or piping


-Sheet metal








Electropolishing is particularly useful for manufacturing of heat exchangers, storage tanks, clean rooms, processing equipment for foods and beverages, nuclear applications and medical equipment.

Metal polishing serves similar purposes and industries, including polishing surfaces to fight corrosion and eliminate spots for bacteria or mold to thrive.
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Bell Flavors & Fragrances has partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help wipe out hunger within the community. Among the various different volunteer events that GCFD has to get involved with, Bell is participating in a "Unique Volunteers" program.

One in eight estimated Americans were food insecure in 2016, which is approximately 42 million including 13 million children, according to Feeding America. In Cook County Illinois, one in seven people have experienced food insecurity this year (Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap Study).

Food insecurity and the concept of hunger are close in relation but differs where hunger refers to discomfort from lack of food and food insecurity refers to the lack of financial resources that are available for food with each household.

GCFD says that hunger and food insecurity don't discriminate as it prevails in every community within Cook County and affects people of all ages, races, and genders. The Food Depository helps minimize food insecurity by serving over 812,000 individuals -- over 200,000 households -- each year.

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Industrial grinding companies play an integral role in the metal finishing process. New data from IndustryNet suggest that industrial grinding companies are holding firm as U.S. manufacturing capacity expands.

What's new in U.S. industrial grinding?

Over the past year, average sales for industrial grinding companies have increased steadily. Average sales now stand at $641.85 million, which represents a 1.4 percent increase overall. IndustryNet's data show average sales in 2017 topped $632.99 million. If this trend continues, U.S. industrial grinding companies will outpace many other segments of the U.S. metal finishing industry.

Furthermore, employment statistics have slightly declined since last year. In 2017, there were 6,674 jobs in industrial grinding; 6,605 jobs exist today. At a glance, these figures seem negligible, but a 1.03 percent decline in employment may correlate to the effect of automation on manufacturing employment.

The top-10 companies by number of employees and the top-10 companies by square-footage provide context for those interested in learning more about the U.S. industrial grinding industry.

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A new Benson Medical Instruments video, Black Lung Disease -- Is Your Spirometer Compliant? focuses on black lung disease and occupational spirometry for miners who are at risk of developing it. Black lung disease is caused by inhaling coal dust over an extended period of time.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in 2016 the number of black lung disease cases may have increased by 10 times what was previously reported.*

There is no cure for this disease, which is also known as Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis (CWP). Occupational spirometry testing is instrumental in helping medical professionals identify workers who may have black lung disease so that they can receive the help they need.

In 2016 NIOSH set new standards for spirometers used for the Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP). NIOSH defined a comprehensive CWHSP report format. In addition, spirometry test result data must be transferable from testing facilities and clinics to NIOSH.

Benson Medical Instrument's CCS-200 Plus Spirometer meets the established standards and provides further benefits such as advanced reporting and analysis, and multi-year recordkeeping for each subject. Moreover, the CCS-200 Plus operating software has a built-in subject readiness interview to help the occupational health professional determine whether the coal miner should be tested on that particular day.
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Understanding the industrial anodizing sector can help provide insight into the metal finishing industry as a whole. Read on to learn more about its growth and other trends in this market.

The industrial anodizing sector includes anodization of several metal types. This is a key segment of the metal finishing industry. To provide perspective, metal finishing as a whole employs 93,022 people and has average annual current sales of nearly $37 billion. Industrial anodizing makes up 4,007 of these jobs and nearly $585 million of the average sales.

Applications for industrial anodizing can include:


-Hi-tech electronics

-Automotive equipment

-Semiconductor parts


-Anodized finishes for architectural structures, jewelry, artwork, sporting goods, food preparation equipment, appliances and more

By its nature, anodizing is part of metal finishing, since it is yet another method of coating the surface of a metal. Unlike other finishes, however, anodizing preserves the metal's natural texture and luster, which is why it is popular for artwork and jewelry, in addition to industrial applications.

At the moment, industrial anodizing is growing, as shown by a 0.35 percent increase in jobs and a 2.18 percent increase in sales, both within the past year.
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IndustryNet's most recent report on Illinois' manufacturing sector shows the state continues to lose jobs, though at a much slower rate than in previous years. Chicago, on the other hand, is fast emerging as a top location for industrial companies, drawing more and more innovative enterprises to its borders -- and losing fewer companies as well.

Our latest infographic provides a snapshot of Illinois' industrial sector, based on our survey of Illinois' 16,000+ manufacturers.

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U.S. manufacturing activity expanded at a slower rate in March after soaring to a 13-year high in February, according to a new report issued this morning by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

According to the ISM's survey of purchase executives, U.S. manufacturing activity edged down 1.5 percentage points to 59.3%, indicating that although activity in the nation's industrial sector is still expanding, growth is happening at a slower rate.

Any reading over 50 indicates expansion, according to the ISM's metrics.

March's expansion represents the nation's 19th straight month of growth in the manufacturing sector, and the overall economy has expanded for a 107th consecutive month.

Seventeen of eighteen industries surveyed by the ISM reported growth, led by fabricated metals; plastic & rubber products; computer and electronic products; paper products; and printing & related support activities.

Apparel, leather & allied products was the only sector to report contraction in March.

U.S. manufacturing still going strong in 2018, but prices, tariffs trouble

The ISM�s March survey points to continued strength in the nation�s industrial sector, with solid growth in production, new orders and labor. The final reading on the nation�s fourth quarter GDP was revised up to 2.9%, while the Labor Department reported the U.S. added 313,000 jobs in February.

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According to new data collected by IndustryNet, job growth in Illinois' manufacturing sector remains at a virtual standstill, posting a slight loss in jobs for a third straight year. Employment losses have eased somewhat, however, with declines between November 2016 and November 2017 about half those recorded in the prior survey year (2015-2016). Also, Chicago is seeing the reverse of the state's woes -- with the city adding industrial jobs for a third straight year.

Though Illinois has struggled to recover from the recession, it has not all been bad news. This article will take an in-depth view of Illinois' manufacturing sector, exploring city, county, regional, and historical data collected by IndustryNet. We'll also zero in on some of the challenges faced by Illinois manufacturers, and provide some insight into the state's outlook in light of shifting state and federal policies.

Illinois manufacturing: the year in review

Manufacturing employment in Illinois notched down a half percent in 2017, or by 2,966 jobs, roughly half of the jobs lost in 2016, and far less than the 7,000 manufacturing jobs the state shed in 2015.

Most Illinois industries saw little change in employment levels, though notable declines were recorded in industrial machinery; printing/publishing; and furniture/fixtures. Just two industrial sectors posted measurable gains: employment in rubber/plastics rose 3%; while lumber/wood inched up by 1%.

Manufacturing jobs contract sharply in Central Illinois

Central Illinois accounts for just 12% of the state's industrial employment, yet shouldered the majority of job losses over the year. Industrial employment fell 4.8% in West Central Illinois and declined 2.3% in East Central Illinois.

Jobs were little changed in Northern Illinois, with suburban Cook County jobs up a third of a percent. Jobs in downstate Illinois also remai
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Bell Flavors & Fragrances showcased innovative flavors during the Research Chefs Association Expo in Savannah, Georgia on March 26th through March 28th.

The RCA Expo displays some of the most cutting-edge and inventive flavor products and is host to an excellent source of networking professionals within the flavor and culinary industry, including culinary chefs, R&D specialists, and professionals across different industries.

RCA was founded in 1996 by R&D chefs who were committed to overcoming challenges that any flavor R&D professional would face. RCA members were the first to trademark the practice of Culinology which combines culinary arts with food sciences.

Today, RCA hosts a variety of events throughout 17 regions across the U.S. and Canada. The association offers educational opportunities through professional development, certifications such as Certified Research Chef (CRC) and Certified Culinary Scientist (CCS), and partnerships with top colleges and universities offering scholarships and mentoring programs.

Bell was on display for attendees during the RCA Expo and showed unique flavor innovations with Lushan Mountain Shrimp Toast and their Plum Chinese Herbal Black Tea.
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Anodizing is a growing segment of the metal finishing industry. According to data collected by IndustryNet, the number of jobs has risen 0.48 percent in the last year. Sales have increased by 0.82 percent.

The anodizing process deposits a layer of oxide on the surface of a metal. Processed parts form the anode in an electrical circuit, giving the treatment its name. The technique is performed in a tank in which the chemical composition and temperature are strictly controlled. Many companies employ either an on-site chemist or an outside lab to maintain optimal conditions.

There are eight types of anodizing, as outlined in military specification MIL-A-8625. Three forms commonly seen are hard anodizing, dyed and nondyed. While this technology is most commonly applied to aluminum, it can be used with other metals as well, most notably, titanium for dental implants.

Hard anodizing is performed at low temperatures. It forms a tough, corrosion-resistant and an attractive surface on aluminum. One popular application is on cookware.

Dye is applied to an oxide surface and sealed. The most popular colors are black, gold and red. Gold dyed anodized aluminum provides a less expensive alternative to decorative plating.

An unsealed anodized surface readily accepts printing. Silkscreen or sublimation may be used to apply vivid colors. Digital printing is increasingly also a method of choice. Images are produced on objects as diverse as baseball bats, motorcycle parts and architectural moldings.

The leading anodizing companies profiled below illustrate a variety of specialties in the field. They top their sector either by the number of employees or physical size. These shops serve a wide range of industries.

Top companies by number of employees

Valmont Coatings/George Industries provides 200 jobs in Los Angeles, California. The company's capabi
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Heat treating is a growing sector of the metal finishing industry. According to data gathered by IndustryNet on 454 companies employing heat treating processes, jobs have increased by 0.71 percent. An even more substantial jump in sales has been seen at 8.06 percent.

Heat treating is used to alter the characteristics of metal, such as hardness and workability. Hardening processes for metal have been utilized since 1400 B.C. The first iron foundries began in Cambria, U.K., around A.D. 1700.

Before the development of modern techniques, blacksmiths used heat to aid them in their trade. Softened metal was formed into the desired shape, then quickly cooled or quenched. This technique both increased the hardness and decreased the brittleness of the metal.

New developments

Though the underlying principles remain the same, the technologies of heat treatment have advanced. Multiple modern pathways have emerged. One option involves changes in the processes themselves. An example is a technique known as low-pressure vacuum carburizing in which reduced pressures are used to improve dimensional control on parts such as gears.

Another significant change is the continuing development of more environmentally favorable practices and equipment. Increased thermal efficiencies from methods such as electrical resistance and induction lower energy usage. Additional controls can lower the emissions of gases such as nitrogen dioxide.

The companies highlighted here illustrate how modern heat treating contributes to U.S. manufacturing. They serve a wide range of industries from aerospace to energy. Heat treatment may be executed on-site or within a facility.

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The heat treating industry accounts for a reasonable segment of the metal finishing sector, which itself has 4,093 companies, 93,022 jobs, and current average sales of $36,890,189,770.00. The heat treating industry only makes up a fraction of this, with 454 companies, but its impact is still large.

While the amount of companies in heat treating is small in comparison to the metal finishing sector as a whole, heat treating does account for the fourth-largest sub-category of the sector both for jobs and sales.

This particular segment works to change properties of metal via heating, and it has numerous applications.

Just some of the products that heat treating can produce include:

- Metal forming tools

- Forging tools

- Titanium alloys

- Stamping dies

- Gears

- Molds for plastic injection

- Low-density powder metal parts

- Stainless steel products

Heat treating can result in softening or hardening the metal, something which can change its properties or be used to mold it into new shapes. Among the most important applications for heat treating, you will find the aerospace and automotive industries, both of which require treated metals and experience growing demands.

Construction is another key application, as building materials such as columns, grills and beams must all undergo heat treatment.
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Industrial metal grinding crosses virtually every metal-consuming sector. The nuts, bolts and holes that hold together buildings and bridges must be ground to remove surface imperfections.

The medical industry relies on smoothly ground surfaces for everything from trays that hold surgical instruments to the instruments themselves. In aerospace manufacturing, parts are ground to specific measurements to increase strength, decrease drag and improve aircraft performance. Automotive engines rely on smoothly ground surfaces to decrease piston friction.

Grinding also produces the smooth surface that allows further finishing processes such as paint, adhesive or rubber coating to adhere. Whether the final surface is simply cosmetic such as would be required for a shiny, new car or for structural safety as in the rubber coating on a metal staircase, grinding allows the remainder of the metal finishing to look and function as it should.

Once relegated to a labor-intensive, time-consuming task performed manually, automation is on the rise in the metal grinding industry. Since machines work more quickly than do humans, automation saves time during the metal finishing process. How much time it saves depends on the complexity of the programming.
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As part of their continuing effort to help inspire and mentor the future of the food industry, Bell Flavors & Fragrances recently hosted the Chicago Section IFT Student Night at their Northbrook, IL headquarters.

Student Night is held every March to help students gain inspiration and ideas for future projects and also acts as a networking tool for students to connect with professionals within the flavor industry.

The Institute of Food Technologists organization offers students internship and employment opportunities, scholarships, tools for new professionals, student nights, and dinner events for networking.

The Chicago Section is the longest running and most active largest section within the IFT organization.

According to the Chicago IFT's website, the IFT founders had established five goals that constitute the organization: to facilitate the exchange of ideas among its members; to stimulate projects inspired by science regarding technical problems relating to food manufacturing and distribution; to help implement research results across food technology platforms; to offer networking opportunities and platforms to discuss important industry topics; and to plan, organize, and operate projects that relate to food science technology advancements.

Students visited the Bell Northbrook facility during the day for a tour around the grounds to learn about flavors manufacturing and flavor trends.

Students were exposed to many different areas of study that Bell employs and every facet of food-related science within Bell, including quality control, analytical chemistry, manufacturing, food science, and culinary arts.

Chef Christopher Warsow, Bell's Corporate Executive Chef and Manager of Culinary Applications at Bell Northbrook, stated "The reason why we do these events is to support future industry leaders. It is important to invest in students as
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Other than the iconic - and fictional - Rosie the Riveter, few Americans actually know many women who work in the manufacturing industry. There is a good reason. According to a recent Deloitte study commissioned by the Manufacturing Institute, women comprise only 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce.

The study interviewed a number of women across a variety of manufacturing careers with diverse educational achievements to try to explain the gap between the number of women available to work in manufacturing and the number of women who actually pursue manufacturing as a career. The primary reason cited is that of image. The industry retains the decades-old image of being dirty, dark and dangerous, despite the technological advances that have created cleaner, safer work environments in this vibrant, growing industry sector.

IndustryNet's analysis of U.S. women-owned manufacturing companies found that of the 374,474 companies in their database, only 2 percent were women-owned. Equally fascinating was the finding that women-owned manufacturing companies decidedly outperform other companies.

Seven percent of women-owned enterprises experienced employment growth, while only 3.8 percent of companies with other ownership experienced employment growth.

IndustryNet found that the following woman-owned manufacturing companies are at the top of the pack based on the number of employees and employment growth.
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has approved the Benson Medical Instruments CCS-200 Plus Spirometer for the Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP). The CWHSP testing of U.S coal miners includes respiratory health screening through questionnaires, spirometry testing and chest radiology when they enter the coal mining workforce and periodically throughout their tenure.

NIOSH oversees standards for spirometry testing of coal workers. NIOSH requires that electronic spirometry data files include both flow-volume and volume-time graphs for each forced expiratory maneuver. In addition, spirometry test result data must be transferable from testing facilities and clinics to NIOSH.

The CCS-200 Plus Spirometer ( meets the NIOSH established standards and provides further benefits such as advanced reporting and analysis and multi-year record keeping for each subject. The CCS-200 Plus ultrasonic technology and "U-Tube" mouthpiece with no-touch ejection provide for hygiene by avoiding contamination.
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Today, more than one-third of the manufacturing workforce is female. Women's roles range from working on the line to owning manufacturing businesses. Still, as a segment of the population as a whole, women are underrepresented in this industry. They make up 48 percent of the workforce, but according to figures from 2016, they comprised only 29 percent of employees in the manufacturing industry.

Women-owned manufacturers

However, women-owned manufacturing companies in the U.S. are on the rise, both in number and in size. According to statistics gathered by IndustryNet, 7 percent of the of 8,137 women-owned manufacturers reported increases in employment in 2017.

Contrast that with a 3.8 percent increase from 366,337 manufacturers with other ownership. Similarly, the growth of sales in women-owned manufacturing businesses was 4 percent, but only 1.2 percent at the businesses of their male counterparts.

The clear indications of success by women-owned manufacturing firms begs the question as to why there are still so few of them, comparatively speaking. For every 50 male-led manufacturers, there is only one led by a female.

Historically, the road to female proprietorship has been steep. For many years, women's roles were defined by society in terms of domesticity. Laws based on this tradition limited access to both property and credit.

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Minnesota's manufacturing sector is going strong, according to new data collected by IndustryNet. The state's industrial employment edged up for a sixth straight year in 2017, adding 3,285 industrial jobs. This is more than double the increase reported in 2016, adding to the nearly 20,000 jobs the state had gained since October 2011.

Minnesota's highly skilled workforce remains a major draw for manufacturers as industrial production evolves toward high-tech and innovation-driven enterprises.

In addition, an abundance of capital funding and robust economy have helped the state's manufacturers thrive, reflecting similar gains in many Midwestern states like Wisconsin and Indiana. Yet, challenges persist.

This article will explore how Minnesota manufacturing has evolved over the years, examining city, county, regional, and historical data collected by IndustryNet. We'll also take a look at some of the challenges faced by Minnesota manufacturers, and provide some insight into the state's outlook.
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The Marsh Bellofram Company continues to reimagine its BelGAS operations to strategically respond to the needs of the oil and gas industry, announcing the formation of the new BelGAS CP (Control Products) business unit one month after announcing the formation of its new BelGAS FM (Flame Management) division. The announcement is the latest step in an aggressive plan to super-serve the industry by strategically narrowing each business unit's focus with pairings of best-in-class products and unparalleled application support.

BelGAS and the recently launched BelGAS FM and BelGAS CP companies are members of The Marsh Bellofram Group of Companies.

The new BelGAS CP creates a range of instrumentation used on the well pad and beyond, such as control valves, level controls, level safety indicators, pressure relief valves, gauges, and needle valves. It also offers specialty fabrication services. In total, BelGAS CP's control products and fabrication services make them a one-stop shop for any OEM (original equipment manufacturer) producing surface production equipment for oil and gas exploration. The company's products also help increase safety for a variety of processes including oil and/or gas separation, sweetening, treating, heating, and more.
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Due to the vast size of the metal coatings industry in the United States, understanding this segment can give you important insights into the metal finishing sector as a whole.

The metal coatings industry is reportedly the largest category within the sector of metal finishing, both in terms of employment and sales, making this a key starting point to better understand the market as a whole. To say the industry is large is an understatement as there are 33,207 jobs and the average current sales are $31 billion.

The metal coatings sector evolves constantly, growing to accommodate the rising demand. In fact, Markets And Markets reports that by 2026, experts project the industry will be worth $14.34 billion.

A Look at Companies and Jobs in the Industry

Metal coatings currently account for 33,207 jobs in the U.S., distributed among 1,647 companies. Of these companies, 2 percent are women-owned with 1 percent minority-owned. The vast majority, 74 percent, produce for domestic distribution with 24 percent distributing internationally. Nearly all metal coatings businesses are private at 92 percent, with just 5 percent being public. It is worth mentioning that most companies are in the Midwest (32.79 percent), with New England holding the smallest percentage with 4.98 percent.

Change in Jobs Within the Last Year

One year ago, the industry represented 32,067 jobs. The current figure of 33,207 shows an increase of 3.56 percent. Of the 1,647 companies within the metal coating business, 6 percent, or 93 of them, reported an increase in employment while 51 or 3 percent reported a decline.
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Business Credit Reports, Inc. has integrated its online business credit application with its industry-leading multi-bureau credit reports, delivering a seamless process that makes reviewing credit applications easier, faster and more accurate.

BCR's turn-key online credit application is available at no cost and enables users to add a company logo as well as custom questions, terms and conditions. By putting their credit applications online, companies start their customer relationship off on the right foot while demonstrating competence and professionalism. An online form eliminates the problems of incomplete or illegible credit applications that slow the approval process and cause friction between the customer, sales and credit.

The new integration with credit report ordering means credit managers can use the information in the credit application to pull the credit report and render a customizable decision. It is the first step to automating the new customer onboarding process. A speedy and accurate credit approval process gets products and services flowing to customers more quickly, resulting in happy customers and salespeople.
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The Trump administration's recent authorization of tariffs on steel and aluminum has produced mixed reactions in U.S. industries. Manufacturers of these metals regard the action as defending their businesses against dumping by foreign competitors. Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, praised the decision. She issued a statement declaring: "We look forward to working with the president on implementation and to creating a more level playing field."

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) explained its support for the action. Thomas Gibson, president and CEO of AISI, claimed, "About one-fourth of domestic steel capacity today is not being utilized. This is being fueled by the massive excess steel capacity in the world today, which is more than eight times larger than the annual output of all U.S. steel producers and driven by subsidies and other interventional government policies. That translates into idled plants and the loss of thousands of jobs."

Users of steel and aluminum products such as producers of soup, beer and watercraft expressed a different perspective. Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturer's Association (NMMA), issued his view. "Today's decision by the administration to implement new tariffs severely harms the $37 billion U.S. recreational boating industry and the 650,000 workers it supports."

In a tweet, a beer manufacturer remarked: "Like most brewers we are selling an increasing amount of our beers in aluminum cans, and this action will cause aluminum prices to rise. It is likely to lead to job losses across the beer industry." Automobile dealers also expect prices to rise.
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As U.S. manufacturing activity continues to accelerate, industrial plating companies will likewise continue to benefit from positive growth forecasts. Overall, industrial plating companies are still outperforming American manufacturers in general, IndustryNet's latest data shows.

Average sales for industrial plating companies have increased 1.88 percent over the last year. Employment remains steady, as well. Plating companies in the Midwest experienced 46.15 percent of job growth, the most in the country. The top 10 U.S. industrial plating companies provide context based on employment and facility size.

Top 10 companies by number of employees

IndustryNet data shows the top 10 industry plating companies, ranked by the number of employees:

- DCI Aerotech, Inc.

- Lincoln Industries.

- Triumph Processing - Embee Div.

- Southwest United Industries, Inc.

- Roy Metal Finishing Co., Inc.

- Quaker City Plating Ltd.

- Allied Finishing, Inc.

- Howard Finishing, LLC.

- Anoplate Corp.

- S & S Plating Co.

These companies annually report employment data to IndustryNet for further analysis.

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Industrial companies in Nevada continue to expand, according to new data collected by IndustryNet, adding more than 1,600 jobs in the past year alone. Altogether, Nevada's manufacturing workforce has grown by 12% since November 2011, and now accounts for nearly as many jobs as it had prior to the recession.

Reflecting similar gains recorded in other Western states like Colorado and Utah, Nevada's unique, pro-business environment and solid infrastructure have galvanized the state's industrial sector, scoring Tesla's massive new "gigafactory" and helping to create jobs for a sixth straight year.

This article will explore how Nevada manufacturing has evolved over the years, delving into city, county, regional, and historical data collected by IndustryNet. We'll also examine some of the challenges faced by Nevada manufacturers, and take a look at the state's industrial outlook.

The year in review

Manufacturing employment in Nevada surged 3% between November 2016 and November 2017, a gain of 1,692 jobs.

This past year's employment gain was overwhelmingly led by the electronics industry, which skyrocketed 38% as Tesla continued to hire at its newly-opened massive lithium ion battery production facility in McCarran.

Nevada's industrial job gains were not limited to the electronics sector, however, with a number of other industries posting healthy gains. Jobs in lumber/wood surged 10%; rubber/plastics grew 7%, while food processing ticked up 2%.

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U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in February to a level not seen since May of 2004, according to a new report released this morning by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

According to the ISM's survey of purchase executives, U.S. factory activity climbed 1.7 percentage points and now stands at a robust 60.8% (any reading over 50 indicates expansion, according to the ISM's metrics).

February's increase represents the nation's 18th straight month of growth in the manufacturing sector, and the overall economy has expanded for a 106th consecutive month.

Fifteen of the eighteen industries surveyed by the ISM reported growth, led by printing and related support activities; primary metals; machinery; computer & electronics products; petroleum & coal products; and nonmetallic mineral products.

Just two sectors reported contraction: apparel, leather & allied products; as well as furniture/related products

U.S. manufacturing starts out year strong

The ISM's February survey points to continued strength in the nation�s industrial sector, with strong growth in new orders, production, and employment. The nation's fourth quarter GDP was revised up to 2.5%, while the Labor Department reported 200,000 new jobs for the month of January � with 15,000 new jobs created in the manufacturing sector.

All of this corresponds with IndustryNet�s February reports, including some strong growth numbers for the state of Kentucky, as well as in structural steel fabrication and metal finishing.

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Whether to inhibit corrosion, improve appearance or smooth sharp edges, metal finishing is essential to many industries. According to data gathered by IndustryNet, 4,093 metal finishing companies with current sales of $36,890,189,770 provide 93,022 jobs.

Metal finishers vary in both specializations and capabilities. Understanding the types of metal finishing is vital to choosing the right vendor. This article is intended to help customers find the best and most economical solutions to their finishing needs.


There are many types of coatings and a wide array of methods to apply them. Even a coating as familiar to a consumer as paint can have a multitude of varieties. Paints can be solvent-based, water-based, or entirely composed of film-forming components.

Each type of paint will need the appropriate methods and equipment to apply and cure it. Coatings can also be sprayed on as powders and heated to liquidity, creating contiguous coverage.

Both powder and paint may be applied either manually or robotically by spray guns or bells that impart an electrical charge, which causes the paint to be attracted to grounded metal parts.

The Faraday cage effect may interfere with this type of application method, and some coaters choose other technologically advanced coating techniques such as plasma arc, flame spray and thermal spray.

Paint, powder and other types of metal coatings increase the attractiveness of treated items. Depending on the components of the coating used, other surface enhancements may include:
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Coatings both beautify and protect metal surfaces. Wear resistance, chemical resistance, slip and corrosion resistance can all be achieved by using expertly formulated liquids and powders and technologically advanced equipment. According to data gathered by IndustryNet, 1,647 companies in the metal coatings industry with total yearly sales of $31,500,634,923 provide 33,207 jobs. They manufacture and apply coatings that impart these and other enhancements to metal products.

New Developments

The metal coatings industry is constantly evolving. In response to both consumer demands and government regulations limiting emissions, water-based and solvent-free products are in continuous development. The appeal of coatings, which cure by electron beam, ultraviolet light or a combination of both, is growing.

Improvements in powder coating technology make it a more attractive option for many coating operations. In another leap into the future, nanotechnology is being utilized to make fingerprints on metal surfaces disappear, a boon to both vendors and purchasers of appliances.

Types of Coatings

In response to the needs of both industrial users and the broader marketplace, many types of coatings are produced and applied. Each is formulated to provide specific characteristics required by both manufacturers and retail customers. The segments of the metal coatings industry are:

- Powder coatings

- Powder coating materials

- Industrial coatings

- Protective coatings

- Corrosion resistant coatings

- Thin films

- Electrodeposition (e-coat)

- Conductive coatings

- Custom formulated coatings

- Electrostatic coatings

- Heat-resistant coatings

- Aluminum coatings

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IndustryNet's latest data depicts positive growth trends for U.S. industrial plating companies.. These manufacturers are integral to the metal finishing industry by applying a number of fabrication processes used to coat, plate, polish and heat treat metals. Manufacturers can also apply plating to plastics and other nonmetallic surfaces. A look at the following data gives a snapshot of what's new in the industry.

Industry overview

During fabrication processes, manufacturers in the metal finishing industry utilize several types of industrial plating:


-Hard chrome plating.

-Black oxide plating.

-Cadmium plating.

-Nickel plating.

-Electroless plating.

-Decorative plating.

-Precious metals plating.

In fact, industrial plating is now the second-largest sector in the metal finishing industry in terms of sales and employment. As U.S. manufacturing continues to gain momentum, IndustryNet data suggest that the U.S. industrial plating sector will remain healthy, which may lead to further job growth over the next year.

Number of companies and jobs

Today, there are 723 U.S. industrial plating companies that employ 22,459 workers. IndustryNet statistics show that 624 companies operate in the domestic distribution space, accounting for 86 percent of all U.S. industrial plating companies.

One hundred seventy-seven (177) U.S. industrial plating companies import raw materials, comprising 24 percent of all plating companies reported to IndustryNet. Ninety-five (95) companies operate in the international distribution space. Overall, U.S. industrial plating sector centers more on domestic distribution than general manufacturing as a whole; 70 percent of companies in general manufacturing is in the domestic distribution space.

Job change over one year

Furthermore, job change in the U.S. industrial plating sector remains stead
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For close tolerances and parts that fit the first time every time, industries look to precision metal fabricators. Metal fabrication involves cutting, bending, welding and assembly. Precision fabricators use advanced and innovative techniques and equipment to manufacture products to exacting specifications.

Plasma and laser are two methods at the forefront of metal cutting technology. Plasma cutting, the more mature process, works by firing gas out of a nozzle. Plasma formed by an electrical arc can cut through any type of metal up to 3.15 inches thick. Lasers cut thin sheets of metal but can be employed for a variety of other purposes, including engraving, welding and drilling. Water jet cutting can also be used, particularly in temperature-sensitive conditions.

What's new?

Three trends are on the horizon for plasma cutting machinery. The first is the integration of biochemistry with the equipment, to inhibit bacterial growth in cooling fluids. High-definition plasma systems exploit ethernet connections for automation and the employment of PC-based controls. These configurations offer instant troubleshooting.

Several organizations are looking at Android-based systems that can interface with computer numerical control (CNC) equipment. These configurations will allow mobile control of machines and remote transfer of programs. Productivity is expected to increase, as employees will be able to complete tasks away from the manufacturing line. As information technology expands, capabilities of precision metal fabricators do as well.
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Bell Flavors & Fragrances is proud to announce that Tom Fortman, Bell's Vice President of Manufacturing, has been welcomed on as one of four new board members of the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce & Industry in January 2018. Tom will be holding his position on the board for three years.

The Chamber of Commerce & Industry for Northbrook helps connect the bridge between people and businesses with networking, marketing, and community outreach programs for over 50 years. It also helps educate fellow residents about the village of Northbrook.

According to the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce's website, "The Chamber is organized to advance the interest and serve as the voice of the commercial, industrial and retail communities of the Village of Northbrook and its trade area. Our membership reflects the true diversity of the Northbrook business community with active participation from small and large companies like Allstate, Nestle Pizza Division, and Underwriters Laboratories, with each industry sector well represented."

Tom Fortman has had his entire career within the food industry, and has been with Bell Flavors & Fragrances for the past 20 years in its headquarter location in Northbrook, IL. Among his many duties and roles he plays at Bell, he is responsible for quality assurance (QA), regulatory compliances, engineering, purchasing, and production from various Bell manufacturing sites across the globe.

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