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15 innovation leaders in the U.S. metal coatings industry

Posted by IndustryNet on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

100000194metalspraycoatingsCoatings 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 nation's metal coatings companies are 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.

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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

The industry leaders below illustrate the variety of products and services available and highlight the niches they serve.

Top Companies by Employees

With 1,082 employees in its headquarters city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PPG Industries operates in 70 countries around the world. PPG was founded in 1883 as Pittsburgh Plate Glass. Its many brands include Glidden, Liquid Nails and Flood. With revenues exceeding $15 billion, it is a component of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index.

At the PPG Industries plant in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 475 employees work in both research and development and manufacturing. The facility produces both industrial and packaging coatings. It is also an original equipment manufacturer for the automotive industry.

Northland Aluminum Products Inc. was founded in 1946. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the company provides 400 jobs. It applies coatings to Nordic Ware® cookware.

In Delaware, Ohio, a PPG Industries Inc. installation produces industrial coatings. Products are turned out by 350 employees for packaging and automotive use, including refinishing and repair. The facility opened in 1965.

The 325 employees of Protective Coatings Inc. in Kent, Washington, provide powder coating services. The company is privately held. It is known for competitive pricing and working with customers to meet deadlines.

The Sherwin-Williams Co. was founded in 1866. Its coatings are used in the marine, power-generating and food and beverage industries. The plant in Richmond, Kentucky, employs 300 workers.applying coatings to airplane

AkzoNobel Coatings Inc. manufactures coatings employed in a multitude of industries, including automotive, marine, energy production and electronics. Many AkzoNobel products fall within the corrosion resistance segment of the industry. Its plant in High Point, North Carolina, provides 300 jobs.

The chemists and technicians at the Michelman Inc. facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, are at the forefront of new product development.

The company is a global leader in water resistance. Its 300 employees produce advanced environmentally friendly products for numerous industries, including automotive, appliances and agriculture.

To advance sustainability in its Houston, Texas, plant, Axalta Coating Systems LLC has announced a new initiative. The powder coating manufacturing process will be streamlined by the installation of the latest generation of processing equipment. That project at this facility, which employs 280 workers, is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.

Prolamina Inc., formerly known as Jen-Coat, occupies a new facility in Westfield, Massachusetts. The company, founded 30 years ago, has 265 employees. It manufactures coatings for medical use.

Top Companies by Square Footage

The following companies, as referenced above, are leaders by both the number of employees and facility size:

• PPG Industries of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 450,000 square feet
• Prolamina Inc. of Westfield, Massachusetts, 330,000 square feet
• Northland Aluminum Products Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 300,000 square feet

P.D. George, the founder of ELANTAS PDG Inc. in St. Louis, used the "PDG" designation of his business to denote "pedigree" or quality. In a 748,000-square-foot facility, the company manufactures coatings and other products for the electronics industry. Its safety system is certified to TS16949. This company is a member of ALTANA.

The Huron, Ohio, plant of PPG Architectural Finishes covers 420,000 square feet. The facility manufactures coatings for use on homes and commercial buildings. Brands include Glidden, Fuller O'Brien, Devoe Coatings and Flood.

Industrial coatings are manufactured at ASK Chemicals in Cleveland, Ohio. The facility occupies 350,000 square feet. The products are water-based and emissions-free.

Paint is manufactured in The Sherwin-Williams Co. plant in Columbus, Ohio. The installation covers 330,000 square feet. Sherwin-Williams maintains its own stores to distribute its products.

B.L. Downey Company LLC applies protective coatings in its 325,000-square-foot facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its services include powder coating and e-coating. The markets it serves include agriculture, manufacturing and the military.

Powder coating is the focus at the 300,000-square-foot facility of Powder Cote II Inc. in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Its mission is the on-time delivery of defect-free parts and components. The company is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Learn more

IndustryNet compiles information on more than 400,000 manufacturers and suppliers of more than 10,000 products and services . A free online search will yield a list of the most conveniently located metal coatings manufacturers and job shops to meet a multiplicity of industrial and consumer needs. 

IndustryNet listings provide comprehensive information on each company, including vital contact information, product and service offerings, ISO ratings, social media links, map and driving directions, catalogs, videos, photos and more.



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