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Published February 25, 2015
Maroon Group, a specialty chemical supplier located in Avon, Ohio, presented at the Cleveland Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) on February 19, 2015. The presentation was attended by a group of engineering professionals,… Read More »
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Editor
Published February 23, 2015
In 2007 & 2008, our industry was negatively affected by a severe general economic recession. We all know the symptoms . . .  major multi-industry wide job losses in concert with significant budget cuts. In these very bad times, basically to… Read More »
By by Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt , Technology Litigators
Published February 23, 2015
Civil court is a double-edged sword that can cut you pretty badly when trying to keep your trade secrets actually Secret.  You can go to court specifically to stop use or disclosure of your proprietary information, or even for some reason not re… Read More »
Published February 20, 2015
Jotun gained a top line growth of nine per ent, partly driven by currency fluctuations. After a somewhat careful start of the year, the sales numbers improved throughout the year, and Jotun experienced a substantial growth of 17 percent during the la… Read More »
Published January 26, 2015
Axalta Coating Systems chairman and CEO, Charlie Shaver, presented insights into the strategic implications of private equity in the coatings industry value chain at a meeting of industry leaders attending the global Coatings Summit in Miami, Florida… Read More »
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Editor
Published January 19, 2015
You may have moved product into the marketplace well above plan; you may have scored heavily by identifying unmet needs and bringing new innovative products to commercialization at record rates; and you may have even been awarded exceptional performa… Read More »
By Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt, Contributing Writers
Published December 15, 2014
Ahh, the glory of a transparent government.  Everyone can find out what is being done in an open manner when the taxpayers’ dollars are being spent.  That’s a good thing, unless it involves your trade secrets. One way this can… Read More »
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Writer
Published December 15, 2014
There is always a point in organizations of all sizes to come to the realization that a radical change must take place. This decision usually is prompted by circumstances such as: attractive new opportunities in adjacent markets; threat of nibble com… Read More »
Map Out Your Business Situation as a First Step in Strategy Development
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Editor
Published November 7, 2014
Many of us believe we really know our business situation without an MBA consulting group telling us where we are. This mind set is like saying the customer IS always right. They aren’t always right ... “customers are always right... somet… Read More »
PPG Appoints Marcos Achar Levy Vice President, Architectural Coatings, Mexico
Published November 7, 2014
PPG Industries has appointed Marcos Achar Levy, previously chief executive officer of Comex, vice president, architectural coatings, Mexico, and CEO, PPG – Comex. He will report to Michael McGarry, PPG chief operating officer. PPG previously a… Read More »
Published October 24, 2014
Masco Corporation’s Board of Directors has approved the strategic initiatives recommended by management under the leadership of Keith Allman, its president and chief executive officer. The strategic initiatives, which are designed to drive… Read More »
Published September 30, 2014
 If you own a coatings company with a recognizable brand, a leading market position and an entrepeneurial management team with a growth culture, Quest Specialty Chemicals’ CEO Doug Mattscheck wants to talk to you. Quest has acquired 10 co… Read More »
By William G. Sutton, CAE, President and CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Published September 11, 2014
As the economy continues to improve, more manufacturers are making capital investments to fuel their growth. When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a “lease versus buy”… Read More »
By Adam Witty, CEO of Advantage Media Group
Published August 19, 2014
What makes a successful business thrive? That’s what eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs would like to know, because their businesses fail within the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg. Adam Witty has managed to turn plenty of heads in the… Read More »
Published July 8, 2014
CI Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, and Maroon Incorporated, which has changed its name to Maroon Group LLC, recently  announce that an affiliate of CI Capital Partners has acquired a majority interest in Maroon, a North A… Read More »



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