Most finishers are eternal pessimists, which is appropriate considering they never know when their next order may come through the door or if they might get undercut by a cheaper coater down the road, which has been in business for only a few years.

Any day now, more than 2,000+ electroplating shops will get a letter from the U.S. EPA asking them to take an extensive survey called “Chrome Finishing Industry Data Collection.”

When it comes to making a strong argument that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overreaching when it comes to its proposed Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment for hexavalent chromium, listen to the people who supply our nation’s drinking supply.

Over the past several weeks, there have several instances where finishers and coaters have been accused of doing things that have been brought to the attention of law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

I am a stern believer in the philosophy that we are all life-long learners. It always seems to me that just when we feel we have learned it all — and figured it all out — that something comes along that we haven't seen before, and we need to learn how to use it effectively and safely.

The word “great” is thrown around way too much in our society. Sure, I’ll take the notion that Tom Brady is the GOAT when it comes to football, and I’ll accept the argument that Michael Jordan had no peer when it came to basketball.

Just when you thought it was okay to become normal again in the finishing and coating industry with a pandemic, lack of workers, and increased regulations on everyone's mind, the markets delivered an uppercut and a gut punch when the price of raw nickel more than doubled in just one day this past month.

It's something new, something old, something bought, and something very big, as this month we profile four shops which have different backgrounds and strategies in the finishing and coating industry, and each have their own place in the industry.

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Tim Pennington, Editor-in-chief

TPennington 3Tim Pennington is Editor-in-Chief of Finishing and Coating, and has covered the industry since 2010. He has traveled extensively throughout North America visiting shops and production facilities, and meeting those who work in the industry. Tim began his career in the newspaper industry, then wound itself between the sports field with the PGA Tour and marketing and communications firms, and finally back into the publishing world in the finishing and coating sector. If you want to reach Tim, just go here.

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