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Axalta Coating Systems Congratulates Customers Who Received 2015 Top Shops Award

June 29, 2015
By Business Wire News


Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, proudly congratulates Axalta customers who are recognized as “Top Shops” by Products Finishing magazine. The winners of these awards were selected based on an online benchmarking survey conducted between December and January 2014 that garnered responses pertaining to finishing technology, operations, best practices and business operations.

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Microfinish Receives a 2015 Top Shops award. Pictured left to right: Bill Stock, Karen Stock, Pat Gl ...

Microfinish Receives a 2015 Top Shops award. Pictured left to right: Bill Stock, Karen Stock, Pat Gleason and Todd Luciano from Products Finishing magazine. (Photo: Axalta)

Among the more than 25 Axalta customers who received the “Top Shops” award were two members of Axalta’s Star Coater program, Microfinish based in Saint Louis, Missouri and S&B Finishing Co. Inc. located in Chicago, Illinois. The Star Coater program is a program created by Axalta Coating Systems, Powder Coatings North America for its job coater customers who are dedicated to continuous improvement, learning and development.

Products Finishing is the premier publication for the metal finishing industry in the U.S.,” said Bill Stocks, Microfinish Owner. “For Microfinish to be recognized by Products Finishing, as one of the ‘Top Shops’ in the country, is a tremendous honor for all of us at Microfinish.”

Hundreds of electroplating companies participated in the 40-question benchmarking survey that determined the “Top Shops” winners. The results from this survey were then compiled to form the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Report which was provided to shop owners. This report includes information about how their companies are performing against others in the industry. According to Product Finishing’s study, the “Top Shops” had significant statistical advantages over the other operations surveyed. For example, order lead time was found to be 5.0 days for “Top Shops” compared to 8.6 days for others. Additionally, Top Shops’ capacity utilization was found to be 83.4 percent in relation to the average 59 percent.

To learn more about Products Finishing magazine’s “Top Shops” 2015 winners or its benchmarking studies please visit Products Finishing’s website at

About Axalta Coating Systems

Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry, the over 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in more than 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit and follow us @axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

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