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PPG Acquires Maker of Water-Based Industrial Coatings

Monday, July 21, 2008
PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, PA, acquired Vanex, Inc., Mount Vernon, IL, a privately-held suppler of Plascron and Breakthrough brand water-based industrial coatings. Vanex’s coatings find use on metal, plastic and wood in the structural-steel, building systems, construction and fabricated-metals industries. PPG, among other products, supplies TrueFinish liquid and powder coatings to manufacturers, custom coaters and distributors;

Global 17-Facility Tier One Supplier to Implement
On-Demand Enterprise-Management Software

Thursday, July 17, 2008
Plexus Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, will provide its Plexus Online on-demand enterprise-management software to Inteva Products, LLC, Troy, MI. Inteva, formerly Delphi Interiors and Closures, operates 17 facilities on three continents, providing automotive components and assemblies including cockpits, door-module and window-lift systems, and closure systems including latches, strikers and actuators. Plexus Online, comprising more than 350 functional modules for functions such as enterprise-resource planning (ERP), customer-relationship management (CRM), manufacturing execution systems (MES) and supply-chain management (SCM), will allow Inteva to monitor and manage its supply base from any internet-based browser. Inteva expects to complete implementation by June 2009. Read up on Plexus at

Motoman Moves Michigan Office

Thursday, July 17, 2008
Robot and robotic-system provider Motoman Inc., Dayton, OH, has relocated its Detroit Regional Center from Wixom, MI, to Rochester Hills, MI. The 15,000-sq-.ft. facility houses offices, sales and service support, training, a larger demonstration lab, a manufacturing area for small robot systems, and spare-parts storage for local customers. Learn more at


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