Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing


September 16, 2022


Cortec AppointmentCortec Corporation recently promoted its director of manufacturing, Caleb Pheneger, to the position of chief operations officer (COO). In his new role, Pheneger will be extending his support for projects and operations to Cortec’s Canadian subsidiary Bionetix, in addition to his manufacturing oversight of five Cortec Corporation plants in the United States.

“Caleb’s excellent overall performance is what motivated me to promote him to the position of COO,” said Boris Miksic, Cortec founder and chief executive officer (CEO). “I look forward to seeing him lead us to new levels of growth and continual improvement at Cortec Corporation with his hard work, dedication, and organizational insight. He is one of the most talented chemical engineers I have worked with during my 50 years in the specialty chemical industry manufacturing space, with good understanding of chemical processing, polymer compounding, extrusion, paper-coating technology, and organic synthesis.”

Pheneger has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and has successfully risen to many challenges over the past decade at Cortec. In 2012, he started working in Cortec Laboratories as a Technical Services Engineer and soon found himself in the position of production manager at Cortec World Headquarters in 2014. For the last five years, he has overseen manufacturing at all Cortec U.S. plants. With the addition of Bionetix International, his responsibilities now cover the following production areas:

Cortec Corporation World Headquarters in Saint Paul, Minnesota: Anticorrosion coatings, liquid rust preventatives, Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors for concrete, and VpCI (Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor) emitting materials
Cortec Advanced Films in Cambridge, Minnesota: VpCI films and bags, compostable films and bags
Cortec Coated Products in Eau Claire, Wisconsin: VpCI coated papers, recyclable moisture barrier paper
Cortec Spray Technologies in Spooner, Wisconsin: Chemical blending and packaging services for aerosol and liquid chemical formulations (contract filling, private labeling, and VpCI brand chemistries)
Cortec Biotechnology Campus in Sarasota, Florida: Anticorrosion coatings, liquid rust preventatives, and Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors for concrete
Bionetix International in Montreal, Quebec: Environmentally friendly biological products for cleaning, waste treatment, environmental remediation, and agricultural productivity

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CFCM slingpsychrometer 400Paul N. Gardner USA, global distributors, producers, and designers of quality physical and inspection instruments for the paint, coatings, and related industries, has introduced a new offering: The compact, portable Sling Psychrometer.

As an easy way to measure relative humidity levels quickly, this uniquely compact Bacharach Sling Psychrometer accurately determines per cent relative humidity without the necessity of consulting complex tables. There is no need to wet the wick each time a reading is taken, and it contains a slide rule calculator which correlates wet and dry bulb thermometer indications for direct reading of relative humidity. When not in use, the thermometer case telescopes into the handle for protection.

The Sling Psychrometer consists of two thermometers that are turned by vigorously swinging the handle and exposing the thermometers to rapid air movement. These two thermometers are called dry bulb and wet bulb. The bulb of one thermometer is placed in direct contact with the room air to measure dry-bulb air temperature. The bulb of the other thermometer is covered with a silk or muslin sleeve that is kept moist to record the wet bulb temperature. Evaporation cools the wet bulb more than the dry bulb, and the humidity is obtained as a function of change in temperature. The atmospheric humidity is determined by calculations, steam tables, or using a psychrometric chart.  

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