Author Archives: Gage Products

  1. Tracing Our Steps: From 1936 until Today

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    Gage Products was founded in Ferndale, MI in June 1936. In the eight decades that have passed since then, the chemical industry has seen no shortage of revolutionary products and processes. We’ve proudly pioneered some of them, including closed loop chemical recycling systems and solvent recovery processes for the automotive industry.

    In 2018, Gage remains a leader in the chemical industry, providing its customers with superior solutions for high performance solvent blends, solvent reclamation, recycling, and toll remanufacturing, custom test fuel blends, calibration fluids, and toll manufacturing, and paint line cleaning programs and specialty product solutions. On our 82nd anniversary, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the values that have helped us excel for so long.

    The Importance of Remaining Agile

    Agility has become a priority for companies across the world in recent years. At Gage, it’s been a guiding principle throughout our history. With the rise of chemical recycling in the 1980s, for example, we quickly developed a closed loop chemical recycling system to distinguish ourselves from our competitors. Our swift response to that demand established our reputation as an international leader in chemical recycling.

    Similarly, we only began to manufacture custom test fuel blends just after the turn of the millennium. While we had a well-established family of products, we knew we needed to expand our inventory to offer our customers a full suite of services in one location.

    Today, Gage offers a complete package of services to all of our customers, including R&D, a specifications library, custom fluids development and on-site refining capabilities. New gasoline blends continue to appear, change, and evolve, and Gage has quickly become a reliable source for customized test fuels.

    A Focus on Sustainability

    At Gage, we recognized early on that sustainability makes ethical and financial sense. We remain completely committed to it today. Our unique, customer-oriented solutions for closed loop solvent recycling processes and toll blend remanufacturing reduce manufacturing costs and support the customer’s own environmental and sustainability commitments.

    By reducing, reusing, and recycling waste, we’re able to help our customers minimize their environment impact and minimize the costs of production. In the process, we each become more competitive while ensuring the health of our shared planet.

    At Gage, we believe that the most successful companies of the 21st century will place an equal emphasis on sustainability and agility. Guided by a deep commitment to progress since our founding, we’ll proudly continue to honor those values as over the years to come. By adapting to the successes and challenges ahead of us, we’re confident that we’ll continue to thrive for the next 82 years and beyond.

    If your company is looking for an innovative chemical supplier, look no further than Gage. Regardless of your needs, we have the experience and expertise needed to provide you with the products you need to succeed. Contact us to build your own custom blend.

  2. Gage Products Celebrates Earth Day Year Round

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    The largest environmental movement on the planet is Earth Day. Celebrated every April 22 since 1970, the Earth Day Network is supported by over 50,000 partners in 195 countries. The mission of the movement is to bring awareness to issues that affect public health and the communities we live in, while motivating people to change the status quo around the globe. Over 1 billion people join in activities each Earth Day in an effort to make our communities and world a better, more greener place to live.

    More than 20 million U.S. citizens participated in the first Earth Day which has been credited with beginning the modern environmental movement. Activities seek to use education, create public policy, and provide consumer campaigns to further public knowledge on the damages done to the planet and her inhabitants. The first Earth Day helped to pass landmark legislation such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act. As the movement grows each year, more awareness is brought to the forefront in a range of ways so we can all help to better our planet.

    At Gage Products, we have been ahead of the game when it comes to taking care of our environment. We believe wholeheartedly in sustainability efforts, whether it’s handling paint, car, and automotive chemicals the right way, to recycling and more. We even have our own environmental policy. These practices are what differentiate us in the industry.

    Gage Products believes firmly in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and has practiced it for the past 25 years. Our CSR begins in the workplace and continues to the supply chain, the community, to the public policy realm, and in the marketplace. Our CSR program manages sustainability through our company mission. Since opening our doors in 1936 we have believed in earning the respect and trust of everyone we deal with, from individuals to large corporations.

    Environmental stewardship has always been a priority for us at Gage Products, however, we intensified our efforts during the 1980s. We added a dedicated environmental professional to our staff, installed necessary equipment for a closed loop system for our solvent supply for automotive paint systems, and adopted our first environmental policy, which has continually evolved throughout the years.

    Recycling has always been important to us so we offer award winning solutions, while helping companies to shrink their carbon footprint. We also help to reduce operating costs while improving quality and efficiency.

    At Gage Products we offer closed-loop recycling and toll blending processes for automotive and general industrial paint solvents. We also supply high performance solvent blends, test fuels, calibration fluids, paint line cleaning programs and specialty product solutions for a wide range of applications. To learn more about Gage Products, we invite you to read our blog, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn, subscribe to us on YouTube, and follow our Google + page. To find out how we can serve your company, we invite you to contact us today, we look forward to hearing from you!

  3. The Annual Paint & Automotive Outlook 2018

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    2018 looks to be a promising year for the chemical products industry. In spite of seismic changes to the economic and political environment, scientists and researchers continue to forge new paths forward, creating innovative new products and finding ways to be active in new fields and markets. Green science and sustainability continues to be a major theme of the industry; major companies continue to dedicate efforts to finding sustainable solutions and reduce their environmental impact.

    Meanwhile, the automotive industry continues to prosper in the United States. Interest in electric cars continues to trend upward as costs decrease and new innovations improve battery technology. Sales of electric cars such as the Tesla and the GM Bolt rise as driving ranges approach 300 miles and price tags continue to drop.

    The excellent presence and interest in National Manufacturing Day each October is a testament to the continued resilience of American manufacturing. More than 18.5 million Americans are employed in the industry, with each dollar spent on American manufacturing creating an additional 40 cents for the United States economy. Events connected to National Manufacturing Day were aimed at creating awareness of the breadth and depth of American industry and how it ranges from the shop floor and scientist lab to a number of residential, commercial, and military applications.

    In that vein, support for science and manufacturing education continues to increase on campuses across the country. Since the 2008 recession in particular, enrollment in STEM programs and support by government administrations at all levels has been on a steady rise. As a result, the total number workers in these fields have grown at a 3% clip through 2013 compared to 2% for the general workforce.

    Gage Products Company continues to stand at the forefront of these changes, offering efficient, sustainable solutions in these and a number of other industries. We’d like to thank all of our customers, partners, and employees for a successful and exciting 2017 and look forward to an even better 2018!

    For the latest updates from Gage make sure to continue following our blogLinkedIn, and Twitter pages.

    Or, for any further questions we welcome you to contact us today.

  4. 2017 Industrial Paint & Auto Wrap Up

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    This year the Gage Products’ team took on several causes that drive industry progression, innovation, and success. Wildlife conservation, Earth Day, National Safety Month, and National Manufacturing day are only four of many causes that we partake in throughout the year. The automotive industry, in and of itself, has also seen major advancements. In 2017, EcoCar and EV took a front seat throughout the sector.

    In March, we hosted the Detroit Zoo’s inaugural Wildlife Conservation Gala. The event supported the zoo’s world-renowned wildlife conservation efforts. Presentations included their multifaceted conservation programs with aims to save and protect local, national, and international wildlife. The Detroit Zoological Society helps with the care and rescue of animals, endangered species, field research and conservation projects, support of other conservation organizations, educational initiatives, and response to environmental emergencies like oil spills.

    Another environmental cause Gage supports is Earth Day, celebrated in April. Our products are ever present in the U.S., European, and Asian-Pacific automotive industries. At Gage, we offer our clients paint area solutions that are compatible with green technology, help to reduce manufacturing costs, and work to advance their company objectives. We also work with the aerospace, textile, industrial, marine, gas/ oil, government, printing/packaging, and furniture industries, providing solvent recycling programs and custom fuel blends. Our team also comes up with solutions for paint line cleaning programs, paint booth cleaners, solvent reclamation, recycling programs, and solvent & waterborne purge solvents–all of which are environmentally compliant.

    National initiatives that we backed this year included National Safety Month and National Manufacturing Day. The sensitive nature of supplying wide range industries with chemicals, fluids, solvents, and specialty products demands that attention. We work diligently to ensure ongoing compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard with an aim to limit workers’ exposure to toxic substances and protect them from various health hazards. As an industry leader, we work hard to raise awareness with all of our clients, partners, and affiliates.

    The annual goal of National Manufacturing Day is to address ongoing industry struggles to work towards community and industry solutions. Current concerns include the manufacturing skills gap, public misconceptions about the industry, outsourcing of American job placements overseas, and uneven gender numbers in the field. For an update on this year’s statistics visit the NMD website.

    The 2017 EcoCar3 winners were announced in May. EcoCar3 is a product of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. It is North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. This year’s challenge was to redesign a Chevy Camaro to reduce environmental impact. It also needs to  maintain “the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.” The teams were asked to incorporate alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies to lower greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions. Sponsors of the 2017 event included the DOE, GM, and Gage Products. Management was done by Argonne National Laboratory.

    As the world is at a crossroads regarding energy efficiency and carbon emissions, car manufacturers are driving to meet goals for clean vehicles and sustainable products. One of the automotive industry’s greatest strengths has been developing products to meet the needs of consumers. Electric cars (EVs) are topping the trends lists for all auto manufacturers for 2017.

    The auto industry is moving into the future with sustainability and renewable energy at the forefront of its technologies. As environmental sustainability advocates, we’re excited to watch the sector take initiative on reducing emissions and planning for future environmental protection. We look forward to the new technologies that will emerge in 2018, making sure to keep our audience informed of any new developments.

    To learn more about our products and services that increase sustainability throughout the auto industry and more, please contact us today. You can also stay up-to-date with Gage and industry news by reading our blog, and following us on both Twitter and LinkedIn.

    We wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to reconnecting come the new year!

  5. Hydrocarbon Reporting in Gasoline

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    The August/September issue of Petro Industry News features our discussion of a new method to improve the accuracy of hydrocarbon reporting in gasoline.

    Achieving Better Hydrocarbon Reporting

    The VUV PIONA+ Method uses a combination of single-column gas chromatography (GC) and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopy for a more precise detection of hydrocarbon group types and certain hydrocarbon compounds in finished gas. VUV Analytics Inc. crafts this revolutionary method that provides bulk PIONA compound class characterization in one measurement, rather than requiring several other hydrocarbon analysis methods, as required previously.

    The new method uses VGA+ 100, the first-ever VUV absorption GC detector, and VUV Analyze software that automates the process. The three-dimensional absorbance data is a step up from legacy methods, eliminating both pre-column tubing and the need for valve timing adjustments. Also, VUV PIONA+ can take on co-elution among different species and hydrocarbon classes. The result is more confidence in the automated process and reduced risk of error, including shorter runtimes. The new automated software reliably reports compound types, identifying complex hydrocarbon content in blended gasoline samples.

    Seeking Sustainable Solutions

    The robust VUV Analytics solution is integral for quality control and has fewer limitations and errors than alternative detection methods. The PIONA analysis does not require extra complex equipment, and it complies with government regulations.

    By shortening runtime and improving accuracy, the VUV PIONA+ Method can save businesses money and time. The real-time application can improve sustainable performance. Good reporting practices are also integral to maintaining stakeholder engagement and putting your company’s values into action. We are proud to be a leader in sustainable manufacturing, with a commitment to environmental management systems.

    What to Expect from Us

    At Gage Products, we embrace sustainability, from our closed-loop recycling systems to toll blending.

    As a customer-focused company, we supply chemical-related products and processes to various paint-related applications. This includes: high-performance solvent blends, calibration fluids, specialty product solutions, and more.

    Our ultimate goal is to achieve a greener, cleaner environment.

    Stay up to date on new sustainable solutions and internal updates by following our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn. See for yourself how we can apply our products and services to meet your paint-related needs when you contact us today.

  6. Gage Products Supports National Manufacturing Day Friday, October 6th!

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    This October Gage Products is highlighting the national efforts of Manufacturing Day. The annual goal of the National Manufacturing Day initiative is to address each struggle within the industry in hopes of working towards community and industry solutions. Current concerns include the manufacturing skills gap, public misconceptions about the industry, outsourcing of American job placements overseas, and uneven gender numbers in the field. At Gage, we study these discrepancies daily to see what we can do to contribute to the solution of each matter.

    On Friday, October 6, manufacturing companies across the U.S. will join the aim of National Manufacturing Day and open their doors to host industry related events. The MFG organization encourages participants to register their events on the official MFG Day site and mark it as public or invitation-only pending company preference.

    On this day, active members vouch to recognize and honor the work that has been done and that continues to be done to progress the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing now supports more than 18.5 million jobs in the United States, and every dollar spent creates an additional 40 cents to the dollar for the U.S. economy.

    Manufacturing offers a variety of STEM careers, some of which include machinists, electricians, computer programmers, assemblers, human resources, and sales. This is just a small portion of the many jobs that the industry has.

    Public perceptions of the manufacturing industry have been outdated for too long. To be a part of today’s industry doesn’t mean you’re restricted to factory and shop work on the floor. Instead, the industry is currently seeing progress in technological advancements, STEM skills, secure job placements and benefits, as well as country and worldwide economic growth.

    And initiatives go beyond National Manufacturing Day too. One of our favorite STEM events is the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge that Gage participates in annually. Not only does a job in manufacturing represent security, but enjoyable events, the pursuit of personal interests, and global industry progression.

    As a supplier of chemical-related products and processes, we strive to support our industry and community by creating viable chemical solutions. Gage has pioneered toll-blending capabilities and sustainable, closed-loop recycling systems to create a cleaner, greener environment.

    For more MFG Day and industry updates, remember to follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Contact us today for more information!


  7. Gage Offers New Company Videos on YouTube

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    Here at Gage Products, we’ve been the world’s preferred supplier of chemical related products and processes for over 80 years. We do this by staying focused on our customer’s needs and providing the highest quality products and solutions for a wide range of processes. We also believe in sustainability while reducing costs and increasing effective resource management.

    We now offer videos for customers to see the latest processes and solutions available. In our latest video, we take a look at solvents and recycling and how Gage Products uses environmentally friendly processes. We are able to create custom solutions for any company that will lead to reduced solvent usage, which can give OEMs a reduced cost while leaving a smaller environmental footprint.

    You can view a video on our solutions overview, an explanation on cleaning solutions. One highlight is our paint cleaning solutions which focus on reducing cost and waste while improving efficiency and reducing the overall environmental impact.

    Here at Gage Products, we’re also leaders in fuel blending for reference fuels. We are able to take custom specification and turn them into the right product solutions for our customers. We have done this for automotive, engine manufacturers, and suppliers around the world. We are also able to offer over 25 different calibration fluids.

    We offer a company overview video which showcases our value driven, high-quality products, our superior customer service, and our commitment to creating sustainable and green initiatives, all while promoting safety. We continually strive to create better products through research.

    Gage Products serves customers in the automotive, aerospace, industrial, marine, gas & oil industries, and more. We are up to date with the latest technologies and information your company needs to succeed in your chemical, paint, and sustainability missions. We invite you to find out more by reading our blog, following us on Twitter, connecting with us on LinkedIn, and liking us on Facebook. We invite you to contact us to find out how we can help your company get the answers you need while becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

  8. What Direction is the Auto Industry Headed In?

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    Auto companies are still a leading industry throughout the U.S. Going far beyond the big 3 (Ford, Chrysler, and GM), car makers from around the world have manufacturing plants in the states. Today’s auto industry is innovative, trendsetting, and highly competitive in the global market. The outlook for 2017 is optimistic, and it isn’t business as usual as engineers, designers, and manufacturers look to the future of transportation.

    As the world is at a crossroads regarding energy efficiency and carbon emissions, car manufacturers are driving to meet goals for clean vehicles and sustainable products. One of the industry’s greatest strengths has been developing products to meet the needs of consumers.

    Electric cars (EVs) are topping the trends lists for all auto manufacturers for 2017.  As battery technology continues to improve and the costs decrease, analysts expect the cost of EVs to drop below gasoline-fueled cars by 2025. Ford is aiming for an all-electric crossover with a range of over 300 miles to be in dealerships in 2020. Deliveries of GM’s all-electric, long-range Bolt are reaching record figures. Tesla, the gold-standard for electric cars, continues to produce quality vehicles that go beyond current regulatory standards for sustainability.

    As with EVs, auto manufacturers are speeding into developing viable autonomous technology, but the reality of actual deployment is still years away. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the technologies propelling the advancement of self-driving cars. But, there are many challenges–safety, reliability, and acceptance– that have to be overcome before consumers see self-driving cars in their garages.

    The auto industry is moving into the future with sustainability and renewable energy at the forefront of its technologies. We applaud the industry for taking steps to reduce emissions. As a company that pioneered sustainable closed-loop recycling systems for automotive paint solvents, Gage is continuously committed to environmental protection.

    To learn more about our products and services which add increased sustainability to the auto industry, please contact us. You can also stay up-to-date with all of Gage’s news by reading our blog, and following us on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

  9. Gage Celebrates Worldwide Safety this Month

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    This year’s National Safety Month (NSM) is here! The annual event, organized by the National Safety Council and supported by thousands of companies and organizations across the country, will highlight different topics each week throughout the month of June to raise awareness about the leading causes of injury and accidental death at work, home, and in the community.

    While we’re thrilled to support this year’s NSM safety programming, for us at Gage, we’re committed to improving safety practices and procedures year-round. In fact, the sensitive nature of our work — supplying wide range industries with chemicals, fluids, solvents, and specialty products — demands this dedication.

    We work diligently to ensure ongoing compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which outlines several requirements to limit workers’ exposure to toxic substances and protect them from various health hazards. Additionally, our employees are trained in chemical storage best practices, fire safety, and chemical spill response.

    Not only do we prioritize safety within our own day-to-day operations at Gage Products, but we also aim to raise awareness with all of our clients, partners, and affiliates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, more than 13 people died on the job each day that year. By implementing precautionary measures and fostering a culture of safety in every facility, we can help reduce that number.

    Safety should also extend to the home, the road, and elsewhere; thousands of people die each year from unintentional injuries including poisonings, car crashes, falls, and burns. Committed to meaningful community involvement, our team works alongside the Ferndale Fire Department to identify local safety risks and protect against fires, chemical explosions, gas leaks, and other hazards.

    Gage Products is proud to employ best safety practices year-round, and we look forward to supporting NSM throughout the month of June. To keep up with how we’re celebrating, be sure to follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

    To learn more about workplace safety or discuss ways to keep your facility safe, contact us today.

  10. EcoCAR 3 Winners Announced Tonight!

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    Tonight, Gage will be at EcoCAR 3, a product of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. EcoCAR 3 is North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. The challenge this year? To redesign a Chevy Camaro to reduce environmental impact. It also needs to  maintain “the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.”

    This year’s sponsors include the DOE itself and General Motors. Management is being conducted by Argonne National Laboratory.

    The competition promotes ingenuity, innovation, and topnotch training for students looking to become prospective automotive leaders.

    The teams were previously asked to incorporate alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies to lower greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions.

    As a leading powerhouse in sustainable manufacturing, custom fuel blends, solvent remanufacturing, and toll blending systems, with continual work and emphasis on the Automotive industry, Gage is sponsoring the fuel used during the event. We are happy to contribute our ever-expanding knowledge on auto sustainability to a bright and knowledgeable group.

    For more information on our involvement in the automotive industry make sure to follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. Or, if you have any questions on products, purchases, or partnering, please contact us today.

    We look forward to participating in more/future events like EcoCAR 3!