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George E.F. Brewer Award - Paint and Process Technology

Frank Knoth, President and CEO of the Crown Group accepting award

Frank Knoth, President and CEO of The Crown Group pictured above accepting the award

Frank held numerous roles within The Crown Group during his 36 years of service to the company. He assisted in establishing the first custom coating cationic epoxy electrocoat system in North America and was instrumental in supporting the design and implementation of in-line Ecoat + Powder topcoat systems that provide improved corrosion protection, great operating efficiencies and lower costs to part suppliers and OEMs. He continues to work with key industry material providers in both the application and performance of epoxy and acrylic electrocoat materials. He provides key design and engineering inputs to industry equipment suppliers for both new systems and modifications to existing systems. He represented The Crown Group as a founding member of The Electrocoat Association as well as participated in ECOAT conferences as an author and presenter of technical papers and served in numerous roles as a panel participant. Under Frank's leadership as President and CEO, The Crown Group has grown into one of the leading custom coaters in North America, with ten operating sites presently.


The Crown Group Named John Deere "Supplier of the Year" and "Partner Level Supplier"
The Crown Group Waterloo Plant has been officially recognized as a John Deere Supplier of the Year for 2015.


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Approved Applicator for PPG Products
The Crown Group Shelby Township Plant has been recognized as an Approved Applicator for architectural applications using PPG's Coraflon® and Envirocron® powder technology.


The Crown Group and PPG are pleased to introduce new application capabilities into the architectural coatings market.


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The Crown Group receives a John Deere Partnership Award
The Crown Group’s Waterloo Iowa plant was recognized as a 2014 Partner-Level supplier in Deere and Company’s Achieving Excellence program. Click here to read the press release.


The Crown Group acquires Electra - Finish Incorporated
The Crown Group acquires Electra-Finish, Inc, (EFI). EFI will operate as the plastics painting division of The Crown Group. EFI is a well established Class “A” custom coater of plastic substrate with three locations in North and South Carolina. To learn about EFI’s capabilities, please visit