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Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 1.53.20 PMIndustrial Finishes & Systems Inc., a leading distributor of automotive paint, equipment and supplies, announced the hiring of Pat Mormile.

According to a press release, Mormile brings a 38-year background in chemistry to the Industrial Finishes & Systems team, most notably in polymers, coatings and new chemical technology. Mormile has a long relationship with Industrial Finishes & Systems dating back to the early 1990s. At the time, Mormile worked for BASF’s Automotive Refinish Research and Development group supporting the collision repair industry.

Mormile noted, “Even back then, you could tell that Industrial Finishes was an organization that loved innovation. They were breaking new ground, pioneering paint techniques for the recreation vehicle industry.”

Following his time with BASF, Mormile accepted a position as R&D Director with Nippon Paint’s New Technology group in Thailand. Part of a Singapore-based conglomerate, Nippon is Asia’s largest paint manufacturer.

Initially, Mormile will explore new coatings technology for Industrial Finishes & Systems’ customers. “My job is to find new technology and solutions that fit into our portfolio,” commented Mormile. “I’ll also serve as a champion for new technology and follow-through, helping the company assess business practicalities for our customers. Emerging chemical science is going to impact many industry segments.”

According to Industrial Finishes & Systems President, Glenn Duckworth, “Bringing Pat on board demonstrates our unyielding commitment to new, innovative solutions in the coatings industry. As a solutions provider, we have to understand the impact that new technology has at a chemical and molecular level, and Pat is an expert in his field. He’s worked for leading-edge chemical companies and holds several patents. I don’t know of another distributor with this depth of expertise on staff, and our customers will benefit greatly.”

Mormile will be based in the Midwest and work with customers in each of Industrial Finishes & Systems’ markets, including automotive, recreation vehicle, aerospace and industrial.