EAG Coatings Solutions Strengthens Management Team with Addition of Two Industry Veterans

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EAG Coatings Solutions Adds Randy Francisco as General Manager and Dennis Buhl as Business Development Manager

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EAG Coatings Solutions recently added new leadership to further expand its innovative product development and analytical services for the coatings industry: Randy Francisco as General Manager and Dennis Buhl as Business Development Manager. Both bring extensive experience in the paints, coatings, chemicals and technical services industries. EAG Coating Solutions is a division of Evans Analytical Group (EAG), the world's leading, fully integrated, independent laboratory network.

Randy Francisco most recently held business development and corporate sales roles with SGS Consumer Testing Services and NSF International. He began his career with Dow Chemical Company, leading sales, R&D, and technical services for thermosetting resins, specialty monomers, epoxies, vinyl esters, and other coatings products. He also directed sales and marketing of powder coating services, architectural, special purpose and automotive coating materials and spectrophotometer technology for several different companies. “Randy has experience in almost every aspect of coatings research, development and paint manufacturing”, said Harry Davoody, CEO of Evans Analytical Group. “His depth of coatings industry experience, along with his recent leadership in testing and analytical services will help guide EAG Coatings Solutions’ growth and expansion.”

EAG Coatings Solutions is also pleased to announce that Dennis Buhl has joined the Coatings Solutions Division as its Business Development Manager. He will be assisting and advising clients as they develop innovative paints and coatings products, from idea generation and feasibility studies to formulation development, scale-up and manufacturing support. Dennis will also work with companies facing product-related challenges, using the EAG Coatings Solutions’ extensive analytical and physical testing capabilities for problem-solving. In previous positions, Dennis has provided sales leadership for a variety of industrial chemical and coating companies, including Eckart America, Akzo Nobel, Quaker Chemical, PPG Industries and The Valspar Corporation.

EAG welcomes these exceptional leaders to the Coatings Solutions division. These appointments reflect EAG’s commitment to serving the paints and coatings industry with both product development expertise and innovative solutions. Collectively, they will diversify EAG’s customer base and increase our market share on a local and global basis.

About EAG Coatings Solutions
EAG Coatings Solutions provides product development and formulation services from concept to commercialization for the paint and coatings industries. Analytical capabilities support both product development and problem solving, including deformulation (reverse engineering), contaminant identification, failure analysis, and chemical analysis. Formerly known as CAS-MI Laboratories, this independent laboratory serves a wide variety of industries, including paints, coatings, polymers, plastics, coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and more. For more information, please visit http://www.eag.com.

About Evans Analytical Group
EAG is the world's leading, fully integrated, independent laboratory network. EAG's Materials Characterization Division provides high value analytical services focused on surface analysis and materials characterization in support of high technology industries. The Company's Release to Production Division provides expert engineering service and support from chip tape-out to volume production in support of the electronics industry. EAG Life Sciences provides regulated analytical and research/development services to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. EAG Coatings Solutions provides innovative product development support to the paints and coatings industry. EAG has an international network of laboratories, serving customers around the world. (http://www.eag.com)

EAG is majority owned by Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC, a leading private equity firm with more than $2 billion in capital under management. Odyssey makes majority control investments, primarily in established middle-market industrial manufacturing and business services companies. Further information regarding Odyssey Investment Partners can be found at http://www.odysseyinvestment.com.

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