Troy Corp. announced a price increase on its full line of Troykyd defoamers. This price increase reflects the continued escalation of costs for petroleum and other raw materials, energy, logistics, transportation and packaging. Effective July 1, and as allowed by contract, the price for the defoamers will increase 5 percent to 20 percent.

Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Inc., Thornwood, N.Y., has redesigned and re-launched its E-Commerce site, www.ShopZeiss. com. The latest information on the more than 800 products, including catalog numbers, is available around the clock.

Aluma Systems and Parker Brothers has formed a joint venture - ParkerAluma - to provide the complete range of Fabric Maintenance services, including Scaffolding, Insulation, Protective Coatings, Passive Fire Protection, Architectural Outfitting and Ultra High Pressure Jetting, all under one roof with a single point of contact.

The Midwest 2005 Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX), slated for September 13-15 at Rock Finaincial Showplace in Novi, Mich., offers manufacturing technology applications to buyers and sellers of metalworking equipment. For more information, visit www.sme. org/midwest, or call 800-733-4763.

BASF's Coatings Technical Support Center in Whitehouse, Ohio, recently marked more than 1 million hours of operation without a recordable injury or work-related illness. According to Ken Perry, technical director at BASF Automotive Refinish, 1 million hours represents more than three-and-a-half years of continuous operation at the site, which employs approximately 140 people.

Gusmer and LCC/Decker have combined to become Gusmer l Decker. The new corporation will maintain the existing technical support and services of both brands, while moving forward to develop cutting-edge metering machines and mixing heads for processing multi-component polyurethane and hybrid urethane chemicals. For more information, call 800- 746-1334 or visit