Marathon Industries And Axalta Truck

Axalta is supporting California’s COVID-19 response efforts

May 22, 2020
Coatings supplier teams with Marathon Industries to deliver truck bodies for transporting critical supplies to hospitals

Axalta, a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, is partnering with Marathon Industries to coat truck bodies for the State of California’s COVID-19 response team using its Tufcote industrial products.

“We were honored to be chosen to help the State of California and knew we needed to deliver flawlessly and on time due to a critical shortage of dedicated fleet vehicles for first responders,” said Chad Hess, chief executive officer of Marathon Industries in Santa Clarita CA. “We trusted Axalta and knew that its Tufcote industrial products could withstand the demands that would be put on these vehicles during this time of crisis.

“As always, Axalta delivered and helped us to ensure that the State of California had the truck fleet it needed to protect its citizens.”

Truck bodies are valuable in times of crisis due to their versatility and ability to haul large and small amounts of critical supplies, as well as load from either side. Marathon’s Reno NV facility and Axalta worked together to select Tufcote Low-VOC Primer and High Solids Black and White Topcoats for this job.

“We are extremely proud to have supported our customer, Marathon Industries, to coat and deliver truck bodies to the State of California, as we all work together to fight COVID-19,” said Dave Heflin, Axalta’s vice president of global industrial liquid coatings. “Axalta is here to help, whether it’s in California or anywhere around the world. Our ability to manufacture and execute based on customer needs has never been more important than it is during this time. 

“We will continue to do what we can to support our global customers and to protect the safety of our employees in our local hometowns around the world.”

Axalta Tufcote liquid coatings are designed for maximum performance, corrosion protection, gloss and color retention. For more information, visit or