MINASF Technical Session and Annual Dinner Dance a Success!

On March 28th, the Michigan Chapter of NASF gathered in Grand Rapids for the annual Technical Session. There were 50 people in attendance. The presentations included:

Trends in Plating on Plastic
John Thompson, MacDermid

A Cleaning Primer: The Essentials of Cleaning
Blair Vandivier and Pat Burgio, Asterion

Managing Change: A Supplier’s Perspective on Qualifying
Zinc-Nickel as a Cadmium Replacement for Aerospace

Jamie Flesch, Dipsol of America

MINASF and NASF Update
Brian Harrick, President of MINASF Board, Member of NASF Board of Directors

That evening, over 140 people attended the dinner / dance. Fun was had by all. The annual day of events is always something members and friends look forward to attending. The MINASF would like to thank all the speakers for their informative presentations. Thanks also to Greg Grieves, John Mulder, Mark Siegrist and Jim Hankinson for their efforts in making this event possible!

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Bales Wins Daily Herald Business Ledger 2015 AABE Business Excellence Award

Downers Grove, Ill. (March 18, 2015) – Bales Metal Surface Solutions is proud to announce they have been selected to receive an Annual Award for Business Excellence in the family business category by The Daily Herald Business Ledger. Stacey Bales and Sara (Bales) Mortensen accepted the award on behalf of Bales at the AABE Award reception on March 11, in Addison, Ill.

The family business category specifically recognizes businesses that demonstrate sustained success across a broad range of measures — such as growth, innovation, entrepreneurship, and contributions to the community. This award showcases the region’s best-managed businesses and recognizes the achievements of their leaders. Award winners will be profiled in a special publication of The Daily Herald Business Ledger to be published on April 13, 2015.


The Bales success story includes how they have weathered the storm of family-business succession. Stacey and Sara were both just in their twenties when they came to be in charge of a male-dominated manufacturing business following their father’s sudden passing in 2009. Their abiding goal has been to carry on their father’s vision, dream, and passion for the business.

The AABE Award affirms they have done just that – by doubling sales, enhancing operational efficiency, adding equipment and work shifts, and receiving a Green Business Award from the Village of Downers Grove.

True to their commitment to innovation, Bales recently underwent a “brand refresh” – introducing their new name, tagline, logo, website and monthly e-newsletter that provides a modern representation of the company, while also honoring the nearly 40-year history of the company. Visit www.balesUSA.com to see and learn more.

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NASF Scholarships Awarded Under AESF Foundation

Washington D.C. – The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Education Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Yunfei Xu, PhD candidate at Harvard University, and Shinde Manish, PhD candidate at Wichita State University, have been chosen as the 2014 Scholarship Award Program recipients for their research in plating and surface finishing science and engineering. Undergraduate and graduate applicants were chosen on the basis of four major factors: academic record, personal statement, work experience and extracurricular activities. Both honorary scholarship recipients will receive a $1,500 USD award toward their study and/or research related to the advancement of the plating and surface finishing technology.


Yunfei Xu

Yunfei XuYunfei Xu is a PhD candidate in chemistry at Harvard University. Having previously studied noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for water splitting reactions, his current research is focused on surface chemistry and catalysis. Passionate about extracurricular activities, Yunfei Xu co-authored 10 publications, including research articles, reviews, a book chapter and 2 patents during his undergraduate. In 2013/2014, he served as a fellow in both Venture Club and the Alumni Relations board of the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association (HCSSA). Xu is now the 2014/2015 co-chair of Alumni Relations for HCSSA.

Manish Shinde

Manish ShindeManish Shinde is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State University. After being introduced to studies in nanomaterial as an undergraduate, Shinde applied his curiosity to produce his master’s thesis work with nanomaterial in dye sensitized solar cells. Pursing this curiosity, Shinde’s doctoral dissertation will focus on creating a replacement for hexavalent chromium products that would be best suited for the metal finishing industry. Aside from educational research, Shinde is a research engineer for the National Institute of Aviation Research where he is involved in different aspects of coating as well as research and development. Presently, he is involved in research of aviation coatings for increased performance for corrosion and heat reflective coatings.

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MAMF Plating School a Huge Success

The past eight weeks, 22 people have attended class once a week at Epner Technology.  Under the “head Master” JR Candiloro and five additional instructors a wide range of subjects was covered.   Students “graduated “ on Thursday, March 26, at Bantry Bay, Long Island City.

For more information on sessions in September and January visit MetalFinishers.org.


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