NASF Presents Awards to Industry Leaders During Annual Trade Show Event

On June 20, 2017, The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) presented industry awards at the 2017 SUR/FIN® Manufacturing and Technology Tradeshow and Conference in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center. The association recognized volunteer leaders whose service, commitment and contribution has advanced both the association and the industry.

NASF Presidential Award
Michael Kelly, Asko Processing Group

Mike Kelly receives the 2017 Presidential Award The Presidential Award focuses on the extraordinary service put forth by an NASF member who is actively participating on the national level, going above and beyond the capacity of most.
This year we were pleased to present this award to Michael Kelly. Mike has been in virtually every position within the NASF and is known across the community as going the extra mile in the call of service for the industry.

Silvio C. Taormina Memorial Award
Rick Delawder, SWD, Inc.

Rick Delawder Receives the 2017 Taormina AwardThe Silvio C. Taormina Memorial Award is an honor given to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry over the years.

We were pleased to present this award to Rick Delawder for his unparalleled dedication and performance on both, national and chapter level in support of the finishing industry.
Rick has served on the NAMF, CMFI board for many years and has been a NASF board member going up through all the leadership positions, and has served as NASF President. His leadership as President helped continue to guide the association to great growth and stability. Rick has served in many leadership capacities within this local industry association over the years. It is clear that Rick is not serving for his own benefit rather he is serving for the good of the association.

August P. Munning Award
Waasy Boddison, American Plating Power

Waasy Boddison receives the 2017 August P. Munning AwardThis award is given to a member who has significantly contributed to the future wellbeing of the NASF/AESF and exemplifies the traits of August P. Munning. This year, we were pleased to present this award to Waasy Boddison.

Waasy has been a significant contributor to the industry through development of advanced rectifier technologies, while also participating on numerous NASF committees and being President of the Florida Finishers Corporation. Waasy currently is sitting on the national board of the NASF.

Scientific Achievement Award
Dr. Per Møller, Technical University of Denmark

Dr Per Møller Receives the 2017 Scientific Achievement AwardThe Scientific Achievement Award recognizes a person who has contributed to the advancement of the theory and practice of electroplating, metal finishing and the allied arts; raised the quality of processes and products; enhanced the dignity and status of the profession; or has been involved in a combination of these efforts. The first recipient of this award was Dr. William Blum, Sr., who was instrumental in the establishment of fundamental research in the Society.

This year, we were very pleased to recognize Dr. Per Moller for this prestigious award. His accomplishments in the technology of surface finishing and his contributions to our industry are both wide and in depth. Most notably, he has contributed the modern “bible” of our industry, the two-volume Advances in Surface Technology, as important to the engineer today as Blum and Hogaboom’s Principles of Electroplating and Electroforming was in the 1930’s.

Awards of Merit

2017 Award of Merit Recipients Betty Lou Mueller, Frank Dunigan, and Nancy ZapataThe Award of Merit is given to members of the industry who show meritorious service and achievement on both the local and national levels. We have three recipients of the Award of Merit this year:

Frank Dunigan, A Brite Company
for his outstanding contribution to NASF through SUR/FIN as an exhibitor, corporate member, NASF 1000 contributor and his regular participation in the Dallas branch of AESF for many years.

Betty Lou Mueller, Florida Finishers Corporation
for her tireless and selfless support of all activates within the Florida Finishers Corporation, including planning and execution of the annual Mid-Winter Finishers Conference.

Nancy Zapata, Control Electropolishing Corporation
for her dedicated work in the industry over the past 26 years and establishing the company, Electropolishing Corporation as a Minority Woman’s Business Enterprise. She has also been training her daughters to take over the company and has provided a foothold where women can be part of the surface finishing industry too.

2016 NASF Fellows

2017 NASF Fellows Ling Hao, Yinlun Huang, J. Kelly Mowry, Dr. Alan Rose, Donald Snyder, Not Pictured David Marsh, Jerry Wahlin, Joelie Zak The NASF Fellow is an award given to recognize outstanding service, contribution and long-standing commitment to the NASF/AESF for the advancement of the best interest of the surface finishing industry. The NASF Fellow honor is modeled after the AESF Fellow that was established in 1997.

  • Ling Hao, Lacks Enterprises
  • Yinlun Huang, Wayne State University
  • David Marsh, Marsh Plating Corporation
  • J. Kelly Mowry, Gull Industries
  • Dr. Alan Rose, Corrdesa LLC
  • Donald Snyder, Retired
  • Jerry Wahlin, AAA Plating & Inspection
  • Joelie Zak, Scientific Control Labs, Inc.

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Leadership Spotlight: Christopher J. Capalbo

Chris CapalboChristopher is the Vice President of Operations for New Method Plating Company, Inc. located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Chris is a third-generation metal finisher at New Method Plating, which was started in 1931 by his grandfather, Ralph Capalbo, Sr. and is currently owned by his father Ralph Capalbo, Jr. Chris has worked every job at their NADCAP accredited metal finishing job shop during his 20-year career, servicing various military, aerospace, municipal, locking device, and hardware industries.

Chris has been an active member of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Metal Finisher for most of his career. He has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Clerk, and is still on the Board of Directors as the National Director to the NASF. For the past 8 years, Chris has served as the Administrative Co-Director for the New England Surface Finishing Regional; the is the largest annual metal finishing trade conference in all of New England. He has worked as an ambassador to the metal finishing industry, making multiple presentations for the Toxic Use Reduction Institute in striving to work with and help them understand the willingness of our industry to achieve responsible sustainability.

Chris holds his Massachusetts Wastewater Operators license, as well as completing his Toxic Use Reduction Planner Certification. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Hartford.

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Leadership Spotlight: Brian Kane

Brian KaneBorn and raised in New England, Brian Kane moved to Chicago in 1998 and in 2000, began his career at S&C Electric Company as a Safety & Environmental Engineer. S&C is a leading manufacturer of high voltage switchgear located in northeast Chicago, operating a wide variety of manufacturing processes, including a captive plating operation. Brian moved into S&C’s finishing operations as a process engineer, overseeing the plating, galvanizing and wastewater treatment operations. It was here that he first became an active member of the local Chicago Chapter after taking a local offering of the CEF course. Brian credits the camaraderie, information-sharing and technical presentations that kept him coming back. After holding several positions on the Board of Directors, Brian played an active role in the merger of the two surface finishing bodies in Chicago, forming both the Chicago Midwest Chapter of the NASF and the Chicago Surface Finishing Foundation where he now serves on both Boards. Brian is constantly amazed and inspired by the dedicated leadership and volunteer work done by the local and national chapter and Board members he has had the opportunity to work with. He enjoys active participation in the various chapter/NASF outings and social gatherings, including holiday parties, the science fair, golf outings, education summits and Washington Forum.

Married for 20 years with two beautiful kids (ages 11 and 13), Brian received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. Brian held positions as a US Navy Nuclear Reactor Plant Test Engineer and then as a Product EHS Engineer for a semiconductor fabrication equipment OEM prior to moving to Chicago. Brian recently returned to S&C’s Safety & Environmental Affairs group as senior manager, driving continuous improvement of the safety and sustainability efforts. He sees now more than ever the critical role that an active and engaged trade organization membership can bring to the health and welfare of individual companies and the industry as a whole.

In 2016, Brian received the Award of Merit from NASF/AESF and the Charlie Geldzhaler Award from the Chicago Chapter. Brian was also elected President of the AESF Foundation’s Board of Trustees in June of that year. Brian thanks his fellow chapter and board member’s generosity, support and mentorship for his longevity and certainly any accolades. Brian’s vision for the AESF Foundation includes expanded course offerings and accessibility, improved technical and educational resources, continued excellence in research and scholarship activities, and expanded chapter outreach.

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Leadership Spotlight: Bernard “Bernie” Haviland

Bernie HavilandMarried with two adult children and a home in Ada, Mich., E. Bernard “Bernie” Haviland has been CEO of Haviland Enterprises, Inc. (HEI) for the past 10 years. Founded in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1934, HEI, is comprised of two unique divisions, more than 250 employees and more than 600,000 square feet of chemical manufacturing and warehousing devoted to formulating, manufacturing and contract packaging, offering innovative chemistry for the industrial, pharmaceutical, food and swimming pool industries.

Bernie’s academic credentials include a BS in Economics and an MBA from Arizona State University. Throughout his career, Bernie has guided HEI in developing an international profile, sourcing globally and selling in Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. As CEO, he has sold three companies and purchased another three to focus in markets where they could best compete. With the introduction of “Lean”, HEI has been able to change their culture from a top-down environment to one of shop floor empowerment. And finally, in 2012, they completed the transition to a 100 percent ESOP Corp.

Bernie believes NASF is an umbrella organization covering all aspects of surface finishing. At its base are local chapters that feed into a national organization. Legislation occurs at all levels of government so he reminds others that having a strong, local chapter is critical to the organization’s success. Speaking from many years of experience, Bernie affirms that involvement in local, as well as national issues will reward anyone willing to invest their time and effort with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

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In Memoriam: David Marsh

In recent days the industry lost an iconic figure in the passing of David Marsh, who died unexpectedly at his home in Bridgewater, Michigan.

Dave’s contribution to the advancement of the surface finishing industry was far reaching, both technologically and from an advocacy standpoint educating the regulatory community as to the importance of surface finishing in preserving the nation’s natural resources.  Not only was David one of the first job shop owners to embrace automation as a way to increase productivity and profitability, he was equally insightful in being one of the first finishers to offer his customers emerging technologies that would provide better corrosion protection than were possible with older technologies.  This helped Marsh develop a reputation for being able to apply consistent, high quality finishes that other shops had difficulty matching.

David’s many skills were quickly recognized by his peers in the surface finishing industry, resulting in him ascending to leadership positions in the industry’s various trade associations.  He was one of the individuals most responsible for coordinating the government relations efforts of all three trade associations at the time into a single group known as the Government Advisory Committee.

It was this committee that was involved in ground-breaking collaborative programs with the EPA, most notably the Common Sense Initiative, which was created as part of President Clinton’s Reinventing Government initiative.  David was also a well respected and vocal supporter of the need for trade association consolidation, which led to the creation of the National Association for Surface Finishing.

Several years ago David turned over the day to day management of the various finishing operations owned by the Marsh family to sons Matthew and Mitchell, but he maintained an advisory role as the family opened new plating facilities in the Southeastern United States and in the Midwest.  This change in roles for David afforded him more time to pursue his many hobbies, such as bird hunting, fishing, traveling in his motor coach, playing golf, training his hunting dogs, and ensuring his beloved “farm” in Bridgewater was maintained to his specifications.

A visitation will be held for friends and industry colleagues on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at the Polo Fields Country Club, 5200 Polo Fields Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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In Memoriam: Dick Crain

Dick Crain headshotWe were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dick Crain, whose countless contributions and leadership to the finishing industry will be missed. Dick died peacefully on Mar. 26, 2017, at Hinsdale Hospital in Illinois at the age of 83.

“He was a champion of the industry, and he always put the good of the order first. He was one of the last who was a true gentleman,” said friend and colleague Blair Vandivier of Asterion this week. Many others who worked with Dick over the years would certainly agree.

Dick was born on Feb. 12, 1934, in Freeport, Ill., to Francis and Belva Wedding Crain. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 1956 with a degree in chemistry. While at Western, he became a proud member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and was the chapter’s president during his senior year. Upon graduation, Dick married Susie Walton Sears in August of 1956. He taught high school science in Shannon, Ill., for two years before moving to Berwyn, Ill., and accepting a sales position at Industrial Filter and Pump Co. in Cicero, Ill.  He spent 30 successful years at Industrial, becoming vice president of sales. After leaving Industrial, Dick also applied his considerable skills and expertise with positions as general manager of Serfilco in Northbrook, Ill., and executive director of the Metal Finishing Supplier’s Association.

Dick was the author and inventor of three patents in the pollution abatement field. He also owned and operated his own consulting company, Monitor Consultants LLC. In retirement, he served as an environmental consultant for Indian Head Park, Ill., where he and Susie resided.

Dick enjoyed traveling throughout the world for work and with Susie. He also loved playing golf and gin rummy with friends at the La Grange Country Club, where he was a long-time member and the club’s president from 1985-1986. Most of all, he loved his family dearly.


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Register Today for SUR/FIN Atlanta – Sessions Begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, June 19, 2017

The NASF SUR/FIN® Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference has expanded and is shaping up to be the event you can’t afford to miss. Because the 2017 event has so much to offer, the conference program will now begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, June 19. This is a departure from recent years when the conference program kicked off in the afternoon. The new schedule allows attendees to take advantage of the full range of conference sessions without sacrificing time on the show floor.

The conference program can be viewed at In addition to the key session offerings such as Advances in Surface Finishing and Automotive and Technical Responses to REACh, there will also be sessions on Aerospace & Defense, Technology for Increasing Performance, and more. Attendees and exhibitors will have a total of 14 sessions from which to choose, plus complimentary sessions such as the Sustainability Summit, Nadcap and keynote presentations from Executive Director of the Automotive Industry Action Group J. Scot Sharland and Scott Fetter with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program at Lockheed Martin.

More than 180 companies will showcase the latest equipment, supplies and services in more than 100 product categories. SUR/FIN exhibitors will provide their expertise in surface technology to make your company more efficient and profitable. Looking for a particular product or service from our exhibitors? You’ll find it here.

Registration is now open at

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NASF Member Survey of Job Shops, Suppliers Shows Optimism in 1st Quarter

The latest NASF “Business Barometer” survey points to optimism from member suppliers and job shops in the first quarter of 2017. Click here to see detailed results for suppliers and here for job shop results, including outlook by geographic region.

For Job Shops, business conditions are favorable and expected to tick up further in the next six months. In light of broader confidence in key sectors and the expectation of pro-business policies from Washington, including less regulation, confidence in the industry tracks trends other business surveys, including the NFIB “Optimism Index” – where first quarter optimism reached a historic high.

Job Shop owners said the biggest challenge this year will be finding qualified employees as the labor market continues to tighten. The Job Shop survey just kicked off this quarter, following the success of the NASF Supplier Business Barometer. See the summary here.

For Suppliers, business conditions in North America are the most favorable since the survey launched in 2015, with nearly 49 percent of suppliers reporting conditions are “good” and nearly 9 percent reporting “excellent.” See the summary here.

Thanks again to all members participating in the survey. Be sure to take one minute and complete the next survey in the second quarter. Your contributions help create a more accurate picture of current and emerging business conditions for the industry.

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NASF Finalizing Metals Discharge Study: Presentation to EPA at April Washington Forum

The NASF through its Government Advisory Committee is nearing completion of a milestone review and case study of the industry’s progress in reducing wastewater discharges throughout a nearly 30-year period. The study compares metals discharged by permitted finishing operations in Milwaukee from 1989 to 2016. It evaluates total metals reductions from companies to the municipal treatment plant, average reductions on a per facility basis, and the relative contribution of the finishing industry versus the larger universe of industrial dischargers in the community.

The draft version is under review by the committee this month and, as anticipated, preliminary findings show the industry’s reductions to be significant. The results of the study will be presented at the NASF Washington Forum in a discussion led by GAC Committee Member John Lindstedt, Advanced Plating Technology. Committee representatives will also present the study’s findings to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the April meetings. The findings will substantiate the association’s position that protecting the nation’s waterways has been an overwhelming success, and that future, more stringent discharge standards are unnecessary.

Further details will be available shortly after the committee’s review and the report is finalized.

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NASF Secures EPA Pollution Prevention Grant with National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

Focus: Advancing Industry Environmental Performance & Sustainability

NASF’s research and training arm, the AESF Foundation, has been awarded a pollution prevention grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The grant proposal was submitted earlier in the year to the agency under the NASF joint partnership with Ann Arbor, Michigan-based National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).

The new project will focus on evaluating and benchmarking current and emerging industry pollution prevention practices. NCMS and NASF will initially prepare a comprehensive list of pollution prevention options for the industry, develop a survey and audit tools for evaluating pollution prevention options at surface finishing facilities. The project will engage approximately six potential facilities from the Michigan Chapter of NASF to participate in survey and audit phases for the implementation of pollution prevention practices.

NCMS and NASF will then provide training and technical support for implementing pollution prevention options, prepare company case studies on the participating facilities, and incorporate the results of the project into the association’s technical education courses. They will also conduct workshops for the surface finishing industry to promote the implementation of effective pollution prevention practices.

The new project will generate useful information to promote effective pollution prevention practices and further improve the environmental performance of the surface finishing industry. If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding this project, please contact Christian Richter of Jeff Hannapel with NASF at or

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