NASF Recognizes Industry Leaders at Annual Conference

POSTED: June 20, 2019

The National Association for Surface Finishing, which represents the interests of professionals throughout the surface coatings industry, presented several prestigious awards during its annual trade event, the 2019 SUR/FIN® Manufacturing and Technology Tradeshow and Conference, held June 3-5 at Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Back Row (left to right): Milt Stevenson, Jr., Curtis Goad, Dr. Keith Legg, Bobbi Burns, Paul Brancato, Jim Hankinson, Paul Skelton, Steve Brown (NASF President), Tony Revier (Awards Committee) Front Row (left to right): Jim Miille, Ray Lucas Not Pictured: Christopher Capalbo

NASF Presidential Award
Ray Lucas, President of Valley Chrome Plating Inc., received the award for his pioneering work with the NASF 1000, a fundraiser which secured support for national industry representation and action.

Silvio C. Taormina Memorial Award
Paul Brancato, Vice President of Epner Technology Inc., recently concluded his term as NASF President and continues to serve in leadership roles with the Masters’ Association for Metal Finishers and the NASF Board of Directors.

August P. Munning Award
The honoree must be a peer-nominated supplier who has made significant contributions to the posterity of NASF. With two patents pending for improved welding and anchored PVC linings, Curtis Goad, CEO of GOAD CO., has been an innovator of tank lining system fabrication and installation for over 40 years.

Scientific Achievement Award
Presented to a member who successfully advanced the theory and practice of electroplating. Dr. Keith Legg, CTO of Corrdesa LLC., has facilitated collaboration between the NASF and the Department of Defense as part of his work with corrosion solutions.

Award of Merit
Paul Skelton, Christopher Capalbo, Bobbi Burns, Jim Hankinson

NASF Fellows of 2019
Jim Miille, Milt Stevenson, Jr.

CATEGORIES: Events, NASF Members

MAMF Awards Night

POSTED: April 9, 2019

On April 6, MAMF celebrated the industry and its leaders. MAMF President Lina de la Cruz opened the evening with a welcome to the more than 80 attendees at the beautiful Chart House in Weehawken, NJ.

MAMF Awards Night

Honorees included:

Award of Special Recognition for Work in the Industry
Walter Schwartz

Award of Special Recognition for Work on the NJ Air Permit
Michael Banhidi
Wasyl Bojczuk
Bobbi Sica – Gumbinger
Ed Miller
Anthony “Red” Melchione

Stephen Candiloro Memorial Award
New Brunswick Plating

Thank you to our sponsors and attendees who made the evening possible!

MAMF Sponsors

CATEGORIES: Events, NASF Chapters

NASF and U.S. EPA Region 5 Partnership to Reduce Halogenated Solvents

POSTED: November 18, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 5’s office has initiated a voluntary air toxic reduction effort with regulated industry sectors in 6 states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Facilities covered by the Degreasing Organic Cleaners Halogenated Solvent Cleaners standard (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart T) may receive a letter from EPA Region 5 requesting their participation to help reduce or eliminate the use of the regulated solvents.

Halogenated solvents include:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Methyl chloroform (TCA, 111- trichloroethane)
  • Dichloromethane (DCM, methylene chloride)
  • Perchloroethylene (PERC)
  • Carbon Tetrachloride (CTC)

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) and the surface finishing industry have made significant progress in reducing the use of halogenated solvents and air emissions from these solvents. Historically, these solvents have been used to clean parts prior to finishing, and halogenated solvents are still in use for applications where substitute solvents are not feasible. Where halogenated solvents continue to be used, facilities implement a variety of control technologies to minimize air emissions.

Even with the success in reducing emissions of halogenated solvents from the surface finishing industry, NASF is partnering with EPA to help members identify additional options for product substitution and improved control technologies to reduce or eliminate air emissions from halogenated solvents. Solvent substitution may allow the facility to reduce or eliminate permit or other compliance requirements under the federal standard, protect worker health and reduce costs. More information on alternative solvents can be found on EPA’s website.

More information on the regulatory benefits of safer solvents can be found here.

NASF and EPA will soon develop a webinar to provide more details on this initiative. For more information regarding the NASF/EPA partnership on this initiative, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at

CATEGORIES: Law & Regulation

MINASF Holds 2018 Midwest Seminar

POSTED: October 29, 2018

The Michigan Chapter of NASF hosted the Midwest Seminar on September 13th-15th, 2018 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Attendees enjoyed the magic of Grand Hotel while networking with fellow industry leaders.

MINASF would like to thank the following sponsors for their support!

Event Sponsors:

  • Coventya
  • Dynapower Company
  • North American Rectifiers
  • Palm Commodities

Golf Sponsor:

  • Columbia Chemical

Tabletop Sponsors:

  • Coventya
  • Dynapower Company
  • Haviland
  • KCH Services
  • North American Rectifiers
  • Palm Commodities

Conference speakers and topics included the following:

  • Frank Wagner, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
    “Hexavalent Chromium-Free Decorative Technologies”
  • John Pawlowski, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
    “New Developments in High-Speed, High Phosphorus Electroless Nickel Technology”
  • Carla Davidson, DEQ
    PFOS Update
  • PFOS panel discussion:
    • Susan Johnson – Butzel Long
    • Daniel Greene – Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
    • Steve Kuplicki – GLWA
    • Patrick Stanford – Rochem Americas, Inc.
  • Jim Rosenfeld, Butzel Long
    “How the #MeToo Movement has Impacted Companies”
  • Laurie Riegle, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
    “Strategies to Hire and Retain Talent – How to Become a Destination Employer”
  • Collin Peters, Atotech
    “Breaking New Ground with BluCr Trivalent Hard Chrome Technology”
  • Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group / NASF, and
 Beth Gotthelf, Butzel Long
    MINASF – Regulatory Updates
  • Bill Barkeley, Keynote – Blind / Deaf / Adventurer / Storyteller
    “No Barriers”

Visit for photos from the event!

CATEGORIES: Events, NASF Chapters

MAMF Annual Golf Outing

POSTED: October 9, 2018

On October 2nd, the MAMF held their Annual Golf Outing at Oak Hill Golf Club in Milford, NJ. 50 golfers enjoyed a nice day of golfing, food, and refreshments. The event raised over $6,000 for the New York / New Jersey Environmental Fund.

MAMF Annual Golf Outing

Pictured left to right are Platinum Sponsors Bob Chabot-Epic Industrial, Joe Tilton-Tilton Rack, Tony Alcaro-Alcaro Plating, and Tony Luccaro-Precious Metal Sales.


Are Prop 65 Warnings Required for Your Metal-Plated Materials/Products?

POSTED: October 5, 2018

California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) is a complex regulation for which it is difficult to find determinative answers. California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently updated its warning regulations that apply to products manufactured after August 30, 2018. As a result, many NASF members have received letters from customers that sell or distribute products in California asking if the products need Prop 65 warnings and labels.

Even if a part is plated outside California, but is sold or distributed in California, warning labels may be required. NASF is providing 3 documents that can help in determining whether warning labels are required for products that are sold or distributed in California.

Download Proposition 65 Documents

CATEGORIES: Law & Regulation

Leadership Spotlight: Waasy Boddison

POSTED: July 16, 2018

Waasy Boddison is President of American Plating Power, LLC (Fort Myers, FL.). He holds a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering. Waasy has been actively involved in the metal finishing industry for 18 years, serving currently as the President of the Florida Finishers Association. Waasy is an active member of the NASF, having served on the Sur/Fin committee for 10 years, including as Chair; he participated for 3 years on the NASF nomination committee, and has served since 2016 as an NASF board member. He also serves on the membership and education committee for the AAC.

Waasy originally became involved with the NASF for education, networking, and the belief that “you give back what you take.” He is enthusiastic about continuing to help the metal finishing industry grow and create new opportunities.


CATEGORIES: Leadership Spotlight, NASF National

Form 300A must be submitted electronically by July 1, 2018

POSTED: June 29, 2018

Washington, DC – The National Association for Surface Finishing sends this reminder: submit your 2017 injury and illness summary report electronically to OSHA today, before Sunday’s deadline.

OSHA estimates that 450,000+ US companies must submit 2017 Form 300A data under the agency’s tracking system – the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). Companies are required to submit Form 300A if they meet these criteria:

  • Large Companies – If you have 250 or more employees and are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records.
  • Small and Medium-Size Companies – If you have 20-249 employees and are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. This category includes most manufacturing operations, including companies in the surface finishing industry.

More information on this reporting requirement is available on the OSHA website at

For further information, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at

CATEGORIES: Law & Regulation

NASF/AESF Foundation and College for Creative Studies (CCS) Announce 2018 Program Winners

POSTED: May 14, 2018

The 2018 annual Bright Design Challenge sponsored by NASF/AESF Foundation in collaboration with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) located in Detroit, Michigan are proud to announce the winners of the Spring 2018 semester program. This year’s program, “Advancing Identity for the Next Automotive Era” was taught by Associate Professor Raphael Zammit, MFA Chair of Transportation Design, and asked students to reimagine conventions for automotive identity that will be relevant in the coming age of fully electric and autonomous vehicles for the years 2025-2035.

For the past century, vehicle identities (faces) have evolved almost primarily from the design of major functional components such as air intakes (grilles) and lighting (headlamps). Next generation vehicles, however, may rely less (if at all) on such components due to continual advances in technology. While modern vehicles have already been incorporating faux versions of old technologies (grilles & lighting) purely for the sake of familiarity or to maintain the invested brand equity of an ‘established face’, next generation vehicles will need to establish new conventions to convey signature identities in order to not appear antiquated or inauthentic. The exploration, development, and innovation of surface finishes offers an exciting and wholly appropriate avenue for expressing identity in an entirely new context (of the coming era) of advanced mobility.

Course Objectives:

  1. Create new conventions of identity on both the brand and vehicular level through the unconventional research and application of materiality, color, texture, pattern, and form as expressed through surface finishes.
  2. Employ the concept of researched “aesthetic messaging” to elevate the use of surface finishes beyond styling decor, into ‘communicative language devices’.
  3. Celebrate the full creative and expressive potential of surface finishes through the creation of visually compelling video animations that highlight the surface concepts (by targeting viewers focus to those areas on vehicle).

Out of the eight students who participated in the program, five stood out as they skillfully applied finishing to their futuristic automotive concept designs.


1st – Sung Hyun Kim
2nd – Won Choi
3rd – Zinan Nui

Honorable Mentions:
Yeong-soo Choi
Deven Khatri



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Leadership Spotlight: Kyle Hankinson

POSTED: February 14, 2018

Kyle HankinsonKyle Hankinson is the President of KCH Engineered Systems. For nearly 40 years, KCH has been a technology leader in the design and manufacture of industrial ventilation systems and wet process lines for various markets within the surface finishing industry.
Kyle is a second-generation owner at KCH, which was started by his father, Ken Hankinson in 1979. Kyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University, along with Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot Ratings in Helicopters and Airplanes with the FAA. He is a Certified Electroplater-Finisher (CEF), and is very active within the Surface Finishing industry. Kyle has served on the NASF Board of Directors and SUR/FIN® Steering Committee for several years now. Kyle also represents the surface finishing industry on the American Society of Safety Engineers, Z9 Committee for Industrial Ventilation Standards. While on the NASF board, Kyle has focused much of his efforts toward growing the NASF organization and SUR/FIN® Tradeshow through expanding its reach into areas such as the Southeastern US. He also believes “If you build it, they will come” strongly supporting continued development and growth of the AESF Foundation’s training program.
Kyle served in the US Army for nearly 10 years as an Aviator and Pilot in Command of the AH-64D Helicopter, and is currently in an inactive status with the Ready Reserve. He often talks of how critical our industry is to the people and machines that perform the very dangerous missions of the United States Military.

CATEGORIES: Leadership Spotlight, NASF National
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