SUR/FIN 2021

POSTED: February 5, 2021

NASF SUR/FIN is moving to November 2-4, 2021 Please mark your calendars!

In order to provide the best and safest experience for the industry, NASF is moving this year’s SUR/FIN Show and Manufacturing & Technology Conference from July to November 2-4, 2021.

This year’s event will be an excellent opportunity for the industry to come back together after our hiatus. We’re eager to see everyone from across the finishing community – our exhibitors, partners, speakers, colleagues, attendees and guests – and host you in Detroit at the TC Center for a productive and successful show. Please mark your calendars now for SUR/FIN 2021, November 2-4.

We’re confident SUR/FIN 2021 will be the event the industry has been waiting for. There will be many opportunities for networking, education and collegiality in a COVID-responsible environment.

Thank you for your continued support of SUR/FIN and the NASF, and we look forward to a successful event with you as we prepare for November.

For more information on SUR/FIN please visit,


2021 Industry Training Schedule

POSTED: February 4, 2021

The NASF/AESF Foundation is proud to announce its 2021 industry training schedule is available online for download here. Visit today to download your copy of the training catalog, view detailed course descriptions and pricing, and register for upcoming courses.

NASF/AESF Foundation offers four separate training platforms which cater to all types of learners: Web-Based, Home Study, In-Person, and Custom. Each platform offers advantages to students as they work towards the Certified Electro-Finisher (CEF), Certified Aerospace Finisher (CAF), and Master Surface Finisher (MSF) designations.

Home Study:

  • Begin Home Study anytime and complete at your own pace
  • Hard-copy course materials are mailed directly to your home or work
  • AESF Technical Director reviews chapter quizzes and provides feedback
  • Proctored exams can be taken at your location


  • Courses presented in a series of online sessions
  • Live, online instruction taught by NASF/AESF Foundation instructors and other industry experts
  • Live sessions take place on pre-determined Tuesday & Wednesdays between 12:00pm and 2PM eastern
  • Session recordings are available to students for 30-days after the original posting date if students wish to review or miss live sessions


  • Live interaction with instructor in a classroom setting
  • Instruction takes place over 2-4 days (add 1 day for optional exam)
  • Taught in select locations throughout the U.S.


  • The most flexible of training platforms to meet larger training needs of companies
  • Mix and match from 110 available course modules
  • No travel required; one of our certified instructors will come to you

For additional information on NASF/AESF Foundation courses please contact, Education Manager, Josh Huff.


January Update

POSTED: January 18, 2021

The National Association for Surface Finishing has released its Public Policy Update for January 2021. Some of the highlights in the update are summarized below. You can access the NASF January 2021 Public Policy Update here.

Here are some highlights:

Washington Transition Update – The incoming Biden administration and Georgia runoff election may shift environmental policy and chemicals policy (including PFAS regulation). NASF suspects environmental justice and climate change will be at the top of the agenda, as well as new initiatives on the labor, health and safety, tax, trade and other fronts.

TRI Data Release – The EPA has released updated 2019 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data that includes summary and trend information, but does not include EPA’s full analysis of the 2019 data. The 2019 TRI National Analysis, to be published in early 2021, will examine different aspects of the data, including trends in releases, other waste management practices, and pollution prevention activities.

Stormwater – In March 2020, the EPA published its proposed 2020 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) that authorizes stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity in areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. NASF has submitted comments on the proposed MSGP.

Chemical Risk Evaluations – The EPA identified n-propyl bromide (1-bromopropane) as one of its first ten high priority chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). N-propyl bromide is used as a solvent to clean parts prior to surface finishing. EPA has one year from the risk evaluation to issue a proposed rule and two years from the risk evaluation to issue a final rule. NASF as well as a few of its members have been invited to participate in the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panel as small entity representatives (SERs).

EPA has also identified trichloroethylene (TCE) as one of its first ten high priority chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). TCE has been used as a solvent to clean parts prior to surface finishing.

PFAS Sampling Plan – NASF, with the assistance of Dr. Janet Anderson, developed a PFAS Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) for NASF members.

PFAS Federal Regulations – In 2020, the EPA proposed a regulatory determination to regulate PFOS and PFOA in drinking water. This is the first step in the regulatory process to establish a federal drinking water standard for PFOS and PFOA. NASF has encouraged the EPA to consider a treatment-focused regulatory approach to a drinking water standard for PFOS and PFOA, and that the treatment technologies considered must be technologically and economically feasible, consistent with the SDWA.

In 2020, the EPA issued a final significant new use rule (SNUR) for long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) chemical substances that imposes notification and other regulatory requirements on the manufacture, import or processing of certain new uses of specified LCPFAC substances, including PFOA and its salts. This SNUR does include PFOS or 6:2 FTS, the substances used in fume suppressants in the surface finishing industry. Accordingly, the article exemption for PFOS and 6:2 FTS would not be impacted by this SNUR.

EPA has published the draft Interim Guidance on Destroying and Disposing of Certain PFAS and PFAS-Containing Materials That Are Not Consumer Products with a 60-day public comment period under docket EPA-HQ-OLEM-2020-0527.

PFAS State Regulations – EPA Region 5, EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) conducted PFAS testing of fume suppressants currently in use and effluent discharge at approximately 12 plating shops in Michigan. The goal of this project was to determine if any PFOS is present in the fume suppressant currently in use and which PFAS, if any, may be in the effluent discharges of finishing shops.

On September 24, 2020, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Air Quality Division issued an initial threshold screening level (ITSL) for air emissions of 6:2 fluorotelomer sulfonate (or 6:2 FTS) of 1 μg/m³, with annual averaging time. 6:2 FTS is used in the current formulations of fume suppressants for chrome plating applications.

Water Technology Research – NASF and the AESF Foundation have joined the Water and Environmental Technology (WET) Center Industrial Advisory Board, which focuses on a broad range of water and wastewater technologies and related public health issues.

To get more information on any of the stories mentioned above, access the full NASF January 2021 Public Policy Update here.

CATEGORIES: Law & Regulation

MAMF Golf Outing October 1, 2019

POSTED: October 20, 2019

Thank you to all who participated in the MAMF Golf Outing held Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Oak Hill Golf Club. With 60+ players and record number of sponsors of Gold Outing presented the MAMF Environmental Fund with a check of $10,000.

CATEGORIES: Events, NASF Chapters

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

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