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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Important Message from NASF President, Rick Delawder

We are just a few weeks away from the highly anticipated NASF Washington Forum, taking place in Washington, DC on April 8 through 10. Given the importance of this event, we are writing to personally encourage you to join us as we learn about issues impacting our businesses and to represent our industry to lawmakers in Washington.

Your participation at this year’s event is critical. Right now Congress, EPA, the Department of Labor, and others are working on several issues that would have significant impacts on the surface finishing industry. These include potentially new requirements on metals and chemicals in manufacturing under new TSCA legislation, a major federal storm water rule, expedited union election rules and implementing new HazCom regulations as well as the Affordable Care Act, among others.

Join us and your fellow industry leaders as we attend briefings on these issues and more, and then deliver our message directly to our lawmakers on Capitol Hill. As the largest organization representing the surface finishing industry and its supply chain partners, it is vital that we use this opportunity to make our voices heard and advocate on behalf of the good work being done in our industry. It’s time to remind Washington that we are critical to the success of U.S. manufacturing, employment and the overall economy.

If you’ve never attended the Forum or it’s been a long time, this is the perfect year, particularly with the elections this fall. Yes, you DO have a voice and it will be heard if you attend this vital industry event. To register, please click here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Christian Richter at or Jeff Hannapel at


Rick Delawder

Erik Weyls
Vice President

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$5 million Illinois initiative announced today, supports State manufacturers

By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune reporter

Rick Delawder’s company specializes in coatings that prevent rust and applies them on parts for Ford, Caterpillar, Deere and Chrysler. But every 100 times or so, the angle of the machine that applies the coatings isn’t quite right and the coating pools where it shouldn’t.

“Now we have a defect,” said Delawder, president of SWD Inc. in Addison. “If it gets to an assembly plant, it actually has the ability to shut the assembly line down.”

And Delawder’s reject rate and costs go up.

Thanks to a high-tech manufacturing initiative to be announced Friday, Delawder will be able to turn to a University of Illinois-based supercomputer, which can work through every tilt, speed and permutation for running that coating machine until it finds a solution.

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