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Registration Opens for Washington Forum Event

POSTED: February 14, 2018

Register today for the annual Washington Forum event hosted at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City. This staple NASF event allows attendees to hear from leading officials and gain valuable insights on the latest regulatory challenges impacting the finishing industry.
Schedule:
Monday, April 16 – Evening Opening Reception
Tuesday, April 17 – All-day forum with presenters
Wednesday, April 18 – Hill Visits
Click Here to Register


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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.


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NASF/AESF Scholarship Deadline Extended

POSTED: January 26, 2018

NASF Scholarships are open to college juniors, senior and graduate students majoring in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, metallurgical engineering, materials science engineering, metallurgy or materials science programs where the focus of the curriculum is in surface science subjects. Selection is based on but not limited to: career interest in surface finishing, scholarship, achievement, motivation and potential.

Application deadline has been extended to February 23, 2018. For more information, click here or contact Annika Mikkelsen at: amikkelsen@nasf.org.



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NASF Launches 2018 Industry Awards Program

POSTED: January 26, 2018

During SUR/FIN 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio NASF will again recognize strong leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and resources to the Surface Finishing Industry. These volunteers work to further the association on both the local and national stages so the next generation of professionals have even greater support and opportunities. This recognition of key leaders who have gone above and beyond, demonstrate what is unique and admired about our association and I hope you will join us at the NASF Annual Meeting held during SUR/FIN to thank those for their efforts.

NASF will recognize a number of well deserving individuals to receive the following awards:

Award of Merit
Outstanding service of a local and/or national nature – Recipients truly deserving of this award have given a great deal of time, effort and devotion to the industry on either a local or national level.

Taormina Award
One of NASF’s most prestigious awards given to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry. Past award winners have been among the most dedicated individuals to improving our industry.

August P. Munning Award
Given to a supplier member who, in the opinion of his peers, has significantly contributed to the future well-being of the Association and exemplifies the traits of August P. Munning—his great interest, hard work, dedication and selfless devotion to the metal finishing industry.

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.

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.

NASF will be accepting nominations for these awards until March 30th and will be approved by the NASF Awards Committee.

Submit Your Nomination Today!



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The Personal and Industry Advantages of NASF Membership

POSTED: January 26, 2018

Many times, “benefits” or advantages of membership can be broken into two groups – Personal and Industry. What do I get and what does the industry get for being a member of NASF? Below are just some of the many advantages of being a member of NASF.

Personal Value:

  • Access to credible, up-to-date regulatory information
  • Access to world-class industry training provided by the NASF/AESF Foundation
  • Networking opportunities during top-notch professional events: SUR/FIN, Leadership Conference, and Washington Forum
  • Opportunity to gain leadership experience in the industry: local and national NASF boards
  • Discounted member rates for industry training and events
  • Complimentary access to technical articles located at STERC.org
  • Complimentary membership with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)

Industry Value:

  • Contribute to industry standards and guidelines to support quality
  • Influence legislation and regulation on local, state, and national level
  • Promote greater public awareness for the industry in your communities
  • Participate and gain access to industry surveys
  • Ability to support student education and encourage entry in the field
  • Sponsorship opportunities across many industry programs


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Call for SUR/FIN 2018 Abstracts Extended to January 12, 2018

POSTED: December 21, 2017

Submit an abstract today for the 2018 SUR/FIN Technical Conference. NASF has opened the online submission for papers and informative presentations on key, technical information for the surface finishing industry.

General Abstract Topics:

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Advances in Surface Finishing Technology
  • Light Material Finishing
  • Research Sustainability
  • Electronics Sustainability
  • Tech Responses to Reach and Environmental Regulations
  • Applications, Equipment or Technology Improving Productivity/Efficiency
  • Waste Management/Environmental
  • Surface Modifications/Surface Treatments

Abstract Submission Deadline is December 15, 2017 January 12, 2018.

To submit an abstract today, visit NASFsurfin.com or contact Cheryl Clark at Cclark@nasf.org.



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NASF/AESF Foundation Scholarship

POSTED: December 14, 2017

Award Amount: $1,500.00
Application Deadline: February 6, 2018

Each year, the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) and the AESF Foundation awards financial scholarships to academically well-deserving students studying in the areas of: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science & Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Chemistry.

Each scholarship award is in the amount of $1,500.00 and requires:

  • A statement describing applicant’s career objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors
  • A professional resume
  • Official undergraduate or graduate transcript

Students are judged on four major factors: (1) Academic record, (2) Personal Statement, (3) Working Experience, and (4) Extracurricular Activities. Selection is based on, but limited to: career interest in surface finishing, academic achievement, motivation and potential.

To qualify for the undergraduate scholarship, students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.

To qualify for the graduate scholarship, students must have a 3.3 GPA or higher and be currently enrolled in an accredited university.

To learn more about the NASF/AESF Foundation Scholarship Program or to submit an application, click here or contact Annika Mikkelsen at amikkelsen@nasf.org. Deadline to submit an application is February 6, 2018.



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Leadership Spotlight: Major Robert ‘Bob’ Baugh

POSTED: December 14, 2017

Bob BaughAlmost a quarter century ago, Major Robert ‘Bob’ Baugh retired from his position as President of Precise Hard Chrome, A Dover Company, and became Executive Director of the Texas Association of Metal Finishers. While running Precise Hard Chrome, Bob was an active member of the Association, served on the Board of Directors, and eventually served as TAMF President. He was an absolute perfect fit as Executive Director for our small group and he transitioned to executive director quickly and smoothly.

A smooth transition into becoming executive director went unnoticed by most because that is how Bob was trained. Efficient and effective leadership honed by a 23-year career as an Air Force and Army aviator. Bob retired at the rank of Major, which speaks to his abilities but he also retired with proficiency in everything Army Aviation had in it’s inventory. He flew everything from the famous UH1-Huey to his personal favorite, the OV-1 Mohawk, a twin turbine, armed observation bird.

Bob served his country proudly in Viet Nam and earned a degree in Aeronautical Science as well as his MBA along the way. After his military service, Bob entered the industry and spent 15 years in Sales and Management positions for Precise Hard Chrome, a significant hard chrome provider in Waco, Texas. Precise Hard Chrome manufactured high quality hydraulic cylinders used in lift components of equipment and commercial construction. He spent his last 5 years with Precise Hard Chrome as their President and of course joined the TAMF almost 25 years ago after retiring once again!

His last day as TAMF Executive Director will be December 31, 2017. It is with great sadness we say good by to Bob, but in hopes of seeing him at least once a year on the golf course, we have extended him ED Emeritus status and have asked he and his lovely wife Gay, join us at our Summer Conventions or any regular meeting he would like. Bob Baugh is such a good man, such a good friend, and we will miss him dearly.

Written by J. Kelly Mowry, TAMF President



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Companies Must Electronically File Injury and Illness Reports by this Friday, December 15, 2017

POSTED: December 11, 2017

Companies Required to Submit their 2016 Form 300A Data to New OSHA Website

Washington, D.C. – The National Association for Surface Finishing is sending this urgent alert to remind your company that you may be required to electronically file your 2016 injury and illness summary report to OSHA by this Friday, December 15, 2017.

OSHA has estimated that more than 450,000 companies nationwide must submit their 2016 Form 300A data under the agency’s recently accessible tracking system – the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) – here if you meet the following 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.

All operations currently regulated under OSHA federal and state plans are required to report this week. However, the following OSHA-approved State Plans have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically: CA, MD, MN, SC, UT, WA and WY. Establishments in these states are not currently required to submit their summary data through OSHA’s new tracking system.

Background: On May 12, 2016, OSHA published a final rule (81 FR 29624) with an effective date of January 1, 2017, for the agency’s new electronic reporting requirements. Under these requirements, certain employers were required to electronically submit 2016 Form 300A data to OSHA by July 1, 2017. The original July 2017 submission deadline was delayed to December 1, 2017 for several reasons, and OSHA’s new web-based reporting system was not made available until August 2017.

The most recent November 24, 2017 notice from OSHA announced the agency’s decision to extend the reporting deadline to December 15, 2017, and can be found here.

Outlook: OSHA’s original electronic reporting rule remains under review in federal court. Several major provisions of the rule were challenged, including federal whistleblower and employer anti-retaliation requirements that could pose significant challenges and new liabilities for businesses. Two separate lawsuits have been on hold since this past summer as the litigants, which include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Home Builders, wait to see what decisions OSHA will make under the new administration. The White House’s nominee to head OSHA, Scott Mugno, recently FedEx’s Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance, has not yet been confirmed by the full Senate.

For further information, please contact Jeff Hannapel at jhannapel@thepolicygroup.com.



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Leadership Spotlight: Jeff Brassard

POSTED: October 16, 2017

Jeff BrassardJeff Brassard is currently the General Manager of Palm Commodities International, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Umicore North America. Jeff has extensive experience in the surface finishing industry gained over 40-years working within the industry on a global scale, both as an electroplater and a supplier. He worked for a major proprietary chemical supplier for 23 years before joining Palm Commodities in 1997. Prior to this, he worked for a job shop in New England that offered a wide variety of plating and surface finishes, during which time Jeff served as their technical manager for a number of years. Jeff believes the industry is strengthened through education and communication and supports the industry by currently sitting on the NASF national board.



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