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Archives Employee Roster/Membership Profile Update

POSTED: May 10, 2017

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Leadership Spotlight: Bernard “Bernie” Haviland

POSTED: May 10, 2017

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

POSTED: April 13, 2017

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.

CATEGORIES: NASF Members, Obituaries

In Memoriam: Dick Crain

POSTED: March 31, 2017

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.


CATEGORIES: NASF Members, Obituaries

Washington Forum, April 25-27: Hotel Room Block Closing Soon!

POSTED: March 30, 2017

Reserve your hotel room today for this year’s Washington Forum! NASF is hosting the nation’s top policy experts, and the agenda will focus on timely, strategic topics for industry decision makers. Join us this year to get insight on what’s ahead in 2017, connect with industry leaders and communicate the vital role of surface finishing in the nation’s Capital. Sessions and events will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City and on Capitol Hill.

Visit for a full schedule of speakers and events.

This year’s Conference highlights include:

  • Jim VandeHei – Top political media analyst and entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Axios, co-founder of Politico
  • Corey Lewandowski – Former Trump campaign manager and founder, Avenue Strategies
  • Ann Wilson – Senior vice president, Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association
  • Peter Morici – Economist and professor of business at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
  • Andrew (Andy) Friedman – Founder of The Washington Upate, CNBC commentator and political affairs expert
  • Tom Sullivan – Vice president, Small Business Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • David Fischer – Senior director, American Chemistry Council
  • U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) – Senate Environment, Commerce and Small Business committees

Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss some of the most important issues facing the finishing industry this year. Visit for more information and to register. Contact Cheryl Clark at or (302) 436-5616.


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

POSTED: March 30, 2017

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.

CATEGORIES: Business, Economy, NASF Members, Research

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

POSTED: March 30, 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

CATEGORIES: Education, Events, International, NASF Chapters, NASF Members, New Members, Uncategorized

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

POSTED: March 30, 2017

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.

CATEGORIES: Government Relations, Law & Regulation, NASF Members, Other Publications, Research, Uncategorized

Regulatory Alert: California Targeting Finishing Air Emissions Below Nanogram Levels

POSTED: March 30, 2017

Prompted by concerns over elevated air monitoring levels of hexavalent chromium in a southern California neighborhood, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is expected to propose revisions to its Rule 1469 – Hexavalent Chromium Emissions from Chrome Plating and Chromic Acid Anodizing Operations and Rule 1426 – Emissions from Metal Finishing Operations.

Local air officials have indicated that hexavalent chromium levels of more than 0.2 nanograms per cubic meter would pose unacceptable risks to human health. AQMD has already required one metal finishing shop to cease operations for exceeding 1 nanogram of hexavalent chromium per cubic meter at air monitors at the property boundary.

Focus is on Fugitive Emissions

The AQMD staff stated that they are concerned primarily about fugitive emissions from plating operations, rather than emissions from stacks, scrubbers and other control devices. To address the fugitive emissions from plating shops, AQMD may add the requirements below to the current rules for chromic anodizing and chrome plating operations.

  • Monitoring on the premises using multiple monitors ($5000 each) with immediate abatement when levels exceed acceptable risk thresholds
  • Total enclosures for plating and anodizing operations
  • Buildings with negative air pressure
  • Controls and/or covers on all tanks that are heated or agitated and may contain hexavalent chromium, including sealer and rinse tanks
  • More stringent controls on abrasive blast cabinets and grinding operations
  • New housekeeping requirements, including:
    • Daily vacuuming of floors with a HEPA vacuum that is emptied in a clean room environment
    • Daily cleaning of flat surfaces and wall
    • Cleaning of roofs two times per month

Expansion to Other Metals

AQMD is also considering applying similar requirements for metal finishing operations pursuant to Rule 1426 to control fugitive emissions of other metals such as cadmium, lead, nickel, zinc and tin.

AQMD has indicated that it expects to issue the proposed rule by July 2017 and finalize it by the end of 2017. The industry is concerned that it may not be technologically or economically feasible to meet the proposed revisions. California state industry leaders and NASF representatives have met with AQMD officials this month. The industry is now in the process of evaluating options to address this significant and precedent-setting challenge to finishing operations in the region and beyond.

To view a summary of the pending regulatory actions from South Coast air regulatory officials, please click here.

CATEGORIES: Government Relations, Law & Regulation, NASF Chapters, NASF National, Uncategorized

NASF Bright Design Challenge: Detroit Students Learn from Industry

POSTED: February 3, 2017

The Bright Design Challenge in Detroit this week featured automotive design students showing their first research concepts for this year’s project at the College for Creative Studies. Key to their early learning was a face to face meeting with NASF leaders and experts on the role of surface treatment and finishing applications.

Instructor Raphael Zammet facilitated the student presentations. The class has done some initial research on the history of automobile brands and how to use finishing to enhance brand identity.

The industry briefings and input on the students’ work were given by a group of NASF leaders who lead the Bright Design Task Group, including:

Brian Harrick, KC Jones Plating

Bernie Haviland, Haviland USA

Mitch Marsh, Finishing Services

They were joined by a special panel of industry supplier experts from NASF member companies who provided an overview of the wide range of finishing uses and applications for automotive.

Representatives included:

Doug Lay, Coventya,

Rob Pawson, HavilandUSA

Joe Randazzo, Atotech

Mark Wojtaszek, MacDermidEnthone

Focus on Finishing in Design

NASF Board member Brian Harrick, who helped lead the session with key sponsors, was pleased with the outcome so far. “We were excited to have our group give an overview of surface finishing — this session really helped the students focus on designs. I think we had a lot of good information exchange and it was great to hear the questions from the students and CCS staff.”

This semester’s course – sponsored by NASF and it’s training arm, the AESF Foundation, is a studio-focused session of top students in the College for Creative Studies’ Master of Fine Arts program. Past graduates from the school who have been involved in NASF-sponsored Bright Design courses have gone on to successful careers working for global automotive and other companies.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the course this year are to:

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).

More details of the session will be available shortly and an update on the progress of the course will be given at the NASF Leadership Conference next month.

Thanks to all NASF and event sponsors!

CATEGORIES: Events, NASF Chapters, NASF National
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