The Michigan Chapter of NASF held its Midwest Seminar in August at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury MI, and drew finishers from across the state to hear technical experts and inspirational speakers – including highly decorated retired Navy Seal, Robert J. O’Neill.
Other speakers at the event included: Michigan State Senator John Proos, NASF’s Jeff Hannapel, attorney Beth Gotthelf, Columbia Chemical’s Larry Seger, Shenghe Wang from Okuno International, Ed Fisher from AcuMax, Bill Chenevert from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, NASF’s Matt Martz, Matt Throm from MacDermid Enthone, attorney Jennifer Dukarski, Laurie Riegle from Armstrong/Robitaille/Riegle, and Ann Wilson from the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association.
The evening speaker was Robert O’Neill, who was involved in some of our nation’s most strategic military campaigns and led one of the military’s most elite military teams. Deploying more than a dozen times, O’Neill held combat leadership roles in over 400 combat missions across four different theaters of war.”
Members of the Michigan Chapter of NASF (MINASF) gathered at the CityFlats Hotel in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 18, for the Annual Technical Session and Dinner/Dance. Thirty-five people attended the breakfast and Technical Session, a great group for discussion and valuable networking.
- Mark Wagner, Wagner Enterprise
- Frank Wagner, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
- Brian Frazier, City of Grand Rapids
- Christopher Catalina, Scientific Control Labs
- Beth Gotthelf, Butzel Long, MINASF Board member and Advocacy Expert
- Brian Harrick, KC Jones Plating, MINASF Board member, NASF Board member
Additional members and non-members alike joined in the evening to enjoy great food and festivities at the Dinner/Dance, bringing the total to 82 attendees. Jesse Gerspach of Lacks Enterprise and his band provided the entertainment for the evening. Fun was had by all who attended!
MINASF would like to thank Mark Siegrist for his years of service with the Education Committee, MINASF Board and for co-chairing this event. Another big thank you goes to Jim Hankinson, KCH Services and MINASF Board member, for co-chairing and hosting this event.
A special thank you to the event sponsors!
Haviland Products Company
Palm International, LLC
The Michigan Chapter of NASF recently hosted its annual Auto Show Meeting luncheon during Industry Preview Week of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Held on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at the offices of Butzel Long in Detroit, the event had a record attendance of 60 people, and this has become a premier event that members look forward to all year!
MINASF President Brian Harrick gave a Chapter update, and Christian
Richter from The Policy Group on behalf of NASF National gave an update on NASF news, including a new partnership with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and the Bright Design Challenge at the College for Creative Studies. Keynote speaker Mike Wall, automotive analyst from IHS Markit, gave a presentation titled “Automotive Industry Outlook—Is the Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full? The Devil’s in the Details.”
After the program, attendees gathered at Cobo Arena to tour the NAIAS and to be a part of the Industry Preview only open to automotive suppliers.
MINASF would like to thank the sponsors of this event:
Dipsol of America
MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
The NASF Washington Forum concluded last week after an extraordinary schedule packed with meetings and speaker sessions. This year’s event consisted of over 16 hours of presentations and networking, followed by a full day of meetings with legislators and congressional staff on the Hill in Washington, DC.
Of special note was the NASF Capitol Hill Reception with special guest Congressman Adam Schiff, Member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence.
MINASF Members in attendance at the event were:
Brian Harrick, KC Jones Plating Company
E. B. Haviland, Haviland Enterprises, Inc.
Jake Keith, Wolverine Plating Corporation
Zack Keith, Wolverine Plating Corporation
Mitchell Marsh, Marsh Plating Corporation
Jeffrey Myles, Curtis Metal Finishing Company
Craig Stevens, PriceWalgren, a Division of George Koch Sons
Over a hundred people gathered for education, fine dining and fun at the 2016 MINASF Annual Tech Session, Dinner and Dance held on Saturday, April 2, at the CityFlats Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.
A fine line-up of speakers during the morning of the Tech Session gave a wide spectrum of presentations that were of interest to all those in surface finishing.
Christian Richter, Executive Director of NASF, flew in from Washington D.C. to wake us up about Updates and Outlooks on a national level and his presentation featured the many values that the NASF brings to membership in regards to education, advocacy, industry marketing, and updates on the Bright Design Challenge and SURFIN.
Other presentations were given by:
- Jeff Boehmer, Columbia Chemical: Duplex Nickel and Trivalent Chromium
- Adam Walsh, Dipsol of America: The Do’s and Don’ts of Operating an Alkaline Zinc Nickel Plating Process;
- Paul Kuklewski, City of Grand Rapids Industrial Pretreatment Program: 2016 Emerging Issues
- David Calnan, CCI: Wastewater Treatment: Reducing Salts Generated During Treatment to Promote Water Re-Use.
If you’re interested in learning more, links to all presentations can be found below.
Later that night, over 100 guests, sponsors and honorees gathered for cocktails, fine dining and great music and dancing.
Mark Siegrist, educational chairman of the MINASF, emceed the event and brought up John Bereza for a long overdue ‘Past President’s Pin’ ceremony where John was able to pick out a valuable and treasured ‘Monkees’ pin from Mark’s high school collection of pins Other guests of honor that received distinguished service recognition were:
- Dan Meyers of Master Finish who chaired many past Annuals, tirelessly and skillfully.
- Bruce Dandineau, also of Master Finish, was recognized and congratulated on his upcoming retirement; working successfully since 1967 in our electroplating/surface finishing industry.
- Dale Mulder, President and Owner of Master Finish, was recognized as a lifelong supporter of the GR AESF, MAMF, NASF, and this newly formed MINASF
- The Mulder’s; Dale, John and Aaron; for their support of this event, along with Haviland Products, Palm Commodities, Expert Coating, Atotech, Columbia Chemical, Macdermid Enthone, and KCH Engineered Systems, who all helped make the night a great success
Thank you to all who attended this fun and informative event and for supporting the MINASF.
2016 MINASF Annual Tech Session Presentations:
- Jeff Boehmer, Columbia Chemical : Duplex Nickel and Trivalent Chromium
- Adam Walsh, Dipsol of America : The Do’s and Don’ts of Operating an Alkaline Zinc Nickel Plating Process
- NASF Update and Outlook
- David Calnan; CCI : Wastewater Treatment : Reducing Salts Generated During Treatment to Promote Water Re-Use.
- Paul Kuklewski; City of Grand Rapids Industrial Pretreatment Program 2016 Emerging Issues
Tanya Bolden, director of Corporate Responsibility Products and Services at the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), will speak at the SUR/FIN Sustainability Summit on Monday, June 6, on emerging corporate sustainability trends for automotive OEMs and the supply chain. As leader of AIAG’s strategic programming, Bolden works with teams of volunteers from AIAG member companies to develop and implement guidelines and share best practices to help companies manage their legislative, regulatory, and customer requirements on issues such as supply chain sustainability, environmental responsibility and business ethics. Click here for more.
For more information on SUR/FIN 2016, or to register, Click here.
The Michigan Chapter of NASF (MINASF) hosted over 50 attendees at the Detroit office of Butzel Long for the annual MINASF Auto Show Meeting. The highlight of this year’s meeting was speaker Mike Wall from IHS Automotive. Mr. Wall gave an exciting and thorough analysis of the North American automotive industry, including sales and trends.
The MINASF annual Auto Show Meeting takes place during Industry Preview week of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Arena. It is a big draw for members and friends alike. Attendees enjoy networking with fellow and prospective members, followed by a visit to the NAIAS.
The MINASF Executive Board delivered the annual update, which included several success stories of 2015 events and a preview of events to come in 2016. Education and advocacy are the primary focuses for MINASF events. Upcoming events include (all dates to be announced soon):
- Annual Tech Meeting in Grand Rapids
- Bright Design Challenge in Detroit
- Golf Outing in Grand Rapids
- Midwest Seminar
- Lansing Summit
The MINASF wishes to gratefully acknowledge the following companies for sponsoring this year’s Auto Show Meeting:
- Haviland Products
- MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
The united efforts of all our sponsor organizations help to support many of the informational and educational programs supporting the surface technology industry.
As a reminder to NASF members who have inquired about pending changes to federal hazardous waste rules, EPA recently issued a proposed regulation on hazardous waste generator improvements. The proposed revisions are mostly clarifications of the existing requirements for generators, such as how wastes should be labeled and the need to follow closure requirements for hazardous waste tanks, containers, central accumulation areas, or containment buildings that are no longer used at a facility. The proposal also includes some changes in nomenclature (e.g., conditionally exempt small quantity generators, CESQGs, are renamed as very small quantity generators, VSQGs) without any substantive changes to the requirements for hazardous waste generators.
A few proposed changes are new requirements, including provisions to:
- document hazardous waste determinations with test results, test methods, QA/QC and basis for determination;
- maintain records until a generator closes rather than for only three years;
- and submit generator re-notification every two years.
The comment deadline was recently extended until December 24, 2015. Based on a review of EPA’s proposal and input from the surface finishing industry regarding the potential impact of the proposed clarifications, NASF did not submit comments on the proposed clarifications.
If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the proposed clarifications to hazardous waste generator requirements and the potential impact to surface finishing operations, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NASF SUR/FIN Manufacturing Conference and Trade Show exhibit floor is completely sold out! The association is currently reviewing options for expanding the size of the exhibit area. This year’s event – scheduled for June 6-8, 2016 in Las Vegas – will include 230 booths featuring an expanded selection of technologies and services offered by over 160 suppliers. SUR/FIN will again be the largest trade show in North America exclusively dedicated to the surface treatment industry and the only industry specific tradeshow sponsored by the industry’s leading association, the NASF.
“Even though we are sold out at this point, we have a growing list of companies who wish to be part of the event that we are trying to accommodate,” said Mark Norton, SUR/FIN Committee Chairman. “This is the earliest in recent history that all of the trade show space has been reserved. It’s a solid sign of the interest that more suppliers are showing in the surface finishing market.” Interested companies are encouraged to contact NASF’s Cheryl Clark at email@example.com. Visit nasfsurfin.com or click here for more information.
If you’re still looking for training in the coming year, don’t get left behind! You and your company can benefit from a look at the 2016 training courses available from NASF’s training and education arm, the AESF Foundation. Throughout the year, the Foundation will offer In-Person, Web-Based and Home Study courses to sharpen your skills and knowledge to succeed in the industry. See the course calendar here.
With knowledgeable instructors and tested course materials, students will walk away with a high quality learning experience and the satisfaction of mastering new topics and concepts – from elementary to advanced – that can be put to work right away in the work environment. For more information, visit NASF.org.