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Last Chance to Register for the 2016 North American International Auto Show Meeting!
January 7th, 2016 | Categories: Events

The Auto Show Meeting during Industry Preview Week of the North American International Auto Show will take place at the Butzel Long Office in Detroit on Wednesday, January 13th at 11:30 a.m.

The day will include a special presentation by Mike Wall, Director of Automotive Analysis at HIS Automotive.

This is an extremely popular event and space is limited, however, there is still time to register! Call or email Erin Burns at (517) 282-0631 or, by Friday, January 8 to reserve your seat.

Visit the MINASF Events section for event details and registration information.

Michigan Chapter Presents Lansing Summit
December 10th, 2015 | Categories: Events

Members of the Michigan Chapter of NASF gathered on November 2nd for the annual Lansing Summit. The event took place at the State Bar of Michigan in downtown Lansing. The Summit’s highlighted speakers included:

  • Skiles Boyd, Vice President of Environmental Management & Resources at DTE Energy, who spoke about the implications of the Clean Power Plan.
  • Gavin Brown, Executive Director of Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA), who detailed the MAMA’s goals, benefits, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Max Rogers, Operating Partner at Michigan Capital Partners, who discussed Current Trends and Insights in the Michigan Automotive Industry.
  • Bryce Feighner, Chief of Waste at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), who gave information on Michigan DEQ priorities such as statewide issues including solid waste and recycling initiatives.

The Michigan Chapter would like to thank Mr. Boyd, Mr. Brown, Mr. Rogers, and Mr. Feighner, for taking the time to speak at this event and to thank all who attended and helped make this year’s Lansing Summit a success.

Be sure to visit regularly for up-to-date information on Michigan News and Events.


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Michigan Chapter 2015 Midwest Seminar
November 9th, 2015 | Categories: Events

September 24th-26th brought beautiful weather and a crowd from the metal finishing industry to Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The 3-day event included a golf outing, networking opportunities, and many informative speakers. An update was given from the NASF, as well as updates on the state of the U.S. and Michigan economies, the Affordable Care Act, and Advocacy. Additional discussion topics included Electroless Nickel, Global Surface Treatment Directions, Regional Economic Development, a Decorative Trim Corrosion Workgroup Update, and Passing on Family-Owned Businesses to the Next Generation.

The evenings were filled with socializing, cocktails, and dinner. Thursday’s keynote speaker was Ruth Holmes from Pentec, Inc. Ms. Holmes is a renowned handwriting specialist who entertained the group with stories of her unique career and high-level court cases. Attendees at the event also received a personal handwriting analysis.

Friday’s keynote speaker was Tom Walsh from the Detroit Free Press. Tom delivered an entertaining presentation filled with hi-lights from his career as a newspaper reporter, including his story about former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Thank you to all the presenters and attendees, and to our Sponsors, American Plating Power, Atotech International LLC, Columbia Chemical, Coventya, Dynapower, Enthone, Haviland, KCH Engineered Systems, KC Jones Plating, Palm Commodities, Pavco, Univertical, Wagner Enterprise, and Walgren, who made the 2015 Midwest Seminar a complete success. Plans are being made for the 2016 Midwest Seminar – the date will be announced soon.

MINASF North American International Auto Show Meeting
November 6th, 2015 | Categories: Events

The Michigan Chapter of NASF (MINASF) will be hosting their annual auto show meeting during Industry Preview Week of the North American International Auto Show on January 13th, 2016. The day will start at 11:30am EST, and take place at the Butzel Long Office in Detroit.  Featured as part of this meeting will be a special presentation by Mike Wall, Director of Automotive Analysis at IHS Automotive.

This is a popular event, so mark your calendar and Save the Date.  Registration and meeting details will be coming soon.  Stay tuned to the MINASF Events page for up-to-date information.

MINASF Technical Session and Annual dinner dance a success!
April 17th, 2015 | Categories: Events

On March 28th, the Michigan Chapter of NASF gathered in Grand Rapids for the annual Technical Session. There were 50 people in attendance. The speakers included:

1) John Thompson – MacDermid – “ Trends in Plating on Plastic.”
2) Blair Vandivier / Pat Burgio – Asterion – “A Cleaning Primer: The Essentials of Cleaning.”
3) Jamie Flesch – Dipsol of America – “Managing Change: A Supplier’s Perspective on Qualifying Zinc-Nickel as a Cadmium Replacement for Aerospace.”
4) Brian Harrick – President of MINASF Board and member of NASF Board of Directors – MINASF update and NASF update.

That evening, over 140 people attended the dinner / dance. Fun was had by all. The annual day of events is always something members and friends look forward to attending. The MINASF would like to thank all the speakers for their informative presentations. Thanks also to Greg Grieves, John Mulder, Mark Siegrist and Jim Hankinson for their efforts in making this event possible!

March 28th Annual Technical Sessions & Banquet Photos
April 17th, 2015 | Categories: Events

Message From The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
February 12th, 2015 | Categories: Regulation

Storm water permits essential to protecting Michigan’s water resources

Did you know that certain industrial facilities are required to obtain a permit to discharge storm water? Many businesses unknowingly overlook this requirement, but the industrial storm water program is absolutely essential to protecting Michigan’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.
Michigan is nestled among the Great Lakes, and is also home to 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 5 million acres of wetlands. These surface waters serve as sources of drinking water, havens for recreation, and habitats for Michigan’s plants and animals. Water is the reason people come to live, work and play in Michigan.
One key to protecting surface waters is ensuring that facilities with storm water runoff exposed to industrial materials or activities come under an industrial storm water permit. To receive a permit, companies need to develop and implement a plan to prevent storm water pollution. To help facility owners comply with state and federal water quality laws, the DEQ is offering an expedited permitting process.
To determine if your business is required to obtain this permit, check out our 4-page guide, or for more information go to and select “Industrial Program,” or contact Melinda Steffler at 586-208-5075 or

New MINASF Board Members Announced
January 16th, 2015 | Categories: Board

MINASF Board 2015

New MINASF Board Members:

  • President: Brian Harrick – KC Jones Plating
  • Vice President: John Mulder – Master Finish Co.
  • Treasurer: Mitch Marsh – Marsh Plating


  • Beth Gotthelf – Butzel Long
  • Jim Hankinson – KCH Services
  • Gary Kriesch – Walgren
  • Laurie Riegle – Armstrong/Robitaille/Riegle
  • Mark Siegrist – Haviland Products

Michigan Chapter Meeting
January 14th, 2015 | Categories: Events

The Michigan Chapter of NASF gathered on January 14, 2015 in Detroit at the offices of Butzel Long. Over 50 members and guests were in attendance. Beth Gotthelf, attorney for Butzel Long and MINASF Board member, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Newly elected MINASF Board President Brian Harrick introduced the new board members and spoke about the goals of the new Chapter. Speaker Mike Wall from IHS Automotive gave a presentation to the group titled “Automotive Industry Outlook: Navigating a Volatile Global Environment.” The attendees enjoyed lunch and networking before heading over to Cobo for the North American International Auto Show during Industry Preview week.

Michigan Chapter of NASF Hosts Mid-West Seminar
June 29th, 2014 | Categories: Events

The Michigan Chapter hosted their first event at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, and it was an overwhelming success!  The attendance was excellent with over 50 golfers on Thursday and over 90 seminar attendees on Friday.  The speakers from around the state and Midwest were exceptional.  The content covered economic, policy, healthcare, technical and association topics.  There was something for everyone at this event.  The keynote speaker on Friday evening, Rob O’Neill, (a highly trained Navy SEAL), was terrific and his “NEVER QUIT” presentation was inspirational.  The learning and networking that took place exceeded all expectations and the initial feedback was positive for this event to return next year!  A special thanks to all who helped organize this event, in addition to all the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who made it a great success!

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