18. May 2016
More than 30 years ago, the New England Chapter of the National Association of Metal Finishers (NAMF) conceived a plan to recognize the efforts and support of the Metal Finisher Supplier community by setting aside a special evening in their monthly meeting schedule as Supplier Appreciation Night.
At that time NAMF membership was strictly limited to Metal Finishing job shop owners and managers. Suppliers were not allowed membership, so this was indeed an extraordinary event.
Many things have changed over the years. As the metal finishing community became smaller the need for strength in numbers became more apparent and Suppliers are now a significant part of the membership makeup of the New England Chapter, presently operating under the umbrella of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF).
While many things changed, the founding principle of this event has remained constant throughout the years, the desire to recognize the support of the Metal Finishers Suppliers to the success of the operation of Metal Finishing Job and Captive shops. To this end what started as a social dinner event with a neutral/ non-technical speaker, and then evolved with the addition of a mini trade show, has remained a main stay premier event on the New England Chapter calendar.
This year’s Supplier Appreciation Night was held on April 21 at the Holiday Inn in Marlborough, Massachusetts. It encompassed all of the founding principles of the original Suppliers Nights with speakers, twenty plus supplier table top exhibits, door prizes, scholarship raffle prizes and the presentation of seven scholarships to college age children of employees of member companies presented by Chapter President Robert Messore. The attendants were also given an update by our National Board Member, Chris Capalbo, on the benefits of the local board’s decision to sign the NASF Chapter Affiliates Agreement, a presentation of the new Chapter Logo and a look at the future New England Chapter web site being developed by NASF staff.
All 100 plus attendees commented on the well orchestrated evening this event has been over the years and are already looking forward to next year’s Supplier Appreciation Night.