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Plating Pioneer Fred Nobel Passes at 98

12. September 2016


Fred Nobel, a chemical engineer who held dozens of patents and worked to make electroplating processes more environmentally safe, died Aug. 3 at his Roslyn home of natural causes. He was 98.


Nobel was owner of LeaRonal, Inc. which developed and produced specialty chemical additives and other products used by the connector, printed circuit board, semiconductor, and metal-finishing industries.


Nobel partnered with Barney Ostrow, a boyhood friend who was also a plater and chemist. The two men started working out of a garage, developing an additive that gave copper plating a bright, shiny finish. They set up a lab in downtown Manhattan, and grew to a 30,000-square-foot plant in the Freeport-Hempstead Industrial Park and a spot on the New York Stock Exchange.


In 1999, the company sold for more than $460 million to Philadelphia-based Rohm and Haas.

John Sudges Receives CCAI James F. and David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award

8. September 2016

John Sudges



CCAI’s highest honor, the James F. and David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award, went to John Sudges of Midwest Finishing Systems. 


John is a long-time CCAI member who has served both his CCAI Northern Illinois Chapter and the CCAI National organization for many years.  He was presented with the James F. and David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedication and service to CCAI.


John served as the Northern Illinois Chapter president numerous times and provides countless hours of support in coordinating chapter events and educational programs.  On the national level, John has served in all officer roles, including two years as the CCAI National President, as well as several years on the board of directors.  John joined CCAI 18 years ago and continues to support CCAI’s efforts by presenting at seminars, webinars and FABTECH. 


“What an honor to be awarded the James & David Wright Lifetime Achievement Award." Sudges said. "It is truly humbling to be given such a prestigious award and to be recognized by your peers. To be grouped with the past honorees of this award is truly an honor that I will not take lightly and I am proud to be among them. CCAI has had a significant impact on me, not only in my profession, but also personally.”  

Columbia Chemical Names Schario And Boehmer To New Positions

8. September 2016
Mark Schario and Jeffrey Boehmer

Mark Schario and Jeffrey Boehmer


Columbia Chemical has named Mark Schario to the position of Vice President, Global Business Development, and Jeffrey Boehmer, CEF, to the position of Director, Domestic Business Development.


In his new role, Schario will align Columbia’s product development, technical support and sales activities with the ever-changing needs of the surface finishing industry.  He will continue to lead the company’s Columbia Approved Resource (C.A.R.) audit program and expanding automotive/OEM partnering initiatives.  Mark has 35 years of industry experience, most recently serving as Vice President, Technologies for Columbia Chemical.


Boehmer, in his new position, will be responsible for driving the continued domestic sales growth of the company’s functional and decorative product lines.  He will also focus on adding enhancements to Columbia’s existing technical service and product support resources.  Jeff most recently served as Technical Support Manager and has 18 years of experience in the surface finishing industry.


For information, contact Columbia Chemical at 330-225-3200,  

P3 Technologies Rebrands as Forge Metal Finishing

6. September 2016


P3 Technologies, a Rochster, New York-based metal finishing company specializing in electroless nickel and anodizing, has rebranded as Forge Metal Finishing.


The name change signifies the company's incorporation of various capabilities from two separate companies – P3 Technologies and aScribe Laser Marking – through a new joint venture. Moving forward as Forge Metal Finishing, the company looks to reaffirm its position as a leading metal finisher that provides superior quality products through relentless ambition to solve any problem.


P3 Technologies’ President Mark Shaw joined laser marking company aScribe as an owner in 2000. He founded P3 Technologies in 2012. The companies have been operating in one facility since. Under the new joint venture, both metal finishing and laser marking capabilities will continue to be offered to customers. The new brand reflects progress and ingenuity that will strengthen your supply chain, while maintaining the same commitment to pristinely finished metal parts.


With the rebranding comes a redesigned website to match the new logo. The new site will include a blog that features company news, industry insights, and metal finishing best practices. While customers adjust to the name change, the old web address will redirect to the new site.


Since establishment, P3 has offered customers various metal finishing processes, including anodizing, passivating, and masking. Through the years, the company's expert team has also honed color matching capabilities that improve finished product consistency. Forge Metal Finishing will move forward with all of these capabilities and looks to expand in value-add metal finishing areas.


As an ISO 9001 and ITAR certified company, Forge serves industries such as Defense, Aerospace, Photonics, and Communications. The team understands that new problems occur constantly in these industries and they are driven to solve every challenge brought to them.


"Every member of our team is motivated – whether it's meeting tight deadlines or solving a complex design challenge, we are driven to succeed. That attitude won't change," says Shaw.

CCAI Awards 2016 Scholarships

2. September 2016

The CCAI Twin Cities Chapter Scholarship recipients receive their awards.



The Chemical Coaters Association International has announced this year’s scholarship recipients. For the past several years, CCAI has awarded scholarship money from the CCAI Matt Heuertz Scholarship Fund to students in programs (technical schools, high schools and colleges) geared toward coatings and finishing. 


CCAI received many qualified applicants and is excited to watch the growth of this program as it continues to attract bright new talent to the industrial finishing and coatings industry.  In addition, CCAI chapters have instituted their own scholarship programs for students in their region to support the growing need for young people in the finishing industry. 


More than $30,000 in scholarships has been awarded in 2016 between the National and Chapter awards and it is expected to increase each year.  Furthermore, each recipient has received a one-year student membership in CCAI, which will allow them to gain significant exposure to the industry and benefit from the multitude of resources available through the association.  “CCAI’s scholarship programs have been rapidly expanding over the past several years,” notes CCAI Executive Director, Anne Goyer.  “Our association is committed to supporting students, who are the future of our industry.  The CCAI National Board recently committed to funding CCAI’s National Scholarship through proceeds from FABTECH each year.  It’s a great way to give back to the industry and build our future.” 


Receiving a Matt Heuertz Scholarship of $2,000:  Marissa White, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay; Ryley Roeser, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire; and Mitchell Pagel, University of Minnesota.  The Matt Heuertz Scholarship program is sustained by the National CCAI and donations from CCAI Chapters.


Further congratulations are offered to the winners of the Twin Cities Chapter Scholarships; Brody Maki, Jenny Henningsen, Mitchell Pagel and Hannah Striggow. Each of the scholarship recipients attended the chapter Golf Classic event to receive their award from Twin Cities Chapter president Michelle Striggow



The CCAI West Michigan chapter honored their scholarship winners at a recent chapter golf outing as well.  The recipients include; Claire Elizabeth Farrington ($1,000), Joseph Farrington ($750), Briana Sanchez ($750), Madeline Andrusiak ($500), and Jacob Pelak ($500).


The Wisconsin chapter awarded $14,000 in scholarship funds this year.  The recipients attended the chapter golf outing and were presented with over-sized checks to commemorate the event.  The following students received scholarships; Francis Roushar, The James Wright Memorial Scholarship ($2,500); Marissa White, The Dave Wright Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) and Brent Groubert, The Jim Steffes Memorial Scholarship ($1,500).  In addition, general scholarships of $1,200 each were awarded to Austin Weaton, Emily Garczynski, Evan Degler, and Amanda CieslinskiMegan Bock and Ryley Roeser received $1,100 each and Eric Simon and Joshua Thompson took home $500 each. 


CCAI will be accepting applications for the 2017 scholarship program beginning in January 2017. Applications can be submitted online at


Ryley Roesler, a National CCAI scholarship winner with Ex. Director Anne Goyer.

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