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BASF Wins 2015 Nissan Award

27. January 2016

Bill Kosteniuk (right), BASF Business Manager, Asian Accounts accepts the Monozukuri Spirit Award from John Martin, Senior Vice President, Nissan, NA Purchasing, Manufacturing and Supply Chain.



BASF Automotive Coatings received the Nissan “Spirit of Monozukuri” award at the annual automotive supplier conference in Franklin, Tenn.


The award recognizes suppliers who contribute an outstanding commitment to improved efficiencies and total cost savings to Nissan.


“BASF’s collaboration with Nissan has resulted in a strong relationship where we both have a true win-win,” said Bill Kosteniuk, BASF Business Manager, Asian Accounts.


BASF began supplying coatings to Nissan in 2013, and currently provides coatings for the models Rogue, Pathfinder and Infinity QX60.

Burton Metal Finishing Rebuilds After Fire

25. January 2016




Burton Metal Finishing in Columbus, Ohio, is back in the swing of things after rebuilding following a 2013 fire at their plant. Last summer, Burton held their grand re-opening at their rebuilt facility, and is now growing faster than ever.


The fire occured Oct. 4, 2013, and it took Burton almost two years to get things built back up.


Burton Metal Finishing has been family-owned and operated since their beginning in 1987. They offer decades of industry experience and provide exceptional customer service. Their father, Dallas Burton, founded the company to meet the metal finishing needs of customers in the greater Columbus area. 


When the new plant re-opened, the new features are an automated and computerized control system that checks each part as it progresses though the line. Other improvements to their quality control operations are the addition of an x-ray machine and implementing Skype video communication for customer interaction. The company says the new video communication will save time and money by allowing customers to visually examine a part before it completes quality inspection.


Each aspect of their new facility has been carefully planned to modernize our operations and facilitate excellence in the finished product they deliver to customers, the owners say.

NRA Funds Scholarships for Gunsmithing, Metal Finishing

21. January 2016



Nearly $100,000 in the National Rifle Association Foundation grants have funded Montgomery Community College scholarships for its gunsmithing program since 1994, a program that includes a larger portion on metal finishing.


These merit-based scholarships help spur high academic achievement and pristine attendance records while providing students with the freedom and flexibility to undertake notably challenging projects.


The MCC gunsmithing curriculum is designed to prepare the student to diagnose malfunctions, determine the best methods of repair, and develop skills in the repair of firearms. Students can choose from a gunsmithing degree, diploma or certificate in a daytime or weekend program. Students are taught:

  • Machine shop - including tooling and blueprinting
  • Firearm diagnostics and repair
  • Laws and regulations governing firearms and businesses


More than two-thirds of class time is spent in the shops applying what you learn in the classroom. Because of the school’s NRA affiliation, students can take advantage of NRA short-term gunsmithing, knife-making and armorers courses taught by nationally-known experts. Firearms manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, Sig Arms, Glock, Beretta USA and Sturm Ruger have all brought their armorers schools to the MCC.


For more information, visit

Stuart Rothenberg Speaks At NASF Washington Forum

19. January 2016



NASF will host Stuart Rothenberg, one of the nation's most popular political analysts, as the 2016 Washington Forum luncheon keynote speaker.


Rothenberg, who is the Founding Editor and Publisher of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and political columnist for Roll Call, will give attendees insightful commentary on election results, the issues facing decision makers on Capitol Hill, and the nature of politics itself.


His lectures are as up-to-date as today's newspaper, and he'll present his insider views on hotly debated issues and how the future of politics is being shaped by our nation's current newsmakers.


Read more here.

Poly-Plating’s Nickel Plating Process Earns Accepted Status from FDA

15. January 2016



Poly-Plating Inc., a metal plating facility located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, has made its Device Master Files (MAFS) available for those seeking a Premarket Application (PMA) or 510(k) approval for medical devices with the Food and Drug Administration.



Poly-Plating’s submission for an MAF for its proprietary Poly-Ond process has been accepted by the FDA. MAFs are repositories of confidential information used in support of a PMA or 510(k) submission. To help preserve the trade secrets of the ancillary medical device industry and at the same time facilitate the sound scientific evaluation of medical devices, the FDA established the device master file system.


Those seeking FDA approval for a device that utilizes the Poly-Ondprocess may request authorization from Poly-Plating to allow information in the MAF to be submitted as part of the approval process.


Poly-Plating, Inc. is a cutting-edge, innovative nickel and metal plating company based in Chicopee, MA. The company excels in the plating of precision parts for an array of industries worldwide including military, mold-making, and medical applications. Along with the proprietary Poly-Ond®, company processes include Sulfamate and Electroless nickel plating.


For more information on Poly-Plating, Inc, call (413) 593-5477 or visit

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