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NASF Taking Nominations for Industry Awards

12. January 2017


At Sur/Fin 2017 in Atlanta, the NASF will again recognize strong leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and resources to the surface finishing industry with a series of awards, which they are now taking nominations.


NASF will be recognizing a number of well deserving individuals to receive the following awards:


Award of Merit: Outstanding service of a local and/or national nature – Recipients are truly deserving given their tireless efforts at the affiliate and branch level and their selfless devotion to the industry.


Taormina Award: One of NASF’s most prestigious awards given to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry – Past award winners have been among the most dedicated individuals to improving our industry.


August P. Munning Award: Given to a supplier member who, in the opinion of his peers, has significantly contributed to the future well-being of the Association and exemplifies the traits of August P. Munning—his great interest, hard work, dedication and selfless devotion to the metal finishing industry.


Scientific Achievement Award: Recognizes a person who has contributed to the advancement of the theory and practice of electroplating, metal finishing and the allied arts; raised the quality of processes and products; enhanced the dignity and status of the profession; or has been involved in a combination of these efforts. The first recipient of this award was Dr. William Blum, Sr., who was instrumental in the establishment of fundamental research in the Society.


Presidential Award: Focuses on the extraordinary service put forth by an NASF member who is actively participating on the national level, going above and beyond the capacity of most.


NASF will be accepting nominations for these awards until March 29 and will be approved by the NASF Awards Committee. To nominate someone, please visit



Bringhurst, Almeyda Win AAC Paper Awards

10. January 2017
Jared Bringhurst of Futura Industries

Jared Bringhurst of Futura Industries


The 2015 Awards of Excellence were announced during the 25th Annual Anodizing Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Awards of Excellence acknowledge exemplary contributions by authors and presenters from the previous year's Anodizing Conference. The Aluminum Anodizing Council (AAC) recognized two authors for their outstanding contributions at the 2015 Anodizing Conference in San Diego, California.


Donald I. Johnson Award for Best Presentation

The best presentation award is named for Donald I. Johnson, retired from AaCron, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who was one of the founding fathers of the AAC. He served as AAC Chairman from 1987 to 1994.


Tank Optimization for the Job Shop

The Donald I. Johnson Award of Excellence for best presentation at the 2015 Anodizing Conference was awarded to Jeffrey Almeyda of Master Metal Finishers/Aerotech Processing Solutions in Paterson, New Jersey, for his presentation Tank Optimization for the Job Shop. Almeyda’s presentation discussed a pragmatic approach to maximizing the capabilities of new installations and existing process lines as well as variables that affect throughput, quality, cost and maintenance requirements.




Robert L. Kersman Award of Excellence for Best Paper

Applying Lean Manufacturing to Anodizing

The AAC presented the Robert L. Kersman Award of Excellence for best paper presented at the 2015 Anodizing Conference held in San Diego, California. The recipient of the award was Jared Bringhurst of Futura Industries in Clearfield, Utah, for his paper Applying Lean Manufacturing to Anodizing. Bringhurst’s paper addressed the application of a lean manufacturing and the use of lean tools to enhance the anodizing and extrusion processes. 



Pioneer Metal Finishing Relocates to New Hope, Minnesota

6. January 2017




Pioneer Metal Finishing has announced a $10 million investment as the company will relocate its Minneapolis operations to New Hope Minnesota. The move will provide room for expansion of the company’s service offerings and the installation of a technologically advanced anodizing line.


The New Hope facility will feature advanced technology and disciplined manufacturing processes to keep Pioneer at the forefront of the metal finishing industry.


“Our decision to invest $10 million dollars in a new facility and new equipment is directly related to serving our customers, improving our operation, and being a competitive supplier for years to come," says Bob Pyle, Pioneer Metal Finishing’s hief Executive Officer. "This new facility continues Pioneer’s proud tradition of serving customers in the Minneapolis market for more than 70 years. Our entire organization is energized about our future and we are committed to our customers’ success. We’re excited to set the standard in the metal finishing industry. Pioneer’s investment demonstrates our commitment to customers, our community, and our employees."


The new facility will be operational in the first quarter of 2017. The Minneapolis plant on River Road will be decommissioned after the new facility is fully operational.


For information, visit


Hosco Wins Automation Alley Award

4. January 2017



Hosco Fittings has won an Automation Alley’s Excellence in International Business Award. This award recognizes one advanced manufacturing or technology company in our region that has successfully launched its products, services or technologies abroad.


Hosco is a finishing system components manufacturer serving the finishing industry worldwide through systems integrators, and an extensive network of regional authorized distributors and agents. Hosco offers standardized capability for circulation systems and application finishing on a Global basis while being the only supplier of both inch and metric smooth-bore, cavity free and micro finished valves and fittings designed specifically for paint. All Hosco products are certified “silicone free” and ready for installation in your paint systems.



Ken Gatchel, former AESF President, Passes

2. January 2017


Ken Gatchel, former ASEF president who also presided over the NASF Sur/Fin Technical Conference and Exhibition, passed away Dec. 10 in Michigan.


He was the AESF national president in 1997-98, the third to be elected from the Grand Rapids Branch since the society's founding in 1909. Gatchel served 10 years on the AESF national board of directors, and returned to national office 2004 when he was elected to a three-year term as their treasurer. He was an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society, joining in 1959.


Gatchel was a graduate of Beloit High School in Beloit, Wisconsin. He served in the army for two years with his major duty in Korea during and after the war. Gatchel doubled majored in chemistry and physics for his bachelor of science degree at Beloit College, and was employed as a chemist at National Lock Co., Rockford, Illinois, where he met his future wife, Denise, whom he was married for 54 years.


Gatchel joined Hanson, VanWinkle, Munning Co., in Matawan, New Jersey, and they transferred him to their Grand Rapids plant. The company was sold to M&T Chemicals in Rahway, New Jersey, but he remained at the Grand Rapids plant. Gatchel subsequently became a research chemist and later a product manager. When his product line was sold to Lea Manufacturing in Waterbury, Connecticut, he was named a sales manager for their Michigan division and later its technical director. Upon retirement, he became a consultant.


Gatchel is survived by his wife, Denise, six children, 19 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. He was a strong believer in education, and was a trustee of the Kentwood Public Schools Educational Foundation for seven years and served four of those years as its president. He was a member and fourth degree knight in the Knights of Columbus, a member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church and very active in his many hobbies.


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