PF Blog

Electrocoat Association Presents Brewer, Best End-User Awards

25. March 2014

Previous winners of the Brewer Award gathered at the 2012 Electrocoat Conference.


The Electrocoat Association will be naming winners in two categories at the upcoming ECOAT14 conference, April 22-24 in Orlando, FL. The winners of the George E.F. Brewer Award and the Best End-User Paper will be announced at the conference at the Rosen Center.


The George E.F. Brewer Award has been presented since 1990 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of electrocoating in the categories of technology, application and promotion. Dr. Brewer is generally credited with the original idea of electrodeposition of paint through his work and research while at Ford Motor Company in the late 1950s.


The Best End-User Paper award is presented to the person whose written technical and case-study is deemed the best of the conference.


The awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 23 during a luncheon. Registration for the event can be made at


Past winners of the George E. F. Brewer Awards:




Gil Tredwell (George Koch Sons, Retired) - for implementation and refinement of e-coat applications.

Roger Christenson (PPG Industries, Retired) - for product or process innovation and invention.

Gene Leithauser (General Motors, Retired) - for e-coating market development and expansion.



Gordon Strosberg (Ford Motor Company) - for paint and process technology.

Robert Jerabeck (PPG Industries, Retired) - for application of the technology.

Carroll Hutchinson (Glidden, Retired) - for market promotion of the technology.



Robert L. Koch II (George Koch Sons)- for paint and process technology.

Dr. Thomas J. Miranda (Whirlpool Corporation) - for application of the technology.

Erwin Kapalko (PPG Industries, Retired) - for market development and promotion of the technology.



Fred Loop (Posthumously, PPG Industries) - for paint and process technology.

Mark Horton (George Koch Sons) - for application of the technology.

Lee Case (E-Coat Trends) - for market promotion of the technology.



Robert Blankemeyer (MetoKote Corporation) – for paint and process technology, application of the technology, and market promotion of the technology.



Roger Kelly (Man-Gill Chemical, Retired) – for technological development of electrocoating.

Kevin Cunningham (General Motors Corporation) – for application of the technology.

Mark McQuaide (Posthumously, Eisenmann Corporation) – for market promotion of the technology.



Tom Palaika (PPG Industries, Retired) – for paint and process technology, application of the technology, and market promotion of the technology.



Cindy Oravitz (The Electrocoat Association, Retired) – for paint and process technology, application of the technology, and market promotion of the technology.



John Martin (PPG Industries) – for paint and process technology, application of the technology, and market promotion of the technology

Tony Cimorelli (Parker Process Advanced Filtration) – for paint and process technology.



Lyle Gilbert (Posthumously, MetoKote Corporation, retired) – for application of the technology

David Myers (Luvata Electrofin Inc.) – for technological development of electrocoating

Jeff Oravitz (MetoKote Corporation) – for market promotion of technology



Doug McPheron (PPG Industries, Inc.) - for paint and process technology

Mark Rizzone, PhD. (Koch Membrane Systems, Inc.) - for market promotion of the technology

Brad Andreae (Therma-Tron-X, Inc.) – for technological development of electrocoating


Advanced Technical Finishing Receives Nadcap Accreditation

24. March 2014


Advanced Technical Finishing, in Huntsvilla, AL has successfully received Nadcap accreditation for MIL-A-8625 Anodic Coatings for Aluminum & Aluminum Alloys and MIL-DT-5541 Chemical Conversion Coatings on Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys.  


The addition of the Nadcap accreditation to the company’s existing quality systems, which include AS9100 Rev. C and ISO9001:2008, exemplifies Advanced Technical Finishing’s commitment to ongoing quality by satisfying the robust requirements of the industry and the aerospace clientele, said said Joe Pinto, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute

“Achieving Nadcap accreditation is not easy; it is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies those who excel at manufacturing quality product through superior special processes. Companies such as Advanced Technical Finishing work hard to obtain this status and they should be justifiably proud of it,” Pinto said. “PRI is proud to support continual improvement in the aerospace industry by helping companies such as Advanced Technical Finishing be successful and we look forward to continuing to assist the industry moving forward.”


Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, Advanced Technical Finishing, LLC specializes in top-quality customized metal finishing treatments with exceptional capabilities in mechanical and chemical surface preparation, surface treatments, electroplating, post finishing procedures, painting of components, testing and certification. Serving the aerospace, medical, transportation, military and defense industries, Advanced Technical Finishing’s high-precision, focused efforts ensure quality and dependability where it matters most. 


Visit their website HERE

NASF Washington Forum is April 8-10

20. March 2014


Finishing company executives from around the U.S. will be meeting in Washington DC from April 8-10 at the NASF Washington Forum, where they will gain the tools to lobby their legislators about issues that impact the industry and then advocate face-to-face for support of key legislation that specifically addresses the challenges of the industry.



Presentation Highlights Include:


U.S. Chemicals Reform is Moving: Outlook for 2014

Amy Duvall, American Chemistry Council


The NLRB, OSHA and Labor Policy: What's Next?

Brad Hammock, Jackson Lewis PC


EPA Water Issues: Finishing is on the Agenda Again

Deborah Nagle, US EPA


Washington Outlook: Congress & the 2014 Elections

Charlie Cook, Cook Political Report


Small Manufacturing & Taxes: NASF-PMA Collaboration

Omar Nashashibi, The Franklin Partnership


The Federal Budget, Taxes & Health Care: Where is Washington Headed?

Andy Friedman, The Washington Update


NASF & the Nickel Institute - Global Policy Update

Tim Aiken, President, The Nickel Institute - Brussels


For more information, please visit



The Finishing Company Acquires Jet Finishers, Inc.

18. March 2014


The Finishing Company in Addison, IL, which provides coating services for OEM components, has acquired of Jet Finishers, Inc. located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The acquisition further expands TFC's capabilities to provide its customers with turnkey finishing, powder coating and silk screening services for technical coating markets, including the electronics, communications, aerospace, military and medical industries.


Bob Butler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said that Jet Finishers, Inc. brings expertise in powder coating, wet coating, silk screening and masking services that meet the exacting requirements of the military, medical and telecommunications industries. Jet's capabilities include state-of-the-art finishing services for highly technical coatings, specializing in custom production runs.


“We're excited about the acquisition of Jet Finishers, as it provides immense synergy with our existing business and will allow us to expand into new markets and meet the technical requirements for these high tech and high demand businesses. Jet Finishers is a leader in the market and we are proud to bring them into the TFC family of companies,” said Butler.


Additionally, Rand Marks, the former President of Saturn Painting & Screening has joined the new Jet team. Rand brings 35 years of experience in the high end technical coating and hard silk screening markets. His expertise in the electronic, aerospace, architectural and communications industries strengthens the Jet management team, its technical knowledge and the consulting and service we provide our customers.


TFC and its new subsidiary are positioned to leverage their expertise in providing turnkey coating and finishing services to all industries, from exacting technical coatings to electroplating for OEM customers to autodeposition coatings for rubber to metal bonded components.


TFC is an industry leader in providing coating, plating and finishing services to the OEM market. Established in Chicago in 1904, TFC celebrates 110 years in the finishing industry and has established a reputation for utilizing innovative, state-of-the-art finishing processes to provide high quality, cost-effective coated products. The many services offered by TFC include nickel and chrome electroplating, powder coating, autodeposition and aqueous adhesive coatings.


TFC has been recognized for its commitment to developing and using environmentally-friendly processes and coatings, and is undergoing certification for ISO 14001. The company is currently ISO 9001:2008 certified.


Enthone Opens Wafer Level Packaging Applications Laboratory

14. March 2014


Enthone Inc. has opened its Enthone Wafer Level Packaging (WLP) Applications Laboratory. Strategically located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the mission of the Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is to deliver customer-driven solutions to the dynamic wafer fabrication marketplace. Technologies currently being supported at the 5,000 sq. ft. facility include electroplating processes for bump wafer, through silicon via (TSV), copper redistribution layer (RDL), and copper post applications.


The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is staffed by the company’s electronic materials applications experts. Utilizing high-speed stir cup plating systems to simulate industry standards, the facility is equipped to perform lab scale plating and feasibility studies that demonstrate the benefits of manufacturing wafers using the company’s Microfab semiconductor packaging materials and chemistries. Sample plating and testing for process optimization, troubleshooting, bath composition analysis, and characterization of plated features and deposits for bump height, morphology, alloy composition, thin film thickness and SEM cross-sectioning for filling is also being conducted.


“The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory provides our team of applications engineers and R&D chemists a unique opportunity to more closely collaborate with our customers and development partners, while gathering critical feedback to validate and further optimize their manufacturing process,” said Jason Maupin, Vice President Enthone Americas.


The facility will also be used to provide hands-on customer training to support their continuous improvement programs, as well as to obtain a better understanding of how Enthone chemistries may be employed for diverse applications.


Meeting the stringent requirements of the semiconductor industry, the Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is strategically located to support some of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers on new and emerging technologies as they advance their product portfolio and implement higher performance, more cost-effective wafer manufacturing at their facilities throughout the globe.

The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is located at: Enthone, Inc., 235 Vineyard Court #150, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 USA


The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is managed by Brian Gokey, Enthone North America Applications Manager – WLP Manager and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Co-located with Enthone joint venture partner, Electroplating Engineers of Japan (EEJA), the laboratory is further supported by the company’s Global Development Applications Centers strategically located in Connecticut (USA), Germany, Taiwan, Singapore, and Shanghai (PRC), as well as the Alent India Research Center in Bangalore, India.


Enthone Inc., an Alent plc company, is a global and leading supplier of high performance specialty chemicals and coatings. Enthone creates customer value by providing innovative and cost-effective technology solutions to the automotive, building hardware, energy, aerospace, jewelry, industrial finishes, printed circuit board and semiconductor industries.  For more information, please visit

« Prev | | Next »

RSS RSS  |  Atom Atom

Suppliers | Products | Experts | News | Articles | Calendar | Process Zones

The Voice of the Finishing Industry Since 1936 Copyright © Gardner Business Media, Inc. 2014

Subscribe | Advertise | Contact Us | All Rights Reserved