Tim Pennington

Tim Pennington is Editor of Products Finishing magazine, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to joining the magazine, Tim held reporting and editing positions at several major newspapers. He was a reporter and editor in the news and sports departments at the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Post. He was also an NFL writer for USA Today covering the Cincinnati Bengals. Tim left the newspaper field and joined several marketing and public relations firms before joining the PGA Tour as the marketing director a Champions Tour event in Cincinnati. After serving as community relations director for a large Ohio city, Tim re-entered the publishing world when he became editor of Products Finishing, a publication which has served the finishing industry for more than 80 years.

Haviland Announces 100% Employee Ownership

By: Tim Pennington 11. February 2013

Haviland CEO E. Bernard Haviland
Haviland Enterprises in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a major chemical manufacturing, packaging, and distribution company founded in 1934, is now 100 percent employee owned.
With 220 employees and more than 600,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Haviland Enterprises, is the parent company of two separate divisions: Haviland Products Company and Haviland Consumer Products. Haviland Enterprises had sales of $115 million in fiscal 2012. 
Prior to this sale, Haviland Enterprises was owned 54 percent by the Haviland family and 46 percent by Haviland employees. The remaining family stake in the company was sold to Haviland’s “Employee Stock Ownership Plan” trust via an independent team of attorneys, advisors and trustees.
This completes the transition of ownership from the Haviland family to the employees, which began in 1997.
“This sale is consistent with our family’s commitment to the employees and to the communities of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo,” says Haviland CEO E. Bernard Haviland, the youngest of 12 children of founder J.B. Haviland. “Employee ownership was clearly the optimal path forward for everyone involved. This is an exciting event for the employees, who have always been fully committed to the Haviland legacy of customer satisfaction and solid growth.”
Haviland Enterprises consists of two separate divisions: Haviland Products Company and Haviland Consumer Products. Haviland Products Company formulates, and distributes commodity and specialty chemistry for surface finishing, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies throughout North America. Haviland Products Company is a contract manufacturer and private labeler for several Fortune 500 companies. Haviland Consumer Products formulates, blends, packages, and distributes more than 85 different swimming pool chemicals to professional pool dealers throughout the United States.
For more information on Haviland Products Company, please call 800-456-1134, or visit

CCAI SoCal Chapter Partners with Marines on 'Toys for Tots' Event

By: Tim Pennington 8. February 2013



The CCAI Southern California Chapter held a ‘Toys for Tots’ golf tournament in December, collecting almost 190 new toys for disadvantaged kids in the area.
The event was held at Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, CA, and included 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner, team prizes, long drive contests, closest to the pin contests, hole-in-one contests, putting contest and a large post-tournament raffle.
Coral Chemical's Ron Lum, the CCAI Southern California Chapter president and CCAI National Board of Directors treasurer, spearheaded the event, which partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps and their national ‘Toys for Tots” campaign.
Any company who would like to partner with CCAI and sponsor the event next year can contact Ron Lumat 951-775-8785 or by email


MFASC to Exhibit at Largest Conference for Industry Inspectors in California

By: Tim Pennington 30. January 2013


The California Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Forum Board in association with the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Cal/EMA will hold its 15th Annual California Unified Program Conference on February 4-7at the Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove in Orange County.
During the Conference, the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California will have a display booth hosted by Executive Director Daniel Cunningham and various MFASC Board Members over the four days of the training conference. It is an opportunity to promote the metal finishing industry and the associations. It is also a rare opportunity to visit with inspectors on neutral ground and participate in some of the same training sessions. 

The Unified Program is the consolidation of six state environmental programs into one program under the authority of a Certified Unified Program Agency. These can be a county, city or JPA (Joint Powers Authority). This program was established under the amendments to the California Health and Safety Code made by SB 1082 in 1994, and is normally enforced by the Hazardous Materials Division of the local Fire Department or Environmental Health Department.
In short, The CUPA’s are responsible for implementing and enforcing EPA program requirements.

They are the Hazardous Materials Business Plan/Emergency Response Plan, Hazardous Waste/Tiered Permitting, Underground Storage Tanks, Aboveground Storage Tanks (SPCC only), California Accidental Release Program and the Uniform Fire Code Hazardous Materials Management Plan.

The purpose of the conference is to provide training to the inspectors. Training focuses heavily on enforcement; violation classification, evidence collection, working with prosecutors, etc. MFASC members also participate in training sessions that are relevant to the metal finishing industry. Being in those sessions allows us to learn first-hand how the inspectors are taught to evaluate and interpret the requirements and to make sure the instructors are presenting accurate facts. Metal Finishers are often used as examples; usually not in a good way. 





StandardAero Gets Certification for Protective Coatings

By: Tim Pennington 28. January 2013


StandardAero and eight of its aircraft paint technicians have completed the Embry Riddle Aeronautics University/Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) program in aircraft painting. The six week program confers a license in Aerospace Coatings Application (ACA) to those paint technicians who successfully complete the course and pass an examination administered by an SSPC proctor. StandardAero is the first MRO to implement the ACA program into its paint operations.


The ACA program, a joint venture developed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide’s Office of Professional Education (OPE) and the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), was developed to verify the knowledge, skills, and abilities of aircraft-specific paint technicians throughout the aerospace industry. The ACA initiative is the very first of its kind; it confers a certification and license to an industry standard for aircraft paint quality, with an emphasis placed upon safety of flight concerns. It teaches core knowledge and promotes a common language regarding the aircraft coatings process.


"For a while now, we’ve been talking about our CompleteCare™ strategy which puts the needs and convenience of our customers at the very heart of everything we do," said Scott Taylor, Senior Vice President, Business Aviation, StandardAero. "This is one of those key foundational elements that quietly supports the strategy. By investing in a team with legitimate credentials specific to their field of expertise, we distinguish ourselves from the rest of the industry; giving our customers a quality of workmanship that is unparalleled in the business and saving them time and money."


Of the fourteen certified Aerospace Coatings Applicator Specialists (ACAS) in existence, eight of them work for StandardAero. The company’s goal is to have 100 percent of their paint technicians ACAS certified within the next 12 months.


"In addition to this new certification for paint technicians, every technician in the company’s Business Aviation sector is a licensed A&P Mechanic. We believe we’re the only MRO that provides the industry with 100% certified A&P mechanics at all of our repair facilities," Taylor added.


BASF and Nissan Announce Streamlined Painting Processes

By: Tim Pennington 10. January 2013

BASF has expanded its partnership with Nissan, now supplying the automaker with coatings and paints for the Pathfinder and Infiniti models at its Smyrna plant in Tennessee, USA.
BASF supplies Nissan with coating solutions from e-coat and basecoat to clearcoat. BASF is also working on more streamlined technologies with Nissan in emerging markets such as China.
“Nissan is a very important customer for us and we have been working closely for a long time,” said Laurent Vaucenat, Global Account Manager for Nissan at BASF’s Coatings Division. “BASF’s innovative solutions and services, as well as our leading-edge technologies, have convinced Nissan to extend their collaboration with us, especially with our 3 Wet waterborne coating technique.”
The most notable advantage of the 3 Wet waterborne system is the elimination of one drying phase. Previously, car bodies required two 30-minute rounds in the drying oven, after application of the primer, and the basecoat / clearcoat. In the new method, these three layers are applied wet-on-wet, and then subsequently dried. This shortened process leads to shorter production time, less energy consumption, streamlined paint lines and – above all – lower emissions.
BASF is the unique supplier of "sprayables" (primer, basecoats and clearcoats) for Nissan’s European production sites in Sunderland (England), St Petersburg (Russia) and Barcelona (Spain).
“We are where our customers are. This is why we are increasingly expanding our presence in growing markets like China, where we currently supply Nissan’s Huadu plant,” says Vaucenat.
BASF also has long-standing supply relationships with Nissan in Japan and India. In 2012, the close partnership resulted in an award from Zhengzhou Nissan Auto Co., Ltd., honoring BASF with the “Excellent R&D Supplier Award” for the excellent quality in the supply of environmentally friendly car paint.

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