Attorneys Gotthelf and Richotte Are Featured Speakers at NASF Mid-Winter Conference in Orlando

By: Tim Pennington 7. November 2012


Attorneys Beth Gotthelf and Joseph Richotte from Butzel Long will co-present a program during the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) 3rd Annual Mid Winter Surface Finishing Conference and Exposition on January 23 in Orlando, Fla.


Their presentation is titled, “Latest Trends: EPA Criminal Penalties – Can It Happen to You?”


“The NASF’s 3rd Annual Mid Winter Surface Finishing Conference & Exposition is an important industry conference,” said Gotthelf. “Joe and I will share timely information about EPA Criminal Penalties that everyone in the finishing industry needs to know.”


Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, Gotthelf is co-chair of the firm’s Energy and Sustainability Practice Group. She also is chair of the firm’s growing Aerospace and Defense Industry Group.


Richotte, based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense, Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions, corporate investigations, and professional discipline matters for lawyers and judges.


For information on the conference, please visit the PF Calendar HERE

Transmet Corporation completes Cast Zinc Shot plant expansion

By: Tim Pennington 5. November 2012


Transmet Corp. has completed an expansion in its zinc cast shot manufacturing  facility. The Columbus, Ohio, company manufactures cast zinc shot for blast cleaning markets in die casting, paint removal and automotive component remanufacturing. The expansion and improvements focused mainly on the collection and classification of cast zinc shot for packaging, says Tom Fee. 
“The improvements will enable increased production while improving operator safety,” he says.
The project was financed internally along with a grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. The equipment was designed by Applied Engineering Solutions of Columbus. Specialized machining was performed by Crist’s Machining of Lancaster, Ohio, and installation by H.I.P. Mobile Welding of Stoutsville, Ohio.
For more information about Transmet, please visit

New Jersey Lt. Gov. Visits Metal Finishing Company

By: Tim Pennington 29. October 2012


Acting New Jersey Governor Kim Guadagno today visited Superior Powder Coating, an Elizabeth-based metal finisher specializing in high-volume powder coating and electrocoating, the second stop on her month-long tour of New Jersey manufacturers.
Powder coating is a method of painting products using a powdered plastic resin that is electro-statically applied and cured onto the part in an oven. Electrocoating is a method of painting that uses electrical current to deposit the paint. Superior Powder’s Elizabeth facility can process more than 120,000 parts per day. These coated parts are used in a variety of applications, including automotive, military, marine, architectural, exercise equipment and stadium seating.
“Superior Powder Coating has continued to grow and expand in New Jersey since first opening in 1989,” Guadagno said. “The company has been able to do this thanks to some unique advantages New Jersey offers. Our highly educated and well-trained workforce is helping Superior Powder reliably deliver a quality product for its customers. Superior Coating’s close proximity to the Port of New York and New Jersey allows them to easily receive parts for coating and ship them back to customers. This powerful combination of benefits has helped Superior Powder succeed.”
“Thanks to financial assistance from the state, we’ve been able to operate a successful business, provide jobs for 139 workers, most of who live in Union County, and will soon hire 16 more workers,” said Peter Markey, CEO of Superior Powder Coating, Inc. “Superior Powder Coating is an example of a small New Jersey-based manufacturing business that is helping to ensure the prosperity of our great state.”
To attract and retain manufacturers, New Jersey offers various incentives aimed at expanding the state’s economy. These incentives include tax exemption programs designed just for manufacturers; rebates and low-cost financing for renewable energy systems, equipment and technologies that save energy; grants for job growth that provide direct payments to businesses that create jobs in New Jersey; sales and use tax exemptions for the purchase of fixtures, furniture, building materials and equipment needed for business relocation; and workforce training grants that provide skilled training, education and a wide range of support to workers and employers.


NASF Board of Directors Recognize Four Departing Members

By: Tim Pennington 26. October 2012


The NASF Board of Directors recognized four of its members who are stepping down after many years of dedicated service.
Those members leaving the board include Pat Gleason, Microfinish IPC LLC; Ray Lucas, Valley Chrome Plating; Bill Wiggins, Automation Plating Corp.; and Joelie Zak, Scientific Control LabsInc.
“These past board members have had a positive impact on the organization’s development,” says Christian Richter, NASF executive director. “The varied expertise and business acumen that each contributed to board discussions over the years has been invaluable. As long-serving board members, their participation at varied industry related meetings and events has been greatly appreciated.”


For more information about the NASF, please visit

NASF and Southern California Metal Finishers Kick Off Bright Design Challenge

By: Tim Pennington 24. October 2012


LaVaughn Daniels and Dan Cunningham from the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California examine plated parts while judging last year’s Bright Design challenge.
The National Association for Surface Finishing and the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California (MFASC) are again sponsoring the West Coast Bright Design Challenge for students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.
The contest is incorporated into the college’s Material Explorations class, which is led by Art Center instructors Catherine McLean and Krystina Castella. A transdisciplinary team made up of product design, environmental design, fine art and graduate industrial design students will spend the term learning about surface finishing technologies and applications, and working with local electroplating companies to enhance their understanding of the process.
Students are then challenged to create innovative works utilizing these technologies. At the end of the term, they will present finished 3D prototypes and presentations to a panel of faculty and MFASC judges. The students with the top three concepts as judged by the panel each will be awarded $5,000 scholarships.
Judging for the event will take place in December.


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