NASF's AESF Foundation Awards Scholarship

By: Tim Pennington 15. February 2013


The NASF's education arm, the AESF Foundation, has awarded its annual graduate scholarship to Carnegie Mellon doctorate student Sudarshan Narayanan, who is a materials science and engineering student with an interest in surface technology.
Narayanan, who is currently focusing on transparent conductors for optoelectronic applications and is expecting to complete his doctorate in 2013, joined the department during the fall of 2009, after completing his bachelor degree in engineering physics from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, in 2009.
He then joined the research groups of Professor Lisa Porter and Professor Michael Bockstaller, where he intends to understand and investigate the carrier mobilities in polymer-based electronic devices, co-advised by the two faculty members. His academic interests broadly include semiconductors, processing and devices, multiferroics, compound semiconductors, optoelectronics and nanomaterials.
Besides academics, Narayanan is a 'sports-buff' of sorts and enjoys playing basketball. He represented his high school and college in various competitions. He follows the NBA very closely, and the Lakers are his favorite team. He is also a huge soccer fan with Manchester United and Argentina being his favorite club and country team, respectively.
Apart from sports, he is an avid quizzing enthusiast, and very passionate about music. He plays the violin (Indian classical carnatic), which he has been learning for the past 8-9 year. He also likes travelling a lot and enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities like trekking, hiking and cycling. His first trekking experience was on the Himalayas where he managed to scale the Sar Pass peak, an expedition organized by the Youth Hostel Association of India.
The AESF Scholarship Committee that reviewed the application and made the recommendation were Dr. Yinlun Huang, Wayne State University; Dr. Ling Hao, Lacks Enterprises; and Dr. Helen Lou, Lamar University.
"AESF Foundation remains committed to helping undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying chemical engineering, material science or engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, environmental engineering or chemistry," said Bob Srinivasan of A Brite Company, president of the AESF Foundation.
Scholarships to college juniors, seniors and graduate students are offered in the amount of $1,500. Candidates must demonstrate academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities.



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

Columbia Chemical Participates In "Manufacturing Road Show"

By: Tim Pennington 8. January 2013


Columbia Chemical Corporation, along with five other area manufacturing companies, opened their doors to host the “Manufacturing Road Show” on November 16, providing tours to Buckeye School District ninth-graders in Brunswick, Ohio.


The event was sponsored by the Education Committee of the Medina Economic Development Corporation and was designed to enhance students’ educational experience and build awareness of the many career paths available locally.  While touring the manufacturing facilities, students were exposed to various aspects of business operations including Sales and Marketing, Research and Development, Production, Human Resources, Purchasing, Accounting, Quality Control and Customer Service.


200 students participated in the program and spent the day touring two of the five local manufacturing facilities in Brunswick and Valley City.  Other manufacturers that participated included MTD Products, Three D Metals, IMT and Tinnerman Industrial.


Approximately 80 students visited Columbia Chemical.  Upon arrival, students were given a brief introduction of the plating industry and received safety guidelines prior to the tour from Andrew Saliga, Environmental, and Health & Safety Manager.  Greg Schneider, Human Resources Manager, along with Kevin Reilley, V.P. of Operations, served as tour guides.


For more information, contact Columbia Chemical Corporation, at


NASF Bright Design Challenge Kicks Off Jan. 16

By: Tim Pennington 12. December 2012


As part of the "NASF Surface Technology Initiative" to promote the vital role of surface finishing in society, the 2013 NASF Bright Design Challenge is right around the corner.


Kick off in Detroit is scheduled for January 16. The event is timed perfectly for the Detroit Auto Show, and the NASF Board will also be meeting in town to fully support the event.

Polaris North America, manufacturer of ATVs, Motorcycles and Snowmobiles, will be our partner along with the Detroit-based College for Creative Studies.


The Bright Design Challenge Scholarship Program is fully supported and funded by NASF and its members. Other sponsors include Atotech, Coventya, Enthone, Macdermid and Uyemura.


For sponsorship information, please contact Cheryl Clark at to get involved in the program.

AnoStyle Offers Anodized Color Options For iPhone, iPad

By: Tim Pennington 10. December 2012

A Michigan anodizing company is trying to corner the market on colorizing Apple’s popular new iPhone and iPads by offering to anodize the device’s outer shell in an array of vibrant colors.
AnoStyle in Rochester, MI offers the service for $249 per phone with about a one-week turnaround time. The company says its closest competitor, Colorware, is charging $850 for the service.
The company says it is partnering with “the No. 1 device skin and protection company, Ghost Armor” to offer better protection for the iPhone and iPad surfaces, resisting the scratches that are becoming prevalent on the new iPhone 5 device.
Customers place their order online, remove their phone’s memory card (they recommend backing up the phone, too), and then mailing it to AnoStyle to be anodized. They complete a “21-point inspection” to make sure the phone still works, and then mail it back.
The big question: does taking apart the iPhone or iPad void the warranty?
“In short, yes,” AnoStyle says. “Any modification, like AnoStyle, typically voids your manufacturer’s warranty as well as any extended warranty you may have purchased.”
To contact the company, call AnoStyle at 248-266-6606 or via email at

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