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Here is our third look at some of the products and services that will be on display at the SUR/FIN conference, which will be held June 3-5 in Chicago at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont:


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Business Development Corporation of South Carolina (BDC) and South State Bank have assisted Carolina Metal Finishing in securing a Rural Modernization Program Loan to add an additional manufacturing line within their Bishopville, South Carolina, facility.

The loan, which will provide an expansion of manufacturing capacity and create 20 new jobs, was used to purchase paint coating equipment, which is essential to plant operations.

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The Ecoat2020 conference is seeking abstracts for its two-day program. Speaking opportunities include keynote addresses, general sessions, panel discussions and focused workshops on relevant issues faced by today's finishers.

Ecoat2020 takes place at Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in the Tampa Bay area of Florida April 28-30, 2020. The deadline to submit abstracts is June 3, and can be submitted at

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NASF Executive Vice President Christian Richter and Jeff Hannapel, NASF Vice President, will lead a panel discussion along with Janet Anderson, Ph.D., on the latest news regarding the PFAS/PFOS issue facing the finishing industry at SUR/FIN on Monday, June 3, at 2 p.m. The discussion immediately follows Anderson’s keynote address on the subject which begins at 1 p.m.

Richter recently spoke about the Anderson’s upcoming keynote and the panel discussion in Detroit when he discussed the latest regulatory issues facing the industry at the Atotech Automotive Conference.

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Posted by: Christian Richter 5/17/2019

PFAS and the Surface Finishing Industry

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) recently launched a section on their website that addresses the issue of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). Below is a some information from that section. Please visit to get more information on the topic of PFOS and actions by the NASF.

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) represents the interests of businesses, technologists and professionals in the surface coatings industry. NASF and its member companies have a long history of environmental stewardship. It is the only industry in the U.S. to have requested a ban from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the use of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) nearly 10 years ago.

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