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Linetec's Tammy Schroeder earns LEED Green Associate certification
Tammy Schroeder, Linetec's senior marketing specialist, successfully passed the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED®) Green Associate Certification.  LEED education, certification and accreditation are encouraged as part of the company's environmentally-responsible practices and support for customers' green design and building projects.
Schroeder adds her status as a LEED Green Associate to more than a decade of experience with Linetec (Wausau, WI), the nation's largest, independent, architectural finishing company.  She has written dozens of articles to give architects, contractors and manufacturers insight into all of the eco-friendly, architectural finishing technologies - paint, powder coat and anodize.
In addition to authoring articles, Schroeder develops and maintains the company's American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) programs.  She also manages the company's award-winning website,, as well as its enewsletters and other educational resources.
Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Linetec provides leadership in green building through practical yet distinctive products and services to enclose green commercial buildings, delivered through sustainable business practices.  Exemplifying these practices, Linetec has been a member of the USGBC since 2005. For more information about Linetec and its green initiatives, please visit or e-mail
ASTM International Committee on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products honors Richard L. Nester with Award of Merit
Richard L. Nester, general manager of quality assurance and customer service at Wheeling-Nisshin Inc. in Follansbee, WV, has received the 2010 ASTM International (W. Conashohocken, PA) Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from ASTM Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products. Nester received the Award of Merit, which is ASTM’s highest organizational recognition for individual work on standards activities, for his significant contributions to Committee A05 and the development of product specifications and management of terminology for metallic-coated sheet.
A member of ASTM International since 1995, Nester is a member of the A05 executive subcommittee (A05.90) and has served as the long-time chair of Subcommittee A05.18 on Editorial and Terminology. He also works on Committees A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys and B02 on Nonferrous Metals and Alloys. After earning a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, in 1974, Nester spent several years as a metallurgical engineer at Weirton Steel Corp., Weirton, WV. In 1987, he became Manager of the Quality Department at Wheeling-Nisshin Inc., and was promoted to his current position in 1995. Nester specializes in hot-dip metallic-coated steel sheet products. In addition to ASTM International, Nester is a member of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology and SAE International. He also served a four-year term on the Governing Board for the Galvanizers Association, and received the association’s Chairman’s Award in 1998. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH. 

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Faraday's Children (and Nickel) - The 40th William Blum Lecture

This article is a re-publication of the 40th William Blum Lecture, presented at the 86th AESF Annual Convention in Detroit, Michigan on June 21, 1999. In this lecture, Dr. George DiBari describes the search for the ideal nickel anode material and the outlook for survival of nickel plating at the end of the 20th century.  The closing section is a tribute to prior award winners and to some of the people that he worked with at Inco.