News n’ Views Vol XIII

President’s Message By Bruce Schimmel

Spring is just around the corner and we are looking forward to longer days and more sunshine. It’s an exciting time for our organization. Our technical symposium in November was attended by 55 people and Holiday Party attracted 150 people.

This was the largest attendance in many years and I hope for even larger crowds at our next events. My goal as President is to continue to promote our organization and expand our membership. Our focused event in 2015 is the Eastern Coatings Show to be held in Atlantic City. We have sold many exhibit booths and have a tremendous lineup of speakers. The MNYCA will be unveiling a new website in 2015. This site will be designed to be responsive and informative. The MNYCA has so much to offer. Please participate and take advantage of the group. I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting on May 7.


The 2014 Holiday Party was held on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Iberia Peninsula Restaurant
in Newark, NJ, and was merrymaking at its finest. Cocktail hour began at 6pm and the room was buzzing with excitement and camaraderie. Dinner was a feast of MNYCA favorites including Paella and savory meats carved tableside. The sangria was flowing and the dessert table looked fit for royalty; piled high with sweets. Members and guests mingled and toasted to the end of another successful year.

MNYCA President, Bruce Schimmel(Superior Materials), addressed the packed room- welcoming everyone and introducing our newest members. He looked back over 2014 and shared his excitementfor the New Year ahead.

Bob Whiteley (JNS-SmithChem) updated the crowd with the good news about the Eastern Coatings Show at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City to be held June 1 – 4, 2015 (See page 5 for information on ECS, 2015).

MNYCA Chair, Shaun Julian (E.W.Kaufmann Co.), presented Paint Pioneer Awards to two inspirational and distinguished members (Ted Burke of E.W. Kaufmann Co. and Craig McNair of Pflaumer Brothers – see article on page 4) for their dedication to the industry and years of service and achievement.

The 2014 50/50 Raffle was, as always, a highpoint of the evening with John Kehmna (Archway Sales) and April Morlock (Jema-American, Inc.) stirring up incentive to purchase more tickets
than ever and join in the fun. Winners ofthe raffle included: MNYCA Secretary/Treasurer, Fran Amy (The M.F. Cachat Company), and Frank Magdits (Pan Technology). This year’s raffle raised
over $1,000 for the 2015 Helene Senker Educational Scholarship Award competition. (See page 5 for current scholarship application information.)

Due to the popularity of the Holiday Party and a record number of attendees in 2014, we will be moving into a larger space at Iberia Peninsula in 2015. The restaurant’s Crystal Room provides space for 250+ guests. The venue boasts high ceilings, large windows and a stage area for speakers- as well as a lovely bar and dining area with ample space for cocktails, dinner and memory making. Iberia’s Crystal Room is the perfect fit for our ever-expanding membership!

November 2014 Forum

This past November, MNYCAhosted a panel forum on innovation and trends in the coating industry. We received great feedback from many of the 55 attendees.

David A. Hurwitz, managing director of Edica-Garnett Partners LLC, shared his perspective of the state of the coatings industry and how we should think about the US/NA industry vs or as part of the rest of the world.

Hurwitz explained that in terms of industry evolution, key areas are commercial (think geographic scope and regional markets; industry restructuring/consolidation; and industry concentration in MNCs) and technical/environmental changes (e.g., factors such as economic development, globalization, consumer advocacy).

Attendees also heard his fascinating overview on historical innovation, the growth of the industry, and the evolution of the coatings industry.

Phil Phillips, Ph.D., The CHEMARK Consulting Group’s president and managing director, presented on what we can expect from past and future mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Phillips reported interesting survey results around such topics as consumption (region wide and global), high-value segments, and the GDP growth forecast through 2016.

Trends we should see include a regional shift of demand for coatings and
paints, an increased number of acquisitions, greater marketing/sales discipline when considering strategic targets accounts, as well as large cash reserves and commitments being the lead determining factors in deal activity.

David Darling, P.E., the senior director, environmental affairs, for the American Coatings Association gave an Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) VOC update.

Some of the data included details from the National Ozone Standard (e.g., EPA final must be released October 1, 2015) to OTC; LADCO/Utah; and EPA National AIM Rules to South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

Members can request copies of the speakers’ handouts by emailing Fern Dickey at or by calling her at 201-835-8653.
Two distinguished coatings industry veterans were awarded the 2014 Paint Pioneer Award for their years of service and achievement. Ted Burke of E.W. Kaufmann Company was awarded for 40 years in the industry and Craig McNair of Pflaumer Brothers for 25 years. The awards were presented at the MNYCA Holiday Party on December 4, 2014. MNYCA Chair, Shaun Julian (E.W.Kaufmann Co.), introduced Mr. Burke and MNYCA Vice President, Chris Mulcahy (Advanced Polymer, Inc.), introduced Mr. McNair. Both honorees have an impressive and inspiring list of

Ted Burke received his Paint Pioneer Award for 40 years of service and dedication to the coatings industry. Mr. Burke spent 39 years with Callahan Chemical Company performing various roles including sales, Branch Manager, Purchasing Manager, and Vice President. In 1994 he was appointed President by company founder Jim Callahan, Sr. He served in that capacity until his retirement from Callahan in September of 2013. Ted continues to be an active member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) serving on its Board of Directors and as Regional President. He has also served on the Board of Directors of The Chemical Education Foundation (CEF). In March of 2014, Ted joined the, E.W. Kaufmann Company a leading coatings industry distributor in the Northeastern US, serving as Vice President of Sales. Ted also serves on the Board of Directors of Children’s Aid and Family Services and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped.

Craig McNair was honored for his 25 years of service and dedication. Mr. McNair’s entire professional career has been with the family run company Pflaumer Brothers. He studied under Dr. James Tour, who has been quoted as saying, “Over the years I’ve only kept track of one undergraduate student, and that’s Craig McNair.” Recently appointed as a Visiting Instructor at Rice University, Craig is working with Dr. Tour on the application of Graphene Nano Ribbons(GNR) for Smart Coatings and Inks. Upon graduating with his B.S. in Chemistry, Craig began to take on technical roles at Pflaumer from Synthesis Chemist to Technical Director and now Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President. His research areas include specialty polymers for wetting and dispersing pigments, dyes, and nano-particles for high performance coatings and inks. Craig’s work has resulted in the commercialization of many specialties used internationally in high-end technical coatings, inks, adhesives and composites.


The Eastern Coatings Show announced that the 2015 Show has expanded at a rapid rate. To accommodate this growth, the show will now be held June 1st to the 4th.

According to Robert Whiteley, the President of the Eastern Coatings Federation, Inc. and the host of the Eastern Coatings Show, “The demand for booths is growing at a very rapid pace and we have sold almost three times the floor space as the 2013 Eastern Coatings Show.
To handle this growth we have worked with the Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino to secure the facilities needed for our larger show.”

Commented Dave White, Eastern Coatings Show Technical Committee Chairman, “We now have a full complement of presenters for the three days of the Show.” Shaun Julian and Dan Canavan III, the co-chairs of the Sponsorship Committee, have also noted that sponsorship packages are still available.

Further information is readily available on the Show’s web site at; further questions can be posed to Joe Wedick at or by phone at 732.291.0168 or to Ann Fody, ECF’s Executive Director, at the same e-mail address and voice number.

About the ECF, MNYCA, PSCT and the NESCT The Eastern Coatings Federation, Inc., is a corporation founded by the MNYCA, the PSCT and the NESCT to serve the coatings industry on
a broader national basis exceeding their regional orientations. The Metropolitan
New York Coatings Association serves coatings and allied industries in the New
York metropolitan area. Their website is The Philadelphia Society of Coatings Technology serves the coatings and allied industries in the metropolitan Philadelphia area. Their website is The New England Society of Coatings Technology serves the coatings industry in the New England states. Their website is

MNYCA is Now Accepting Applications for Consideration for the 2015 Helene M. Senker Scholarship

The Metropolitan New York Coatings Association is now accepting applications for consideration in the selection of a winner of the 2015 scholarship named in memory of Helene
M. Senker. Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a high school senior.
  • His or her parent or guardian must be employed by an MNYCA member company in the geographic area that the MNYCA serves (NY, NJ, and CT metropolitan area).
  • The scholarship is a $1,000.00 onetime scholarship.

The deadline for application is April 15, 2015. The winner will be announced at MNYCA’s Annual Dinner on May 7, 2015.

For application information and forms, please email Fern Dickey at fern. or call her at 201-835-8653.

Industry News

ACA’s Paint Council Report

The ACA just released its Paint Council Report, which provides an update on the success that the industry has achieved on a state and regional level, due to the activities and advocacy work of the association’s Paint Council Network. It also highlights prospective issues that industry could contend with, if not for the targeted efforts of the Paint Councils.

To see a copy of the report, click here. If you would like more information, please visit the Paint Councils website at www. or contact Alison Keane at 202-719-3703 or

Growth in new construction and increased existing home sales drive growth for architectural interior coatings.

The interior architectural coatings market continues to see improvement as a result of growth in new construction and an increase in new home sales. The focus for interior architectural coatings manufacturers is to stay on the cutting edge, by developing color palettes that are in line with the latest trends in fashion, art and technology – all while delivering premium performance characteristics.

Results of U.S. Architectural Coatings Industry Research Report Which Compared Business Trends In 4Q

Each month, North Coast Research surveys a large sample of paint retailers throughout the U.S. to get a sense for current business trends. The results are used as a directional indicator more so than absolute industry volume. For inquiries regarding this report please contact Kevin Hocevar at 216-468-6924 or

ACA’s Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS®) Implementation Manual,Fourth Edition

On Monday, February 2, 2015, ACA released the fourth edition of its Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS®) Implementation Manual. This guide aids employers with the development and implementation of a comprehensive Hazard Communication Program.

For more information on HMIS® or to purchase the manual, please visit www., or contact ACA’s Stephen Wieroniey or Steve Sides at (202) 262-6272.

EPA Reinforces Regulation of Perfluorinated Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing measures to ensure that perfluorinated chemicals that have been phased out do not re-enter the marketplace without review.

”Through our environmental stewardship program, eight companies have helped us make real progress to reduce these chemicals as evidenced in the CDC findings,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We will continue that progress now that all importers and other domestic manufacturers
will be required to give EPA an opportunity to review and restrict uses these perfluorinated chemicals.”

ACA Testifies in Support of PaintCare® Bill before the New Jersey Senate

On Jan. 12, ACA staff testified before the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Senate Bill 1420, “An Act Requiring Producers of Architectural Paint to Implement or Participate in a Paint Stewardship Program.” The bill passed the committee unanimously and the entire committee, including Senate President Sweeney (R), chose to cosponsor the bill. If enacted, the legislation, whose companion bill in the New Jersey Assembly that has already passed the Environment and Solid Waste Committee unanimously, would bring ACA’s PaintCare® program to New Jersey.

West Coast Port Woes Could Hurt U.S. Companies for Months

USA Today reported on February 23, 2015 that West Coast ports began running at full speed Monday, February 23 – the first weekday in more than two months operations have been even close to normal because of a labor dispute.

Dock workers and port owners agreed on a tentative contract late Friday night. But the economic impact of the interruptions on both imports and exports will be felt for months to come say experts.

The situation will continue to create headaches for U.S. industries. The 29 West Coast ports big handle 40% of U.S. Cargo making up 12% of GDP.

Industry Mourns Loss Of Two

Anthony J. (Tony) Mauriello, MNYPIA Treasurer and longtime ink industry veteran, played a major role in the local New York ink associations, including the forming of the Metro New York Printing Ink Association (MNYPIA), passed away on June 14, 2014. He was 83 years old.

Tony began his career in the printing ink field at Inmont as Eastern Coast manager, and then as national senior account manager for BASF Corporation, which was acquired by Sun Chemical. Upon his retirement from Sun Chemical, he became a professional tax consultant certified by the American Institute of Tax Studies.

After he retired from Sun Chemical, Mr. Mauriello remained active in the ink industry, playing a key role in the revitalization of the MNYPIA. He served the club as its treasurer for many years. Prior to that, he served as the president of the New York Printing Ink Manufacturers Continued from page 6 Club for more than three decades.

Jack Gallagher passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. He was 71.

In 1964, he joined NL Chemicals, initially working for the Baker Castor Oil Division. Jack held various sales management positions in Chicago and Detroit before relocating back to New Jersey with Rheox, which became Elementis Specialties. In 1998, Jack left Elementis to join Shamrock Technologies as vice president of international sales.

Jack was highly regarded in the industry by colleagues and customers, and
was honored in 2014 with the prestigious Printing Ink Pioneer Award from the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM).

The Robert Landzettel Award (aka “The Gold Paint Can”)

As we mentioned our last addition of News ‘N Views, The Robert Landzettel Award was presented to Dave Penichter (Archway Sales) at this past June’s golf outing. We’ll be following Dave and the Gold Paint Can until our June 2015 golf outing where its fate will be in the hands
of the low gross winner.

Association News

EM Sullivan Associates is excited to start off 2015 with new additions to their portfolio including Teckrez’s C9/ C5 hydrocarbon resins and rosin esters, Hongda Group’s Iron Oxides and Ti02, Patcham USA’s coating additives, and LG Chemicals ethylene vinyl acetates (EVA) and polyolefin elastomers (POE).

Air Products has announced changes in its network of distributors supporting the company’s active ingredients and specialty polymers for the personal care market. Effective immediately, HORN has been named distributor in the Southwest, including Texas and surrounding states, and Pride Solvents & Chemical Co. has been named distributor in the mid-Atlantic and New England states.

Nexeo Solutions announced the appointment of retired U.S. Army Four-Star General Walter L. “Skip” Sharp to its Board of Directors. General (Retired)
Sharp’s appointment expands the Board to nine directors. “All of our Board members bring talent, expertise and a unique perspective to the table. We are very fortunate
to have General Sharp by our side as we continue to expand our global presence,” said David Bradley, President and CEO of Nexeo Solutions. “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and counsel.”

Superior Materials Inc. announced that BASF Corporation will be expanding their distribution responsibility for Attapulgite specialty additives into the Mid-West region. This will include Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia. Superior Materials has represented BASF in the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas for over 60 years.

The company also announced a number of personnel changes and promotions. Alex Blakeman has been promoted to Senior Director of Technology. Blakeman has been with Superior for eight years.

Bruce Schimmel has been promoted to Director of Sales. Schimmel has been with Superior for three and a half years and is responsible for the Superior sales team, covering the Mid-Atlantic, New England and Midwest territories.

JNS Smithchem LLC has been appointed the distributor for Invotec LLC and their corrosion inhibiting pigments, flash rust inhibitors, flame retardants, smoke suppressors and phosphating catalysts. Their territory for these products will include from Virginia through to the New England states.

EW Kaufmann announces staff changes that includes Brian O’connor announcing his retirement as president after 46 years in the Chemical/Coatings industry effective February 28th. Brian has served in many capacities throughout his career which culminated in building EW Kaufmann into one of the most successful and respected specialty distribution company in the Northeast.

Following the retirement of Brian O’Connor, Ted Burke will transition from Vice President of Sales to assume the President’s role effective March 1st. He joined EW Kaufmann in early 2015 following 38 years’ experience in the Chemical Distribution industry.

As a first step Ted Burke has announced that Shaun Julian has agreed to accept the position of Vice President of Sales during the same transition time. Coming to EW Kaufmann in late 2010Shaun brings 14 years of proven track record as a successful Technical Sales Representative in the Northern NJ & Metro NY territory.

Eagle Specialty Products recently had the fortune of adding Mark Bolhofner as their Director of Research and Development. Having spent 28 years working in the coatings industry, his expertise and knowledge is invaluable. As the dedicated Director of R&D, he will work closely with their VP of Manufacturing and sales force, tailoring our development and support to meet and exceed customers’ needs.


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