News n’ Views Vol XII


Leadership was mentioned at the onset of my predecessor’s message to the MNYCA last year.  “Lead by way of example” as opposed to bestowing the dogma of “do as I say, not as I do” is of great importance!  I teach my 11 year old son (and eventually my infant daughter) to think before you act. 

Doesn’t always happen that way, but it’s a start to achieving great things and becoming a leader that possesses this essential quality.  We are an association made up of great leaders, which I am honored to take the reins and move our organization along.  I begin by flling some big shoes left behind by David White, a great leader.  A big thank you goes out to Dave and his Board, along with the Commit-tee for the inaugural Eastern Coatings Show.  With the enduring success of last year’s program along with the ECS, they have laid the groundwork for what I hope to be a successful platform.

It is now over 2 years since the historic merger took place which combined the Metropolitan New York Paint & Coatings Association (MNYPCA) with the New York Society for Coatings Technology (NYSCT) into one single efficient organization now known as the Metropolitan New York Coatings Association (MNYCA).  With the merger behind us and the great success of the ECS, the directive I intend to push hard this year is member outreach and participation.  Your Board is looking for new faces, whether a novice or veteran, with a fresh perspective to continue adding value to our industries.  It is critical to build our membership, and the goal is to add one new member per month.  I am pleased to start things off by welcoming three new member companies since our last issue of News N Views: OMNOVA Solutions, Aceto Corporation and TMC Materials.  We have a great network of our existing membership as well as working off the tails of the ECS, so there is no reason the MNYCA cannot hit 100 members by the time we tee off for the 2014 golf outing next June.

We are also looking at existing members to become more dynamic in their involvement.  It is time to align our expectations of our members with that of the organization.  It is great to have members, but it’s even better to have participants.  We can quickly add value to the MNYCA by expanding the effort that is put in.  If you are not sure of whom to ask on how to help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or our wonderful support given by Ann Fody and her team at Fody Associates.  I hope to hear from or, better yet, seeing you soon. Involved a fee of $25.00.  A reception will follow the presentations.


The site is the Iberia Peninsula restaurant in Newark; the time is 6:00 PM; the goal is to welcome in the holiday season with fun, frivolity and camaraderie.  There is no cost to one representative of each member company; all others will pay $75.00.  Guests are welcome but must be invitees of a member company. This is also the night on which the Paint Pioneers are honored.  Any and all GRAND HOLIDAY PARTY PLANNED FOR DECEMBER 5TH, 2013employees of member companies who have devoted twenty-five, forty or fifty years to the Coatings industry will receive a plaque recognizing that accomplishment. In addition, they have been guests of MNYCA that evening. Invitations will be mailed out shortly.  Applications for Paint Pioneer designees have been e-mailed to all member companies.


Apparently the attraction is great!!  Year after year more golfers have shown up than the year before to play the rolling dales and hills of the Neshanic Valley Golf Club in Branchburg, New Jersey.  Served lunch upon arrival, the golfers were nutritiously fortified for the afternoon to come.  A shot gun start, a caravan of carts darted across the greensward and, in short order, golf balls were flying down the various fairways.  At day’s end, a bedraggled and tired crew of golfers made their way to the reception, livened up, and enjoyed a fine dinner. After dinner the awards for the various accomplishments were presented.  The categories and their winners included:Gross:   First Place: Andy Prusinski  78Second Place: Craig Reynolds  82Third Place: Dan Canavan, Sr.  84Fourth Place:  Warren Nickels 84Net:First Place: Mark Santimauro 70-99Second Place: Lenny Padula 71-90Third Place:  Rick Funk 71-90Fourth Place:  Steve Kafka 71-97Closest to the Pin:  Rick Stapleton 5’3” Jon Kirsch 6’5” Longest Drive: Pete CiszekAndy PruzinskiKurt MaasSpecial AwardHole in One:  Lenny Padula Sponsors proliferated also.

We give our most profound thanks to Palmer Holland, Inc., our grand Silver Sponsor.  Other sponsors included those who supported the Closest to the Pin (E.W. Kaufmann Co.; Jachts-Columbia Can, Ltd.; Rodman Publishing and E.M. Sullivan Associates, Inc.); the Longest Drive (D.B. Becker Co., Inc.; The M.F. Cachat Company); the Tee Hole Sponsors (Superior Materials, Inc.; Brenntag Specialties, Inc.; Munzing; GOLF OUTING TOPS LAST YEAR!! Landzettel & Sons; Eagle Specialty Products; JNS-SmithChem, LLC; Pan Technology, and Enrichem Specialties, LLC).  Three companies contributed toward the gifts that were given (Pan Technology; Superior Materials, Inc., and Eagle Specialty Products).  To all we extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation.  The Helene M. Senker Scholarship benefited from your giving.


New MNYCA member OM-NOVA Solutions may be a relatively new name to some, but its history reveals a company with familiar ties.  Though created in 1999, OMNOVA’s legacy goes back to the General Tire and Rubber Company founded in 1915.  General Tire, of course, was one of the great tire industry pioneers based in Akron, Ohio.  The company joined other industry giants like Goodyear to blaze the trail in polymer innovation.  (Goodyear was the former parent company of ELIOKEM, the specialty chemicals producer OM-NOVA acquired in 2010.)

Over the years, General Tire lever-aged its polymer expertise to enter new, related markets and became a strong player in many high growth, specialty applications.  These included performance coatings used in the making of paper and carpet-backing, as well as highly functional surfacing materials such as coated upholstery fabrics and durable furniture laminates.  With this expansion, and to reflect its diverse set of served markets, General Tire changed its name to GenCorp in the 1980s, the entity from which OMNOVA was eventually spun off in 1999.

Just prior to the spinoff, the company made several important acquisitions that significantly strengthened and broadened its polymer expertise and served markets.  OMNOVA had long been a leader in styrene butadiene and vinyl pyridine latices.  Its acquisition of PolymerLatex’s U.S. acrylics business in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and the Morton International floor care business provided entry into polymer products used in nonwovens and floor polishes.  Then OMNOVA acquired the Sequa specialty chemicals business, which added vinyl acetate and additional acrylic chemistries.

In 1999, OMNOVA made its first significant move into Asia, first as a joint venture partner, and today as sole owner of five manufacturing plants in the region.

The biggest milestone was OM-NOVA’s acquisition of ELIOKEM in December of 2010, which accelerated its globalization efforts and provided immediate access to many more of the high growth markets of Asia.  This was punctuated by the opening of a new specialty chemicals plant in Caojing, China two years ago, which completed a further expansion this fall.

The ELIOKEM acquisition added to OMNOVA’s presence in the U.S. and Europe, and brought with it some well-known and long-respected brands in the coatings industry…names such as PLIOLITE®, PLIOTEC® and Hydro-PLIOLITE® resins used in architectural and infrastructure paints, primers and coatings.  These brands complemented OMNOVA’s existing MOR-GLO® and MOR-SHINE® polymers for foor polishes and sealers, as well as its in-mold coatings used in compression molded composites, and additives for fexo-graphic and gravure inks and coatings.

Today, OMNOVA Solutions re-mains headquartered in Northeast Ohio, where it also has its Global Technology Center.  OMNOVA has sales of over $1 billion, and the company employs 2,300 people worldwide.  It has 15 manufacturing facilities in North America, Eu-rope and Asia, nine of which are located in the eastern half of the United States.


The purpose of this notice is to clarify that the following three categories of products are excluded from the Paint-Care Program when they are labeled for professional use: (1) Swimming Pool Paints, (2) Wood Floor Sealers and (3) Elastomeric and Other Non-Asphalt Roof Coatings. Manufacturers of these products are not required to register with PaintCare, and they are not required to collect and remit the Assessment (“PaintCare Recovery Fee”) in states with active Paint Stewardship programs implemented by PaintCare.Background.

In order to assist companies with determining what products are architectural coatings subject to the PaintCare Recovery Fee for states with the Paint-Care program, and what products are not, PaintCare developed a definition of architectural paint detailing what factors should be taken into consideration when making these determinations. In addition, the definition lists examples of program products and examples of non-program products (products that should not be assessed the fee). PaintCare relies on individual manufacturers to deter-mine which, if any, of their products are part of the program. In some cases, PaintCare helps with this determination based on individual calls with manufacturers. In the case of products used primarily by professional foor finishers, swimming pool contractors and roofers — and based on inquiries from industry representatives and manufacturers of these products — manufacturers of these products desire clarification on whether or not they are considered architectural coatings for the purposes of active and future state PaintCare pro-grams.

In order to ensure that all manufacturers are on a level playing field and the PaintCare Recovery Fee is placed on all program products subject to the assessment, PaintCare herein clarifies that swimming pool paints, wood foor sealers and finishes, and roof coatings, if labeled for professional use, are not considered program products and the Paint-Care Recovery Fee is not required to be assessed and remitted by manufacturers of these products. Excluding these products from the definition of architectural coatings is based on the following:

Originally PaintCare’s definition excluded products that are both (1) Industrial Maintenance Coatings and (2) labeled “for professional use only.” [Other acceptable phrases are (a) for industrial use only, (b) not for residential use, and (c) not intended for residential use].
Some manufacturers label these products for professional use. Others do not label them for professional use. There is no prohibition on a manufacturer from labeling a product for professional use. There-fore if a manufacturer chooses to change the product label on a product that they consider IM in order to also comply with the second criteria above (in the first bullet), they may do so in order have these products excluded from the PaintCare Program. The manufacturer may change their regular container label or use an additional sticker.
Roof coatings containing asphalt (as well as tar or bitumen) are excluded from the PaintCare Program regard-less of their labeling. This notice clarifies that other non-asphalt roof coatings are excluded only when they are labeled for professional use.
An important purpose of the paint stewardship programs is to collect and recycle unused paint, stains, and coatings that are normally managed through government-sponsored household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. Wood floor sealers and finishes, pool paints and roof coatings, labeled for professional use are not known to be a problem at HHW programs.

Conclusion Wood floor sealers and finishes, pool paints and roof coatings that are labeled for professional use using one of the phrases indicated above are categorically exempt from Paint Care. PaintCare reserves the right to change this policy. If Paint Care finds that manufacturers change their labels for the sole purpose of evading the assessment and/or on house paint or other products that are clearly not for professional use, the professional use labeling will not exclude such products.

More Information For more information about the Paint-Care Program and the responsibilities of manufacturers, please visit or contact:Paul Fresina Senior Director of Communication and Operations 606-3211 Marjaneh Zarrehparvar Executive 462-8549PaintCare Inc.1500 Rhode Island Avenue NWWashington, DC 20005


September 6, 2013 by Gene Goldenberg
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has quietly withdrawn two draft chemical regulations that were in tied up in the White House several years.

One of the rules was a proposal to add Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical included in many water bottles and other plastic products, to the list of “chemicals of concern” that would be subject to more EPA scrutiny and possible regulation. The EPA also had proposed list-ing eight different types of phthalates, another group of chemicals often used in plastic products, and several types of fame retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

The second rule that EPA withdrew would have forced public disclosure of health and safety studies conducted by chemical companies, which have generally been protected as “confidential business information.”

The two rules, which were with-drawn through a blog entry, were first proposed in 2010 and 2011, but have been under consideration at the White House Office of Management and Bud-get (OMB) since then.  The OMB Office of Regulatory Affairs is supposed to review such agency proposals within 90 days.

In an email statement to The Huffington Post, an EPA spokesman said that the rules were being withdrawn because “they are no longer necessary” and pointed to separate work it has done to evaluate chemical safety. EPA further stated that limiting the protections for company confidential information “may result in fewer submissions of these important studies.”

Environmental experts said they were not surprised at the action to with-draw these two rules given the amount of time they had been under consideration at OMB.The identification of “chemicals of con-cern” and the treatment of confidential company research are both part of the bipartisan Chemical Safety Act that is now awaiting consideration in the Senate

John L. Armitage, the President of John L. Armitage & Co., passed away on May 14, 2013.  Born on the kitchen table in his grand-father’s house in Newark, He grew up to graduate from Lawrenceville and thereafter from Princeton University.  He first met his wife –to-be when she was sixteen; their engagement was announced by the noted gossip columnist, Cholly Knickerbocker, who named them “Johnny and Connie” in his column.  The marriage lasted 56 years until the death of Connie in 1994.

In 1938 he joined the chemical coatings firm his grandfather’s had founded in 1876, John L. Armitage & Co., located in Newark, New Jersey.   With the onset of World War II, he left the business to serve as an officer in the Army Chemical Warfare Service until his discharge in 1946.  He returned to the family business, became the President in 1949 and served as President until his retirement in 1982.  He was very active in the National Paint and Coatings Association serving both as its President and Chairman (1972-1976).  Prior to that (1970-1972) he was the President of the New York Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association, Inc. which thereafter was renamed the Metropolitan New York paint and Coatings Association and is today the Metropolitan New York Coatings Association.

In the course of his retirement, John authored his autobiography, Seventy-Five and One-Half, for his grandchildren and the generations thereafter.  In it, he wrote: “I have lived for the better part of the Twentieth Century.  It has been are markable century for the American Nation.  If you look at the TwentiethCentury, it has always been the unexpected that has made the greatest influence.  I might only mention the electric light (his mother and Mrs. Edison were friends) the automobile (all those years selling paint to Detroit), World war I, the Depression, World War II, and the atomic age as examples of the unexpected; in terms of the expected and the unexpected, (the) unexpected wins out every time  in terms of impact.”



Paterson, NJ September  9, 2013 – – JNS Smithchem LLC,  has appointed Audrey Gigliotti to the position of Regional Sales Manager.   Ms. Gigliotti will be responsible for growing the company’s customer and supplier base in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, Vermont and portions of New York State.

Ms. Gigliotti came to JNS-Smith-chem from Nexeo where she served as Regional Sales Manager.  Prior to that she was an Account Manager and Technical Service Representative with Chemtura Middlebury, CT where she specialized in urethane formulations and coatings. She has presented several papers on urethane coatings technology and worked extensively with urethane processing equipment.

Ms. Gigliotti holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Hartford.

JNS SmithChem LLC , is a distributor of specialty chemicals, additives and packaging  to the building products, coatings, ink, plastics, rubber, com-pounding, adhesives & sealants, textile, food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical  and other related industries. The company represents over 30 different raw material manufacturers and in addition, Jachts-Columbian Can LLC which offers customers industrial packaging.


LEOMINSTER, MA – Kronos World-wide has appointed Monson Companies Inc., a KODA Distribution company based in Leominster, MA, as its newest distributor and sales agent for plastics, rubber and miscellaneous markets in the Northeast Region, effective August 1, 2013.

Monson Companies’ sales territory for Kronos titanium dioxide products will include Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York (including the five boroughs of NYC).Monson Companies distributes for the plastics and rubber, life sciences, paper, waste and energy, and lubricants and metalworking industries.

CLEVELAND – Mexico’s Federal Com-petition Commission voted 3-2 not to authorize The Sherwin-Williams Co.’s acquisition of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V., a $3.2 billion deal that was announced on November 12, 2012. In a press release announcing the decision by  Mexico’s anti-trust regulator, Sherwin-Williams stated that it is reviewing the rationale for the commission’s decision and expects to respond to its concerns in the near future. Commenting on the commission’s decision, Christopher M. Connor, Chair-man and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are disappointed by this decision, but remain hopeful that we can adequately address the commission’s objections and proceed with the transaction.”


As a result of the recent acquisition of E.W.Kaufmann Company by the KODA Distribution Group, a vast product line expansion is underway.  The following Suppliers are amongst the recent additions to our growth  portfolio, with more expected in the upcoming months:
Gabriel Performance Products: Mercaptan Epoxy Curing AgentsEmerald Performance Materials: Black, Ivory, Energy Curable and Color Dispersions Invista: Dytek Specialty Amines Lonza Inc.
: Preservatives, Fungicides and Anitmicrobials Kronos: Titanium Dioxide Pigment Nanya: Bisphenol-A, Bisphenol-F, No-valac, Brominated, Flexible, Casting and Waterborne Epoxy Resins


BRISTOL, PA – E.W. Kaufmann Co., a KODA Distribution Group company headquartered in Bristol, PA, has been appointed the newest distributor for Cabot Corp. E.W. Kaufmann’s sales territory will include the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Effective October 1, 2013, the company is authorized to distribute fumed silica and carbon black to the coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and printing ink markets.E.W.Kaufmann Co. is a full-line distributor for the coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and printing ink markets.


ST. LOUIS, MO – Archway Sales Inc. has completed the installation of a 24.8 kW solar panel array at its headquarters in St. Louis, MO. The project was contracted to St. Louis-based Microgrid Energy. The array will reduce Arch-way’s carbon footprint while providing low-cost energy. Additionally, this project supports the goals of the National Association of Chemical Distributor’s (NACD) Responsible Distribution program and its emphasis on natural resource protection. Up to 20 percent of Archway headquarter’s electricity will now be supplied by solar energy.Founded in 1968, Archway Sales is a leading specialty chemical distributor. The company serves the CASE, plastics, polyurethane, consumer care and specialty markets in the contiguous United States through seven regional offices.


MAHARASHTRA, India – Clariant Chemicals (India) Ltd. announced an investment in its pigments business at its Roha site in Maharashtra. The step will help accelerate Clariant’s business and support research and development to respond faster to local product development needs.

The investment includes the construction of a new pigment plant at Roha, which will double the plant’s capacity. In the past few months, an upgraded, new technical service laboratory for pigments also started operations in the company’s Cuddalore site (Tamil Nadu).



Benjamin Moore, North America’s most respected interior and exterior paint manufacturer and color authority, announced its biggest initiative ever to revitalize communities across North America through the launch of “Main Street Matters.”

The campaign asked consumers around the country to cast their vote on-line for which 20 Main Streets should be revitalized of the more than 100 North American cities nominated at The effort was undertaken with the help of multiple partner organizations around the country, including Make It Right, a long-time partner of Benjamin Moore that was founded by actor-philanthropist Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt lent his voice in support of the effort that Benjamin Moore  undertook with Main Street Matters. In addition to partner organizations, this effort was brought to life with local Benjamin Moore dealers and in conjunction with local municipalities, small businesses and local Chambers of Commerce.

The effort began this summer and the work on repainting these Main Streets will be completed over the next year. Benjamin Moore will not only provide the paint and supplies need-ed for façades, porches, railings, shutters and other exterior building trims, but its color experts will consult on the best choices to enhance the architectural style, regional influences and historic references in each community. Skilled professional painters, many of them members of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, will be hired, putting another segment of local business to work along with the local Benjamin Moore retailer who will be mixing the paints that are used.

The communications portion of “Main Street Matters”, which allows lo-cal businesses and community members to tell their stories, includes not only the online component, but also is being supported by an aggressive advertising program. A mix of national and local market TV, radio, online and print ads started in May hit North America start-ing as part of the company’s overall increase in marketing.

Voting began at 12:00 a.m. EST on May 16, 2013 and ended at 11:59 p.m. EST on June 30, 2013. Benjamin Moore has posted the fnal list of Main Streets and towns to be repainted on in July.  Sea Bright, New Jersey, a town destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, was one oif the winners. For more information and a list of nominated cities across the U.S. and Canada, please visit

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