A Message from our President By Chris Mulcahy
I’m so pleased and honored to take on the role of MNYCA President. My thanks go out to the board for
their show of support. I wholeheartedly accept this role and am eager to continue the momentum that we’ve been
As president, I would like to begin creating opportunities for the association to become a resource for local college
students who are studying chemistry,chemical engineering, physics and other related subjects.
By offering internships and giving young people access to information regarding what a career in paint and coatings would entail, we can initiate
a dialogue that is mutually beneficial to students, the association, and the industry as a whole.
All of our events over the past year have had a really strong turn out. Our Spring Waterborne Forum back in March
was a great success. With over 75 attendees and some really well informed speakers-it was a day of learning the kind of
information that keeps us all current and ahead of the curve. We held our Annual Meeting: Tour & Dinner at the Highlawn Pavilion this
year and it was a good fit for our evergrowing numbers. What a view of New York City – we liked it so much we’ve
booked the venue again for next year. On June 20, we held our annual Golf Outing at the Neshanic Valley Golf
Course. It was our best turn out in many years- 100 golfers took to the course for a great day of golf. We also gave away
more prizes during dinner than we have in a long time. There were plenty of smiling faces in the room.
Our annual Night at Yankee Stadium (Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox) is coming up on September 29th. There are
a limited amount of tickets to the Budweiser Hall of Fame Lounge and they tend to sell out quickly.
Our Fall Forum is slated for November 3, 2016 – we will be sending out information about the details and topic in
late August. And the Annual Holiday Party will be held on December 1, 2016 at the Iberia Tavern & Restaurant’s Crystal
Thanks to all of you who show so much support for the association. It is truly a great time to be a part of MNYCA.
Spring Waterborne Forum- Knowledgeable Presenters Share Expertise & Insight
Seventy-eight members and guests attended the Spring Waterborne Forum at Redd’s restaurant on March 17, 2016. Program organizers: Chris Mulcahy (Advanced Polymer), Jason Anagnostis (Absolute Coatings), Dave White (Heucotech, Ltd.) and Charles DiComo (EW Kaufmann) put together a first rate panel of speakers with the objective of giving a high level technical overview of key chemistries, the current state of the art and performance characteristics of waterborne resin systems, overcoming various formulating issues and sharing examples of waterborne technology performance in action.
Rob Eisenhardt, Senior Chemist with Reichhold has worked extensively with acrylic and solution acrylic resins. He spoke primarily on alkyd latex resin composition and formulation, as well as oxidative curing and how alternatives to solvent-borne alkyds may impact VOC emissions as per the EPA’s national ozone standards and data testing.
Mike Jeffries, Field Technical Service Manager for Covestro, has spent years working on the scale up of the various polyisocyanates, polyisocyanate prepolymers, polyaspartics and polyurethane dispersions into production. Mike’s presentation focused on the history of polyurethanes, its applications, chemical reactions, film properties and reasons that support why a formulator would want to favor a 2K Waterborne Polyurethane in high performance applications.
Our third presenter, Arne Rick, works in technical marketing with BASF. He is an expert formulator of industrial and automotive coating systems and he presented on the challenges faced when converting from solvent based to waterborne coating systems. He focused specifically on formulation aspects, polymers in solution vs. multiphase systems, surface energy differences and the role of pH in waterborne systems.
Special thanks go out to our speakers for really digging into this topic and sharing their wealth of knowledge with our members and guests.
Annual Meeting – O’ What a Night! O’ What a View!
On May 18, 2016, MNYCA held its annual meeting and dinner at the Highlawn Pavilion located on the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ. The venue boasts a spectacular panoramic view of New York City and with over 100 guests in attendance; there were plenty of photo opportunities to be had.
Many attendees began the evening with a guided tour of the Yogi Berra Museum located on the Montclair State University Campus. The museum is a treasure trove for Yankee fans and for anyone with a soft spot for a bygone era in baseball.
At about 5:30pm guests started to arrive and register at the Highlawn. The weather was perfect springtime: the trees were covered with new leaves and the tulips and lilacs were out in force. The night was just right for a celebratory cocktail and, as per usual for MNYCA members, the room was buzzing with laughter and conversation, hand shakes and hugs.
The annual meeting began at 7pm. MNYCA President (2014-2016), Bruce Schimmel of Superior Materials, welcomed guests and thanked everyone for their support and contribution toward making the past year an unprecedented time of record-breaking attendance numbers and reaffirmed commitment to the association. A unanimous vote ushered in the slate of candidates presented by the Nominating Committee for the upcoming year. Our new slate of officers for 2016-2017 year include Chris Mulcahy of Advanced Polymer as President, Fran Amy of IMCD US as Vice President, Jason Anagnostis of Absolute Coatings as Secretary/Treasurer and Bruce Schimmel of Superior Materials as Chairman of the Board.
The Board of Directors welcomed two new members to its ranks and the 2016-2017 MNYCA board consists of:
Advanced Polymer, Inc.
MNYCA Vice President
Absolute Coatings, Inc.
Superior Materials, Inc.
Board of Trustees
Thomas A. Daquila
Eagle Specialty Products
(New Board Member)
(New Board Member)
Champion Container Corp. – Canpak
Pan Technology, Inc.
Enrichem Specialties, LLC
National Paint Industries
Co-chairs of our Nominating Committee, Rick Mazzariello of Enrichem Specialties and Tom Daquila of Eagle Specialty Products presented awards to three exceptional members of the board. David White of Heucotech received the President’s Achievement Award for his invaluable dedication and support of the association. Peter Tepperman of Seagrave Coatings received the David H. Litter Distinguished Service Award for his many years of commitment and contribution. Bruce Schimmel of Superior Materials received both the Merit Citation Award and the Gavel Award for going above and beyond as our game-changing leader for two terms. There was a rowdy show of applause for all award recipients and a consensus in the room that our future is looking bright!
It was a vibrant evening all-around. The ambiance was elegant and warm, the food and drink were delicious and plentiful, and guests truly seemed delighted to share in this special evening with friends and colleagues.
Golf Outing 2016 – A Real ACE!
Once again, we ordered up sunny weather for the annual golf outing on June 20. It was a hot day and players were grateful for the breeze, the cumulous clouds, and the beverage cart drivers. Neshanic Valley Golf Course is a beautiful spot; perfect for sharing an unforgettable day playing some serious and not-so-serious sport with friends.
100 golfers took to the course this year. Players arrived at 11am and enjoyed the traditional pre-game lunch on the outdoor terrace (lunch was provided by Merri-makers Caterers). Al Conover, the General Manager at Neshanic Valley, and his dedicated team are always on-task; they made sure that everything was in order before players set out for the day.
Golfers rallied at 12:30pm and the outings co-chair, Daniel T. Canavan, Sr. of D.B. Becker A Maroon Group LLC Company, mobilized players as they set out for a great day of golf. There was a wide range of skill on the course and it was exciting to see newbies get inspired and die-hard golfers raise the bar.
As the late afternoon sun began to slant, players found their way to the upper terrace at the golf house for cocktail hour. It was the perfect time to unwind and swap stories about the day. Dinner was served in the main banquet hall. There was not only a bounty of food, but a bounty of door prizes as well. Members and guests applauded top players for their skill and winners received gifts and hardy hand shakes. It was a good year for the 50/50 Raffle. Half of the earnings were given as prizes to several lucky attendees and the other half ($690.00) will go toward the 2017 Helene M. Senker Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence.
Special thanks go out to this year’s sponsors. We couldn’t do this without your generosity and support.
Champion Container Corp – Canpak
Closest to the Pin Sponsor
Longest Drive Sponsors
Tee and Green Sponsors
Callahan Chemical Company
Rodman Media/Coatings World
D.B. Becker, a Maroon Group LLC Company
Drum Service of Richmond
Eagle Specialty Products
2016 Golf Outings Extraordinary Players List
1st – Place Shane Chaplin 73
2nd – Place Mike Mukai 78
3rd – Place Albert Lin 79
4th – Place Dave Penichter 80
1st – Place Vince D’Andrea 71 (83)
2nd – Place Steve Kafka 71 (96)
3rd – Place Scott Beriont 71 (99)
4th – Place Sam Morell 71 (112)
Nearest to Pin- Lake #3 Steve Lontchar 12’7″
Nearest to Pin-Lake #8 Mike Rossomando 4’6″
Nearest to Pin- Meadow #6 Steve Lontchar 3’7″
Longest Drive- Meadow #9 Mike Rossomando
Golden Paint Can Award
Like the NHL’s Stanley Cup, The Robert Landzettel Award is given annually to the low gross winner – who keeps the award for one year. His or her name is added to the plaque’s growing list of recipients. The award was created as a tribute to Bob Landzettel’s years of dedication and contribution to our association and the industry at large.
Helene M. Senker Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence- Two High Achieving Winners
The Helene M. Senker Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence was given to two high achieving high school seniors. Scholarship Committee co-chairs, Bob Whiteley of JNS Smithchem and Jason Anagnostis of Absolute Coatings reviewed several submissions and there were two young women who really stood out: Alexis Kehmna, daughter of John Kehmna (Nexeo Solutions) and Alyanna Argueza, daughter of Vivian Argueza (Absolute Coatings). Each student received a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship.
Alexis Kehmna recently graduated the American Christian School with honors. She will be attending Palm Beach Atlantic University this fall as a nursing major. Alexis was a leader in the Math Club and an active participant in her Youth Group and ministries. Her school counselor stated that she is “a natural leader and can be relied upon to complete any task she commits herself to.”
Alyanna Argueza recently graduated Bergenfield High School as one of its top ranking students. She is passionate about science and engineering and has shown this through her involvement with the STEM program and her AP courses. She is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts and a part of multiple honor societies and clubs including: The Math League, Robotics & Technology and the Ridgewood Orchestra.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an application this year- you are all on your way to bright and important futures!
Applications for the 2017 Helene M. Senker Award Scholarship may be downloaded from the MNYCA website- mnyca.org.
Famed Architect and Innovator Bjarke Ingels and Mahesh Ramanujam to Close Greenbuild 2016
Informa Exhibitions and USGBC announce famed architect Bjarke Ingels, founding partner of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam as Greenbuild International Conference and Expo closing plenary speakers. The closing is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7 from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
PPG Certification Program Aims to Keep Technicians Up-to-Date
Advancements in automotive refinish technologies, combined with the growing number and complexity of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) special-effects vehicle finishes, make it critical that collision refinish technicians stay current with available training. That is what drives PPG’s ongoing commitment to its comprehensive technician certification-training program.
PPG Foundation Donates $10,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware for Science, Math Programs
The PPG Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware to expand science, technology, engineering, art and math education programs. The donation was made on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings site in Dover, Delaware, which includes a manufacturing plant and distribution center.
NSF International Finalizes First EPD for PPG’s Architectural Coatings
ANN ARBOR, MI – NSF Sustainability, a division of global public health organization NSF International, has verified an environmental product declaration (EPD) for PPG Paints™ SPEEDHIDE® zero Interior Zero VOC latex paint. An EPD is an internationally recognized and standardized tool that reports the environmental impacts of products as identified in a life cycle assessment (LCA). Through an LCA, environmental impacts associated with a product or service are identified and quantified throughout its life cycle.
Covestro Expands Position in Raw Materials for Coatings
SHANGHAI – With demand for high-performance coatings and adhesives growing in Asia, materials manufacturer Covestro is expanding production of the crucial raw material HDI. To satisfy this demand, a new world-scale plant at the Shanghai site in China has been inaugurated. It can produce up to 50,000 metric tons of HDI per year. The production technology is environmentally friendly, efficient and safe.
OSHA to Increase Penalties by Almost 80 Percent Starting August 1
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it will be adjusting its penalties under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act for inflation, which will increase maximum penalties by almost 80 percent starting Aug. 1, 2016. The new penalties will take effect after Aug. 1, so any citations issued by OSHA after that date will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.
BASF Launches Global Pigments Brand
BASF has announced the launch of its Colors and Effects brand, bundling the company’s global pigments businesses. The brand encompasses BASF’s colorants and effect pigments portfolio and serves customers across five key industries: coatings, plastics, printing, cosmetics, and agriculture.
Superior Materials Inc. Expands Sales Team
GARDEN CITY, NY – Superior Materials Inc. is expanding its sales team with the addition of two new sales people. Steve Price, based near Philadelphia, will handle the territory in the Mid- Atlantic region including Virginia and West Virginia. Price comes to Superior from a sales and marketing position with CBS. Henry Colmenares, an industry veteran of 20 years, will be primarily responsible for personal care and cosmetic accounts in the tri-state metropolitan area. In addition to his technical knowledge, Colmenares brings bilingual abilities to the position.
Clariant Inaugurates New Production Plant in Mexico
MUTTENZ, Switzerland – Clariant has inaugurated its new production plant for water-based pigment preparations in Mexico. The new plant, located in Santa Clara, doubles Clariant’s Mexico annual production capacity for water-based pigment preparations and enhances its ability to serve customers across North and Latin America.
The capacity increase for water-based pigment preparations will enable Clariant to improve its support for the region’s current and emerging market segments including decorative coatings, non-impact and flexo printing, industrial coatings, and specialties like home care, personal care, and stationery.
D.B. Becker Expands U.S. Reach
CLINTON, NJ – D.B. Becker continues to expand its U.S. reach with the addition of Mike Damurjian as an Account Manager to cover northern New Jersey, metro New York, Long Island and Connecticut, and Josh Fink as an Account Manager to cover southern New Jersey and
eastern Pennsylvania. Damurjian has been in the chemical industry for five years, most recently at Spectrum Chemical Mfg. Corp. Prior to that, he worked for the Coatis business unit of Solvay (formerly Rhodia) selling various products into the paints, inks, coatings and adhesives markets.
D.B. Becker President Receives Service Award
AVON, OH – Daniel Canavan Sr., the President of D.B. Becker, was presented with a 40 Years of Service Pin Award by the Sales Association of the Chemical Industry (SACI) on March 31, 2016. Founded in 1921 at the Chemists’ Club of New York, SACI is an organization designed to be a primary resource for business and networking opportunities for sales and marketing professionals in the chemical industries. Canavan served as President of SACI from 1990-1991 and was SACI’s Sales Professional of the Year in 1998.
Chromaflo Hires New Territory Sales Manager
Chromaflo Technologies, one of the leading independent global suppliers of colorant systems, chemical and pigment dispersions, has hired Robert Samuel as territory sales manager – coatings for the Great Lakes/Midwest Region. In this role, Samuel will manage direct sales efforts of Chromaflo Technologies’ Paint & Coatings business in the assigned territory through direct management of existing and new customer relationships. Samuel will be based out of the Ashtabula, Ohio corporate office. Samuel was most recently a district sales representative for L.M. Schofield Company, and has outside sales experience in the construction, chemicals and pigments industries.
Huntsman Begins Production at New Pigments Plant
AUGUSTA, GA – Global chemical company Huntsman announced the start up of operations at its new color pigments facility in Augusta, GA. Huntsman has invested more than $172 million in the development of the new production plant, the first of its kind to be built in North America for more than 35 years. A showcase for pigments manufacturing technology, the new site has the capacity to produce 30,000 metric tons of yellow, red and black iron oxide pigments per annum.
Sun Chemical Names Jeffrey Shaw Chief Supply Chain, Quality and Business Improvement Officer
PARSIPPANY, N.J., USA – May 2, 2016 − Sun Chemical named Jeffrey Shaw chief supply chain, quality and business improvement officer. In this role, Shaw will be responsible for optimizing Sun Chemical’s entire supply chain, from the purchase of raw materials and the scheduling of the company’s plants, to managing market-based stock levels and the shipping of finished products to customers worldwide.Shaw brings over 22 years of supply chain experience and knowledge to the position and most recently worked as the global vice president of integrated supply chain and manufacturing at Sun Chemical since 2010.
Van Horn, Metz & Co. to Expand Technical Sales Team in Mid-Atlantic
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – Van Horn, Metz & Co. Inc., a specialty raw material distributor for industrial markets, has hired Andrew A. Romano as its new Regional Sales Manager in the Mid-Atlantic region. Romano will provide support for select accounts in his region. He brings to his new position a depth of knowledge in the chemical industry, from developing and managing coatings additives product lines to direct sales responsibilities and distribution management for MMA flooring systems and saturated polyesters.
Calendar of Events 2016-2017
Night at Yankee Stadium
Yankees vs. Red Sox
Bronx, New York
Thursday, September 29 2016
This event is SOLD OUT
Fall Technical Forum
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Iberia Restaurant – The Crystal Room
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Spring Educational Forum
Location & Venue: TBD
Annual Meeting: Tour & Dinner
West Orange, NJ
Tour: Thomas Edison Laboratory
Dinner: Highlawn Pavilion
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Eastern Coatings Show
Atlantic City, NJ
May 15-17, 2017
Harrah’s Convention Center
Neshanic Valley, NJ
Neshanic Valley Golf Course
Monday, June 19, 2017