President’s Message By Bruce Schimmel

Welcome to 2016! Don’t the years go by so quickly? I am very excited to write this message because MNYCA just concluded one of its most successful years, and our future looks even brighter.


One of the goals for the MNYCA Board was to increase our membership, increase our attendance at events, and also help build a solid foundation for the future. Through hard work and teamwork, we are achieving these goals.

Our technical forum held in November had 73 participants and everyone had terrific interaction with OSHA & our regulatory panel. Our 2015 Holiday Party was held at Iberia on December 3 and was a huge success! Due to increased participation in this event, we moved to Iberia’s Crystal Room and 175 people attended the party. We presented 7 Pioneer Awards. It was a great evening all-around.

I am also happy to report that 8 new members have joined the MNYCA. This brings our current membership to 107. We are currently putting the final touches on our Spring Forum (March 17), as well as our Annual Meeting (May). We will be emailing announcements with all event details to MNYCA members shortly.

We are constantly striving to improve our organization and offer more and more benefits to our members. Thank you to everyone who has shown such tremendous support and dedication to our organization in recent years. It is truly paying off.

Here’s to another great year ahead!

Bruce Schimmel

Superior Materials

MNYCA President

Fall Forum – November 5, 2015 – GHS & SDS Compliance

It was great to see so many attendees (nearly 75 people) at this past November’s Fall Forum on GHS and SDS Compliance. With four presenters giving four different perspectives, attendees learned about all sides of the new regulations.

We asked two of our speakers to tell us what they thought were the most important issues for our industry:

Paula Kaufmann, CIH, Director – Environmental, Health & Safety Resources Emilcott, said “The takeaway that I was aiming for with my presentation was that the hazard information provided by the “manufacturer” of a finished product made from a blend of materials is based on the Hazard Classification of that mixture … and which can be very different than the sum of the components’ hazard classification.”

“The OSHA HazCom 2012 (basically the GHS) mixture rules should be applied to the blended component product to properly classify the hazards of the product.

Without applying the mixture rules, the product hazard classification may list more intense hazards than actually present and misrepresent the properties of the product. This may put the product at a competitive disadvantage
A focused effort to understand the rationale for components’ hazard classifications along with the overall composition of the blended product will result in a proper hazard classification of the product. “

John A. McKinney Jr., a Member of the Law Firm of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, explained three takeaways from his perspective:

Employers must update their written hazard communications program, any alternative workplace labeling, and provide additional employee training for newly-identified physical or health hazards no later than June 1, 2016.

Some businesses repackage, blend, or mix hazardous chemicals, but consider themselves to be distributors in the supply chain. Under the HCS, however, they are considered manufacturers, and the labelling for manufacturers and importers applies to them as well.

All containers in the control of a distributor after December 1, 2017, must be HCS 2012-compliant labeled prior to shipping.

Our two other speakers were Gregory Pace, Regulatory Sun Chemical North American Inks (NAI) Sun Chemical and Michael Levy, MS ASP CIH CSP ROH, Assistant Regional Administrator –NJ, NY, PR, USVI USDOL/OSHA.

If you’d like to contact any of the speakers via email, please email Fern Dickey at

2015 HOLIDAY PARTY- O’ What a Night!

On Thursday, December 3, 2015, 175 revelers (aka MNYCA Members & guests!) were enchanted by their first glimpse of our new, larger venue at Iberia Tavern & Restaurant’s Crystal Room in Newark.

Cocktail Hour kicked off at 6pm and the room was buzzing with conversation, laughter and all-around merriment. Dinner followed with a feast of MNYCA favorites, including Paella and savory meats carved tableside. The sangria was flowing and the dessert table looked like an illustration in a book of fairy tales – replete with a colorful MNYCA logo made of fruit. Members were thrilled with the turn out. In fact, it was the highest number of attendees in many years. The association gained 8 new company members as a result of this memorable evening and the dedication of our Board Members.

MNYCA President, Bruce Schimmel (Superior Materials), addressed jovial guests- welcoming everyone and pointing out that in 2015, the association was energized with a new logo, website, record numbers of attendees at all of our events, and a general sense that the association is on a definite up-swing. Bruce encouraged all of us to keep the momentum going in 2016.

Bruce and Vice President, Chris Mulcahy (Advanced Polymer) presented Paint Pioneer Awards to seven distinguished Honorees for their dedication to the industry and years of service and contribution. (See insert.)

Another record was set in 2015 with the ever-popular 50/50 Raffle. MNYCA Board Member John Kehmna (Archway Sales) with the help of a few determined and fun-loving MNYCA members sold every raffle ticket we had- raising a total of $2,600. Winners of the raffle included $600 winner, Gary Spero of Pan Technology Inc., $400 winner, Charles DiComo III of E.W. Kaufmann, and $250 winner, Stephani Seminerio of Jema America. This year’s raffle raised a total of $1,350 for the 2016 Helene Senker Educational Scholarship Award.



2015 will be remembered for being a year of honoring many of our members who have gone above and beyond in their dedication and commitment to the coatings industry. Seven distinguished industry veterans were awarded the 2015 Paint Pioneer Award for their years of service and achievement. Roger Blacker of Roger Blacker Sales LLC (Retired 2015), Bob Rossomando of Pan Technology Inc., and Peter Tepperman of Seagrave Coatings were honored for 50 years of contribution. Tom Castorina of Van Horn, Metz & Company, John Onacki of Westdry Industries, Hill Pressley of Seagrave Coatings, and Rohit Shah of Seagrave Coatings were honored for 40 years of contribution to the industry.

The awards were presented at the MNYCA Holiday Party on December 3, 2015 at Iberia Tavern & Restaurant with resounding support from colleagues and guests. MNYCA President, Bruce Schimmel (Superior Materials) and MNYCA Vice President, Chris Mulcahy (Advanced Polymer) presented honorees with their awards as each recipient’s image and credentials were splashed on a large screen for all to applaud.


50-Year Recipients

Roger Blacker – Roger Blacker Sales LLC (Retired 2015)

After 3 years with D.H. Litter, Roger moved to the Harchem Division of Union Camp Company and sold fatty acids and plasticizers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Later he joined the Whittaker, Clark and Daniels Company. During the 20 years at Whittaker, he moved to Schaumberg, IL as Mid-West Regional Sales Manager. Eventually he moved back to New York as East Coast Regional Sales Manager. In 1991 Roger joined the Jesse S. Young Company, which later became Smith Chemical & Young Company. Due to a further merger, he left and started his own company – Roger Blacker Sales LLC. Roger represented the Harry Gaffney Company in Philadelphia and also sold materials in the New York Metro Area. Roger was president of the Metropolitan New York Society Coatings Association from 1990-1991.

Bob Rossomando – Pan Technology

Bob started his career in 1960 as an Ink and Coating Chemist with the Hermilite Company, Carlstadt, NJ. In 1964, Bob joined Polychrome Chemicals, Cellofilm Division, as a Bench Chemist. He became Technical Director at Polychrome Chemicals in 1974; in 1984 Bob was appointed Vice-President, General Manager at Polychrome’s Bedford Park, IL plant facility. In 1988, during the time Polychrome Chemicals was being sold to D.I.C. of Japan, Bob returned to New Jersey and joined Pan Technology as Vice President/General Manager. Bob became the President of Pan Technology in 1991 and was instrumental in moving the company to its present Carlstadt, New Jersey location in 1995.

Peter Tepperman – Seagrave Coatings Corporation

In 1969 Peter became Founder and CEO of what is now called Seagrave Coatings Corporation. Seagrave Coatings specializes in the creation of special effects coatings for decorative accessories, glass and wood furniture. In 1969 he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics Cum Laude from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. That same year, Peter attended Columbia Law School and graduated from Fordham Law School’s Evening Division. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar, but he has never practiced law. He is a past president of the Metropolitan New York Coatings Association and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Peter is Chairman and Founder of the New Jersey Paint Council and Past Chairman of the Government Suppliers Committee of National Paint and Coatings Association, now known as the American Coatings Association.

40-Year Recipients

Tom Castorina – Van Horn, Metz & Company

In 2006 Tom joined Van Horn, Metz & Company, with over 40 years of experience in the coatings industry. Tom sold his business, Seaboard Sales Corporation, to Van Horn, Metz & Company, and became a NY/NJ area salesman. Tom previously held positions in marketing and sales, leading pigment divisions for companies such as Dutch Boy Paints, BASF, Alcan Aluminum Corporation and Rudeau Industrial Sales. In 1986 Tom founded AMES Sales, which merged with Seaboard Sales Corporation two years later. Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Math/Chemistry from Muhlenberg College and a MBA from Stevens Institute of Technology.

John Ornacki – Westdry Industries

John started his professional career in 1950 with Kellex Corporation, a chemical research subsidiary of M. W. Kellogg Company, Jersey City, NJ and later with Electrons Company, a division of General Signal. John’s introduction into the paint industry began in 1974 when he joined Interstab Chemicals, New Brunswick, NJ, shortly after it was acquired by Akzo Nobel. Fifteen years later, John left Interstab Chemicals to start Westdry Industries, at first exporting and importing chemicals for the paint and plastics industries. In 1991, following changes taking place among metal carboxylate producers, John envisioned an opportunity by having paint driers toll-produced for his company. At that time, eight domestic companies produced driers. Today, 25 years later, only three of the original companies survived in addition to the upstart Westdry Industries.

Hill Pressley – Seagrave Coatings Corporation

Hill is currently a Senior R&D Coatings Chemist at Seagrave Coatings Corporation, where he has worked since 1989. He previously was employed as a Technician at the Philadelphia Paint Company – Gilbert Spruance after completing his military service in Vietnam-Southeast Asia, Army Signal Corp. with an honorable discharge. Hill is an alumnus of Temple University.

Rohit Shah – Seagrave Coatings Corporation

Rohit is Technical Director for Seagrave Coatings Corporation. Seagrave Coatings Corporation is the leading manufacturer for decorative accessories, glass, metals, plastics and finishes for wood furniture in the tri-state area. Rohit holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Gujarat in India and Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Scranton, PA. Rohit was a member of the Indian Chemical Society from 1967 to 1970.


MF Cachat Adds Technical Sales Rep

MF Cachat, an IMDC company (Company), is pleased to announce the addition of Nick Mastrantoni as Technical Sales Representative in our Eastern Region. Nick’s sales territory will encompass most of New Jersey. Nick currently resides in Ohio but will be transitioning full time to New Jersey in the upcoming months.

Nick graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Specialized Studies where he focused on Organizational Management and Entrepreneurial Sales.

Chromaflo Informs Through Social Media

Chromaflo Technologies, a leading independent global supplier of pigment and chemical dispersions for the thermoset and coatings industries, is excited to launch its new content information sharing program.

In addition to its quarterly newsletter, Chromaflo Technologies now has an information sharing blog on its website designed to be a resource for customers, the press and the business community. The topics are selected to fall into one of the following pigment dispersion categories: Architectural Colorants; Industrial Colorants; Thermoset Colorants; and Corporate News.

Pan Technology Announces Executive Appointments

The Board of Directors at Pan Technology has approved the following appointments, effective January 1, 2016:

Robert (Bob) Rossomando to CEO of Pan Technology. Bob became co-owner of Pan Technology in 1988 and had served as company President for 26 years.
Michael Rossomando is promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. Michael (Mike) joined the company in 1990 and has held several positions in Operations, Sales, and General Management.
Pan Technology, Inc. is a privately held corporation and leading manufacturer of pigmented dispersions, serving the architectural and industrial coatings, inks, automotive, plastic, and cosmetic industries. Pan Technology also specializes in custom formulation and toll manufacturing.

S.P. Morell is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Lakatos as a technical sales representative.

Former business owner and entrepreneur Thomas E Lakatos has joined S.P. Morell as a technical sales representative. Drawing on his unique background — over 20 years of customer consultation experience along with over 12 years as an Analytical Chemist — Tom has a particular interest in solutions to clients’ concerns that benefits their interests and business needs.

Tom has a BS degree in chemistry from The College of NJ, a MS from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Thomas will be covering parts of New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

Shamrock Technologies is proud to welcome Marisa Capone as its newest technical sales representative.

Marisa is a recent graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with degrees in chemical engineering and psychology.

Marisa started as an intern with Shamrock working in the quality control lab after her junior year of college.

“Marisa will be a fresh and exciting new contributor to Shamrock’s sales team,” said Craig Collins, Shamrock Technologies’ North American Sales Manager. “Marisa brings new ideas and a unique perspective essential to a changing marketplace. We knew early on in Marisa’s recruitment process that she had the skill set to be very successful in our core markets. She also showed the technical background to forge us forward in some of our technology based emerging markets.”

Marisa will be seeing clients in the greater New York Metropolitan Area.


Drum Service of Richmond announced that Roxana Sanchez has been promoted to a Regional Account Manager.

In her new role, Roxana will be responsible for developing new business and recycling programs throughout the tristate and New England areas.

In addition to an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts of Social Sciences at Rutgers University School of Business, she is continuing her studies in labor and employment relations.

Drum Service of Richmond is a new MNYCA member. Says Roxana, “I am pleased to be one of the newest members of MNYCA; I look forward into learning more about the organization and getting to know more individuals in the paint and coatings industry.”

BASF Kaolin, Superior Materials Celebrate Unique Partnership

Garden City, NY (Jan. 18, 2016) – BASF Kaolin and Superior Materials recently celebrated its 70th anniversary at Superior Materials’ Garden City, NY headquarters. It is a unique relationship, as Superior Materials’ founder, Ben Joachim, essentially discovered industrial uses for kaolin for Edgar Brothers Clay, BASF Kaolin’s predecessor. In turn, Edgar Brothers asked Joachim to market the kaolin, thus leading to the formation of Superior Materials.

Kaolin is a staple of paper production, and Edgar Brothers sought more lucrative markets. Joachim found that kaolin was ideal for camouflage paint, a successful market during World War II: a pound of kaolin was mixed into each gallon of camouflage paint.

After the war, the market for camouflage paint dried up, and Edgar Brothers went back to Joachim, who found that kaolin could be useful for inks, paints and coatings as well. Kaolin limits strike-thru, keeping the ink on the surface of the paper and not leaking through to the other side. It also serves as a pigment extender for titanium dioxide, and improves hiding for architectural paints.

When asked to distribute the kaolin, Joachim formed Superior Materials with his sons in law, Fred Kafka and Meyer Budman. Seventy years later, the relationship remains as strong as ever. After a series of acquisitions, including Engelhard, BASF now owns the kaolin operations.

Meanwhile, Superior Materials is in its third generation of family leadership, behind president Steven Kafka, executive vice president Ted Budman, and vice president of operations David Kafka. Matthew Kafka, the fourth generation of the family, has recently joined the company as an account specialist.

“We are very proud of our relationship with BASF,” Steven Kafka said. “Due to the successful partnership between Superior and BASF, with their successful approach to the marketplace as a team, there has been continuous and uninterrupted sales to a number of the same major inks and coatings houses from 1948 to today.”

“The specialty chemical industry in general – and the relationship between chemical manufacturers and distributors in particular – has markedly evolved over the past 70 years,” Kafka added. “It’s quite special to have two businesses married together for 70 years, and despite company changes, the essential business remains the same.”


Huron Capital Partners’ Valentus Specialty Chemicals Acquires National Paint Industries

December 28, 2015

Huron Capital Partners LLC has announced its specialty coatings ExecFactor platform, Valentus Specialty Chemicals, Inc., has acquired North Brunswick, NJ-based National Paint Industries, Inc. (“NPI”). Huron Capital formed Valentus in partnership with coatings industry veterans Ray Chlodney, John Ragazzini, and Bob Taylor to pursue a buy-and-build initiative in the industrial coatings sector. The U.S. coatings market is fragmented and large with annual revenues of $22 billion, according to the ChemQuest Group.

NPI is a manufacturer of high-performance specialty coatings used in residential and commercial flooring, industrial protective maintenance, pool, marine and other applications. The company has been owned and operated by brothers Mike and Don Schnurr, whose father founded the business in 1959. As a result of the acquisition, the Schnurr brothers have become significant shareholders in Valentus and will serve on its board of directors. They will continue to run the day-to-day operations at NPI.

Ray Chlodney said, “We believe Mike and Don Schnurr have done a great job building the NPI business, and we are excited to have them join the Valentus team. In partnership with Huron Capital, we will be actively looking for other specialty coatings companies that are complementary to NPI as we continue to grow the Valentus platform.”

Chlodney currently serves as the CEO of Valentus, Ragazzini is the CFO, and Taylor is a member of Valentus’ board of directors. Chlodney was formerly the President and COO of Spraylat Corporation, where Ragazzini also served as CFO. Taylor was formerly President and CEO of the Decorative Coatings division of Akzo Nobel NV.

Mike Beauregard, Senior Partner at Huron Capital, added, “We are proud of the team we have assembled for Valentus. Huron Capital has been an active investor in the specialty chemicals and films sector for over 10 years, having now acquired our tenth company in this market. The Huron Capital team is a big believer in ExecFactor, our executive-led market entry model. We believe NPI is a great acquisition for Valentus, and we expect there will be similar deals ahead.” Mark Miller, Vice President at Huron Capital, added, “We believe our veteran leadership team is poised to build a market-leading business with superior coatings technologies and a broad geographic reach. We are excited to work with Chlodney, Ragazzini, and Taylor on this initiative.”

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Exciting News about National Paint Industries

By Michael Schnurr

NPI has acquired five coatings companies in the last three years and in an effort to continue to grow our business and make acquisitions we are partnering with a private equity investment bank that has substantial investment experience in the specialty coatings industry. We are also joining with two seasoned coatings executives who have 30+ years in the industry who will help us to grow NPI by bolstering the company’s technological development, production, and finance capabilities and expand into new geographies and end markets both organically and through acquisition. The investment bank has committed significant capital to executing on this growth strategy and we believe the partnership with them will strengthen NPI’s ability to service and grow in the markets we supply. This is a great time for NPI, its employees and customers and I am proud to say there is excitement all around on what the future holds for us.


PSI Reports Demonstrate Success of PaintCare® Program

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) has released two reports developed for PaintCare® that showcase how the industry-run paint stewardship program benefits retailers, residents, contractors, and local governments. In one report, PSI evaluated the California paint stewardship program, while the other assessed how paint stewardship relates to existing local government-run programs that collect household hazardous waste (HHW) from residents. The two reports demonstrate the successes and challenges of the PaintCare program in five of the states in which it operates: California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Oregon, and Vermont. Read more here.

ACA Comments on EPA’s Proposed Rule for Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

EPA proposed substantive changes to its hazardous waste generator regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), in order to streamline the rules and increase flexibility for hazardous waste generators. Many of ACA’s member companies are regulated under the hazardous waste generator regulations.

On Dec. 24, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the agency’s proposed rule, “Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements.” EPA proposed substantive changes to its hazardous waste generator regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), in order to streamline the rules and increase flexibility for hazardous waste generators. ACA along with many other industries argued that many of EPA’s proposed changes, while intended to improve clarity and flexibility, will actually add unnecessary burdens, including recordkeeping, labeling and notification, as well as confusion for hazardous waste generators, with little benefit to human health or the environment. – Read more here.

OSHA Issues Letter of Interpretation for Directly Exported or Imported GHS-Labeled Products

To provide clarity for the paint and coatings industry, ACA sent a request for a letter of interpretation outlining three scenarios regarding direct export and one scenario for importation. OSHA responded to ACA on Nov. 24, 2015, outlining the requirements for direct export and import of products under HCS 2012. Read more here.

The Artsy Side of Coatings Science

Dow Scientist Leverages Chemistry to Fuel Breakthroughs in Art Conservation

When Melinda Keefe changed her major from art to chemistry during her freshman year of college, she could not have imagined the high-profile way these two passions of hers would combine in the decades to come. Eighteen years after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Penn State University and 14 years after completing her doctorate in inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University, Keefe is a recognized art conservation scientist. Her job at the Dow Chemical Company, where she began working in 2001, has helped lead her there. Read more here.

Senate Passes TSCA Reform Legislation

On Dec. 17, the U.S. Senate passed the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, via voice vote with 60 cosponsors officially signed onto the bill. The House of Representatives passed its TSCA reform legislation, the TSCA Modernization Act (H.R. 2576), by a nearly unanimous vote back in June, making both bills prime for a conference committee to negotiate the differences between the bills in the near future.

The vote marked an historic moment: a leap forward in the multi-year efforts to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Read more here.

Consumers Consider Vehicle Color Key When Buying, but Most Remain Conservative

PPG Industries recently released its annual automotive color popularity data. While research conducted by the company found that nearly 60 percent of consumers identified color as a major factor in their vehicle-buying decisions, automakers continue to sell a vast majority of cars (nearly 75 percent) in conservative colors such as white, black, gray and silver.

According to PPG’s global build data, white was the most popular color (up 7 percent from last year to 35 percent), followed by black (17 percent) and silver (12 percent). In Asia Pacific markets, white remains most popular (44 percent, up from 31 percent in 2014), followed by black (16 percent, falling 4 percent year-over-year), natural and silver (tied at 10 percent each), and gray (7 percent). Read more here.

In memoriam

The industry mourns the passing Malcom Boreham.

Malcolm “Mal” Boreham, 76, of Sunnyside, Staten Island, a retired chemist, Army veteran and doting grandfather who loved football, died on Saturday, January 9, 2016 in Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton. He was a lifelong resident of Staten Island.

MNYCA board member Rick Mazzariello remarked, “Mal was one of the expert chemists in the industry on pigments and pigment dispersions. He worked many years at Sun Chemical and then Daniel Products (now Elementis) and then other dispersion houses in the Metro area later in his career. He was a good friend and colleague.”


MNYCA Yankee Game Outing

While our group (mostly) hoped the Yankees would have a return to the postseason, the Red Sox came up the winners in the 11th inning on September 30, 2015. Despite the loss and the gloomy forecast, the group had a great night.

Charles DiComo (E. W. Kaufmann) summed it up, “the Yankee Game was fun up to the point that Boston came back and won the night. I thought the evening was very enjoyable and overall the turnout was good with a nice mix of suppliers and manufactures attending the game.”

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