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For Release: January 6, 2021 Contact: Alysa Reich, alysa.reich@nace.org , 281-827-3401   Represents Corrosion Control and Protective Coatings Industries Washington, DC –  To create a unified voice for the corrosion control and protective coatings industries, a new association launched today at a global virtual event. The new organization, the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), was formed by a merger between Houston-based NACE International, The Corrosion Society; and Pittsburgh-based SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. AMPP’s name, logo, and other brand elements were revealed at the event led by AMPP CEO, Bob Chalker ...
Washington, DC – October 30, 2020 – NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, today announced the governance structure of their new combined association and the members who will serve on the boards of the organization. Launching on January 1, 2021, the new organization will consist of two boards who will oversee two branches of the organization in compliance with United States tax code requirements for non-profit organizations with certification bodies. The first board of directors will serve the 501(c)(6) branch, which will oversee areas such as certification, accreditation, and advocacy. The second board will serve the 501(c)(3) branch, ...
Houston, Texas – NACE International proudly announces the release of its newest course, Ethics for the Corrosion Professional, now available online. The 90-minute course uses an engaging format to deliver content which is reinforced by examples, activities and case studies based on real-life ethics violations received by the NACE International Institute. “We’re excited about offering this new educational program because we have built in a lot of interactivity to keep the student engaged, including videos, knowledge checks and other activities designed so students see how to apply the concepts to their professional life,” said Pam Nicoletti, Director of Education ...
Houston, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – September 21, 2020 – NACE International, The Corrosion Society and SSPC, The Society for Protective Coatings announced today that the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General has issued a statement of no objection to the combination of the two organizations. This milestone represents the last approval needed to combine the associations. In May, the NACE-SSPC Transition Team approved the appointment of integration teams consisting of members and staff from both organizations to manage the process of combining the associations’ operations and services. The official transition to one organization is expected to take ...
NACE International is actively monitoring Hurricanes/TS Marco and Laura for any impact to our Headquarters, Distribution Center, and Training Facilities in Houston, Texas. It is possible the storms may cause power outages or local damage that may cause closure to our facilities and/or a delay to the shipment of any orders made this week. We will keep all course registrants, customers and members informed of any changes and updates via email as soon as possible. We will also post updates on this website.
When does the new Standards Program launch?   The new NACE Standards Program will officially launch during Corrosion Technology Week (CTW) 2020 in Houston, Texas USA, September 13 – 17, 2020. Virtual training for Standards Committee officers has already begun and will continue through CTW.   How does the new Standards Program differ from the previous program?   In October 2019, the NACE Board of Directors approved the establishment of an independent standards-only committee structure focused on meeting the corrosion control industry’s needs.  Governed by the Standards Board, standing Standards Committees are responsible for a defined ...
NACE and SSPC Ad-Hoc Integration Teams In June the NACE-SSPC Steering Committee appointed teams consisting of members and staff from both organizations. Each team is focused on a different area of the associations’ operations and services and the steering committee includes member leaders of NACE and SSPC who have been involved with bringing the organizations together from the beginning. Working with McKinley Advisors, a third-party advisor helping the organizations manage the transition, the steering committee developed a charter which lays out each team’s purpose and goals and provides a timeline for completion of a range of steps toward combining. Following ...
NACE and SSPC Announce Ad-Hoc Integration Teams Thirteen teams of association members and staff working collaboratively to form a new combined organization Houston, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – July 24, 2020 – NACE and SSPC today announced the launch of thirteen ad-hoc teams which have been convened to begin the process of combining the associations. The teams were appointed by the NACE-SSPC Steering Committee and consist of members and staff from both organizations. Each team is focused on a different area of the associations’ operations and services. “We are entering a very exciting and challenging period of this process for the NACE and SSPC ...
Houston, Texas – July 1, 2020 – NACE International, The Corrosion Society, today announced its global Board of Directors for 2020-2021. The Executive Committee will be led by Tim Bieri of bp America Inc. Mr. Bieri has been an active member of NACE International for nearly three decades and has served the NACE membership in several leadership roles on the association’s board and several committees. A Principal Corrosion Management Engineer with bp America’s Upstream Engineering Center, Bieri has over 25 years’ experience leading a broad range of global, multi-discipline engineering teams in the areas of mechanical engineering and integrity management in support ...
Houston, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – NACE International, The Corrosion Society and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine. This unified endeavor brings together two non-profit professional associations who are global leaders in corrosion and coatings standards, training, and certification. “This is an important and exciting step forward for everyone involved in the fields of corrosion and coatings,” said SSPC President-Elect Sam Scaturro. “We’re bringing together the best of two strong organizations and providing our stakeholders with more value at a time when they need ...
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. Among other things, the legislation provides $1.5 trillion to our nation’s transportation systems, including highways, bridges, public transit, airports, and ports. “NACE International applauds the House of Representatives on passing comprehensive infrastructure legislation at a time when America needs it the most,” said Bob Chalker, NACE Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to funding important projects throughout the nation, increasing public safety, and putting millions of Americans back to work, the bill ensures bridges are protected from corrosion and corrosion planning is ...
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – On the heels of the inaugural virtual ceremony, CoatingsPro Magazine has launched its fifth annual Contractor Awards Program, including enhancements from the 2020 program. Designed to acknowledge the outstanding work of coatings contractors that demonstrate excellence in the field of high-performance coatings, the awards program acknowledges six categories: Commercial Concrete Commercial Roof Industrial Concrete Industrial Steel Specialty Project (any project that doesn’t fit into the other categories) Contractor/Crew MVP From the new enhancements instituted with the 2020 Contractor Awards Program, we will continue ...
Houston, Texas – On June 5, President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law. The legislation makes substantive reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a popular loan offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The law, which passed with overwhelming support from Congress, provides clarity and flexibility to PPP recipients. For a complete breakdown of the changes, please  click here . For more information on the PPP or other legislative activities impacting the corrosion industry, please contact NACE’s Manager of Government Relations Adam Christopher at  Adam.Christopher@nace.org . About ...
Houston, Texas – NACE International today announced that Cynthia O’Malley, Executive Director of the Master Painters Institute LLC (MPI), has been tapped to serve as its Chief Integration Officer (CIO) as the association embarks on combining with SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. In her new role, O’Malley will provide strategic and operational leadership to support the integration of NACE and SSPC into one new organization. “Cindy has a long history with both NACE and SSPC and brings a wealth of experience, business savvy, and technical expertise in the field of protective coatings that will benefit the new organization during the transition and for ...
To Our Membership and Corrosion and Coatings Community, What we have seen unfold before our eyes this month has been traumatic for all of us. It is just  one of many examples of oppression and violence that has been perpetrated against men and women of color for decades.  This system of injustice has been deeply ingrained in our society and it affects every one of us. It devastates families, has a negative impact on communities, and it must stop.  NACE and SSPC are committed to supporting the professional needs of our members, but we recognize that our industry community is not free of prejudice. While each of us can only control our own individual actions, ...
Dear Members,  We are pleased to announce that, after extensively cleaning our facilities and employing safety precautions recommended by the WHO and CDC in the US, our Houston Training Center will reopen at limited capacity beginning Sunday, May 31. Additionally, many of our face to face classes outside of Houston will be resuming as well. We have requested that each of the facilities we use follow our safety guidelines in conjunction with local and state guidelines. Where needed, additional supplies will be sent to ensure all classes have everything required. Student and instructor safety are our top priority. With that in mind, we have taken, and will continue ...
Houston, Texas – May 11, 2020 - Due to circumstances arising from the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and the continuing danger it poses to public health and safety, the NACE International Board of Directors regrets to announce that CORROSION 2020, NACE’s Annual Conference & Expo will not take place in Houston this June 14-18. Originally scheduled for March 2020, the association postponed its conference based on guidelines available at that time from the U.S. Government, Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization. Since then the COVID-19 outbreak has escalated worldwide. In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott recently issued an executive order which ...
Houston, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -  NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, announced today that Robert H. Chalker has been named Chief Executive Officer of the new, combined organization that was approved by ballot of both NACE and SSPC membership bodies in April. Bill Worms, who has served as Executive Director of SSPC since 2015 will remain at the helm of SSPC while the process of combining the organizations begins. The staff and office facilities of SSPC will remain in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chalker has nearly 20 years of association management experience and has served as CEO of NACE International since 2010. Prior ...
Houston, Texas – NACE International today announced its members have voted to approve the association’s proposal to combine with SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. During the two-week voting period, thousands of NACE stakeholders worldwide cast votes with an overwhelming 89% in favor of combining forces with SSPC. The vote came after more than a year of discussions between the member leadership of both organizations and a unanimous vote this past March by NACE International’s Board of Directors in favor of a resolution to bring the combination to a member vote. “With what is clearly a resounding ‘yes,’ the NACE membership has spoken,” said NACE President ...
San Diego, California – CoatingsPro Magazine proudly announces the winners for the 2020 Contractor Awards Program, designed to showcase and recognize the projects and crews that demonstrate excellence in the field of high-performance coatings. Project and individual submissions were rated by CoatingsPro’s Editorial Advisory Group, composed of industry experts, with help from the technical editor. It is our pleasure to announce the winners in each category: Commercial Concrete: 1st place: Decorative Concrete of Virginia for “SeaQuest Metallic Epoxy” 2nd place: Hardig Industrial for “Seton High School Cafeteria” 3rd place: Bay to Bay Stone Restoration ...