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December 2013 - Happy Holidays!!

December Meeting Recap
Our December meeting was held at BASF Construction Chemicals in Shakopee. Jim Tischner of Donaldson Company presented an overview on requirements for the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) as it pertains to SDS and labeling requirements. We also had a good dialogue on questions from the audience.

January Meeting is Set
Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Ceramic Industrial Coatings in Osseo, MN (325 Highway 81; Osseo, MN 55369). The meeting will be from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm and includes lunch. Elementis Specialties will present an overview of defoamers, including what goes into making a defoamer and what criteria should be used when selecting a defoamer. In addition to this Ceramic Industrial Coatings will provide a tour of their paint production facility including an overview on the paint making process. Please note that due
to space limitations this meeting will be limited to the first 25 people to register for the meeting.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
Our annual Winter Outing this year will be dinner and a Minnesota Golden Gophers Basketball Game at Williams Arena. The date is Tuesday, February 25th when the Gophers take on Big 10 rival Iowa. Williams Arena is one of the best locations in the country for college basketball so this should be a great event! This event will be limited to 40 people. In March we will hold our Annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Night. You don't need any experience playing poker to attend. We hope
you will be able to join us for both events.

Future Monthly meetings include:
Tuesday, February 11th: Specialty Minerals will present on selection criteria for mineral fillers in coatings.
Tuesday, March 11th: King Industries will present on Low VOC raw material selection for coatings and DuPont will present on Lab Safety.
April: Annual Education Symposium at Valspar.
All monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month from October - April from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm and include lunch.

Membership News
A final reminder that we'd like you to pay your membership dues if you haven't already done so. Just follow this link to renew your membership. Individual Memberships are $25 per year, Corporate Membership (4+ people) is $100 per year. Members receive discounted rates for monthly meetings and have access to electronic copies of presentations provided to the NWSCT. Have a great holiday season and we hope to see you in January.