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NWSCT Newsletter January 2009


It’s been a couple of months since our last newsletter so here is a quick recap of our recent meetings.
Our November meeting was held at Valspar where our featured speaker was Josh Mathes of Southern Clay Products. He presented his talk "Smart Rheology" which everyone found to be very informative. A special thank you goes to Valspar for hosting this meeting and providing beverages.
Our December meeting was held at Jax Cafe where our featured speaker was T. Howard Killiea of Valspar. He talked about "Yellow to Green: The Transition from Egg Yolk Tempura Paint to Low Emission Coatings.” This was an interesting look at the history of coatings and environmental regulations. There were approximately 20 people in attendance for this presentation.

Our next meeting is a lunch meeting at HB Fuller in Vadnais Heights (HB Fuller Headquarters/R&D Facility 1200 Willow Lake Boulevard, Vadnais Heights). Please RSVP to Bonnie Gauderman at 651-236-5850 or bonnie.gauderman@hbfuller.com by January 9, 2009. The cost of the lunch will be $20. This talk will feature Paul Hoffman of Bayer MaterialScience, LLC. Paul’s topic will be "Polyaspartic Coatings: The Key to Higher Productivity and Lower VOCs." Polyaspartic coatings have been known to the marketplace for more than 15 years. Typical of conventional two-component coatings cured with aliphatic polyisocyanates, they provide end users with excellent durability properties and a chance to improve the “bottom line” through productivity and higher throughput. This talk will detail the general application areas of corrosion resistant coatings and concrete flooring finishes. General physical property data will be presented as well as marketing data and case histories. Paul Hoffman has been a member of the Paint and Coatings Industry for more than 40 years. Paul started his career with the Celanese Coatings Co. in Detroit, Michigan formulating and testing OEM automotive coatings, and worked for Harrison Paint and Akron Paint in Ohio. In those 17 years in the production side of the industry, Paul held a variety of technical, operations and management positions. For the last 23 years he has the served as the Coatings Technical Manager for Bayer’s national Distributor network.
Upcoming events:

- Winter Outing: The Annual Winter Outing is scheduled for January 23rd to 25th at the Cragun’s Resort. A flyer is on the website (www.nwsct.org) on the Events & Outings page; please print off a copy and send it into Ron Chock. RSVP’s for this fun-filled event are due on January 16th.

- Poker Tournament: We are tentatively planning on hosting a Poker Tournament on Friday, February 27, 2009 at the Park Tavern in St. Louis Park. There will be more details to come, but everyone that attended this event last May had a great time. Pictures from last year’s event can be found on the Events & Outings page. Thanks to Jim Loeffler and Elaine Anderson for organizing this tournament.

Are you interested in advertising on the NWSCT website? We have ad space available. Please contact Ron Chock at 612-522-6621 or rchock@hpm.hirshfields.com.

2009 Meeting Schedule

 January 13, 2009

Monthly Meeting / HB Fuller (Lunch meeting) - RSVP

January  23-25, 2009

Winter Outing - Cragun's Resort

February, 2009


February 27, 2009

Poker Tournament (Tentative)

March 10, 2009

Monthly Meeting/Jax Cafe

April 14, 2009

Monthly Meeting/Jax Cafe



Tuesday, January 13, 2009


HB Fuller Headquarters / R&D Facility
1200 Willow Lake Boulevard, Vadnais Heights
Please RSVP by January 9, 2009

Program Schedule:


   10:30 - 11:30 am

     Executive Committee Meeting

   11:30 - 12:15 pm

     Catered lunch ($20 per person)

   12:15 - 1:15 pm

     Paul Hoffman, Bayer
     "An Overview of Environmental Durability of Materials"

     1:15 - 1:30 pm

      Society news and closing

Next Meeting:

  March 10, 2009