PaintSquare.com


The First Word in Protective & Marine Coatings

A Product of Technology Publishing / PaintSquare
JPCL | PaintSquare News | Durability + Design | Paint BidTracker

Register Now for D+D 2014

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Coating Maker: No Takers for Relief Aid

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

More items for Program/Project Management

Comment | More

You’d think that a densely populated region crushed by more than $50 billion in hurricane damage could use some paint—especially if it’s free, and comes with free labor.

But so far, no one has taken up Kevin Klotz on his offer of free commercial coating products.

Sandy - commercial damage Sandy repairs
Liz Roll / FEMA

Commercial structures in Long Beach Island, NJ (left), and throughout the Northeast felt Sandy's $50 billion wrath.

It turns out that giving away floor coatings is much harder than the president of Coatings For Industry (CFI) ever thought. The Souderton, PA-based company is a direct-to-contractor supplier of specialized, high-technology industrial, architectural, and aerospace coatings, including the ALSEAL, Siloxseal, Urethabond, and Wearcoat brands.

Doing their Part

After Sandy flattened swaths of New Jersey and New York at the end of October, Klotz decided that he wanted to do his part for the recovery effort by supplying coating products to townships or public buildings severely damaged by the storm.

But despite repeated calls to nearly a dozen affected municipalities along the New Jersey Shore, as well as Staten Island, NY, and several impacted facilities and nonprofit organizations, CFI says it has yet to receive a single response—let alone, a request for assistance.

CFI commercial
Coatings for Industry

CFI produces high-performance industrial, architectural and aerospace coatings.

Even ads on Craigslist in New York and New Jersey and posts on Twitter have yielded no takers, the company says.  Because CFI and its network of application contractors only work in the commercial arena, it’s seeking to assist a public or nonprofit institution, such as a school, community center, senior center, city hall, library, museum, or possibly even a boardwalk.

“I can only imagine they’re still a bit shell-shocked by all that they need to do, or were simply too overwhelmed to return a phone call,” says Klotz. 

Meshing Needs and Donors

Of course, Klotz’s company is not the only one to have offered help after Sandy, and coordinating disaster assistance is a daunting task.

Since Sandy received a Major Disaster Declaration on Oct. 30, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has deployed 4,135 personnel and processed nearly 523,000 assistance registrations. FEMA is also running 27 disaster recovery centers (14 in New York and 13 in New Jersey); the new registration deadline for disaster assistance is Feb. 27 in New York.

AtlanticCity Boardwalk - 10.31.13
Liz Roll / FEMA

Sandy demolished the historic boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, in late October.

On Feb. 7, 100 days after the storm hit New Jersey, FEMA issued this Sandy assistance update:

  • More than $352 million was approved to help individuals repair damaged homes, find temporary housing and meet other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
  • Nearly 58,000 individuals and households received help with housing, home repairs and other serious needs.
  • Nearly $360.3 million in Small Business Administration low-interest disaster home loans was approved.
  • More than $34 million in SBA low-interest disaster business loans was approved.
  • More than 5,500 survivors were sheltered in more than 430 hotels/motels in the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program.
  • More than 71,000 visits were made to FEMA disaster recovery centers.
  • Thirty-five federal agencies contributed to 349 mission assignments totaling nearly $169 million.
  • More than 480 volunteer groups helped Hurricane Sandy survivors. Of them, 44 groups contributed 766,000 hours of their time.
  • 160 New Jersey residents were hired by FEMA to assist with the recovery.
  • Nearly 3,800 FEMA employees worked on Hurricane Sandy recovery in New Jersey.
  • More than 49,000 people visiting New Jersey home improvement stores received information from FEMA specialists on building techniques to reduce the risk of property damage in future disasters.
CFI bridge coating project
CFI

Allegheny County, PA, "easily removed" more than a decade's worth of graffiti from CFI's 15-year-old coating system on the Homestead High-Level Bridge near Pittsburgh, a project official said.

Seeking Needy Facilities

FEMA is continuing to coordinate Sandy-related needs, donations and volunteers.

Even with all that assistance, Klotz says, his company is still ready to help. Any municipal administrator, construction manager, purchasing agent or facilities manager that needs to replace flooring as a result of Sandy and is in need of epoxy or urethane primers or sealants, epoxy or urethane topcoats, anti-wear coatings, decorative or anti-slip floor coatings or other industrial coatings may email CFI or call the company at 215-723-0919.

“It’s perplexing that an offer of free product and labor to apply it would go ignored,” says Klotz.  “Nonetheless, we’re still hoping to locate a facility in need.”

   

Tagged categories: Anti-graffiti coatings; Architectural coatings; Coatings for Industry Inc.; Commercial Construction; Commercial contractors; Disasters; Floor coatings

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

SAFE Systems, Inc.
Custom blast rooms
by SAFE Systems

Don't waste time and money "making do" with a "standard" design. Let us work with you to design and build the
system that best fits
your requirements.
Call 1-800-634-7278


JPCL Europe
Special EMEA edition!

Now, the publisher of JPCL offers essential news and knowledge for protective and marine coatings professionals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa: www.jpcleurope.com


PreTox Products - NexTec, Inc.
GOT LEAD? Specify Pretox System products

The ONLY Lead Stabilizer Compatible with All Paint Removal Methods. Works with all Blast Media: Grits | Recyclable Abrasives | CO2 | Water | Power Tools | Etc. Call Dave Steffen at 800.338.8296.


KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
KTA-TATOR LABORATORY SERVICES

• Coating failure analysis
• Independent
  comparative testing
• Accelerated
  weathering testing
• Toxic metals testing
• A2LA Accredited
800-245-6379


BASF
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films basf.us/industrialcoatings
polyorders@basf.com
800-231-7868


Minerals Research & Recovery
PREMIUM SLAG ABRASIVES

Visit mrrinc.com Companies specializing
in abandonment and decommissioning projects have discovered that Sharpshot® 20X50 copper slag is an ideal product for subsea waterjet cutting.
Call Steve: 520-297-4626


Mohawk Garnet
Enska by Mohawk Garnet™

A safe, efficient and economical abrasive alternative to slag and sand products. More information
at 1.866.642.7638 or info@mohawkgarnet.com Email for follow up – mheilimo@mohawkgarnet.com

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2014, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com