NACE Awards First 5 Star Recognition


The first company in the world to achieve NACE International Institute Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP) accreditation is now the first company to earn the Institute’s coveted 5 Star recognition. In 2016, Blastco received the first accreditation from NIICAP, a program designed to validate a coating contractor’s quality-assurance program, support practices and production processes. The Institute’s 5 Star recognition acknowledges a company that maintains — or even exceeds — the high standards required to receive initial NIICAP accreditation.

NIICAP is an industry-designed program for contractors involved with professional project management and project performance in the surface preparation and coating or lining application industry. The program was created in response to industry-wide demand for an alternative to other coating contractor accreditation programs. 

To qualify for 5 Star recognition, a contractor must achieve and maintain an average score of 4.0 or higher for both sections of an AS-1 audit, which evaluates a company’s business practices, its history, personnel availability, training practices and equipment availability.

“This is not an easy challenge for any coatings contractor to achieve. The 5 Star recognition has meaning,” said Helena Seelinger, executive director of the NACE International Institute. “Blastco demonstrated consistent, superior work and management practices during the course of three consecutive audits.” 

“At Blastco, we seek to create a culture of integrity and to set high standards for the quality of our work,” said Jay Soper, vice president of TF Warren, Blastco Division. “Attaining the industry’s highest level of accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and sets us apart from our competitors.”


The NACE International Institute Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP) is a premier, industry-driven and industry-managed accreditation program that validates a contractor’s quality assurance program, support practices and production processes.

The NIICAP process is transparent, industry-driven and customer-focused from the top down, resulting in a robust accreditation program that endorses only coating contractors who have demonstrated capabilities and competencies necessary to meet owner requirements.

For more information, visit www.naceinstitute.org.

About Blastco, a TF Warren Company

Blastco is a North American certified leader in industrial abrasive blasting and coatings application, with extensive experience working on complex projects. The company is equipped to prepare and apply protective coatings and linings to a multitude of substrates and surfaces, including thermal spray to above-ground water storage tanks, dams, silos, wind towers and water and wastewater treatment plants. Blastco is NIICAP (NACE) AS-1 Field, AS-2 Hazardous Waste Removal and 5 Star accredited as well as SSPC QP1, QP2 and QS1 certified.

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