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Awards Highlight Coatings+ 2020 Opening

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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The protective coatings industry’s finest—people and projects alike—were honored at the annual awards luncheon on Monday to open the first day of SSPC’s Coatings+ 2020 in Long Beach, California.

SSPC President Joe Walker started the ceremony by welcoming attendees to Long Beach and added some opening remarks. Walker mentioned the ongoing discussions between SSPC and NACE, and he encouraged Coatings+ attendees to participate in a series of town hall meetings to be held throughout the week on the potential combination.

Walker also presented SSPC’s first Board of Governors Awards to longtime SSPC staff members Terry Sowers and Michael Damiano, who thanked SSPC and the attendees in a short video played at the ceremony.

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The protective coatings industry’s finest—people and projects alike—were honored at the annual awards luncheon on Monday to open the first day of SSPC’s Coatings+ 2020 in Long Beach, California.

For the third year in a row, SSPC made a donation to a local charity. This year, SSPC Executive Director Bill Worms presented a $2,000 check to the Friends of the Long Beach Fire Department, a non-profit that seeks to promote training and service for the LBFD.

SSPC Structure Awards

SSPC also presented its annual Structure Awards for eight outstanding coating projects from the past year.

  • The Charles G. Munger Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in an industrial or commercial coatings project demonstrating longevity of the original coating, went to the Mesa Del Sol 2.0 MG Elevated Tank in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • The E. Crone Knoy Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in industrial or commercial coatings work that demonstrates innovation, durability or utility, went to two projects this year: the South Tower of the Mackinac Bridge, in Mackinac City, St. Ignace, Michigan; and the FDR-South Street Viaduct in New York City.
  • The Eric S. Kline Award, given in recognition of outstanding achievement in industrial coatings work performed in a fixed shop facility, went to the Mario Cuomo New N.Y. Bridge (Tappan Zee), located in Tarrytown, New York.
  • The George Campbell Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in the completion of a difficult or complex industrial coatings project, was given to the Bayonne Bridge, which connects Bayonne, New Jersey, to Staten Island, New York.
  • The SSPC Coatings Industry Spirit Award, honoring a coatings project that demonstrates extraordinary service benefiting a community or the industry, went to the City of Celina Downtown Elevated Storage Tank in Celina, Texas.
  • The Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence is given in recognition of exceptional coatings work performed on U.S. military ships, structures or facilities and was awarded to the USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3), a Military Sealift Command Vessel.
  • Finally, the William Johnson Award, which honors outstanding achievement demonstrating aesthetic merit in industrial coatings work, went to the Valley Crest Plant Water Tank and Pump Station in Apple Valley, California.

The Structure Award-winning projects will be profiled in-depth in a photo essay in an upcoming issue of JPCL.

Individual Awards

In addition to the Structure Awards, SSPC also bestowed annual honors to outstanding individuals in the coatings community.

In addition to the Structure Awards, SSPC also bestowed annual honors to outstanding individuals in the coatings community.

  • The SSPC Honorary Life Member Award recognizes extraordinary contribution and long-term activity on behalf of SSPC. This year’s Honorary Life Member is Carl Angeloff, P.E., of Con-Serv Inc.
  • The John D. Keane Award of Merit, named for SSPC’s executive director from 1957 to 1984 and acknowledging outstanding leadership and significant contribution to the development of the protective coatings industry and SSPC, was awarded to Don Thomas of Thomas Industrial, Inc.
  • The Richard W. Drisko Coatings Education Award, given for significant development and dissemination of education materials and technical information relating to protective coatings and its applications, was presented to Gordon Kuljian, PCS, GK Consulting LLC; and Russell Norris, The Sherwin-Williams Company.
  • The SSPC Technical Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding service, leadership and contribution to the SSPC technical committees, was presented to J. Peter Ault, P.E., PCS, Elzly Technology Corporation.
  • The Women in Coatings Impact Award, which recognizes women in the coatings industry who have contributed to creating a positive industry culture, was presented to Brooke Divan, M.Sc., of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • The President’s Lecture Series Award is given by SSPC each year in a blind judging by SSPC President, Joe Walker, for the most favorable paper being given during the technical session. This year’s award was presented to “Plasma Coating Removal: A Safety and Industrial Hygiene Analysis,” by Peter Yancy, CTO, Atmospheric Plasma Solutions, Inc.; Daniel Chute, CIH, BSI Group/EHS; and Richard Hubner, M.P.H., BSI Group/EHS.

SSPC also presented Outstanding Chapter Awards—one North American Chapter and one International Chapter. This year’s Outstanding SSPC Chapters are the SSPC Arizona Chapter and the SSPC Ecuador Chapter.

JPCL Awards

JPCL Editor-in-Chief Charlie Lange presented the annual JPCL Readers’ Choice Awards, given for outstanding articles published in the magazine over the past year. Awards are chosen by JPCL readers via online survey.

  • In the Failure Analysis category, this year’s winning article was, “Three Failures, One Wastewater Treatment Plant,” by Rick Huntley of KTA-Tator, Inc.
  • In the Health and Safety category, Leah K. Tipton of KTA-Tator, Inc. won for her article, “PPE Requirements for Polyurethanes Versus Non-Isocyanate Coatings: Is There Really a Difference?”
  • In the Materials Technology category, this year’s winning article was, “Wastewater Clarifiers: Understanding Corrosion Mechanisms,” by Randy Nixon and Douglas Sherman of Corrosion Probe, Inc.
  • In the Process Technology category “Measuring Vertical Concrete Surface pH: Testing for Severe Exposures,” by Vaughn O’Dea of Tnemec Company, Inc., was awarded.
  • In the Proficiency category, this year’s winning article was, “Measuring TSA Coating Thickness: Methods and Considerations,” by Jay Kunick of Fischer Technology, Inc.
  • And in the Projects category, Warren Brand of Chicago Corrosion Group, LLC was awarded for his article, “Surface-Prep Considerations: A Tale of Two Tanks.”

Additionally, the JPCL Editor’s Choice Award is given to one outstanding article chosen by the JPCL editorial team. This year’s Editor’s Choice Award-winning article was, “Adaptive Reuse: Repurposing the Factory Floor,” by Tom Murphy of VPM, LLC.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Awards and honors; Coatings; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Honorary Life Member Award; Industry News; JPCL Readers' Choice Awards; Latin America; NACE; NACE; North America; Program/Project Management; SSPC; SSPC Coatings+ 2020; SSPC NACE Merger; SSPC Structure Awards; Z-Continents

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