President’s Message – May 2020

Dear PSCT Members,

PSCT’s first online meeting featured an excellent presentation by Mike Toth, the NAFTA Regional End Use Manager for Wood Coatings & Additives at BYK USA. The presentation had something for everyone, from those interested in the consumer market and additives for wood coatings to laboratory tests that are generally applicable. Mike graciously shared his slides and notes with us. Please see the PSCT web site’s home page at http://paintsociety.com if you are interested.

There will be one more online PSCT meeting this year. Shanti Swarup, Associate Fellow at PPG, will discuss innovations in polymer synthesis and their application in new automotive painting processes at the May 18th meeting. Dr. Swarup has had fantastic career at PPG. In addition to being the named inventor on 550 global patents and publications, he has been the recipient of numerous awards from PPG and other organizations. We are honored to feature Dr. Swarup as our final speaker for the PSCT year. Note that the meeting will begin at 4 pm. We hope that you can attend!

I was glad to be PSCT President this year. The board members are very helpful and friendly folk with a wealth of experience, and they all work together to forward the objectives of the organization. There are some openings for committee heads. If you would like to volunteer your time to help this worthy Society, please let a member of the board know.

Cheryl Roberts
PSCT President 2019-2020

President’s Message – November 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Kurt Olson, a PPG R&D Fellow, for taking the time last month to share his expertise in new coatings technologies. It was fascinating to hear about innovations such as coatings that can keep an airplane cool and paints that know when corrosion is starting. His slides may be found on the PSCT website.
If you have a student in high school or in college, consider having them apply for the Hiram P. Ball Scholarship, and if your student has a STEM major, the STEM grant as well. See the application found at the end of this newsletter for the requirements. The golf outing, which is held every year in September, is the sole fund raiser for the scholarship and grant. Note that the date of the 2020 golf outing has been set for September 9, which is the Thursday after Labor Day. If you might be interested in chairing the 2020 golf outing committee, please talk to someone on the board.

The November 14 meeting will feature a presentation by Dave Loveday of Gamry on EIS and other electrochemical methods. We hope to see you there! Please forward this newsletter to your associates in the Pittsburgh area who do work in this area.

Cheryl Roberts
PSCT President 2019-2020

President’s Message – October 2019

Dear PSCT Members,
I would like to thank the golfers and business sponsors who attended and supported the September Golf Outing. I would like to also extend a large than you to Art Kasson for organizing the event and Conley Resort and Golf Club
for hosting. Without this event, we would not be able to support our future scholarship recipients.

We have an interesting lineup of speakers planned from companies including PPG, Kennametal, Ashland, and Gamry Instruments. See elsewhere in this newsletter for the meeting/speaker schedule. Note that the first meeting will be held October 7, which is the first Monday of the month. Kurt Olson, a PPG Research Fellow, will be speaking about innovation as a growth engine in the coatings industry. The meeting will be held at Roland’s Seafood Grill on Penn Avenue in the Strip District. I look forward to seeing you there.

Cheryl Roberts, PSCT President 2019-2020

President’s Message-May 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Thomas Sames of Lanxess Corporation for taking
time out of his schedule to come and speak to all of us about In-Can
and Dry-Film Preservation of Paints and Coatings. This was an excellent
overview of technologies that are present in the field and some of the
challenges facing formulators as we try to produce the best products for
our customers. It was very informative.

Thank you to all who donated to the Hiram P. Memorial Scholarship and
STEM Grant this year. Also, a special thanks to Karren Hollertz, Scholarship
Chair, and the rest of the scholarship committee comprising of Deb Longhini, Bill Hawk, Gary
Balint, and Cliff Schoff for donating their time this year. Lastly, congratulations to the following
scholarship recipients this year: Caleigh Anderson, Angela Roberts, Kristopher Stewart, Andrew
Meshanko and John Sherbondy. John was also awarded this year’s STEM grant.

Lastly, I would just like to thank everyone for having me as their PSCT President this year. We had
a great year, with a bunch of wonderful speakers and topics. It is with this I pass the torch off to
Cheryl Roberts, our 2019-2020 PSCT President. Thank you and I look forward to continuing my
contribution in the future.

Chris Gehly
PSCT President 2018-2019

President’s Message-April 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Tony Moy of BASF for taking time out of
his schedule to come and speak to all of us about dispersant
technologies. Dispersant chemistry is something that was relatable regardless of the type of coatings each of us are involved.
The data shared showing the benefits of choosing the correct
chemistry and concentration was educational. I also heard many
comments stating how much this talk was enjoyed regardless of
the formulation experience of the individual. Tony’s presentation
has been uploaded to the website for reference.
I would like to remind the group that if you have a student that
qualifies for the scholarship, please ensure that the applications
are turned in by the Friday, March 15th deadline. The application
can be found at the end of this newsletter or on our website at
paintsociety.org.

I am excited to announce that the spring social event will be held
at LumberJaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh in Millvale on Monday,
May 6th at 6pm. Please join us as we learn how to throw axes
and compete in a single elimination tournament. Pizza, beer,
wine, and soft drinks will be provided. More information will be
included in the newsletter and the website.
Lastly, come and join us at Roland’s Seafood Grill in the Strip
District on Monday, March 11th. This month’s speaker is Jerry
Powers of Chromaflo Technologies. Jerry will be discussing Low
VOC Colorants.

Chris Gehly
PSCT President 2018-2019

President’s Message-March 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Tony Moy of BASF for taking time out of
his schedule to come and speak to all of us about dispersant
technologies. Dispersant chemistry is something that was relatable
regardless of the type of coatings each of us are involved.
The data shared showing the benefits of choosing the correct
chemistry and concentration was educational. I also heard many
comments stating how much this talk was enjoyed regardless of
the formulation experience of the individual. Tony’s presentation
has been uploaded to the website for reference.
I would like to remind the group that if you have a student that
qualifies for the scholarship, please ensure that the applications
are turned in by the Friday, March 15th deadline. The application
can be found at the end of this newsletter or on our website at
paintsociety.org.
I am excited to announce that the spring social event will be held
at LumberJaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh in Millvale on Monday,
May 6th at 6pm. Please join us as we learn how to throw axes
and compete in a single elimination tournament. Pizza, beer,
wine, and soft drinks will be provided. More information will be
included in the newsletter and the website.
Lastly, come and join us at Roland’s Seafood Grill in the Strip
District on Monday, March 11th. This month’s speaker is Jerry
Powers of Chromaflo Technologies. Jerry will be discussing Low
VOC Colorants.

Chris Gehly
PSCT President 2018-2019

President’s Message-February 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Michael Jeffries of Covestro for taking time out of his schedule to come and speak to all of us about isocyanate technologies. The various types of chemistries that can provide the unique functionalities that are necessary in different types of coatings was something completely new to me. I hope everyone who came out in January found this presentation beneficial and informative.
I am proud to announce we have filled all spots on the Scholarship Committee for this year’s Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM Grant. The committee will be once again led by Karen Hollertz. Thank you for donating your time for such a great cause. Also, if you have a student that qualifies for the scholarship this year, we urge you to check out the application attached to the end of this newsletter or on our website at paintsociety.org. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 15th.
I am also happy to announce that in honor of President’s Day in February that we will be taking the time to honor Past President’s of the Society. If you have served in the office of PSCT President, we will be offering the dinner and presentation at the Retiree price of $15. We will also be recognizing those who attend before dinner.
Lastly, come and join us at Roland’s Seafood Grill in the Strip District on Monday, February 11th. This month’s speaker is Tony Moy of BASF. Tony will be discussing dispersing agents.

Chris Gehly
PSCT President 2018-2019

President’s Message – January 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank everyone who came out to the Couch Brewery last month.  Once again we had a great time and great attendance.  The December event has been a great addition to our yearly circuit. Hopefully a tradition we can continue.

I would like to remind everyone that we are still looking for Scholarship Committee members for this year’s Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM Grant.  The only requirement is to be an active member and not have a student applying this year.  Please contact myself or Karen Hollertz if you would like to take part in such a great cause.  Our contact information can be found at the end of this newsletter.  Also, if you have a student that qualifies for the scholarship this year, we urge you to check out the application attached to the end of this newsletter or on our website at paintsociety.org.

I am proud to announce that we have filled all speaker spots for this year.  Thank you to everyone who helped schedule the speakers this year.  Please remember, it’s never too early to start scheduling speakers for next year.  If you know someone that would like to present, please contact a member of our board.

Lastly, come and join us at Roland’s in the Strip District on Monday, January 14th.  This month’s speaker will be Michael Jeffries of Covestro.   Michael will be giving a talk about new, innovative, high-performance polyurethane hardeners.  I hope to see everyone there for what should be a very technically informative talk.

Chris Gehly

PSCT President 2018-2019

President’s Message – December 2018

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Brian Newsome of Applied Minerals for
taking the time to speak to all of us about Dragonite halloysite
material. It was very interesting to see this material’s potential
application within the coating industry.
I would like to inform everyone that we are still looking for one
speaker for the April 2019 meeting. If you are interested in
speaking or know of an interesting topic for the society, please
feel free to contact me. My contact information can be found
in the newsletter.
Lastly, we are excited to announce that our December event
will take place at Couch Brewery on Monday, December 10th.
Couch Brewery is a local microbrewery located on Washington
Blvd. They have a nice selection of unique beers and they
come highly recommended by many here in Pittsburgh. We
are going to have a buffet dinner and a trivia night for all who
come. Feel free to create a team prior to the event or come
ready to contribute to a team that can be put together that
night. I look forward to seeing all of you there.

Chris Gehly
PSCT President 2018-2019

President’s Message – November 2018

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Dustin Young and the entire SSPC organization for taking time last month to speak to all of us about ‘Preparing Concrete for Coatings Applications’ as well as look at their mobile training center. It was very interesting to see what is going on in the concrete industry and how training for different applications is progressing.

I would like to remind everyone that we are still looking for Scholarship Committee members for this year’s Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM Grant.  The only requirement is to be an active member and not have a student applying this year.  Please contact myself or Karen Hollertz if you would like to take part in such a great cause.  Our contact information can be found at the end of this newsletter.  Also, if you have a student that qualifies for the scholarship this year, we urge you to check out the application attached to the end of this newsletter or on our website at paintsociety.org.

Lastly, come and join us at the Roland’s Seafood Grill in The Strip on Monday, November 12th.  This month’s speaker will be Brian Newsome of Applied Minerals.  His talk will be discussing a halloysite material branded as Dragonite.  I hope to see everyone there for what should be a very technically informative talk.

Chris Gehly

PSCT President 2018-2019