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A Brief History of the PNWSCT

Pacific Northwest Society for Coatings Technology
Twenty-Third Constituent Member of the Federation

In 1947 the Portland Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association created a committee for the formation of the Pacific Northwest Paint and Varnish Production Club with Hank Bottemiller as chairman. Other members were George Gough, Bob Norris, and Ken Duncan. This committee circulated correspondence to all paint companies in the Pacific Northwest, laying the groundwork for organizational meetings in Portland and Seattle. These meetings resulted in the decision to hold a two-day Technical Symposium in Seattle in the spring of 1948. This meeting, held May 21 and 22, 1948, at the Washington Hotel attracted 88 attendees. During this meeting the constitution was adopted and the following officers were elected:

The Seattle-Kirkland ferry Leschi docks on Lake Washington in 1948, two years before ferry services would end on the lake. (Seattle Times Archive)
The Seattle-Kirkland ferry Leschi docks
on Lake Washington in 1948.

President: Herman Ziessler, Cowman Campbell, Seattle, WA
Vice-President: John Buckinger, Miller Paint, Portland, OR
Secretary: Dan Jarvie, Jarvie Paint, Seattle, WA
Treasurer: Ted Show, Preservative Paint, Portland, OR

In 1949 the Technical meeting was held in Portland with John Buckinger as President. In 1950, the first meeting in Canada was held at the Empress Hotel in Victoria. From 1951 through 1954 the meetings alternated between Portland and Seattle. In 1955 the concept of alternating the meetings between the three sections had evolved with Vancouver becoming the B.C. section. The society had 82 members in 1955. The 10th annual spring symposium was held in Tacoma, WA, and for the first time included a ladies program. Membership exceeded 100 for the first time in 1960 with 102 members. The title of the society was changed from the PNW Paint and Varnish Production Club to PNW Society for Paint Technology, also in 1960. The name was ultimately changed to PNW Society for Coatings Technology. In 1967, the annual spring symposium was held in Vancouver, B.C., with a total membership exceeding 200 for the first time with 220 members In 1970, the meeting was held again in Vancouver, initiating a social event with a boat tour and dinner.

Upcoming Events

Mar
13
Tue
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – Mineral Tech: P... @ Location TBA
Speaker’s Tour – Mineral Tech: P... @ Location TBA
Mar 13 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Thomas Dombrowski Title: Minerals as Functional Additives and Fillers Thomas Dombrowski of Specialty Minerals, aka Minerals Technologies, aka Barretts providing a talk on Minerals as Functional Additives and Fillers.Read More
Mar
14
Wed
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – Mineral Tech: V... @ Chefe Daniel Restaurant
Speaker’s Tour – Mineral Tech: V... @ Chefe Daniel Restaurant
Mar 14 @ 11:45 am – 2:00 pm
Speaker: Thomas Dombrowski Title: Minerals as Functional Additives and Fillers Thomas Dombrowski of Specialty Minerals, aka Minerals Technologies, aka Barretts providing a talk on Minerals as Functional Additives and Fillers.   Topic: The Use of Minerals […]
Apr
17
Tue
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – BYK: Portland @ Location TBA
Speaker’s Tour – BYK: Portland @ Location TBA
Apr 17 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Ronald Brashear, BYK Title: Evaluations of Wetting and Dispersing Additives for Use in Waterborne Anti-Corrosive PaintRead More
Apr
18
Wed
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – BYK: Vancouver @ Location TBA
Speaker’s Tour – BYK: Vancouver @ Location TBA
Apr 18 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Ronald Brashear, BYK Title: Evaluations of Wetting and Dispersing Additives for Use in Waterborne Anti-Corrosive PaintRead More
May
15
Tue
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – Lanxess: Portland @ Location TBA
Speaker’s Tour – Lanxess: Portland @ Location TBA
May 15 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Gary Balint, Lanxess Title: Getting Back to Basics – An Overview of Iron Oxide PigmentsRead More
May
16
Wed
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – Lanxess: Vancouver @ Location TBA
Speaker’s Tour – Lanxess: Vancouver @ Location TBA
May 16 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Gary Balint, Lanxess Title: Getting Back to Basics – An Overview of Iron Oxide PigmentsRead More

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