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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

Feb
27
Wed
7:00 pm Vancouver section – Social – Pai... @ Red Racer (aka Central City Brew Pub)
Vancouver section – Social – Pai... @ Red Racer (aka Central City Brew Pub)
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
To All registered members, Unleash your inner artist Spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about […]
Mar
12
Tue
11:00 am Speaker Tour – Portland: EPS @ Brix Tavern
Speaker Tour – Portland: EPS @ Brix Tavern
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Robert Sandoval, R&D Technical Manager at EPS. Abstract: Adhesion to a substrate is a key fundamental property for most classes of coatings.  Unless one is designing a removable coating, high adhesion is typically […]
Mar
13
Wed
11:30 am Speaker Tour – Vancouver BC: EPS @ Kalmar restaurant,
Speaker Tour – Vancouver BC: EPS @ Kalmar restaurant,
Mar 13 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Bio: Dr. Robert Sandoval is a R&D Technical Manager at EPS, leading the Industrial and Construction coatings group.  He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2005 and a Ph.D. in […]
Apr
16
Tue
11:00 am Speaker Tour – Portland: Lubrizol @ TBA
Speaker Tour – Portland: Lubrizol @ TBA
Apr 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jonathon Bird of Lubrizol’s Performance Coatings Group will be giving a presentation, details TBD.   Cost: $0 for manufacturing members $20 for retired persons $25 for all others   Typical Schedule (flexible with goal start […]
Apr
17
Wed
12:00 pm Speaker Tour – Vancouver BC: Lub... @ TBA
Speaker Tour – Vancouver BC: Lub... @ TBA
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jonathon Bird of Lubrizol’s Performance Coatings Group will be giving a presentation, details TBD.Read More
May
14
Tue
11:00 am Speaker Tour – Portland: TBD @ TBA
Speaker Tour – Portland: TBD @ TBA
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $0 for manufacturing members $20 for retired persons $25 for all others   Typical Schedule (flexible with goal start time of 11:30AM): 11-11:30AM: Registration 11:45AM: Lunch orders 12PM: Introduce speakers & announcements 12:20PM: Lunch […]

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