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Specialty Polymers Inc. – Open Position

Specialty Polymers Inc. has an immediate opening for an Application Chemist in Woodburn Oregon facility.  SPI manufactures a broad product line of water based acrylic, vinyl acrylic, vinyl acetate and styrene acrylic dispersions, which are used in the manufacture of paint and coatings for architectural and industrial applications.

Send resume and salary requirements to msand@specpoly.com

NWSE Intel Science Fair

  • PNWSCT donated $200 for the four ‘best of show’ 5th grade projects:
    • Graffiti at my school, not anymore!  Joseph Moylan c/o Bridlemile Elementary School
    • Studying Chicken Egg Laying Behavior in Winter; Francis Vowels c/o Bridlemile Elementary School
    • Origami Solar; Sahit Jayaweera c/o Bonney Slope
    • Shaking Up Some Energy!  Omar Abdeljawad c/o Islamic School of Portland

2018 CoatingsFest Details

The PNWSCT 2018 Northwest Coatings Fest

October 10 -12, 2018 at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC Canada

Dear Members and Friends,

The Vancouver Chapter of the PNWSCT and Conference Chairman Ray Nordstrand are pleased to invite you to attend the 2018 Northwest Coatings Fest, to be held in beautiful Victoria, BC on October 10 – 12, 2018. The symposium and accommodations are located at The Inn at Laurel Point, a wonderful waterfront location in downtown Victoria.

Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC

The fun begins at 9am on Wednesday October 10 with a golf tournament held at the Olympic View Golf Club. Don’t miss this highly anticipated sporting event! Fees include green fees, power cart, practice balls, breakfast, and BBQ lunch. For further information, please contact Ron Vanderdrift at (778) 388-3376, or email him.

The opening night social will be held Wednesday October 10 at the nearby Maritime Museum. This casual event includes dinner, beverages, and entertainment. Come join the fun while networking with old and new friends.

The heart of CoatingsFest is the technical program which runs from the morning of Thursday October 11 through to early afternoon on Friday October 12. A series of speakers have been hand-picked to present a variety of topics relevant to our industry today.  Direct your questions to Thelma Longakit at (604) 594-6211 (ext-348), or email her.

The traditional Suppliers Cocktail Party and Banquet completes our calendar of social events on Thurs Oct 11. Don’t miss the post-dinner entertainment by HiWay Productions.

Please support the PNWSCT by staying at our waterfront host hotel The Inn at Laurel Point.This hotel is located in the heart of Victoria on the harbour, close to many popular tourist attractions and sought-after restaurants. Rooms start at $179 CND$. Hotel reservations can be made by phoning (800) 663-7667, or emailing them at reservations@laurelpoint.com. Please reference “PNWSCT 2018 Symposium” and our booking code “1018ANDICO” to obtain the group rate.  NOTE:  as of Aug. 16, 2018 the hotel block is now SOLD OUT.  An additional four suites for $239 per night are available on a first come first served basis.

A variety of Sponsorship packages are available. Your sponsorship dollars contribute to a successful and vibrant event, and also play a vital role in supporting the activities of the PNWSCT.  To become a sponsor, please click here.

Online symposium registration is here. The early bird registration deadline is August 15, 2018.

For additional information, contact Ray Nordstrand, (604) 931-4002, or email him. Please extend this invitation to your colleagues in the industry. We encourage your participation to keep our industry strong and vibrant. See you in Victoria,

Sincerely,
Bonnie MacKenzie
Registration Chair,
(604) 602-9084
Email me

Annual Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament – 2018

This is an up-date on the results of our annual Make-A-Wish Tournament. As most of you know we have had an Annual Golf Tournament for several years. The majority has been going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon and SW Washington. In the past, we have honored persons that we have lost in the past year. This year we would like to honor family members of two long supporters of this event. Terry Sheehan, brother of Paul Sheehan and Mary Jane Calkin, wife of Jim Calkin passed away just before the event took place. I have asked Make-A-Wish to put the donation in Terry and Mary Jane’s names.

This year we were able to raise $6250.00. Last year I had claimed that we had surpassed the 100K in total donations. This is a large deal for the Make-A-Wish Org. I was asked to verify the number. Darn it, I came up short. Including last year our total came to $98,798.24. With this years donation we actually broke the 100K. Our grand total to date: $105,048.24!! I am very proud of all you for your continued support of Make-A-Wish

I would like to thank those who donated prizes and money for this year’s event: Ashland, Akzo Nobel, BASF, Brenntag Specialties, BYK Additives, Celanese, Chemical Distributors Inc, Dorsett and Jackson, Dowd and Guild, DSM, DSHK, Elementis, Horn, Heucotech, Ishihara JF Shelton, LifeLast, Lubrizol, Omya, PCC/Rivago, Ribelin/Azelis, Specialty Polymers, Systems Three, Tarr, TCR, Thor, TIS, Univar and Miller Paint. There were donations and Gift Cards at the course that I could not keep account of.  There were many individuals that also gave donations both in cash and checks to Make-A-Wish. I thank the individuals that take the time to come out and play. We had a good group at 58 players. I am sure there are some that I have missed. I am thankful to those also. I also want to thank Mallory Tyler and Nick Motto for helping at the registration desk and Darin Shields for running the Money Ball contest that garnered much appreciated cash for the donation. Lastly, I want to again thank Miller Paint for their continued support for allowing me the time to work on this event.

Kevin O’Leary

Tournament Chair

PNWSCT Sponsored: Intel Northwest Science Expo Outstanding 5th Grade Projects

Many congratulations are in order for the 2018 Intel NWSE Outstanding 5th Grad Project award winners (in no particular order):

  1. Tia Wisco: ‘Magnetic Exploration of BZ Reaction Rings’ via Bend Science Station
  2. Owen Warren: ‘Vacuum Engines’ via Bridlemile Elementary School
  3. Ella Kim: ‘How Does Global Warming Affect Plant Growth?’ via Class Academy
  4. Sumiko Paulin: ‘The Effect of Temperature on Electromagnets’ via Bridlemile Elementary School

The PNWSCT donated $50 to each winner as in previous years.  Kudos to Pete Fox of Zorro Technology for volunteering his time as the premier judge.  The event was held on 04.13.2018 at Portland State University.

By-Law updates 2018

The Board of directors was requested to review and update the By-laws and positions for the PNWSCT.

Paul Campbell of Rudd Company helped prepare the enclosed and the Board fully endorses the changes.

This will be voted upon by the membership at the upcoming Coatingsfest 2018 in Victoria.

Should you have any concerns or updates, please contact the board with you suggestions.

PNWSCT Handbook 2018 draft 2

November Lunch Meetings

Alexandra Foguth, "Coatex Rheology 101 Seminar"

Join us this month, in Portland on November 15th, Vancouver BC on November 16th, for the Speaker’s Tour, with:

Speaker: Alexandra Foguth

Title: Coatex Rheology 101 Seminar

Abstract:  Coatex, a division of the Arkema Group, with its core business of rheology modifiers and dispersants dedicated for waterbased coatings, both traditional and UV, will present its expertise in rheology through an introduction of theory, application, formulation, and finished product characteristics.

What Will I Learn?

  • Acrylic and Polyurethane thickener types and molecular structures
  • Thickening mechanisms
  • Design factors
  • Structure / Properties relationship
  • Applied rheology & the impact on final formulations

See details for each on the PNWSCT Event Calendar.

2015 Portland Charity Classic Golf

Make-A-Wish Tournament Recap

September 10, 2015

To: PNWCST MEMBERS and FRIENDS

From: Kevin O’Leary

Subject: Make-A-Wish Donation for 2015

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This is an up-date on the results of our annual Make-A-Wish Tournament. As most of you know we have had an Annual Golf Tournament for several years. The majority has been going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon and SW Washington.

This year we were able to raise $5,427.09. To date we have raised around $89,565.00 for Make-A-Wish. I am very appreciative for all who have made donations to this very worthy cause.

I would like to thank the PNWSCT for helping sponsor this event every year. We had participants from North and South Carolina, Texas, Chicago, California and Seattle to name a few places. I am continually grateful for all that give time and money to make this event work. I would also like to thank those who donated prizes and money for this year’s event: BASF, Brenntag Specialties, Celanese, Chemical Distributors Inc, Dorsett and Jackson, Dowd and Guild, DSM, Gaung Feng, Horn, JF Shelton, PT Hutchins, Specialty Polymers, Tarr, TCR, Thor, TIS, Troy Chemical, Tryline, and Miller Paint. There were many individuals that also gave donations both in cash and checks to Make-A-Wish. I thank the individuals that play and donate prizes. I am sure there are some that I have missed. I am thankful to those also. I also want to thank Nick Motto, Colleen Coward and Darin Shields for helping at the registration desk and Darin for running the Money Ball contest that garnered much appreciated cash for the donation. Lastly, I want to thank Miller Paint for their continued support of this event.

Kevin O’Leary
Tournament Chair