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The Western Coatings Societies Biennial Symposium and Show

Originally the brainchild of the Los Angeles and Golden Gate Societies for Coatings Technology, the Western Coatings Societies Biennial Symposium and Show, born in the early 1950s, is organized and managed today in partnership with the Pacific Northwest and Arizona societies.

The Show has quickly become one of the coatings industry’s premier events.

Based in California for most of its 60 years, the show was moved briefly to Reno, Nevada. In 2004 Arizona and the Pacific Northwest were asked to take a permanent planning role and, after much debate, the decision was made to move to Las Vegas.

Over 1200 attendees flock to The Strip in October of every odd-numbered year to take advantage of valuable information presented over three days by a diverse line-up of speakers on a wide range of technical subjects.

Although the vast majority of those who attend are westerners, the show’s technical lineup, accessible format, and reasonable cost appeal to people from all over North America and internationally.

Students from several colleges in the United States design posters to display the latest results of their ongoing research.

A lavish Welcome Reception (complete with complementary dinner and beverages) on Sunday evening provides attendees with the opportunity to network and enjoy the camaraderie of their peers while being entertained at one of hottest venues in Vegas.

Keynote speakers and panelists on both Monday and Tuesday focus on topics of up-to-date interest to the industry.  A three day technical program offers over 100 presentations over five tracks.

Tradeshow hours on Monday and Tuesday provide time for our attendees to connect with over 150 exhibitors.  The technical talks and exhibition hours never overlap, maximizing the audience for both events and allowing attendees to experience the entire show.

Complementary lunch and late afternoon snacks are served Monday and Tuesday during the tradeshow, as well as complementary lunch on Wednesday and late afternoon beverages.

The WCS Samson-Adler Distinguished Service Award was introduced in 2009. Named for Mr. Maurice Samson (Los Angeles) and Mr. Barry Adler (San Francisco) in recognition of their pioneering efforts during the earliest days of the WCS, the award distinguishes an individual for lifetime service to their society, the WCS and the coatings industry in general.

Las Vegas has it all – professional conference facilities, a dining experience for every palate and an endless supply of entertainment for every taste.

Come join us in the other city that never sleeps! Come to the WCS in Las Vegas and experience our hospitality!

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Upcoming Events

Jan
24
Fri
12:00 pm PNWSCT BOD meeting @ HYATT REGENCY LAKE WASHINGTON
PNWSCT BOD meeting @ HYATT REGENCY LAKE WASHINGTON
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Jan
28
Tue
11:00 am Speakers Tour January 1/2 Day Se... @ McCormick Room @ Jake's Grill
Speakers Tour January 1/2 Day Se... @ McCormick Room @ Jake's Grill
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
When: Tuesday, January, 28th 2020 Where:  Jake’s Grill ‘McCormick Room’ room located in The Governor Hotel;  611 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97205; (503) 220-1850 Cost: $0 for manufacturing members $20 for retired persons $25 […]
Jan
29
Wed
11:00 am Speakers Tour January 1/2 Day Se... @ River Rock Casino
Speakers Tour January 1/2 Day Se... @ River Rock Casino
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
When: Wednesday, January, 29th 2020 Where: River rock Casino 8811 River Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3P8 Cost: $40 for manufacturing members $40 for retired persons     Typical Schedule (flexible with goal start time of […]
Feb
21
Fri
7:00 pm February Hockey Nite (PDX Chapter) @ Moda Center
February Hockey Nite (PDX Chapter) @ Moda Center
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm
We’re excited to get the early word out for the annual PDX Chapter’s February Portland Winterhawk Hockey Nite!  Even if you don’t like hockey, how about taking a chemist, owner, buyer, manager, or salesperson out […]
Mar
10
Tue
11:00 am March Speakers Tour – Portland S...
March Speakers Tour – Portland S...
Mar 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
When:       Tuesday, March 17th Who:       WACKER VAEs (Vinyl Acetate Ethylene) Where:      McMenamins Broadway Pub, near Lloyd Center 1504 NE Broadway ST Portland, OR 97232 503.288.9498   Cost: $0 for manufacturing members $20 […]

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