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Contractor Bulletin

Draft #3 of proposed revisions to SSPC-QP 1, Standard Procedure for Evaluating the Qualifications of Industrial/Marine Painting Contractors has been balloted to the SSPC C.3.5.1 Committee.

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In recent years, the term “data-driven” has become a buzzword across many industries. As technology continues to evolve, everyone from small companies to large government agencies are looking for ways to harness data...

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Elcometer, Industrial and Protective Coating Inspection Products
Elcometer Inc.
Elcometer offers a comprehensive range of products for industrial and protective coating inspection and testing. From material thickness through assessment of surface profile and cleanliness to climatic condition monitoring, wet and dry film thickness measurement, adhesion testing, porosity determination and appearance assessment, Elcometer has easy-to-use and robust products for field and laboratory testing and to aid visual inspections.
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Members Insider

Last year, SSPC conducted a membership drive that ran from October 1 to December 31, 2017. Our goal was to donate 5 percent of all individual membership dues revenue paid in the last quarter to the Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF). Our agreement with the BBF was that our contribution would go specifically to hurricane relieve efforts. We are proud to announce that our donation of $3,100 was made in February. We thank our members for their support of these efforts through their membership dues!

It was announced on February 8, 2018 that SSPC received an overall score of 95 from our customers in a Dun & Bradstreet Open Ratings Past Performance Evaluation.These scores take into consideration an organization’s customer support, reliability, quality, cost, response time, delivery, accuracy, personnel and business relations. We are very humbled by such positive feedback from our customers and continue to strive for excellent service in everything we do.




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On February 22, 2018 SSPC Members in Ecuador hosted an SSPC Informational Session in the capital city of Quito to highlight the petition drive to establish an SSPC Ecuador Chapter.


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IUPAT, Finishing Trades Institute
Training & Certification Buzz

SSPC recently announced the addition of nine new authorized training providers to its global lineup of training organizations.

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The second SSPC webinar of 2018 will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. EST. The webinar topic will be “Comparison of UHP to Abrasive Blasting.”

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HoldTight® is revolutionizing the art of surface preparation
HoldTight Solutions
HoldTight is the most trusted source for surface protection solutions for commercial and industrial applications recognized as the leading coatings protectant product and brand worldwide.
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Standards & Development

Steel can become contaminated with soluble salts in many way during shipping, storage in laydown areas, and erection/installation.

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HRV Conformance Verification Associates, Inc.
Covestro, LLC
Workforce Connection

As improvements continue to the SSPC platform, visitors have likely noticed subtle changes to the SSPC website.

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SSPC 2018 attendees were treated to a big surprise when the show opened back in January. 

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Upcoming Events

SSPC held our annual meeting and trade show this past January 15-18 in New Orleans, LA and our members came out in force to experience the Big Easy. By the end of the week, we had more than 2,460 registered attendees and 145 exhibiting companies purchasing 283 booth spaces. This comes out to a 12 percent increase in attendance and a 15 percent increase in booth sales from 2017.

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As most associations do, SSPC typically provides a small gift to our conference speakers as a thank you for their efforts in providing the first-class technical programs our members have come to expect at our conference. 



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Mark your calendars! The Annual SSPC Conference has been rebranded and is now Coatings+.

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The DoD – Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference will be returning August 12-15, 2019

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PPG Protective & Marine Coatings
Strategic Materials
Chapter Corner

At the SSPC Board of Governors meeting in New Orleans in January, the SSPC Board approved the charters for two new international chapters.

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Event listing for Arizona, Gulf Coast, South Carolina and Hampton Roads Chapters

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Just For Fun

The SSPC family will be losing a treasured member in Kate Jurik as she retires on April 30 of this year. Kate has been with SSPC since 2010 as the Event Manager and Exhibit Sales Specialist. She brought a fierce dedication and humor to the office that can never be replaced. We are wishing her and her family all the best as she begins her next journey this Spring.