More than 120 metal finishing professionals attended the new England Surface Finishing Regional on November 2 in Sturbridge, Mass. The Host Hotel was the site for the annual one-day event, which featured technical presentations, a table top trade show and a social hour with entertainment.

Christian Richter, NASF Executive Director, opened the meeting with an update on the organization's activities and efforts at strengthening the association and increasing membership. He was followed by eight other speakers who presented on technical topics such as surface preparation of copper and copper alloys, water purification and alternative coatings for aerospace and defense applications.

Other regulatory and management issues covered included an presentation by a local OSHA representative and a presentation on state and federal employment laws. A very thorough presentation on the use of computer software tracking for chemical use, cost and inventory was included.

Personal interest topics were covered as the details and story of the impact of a massive business disaster had everybody’s attention. Attendees also listened to a very well-received presentation on stress and energy management in the workplace.

 Marc Pelissier of Valley Plating of Springfield, Mass., was the master of ceremonies and once again got a round of applause for all his efforts. John Gilbert of Gilbert and Jones, Marko Duffy of Marathon Manufacturing Services, Chris Capalbo of New Method Plating and Chris and Ed Ondrick of Poly Plating were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for al their hard work in making this day a success.

The Regional Meeting for next year will be held in November 2013 with the location to be determined. Check back with NASF's New England Chapter for updates.