Giving Back to Communities

The protective coatings industry is a worldwide and diverse community. SSPC members are involved on a local level across the globe as individuals and as companies, providing leadership and expertise that help to protect people, infrastructure and the environment.

This protective nature is in our DNA as an industry, so it’s no surprise that our members would step up to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. With the world changing before our eyes, the staff at SSPC wanted to be able to draw attention not only to the amazing ways that our members are supporting first responders in the battle against COVID-19, but to how they’re supporting their communities on a regular basis.

We are proud of our members and their passion for giving back to the communities they serve. Below you will find links to articles that highlight some of these acts of kindness. If you have a story to share, please contact us at

Looking to donate N95 masks or other crucial PPE?

Visit the links below to see how you can get involved.

Click here for a list of SSPC members manufacturing hand sanitizer and other needed supplies that businesses will require as they reopen.


SSPC Conference Donation Recipients

Each year during our annual conference, SSPC selects a local charity to make a monetary donation to. This monetary donation is given in the name of our speakers, instructors, and track chairs, all of whom are vital partners who help to make the conference a success.

Coatings+ 2020

Long Beach Fire Department in Long Beach, CA

Coatings+ 2019

Adult Literacy League, Inc. in Orlando, FL


Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans, LA

In Memoriam

Remembering SSPC members
lost to COVID-19
To submit a name for In Memoriam, click here

John Crowe was a stalwart in the coatings industry and rose up through the ranks, starting as a blaster with a bridge painter and ending his career as Executive Vice President of Coatings with GPI. John’s intelligence, work ethic and integrity were the forces that propelled him up each rung of the corporate ladder.  John was highly involved in SSPC and participated in several areas including:

C.2.15 Revision of SSPC-Guide 15
C.2.11 Revision of SSPC-PA 17
C.2.22 Assessment of adhesion interference Materials
C.3.7 QP5 Revision Committee

John spent his career on a mission to improve the coatings industry and those that he touched will miss him dearly.

To contribute to the John Crowe Family Memorial Fund click here.