SSPC Enters Definitive Agreement with NACE International to Combine
Combination of Two Leaders in the Corrosion and Coatings Fields Creates a Robust Unified Voice to Better Serve the Growing Needs of the Industries
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas – July 1, 2020 – SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine. This unified endeavor brings together two non-profit professional associations who are global leaders in corrosion and coatings standards, training, and certification.
“This is an important and exciting step forward for everyone involved in the fields of corrosion and coatings,” said SSPC President-Elect Sam Scaturro. “We’re bringing together the best of two strong organizations and providing our stakeholders with more value at a time when they need it.”
“SSPC and NACE have a long history of working cooperatively in areas where we share common goals and purpose,” said NACE President Tim Bieri. “This combination helps advance the missions set by the leaders of both associations and positions us to provide the asset protection industry with a stronger workforce.”
The transaction is expected to close in October 2020, subject to the approval of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.
NACE and SSPC have begun taking steps to integrate programs and operations and expect the transition to take place on January 1, 2021. Total integration of the organizations’ operations is expected to occur sometime beyond that date.
Bob Chalker, chief executive officer of NACE International, will serve as the CEO of the new organization which will retain the staff and facilities of NACE’s headquarters in Houston, Texas and SSPC’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and all staff and offices located in the U.S. and abroad.
Venable LLP and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C. are acting as legal advisors to NACE and SSPC.
About NACE International
Founded in 1943, NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, is the world’s largest nonprofit of its kind with more than 38,000 members in 130 countries. Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in the U.S., the U.K., China, Malaysia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and a training center in Dubai, the organization serves all industries impacted by corrosion. NACE International provides its membership with numerous benefits and offers the world’s most specified technical training and certification programs, industry standards, reports, conferences, and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation. www.nace.org
SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society focused on the use of protective coatings to protect industrial steel structures. In 1997, the name of the association was changed to SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to reflect the evolution of coatings technology and the expanding types of construction materials. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with offices in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and China, more than 16,000 professionals and 420 companies worldwide carry active SSPC certifications.
Today, SSPC promotes the protection and preservation of concrete, steel and other industrial and marine structures and surfaces through the use of high-performance protective, marine and industrial coatings. SSPC is the leading source of training and information on surface preparation, coating selection, coating application, environmental regulations, and health and safety issues that affect the protective coatings industry. www.sspc.org