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Upcoming Meetings

February 15th
Location: Cabela's

March 21st
Location: SME in Plymouth, MI

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To pay click on the Payment Tab now or pay by check payable to “NACE Detroit Section” at the event.
RSVP: If attending please RSVP to Roxann Coyle at: or call 989-773-1747


February 15, 2018
Lunch at 11:30am with presentation to follow.
Location: Cabela's
Address: 110 Cabelas Blvd E., Dundee, MI 48131
Topic: Pipeline Corrosion Scanning – Echo 3D

The Echo 3d is an advanced NDT Method using Electro-Magnetic Field Imaging.

Roger Raycraft – General Manager, GISS USA East located in Clare, MI and Deer Park, TX. Roger is involved with managing direct examination of pipeline for ECDA, ICDA and ILI projects including guided wave testing and scanning operations with the Echo 3-D pipeline scanner. Roger has also worked for Mears Group for many years where he was a Project Manager overseeing ECDA and ICDA projects for various clients.
Ray Grippin – Manager of Pipeline Integrity, GISS USA East located in Fort Worth TX area. Ray is NACE certified CP2, CIP1, and Internal Corrosion Technologist. ASNT Level II in UT and MT and just recently certified as a GWT level 1.

Meeting Cost: $25 with lunch included (Retirees or students, $12)
Any proceeds will go to our general fund for things like scholarships and veteran sponsorships to NACE courses.

To pay click on the Payment Tab now or pay by check payable to “NACE Detroit Section” at the event.
RSVP: If attending please RSVP to Roxann Coyle at: or call 989-773-1747

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Location: SME in Plymouth, MI
Tentative Topic: Visual and NDE Inspection of Welds

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Mail: Tim Bechtel
Business Development Department Manager
BGL Asset Services, LLC
1611 S. Isabela Rd.
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
(989) 772-9111 Office
(989) 621-2324 Cell
(989) 773-4768 Fax



Mail: Jim Utley
Regional Manager
Denso North America, Inc.




William F. Marshall, PE
Vice President, Business Development
Mears Group, Inc.
4500 North Mission Road
Rosebush, MI 48878
ph: (989) 433-2929 cell: (847) 922-8497
fx: (989) 433-2199


Email: Keith Boswell
National Pipeline Services, LLC
1000 Industrial Drive
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
office: 989-773-1747
fax: 989-773-6061
cell: 989-928-9188






Email: Tiffany Vorhies

Locations in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio
Inspection and Engineering:

  • Nondestructive testing
  • Coatings inspection
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Weld Consulting




Email: Frank Rampton

Trenton Corporation
7700 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734.368.7528 Direct
734.426.5882 Fax




Email:Doug Klingensmith
Unconventional Solutions, Inc.
28056 Oakland Oaks Court
Wixom, MI 48393
248.830.2935 Mobile
248.735.7000 Office
248.348.3790 Fax













Board Member Contact Information

Frank Rampton 
Trenton Corporation
Tel: (734)426-3955
Membership Chairman
Martin Fransted
Toujours Pret,LLC
Tel: (989) 285-6685
Tim Bechtel
BGL Asset Services, LLC
Tel: (989) 772-8888
Vice Chairman
Neil Pittman
Lake Superior Consulting
Tel: (313) 721-3301
Keith Boswell
National Pipeline Services, LLC
Tel: (989) 928-9188
Jeff Reid
National Pipeline Services
Tel: (989) 906-9056

Publicity Chairman
Kelley Barron
Chase Tapecoat/Royston
Tel: 517-962-8129
Career Development Chairman
Dave Young
DTE Energy/Gas
Tel: (313) 477-1336
Program Chairman
Brent Curtiss
Helios Rising, Inc.
Tel: (989) 317-8485
Awards Chairman
Roger Wolff
Semco Energy
Tel: (810) 887-5062
Arrangements Chairman
Tiffany Vorhies
Tel: (734) 454-9900


NACE Detroit Section Academic Scholarship

1. Eligibility Requirements

The student must be enrolled or accepted to an accredited college / university and working toward a degree in Engineering or Sciences.

Students enrolled in 2-year or junior colleges are eligible to apply.

The scholarship recipient must maintain full-time status at an accredited college/university.

The student must have and maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

Post-doctorate students are not eligible.

2015 Winner: Asia Dillard received a $3,000.00 Scholarship


2. Candidate Evaluation
The following information should be included for review by the Selection Committee:

  • One copy of completed application signed by student and parent if student is under the age of 18
  • Academic record, including official transcript with description of school's grading system
  • Personal and/or professional activities, in and out of school
  • Detailed work experience (if applicable), particularly if related to corrosion work and activities
  • Description of past/current/future research plans
  • A 500-750 word essay about corrosion and the effect on you and your environment (The topic should deal with corrosion in your interested area of study. Suggested topic material can be found in the Resource Center on NACE International’s Web site.)
  • One letter of reference from an educator or employer
  • One letter of reference from a NACE Detroit Section member

3. Application Guidelines
In addition to the information above, please be sure to review the General Scholarship Guidelines on the main scholarship page. Applicants must submit their typed information on the official forms below.

Application Guidelines and Forms may be downloaded at




Event Pictures


The NACE Detroit Section held its 7th Annual Vendor Show at The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

This all day event showcased nineteen vendors and was attended by more than ninety attendees. Highlights for the day included presentations by Neil Thompson, president of the NACE Foundation, and U.S. Army Captain Nick Anderson. Captain Anderson spoke on behalf of U.S. military veterans about the difficulties they encounter re-entering civilian life, and in applying their military skills to the civilian workforce. In an effort to address this growing issue, the NACE Detroit Section is working with the NACE Foundation to provide training and mentors to military veterans who will eventually join the corrosion industry workforce. Neil Thompson’s presentation highlighted the NACE Foundation Workforce Development Program for veterans, as well as other programs that benefit the future workforce and leaders in our industry.

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Neil Thompson
NACE Foundation President, Neil Thompson, addressing attendees about the Workforce Development Program administered through the NACE Foundation (photo by Frank Rampton).
Nick Anderson
Captain Nick Anderson speaking about military veterans’ return to civilian workforce (photo by Frank Rampton).
Also in attendance was the 2014 NACE Detroit Section Scholarship recipient, Zack Martinez. Zack is currently a second year student in the Mechanical Engineering program at Central Michigan University. Additionally, Zack is an intern at Mears Group within their Engineering department, and also participates in the Marine reserves.
Three members from the Detroit Section celebrated 25 years of NACE membership: Bill Marshall, Tom Cairns, and Steve Wixsom. To conclude the day, a presentation titled “Internal Corrosion Monitoring Utilizing Permanent UT Sensors” was presented by Kurt Schwietzer and Kevin O’Rielly from Consumers Energy.
Zack Martinez
Keith Boswell (left) and Marty Strom (right) present Zack Martinez (middle) with a $3,000 scholarship check (photo by Frank Rampton).


Neil Pittman's Power Point Presentation:

The Importance of Specificat​ion Writing

Neil Pittman


View The Full Online Photo's - HERE!


The Detroit Section of NACE is pleased to announce a one day field “Hands On” Training Event for our October meeting. This event will focus on high performance atmospheric paints and below grade new construction coatings. This event is designed for those whose roles and responsibilities include: designing scope of work or applying and inspecting coating applications. This event will also satisfy "Personal Development" requirements for those with NACE CP and CIP certifications. On hand will be: Technical reps from the following companies  to demonstrate proper application and inspection techniques.
Sherwin-Williams: High performance paint selection, surface preparation, application and inspection practices. Attendees will observe different  profiles such as: sweep, commercial and near white sandblast. They will observe how weather conditions are monitored as well as take dry and wet film reads.
Denso: Preparation of pipe surfaces and proper protol applications on epoxy coated pipe. This will include proper cleaning and heating of pipe and utilizing the correct applicator to ensure proper mil coverage. Neil Pittman of Lake Superior Consulting will also be on hand to discuss liquid coating applications.
Tapecoat: Preparation of pipe surfaces and proper hot applied Tapecoat applications. Attendees will observe overlapping and patch applications on bare as well as transitioning new coating to existing coatings.
Trenton: Wax coating options for wet pipe. New construction sometimes tie in to operating systems which have condensation formed on pipe surfaces. Cold applied wax will be demonstrated as an application under these conditions.
3M: Unconventional Solutions, an authorized 3M distributer, will demonstrate proper melt stick repairs of coating holidays discovered during jeeping.
The event will be held at the following location:
MichCon ORC Training Facility
3690 Greenfield Rd.
Melvindale Mi. 48122

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $75.00. This event will be limited to 50 people so please reserve by October 14. Contact Person: Dave Young@ or ph. (313) 477-1336
Please RSVP to Julie Livingston with MEARS Group by e-mail @  or call (800) 632-7727
For payment methods,  please  visit our website at: and utilize our Paypal or credit card options by selecting payment for the October 19th event or make checks out to: Detroit- NACE and mail to:
Frank Rampton
1608 Granger
Ann Arbor Mi. 48104

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Mission Detroit

In 2014, the NACE International Detroit Section worked with the NACE Foundation Workforce Development Program to create "Mission Detroit." The Mission Detroit program funded 13 U.S. veterans allowing them to attend a NACE Cathodic Protection (CP) Level 1 Tutorial followed by a NACE CP 1 level course. Section and corporate sponsorships funded the course tuition and all associated travel and living expenses. The course was held September 27 to October 3, 2014 at Fort Custer in Augusta, Michigan. A job fair was also held during the course in which corrosion and utility companies provided job opportunities for those in attendance.

While it took a lot of work from many people to make this a success, special thanks go to NACE Foundation Program Manager Heather Lowry and Detroit Section Trustee NACE INTERNATIONAL: VOL. 54, NO. 2 Frank Rampton for their tireless efforts. As a result, certifications were achieved and hirings have taken place.

In the past, the Workforce Development Program had provided for individual veteran attendance in existing CP 1 and Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Level 1 classes. This concept was the first where a class of all veterans was held. NACE Past President Kevin Garrity was the lead instructor. He says, "Leading the Workforce Development course was one of the most humbling experiences of my career."


Publicity Chairman
Dave Young
DTE Energy
Cell: (313) 477-1336

Please Send your Sponsor Graphics and Short Business description to Dave's email address