What Would We Do Without SUR/FIN? 

As long as I can remember, there have been musings about SUR/FIN® and its value.  While I agree, there are ways SUR/FIN can be improved, without SUR/FIN where would we as an industry be? There would be no opportunity for surface finishers from various disciplines and backgrounds to meet and discuss issues formally and informally. The latest information on regulatory developments would have be discerned via webinars or articles. While these forums are truly valuable for some things, the opportunity to ask questions in person, or meet with a speaker “offline” do not occur in the … [Read more...]

Billie Dzunda a “40 Under 40” Products Finishing Honoree

We are proud to announce that Billie Dzunda, Asterion’s Director of Environmental Health and Safety, has been named a “40 Under 40 Future Leader of Surface Finishing” by Products Finishing Magazine. Safety is not only mentioned prominently in Asterion’s mission statement, but it is one of our core values. Since joining Asterion in 2015, Billie has provided exceptional leadership to ensure a safe workplace. In addition to providing EHS leadership, she is also part of our ISO 9001 team and works tirelessly to not only maintain compliance but strive for improvement. Billie graduated from … [Read more...]

Asterion “Safety First” Training

As part of the company’s core values to provide safety tools and training to employees, Asterion is committed to conducting American Heart Association (AHA) safety training on a regular basis. The OSHA-compliant training provides critical skills required to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered include first aid, choking relief, and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive course, all participants are certified for two years. As part of the training and our emergency action plan, … [Read more...]

Will 2019 Be Smooth Sailing?

Part of my job is to anticipate the future and like the captain of the ship, steer a course that avoids turbulence as much as possible. Unfortunately, in business there are few adages such as “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; Red sky at morning, sailor take warning”. As a result, organizational leaders must keep a watchful eye to spot those trends which affect their industry. One of the benefits of travel, whether by air or car, is the isolation which allows the mind to freely flow. Occasionally, these episodes provide an opportunity for reflection. On a recent journey, I noticed six … [Read more...]

Asterion Employees Receive First Aid, CPR and AED Training

INDIANAPOLIS, February 11, 2019 – As part of the company’s core values to provide safety tools, training and knowledge to employees, Asterion, LLC corporate-based team members recently completed the American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED course held at the company’s Indianapolis headquarters. Asterion Health & Safety Manager, Ms. Billie Dzunda, organized the training which included both hands-on coaching and classroom teaching conducted by an American Heart Association certified instructor. Meeting OSHA regulatory requirements, the course prepared all Asterion … [Read more...]

Clifford Riley Appointed Asterion Technical Services Engineer

INDIANAPOLIS, April 3, 2018 – Clifford Riley has been appointed Technical Services Engineer by Asterion, LLC. Based in Indianapolis and supported by the company’s onsite analytical laboratory, Mr. Riley will be responsible for customer installations, technical applications support, and training on the proper use of Asterion® surface finishing technologies. Prior to joining Asterion, Mr. Riley was a process engineer at Arlington Plating Company (Palatine, IL). During his tenure, he was responsible for the high yield production of the company’s decorative chrome and electroless nickel plating … [Read more...]

Asterion to Host Certified Electroplater-Finisher Training

INDIANAPOLIS, February 19, 2018 – Asterion is pleased to once again host a Certified Electroplater-Finisher (CEF) training course to be presented by the AESF Foundation at the Drury Plaza Hotel, Indianapolis, April 30th - May 4th, 2018. This initial training course consists of 40 hours of classroom instruction in the basics of electroplating and surface finishing technology.  The course runs the gamut from electro-chemistry to anodizing, copper plating, nickel plating, zinc plating, corrosion protection, rinsing and cleaning. Upon course completion, the student has the option of … [Read more...]

Blair Vandivier Inducted into Finishing Hall of Fame

INDIANAPOLIS, February 5, 2018 – Mr. Blair Vandivier, President and CEO of Asterion, LLC has been selected for the Finishing Hall of Fame, a program developed by Products Finishing magazine. The program recognizes, "those individuals whose contributions to the finishing industry have been significant and impactful." Vandivier said, “I am truly honored and humbled to be named to the Hall amongst this year's group of finishing pioneers which I have admired and respected throughout my entire career. I am also grateful and share this award with the Asterion team that helped make this … [Read more...]

Asterion Welcomes Back Doug Trageser, Southeastern US Regional Manager

INDIANAPOLIS, August 2, 2017 – Doug Trageser recently rejoined Asterion, LLC as the company’s Southeastern US Regional Manager. Acknowledged as a trusted and relied upon industry expert, Mr. Trageser is responsible for the sales and technical service of the company’s high performance chemistries, equipment and powder coatings in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina. Mr. Trageser was president of Southeastern Chemical, Inc. prior to the company’s acquisition by Asterion in August 2014. A metal finishing veteran for over decades, Mr. Trageser’s hands-on … [Read more...]

Jake Fisher a “40 Under 40” Products Finishing Honoree

We are proud to announce that our very own Jake Fisher, Technical Sales Representative, has been named a  "40 under 40 Future Leader of Surface Finishing" by Products Finishing Magazine.  In 2013, Jake graduated from Wabash College with a chemistry degree and shortly thereafter joined Asterion. In just over three years he has risen from a technician to field service to his current technical sales territory management responsibility. Working closely with customers, Jake employs his knowledge of chemistry and skill as a certified electroplater finisher (CEF) to provide … [Read more...]