ITSA Member News

September 2023
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Mollie Blasingame Chair

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2023 ITSA Annual Meeting on August 9 in Buffalo, N.Y. We enjoyed a great turnout of member companies.

For the event, ITSA partnered with E WI, giving attendees the opportunity to tour EWI’s Cold Spray Center of Excellence at Buffalo Manufacturing Works. Dr. Victor Champagne, Samuel Bedard, and Bradley Richards gave insightful presentations on the state of the cold spray industry, recent advancements, and future applications.

While in Buffalo, our membership also discussed the direction and focus of the ITSA organization going forward to ensure that it continues to create value for its members.

Another point of discussion included two specific initiatives by the ITSA Executive Committee:

  1. Performing a formal review of the ITSA Bylaws; and
  2. Locking in the dates and program details for a 2024 ITSA event, which will take place in Miami, Fla.

Stay tuned for more information about these initiatives and the launch of a brand-new version of the website.


The International Thermal Spray Association (ITSA), a standing committee of the American Welding Society, is a professional industrial organization dedicated to expanding the use of thermal spray technologies for the benefit of industry and society. ITSA invites all interested companies to talk with our officers and company representatives to better understand member benefits.


Mollie Blasingame, chair, Superior Shot Peening & Coatings

Kirk Fick, vice chair, Cincinnati Thermal Spray Inc.


(above officers plus the following)

Ana Duminie, North American Höganäs

Jim Ryan, TechMet Alloys

David A. Lee, David Lee Consulting LLC

Bill Mosier, Polymet Corp.

Peter Ruggiero, Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies


ITSA offers annual graduate scholarships. Since 1992, the ITSA scholarship program has contributed to the growth of the thermal spray community, especially in the development of new technologists and engineers. ITSA is very proud of this education partnership and encourages all eligible participants to apply. Visit for criteria information and a printable application form.


Since 1992, ITSA has been publishing SPRAYTIME for the thermal spray industry. The mission is to be the flagship thermal spray industry publication providing company, event, personnel, product, research, and membership news of interest to the thermal spray community.


Membership is open to companies involved in all facets of the industry — equipment and materials suppliers, job shops, in-house facilities, educational institutions, industry consultants, and others.

Engage with dozens of like-minded industry professionals at the Annual ITSA Membership Meeting, where there’s ample time for business and personal discussions. Learn about industry advancements through the one-day technical program, participate in the half-day business meeting, and enjoy your peers in a relaxed atmosphere complete with fun social events.

Build awareness of your company and its products and services through valuable promotional opportunities: a listing in SPRAYTIME, exposure on the ITSA website, and recognition at industry trade shows.

Plus, ITSA Membership comes with an AWS Supporting Company Membership and up to five AWS Individual Memberships to give to your best employees, colleagues, or customers.

Visit for a complete listing of additional AWS benefits. For more information, contact Adrian Bustillo at (786) 937-9595 or itsa@

For an ITSA Membership application, visit the membership section at