GLENS FALLS, N.Y., April 1, 2019 — BARTON International Gulf Coast Regional Sales Manager Joe Kanode, as chairman of the Gulf Coast Chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, recently accepted the award for Outstanding North American Chapter during SSPC’s awards luncheon Monday, February 11 at SSPC’s Coatings+ 2019 annual conference in Orlando.

From left to right in the photo are:
• Matt Reilly, Gulf Coast Chapter Vice Chairman
• Joseph Kanode, Gulf Coast Chapter President & Chairman
• Garry Manous, SSPC President

About SSPC

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a nonprofit 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, 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. Please visit