History of the Technical Coatings Society of New England


Born in Kennebunk, Maine, Jim Lord was considered one of the real leaders in the coatings industry. He started in business as a traveling salesman for the Carpenter-Morton Company in 1888. Within fifteen years he was elected president of the company. In 1900 he helped organize the Boston Varnish Company, and in 1916 he resigned his office with Carpenter-Morton to devote full time to the new enterprise.

In 1915 he was elected president of the National Varnish Manufacturers Association. This subsequently developed into the Federation of Paint and Varnish Production Clubs, which today is our Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT). It was not until 1919, however, that a New England Club was formed. Mr. Lord, then president of the Paint and Oil Club of New England, suggested that a steering committee be formed to help organize the production and technical men of the New England paint industry into a club. This meeting was held in May, and in September the first organization meeting was held at the Boston City Club. The group was named the New England Paint and Varnish Production Club. In 1960 it became the New England Society for Paint Technology. Today, it is the New England Society for Coatings Technology (NESCT).

As a Member of the NESCT you are also a member of the national FSCT, and will have the following benefits.

FSCT members represent the many diverse segments involved in coatings – from formulation and testing, to manufacture, sales, and management. Whatever their background, FSCT members have benefited from opportunities made available for:

  • Professional growth, achievement and recognition:  with opportunities to develop and advance professional and personal skills, through committee projects,  FSCT-sponsored educational events, and publication in JCT.
  • Increasing value to employers: through ongoing access to information on new technologies and new ideas.
  • Expanding network of contacts: attendance at the local and national meetings enables members to interface with industry professionals and peers.

In addition, each member in FSCT receives:


One immediate benefit of membership is a 12-month subscription to the Journal of Coatings Technology (JCT),the world recognized journal that sets the standard in technical information. FSCT members also receive a copy of the FSCT’s Annual Year Book, listing each member alphabetically and by Society affiliation. A $150 value!

A wide range of material can be found in the FSCT’s Catalog, with discounts on Federation publications for members. To see the latest FSCT Publications Catalog online, see the Products Section.

Educational Programs

The Federation offers a variety of workshops, seminars, lectures, technical paper competitions, and an annual exhibition. All educational programs are discounted for FSCT members.

Curent Information

The FSCT will keep you informed on events in the Federation, in the Societies and in the industry worldwide. Discounts on FSCT publications and educational programs, with 25% off registration rates for ICE. Discounts on travel rates through the FSCT Travel Desk.

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