NACE International Institute Awards First 5 STAR Contractor Rating

From left to right, Paul Showam, president at TF Warren; Jay Soper, vice president of TF Warren; and Tim Bieri, vice president-elect at NACE. Photo courtesy of NII.

The first company in the world to achieve NACE International Institute Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP) accreditation is now the first company to earn the institute’s coveted 5 STAR rating.

In 2016, Blastco, a TF Warren company (The Woodlands, Texas, USA), received the first accreditation from NIICAP, a program designed to validate a coating contractor’s quality assurance program, support practices, and production processes.

The institute’s 5 STAR rating recognizes a company that maintains, or even exceeds, the high standards required to receive initial NIICAP accreditation.

To qualify for 5 STAR recognition, a contractor must achieve and maintain an average score of 4.0 or more for both sections of an AS-1 audit, which evaluates a company’s business practices, personnel availability, training practices, equipment availability, and company history.

“At Blastco, we seek to create a culture of integrity and to set high standards for the quality of our work,” says Jay Soper, a vice president with the protective coatings group. “Attaining the industry’s highest level of accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence.”

NIICAP is an industry‐designed program for contractors involved with professional project management and project performance in the surface preparation and coating or lining application industry. The program was created in response to industry-wide demand for an alternative to other coatings contractor accreditation programs.

“This is not an easy challenge for any coatings contractor to achieve,” says Helena Seelinger, executive director of the NACE International Institute (NII). “Blastco demonstrated consistent, superior work and management practices during the course of three consecutive audits.”

Source: NACE International Institute,