The vote came after more than a year of discussions between the member leadership of both organizations and a unanimous vote this past March by NACE International’s Board of Directors in favor of a resolution to bring the combination to a member vote.
"With what is clearly a resounding ‘yes,’ the NACE membership has spoken,” NACE President Terry Greenfield said. “As a member and as NACE’s president I could not be more excited with this result. This will bring more benefits and resources to the members of both organizations and it will have a strong and positive impact on the corrosion and coatings profession worldwide."
"This was a vote of historical importance to SSPC members and to the coatings and corrosion industries," added Joseph Walker, SSPC president. "The level of engagement and interest throughout the process and the impressive showing for the vote demonstrates the enthusiasm the industry has for the potential of this combination. I look forward to working with my colleagues at NACE as we move forward on creating this new organization."
Several steps are required before a specific timeline for completion of a combination can be set, and most changes will not be immediate.
Initial efforts will be focused on determining the new governance and membership structure by Jan. 1, 2021.
Member volunteers will drive discussions and decision-making to ensure the final combined organization represents the best interests of the membership.
“From the time each of us began working for our organizations we have believed our members can be stronger together. We are devoted to providing our members with the best services, education, and products possible and we know this combined organization will accomplish that and more. We are pleased to see this come together and look forward to a bright future ahead for the members of NACE and SSPC," NACE International CEO Bob Chalker and SSPC Executive Director Bill Worms said in a joint statement.