Materials Performance

SEP 2018

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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Bass Engineering Company Bass Engineering Co. Est. 1967, Breaking New Ground in 2019 From family-owned business to global brand, Bass Engineering Company has been a member of the NACE International community from its beginning. "In 1979, I was working part-time at Bass Engi- neering, so I might have been working in the ware- house, maybe out on some crew. I'm working with the son of Calvin Bass, Jim Bass. We're both the same age and at some point, Calvin looks at us and says, 'Hey guys, there's a NACE meeting tonight. You need to be there. It's at the Holiday Inn here in town.' Jim and I looked at each other. What's NACE? We didn't know. Something was said about 'maybe we had other plans.' Calvin was quick to tell us, 'No you don't. You'll be at the NACE meeting.' I went to that NACE meeting and we were intro- duced to these old, old guys. Ancient. Probably 30…35...40 years old…talking on some crazy topic about corrosion control of something, who knows what, that was my introduction to NACE…and I was hooked." –Clay Brelsford, President, Bass Engineering Company From his early years participating in NACE Internation- al's student section with his peers, to becoming a section officer and attending region/area and national shows, Clay Brelsford, president of Bass Engineering Company, has been linked to NACE since he was a high school student embarking on what would become a lifetime career in the corrosion control industry. He has served NACE as a mem- ber, section and area officer, member of the Board of Direc- tors, and CP Level 1 & 2 instructor. Five years ago, Clay was honored with the prestigious R.A. Brannon Award for his contributions to the association. Since Clay's days as a student member, NACE's mem- bership and offerings for up-and-coming CP subject matter experts have grown exponentially to over 40 student sec- tions, mentorship programs, and scholarships—all testa- ment to the growing awareness of the importance of corro- sion control. As NACE has grown, so has Bass Engineering. For over 50 years, Bass has established itself as THE Reliable Name In Cathodic Protection. From their 3200 Brent Road location in Longview, Texas, chosen by founders Calvin and Lillian Bass for its proximity to the heart of the East Texas oilfield, the first major expansion began with the establishment of regional offices in Cresson, Texas and Greenwell Springs, Louisiana. Bass then expanded its operations base adding locations in Pensacola, Florida and Bridgeport, West Virginia. The second major expansion is currently underway back in Longview. In June, the Bass team broke ground at 5944 Lou Galosy Way, the future 3200 Brent Rd. Longview, TX 75604, USA Tel: +1 903-759-1633 Email: Web site: "home" address for the company, providing much needed space and a state-of-the-art education and training site for current and future employees and industry alike. Bass employs and supports the next generation of NACE-certified members. "NACE continues to evolve with the industry and will always be a viable part of the Bass Engineering business philosophy," says Clay. "It's a won- derful professional and standards-writing organization, pro- viding guidance not just to our industry in the United States, but to a global audience, through corrosion control stan- dards that are vetted by experts from all over the world. From my perspective, that is the most valuable contribution NACE makes—developing those standards and sharing them with the world." From the beginning, Calvin Bass had the foresight to tightly align his cathodic protection business with the NACE community, its members, and its staff, ultimately creating a mutually beneficial relationship that continues today as Bass Engineering and NACE look back at their storied his- tories. Together, both continue to serve a vital role in the protection of the world's infrastructure. W W W.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM SEPTEMBER 2018 A12

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