Harold Hower, Ph.D., an educator and editor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded Technology Publishing Company in 1984 to produce the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL), focused on good practice in the selection and use of protective and marine coatings for corrosion control. The proprietary, for-profit journal was created to advance the interests of the Steel Structures Painting Council (SSPC), a non-profit technical society connected to Carnegie-Mellon University.
The first board of directors for TPC was made up of a few prominent SSPC members ─ including the SSPC executive director ─ and to this day, SSPC retains an interest on our board. Within three years of the journal’s launch, the society had grown from 200 to 5000 members and had changed its name to SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. A subscription to JPCL was a valued member benefit, and the journal was adopted by the industry as the society’s definitive voice.
From 1994 through 2002, TPC introduced a variety of new editorial products and services ─ all focused on the niche technology of protective and marine coatings. These include the monthly journal, Protective Coatings Europe (PCE), provided free to members of 26 European technical societies and trade groups until its sale in 2009; PaintSquare, a web-based industry hub featuring news stories, technical articles, blogs, videos, webinars, e-books and journal archives; and Paint BidTracker, which started with an e-newsletter, offering project leads to paint contractors and vendors, and grew to become a robust website with a suite of subscription-based lead and market data services.