In 1935, another organization was born that would become known as the Chicago Metal Finishers Institute. CMFI membership was represented by management leadership in the field of job shop metal finishing. Their purpose was:
- to spread among the (electro-platers) foreman platers knowledge of the art and science of electroplating;
- to help them solve the problems that arise to puzzle them;
- to help them overcome the difficulties they may encounter of their vocation; and
- Education and mutual assistance.
Both groups continued to operate through the beginning of 2015. Due to the desire for a unified industry group for surface finishing in the Chicagoland area, in early 2015 the AESF Chicago Branch and CMFI merged and created a new entity, the Chicago Midwest Chapter of the NASF.
- foster such industry policies as will tend to maintain free, open and public competition between members of the industry, and to discourage unethical, unfair and unlawful methods of competition;
- serve as collector and disseminator of accurate information with respect to industry information;
- develop standards of quality; and
- promote the welfare of the industry.