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At this time of year, most ski and snow board turns are fading memories. The mountains are left alone, abandoned and weeping white tears. Although winter ended a month ago, cold nights and wet skies have dampened the signal of hibernation’s alarm clock. In some places the icy grip has been so firm flowers are just now revealing nature’s kaleidoscope. Finally, the weather is clear for NASCAR and the exterior professional painting season. Climb in and pin 4th gear on the straight away.

Regardless of how quick a start may be, one thing we know, there is always another turn fast approaching. Small business, like any race, rewards those who are well prepared and make it to the finish in one piece. Speed skis, cars and growing businesses all need regular tune ups.

We feature a common sense article titled: Spring Clean Your Business. The key to remember while considering these ideas, as engrained by Michael Gerber, make the time to work “on” the company and not just “in” the company. Do not get distracted by the go-go cycle of doing. Focus on elevating craftsmanship, business processes and seeking blue chip customers.

Great companies are built with good people. The challenge is onboarding good, rather than not so good associates. The hiring and the almost foreign concept of employee retention are two business processes that may be enhanced with formal technical training. When people learn they become engaged and buy into improving skill sets and getting the project done the right way on the first try.

Training may require financial resources, but spending on people improvements (workforce investing) is a far better undertaken than paying someone to continually go back and punch jobs.  By the way, it is long overdue that we re-define latent damage (paint surface scratches/blemishes by others) and poor/unacceptable workmanship. One way to keep customers happy, while increasing the bottom line is by upgrading associates’ technical capacity. Read Improve Employees’ Knowledge Retention to consider some training ideas.

We feature the second installment of a Technical Talk column, New Gypsum Board II. Too often, new walls are poorly passed on to professional painters and then the ole blame game begins, which costs time and money. Knowledge combined with fair and reasonable contracts help alleviate some of this struggle. The information provided in part I and II provides industry standards regarding proper gypsum installation, finishing and painting. Sample specifications are provided for priming and finish paint application, as well as a sheen guide for new gypsum.

In the News, Rust-Oleum unveils an aerosol spray paint that reportedly looks like cement.

PPG’s Olympic Brand will be available in Home Depot stores. Recently, Lowes closed the door on Olympic products and subsequently, PPG announced a concerted effort to re-channel the popular brand. The addition of Olympic stain products expands the PPG product lineup at The Home Depot stores including PPG Paints, Glidden Paints and Liquid Nails adhesives.

In other PPG News, first quarter 2018 financial results have been announced, as well as the declaration of a quarterly dividend of 45 cents per share.

ZipWall introduced the SideBridge wall mount. The SideBridge works with the ZipWall FoamRail Span to tightly seal a barrier along a wall and keep dust under control during remodeling, restoration and repair minimizing the need to tape.

Since we cover a broad spectrum of the paint and coating application industry, we want to share some related News from the American Coatings Association:

World Manufacturing Output Doubles Since 2004

World manufacturing output has exceeded $100 trillion since 2012, and stood at nearly $105 trillion in 2015, which is nearly double the output in 2004 ($55 trillion).1 However, for major manufacturing nations — including the United States, China, and Germany — manufacturing output, while generally growing, has generally declined or remained flat, as a percentage of national GDP during this period.

It is well known that in the past decade or so, there has been a dramatic rise in China’s manufacturing, whose output rapidly rose from less than half that of the United States’ to over 150 percent of U.S. production.

Expressed another way, while China accounted for only 1.13 percent of global manufacturing in 2004 as compared with the United States’ 3 percent, by 2015, China represented 3.1 percent of that figure, with the U.S. share declined to 2.04 percent.

The importance of manufacturing, as expressed in percentage of GDP, has declined in many of the advanced nations, including the United States. Chinese manufacturing represented over 30 percent of the Chinese GDP until recently, although South Korean manufacturing has now equaled Chinese in its relative importance in the national economy.

German manufacturing remains the strongest among the major non-Asian economies, with the German manufacturing sector accounting for over 20 percent of the German GDP.  Notably, Brazil’s manufacturing sector’s importance has declined significantly, falling from nearly 18 percent of the Brazilian economy in 2004 to under 12 percent by 2016.

The United States and United Kingdom have also seen some decline in manufacturing as a percentage of GDP, reflecting the increasing importance of the service sectors of those economies over the past decade and more. For example, although overall output grew significantly during this time, the U.S. manufacturing sector declined from approximately 16.6 percent of GDP to just over 12 percent of GDP in 2015).

Note that manufacturing as a percentage of national GDP does not accurately reflect the overall strength of the economy. For example, Swaziland has, by this metric, a stronger manufacturing sector than South Korea, and Afghanistan’s manufacturing sector is larger, by percentage of GDP, than the United States.

Contact ACA’s Allen Irish for more information.

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A couple of things that bear noting form the ACA information:

  1. The US service based business will likely grow at a faster rate and grow to a bigger percentage of GDP. (This is good news for paint and coating application businesses.
  2. If Germany, another first world developed country with a slowing birth rate, can grow technical jobs (non-college) in manufacturing and in the service industry, America should be able to do the same.

Maybe US paint professionals will be the leaders and innovators of technical education and field training, which would likely expand the need, understanding and perception of the architectural coating market.

Craftsmen know that working clean is efficient and professional. Also, remember that it is far better to make time for regular business tune ups than to wait too long and be forced to rebuild the company’s engine. There is always room for continuous improvement; work on the company!

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Mark Casale, Editor

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