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       March 29
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What if we could clone ourselves and double production? Sometimes I think that would be cool, imagine having another set of hands to get stuff done exactly the way you like, but where would we put him at night. Maybe someday, for now take a look at “Where the Buck Stops” and consider developing further skills that may just improve the way jobs or even business are run. READ NOW        
Where the buck stops
We have all heard the saying, which today is mostly associated with controlling costs, but back when President Truman displayed his desk sign, it meant the acceptance of responsibility; personal, singular accountability. Too often when business or operational challenges are confronted, paint professionals pass the buck… READ NOW        
Painting Pro’s Perspective
General Contractors and Architects Rip Off Paint Contractors
General contractors and the like rip off paint contractors and other subcontractor trades with the concept of pay if paid. The construction industry is literally rigged in favor of developers, large property owners, construction managers, general contractors and architects.READ NOW        
Industry News & Market Trends
Consumer Reports Reveals Best Paint Recommendations
Now that it’s spring, you’re probably planning some home improvement projects, and a can of paint is one of the cheapest ways to give your house a brand new… READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams Forms Supply Agreement With Riverstone Residential Group for Multifamily Properties
Sherwin-Williams, a single-source supplier of coatings, flooring and related products to the multifamily housing market, and Riverstone Residential Group… READ NOW        
Architecture Billings Index Remains Positive for Fourth Straight Month
Led by the commercial sector, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has remained in positive territory four months in a row. As a leading economic indicator of… READ NOW        
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America Announces 2012 A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship Recipients
The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and A.E. Robert Friedman Trustees are pleased to announce the 2012 A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship recipients… READ NOW        
New PPG Professional Paint Solutions Website Provides Comprehensive Online Tool
From architects and specifiers to contractors and residential painters, the recently launched ppgpro.com website from PPG Industries’ architectural coatings business helps… READ NOW        
Construction Employment Declines in 111 Out of 337 Metro Areas Between January 2011 & 2012 as Key Infrastructure Measures Languish in D.C.
Construction employment declined in 111 out of 337 metropolitan areas between January 2011 and January 2012, increased in 169 and stayed level in 57, according to… READ NOW        
RI lawmaker wants paint recycling program
A top Rhode Island state senator wants to create a paint recycling program. Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio says states like Oregon and Minnesota have launched paint recycling programs that turn unneeded latex paint into new paint ready for use.… READ NOW        
CSLB Catches 110 in Statewide Series of Undercover Stings
The risks homeowners take by hiring unlicensed contractors were magnified this week during the Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) annual spring… READ NOW        
Why Exterior Painting Should Be First on Your Spring To-Do List
As the springtime weather shifts from messy to mild, every homeowner’s attention turns to the out of doors. It’s time to clean things up, tend to the garden, and … READ NOW        
Construction Materials Prices Accelerate Sharply in February Forcing Contractors to Pay More for Supplies Amid Weak Demand
The cost of construction materials accelerated dramatically in February after moderating for several months, according to an analysis of producer price index figures… READ NOW        
SSPC Announces PCI Online
The Society for Protective Coatings announced today the launch of the online version of its groundbreaking Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) program… READ NOW        
PPG Porter Paints Launches Nashville Color Collection
PPG Porter Paints today announced the launch of the Nashville Color Collection, a new palette of 75 colors representing the significant shades of … READ NOW        
Baltimore to spend $5M to reduce lead paint risk
Baltimore City’s housing department during the next three years will pump $5 million into reducing lead paint risk following a federal grant … READ NOW        
BASF introduces Chroma Finish
he Wall Systems business of BASF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), stucco and air/water-resistive barriers, has introduced a new… READ NOW        
Pantone Announces Lighting Indicator Stickers
Look on the bright side; new stickers make it easy for designers and printers to ensure accurate lighting conditions for getting color right the first time … READ NOW        
Tennant Company Introduces Plant-Based, Sustainable Urethane Coatings to Protect and Add Durability to Floors
Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC), a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world, today announces… READ NOW        
Product Introduction
SMART STRIP™ Advanced Paint Remover
is a revolutionary paint remover that is safe for the user, any substrate and the environment. It is formulated without methylene chloride and is non–carcinogenic, non–toxic, and non–caustic. This water–based stripper will effectively remove up to 15 coats of virtually any coating (oil–based, water–based, acrylics, varnishes, urethanes, –even old lead–based paints) from any interior or exterior surface (wood, brick, stone, concrete, plaster, metal, plastic, glass, etc.). SMART STRIP™ has zero VOC’s, is odor free, user friendly, 100% biodegradable and pH neutral. READ NOW        
From the Blogosphere
Clear Your Desk to Start Fresh
I coach many small business owners and a recurring theme seems to be around getting organized enough to make time to actually be able to do the things we put on their action plans. Part of the problem lies with coming into your office and seeing piles of papers and projects spread over your desk. It often makes you feel like you don’t know where to start because you have so many things that need your attention.… READ NOW  
Unfiltered Customer Reviews
Showing potential customers a few testimonials during the sales process has always been a good practice. Many times the normal thing to do is to pick your top 5 to 10 best quotes. Today, however, homeowners are smarter thanks to the digital information at their finger tips. You’ve got to get a little more creative. … READ NOW  
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