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        March 17

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Paint application craftsmanship has been around for a long time. In this issue we have another installment of The Origins of Craftsmanship: Part III. We consider the post Renaissance through the mid 20th century period. Over time, it is interesting to review the different developments and influences on the paint craft. In keeping with a historical theme, there is a description of the oldest brush maker and a 120 year old family owned paint company that provides nostalgic look back and champions innovation and world-class products;Muralo Paint Turns 120. READ NOW      
Spotlight On:
High-hide, versatile paint for professional painters now available at a reduced price. The KILZ PRO-X 300 Series is optimized for spray, roll, brush and touch-ups. Meets MPI performance standards and is Green Seal™ and Greenguard Certified for low VOCs. Compare to your current brand of paint.
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Origins of Craftsmanship – Part III
Over the course of two previous discussions, we considered the earliest attempts at paint application and glimpsed at the industry’s formal development period, the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Next up, is the 17th through the mid 20th century or the pre-contemporary era of the paint trade. The Europeans carried the paint ball for hundreds of years establishing the guilds and creating exquisite finishes. READ NOW      
Spotlight On:
The Great Titan Trailer Giveaway
Enter for a chance to win the ultimate toolbox on wheels! “The Great Titan Trailer Giveaway” is your chance to win one of five customized 12-foot trailers. Visit TitanTrailerSweeps.com to enter online or find out where to pick-up an official entry form.
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Muralo Paint: 120 Years
Muralo is a paint manufacturing company with 120 years of experience. In fact, Muralo is the oldest family owned paint manufacturer in the United States. Throughout its history, Muralo has developed upscale products that have attracted discriminating painting contractors and do-it-yourselfers. The Muralo brand is distributed exclusively to independent paint and decorating products dealers. READ NOW      
Industry News & Market Trends
U.S. says businessman convicted in DuPont economic espionage case
A U.S. jury on Wednesday convicted a California businessman accused of stealing DuPont trade secrets to help a state-owned Chinese company develop a white pigment used in a wide range of products, a U.S. government spokesman said. READ NOW      
Sherwin-Williams Seeks to Halt Valspar’s Use of ‘Optimus’
Sherwin-Williams objected to an application to register “Valspar Optimus” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The company said in a lawsuit filed Feb. 28 in Cleveland that it sent a cease-and-desist notice to Minneapolis-based Valspar, which continued to use the mark in interstate commerce. READ NOW       
PPG Industries Touches New 52-Week High
Shares of PPG Industries (PPG – Analyst Report) reached a new 52-week high of $198.15 on Feb 28, above its previous high of $194.67. Its shares rose $4.13 (or 2.1%) to end the trading session at $197.82 on that day. READ NOW      
Titan Introduces Impact 400
Lightweight Professional Airless Paint Sprayer with Newly Designed Intelligent Control System for Power On-Demand READ NOW      
Construction Industry Adds 15,000 Jobs In February To Reach Highest Level Since June 2009 As Sector’s Unemployment Rate Declines To 12.8 Percent
Job Gains in Both Residential and Nonresidential Segments, along with Exodus of Experienced Workers, Suggest Risk of Widespread Worker Availability Problems Later in 2014, Association Officials Warn READ NOW       
President Issues Executive Order Raising Federal Contractor Minimum Wage
President Obama signed an executive order that raises the minimum wage for direct federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. Federally assisted contracts are not affected. The new mandate affects contracts entered into on or after Jan. 1, 2015. READ NOW      
Take Action: Tell OSHA to Scrap its Plan to Publicize Confidential Business Information
ABC members have until March 10 to take action on an OSHA proposed rule that would require employers to electronically submit detailed injury and illness records to the agency, that would in turn be made available to the public through an online database. READ NOW      
Tax Proposal Would Lower Construction Tax Rate to 25 Percent
U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) Feb. 26 released a draft of legislation designed to reform the tax code that proposes lowering the top tax rate for construction businesses... READ NOW       
Product Introductions
Stain & Seal™
"Stains and Seals in One Easy Step!"
Containing high quality finely ground pigments in a unique water-based formula, this product is unsurpassed in clarity and richness of color. Stain & Seal™ is an excellent gel-like wood stain--great for trim work, moldings, fine cabinetry, raw wood and toning or antiquing existing finishes. Can be mixed with glazing mediums to produce various fine wall finishes.

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Sherwin-Williams Enhanced Harmony®
Harmony, long known for its premium performance in a zero VOC formula, now contains formaldehyde reducing technology in the flat and eg-shel sheens which helps promote better indoor air quality by reducing VOCs from possible sources like insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.

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Meet the newest member of the Titan™ Impact Family
The Impact 400 uses the proven Quad+ packings from the Impact 440, delivering reliable performance with a rugged lightweight design that’s built to last. Backed by the industry’s best warranty the Impact 400 offers superior features at an excellent price.

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From the Blogosphere
Best Email Newsletter I’ve Ever Seen
Yesterday I was forwarded an email newsletter from a client who said I’d enjoy it! Normally when you receive newsletters you are not necessarily thrilled. Am I right? They all have their place and accomplish a purpose in marketing if done well. READ NOW
The Future of the Housing Finance System
The future of the housing finance system is a key issue for the housing industry as well as the economic makeup of the middle class, given the importance that housing wealth and access to rental housing plays in our economy. READ NOW  
Patricia Gray | Fine Art | Desolation Sound
Drawing from her thirty years experience as an internationally renowned interior designer, Patricia Gray has achieved mastery in her field that few can compare with. Lately Patricia has been exploring painting with great success. Her transition into being an accomplished artist is a natural progression for her. Painting with a colour palette that is vivid and rich she draws inspiration from nature and from her travels. READ NOW
Fresco Decorative Painting
First, to get our terms clear, Buon Fresco is the ancient painting method that flourished in Renaissance Italy. The word fresco comes from the Italian word affresco which is from Latin, for “fresh”. Buon Fresco is a method of painting directly onto fresh plaster with pure pigments. READ NOW  
8th Annual Charity Paint Giveaway!
Now is the time to nominate a deserving family, person, or charitable organization to receive up to $10,000 in painting services, brought to you by Brooks Painting, Inc.! READ NOW  
Creative Accent Wall
Every where you go there are mixed messages on what goes. Be daring, go bold, and explore the infinite options for your accent wall. Paint is a good fix to add contrast to surrounding walls. Use paint as a canvass and from there build on top of any painted wall. Different mediums can be used. READ NOW

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