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Often times, owners, supervisors and/or foreman find it challenging to manage people. At least in the sense of communicating appropriate direction to employees and co-workers so each person has a greater chance of achieving success performing tasks and completing projects. Some managers and supervisors may lament that associates should have thought of “this” or done “that”. Perhaps, after a little self examination, the honest answer may be somewhat difficult to realize or admit; the company may be in need of a cultural change. READ NOW      
Sherwin-Williams Colormix Predicts Optimistic 2015
Annual color forecast reveals bright, vibrant outlook
The world of color is moving in vibrant new directions. The Sherwin-Williams colormix 2015 collection tells optimistic color stories that reflect a brightened outlook and adventurous spirit for the year ahead. The colormix palettes provide design professionals with fresh color combinations to inspire creativity as they design spaces for their clients. READ NOW
      
Open Book Management
Do your employees or co-workers rock? On occasion, when a business picks up, some employees automatically think it is time for a raise… maybe it is or maybe it’s not. How about when the pace slows down or a project start gets pushed back, is there a line at the office door asking for a pay cut? One way to clearly communicate workplace status to team members is with Open Book Management (OBM), which is sharing financial information with everyone in the company. READ NOW      
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Spraying with Apollo
Apollo Sprayers International, a family owned and operated company, makes HVLP equipment that can apply a wide variety of finishes. The units are designed for industrial and commercial applications and even a few are made to spray people. Not in the "I can’t stand you any longer" trigger pull way, but in a much more civil manner. Apollo also makes specialized machines for the sunless tanning industry. John A. Darroch has followed in his father’s footsteps and is CEO of the Vista, California business. READ NOW      
It’s a wonder any of us survived!
As I squeezed the last dab of toothpaste from its plastic tube, I thought about toothpaste packages of my boyhood. No fancy molded plastic containers or fancy pumps or buttons to press! Nosireebob, our toothpaste came packaged in genuine lead tubes! If you made your own bullets, you could melt it down and use the shiny metal. The truth be known, paint on the lead tube was more than likely lead-based! No telling, having an EPA back in those days could have assured our population to be greater than that of China or India. READ NOW      
Industry News
Interactive Tool Helps Consumers Discover their Design Personalities & Create Custom Palettes
Benjamin Moore announced today the launch of Design By What Matters. READ NOW       
Mobile Game Encourages Players to Test their Color IQ
Benjamin Moore announced today the launch of Bendoku, a mobile, puzzle game that will challenge your ability to distinguish and arrange colors. READ NOW      
What’s happening Underfoot?
There are times when you to walk in the door after a busy day, and all you want to do after putting down the keys and picking up the cat is take a load off your feet. READ NOW       
PPG acquires Connecticut-based architectural paint distributor Painter’s Supply
Painter’s Supply operates 10 locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Financial terms were not disclosed. READ NOW      
PPG to acquire specialty coatings supplier The Homax Group
Homax is a portfolio company of Olympus Partners. READ NOW      
GLIDDEN Paint Brings Better Color to a Store Near You
Optimized palette reflects colors consumers actually want to live with READ NOW       
PPG Industries Strikes New 52-Week High
Shares of PPG Industries reached a new 52-week high of $202.88 on May 30, above its previous high of $201.59. Its shares ended the day at $201.61. READ NOW       
Sherwin-Williams Company Price Target Raised to $230.00 at Credit Suisse (SHW)
Investment analysts at Credit Suisse raised their price target on shares of Sherwin-Williams Company from $220.00 to $230.00 in a note issued to investors on Thursday. READ NOW      
The Valspar Receives Consensus Rating of “Hold” from Brokerages
One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have assigned a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. READ NOW        
Graco ProMix Speeds Color Changeover; Cuts Finish Material Waste
Graco Inc.’s ProMix PD2K, a positive displacement proportioner for mixing wood finishes and paints, is a finalist in the IWF 2014 Challengers Awards competition. READ NOW        
EPA Releases its Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda
The EPA's May 23 regulatory agency includes items related to the Clean Water Act, lead paint programs, Clean Air Act and post-construction stormwater, among other items. READ NOW       
OSHA, Industry Launch Safety Push on Fall Protection
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and construction industry and union groups are teaming up to raise awareness about jobsite protection against falls from height, the leading cause of construction fatalities. READ NOW      
U.S. District Court Rules Against Davis-Bacon Expansion
In granting summary judgment to the District of Columbia and private developer CCDC Office LLC, Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) unprecedented ruling that the Davis-Bacon Act can be expanded to include privately funded projects. READ NOW      
What Soft Skills Do You Look for When Considering Employees for Leadership Positions, and How Does Your Company Help Develop Those Traits?
A leader must clearly define the team’s mission and work with the team to determine how goals will be met and when projects will be completed. READ NOW       
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Painting Contractors: New app coming Summer 2014!
The We Paint Smart App is your eyes and ears for labor, materials, productivity and more! Boost revenue, cut payroll expenses, reduce "employee time theft," track bids and jobs in progress, schedule employees - and know how much you made on each job. Fill out a brief interest form at www.wepaintsmart.com.         
From the Blogosphere
Marketing, Advertising & Branding
Three words, or terminologies, are kicked around often in the mind of many small business owners when it comes to growing one’s business: marketing, advertising & branding. Many times branding and advertising are combined into the one word, "marketing." So when one thinks of branding, he is thinking "marketing." Or another might say, "I need to do some advertising", he typically is thinking, "I need to market my business". READ NOW
Consumer Prices Increase Broadly in May
Consumer prices in May experienced the largest monthly increase since February 2013. According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), consumer prices increased 0.4% on a seasonally adjusted month-over-month basis. Year-over-year, before seasonal adjustments, prices on expenditures made by urban consumers increased 2.1%. READ NOW  
Emily Carr Live Model Sketching - Class 6
This is class six of my Pastel course at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. It is the first time I have done a live model class (I won't count the one class in design school many years ago). We had a series of timed sketches. Starting out with 30 seconds which seemed impossible to capture anything. READ NOW
Before and after deck
This deck was first power washed, then sanded to a smooth comfortable finish, and finally sealed with a weather proof sealant. Look how the power washing gets off years of dark coloring! READ NOW  
Do You Know Who You Hired and Why?
Brooks Painting recently started exterior painting on 6 commercial concrete buildings that haven’t been painted in 15 years and they were a mess. During the process of the washing, prepping and painting we discovered a number of interesting things. READ NOW  
Reflections of Blue
Blue the hue, a coulure as the French say. Color with many interpretations of international nations. Blue a simple color to blunder. What does blue mean? Why is the ocean blue? Perhaps reflection of earth and sky. As my wise scientist cousin explained. Coulure couture is all around us. As seen in Europe with bright city lights. The warm coulure of French Cafes with tacky decor ignites merriment. READ NOW

Upcoming Industry Events
NACE - Bring on the Heat 2014
Houston, TX
June 17 - 19, 2014
Every Building Conference & Expo
Orlando, FL
June 22-24, 2014
Mega Rust 2014: Naval Corrosion Conference
San Diego, CA
June 25 - 27, 2014
AIA Convention 2014
Chicago, IL
June 26-28, 2014
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