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          July 3

Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on industry trends as well as valuable news, product information.
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As another quarter comes to a close, most professionals scurry to schedule and complete projects. Subsequently, the July 4th holiday is a welcome, traditional summer break. Enjoy the grilled fare, family and friends, although please take a Socrates moment to appreciate the significance of our Independence Day. Americans have the right to vote, the freedom to speak out and practice their religion of choice, and the liberty to pursue financial success and personal happiness. READ NOW      
Color Selection: Color Perception & the Aging Eye
It’s a fact: As we age, our visual decline affects our reading of color. Vision expert Marilyn Schneck reveals how these issues should influence color decisions when designing for the elderly. The baby boom generation – people born during the post–World War II era (1946 to 1964) – are currently anywhere between 50 and 68 years old. All but the most visually blessed have likely experienced blurring when trying to see things up close, such as the fine print in an instruction manual or newspaper. READ NOW      
Fun Stuff
Fun Stuff will serve up industry and related information on the quirky side. The main dish is a little smile accompanied with a side of happy! If you would like to contribute, please email pictures and items of interest to markcasale@paintspecialists1.com and note in the subject line: PPT Fun Stuff. Thanks! READ NOW      
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Dunn-Edwards Paints Releases Annual Trend Report
Dunn-Edwards Paints released its 2015 trend report, A Journey of Discovery, which reveals key colors and design trends we’ll see next year, and how social, culture and demographic changes influence these trends. Sara McLean, color expert and blogger at specs+spaces, explains that the color palette is rich in deep and vivid colors, inspired by adventure and discovery around the world. These five key trends will be significant influencers of colors and textures. READ NOW      
Kelly-Moore Paints Expands Retail Reach with New Store
Bay Area paint manufacturer and retailer, Kelly-Moore Paint Company, continues its aggressive retail expansion with the opening of its 5,400 square foot store in Petaluma. This is Kelly-Moore’s 105th retail store in northern California. “Without doubt the demand for Kelly-Moore products and exemplary service levels keeps growing” shared Dan Claybaugh, Kelly-Moore’s vice president of marketing. “Our stores carry the well earned reputation of being the ‘Painter’s Paint Store.’ READ NOW      
Need Shoe Covers? E-Z Floor Guard Beat Booties Every Time
E-Z Floor Guards have a three-step system which applies a sheet of adhesive plastic film to the bottom of a shoe or boot in seconds – there’s no need to stop, drop your tools, bend over and struggle to apply like traditional shoe covers. Simply step on the E-Z Floor Guard and the adhesive sticks the film to the shoe. Pull to get the desired amount to cover the bottom of the shoe, and then tear off. It’s that easy: STEP, PULL and TEAR. READ NOW      
Industry News
The Cure For Regulation Destabilization
As promised, President Obama is ensuring that everyone’s electricity rates will “necessarily skyrocket” via new Environmental Protection Agency carbon dioxide emission rules that effectively wipe out new coal power and replace it with less efficient renewables. READ NOW       
Celebrating ‘Main Street Matters’
With a few ceremonial strokes of the paint bush, Mayor Kevin Hawk and other officials put their stamp of approval on downtown Hawley’s latest round of revitalization June 13th. READ NOW      
PPG renews, updates 17 AIA continuing education courses for architects
PPG Industries announced that it has renewed or updated 17 American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) registered programs covering architectural coatings, glass and paint. READ NOW       
New PPG VP Shelley Bausch brings her own ideas, passions to the table
Five months into her job running PPG Industries’ $5 billion industrial coatings business, Shelley Bausch was wearing a lab coat, protective eye goggles and … READ NOW      
Proposal on Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Moves Forward
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the executive order will require the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers performing on covered federal contracts to be $10.10 per hour. READ NOW      
Welcome to Train the Painter
An innovative, effective, comprehensive, advanced coating applicator training programme. READ NOW       
Too many regulations spoil the economy
The BLS report found Montana’s employment has grown back to its prerecession peak, although the recovery has taken longer than any since the BLS started keeping score back in 1939. READ NOW       
Farrow & Ball Paints Said Under Review by Owner
European Capital has held talks with investment banks in the past month to look at options for the business, which could include a sale of the Wimborne, Dorset-based company, said three people who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. READ NOW      
SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards for Construction
On June 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule that increases a number of construction industry small business size standards to account for inflation since 2008. READ NOW        
Supreme Court Revitalizes Strength of Forum-Selection Clauses
Although parties generally are bound by the terms of their contracts, the disparity in bargaining power among owners, general contractors and subcontractors-either real or perceived-caused many states to pass laws designed to protect local contractors. READ NOW        
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       
Product Introductions
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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
Are Your Blogs Boring?
The majority of the contractor websites I see today have a blog. Many of these blogs are not active. I’ll see just a few post for awhile and then nothing for months. I understand this problem as it is very difficult to keep up on a blog. READ NOW
Residential Construction Spending up 7.5% from One Year Ago
The latest Census estimate of total private residential construction spending is 7.5% higher than one year ago. In particular, the release shows significant improvement in construction spending for the single-family and multifamily categories. From May 2013, on a 3-month moving average basis, single-family construction spending increased by 12.3% and multifamily construction spending increased by 33.0%. READ NOW  
Interior Design Event Vancouver with Top Chef Canada Matt Stowe and Patricia Gray
I recently attended a private cooking demonstration and tasting brunch for interior designers in Vancouver with Top Chef Canada season three winner Matt Stowe. The event was hosted by Midland Appliances at their new showroom in Vancouver and GE Monogram to showcase their new line of contemporary designer kitchen appliances. READ NOW
Beautiful interior in Mt. Kisco
Paint Track just completed painting a house whose owners asked for a bold, adventurous, and tasteful color scheme and here are the GORGEOUS results! 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

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