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In industry news, Benjamin Moore has been recognized by a consumer group, while Sherwin-Williams received the top award from a nationwide paint franchise business. Also, Benjamin Moore set a world record; check out the News link to the YouTube video. James S. Norton, the former CEO of Muralo Paints recently acquired by Boston-based California Paints, clarified that the Elder Jenks Brush Company will continue production in Bayonne, NJ.  Norton said, “Brush and roller jobs will stay”, but declined to disclose if there will be layoffs. Ace Hardware has introduced a new palette of colors based on a popular nail polish brand, OPI, which uses whimsical names. READ NOW      
The Top 10 Pros & Cons of Arbitration
Though it’s common for contract provisions to require arbitration, owners, general contractors and subcontractors frequently disagree over the merits of this method of dispute resolution. Following are the top 10 pros and cons of mandatory arbitration. READ NOW      
Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Ranked Above the Competition
Benjamin Moore, North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand, ranked the top solid stain in the June 2014 Consumer Reports tests of house and deck stains with its ARBORCOAT Premium Exterior Stain. READ NOW      
Spotlight On:
HIGH HIDE PRO PAINT
From a brand you can trust

100 Series - Production grade paint for hide, sprayability and easy touch-ups
300 Series - Specification-grade paint for exceptional hide, versatility and superior touch-ups.
KILZ PRO-X paints are available at The Home Depot.
To learn more about KILZ PRO-X paints, go to www.kilzpro-x.com
Rust-Oleum Introduces NeverWet Outdoor Fabric, a Treatment That Dramatically Repels Water, Keeping Items Clean and Dry
Rain can really put a damper on someone’s day. It leaves outdoor items soaked and for those that venture out, drenched from head to toe. Plus it often takes hours, or even days for these items to dry again. Imagine if instead of dreading a rainy day, one could actually dance in the rain and stay completely dry. Thanks to new innovations from Rust-Oleum, this dream is now a reality. READ NOW      
Where is the Construction Industry Headed?
Earlier this year, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) conducted a survey of its members, who have a ‘glass half full’ outlook for 2014, in spite of growing worker shortages, rising costs and federal budget cuts. Many firms plan to start hiring again and most contractors predict demand will either grow or remain stable in virtually every market segment this year. READ NOW      
Sherwin-Williams Recieves Top Honors From Certapro As Platinum Supplier Of The Year
For the eighth time, CertaPro Painters honored Sherwin-Williams with its “Platinum Supplier of the Year” award, the highest distinction presented annually to its suppliers. Sherwin-Williams was voted Supplier of the Year at CertaPro Painters national convention of their 350 franchisees. Richard D. Wilson, president and chief executive officer, CertaPro Painters, made the announcement at the annual awards banquet, held to recognize success and achievement within the CertaPro Painters franchise system. READ NOW      
Industry News
Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT® - World's Largest Wooden Yo-Yo
To show how Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT can rejuvenate your deck, we took reclaimed wood and gave it new life-as the world’s largest wooden yo-yo. READ NOW       
Bayonne paint company planning to cut a number of jobs
A Bayonne paint company is planning to cut jobs after selling some of its major assets and losing its president and CEO. READ NOW      
PPG Profit Rises 13%; Europe Leads Sales Growth
Pittsburgh-based PPG, which makes coatings for the auto, aircraft and other markets, also appointed Executive Vice President Michael H. McGarry as the company’s chief operating officer, starting Aug. 1. READ NOW       
Monty Python moment at Sherwin-Williams
“I’m not dead!” A line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Not exactly. It describes the U.S. consumer, at least according to paint maker Sherwin-Williams. READ NOW      
Valspar (VAL) Hits New Lifetime High Today
Trade-Ideas LLC identified Valspar (VAL) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Valspar as such a stock due to the following factors: READ NOW      
Hybrid Coating Technologies Expands Technology With New Polyurethane Patent to Cover Hardwood Floors
Hybrid Coating Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that it is entering into the global wood protection coatings market, which according to reports by the research group Freedonia is valued at $4.14 billion in the US alone. READ NOW       
OPI’s new colors for Ace Hardware
Looking for the perfect paint color? Check your nails. A new palette of paint colors based on some of nail polish brand OPI’s bestsellers is now being sold at Ace Hardware stores. READ NOW       
Construction Materials Prices Inch Higher in June
Overall construction materials prices increased by 0.1 percent in June and are up 1.9 percent year over year, according to the July 16 producer price index release by the U.S. Department of Labor. READ NOW      
Fresh Coat Painters Named Top 50 Military Franchise for Veterans
After a decade of franchising and upholding their commitment to making it possible for veterans to own a Fresh Coat franchise, the company has been recognized as one of USA Today’s Top 50 Franchises for Veterans. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Loxon® XP IR Reflective Coating
Sherwin-Williams new Loxon® XP IR Reflective Coating has advanced infrared techsnology that reflects solar rays back into the atmosphere which helps to lower exterior surface temperatures for cooler interiors and reduced energy use. Delivers the same great high-build performance as Loxon XP in one less coat compared to conventional masonry coatings.
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Faux FX - LusterStone®
LusterStone® is a revolutionary architectural coating that produces beautiful reflective stone-like patterns. This product is unsurpassed in its simplicity, versatility and ease of repair. The nature of the material allows it to be used to create a stunning variety of high/low dimensional finishes that do not require burnishing to obtain designer quality results.
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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
Salesforce, Pipeline Deals or Base CRM
I was recently asked if I had written an article comparing Salesforce to Base CRM. The contractor had also tried Pipeline Deals as a CRM. This got me thinking that I needed to write a blog about the CRMs I personally use the most and the differences between the three. I hope you will find this post helpful if you are in search for a CRM. READ NOW
House Prices Have Room to Grow, For Real
House price growth has been slowing in recent months, but still remains well above the rate of general inflation. For instance, annual growth in the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite home price index eased for the sixth consecutive month in May to 9.3% while the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Purchase-Only house price index slowed to a 5.6% increase. READ NOW  
Designer of the Year Award
Patricia Gray Interior Design award-winning finalist in the Western Living Designer of the Year award.
I have just found out that I have been nominated as a finalist in the Western Living Designer of the Year award. The award-winning finalist will be announced in August. This is the third year that I have been nominated so please keep your fingers crossed for me!
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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  
August is Free Paint Recycling in Davis
Brooks Painting in Davis, CA will be hosting a free paint recycling event August 4-29, 2014. As you clean out or organize your garage or storage spaces, you can pull out old paint that you don’t need anymore and bring it to our recycle event and we will make sure it gets to the California Paint Care program for proper recycling. 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
2014 August Webinar: How to Choose the Right Customers (and Get Them to Select Your Bid)
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August 12, 2014
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September 21 - 25, 2014
SSPC 2015 featuring GreenCOAT
Las Vegas, NV
February 03-06, 2015
NACE - CORROSION 2015
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March 15 - 19, 2015
Knowledge Test
1. An acceptable “Spot Finish” over an already painted/coated surface will still be visible:
2. In wall covering vernacular, a “drop” is:
3. In a recent Bureau of Labor Department report, what percentage of federally registered paint application apprentices graduated as journeymen?
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