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      August 29

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We have a Fun Stuff column featuring three topics; the first is a new iPhone application called “Are They Lying”. Maybe, the concept may was envisioned as a result of the near record dissatisfaction and lack of confidence Americans exude toward congress and the administration (documented by many recent surveys). The second Fun Stuff item also discusses a new application, not a wireless one, but a first of its kind new paint based on a cutting edge and exciting nano-technology, specifically, Ultra-Ever Dry. Rather than a typical, expected or well known paint manufacturer pushing the gas pedal on this nano-coating, it is the Nissan automotive company. The third topic is a survey summary from Sherwin-Williams’ Homeowners Pulse. READ NOW      
Fun Stuff - 3 Items
1. Are they Lying? New iPhone Application Lets Users Vote on Whether Politicians are Lying
2. A “self-cleaning” Car Nissan Develops First Prototype
3. The Homeowner Pulse Most recent survey results: When do homeowner’s look for professionals? READ NOW
The American Ladder Institute Launches New Website
The American Ladder Institute (ALI) announced the official launch of its newly redesigned website, www.americanladderinstitute.org. ALI’s redesigned website is dedicated to advancing ALI’s mission of promoting ladder safety in the workplace and home through education, training, and development of ladder safety standards. READ NOW      
Benjamin Moore & Co. to Expand on the West Coast
The New State-Of-The-Art Facility Will Be BM’s First-Ever Silver Leed Certified Logistics Center
Benjamin Moore & Company, North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand, announced its plans to open a new distribution center in Oakland, California to meet the needs of its growing business. READ NOW
NFIB to Certify 2014 Candidates as Small Business Advocates
Candidates Who Support Main Street to Become NFIB Small Business Certified
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) launched a national political program today casting the 2014 elections as a “referendum” on Washington’s ability to restore trust with the small business community. READ NOW
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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Reaches All-Time High
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2014. CBI improved 5.4 percent following a 2.8 percent decline in the first quarter and currently stands at 8.5; up 3.6 percent on a year-over-year basis. READ NOW      
Wooster FTP Roller Demand Continues to Grow
Rollers featuring Wooster-exclusive HydroFlow™ technology result in a better painting experience
Painting is easier and faster because less force is required during application, and there’s no need to go back and rework an area to get proper coverage. READ NOW
Industry News
Manage client projects with the Benjamin Moore ProConnection® App for iphone® and ipad®
ProConnection by Benjamin Moore lets you plan and manage your client projects. READ NOW       
PPG supplies AQUALINK coating for Finish Coat by Weaber Lumber Company
Water-based coatings protect industry-first, ready-to-install interior wood trim products READ NOW      
Rust-Oleum Corporation Participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
We accept your challenge. On Wednesday, nearly 60 Rust-Oleum Corporation associates participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of the company’s headquarters. READ NOW       
Shuttlecocks are a Smash at Nelson-Atkins Museum
Two decades have passed since the iconic Shuttlecock sculptures first landed on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, resulting in shouts of “foul” by critics of the project. READ NOW      
Valspar Completes Successful 27-Month Field Trial with Valde Edge Coverage Powder Coating Technology
Results Demonstrate that Valspar Innovation Delivers in Rugged Environments Where Heavy Machinery Operates READ NOW      
Journalism and Science Groups Outraged at EPA Attempts to Muzzle Scientists
U.S. EPA is blocking its science advisers from speaking freely to the public and the press, according to a letter sent to EPA chief Gina McCarthy by journalism and scientific advocacy groups. READ NOW       
Frequently Asked Questions Employer–Employee Relationship
How do I determine which workers are “employees” that must be included in my Affirmative Action Programs (AAP) under Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503), as amended, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), as amended? READ NOW       
How to Avoid Legal Claims When Monitoring Employee Activities Using GPS Technologies
Tracking and monitoring individuals’ activities is becoming more common, largely because the technology is less expensive and easier to use, and the information derived can be very interesting and beneficial. READ NOW      
Submit 2014 QP 9 Revision Takes Effect
Effective July 1, 2014, new applicants for certification to SSPC-QP 9, Standard Procedure for Evaluating the Qualifications of Commercial Painting and Coating Contractors, must meet the requirements of the January 2014 revision of the standard. READ NOW        
Contractors rack up OSHA fines for putting workers in danger at Cottage Square affordable housing project in Easthampton
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the general contractor — which has a history of OSHA violations — and three subcontractors after finding unsafe conditions for workers renovating the former Dye Works building at 15 Cottage St. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Loxon® XP IR Reflective Coating
Sherwin-Williams new Loxon® XP IR Reflective Coating has advanced infrared technology 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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Got leaks? Leak Stopper Clear Patch is your solution for exterior repairs. Leak Stopper Clear Patch seals leaks and gaps, and dries to a clear finish. Use Leak Stopper Clear around doors, windows, skylights and other projections to make "invisible repairs". Leak Stopper also stays flexible and offers great paintability. Visit www.gardner-gibson.com for more about Leak Stopper.         
From the Blogosphere
30 Year Employees Don’t Exist Anymore
The number one problem I have been hearing about from clients this year is not a lack of leads. No, leads have been strong across the U.S. The problem has been a lack of good people. I have actually been asked if I can provide recruiting services, not marketing! READ NOW
GDP in the Second Quarter – Faster, Stronger
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) revised its estimate of real GDP growth to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.2% in the second quarter, up from the initial estimate of 4.0%. The second estimate is based on more complete data than was available for the “advance” estimate. The estimates will be revised again next month based on more data. 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!
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  
Brooks Painting Charity Paint 2014
Last Saturday was Brooks Painting’s 8th annual charity paint give-away. This year we donated our services to the Davis Arts Center in Davis, CA. It was a very productive day painting the entire exterior of their building. Our awesome employees worked very hard and it paid off. Here are a couple pictures form our work day. 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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