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In manufacturer news, the 2014/15 basketball season will soon begin and LeBron James’ return to Cleveland has been widely anticipated. James may grow taller, much taller as Sherwin-Williams proposes to feature a giant LeBron mural on its downtown tower. The air is turning brisk and weekends are filled with homecoming events. And that is true for Valspar, after five years and $30 million, Valspar has moved back home to their historic Minneapolis headquarters. Bayer has announced an effort to concentrate on the Healthcare and Crop Science markets and spin the Bayer Material Science division off as a new public company by 2016.
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Supreme Court Ruling Invalidates Hundreds of NLRB Decisions
After months of anticipation, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB (No. 12-1281) in the final days of its spring 2014 session. In its opinion, the court unanimously agreed that President Obama unconstitutionally bypassed the U.S. Senate with the Jan. 4, 2012, “recess appointments” of Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terrence Flynn to fill vacancies at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). READ NOW      
The Wrath of Warren Buffett
Turmoil roiled Benjamin Moore, a paint company owned by Berkshire Hathaway, after it decided to break a pledge Warren Buffett made to Moore’s dealers. How did it happen-and how did the Oracle of Omaha respond? A case study in pluses (and occasional minuses) of being owned by Berkshire. READ NOW      
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NFIB: New Study on Regulations Should Trigger Alarms in Washington
Study by manufacturers shows how regulations siphon capital from economy and hurt small businesses
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today said that a new study released by a group representing American manufacturers should force Congress to get serious about taming a regulatory system that is increasingly, and perhaps prohibitively, expensive for small businesses. READ NOW
      
Titan Acquires Advanced Striping Equipment
Titan, an industry leader in professional-grade sprayers and application equipment, announced the acquisition of Advanced Striping Equipment, Inc. (ASE). Based in Douglasville, Georgia, ASE manufactures specialized road marking equipment including thermoplastic walk-behind machines, intermediate stripers, and truck-mounted units. READ NOW      
Industry News
Bayer plans to focus entirely on Life Science businesses
Concentration on HealthCare and CropScience / MaterialScience to be floated on the stock market by 2016 at the latest / Planned separation to benefit both Bayer and MaterialScience / Employment levels are expected to remain stable over the next few years READ NOW       
Behr Paints Introduces 2015 Color Trends Featuring Four Eye-Catching Themes and 20 Captivating Hues
Behr Paints announces their 2015 Color Trends with 20 all-new exclusive paint colors and four inspirational design styles. READ NOW      
PPG offers SIGMASHIELD 1200 coating for shipping in harsh environments
Easy application and fast curing at low temperatures helps owners of specialist tonnage READ NOW       
LeBron James banner latest proposal for Sherwin-Williams building
With LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, a banner of him and his famous chalk toss return to a downtown building. READ NOW      
Why The Sherwin-Williams Company Stock Skyrocketed 19% in 2014
Despite Sherwin-Williams having to wipe the canvas clean several times during the year, it has still painted a picture of growth that has sent the stock up by nearly 20% so far in 2014. READ NOW      
Liquipel’s Hydrophobic Nanocoating Makes Gadgets Completely Waterproof!
At one point we’ve all done it – spilt a drink over a laptop, gotten our tablets soaked in the rain, or even dropped our phone in the toilet. READ NOW       
After five years and $30 million, Valspar moves back home
After a five-year absence, Valspar Corp. will shift hundreds of workers back to its 111-year-old headquarters building at the edge of downtown Minneapolis. READ NOW       
Multifamily Decline Pushes Nationwide Housing Starts Down 14.4 Percent in August
Led by a steep 31.7 percent decline in multifamily production, nationwide housing starts fell 14.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 956,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. READ NOW      
Blacklisting Executive Order and Other New Challenges for Federal Contractors
The Obama administration has recently issued several heavy-handed executive actions that affect the federal contracting community, particularly the construction industry. READ NOW        
Construction Employment Increased In 36 States During The Past Year, 28 States Add Jobs Between July And August As Demand Continues To Spread
Florida and Nevada Have Largest 12-Month Gains, New Jersey Has Biggest Annual Percent and Total Declines; Nebraska and California Top Monthly Rankings, South Dakota and Ohio Shed Most Jobs in August READ NOW      
Product Introductions
Sherwin-Williams Log Home Stain
With a rich, satin finish, this waterborne semi-transparent exterior stain delivers excellent water beading performance while making an elegant first impression. Log Home is an advanced formula, providing the aesthetics and weathering of a varnish with easy application and cleanup to help you deliver premium results faster.
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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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Gardner-Gibson
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
Should You Fire Your Business Coach?
Don’t Fire Your Business Coach
I did not write this to focus on my workout program. No, I am writing this because I’ve seen a lot of small businesses who started out with a coach and let them go after a short while. I have seen painting companies get to a certain point with a coaching firm and then say, “I think I can do it on my own now.” Yet when they cut the ties, it is very normal to see these companies fall back into old habits.
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GDP in the Second Quarter, Third Estimate – Faster, Stronger II
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) revised its estimate of real GDP growth to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.6% in the second quarter, up from the initial estimate of 4.0% and a second estimate of 4.2%. The third estimate is based on more complete data than was available for the previous estimates. READ NOW  
Simple White Flower Arrangements
These are some simple white flower arrangements that I use regularly in styling my own home and clients' homes. They are especially effective for a dinner party, are easy to arrange and make you look like an expert interior design stylist. Try some and have fun! 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  
Picking Paint Sheen
We all know how fun it is to pick out paint colors for your home, but what about deciding which paint finishes to go with? A very basic rule of thumb is: “The higher the sheen, the higher the shine will be, and the higher the shine, the easier it is to clean.” Here is some more detail about paint color finish sheens: 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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Knowledge Test
1. The Van Gogh Museum has developed a new range of ten colors called the Van Gogh color palette:
2. The word lacquer is derived from the word lac, which describes the secretions of the lac beetle. This insect, found mainly in Asia, deposits its secretions on branches of trees and this crop is later harvested. The resin developed by the insects, in its original state, contains a red dye. This dye is separated from the resin by boiling in water. Next the residue resin, known as seed lac, is melted, strained, cooled and flaked and then becomes:
3. The discovery of the oldest known painting kits, used 100,000 years ago in the Stone Age, have been unearthed in a cave in South Africa making the painting trade the oldest in the world. How old is oil based painting?
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