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      October 17

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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Feedback time! Please drop us a few words on what you like and where we can improve; article specific observations are welcome…Kindly forward comments to MarkCasale@paintspecialists1.com. If the “I’m too busy or it’s not my problem” lack of empathy succeeds, in short order the craft will get thinned down to dabbers, fakers and hackers. One of the biggest challenges facing all of construction is the absence of young people. The slacker – Millennial – generation is not joining the paint application trade.
Beyond Apprenticeships: Working With Schools to Build a Skilled Workforce
Like many industries that rely on a skilled workforce, construction is facing a slow-motion crisis as baby boomers continue to retire. According to the economic modeling firm EMSI, 53 percent of employees in the skilled trades are at least 45 years old, and it’s not clear who’s going to replace them on the jobsite. READ NOW        
Negotiate Better Contract Terms
For a year, the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) released “Subcontractor’s Negotiating Tip Sheets” designed to help subcontractors navigate harmful contract language and provide information they need to negotiate a particular subcontract clause, including ASA-recommended language, samples of what a subcontractor may see in a client’s proprietary subcontract, and an explanation of the impact of poor language on a subcontractor. READ NOW      
Where are Spec and Custom New Home Prices the Highest?
Looking at single-family homes started in 2013, new NAHB research quantifies regional differences in sale and contract prices per square foot. The prices excluding lot values range from $145 per square foot for contractor-built homes in the Pacific division to $73 per square foot for speculatively-built homes in the West South Central division. READ NOW      
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Fun Stuff
Fun Stuff: Tank of the Year; Bullet Proof; Make Your Own Wheels
Painting Pro Times 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      
Industry News
PPG receives update from Federal Economic Competition Commission of Mexico on pending Comex acquisition
PPG announced June 30 that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Comex in a transaction valued at $2.3 billion. READ NOW       
Benjamin Moore Reveals Guilford Green as the 2015 Color of the Year
Benjamin Moore Identifies 2015 Color Trends, Featuring Monochromatic Color Designs and Saturated Hues READ NOW      
CPI Announces Major Milestone for Safety in the Spray Polyurethane Foam Industry
More than 10,000 SPF workers have completed health and safety training READ NOW       
Coatings Protect, Preserve, Provide
In this video, the American Coatings Association introduces coatings as indispensable products that extend the useful life of everyday objects. READ NOW      
Graco Receives Order from the FTC to Divest Liquid Finishing Business Assets
“While disappointing, the Order from the FTC has been expected,” said Patrick J. McHale, Graco’s President and Chief Executive Officer. READ NOW      
Graco to Sell Liquid Finishing Business Assets for $590 Million
The $590 million cash transaction with Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL) is anticipated to close no later than the first quarter of 2015 and is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. READ NOW       
PPG opens regional headquarters for architectural coatings business
The facility is located in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, approximately 20 miles north of PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh. READ NOW       
OSHA Proposing to Vastly Expand its Recordkeeping Regulatory Proposal
AGC is concerned that the supplemental rulemaking goes far beyond the requirements for properly recording injuries/illnesses. READ NOW      
DOL Rule Increases Hourly Minimum Wage on Federal Contracts
Establishes an hourly minimum wage of $10.10 for workers on covered federal construction and service contracts. READ NOW        
Del. Mem. Bridge receives new steel-protecting paint
For months, as cars and trucks whizzed by, a crew of workers has been cleaning and repainting the steel underbelly, sides and railings of the Delaware-bound span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. READ NOW      
Design Opportunities - October 2014
Brought to you by the American Subcontractors Association under agreement with National Building News, “DO” lists building projects waiting to be designed. READ NOW       
Water Blaster by Water Cannon
Water Cannon Pressure Washers meet or exceed all 2014 EPA and State of California regulations relating to fuel tanks, vents, and carbon canisters and can be sold in all 50 States READ NOW      
Product Introductions
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From the Blogosphere
A Few of My Favorite Apps for My iPhone
I thought it was time to share a screenshot of my iPhone to help those of you who are wondering what apps I use and why. I use my iPhone and iPad primarily for business and a little pleasure. I rarely play any games, so you’ll notice my main screen is mostly for business with a few personal apps sprinkled in too. The most-used apps you’ll find at the very bottom. The ones at the very top are the second most-used, with the ones in the middle getting used a little less. READ NOW
Inflation at the Producer Level in September - Gypsum Prices, Here We Go Again
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for September. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) declined 0.1% in September from August led by declines in food and energy prices. Over the 12 months ending in September prices were up 1.6%. 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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