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As the NFL season shifts closer to the Super Bowl, Glidden Paint is calling all football fans to display their team spirit for a chance to score paint in the colors of their favorite team. Now through Feb. 2, 2015, participants are invited to enter for a chance to win the “Show Your Team Colors Giveaway”. Details are available at Home Depot Stores. We feature another video link with PPG’s CEO, Chuck Bunch, on CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer. Mr. Bunch shares insight about the recent acquisition of Comex, PPG’s growth plans in Mexico and the company’s superior financial performance.
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What You Need to Know Before Filing in 2015
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is known for cyclical “crackdowns”: periodically selecting a particular rule or regulation and strictly enforcing it for a few tax cycles in order to reset the bar. Over the past few years the IRS has applied a laser-focus to a number of issues that directly affect construction: misclassified workers (independent contractor versus employee), I-9 violations, and most recently, fringe benefits. READ NOW        
Nonresidential Construction Spending Rebounds in October
Nonresidential construction spending bounced back in October, expanding 1 percent on a monthly basis and 4.3 percent year over year, according to a Dec. 2 release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Spending for the month totaled $611.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. Additionally, the government revised the September spending figure up to $605.8 billion from $596.1 billion. READ NOW      
Color Selection
Color Selection – New Tech and Color at Milan Design Week
Here are this year’s highlights from the jam-packed extravaganza that is Milan Design Week.
To me, Milan is like no other city. A centuries-old metropolis where ancient Roman ruins, historic architecture, modern structures and luxury fashion houses all haphazardly coexist side-by-side; whose chaotic, pulsating vibe rivals that of New York City. Being in this city only heightened my already honed anticipation for what I’d discover during the week’s nonstop events and exhibitions. READ NOW
      
Industry News
A Curation of Color & Design from Kohler Co. and Benjamin Moore
Inspiring and easy to use tools from two home industry leaders READ NOW       
Glidden Paint Invites NFL Fans to Share their NFL Team Colors
Now through Feb. 2, 2015, participants are invited to enter for a chance to win the “Show Your Team Colors Giveaway*” by uploading a photo of their favorite team’s colors at gliddenteamcolors.com. READ NOW      
PPG President talks about the Comex Deal and Future Acquisitions
PPG recently sealed a deal to take over a major paint player south of the border. But will it help you coat your portfolio with green? READ NOW       
President’s Unilateral Action Will Make Bipartisan Immigration Reform More Difficult
For over a decade, when the Bush Administration began its push for immigration reform, through today, AGC has supported comprehensive immigration reform. READ NOW      
GM Tools up Trucks for High-Volume Aluminum
Welding process may help fuel economy READ NOW      
60 Minutes Missed One Important Solution to Infrastructure Woes
Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” segment on the dangerous state of America’s infrastructure represents yet another urgent call for the public and private sectors to address this growing risk to public safety. READ NOW       
Turner Rolls Out Early Payment Program for Subcontractors
Responding to a persistent problem in the construction industry—the burden on subcontractors to float the cost of labor, equipment, materials and other expenses until the general contractor gets paid—Turner Construction is rolling out a supply-chain financing program aimed at speeding up payments to subs. READ NOW       
Cool Discovery Blasts Summer Heat Into 'the Cold Darkness of the Universe'
The way we cool buildings in the summer has a lot of middlemen. What if we could cut out the middlemen and just eject the heat out to space? READ NOW      
New 'Super-Repellent' Material Could Protect Medical Implants
Scientists have created the most non-stick surfaces yet, using microscopic liquid-repellent structures instead of plastic coatings such as Teflon. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
More Unique Textures. In less time.
Sherwin-Williams Tuff Surface™ hides a variety of imperfections, saving you time and money while providing long-lasting beauty. Tuff Surface™ is easily applied with airless and conventional texture spray equipment, delivering appealing knockdown, splatter or orange peel textures.
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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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Water Cannon Inc.
Water Cannon Pressure Washers deliver a wide swath of low pressure 180 degree F. hot or ambient temperature water injected with Clorox. This application for 10 minutes on concrete, brick, stone or metal surfaces will kill viruses including influenza. Our Water Cannon products can be used indoors powered by an electric motor.
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From the Blogosphere
Using Base CRM for a Seasonal Business
This fall (2014), I helped a seasonal Christmas lighting company setup and manage a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) that I use and like: Base CRM. I have been working with them since 2008. In previous years, the company used several different methods to manage leads and sales ranging from Google Apps, Dropbox, Highrise CRM, Zoho and a few others. READ NOW
Construction Job Openings Rise in October
The number of open, unfilled construction sector positions increased in October. The number of construction sector job openings was also revised higher for September. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs for October (on a seasonally adjusted basis) rose to 136,000, after the September count was revised higher to 112,000. The October level marks the 4th highest total of unfilled jobs in construction during the post-recession period. READ NOW  
3 Compelling Reasons to make a Budget for your Business
I talk to a lot of business owners every week. It surprises me that more businesses don’t have a budget or as I like to call it, a Profit Plan. I just spoke with a business owner this week and I was pleasantly surprised to hear him tell me that he had his budget all worked out for 2015. READ NOW
Holiday 2014 Color+Design Trends
‘Tis the season! Another year of holiday cheer is upon us. And, with the economy slowly improving, there is more optimism in the air, which translates to an expansion of holiday color and, this year, a proliferation of holiday metallics. Here are highlights of several holiday trends to inspire and delight. READ NOW  
Going UP!
Currently Brooks Painting completed a very complex project for Sunseri Construction at the Arden fair Mall in Sacramento, CA. Arden Fair Mall added LED lighting and T.V. screens to the outside of the main customer elevator. This new look flashes hip marketing and company advertisement images for customers to see. At a glance it seems pretty easy, add some metal support, add some metal LED brackets and paint everything nicely. But with multiple trades needed to take this elevator from just a point of travel to a MEGA Big Screen T.V. has been a challenge. READ NOW  
2015: Looking Ahead and Planning for the New Year
There is a time for every season, every season has a time. It’s December, which means I begin to think about the end of year wrap up and beginning of year Business Planning. (Yes, I know most people are thinking about the holidays!) Last December we were planning on how we could grow and reach the $6 million mark. Guess what, we going to make it! We are going to celebrate! READ NOW

Upcoming Industry Events
SSPC 2015 featuring GreenCOAT
Las Vegas, NV
February 03-06, 2015
2015 Painting and Decorating Expo
Charleston, SC
March 4-7, 2015
NACE - CORROSION 2015
Dallas, TX
March 15 - 19, 2015
Knowledge Test
1. Backing rod, a foam-like material, is used to control caulk depth and to prevent a three point attachment.
2. The following are typically considered fixed overhead items except:
3. When estimating and in accordance with the industry standard, the PDCA Estimating Guide, a 6" piece of running trim should be calculated at a footage of ___ per lineal foot.
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