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    December 18

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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We end the year with an article about a game changing move by Sherwin-Williams. Bada bing, bada boom…SW has entered the big box market. In days of old, if you wanted to purchase a SW branded product, there was a single channel; the corporate store. Already as the largest seller in America, the Cleveland-based company commands a huge share of domestic sales.
Lowe’s to Introduce HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams
The HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams product line will feature a new and improved interior and exterior paint program available at both Sherwin-Williams’ company stores and Lowe’s stores nationwide, as well as exclusive line extensions available at Lowe’s. Each product line will uniquely highlight Sherwin-Williams’ legendary heritage of quality and exceptional application characteristics. READ NOW        
Rust-Oleum Becomes Title Sponsor of Web.com Tour Event in Cleveland
Rust-Oleum Championship set for June 8-14 at Lakewood Country Club
The PGA TOUR, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and Rust-Oleum Corporation, a worldwide leader in the paints and coatings industry, announced today that Rust-Oleum will become the title sponsor of Cleveland’s Web.com Tour professional golf event, formerly known as the Cleveland Open. READ NOW
ABC Predicts Continued Construction Industry Growth in 2015
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) forecasts a steady and ongoing economic recovery for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industries in 2015. The reasonably brisk industry recovery in 2014 should continue in 2015, with momentum especially growing in segments closely related to the current American energy and industrial production resurgence. READ NOW      
Industry News
GLIDDEN PROFESSIONAL Launches Marketing Toolkit for the Pros
This easy-to-use system is designed specifically for the Pros to provide necessary tools to help them promote their businesses. READ NOW       
PPG ignites research, manufacturing of new TV technology
A carbon-based molecule that looks like colored sugar could bring big changes to big-screen TVs. READ NOW      
RPM Announces Court Approval of Agreement to Resolve Asbestos Personal Injury Claims
More than $400 million in annualized sales to be reconsolidated with RPM at closing READ NOW       
Valspar names Les H. Ireland Executive Vice President and President Global Consumer Paint
He will be based in Chicago and report to Valspar Chairman and CEO Gary Hendrickson. READ NOW      
How one entrepreneur has grown a gsrass-painting business at healthy clip.
Drew McClellan sees green where there is none. READ NOW      
ABC Blasts NLRB’s Latest Assault on Workplace Freedom
“The ambush rule released today by the NLRB further demonstrates the Board’s shift from neutral arbiter of labor law to cheerleader for big labor” READ NOW       
Architecture Billings Index Shows Robust Conditions Ahead for Construction Industry
With all geographic regions and building project sectors showing positive conditions, there continues to be a heightened level of demand for design services READ NOW       
In-Depth with the 2015 Ford F-150’s Aluminum, Presented In an Alloy of Facts and Perspective
Henry Ford’s Model T was the 20th century’s boldest automotive stroke. READ NOW      
Fujitsu Laboratories Develop Bio-derived, WB Paint to Reduce VOCs and CO2
The newly developed bio-derived, water-based paint uses an emulsion of polylactic acid resin, derived from plants. READ NOW        
Composite materials can be designed in a supercomputer ‘virtual lab’
UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. 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
How Do You Motivate Your Team? An Interview with Kevin Nolan
We as human beings respond to things.
I know. That sounds like an incredibly simplistic statement, but when you slow down and think about it, it’s also incredibly powerful. As business owners and managers, you have an opportunity to draw specific responses from your team by the way you lead, manage, delegate, and encourage.
Federal Open Market Committee – Patience and Inflation
The Federal Reserve’s monetary policy setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded its December meeting releasing a standard summary statement and Chairwoman Janet Yellen presided over a post-meeting press conference. 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
Window Wonderland: Holiday Window Displays 2014
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at the malls and department stores across Los Angeles! Christmas window displays celebrate the festive season, while adding eye candy to your holiday shopping spree. Stores such as Dior, Top Shop and Ralph Lauren have unveiled elaborate displays filled with bright colors, beautiful landscapes and a plethora of holiday pizzazz. 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

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Knowledge Test
1. Employees of commercial contractors that transport equipment with company trucks are required to have commercial drivers licenses (CDL).
2. Net profit is:
3. When a lack of material availability dictates cutting in a wallcovering patch to repair damage, in general, it is a best craftsman’s practice to cut in a fist sized repair in the shape of:
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