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In courtroom News, a federal judge ruled in favor of the Dow Chemical Company in a suit filed by Dutch paint giant, Akzo Nobel. In the suit, Akzo accused Dow of stealing its patented high-temperature method for creating polymer dispersions. The judge granted Dow’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement and settled seven phrases that may have been disputed by Akzo’s U.S. Patent Number 6,767,956. READ NOW      
Creating World-Class Partnerships
Partnering has become quite standard as a way for public sector owners such as the General Services Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Caltrans to preclude litigation with design and construction teams—even as the industry has embraced more negotiated work and collaborative project delivery methods. READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
Gardner caulks
Designed for the professional painter, Dynamite caulks are known for superior performance, gunability and paintability . Now they will be known by their family name, Gardner. Look for Gardner caulks at your favorite paint supply store. Same great Dynamite caulk on the inside, Gardner on the outside.
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PPG Combines Brands
Two legendary brands have now, officially, become one great paint. In an ongoing effort to better serve its long-valued customer base of independent retailers, PPG Architectural Coatings, a business of PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG), announced the launch of the all-new PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS brand, combining the heritage and product excellence of both the PPG Pittsburgh Paints brand and DEVOE Paint.
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Benjamin Moore Introduces New Primer
Benjamin Moore Sure Seal Latex Primer Sealer is a high-quality primer for interior and exterior surfaces available to paint professionals at a competitive price. Sure Seal Latex Primer Sealer is a 100% acrylic latex primer designed for a wide range of interior and exterior projects. It delivers strong adhesion for multiple surfaces and excellent stain blocking and resistance in a low odor/ low VOC formula. The Sure Seal Primer, a mildew resistant coating, qualifies for LEEF and LEED v4 credit. The primer may help move job production along at a faster pace; Sure Seal Primer is dry to touch in less than one hour. READ NOW      
Kelly-Moore Unveils Super Premium Matte Finish
San Carlos, CA. Bay-area paint manufacturer and retailer, Kelly-Moore Paints, announces its newest paint finish for its super premium interior paint line, DuraPoxy: A flat matte finish will be available in DuraPoxy in April. READ NOW      
Industry News
BASF introduces hydrophobic wall coating
New MasterProtect® coating repels water and dirt, reducing maintenance and improving appearance READ NOW       
Dow Shakes Akzo's Patent Suit Over Paint-Making Process
A Delaware federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of Dow Chemical Co. in a suit filed by Dutch paint giant Akzo Nobel NV, which had accused Dow of stealing its patented high-temperature method for creating polymer dispersions. READ NOW      
Graco Reports Record Annual Sales and Earnings
Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG) today announced results for the quarter and year ended December 26, 2014. READ NOW       
PPG wins award from The Society of Protective Coatings for USS Eisenhower project
Combat ship refurbished with AMERCOAT 235, PSX 700SG and ABC 3 coatings READ NOW      
Miller Paint buys Perfection Paint
Miller will also operate Perfection Paint’s Kennewick store at 8818 Victoria Ave. READ NOW      
Sherwin-Williams Co. Paints a Prettier Picture for 2015
The housing market has come a long way since the end of the boom in the mid-2000s, and the recovery in home prices since the financial crisis has lifted shares of companies in all sorts of related industries. READ NOW       
Sherwin-Williams' Q4 Earnings Top Estimates, Profit Rises
The Sherwin-Williams Company’s (SHW – Analyst Report) adjusted earnings rose 34% year over year to $1.53 per share in the fourth quarter of 2014 from $1.14 per share earned in the year-ago quarter. READ NOW       
Construction Spending Ends 2014 At Highest Level Since 2008
President’s Budget Proposal Will Help Ensure Future Construction Spending Growth By Accelerating Debate On The Best Way To Finance Long-Term Infrastructure Investments, Construction Officials Note READ NOW      
Winners of 2014 SSPC Structure Awards Announced
SSPC is proud to recognize the 2014 Structure Award winners. These projects stand as shining examples of the remarkable work that can be done by SSPC members. READ NOW        
OSHA Defines Severe Injuries in a Letter on the New Reporting Standards
OSHA issued a Letter of Interpretation Jan. 15 that clarifies the new reporting standard for severe injuries on the jobsite, which went into effect Jan. 1. READ NOW      
Product Introductions
Sherwin-Williams Enhanced Harmony®
Harmony, long known for its premium performance in a zero VOC formula, now contains formaldehyde reducing technology in the flat and eg-shel sheens which helps promote better indoor air quality by reducing VOCs from possible sources like insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.

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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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From the Blogosphere
A Few Tips When Advertising on Angie’s List
When Angie’s List started back in 1995, it was a time when the internet was just beginning to become a fixture in homes. Consumers paid an annual membership fee to access a list of contractors that had been evaluated by its membership. It was an excellent concept. READ NOW
Eye on the Economy: Jobs Gains Will Support Housing Demand
The end of 2014 saw an acceleration of job creation that compared favorably with the poor start to the year. Combined with the ongoing expansion of consumer confidence, these trends will help support housing demand and residential construction during 2015. 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. READ NOW
Introducing the Then, Now & Forever™ Collection
Dunn-Edwards Paints® Color Expert, Designer and Blogger, Sara McLean, curated 300 new colors for the Then, Now & Forever™ collection, which features 142 historically accurate colors of the American West and 158 colors trending today. 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  
New Year, New You!
It’s the beginning of a new year. Rise to the occasion and ring in a New You with the New Year! A New Year marks the point for a fresh start. Make sure you start it off right and pave your pathway to a Successful Sales Year. READ NOW

Upcoming Industry Events
2015 Painting and Decorating Expo
Charleston, SC
March 4-7, 2015
NACE - CORROSION 2015
Dallas, TX
March 15 - 19, 2015
SUBExcel 2015
Seattle, WA
March 26-29, 2015
Knowledge Test
1. The General Contractor/Builder must supply permanent lighting or temporary lights of similar intensity. If not, surface deficiencies noted upon installation of permanent lighting shall be considered latent damage and the paint contractor shall be paid extra to fix and re-finish.
2. Titan tool is owned by:
3. What is national percentage of general contractors reporting the human resource challenge of not finding enough qualified craft workers for 2015?
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