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Although we have been focused on staying warm this winter, the spring season will be here very soon. In addition to the more mild weather, the end of March closes another quarter. Paint professionals must measure sales, gross margin and evaluate what has been successful and make adjustments where improvement may be needed. Too often small service businesses operate in a reaction mode; just wading through the daily grind. Instead, we must make the change to plan more than a week or two out; time to be proactive and develop longer term operational goals. Set a bold course and follow through for success! READ NOW      
Fun Stuff
Microsoft HoloLens Is an Insane Pair of Augmented-Reality Goggles Improving energy efficiency one atom at a time Rhubarb Batteries, the Gigafactory, and Printing Body Parts
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        
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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The National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) chief economist, Bill Dunkelberg, shares his predictions.
2015 is here, launching the final two years of President Barack Obama’s term. What should we expect in terms of politics and the economy? Here’s what I see happening.
1. A lot of legislation will be approved, especially with the Republicans gaining control of the Senate and retaining control of the House. But, with rare exceptions, Obama will veto most bills.
2. Health insurance cost increases will accelerate as Obamacare rolls out.
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Benjamin Moore Natura & Insl-X GarageGuard Voted 2015 Products of the Year
Benjamin Moore, North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand, announced that Natura and INSL-X GarageGuard paints have each been named Product of the Year for 2015. Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation where winners are backed by the votes of 40,000 consumers in a national representative survey conducted by research partner, TNS, a global leader in consumer research. Natura and GarageGuard have taken home the top honors for the Paint Category. READ NOW      
Introducing the New Product: TQC Low Volt Pinhole Detector
The TQC Low Voltage Pinhole detector enables you to inspect various coatings on conductive substrates for small defects such as holidays and pinholes using the ‘wet sponge technique.’
Standards: ISO 8289-A, ISO 14654:1999, BS 7793-2:1996, ASTM D 5162-A, JIS K 6766:2008, TM0384-2002 READ NOW
      
Industry News
PPG appoints new President
PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) today announced the appointment of Michael H. McGarry, currently chief operating officer, to president and chief operating officer, effective March 1. READ NOW       
SW stock rises to record high
Paint giant Sherwin-Williams’ (SHW - Analyst Report) shares hit yet another 52-week high of $280.79 on Feb 6, before closing a notch lower at $280.31. READ NOW      
Valspar uses color for innovative UK promotion
Valspar Paint has encouraged a change in attitude towards paint and colour, and to ‘Colour outside the lines’, as North America’s number two paint brand launches in the UK. READ NOW       
SW and other Defendants appeal California judge’s 1.15 billion lead-paint award
A group of former lead paint manufacturers filed replies with a California appeals court last week, again arguing that a judge’s decision holding them liable for the lead paint in millions of homes in California is bunk. READ NOW      
Painter and partners invest $400k in Roll-A-Bucket invention
Steve Enquita has been a pizza restaurant manager, faux painter, muralist, worship artist, trim carpenter and most recently, inventor and manufacturer. READ NOW      
New non-spill paint “pot” debuts on Kickstarter investment website
The vast majority of the products we cover run on electricity, either from a wall outlet or a battery. But they’re all designed to be used in the home. READ NOW       
New Jersey may be the next state to get “Paint Care”
ACA’s PaintCare bill, Senate Bill 1420, “An Act Requiring Producers of Architectural Paint to Implement or Participate in a Paint Stewardship Program,” passed the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Feb. 9. READ NOW       
Construction Worker Shortage in Denver
Construction Worker Shortage in Denver READ NOW      
Painter allegedly shot customer
A sports anchor was shot outside his home in California this afternoon and police are searching for the suspect. 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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NEW Residential Form 365 – the mobile estimate solution for painters!
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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
When You’re Busy And You Know It What Do You Do?
Remember the song you or your kids sang in preschool, “When You’re Happy and You Know it?” There was an action involved with this song, and if you were like the rest of the kids in the group singing you would follow suit: you’d clap your hands, stomp your feet, and say Amen. READ NOW
Builder Sentiment about Multifamily Remains Positive
Builder and developer sentiment about the multifamily market held steady in the fourth quarter, according to results from NAHB’s Multifamily Production Index (MPI) released earlier today. The overall MPI—a composite measure of sentiment about production of low-rent apartments, market-rate rental apartments and condominiums—was unchanged at 54 in the fourth quarter. 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  
Find the Leader Within: A Preview of the Charleston Grand Summit
Next week, many of the best contractors in the country will meet in Charleston for our annual Grand Summit Conference. At the conference, Summit Members will be working on developing their leadership skills to get out of the hour glass and lead a business that can run without them. This year’s theme, “Find the Leader Within”, will be about identifying critical leadership behaviors to build a team, as well as inspiring and coaching that team to achieve a common vision. 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
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1. Employers are required to report work-related injuries directly to OSHA if three or more employees are hospitalized.
2. In terms of color, saturation:
3. According to Geoffrey James, a sales expert resource, the best professional introduction should be as brief as an elevator pitch, which has three steps; the benefit, differentiator and the:
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