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       June 17

Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on industry trends as well as valuable news, product information.
Painting Pro Times, the source for paint professionals!
Sometimes we get so busy with working in the business, we forget to work on it*. Often, the immediate daily needs gurgle to the top of the “to do” list, while longer term needs get pushed aside. It is like that when we recognize industry challenges too. Even if we could magically carve an extra work hour out of each day, the chances are it would be spent on tasks that we like and/or have a level of comfort on the subject’s knowledge.
Painting Pro’s Perspective
Painting Pro’s Perspective - Illegals Kill Craftsmanship
The pending craftsmen shortage must be fixed with a comprehensive approach that complements Americans especially construction and paint professionals. On the surface, it may seem reasonable to bolster the workforce with foreigners, but not by hiring illegals! We need a long term solution – a major, positive cultural shift towards the trades, increased wages and practical benefits. The looming production challenge is more complex than any quick repair or the harebrained idea to rely on skirting laws and best business practices.
Regulatory Review
OSHA’s New Confined Spaces Rule Unwieldy and Confusing
Reactions from builders regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new confined spaces rule ranged from confusion to frustration at a recent NAHB Construction, Safety and Health Committee meeting. Paul Bolon, OSHA Director of Construction Standards and Guidance, gave a general overview of the rule, but left quite a few unanswered questions on the table.
Spotlight On:
ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate and Multi-Surfaces features Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector to deliver super sharp paint lines. Multi-Surface is used for baseboards, trim, metal and glass. Delicate Surfaces is great for cabinets, wood floors and freshly painted surfaces (24 hours old).
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Commercial Paint Contractor Conference
Registration is open for commercial paint professionals to attend the premier networking and educational event in the industry. The PDCA Commercial Forum (CF) has limited the number of attendees to fifty (50) in order to maximize individual learning and provide a casual setting for interaction among highly successful painting business operations. The conference is expected to sell out; registration will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.
The New WoosterBrush.com
The Wooster Brush Company has redesigned and launched of their website www.woosterbrush.com. The renewed site utilizes the company’s 164 years of industry experience to help painters of all skill levels. The online catalog has always been a focal point of woosterbrush.com; this portion of the website received the largest overhaul.
Industry News
Craftsmen Shortage addressed by local contractor & Benjamin Moore
A national shortage of young people entering the trades could adversely affect both the home services industry and consumers. READ NOW        
PPG Acquires Specialty Coating Maker; Products Include Military Grade Radar Absorbent Material
PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Cuming Microwave Corporation based in Avon, Massachusetts… READ NOW      
PPG Launches Nautica Branded Paint
PPG Architectural Coatings, has partnered with Nautica, for the launch of its new Nautica At Home paint collection. READ NOW       
Sherwin Williams Chairman sells stock for $34 million
Company insider, Christopher Connor, Chairman and CEO of Sherwin-Williams Co (NYSE:SHW) 278.17 -0.13 -0.05% sold a total of 119,321 shares of the firm, which is based on a stock price of $290.1 per every share. READ NOW      
IT upgrade to brighten Valspar's future
As a $4.5 billion manufacturer of paints and coatings, Valspar should be able to wield serious clout with suppliers when negotiating on prices for the raw materials it uses to make its products. READ NOW      
One Union a Bold Future (video)
Watch this video. READ NOW       
Will Drones Fly High in Construction?
There is great potential for use of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, on construction jobsites for all kinds of purposes … READ NOW       
Obama Administration's 'Blacklisting' Proposal Bad for Contractors, Employees and Taxpayers
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement regarding the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” proposed rule issued by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council. READ NOW      
23 Billion London Project Largest in Europe
The Prime Minister and Mayor of London Boris Johnson celebrated the completion of Crossrail’s tunnels by going 40 metres below the capital to thank the men and women who are constructing the new £14.8 billion east-west railway.
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Best Prime Contractors to Work For...the Contest
Call for Entries: ASA Awards Recognize Best Prime Contractors That Subs Want to Work For READ NOW        
Product Introductions
ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Exterior Surfaces
ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Exterior Surfaces is designed specifically for outdoor use. The waterproof backing and strong adhesive hold in all kinds of challenging weather like sun, wind, humidity and rain. The tape lifts cleanly up to 7 days after application, leaving no residue behind and never slivering or tearing
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Sherwin-Williams SuperDeck®
Tackle that next deck finishing job with complete confidence when you use the new Sherwin-Williams SuperDeck® premier deck care system.
From surface prep to staining to sealing, SuperDeck gives you the products you need for every phase of the job.
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SPEEDHIDE® zero Interior Zero-VOC Latex Satin
PPG PAINTS™ SPEEDHIDE® zero Interior Zero-VOC Latex Satin is formulated to meet performance requirements of professional applicators. This low-odor paint is ideal for painting occupied spaces, while its quick dry allows fast recoat and a uniform, scrubbable finish. SPEEDHIDE zero satin provides good hide, touch-up and application properties for interior walls, ceilings and trim.
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From the Blogosphere
Is Branding Only for Large Companies?
If you own a small to medium size contracting business, chances are you have heard marketing professionals tell you that you need to build your brand or invest in branding your company. Hearing that you need to “do” marketing to build your brand does not sound good to most of you, because you are thinking, “Yeah but I need my phone to ring today!” I am right there with you. READ NOW
Federal Reserve Report on Household Economic Well-Being
According to a Federal Reserve analysis, U.S. households surveyed during October 2014 reported only modest improvements with respect to economic well-being but felt increasingly optimistic about the future. The Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED), first conducted in 2013, complements the triennial Survey of Consumer Finances, the Federal Reserve’s key report on household wealth. READ NOW  
How to keep interruptions from sabotaging your productivity
Do you find yourself getting interrupted too many times from doing the important work of your business? Congratulations! This is a common sign that means your business is growing, and that’s good news, right? It may not feel like good news though, when you find yourself working late into the evening because you didn’t get that proposal out or that client project completed. READ NOW
Utilize Murals and Stenciling to Upgrade Your Spaces
Each interior design project offers you a unique opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind space for your client. There are a wide variety of painting techniques that you can use to elevate interior design ideas into projects that will stand the test of time. READ NOW  
Charity Paint Give-Away; Recipient Announced!
Brooks Painting’s 9th annual Charity Paint Give-Away was narrowed down to three finalists and the public voted to determine the recipient. Yolo County Family Service Agency, Elaine Roberts-Musser, and Yolo County YMCA were the three finalists. Voting ended May 31st and the nominee with the most votes was Yolo County Service Agency. They will be the recipient of up to $10,000 in free painting services. READ NOW  
Keep Your Daily Focus with Meaningful KPI’s
Spring is here! Hopefully your phones are ringing. As work picks up for the season (depending on your seasonality), all the planning you’ve been doing will pay off. But as work picks up, so do the number of things that have to get done. Something’s gotta give. So, how can you stay focused on the Big Rocks, including financials? READ NOW

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Upcoming Industry Events
Building Owners and Managers Association International
Los Angeles, CA
June 28-30, 2015
2015 WIA National Convention and Vendor Showcase
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 10-13, 2015
2015 Commercial Paint Contractors Conference
Napa Valley Marriott
3425 Solano Ave. Napa, CA 94558
September 16-19, 2015
Knowledge Test
1. A “three point contact” on an extension ladder is: 1. a secure footing, 2. both top rails level on the climbing surface and 3. keep the flat portion of each rung parallel to the footing surface
2. Define draw down:
3. If blue and red make violet and red and yellow make orange, what does blue, red and yellow make?
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