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    December 23

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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As 2015 closes, we face one of the most fundamental challenges in the paint and coating application’s history, too many old guys. Craftsmanship is up against a generation of teaching where the trades have been albatrossed as redhead step children. Like small brained parrots, the so-called educated mouthed, “Be smart and go to college, you will make more money and work in a growth environment”. A plan was hatched: in order to funnel more students into university, you need to get them through high school.
Millennials: Builders (and Paint Companies) Are Desperate to Hire You
Facing a labor shortage and an aging workforce, companies across the industry are trying out new methods for recruiting younger employees. When the builder Frank L. Blum Construction, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., was getting started in the 1920s, the company’s assets included an automobile, two concrete mixers, and a team of mules. One assumes the animals were paid in food.
EPA Violated Law to Promote Regulation
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated publicity or propaganda and anti-lobbying provisions contained in appropriations acts with its use of certain social media platforms in association with its “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rulemaking in fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Specifically, EPA violated the publicity or propaganda prohibition though its use of a platform known as Thunderclap that allows a single message to be shared across multiple Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts at the same time.
California & Muralo Paint Brands Acquired
Dow Financial terms weren’t announced. Delos Capital was the seller. Andover, Massachusetts-based California Products provides architectural interior and exterior paints and stains, tennis court and other sports surfaces coatings systems, and mold and abatement remediation coatings.
Dunn-Edwards Introduces Aristoshield
These new interior/exterior paints are ideal for use on high-end residential, commercial and industrial projects, where superior performance and durability are required. “For the first time ever, we’re offering a high-gloss finish, in addition to eggshell and semi-gloss – all in a complete range of tint bases,” said Ethan Opolion, product manager. “It’s a fabulous product that provides the upscale enamel look people want.”
Rodda Paint Names New President
Rodda Paint, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, announced a strategic succession plan for the future growth of the company. President & Chief Operating Officer at Rodda Paint Co, Bill Boone, said the change marks the culmination of a two year plan with Bill taking on a new role as Director of Strategic Accounts and David Wolf, presently Vice-President Industrial Sales, as the new President and Chief Operating Officer.
Industry News
Fiberlock Technologies Buys Down Under
Fiberlock Technologies, the USA’s leading manufacturer of products used to address environmental, safety and health hazards has acquired Dry-Treat, an Australian based world technology leader in the protection and maintenance of porous building materials. READ NOW        
PPG Changes the TIO2 Game
PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) today announced it has begun using chloride-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) produced in commercial quantities by Henan Billions Chemicals Co., Ltd., including PPG’s licensed chloride-based technology. READ NOW      
HomeAdvisor Selects PPG Paints
Contractors benefit from lead generation; homeowners matched with trusted professionals... READ NOW       
SpraySmart Marking Paint System by Rustoleum
A first of its kind, patent pending, propellant free delivery system for spraying marking paint. The Rust-Oleum SpraySmart system consists of a reusable device that runs on compression technology and disposable paint pouches. READ NOW      
SW Unveils Paint Shield
Paint Shield™ is the first EPA-registered paint that kills greater than 99.9% of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA, E. coli, VRE, and Enterobacter aerogenes within two hours of exposure on a painted surface. READ NOW      
Festool Celebrates the Season
From the Festool family to yours, we hope that you have a happy and safe holiday season. Have a merry Christmas and very happy New Year! READ NOW       
Small Business Expensing Permanent
Thanks to action from small business owners like you, a permanent small business expensing limit of $500,000 has passed the House and Senate in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. READ NOW       
Dow Dupont Merge
Will Create Highly Focused Leading Businesses in Agriculture, Material Science and Specialty Products; Intend to Subsequently Spin Into Three Independent, Publicly Traded Companies READ NOW      
Five Must-Haves for the Construction Office of the Future
The traditional 9-to-5 job came about during a time of vast industrial revolution. Farm workers moved into factories and offices, artificial light allowed offices to remain open longer, and public transportation options flourished.
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Cyber Attack the Odds are Getting Worse
Know any contractors who don’t use a single computer? Not likely. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Sherwin-Williams Tuff Surface™ Premium Texture Finish
Now available in Flat and New Eg-Shel Finish, Sherwin-Williams Tuff Surface™ Premium Texture Finish helps professionals achieve beautifully textured surfaces using less effort. Apply Tuff Surface to hide imperfections in uneven or damaged surfaces. For inviting spaces with long-lasting beauty, it is both reliable and cost effective.
Learn More
TB Crown Molding
• The professional painter can increase profits.
• Creative Crown moldings are 100% American made and recyclable.
• Our flat back design cuts at any position on most miter saws.
• Cost effective and east to install for a beginner or professional.
• No nails or fasteners required. Installs with painters caulk.
• Mounts to most surfaces; drywall, wood, concrete, brick, etc.
• Great for damp and wet areas.
• Does not contract or expand like wood moldings.
On the web at www.tbcrownmolding.com
Or visit your local Sherwin Williams Store

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