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         March 2

Welcome to Painting Pro Times where industry experts provide the latest information on industry trends as well as valuable news, and product information.
Painting Pro Times, the source for paint professionals!
Although the flowers are not blooming yet, the spring season is fast approaching. Another quarter will close shortly; still, there is enough time to push sales and production upward to end in positive territory. With the election cycle well underway, the 2016 economy may have more up-and-downs than a set of airport escalators. Put the pedal to the floor and load up with jobs. The overflowing work plate challenge is preferable to being on the hunt or waiting for projects to break.
Regulatory Review
EPA Changes RRP Rules
Effective February 17, 2016, the EPA has made two changes to the RRP regulation. The first change removes the requirement that renovator refresher training have a hands-on component. Now, RRP renovator update/refresher training may be taken online without a hands-on component. Since 2010, to become certified as a renovator, a person is required to complete a renovator course accredited by EPA or by a State program authorized by EPA. For initial certification, individual renovators still must complete an 8-hour hands-on training course.
What's Ahead for Small Business?
The results from the National Small Business Association’s 2015 Year-End Economic Report were mixed: Despite expecting an economic downturn, many small biz owners think 2016 will prove to be a profitable year. The 884 small business owners polled had a slightly less optimistic outlook on the overall economy than they had half a year ago. Only one-fifth said the economy is better off now than six months ago, while nearly half (48 percent) think it’s about the same. And 16 percent are expecting another recession in the next 12 months.
Industry News
AkzoNobel Acquires acquire BASF's Industrial Coatings business for €475 million
The transaction would include technologies, patents and trademarks, as well as securing supply to customers worldwide. READ NOW        
Maybe Fanatical Fans have found their color?
Meet the Flannerys who Reversed the Red Sox Curse READ NOW      
Covestro…Successful 1st Year
Adjusted EBITDA up 41.3% compared with 2014 to EUR 1.64 billion / Sales up 2.7% to EUR 12.08 billion / Leap in profits at Polycarbonates – CAS segment with record sales READ NOW       
Dunn Edwards Paint Hacks Existing coating water- or oil-based
Have a repainting project on the horizon? Before you start, it's important to know whether your existing paint is water or oil based. READ NOW      
Flood Wood Care launched the Flood Pro Series
Products utilize technology, extensive research findings for hard-working formulations READ NOW      
The Valspar Company
The Valspar supplies customers with a broad range of high-performing coatings & paint products for the consumer, packaging, construction & industrial markets. READ NOW       
Paint is Dead
The Worlds Fastest Color Change Car Wrap on a Mazda3 READ NOW       
EPA Proposes to Burden Business with Added Hoops for Hazardous Waste Generators
On Dec. 24, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the agency’s proposed rule, “Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements.” READ NOW        
Dryvit President and CEO Mike Murphy Elected President of EIFS Industry Association
Founded in 1981, EIMA is a national non-profit technical trade association comprised of leading manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and applicators involved in the EIFS industry.
READ NOW        
Portable, Suction-based Vacuum Clamping from Festool
New VAC SYS System Provides Highly Effective Work Platform READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Introducing the all new 3M™ Quick Latch Respirator. Featuring a convenient quick latch for easy on and off, plus 3M™ Cool Flow™ technology for cool comfort.
Sherwin-Williams Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint
Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint now offers a true flat sheen with the same great washability, durability and burnish resistance as the matte and glossier sheens. Unlike other flat paints that claim washability, the new, technologically advanced finish for Emerald is truly flat and cleanable.
Learn More

Featured Videos
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Upcoming Industry Events
2016 PDCA Painting & Decorating EXPO
New Orleans, Louisiana
March 9-12, 2016
2016 WIA National Convention and Vendor Showcase
Charlotte, North Carolina
September 16-17, 2016
Knowledge Test
1. The Painting & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) is the third oldest professional coating association in the US.
2. When measuring paint or coating sheen, how many Gloss Levels? Hint: disregard individual company marketing labels.
3. According to the Master Painters Institute (MPI), what level of “drywall finish” is recommended for an eggshell sheen or higher?
Mark Casale ppt@extensionmedia.com
Publisher/Sales Director: Melissa Sterling msterling@extensionmedia.com
Sales Manager: Jenna Johnson jjohnson@extensionmedia.com