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         May 17

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Are you a commercial contractor? Or maybe the better question is do you work for general contractors? Well, if the answer is yes, we have an excellent, best practice guide for you to consider. The Associated General Contractors has a subcontractor’s group called the Specialty Contractors Council (SCC). The article is an interview with the SCC’s newly elected leader, Tim Sinclair from Wichita, KS. Tim career has been dynamic with widespread experience working as an estimator, project manager, and general contractor. Now he simultaneously runs several companies. Make sure to scroll down below the interview to read the checklist: Commercial Preconstruction Best Practice.
Commercial Preconstruction Best Practices
Following the Associated General Contactor’s National Convention held in Las Vegas in March, Tim Sinclair left with a new title: chair of AGC’s Specialty Contractors Council. A former estimator, project manager, and general contractor, the Wichita KS-based Sinclair will mark 15 years as owner and president of both Sinclair Masonry Inc. and Pal’s Glass Service. On top of that, he also runs a structural steel fabrication business and rebar shop. So, to say that Sinclair knows construction inside and out is not an exaggeration.
3 Ways to Lower Insurance Premiums
Many business executives believe insurance brokers have control over the quotes they provide, but that’s not the case. Insurance carriers control the price, and they provide the best rates to companies that proactively manage their risk. The less risky a contractor appears, the fewer claims it’s likely to have and the “safer” the company looks. Therefore, the lower the premium they are likely to get.
Spotlight On:
Keeps Paint Out. Keeps Lines Sharp.®
FrogTape® is the only painter's tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. PaintBlock is a super-absorbent polymer which reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed and providing the sharpest paint lines possible.
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Skilled Workers, Degree Required
When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., some 10,000 people showed up at a job fair for 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent of the applicants were able to pass a reading, writing and math screening test geared toward a ninth-grade education.
Color Selection
Making Color in Early America
Until the mid-1800s, all dyes came from natural sources, such as insects, roots, or minerals. Producing them was difficult and expensive. In 1856, an 18-year-old English chemist, William Henry Perkin, accidentally discovered one of the first synthetic dyes. In search of a treatment for malaria, Perkin experimented with coal tar, a thick, dark liquid by-product of coal-gas production. His experiment failed but left behind an oily residue that stained silk a brilliant purple. He called the dye mauveine.
Industry News
Akzo Nobel rejects third takeover proposal from PPG
Dutch paint maker Akzo Nobel (AKZO.AS) on Monday rejected a third takeover proposal from PPG Industries (PPG.N), leaving its larger U.S. rival to decide whether to make a formal bid without the support of Akzo’s board, or throw in the towel. READ NOW      
Behr Premium Deckover
The average family's below average deck gets an incredible makeover with the help of BEHR DECKOVER®. It's one great leap for bare feet! Available in 3 finishes, only at The Home Depot. READ NOW      
Regal Select Exterior Benjamin Moore
Regal Select Exterior High Build from Benjamin Moore has a durable finish resists fading, cracking and peeling. READ NOW      
PPG Architectural Coatings Dealer Video
Check out this video. READ NOW      
Rust-Oleum and Dubois Chemicals Announce Licensing Program
Rust-Oleum Corporation announced that it has formed a licensing program with Dubois Chemicals. READ NOW      
Bloomberg…Why It May Be Time for Akzo and PPG to Start Talking
PPG Industries Inc. CEO Michael McGarry said he plans to make a hostile takeover bid for Akzo Nobel NV if his sweetened offer of 26.9 billion euros ($28.8 billion) READ NOW      
PPG May Walk Away from AkzoNobel
PPG has reviewed AkzoNobel’s May 8, 2017, response to PPG’s revised proposal of April 24, 2017. READ NOW      
Sherwin-Williams Introduces Extreme Cover
Sherwin-Williams unveils Extreme Cover a Stain Blocking Paint and Primer, an all-in-one solution that features excellent blocking against common stains READ NOW      
Behind the Scenes of Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast 2018
Sue Wadden — and the whole Sherwin-Williams Colormix Color Forecast team at work on the 2018 announcement— see what goes on. READ NOW      
Pantone Color of the Year
Pantone 15-0343 Greenery is the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2017! READ NOW      
President Trump Pushes the Axe on the "Volks rule"
Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) commended President Trump for signing a resolution into law eliminating the Obama administration's controversial "Volks rule" READ NOW      
Product Introductions
3M | ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tapes
Whatever surface you're masking, plan on using the right tape for a clean removal and protection from paint bleed with every job. ScotchBlue Painter's Tape is specifically designed for both common and challenging masking situations. We'll save you time with sharp paint lines and incredible results the first time.
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Titan Red Series™ Airless Spray Guns
Squeeze out of your workday with Titan’s Red Series™, innovative spray guns built for the way you work. We’ve redefined spraying with practical innovations like comfortable ergonomic grips that feel as good as they look, with an ultra-light trigger, and on-board tools that make job site life easier.
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Sherwin Williams | Rejuvenate™ – The quickest and easiest way to restore siding.
Rejuvenate Siding Restoration Coating is an exterior paint and primer in one designed to maximize adhesion. This high build coating with SmoothFill Technology™ gives aged and weathered siding a smooth, uniform appearance. Learn more
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Featured Videos
New Titan RX-Pro™ Airless Spray Gun
An innovative spray gun built for the way you work, giving you ultimate comfort and control.
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