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In a few weeks, half of 2017 will be done and whether it is knee or neck deep in alligators, savvy businesses constantly take actions that elevate the company, while individual professionals who are leaders move forward with speed and thirst to pump up their craftsmanship. It is important not to be too busy at work; we must direct the rise above the herd by advancing business acumen and/or skills.Unfortunately, like the term “quality”, “continuous improvement” is over used, undervalued, and often left aside unmeasured.
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5 Tips to Get the Highest Level of Cooperation
We know you must cooperate in order to succeed, but most organizations settle for a very low level of cooperation when they develop strategic partnerships. They could, however, improve their results by pushing the envelope of what's possible. A growing trend in business is co-opetition. Co-opetition is a buzzword coined to describe cooperative competition (several people take credit for creating the word).
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Fun Stuff
Black & Blue
This Fun Stuff is more educational than usual so science and color nerds…get the party started. We are going from black to blue. In fact, these are darkest blacks ever developed. The first video is a nano coating and gets its dark qualities from a dense nanotube structure, which minimizes light reflectance. The second clip is not nano based and is so dark the human eye mostly sees three dimensional objects as flat or two dimensional. Reportedly, this material has the lowest light reflectance of any coating made to date.
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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.
Learn more at frogtape.com.
Tech Talk
When Paint Turns Yellow, You'll See Red
You rejoice because you've landed that dream job. You've got the contract to paint that new mega-mansion in your home town. To add to the dream, the interior decorator chooses an easy color schedule with most rooms being painted white with a few areas being a pastel blue. And the best part of the dream is that all of the trim matches the wall color, so cut in will be relatively easy.
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Industry News
BREAKING NEWS - Valspar Deal gets Greenlight from FTC
The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) today announced it has received regulatory approval from the United States Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Canadian Competition Bureau (“CCB”) to complete its acquisition of The Valspar Corporation (NYSE: VAL). READ NOW      
Benjamin Moore's "Color Lock"
Aura Interior Paint from Benjamin Moore utilizes our own Proprietary Color Lock technology for richer colors that stay true over time. READ NOW      
Comex Sets GUINNESS World Record
PPG Comex and its more than 750 dealers recently collaborated in Acapulco, Mexico, to achieve the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest mosaic created with cans of paint in the world. READ NOW      
Graco Sets First Quarter Sales Record
Sales increased 12 percent, led by double-digit growth in the Contractor segment. Gross profit margin rate was more than 1 percentage point higher than the first quarter last year due to realized pricing and higher production volume. READ NOW      
Glidden Paint This is Painting
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Magnolia Home at Miller Paint
Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint Available at Miller Paint May 22 READ NOW      
Washing a Deck 101
No finish will last long if it's applied to a dirty surface. Pressure washing your deck is an important beginning step, and in some cases, it's the only preparation you'll need before refinishing. READ NOW      
PRO on the Go: Working with Architects
What's the worst thing you can do when working with an architect? Sherwin-Williams asked Gina Koert of Shamrock Painting in Denver for insider secrets. READ NOW      
Some Ready for More Vibrant Colors
New study for Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week reveals color perceptions for the home READ NOW      
Tnemec Expands R&D Facility
Tnemec Company Inc., a leading manufacturer of protective coatings and linings, opened the doors of its new research and development facility on March 30, 2017. READ NOW      
Rock-star Audio…Festool's SYSROCK Jobsite Radio
Fill the shop or jobsite with unbelievably big sound from the tiny 6" Jobsite Radio that weighs less than 2 lbs. (0.7 kg). READ NOW      
Kärcher Easy!Force
New Pressure Washing Gun 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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Introducing the Titan PowrBeast™
Power, durability and performance have a new master. Introducing the PowrBeast™ from Titan. The world’s most powerful direct immersion sprayer. Featuring extremely efficient digital hydraulics, an optimized cooling system and field serviceable fluid section, the PowrBeast™ series takes hydraulic sprayers to new heights. Find out more at
titantool.com/beast.
     
Sherwin Williams | NEW ENHANCED FORMULAS
Several products in the Sherwin-Williams® SuperDeck line feature enhanced formulas. SuperDeck Waterborne Semi-Transparent Deck Stain, with a new 3-year warranty, and the Waterborne Solid Color Deck Stain offer improved durability. The Deck and Dock coating offers enhanced performance on rough, aged surfaces. SuperDeck is the most complete deck care system available.
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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.
Upcoming Industry Events
Legislative Week
Washington, DC
June 19th - 23rd 2017
Commercial Contractors Conference
ALBERTA CANADA
Sept 19th - 22nd 2017
Knowledge Test
1. Until the mid-1800s, all dyes (colorants) came from natural sources, such as insects, roots, or minerals.
2. If a professional is paid a wage of $20 per hour, the national average cost to the company expressed as percentage is:
3. The best practice of washing before sanding trim on interior repaint projects is based on:
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