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The economy is expanding. Peeking through PPT’s glasses, it is looking rose colored. Over the last year, small business’s gravest concern has shifted from regulation and tax oppression to the worker shortage. Here, we sounded the Millennial no show alarm in 2012 and have continued on about it. Industry wide, we observed the technically skilled exodus. Part of skill black hole is from the dreaded, constant age demographics. The rest of the decline happened seemingly overnight, because of a It was the massive worker walk-away from the great and extended 2007 recession.
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Drug Testing
Whether your small business already has an employee drug-testing or drug-free work policy, or is considering adopting one, first know this: The National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance says small businesses bear the greatest burden of substance abusers. Why? Drug users might be less likely to apply to jobs at large companies, which traditionally have established, companywide policies on drug use. Instead, they may seek employment at small companies with fewer resources (and motivation) to perform tests.
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Small Business is Hiring
Small businesses continue to demonstrate strong economic growth, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)’s April monthly Jobs Report. Fifty-seven percent of small business respondents indicated they are hiring or planning to hire, up four points from March. A net 33 percent of small business owners also report higher worker compensation, on par with the previous month and the highest reading since 2000.
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New Material Lighter/Stronger than Steel
Machine learning algorithms pinpoint new materials 200 times faster than previously possible. Combining artificial intelligence with experimentation sped up the discovery of metallic glass by 200 times. The new material’s glassy nature makes it stronger, lighter and more corrosion-resistant than today’s best steel.
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Regulatory Review
Paint Remover: EPA Takes Aim at Small Business
On May 10, the EPA announced that a new regulation is about to be enacted for MC and NMP: two essential chemicals in paint removers. This is not good. The decision to regulate chemical paint removal is based on flawed assumptions, much like the RRP fiasco.
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Industry News
Where Benjamin Moore Paint is Made (:30)
At Benjamin Moore, we’re proudly particular. That’s why there are eight research and development laboratories and a 175,000 square foot test farm at our facility in Flanders, New Jersey. Click here for more      
Dunn-Edwards Paints Introduces ENDURACAT
Enduracat is intended for use on properly prepared interior metal, wood, drywall and masonry, and provides superior adhesion, excellent chemical resistance, and outstanding washability. Click here for more      
Festool’s MX 1200 Mixer: Maximum Comfort and Control (1:04)
Maximize comfort and control when doing the dirty work of mixing and stirring. Click here for more      
PPG industrial coatings (2:54)
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Graco Reports Record Sales and Operating Earnings
Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG) announced results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2018. Strong Sales Growth in All Segments and Regions Click here for more      
Rust-Oleum Rust Dissolver Products (:40)
Remove rust with Rust-Oleum® Rust Dissolver – a water-based product specially formulated to remove rust and oxidation on a variety of surfaces without scraping. Apply it with a brush or as a bath. Click here for more      
Titan Capspray 95/105/115 HVLP Sprayer (2:12)
As a leader in spraying technology, Titan manufactures and markets a full line of professional-grade paint sprayers for applying a variety of coatings. Click here for more      
New Augmented Reality Color Feature from Sherwin-Williams
Visualize Paint Colors on any Wall in Real Time now available for free in Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer app Click here for more      
Sherwin-Williams to become 'nationwide supplier' of paints to Lowe's U.S. stores
Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW) and Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s Cos. are growing their partnership, according to a news release. Click here for more      
EPA Regulation Alert!!!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced upcoming actions on methylene chloride, a chemical that can be used for paint stripping. Click here for more      
Product Introductions
Titan® Red Series® Airless Spray Guns
Grasp the future with Titan’s Red Series®, innovative spray guns built for the way you work. The RX-Apex is the newest addition built with practical innovations like the Infinity Packing™ , an ultra-customizable grip and All-Day Trigger™, delivering more comfort and making jobsite life easier. Watch the video and find out more at titantool.com/RedSeries.         
Sherwin-Williams | Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel
Ideal for windows, doors, and trim, Emerald® Interior/Exterior Urethane Trim Enamel improves efficiency and aesthetics. Emerald goes on in fewer coats and is formulated to stand up to frequent cleanings. Available in satin, semi-gloss and gloss sheens, Emerald delivers a long-lasting look your homeowners will love.
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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
International Workshop & Tech Tour
London and Oxford
May 22 - 27, 2018
2018 Unconventional Convention
Denver, CO
Sept 13 - 15, 2018
Knowledge Test
1. There are six Gloss Levels of interior paint for new gypsum:
2. Before the 1850s, the rarest color was:
3. According to the industry standard, when estimating footage, a 6" piece of running trim should be calculated at:
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