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As seasonal temperatures rise, exterior paint and coating application heats up. Most paint professionals are juggling projects and wondering if the old guys will continue working on Saturdays. In a regular climate, small business is a fast paced balance of getting jobs, knocking out work, collecting the money and keeping good associates. When it is raining work, many companies may be forced to turn away projects (due to a lack of skilled manpower), while others may defer jobs for the few customers willing and/or able to wait.
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Contractor Survey
The Paint Contractor Survey is a result of reaching out to a large sample of paint contractors across the country to gain insight into the architectural coatings industry to allow us to analyze current and prospective business conditions. The results are largely representative of the paint store channel as that is where the vast majority of contractors buy their paint. Paint stores represent roughly 50% of the U.S. architectural paint industry while home centers (35%) and independent dealers (15%) make up the rest.
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Looking Rosy at BM
While some other retail stores are struggling, Benjamin Moore dealers added 235 locations last year, showing confidence in what they say is the best — but not the cheapest — paint, as well as the guy in charge. Michael Searles is nearing his five-year mark as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s paint division.
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Origins of Craftsmanship
The History of SW
The Sherwin-Williams Company, a pioneer in the development of the paint industry, was established in Cleveland in 1866 by Henry A. Sherwin. Sherwin, who came to Cleveland from Vermont in 1860, worked as a bookkeeper at Freeman & Kellogg, a dry goods store, before becoming a bookkeeper for the wholesale grocer George Sprague & Co. Eventually, Sherwin settled in at the Truman Dunham & Co, again as a bookkeeper.
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Industry News
Behr Unveils New Wood Finish
Quick-Dry Oil Base Wood Finish joins the Behr coatings lineup as our most advanced oil formula for decks, fences and siding. Click here for more      
Bathtub Refinishing – New Low Odor, VOC Compliant Topcoat Systems
Hawk Research Laboratories, LLC has launched a new series of VOC compliant (California regulations), low odor topcoat systems. Click here for more      
PPG to open its largest North American distribution center
PPG (NYSE:PPG) announced plans for a new distribution center in Flower Mound, Texas. Click here for more      
Rust-Oleum launches Varathane Classic interior wood care products
Rust-Oleum and The Home Depot announced an expanded partnership of the Varathane brand that now includes the Varathane Classic assortment of interior wood stains, polyurethanes, spar varnish, wood putty, stain markers, fill sticks, as well as a full line of WATCO lacquers. Click here for more      
Sherwin-Williams Announces New Magazine for Latino Painting Professionals
Pintor PRO magazine, the only coatings magazine written in Spanish and published specifically for Latinos, is available now in print and online at swpintorpro.com. Click here for more      
CA Lead Paint Case Reaches a Partial Settlement
Two companies continue disputing the judgement: Sherwin-Williams Company and ConAgra Grocery Products, while NL Industries decided to settle with no admission of wrong doing. Click here for more      
New Battery Backpack Blower
The new EGO POWER+ 600 CFM Backpack Blower performs better than many gas-powered models; it’s also 8 times quieter and weighs half as much as comparable gas blowers. Click here for more      
Job openings and wages remain strong, according to the NFIB
Record high levels of small business owners are reporting increased employee compensation and hiring numbers continue to grow, according to NFIB’s monthly Jobs Report, released today. Click here for more      
ABC Attends White House Presentation of Apprenticeship Report
ABC’s Greg Sizemore the secretaries of labor, education, commerce and stakeholders from industry, education and government in the Oval Office on May 10 to present the final report from the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion to President Trump. Click here for more      
Highest Paid Occupations in Construction
According to the most recent release of the by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), half of payroll workers in construction earn more than $45,820. 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 | Excellent Durability, Washability and Moisture Resistance
Duration Home paint and primer in one features Moisture Resistant Technology offering quick return to service (as little as two hours) & durability in moist environments like bathrooms. It also has exclusive cross-linking technology that repels stains and advanced stain blocking technology to seal in stains already on your walls.
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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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