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Monday, September 25, 2017

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Contractor Connect, a novel event putting some of the country’s largest painting contractors together with coating and abrasive suppliers and equipment manufacturers, is drawing near, and time is running out to reserve a spot.

Grand Marriott
Courtesy of Technology Publishing Co.

Contractor Connect will provide key industry information and prescheduled one-on-one meetings between contractors and suppliers and manufacturers of coatings, abrasives and equipment.

The hosted-buyer event, presented by Technology Publishing Co. (publisher of PaintSquare Daily News) will provide key industry information and prescheduled one-on-one meetings between contractors and suppliers. It takes place Nov. 8-10 at the historic Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa, in Point Clear, Alabama, on Mobile Bay.

Panel Discussions

In addition to the private meetings, the curriculum will offer three panel discussions composed of participating companies aimed at giving contractors the latest updates and vital information on coating technology, equipment and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new beryllium rule. The panels will be videotaped and converted into webinars available to the entire PaintSquare audience in early 2018.

The coating technology and equipment panels will be moderated by J. Peter Ault, of Elzly Technology Corporation. Ault, with more than 25 years of industry experience, is an active member of several technical societies, including SSPC, ASTM, NACE International, ASNE, SNAME and NPSE. He is a registered professional engineer in New York and New Jersey and holds coatings specialist certifications from both SSPC and NACE. Ault has a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Drexel University.

The beryllium rule discussion will be moderated by Alison B. Kaelin, of ABKaelin LLC. Kaelin, with more than 30 years in the industry, is a certified quality auditor and a NACE-certified coating inspector. She was a co-recipient of the 2016 Coatings Education Award, a co-recipient of the inaugural SSPC 2014 Women in Coatings Award, a 2012 JPCL Top Thinker, a 2012 JPCL Editor’s Award Winner and an SSPC Technical Achievement Award winner in 2005. Kaelin is also a JPCL contributing editor.

Other Activities

Contractor Connect will also feature a variety of networking activities, including an organized fishing charter on Mobile Bay and a special contractor-versus-supplier, Ryder Cup-format golf tournament.

This unique golf tournament, sponsored by BrandSafway, will be played at the Lakewood Golf Club, part of the legendary Robert Trent Jones Alabama Golf Trail.

Grand Marriott golf course

The event will include a Ryder Cup-format golf tournament at the Lakewood Golf Club.

Here is a partial list of participants committed to date for Contractor Connect:


  • Blastco (a TF Warren Company)
  • Brace
  • Chesapeake Mechanical & Coatings
  • Gemstone LLC
  • I.K. Stoltzfus Service Corp.
  • Long Painting Company
  • Manolis
  • New Kent Coatings
  • Odyssey Group
  • Park Derochie
  • Seminole Equipment Inc.
  • Southern Roadway & Bridge
  • Thomas Industrial Coatings Inc.
  • Titan Industrial Services Inc.
  • Vulcan Painters
  • Worldwide Industries


  • Aggreko
  • Abrasives Inc
  • BrandSafway
  • Chemline
  • Clemco
  • Graco
  • Greener Blast
  • Harsco
  • Induron Protective Coatings
  • Industrial Vacuum
  • Marine Equipment Supply
  • Strategic Materials
  • Titan Tool
  • U.S. Minerals

Networking and Fun

“Our role at Technology Publishing is to help facilitate the relationship between buyer and seller,” said Brion Palmer, CEO of Technology Publishing, which publishes JPCL, PaintSquare and data product Paint BidTracker. "Contractor Connect helps fulfill this mission by bringing these two parties together to make new industry contacts, foster business opportunities and have some fun in the process.

“The contractors that have committed to attending Contractor Connect represent more than $50 million in coatings and equipment buying power, according to our research data,” Palmer added. “The resort setting offered by the Grand Hotel Marriott provides a dynamic environment for networking in a relaxed setting and deal-making opportunities."

Companies still have the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Contractor Connect, but space is becoming very limited. Contact Bernadette Landon this week at 412-697-0184 or via email at for more information.


Tagged categories: Business matters; Coatings manufacturers; Contractors; Equipment manufacturers; Networking; Painting Contractor; Technology Publishing Co.

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