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WWII Ship Enlisting Restoration Help

A rare veteran of the Allied invasion of Normandy is in need of a facelift, and her minders have put out a call to make that happen.


Plum Job: $23M Bridge Painting Let

They may have grape expectations now, but crews of a Florida industrial painting contractor will probably be dreaming in purple by the time they complete their next big project.


WI Pilot to Have Drivers Seeing Orange

What road marking color do motorists see best? Traditional yellow and white, or maybe something else? That's the question that Wisconsin is putting to the test.


Quebec to Gates: #PaintYourBridgeBill

Two Quebec-area mayors want the richest man in the world to open his wallet and paint a bridge.


SSPC, NACE Revising Applicator Standard

NACE and SSPC are seeking input on their joint applicator certification standard as they prepare to review and revise the standard.


Getting it Right: How to Use SSPC-PA 2

A large coated area can require hundreds of readings to make sure the dry film thickness is just right.


White Cars on Popularity Hot Streak

Holding on to its title for four years in a row, white was named the most popular shade on vehicles around the world.


Loopy Lane Lines a Viral Hit

Employers: If your next painting applicant boasts experience with striping roads in Russia, you might want to keep looking.


5 SSPC Courses Added for Vets

Veterans interested in coatings training now have five additional programs to choose from, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced.


Painter Gets a Brush ... with the Law

Angry with speeding drivers, a Pennsylvania man took the matter (and a paint brush) into his own hands by painting "SLOW 25 MPH" in the middle of the street.


Aviation Painters Forum Takes Off

Like aviation technology itself, coatings for today's aircraft are changing constantly, bringing high-stakes challenges that have turned a group of industry competitors into collaborators.


New Standard Underway for Pigment Loss

ASTM is proposing a new standard that will provide definitive instructions for conducting a pigment loss on ignition test.


U.S.-Ordered Sale to Profit Graco

A shotgun divorce ordered by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission will end lucratively for Graco Inc., as the spray-equipment giant prepares to sell of its Liquid Finishing business at a nine-f...


Painters Serve a Storied Battleship

A 72-year-old World War II veteran is enjoying a much-needed facelift, thanks to a group of painters from New Jersey and a coating supplier.


Coating Gage Extends Thickness Range

A new thickness gage for non-destructively measuring polyurea and other coatings on concrete builds on previous versions with added features, according to manufacturer DeFelsko Corp.


Virtual Tour Reveals New Paint Shop

Chrysler is showing off its brand-new Michigan paint shop with a little help from Google, giving anyone with Internet access an up-close look at its shiny new facility and fancy robots.


Zinc Primers Tout Crack Self-Healing

Hempel has announced a portfolio of three new anti-corrosive zinc primers developed for a wide range of industries and applications, from offshore oil and gas to wind turbines.


CA Man Fined for Defacing Graffiti

After defacing two Banksy murals in Utah, a California man will pay $13,000 to clean the graffiti he added to the murals, which are considered works of art.


Israeli Air Force Strips Chopper Coatings

Years of heavy-duty coatings have apparently become too heavy for Israel’s attack helicopters, prompting authorities to peel off the paint to lighten the choppers’ load.


Paint May Pack an Asteroid Punch

Industrial coating techniques could hold the key to saving Earth from killer asteroids, a group of researchers contends.


Graffiti Strikes a Russian Nerve

Russian officials are pleading with Bulgarians: Lay down your paint brushes, and please stop desecrating the Monument of the Soviet Army.


Tower Coating Problem Probed

A reported coatings application error on a $99 million air traffic control tower may cost millions of dollars to repair and could set back the project a year, according to a Las Vegas newspa...


New Bridge Already Needs New Paint

Although well shy of its first birthday, the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge already needs to be repainted, according to a new report.


How-To Steers through Thick and Thin

Making sure concrete coatings are applied just right—not too thick and not too thin—is the focus of the next installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


Mural Goes Up Before Road Goes Down

A 62-foot section of a doomed double-deck highway in Seattle just got a bright yellow paint job, costing the city nearly $10,000 and leaving some locals scratching their heads.


Compact Lift Offers Rotating Platform

Lift-A-Loft has introduced a vertical mast lift designed for compact spaces in industrial applications.


Webinar Aids Safe Painting at Heights

Ensuring the right equipment to protect painters working at heights will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Coating How-tos, through Thick and Thin

Tracking wet film thickness throughout a project—to avert dry film curveballs later on—is the focus of the newest PaintSquare Video Learning Center installment.


IUPAT Launches Training for Veterans

A new program is providing free training to U.S. military veterans in the industrial coating sector, with plans to expand into other coursework soon.


A Coating Cure for the Car-Wash Blues?

If you’ve resisted buying a white car for fear it would show too much dirt, fear no more.


Hydrant Artists Irk San Francisco

Call it art or call it vandalism: By any name, the unauthorized spray painting of dozens of fire hydrants across San Francisco is costing the city a small fortune and could be endangering pu...


New Tool Measures Powder Coatings

DeFelsko has launched a new non-contact powder thickness gauge for measuring uncured powder coatings.


Paint Lights ‘Route 66 of the Future’

Tomorrow’s highway has arrived on a short stretch of a Dutch roadway where glowing green road markings have replaced street lights.


ACA Launches Education Tools

The American Coatings Association has announced a new education section on its website, dedicated to professional development opportunities and information.


Coatings Get Rad at RadTech

A wide range of coatings industry topics and exhibitors will be on tap at RadTech's three-day conference on ultraviolet and electron beam equipment, raw materials and formulated products.


Polyurea/Foam Sprayer Gets a Makeover

Software and hardware advances to improve application accuracy and data tracking lead the list of upgrades in Graco Inc.'s new Reactor 2.


GM Spends $1.2B on New Paint Plants

General Motors broke ground Monday (March 3) on a $600 million environmentally friendly paint shop in Flint, MI, bringing to $1.2 billion the automaker’s paint plant investment in the last y...


Reindeer Hope Collisions Glow Away

Glowing reindeer are roaming around Finland, but instead of red noses lighting the way, these animals are equipped with fluorescent antlers.


Spray Guns Boast Uniform Pattern

Lightweight spray guns that handle industrial coatings have been introduced by Finishing Brands, the Toledo, OH-based manufacturer of Binks industrial finishing equipment.


Houston Gears Up for Competition, Show

Industrial painters seeking a few hundred bucks and priceless bragging rights could take home both in the upcoming annual painting competition hosted by the Houston Coating Society.


Valspar Sales Growth Paints Q1 Green

A 10 percent boost in its Coatings segment has the Valspar Corp. off to “a good start” in 2014, the company reported Wednesday (Feb. 12).


USS Yorktown Gets 500-Gallon Facelift

A World War II veteran is getting a stopgap coating job after 20 years while her tenders seek funds for a complete $3 million redo.


Horse Stripes Shoo Flies

In Germany, a real-life horse of a different color is proving hot to trot against its age-old nemesis.


Thermal Paint Pops Out Icy Warning

Dangerously icy roads in Austria have officials experimenting with painted signs that appear only when the temperature plummets.


On the Road, White Flexes its Might

The automotive coatings industry may be the only place where people see black and white through rose-colored glasses.


Worker Injured at Pipe Coating Company

A temporary worker at a Pennsylvania pipe coating company is lucky to be alive after a large steel pipe fell on his back and pinned him face first to the ground, authorities said.


Fischer Overhauls Poroscope Line

Fischer Technology has completely redesigned its line of Poroscope portable holiday detectors, the company announced.


60K Airline Workers Pick New Paint

It was a close race, but American Airlines employees have spoken, voting to repaint hundreds of aircraft with a new red, white and blue flag design.


Navy Likes Ike’s New Paint Protocol

A promising new painting technique being piloted aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower may change the way the Navy does industrial painting on all of its aircraft carriers.


SSPC Announces New Polyurea Standard

Performance requirements for polyurea and polyurea/polyurethane hybrid coatings used to protect industrial structures are the focus of a new technical standard by SSPC: The Society for Prote...


Sky-High Paint Job Goes to a Vote

A recent merger has American Airlines saying “out with the old and in with the new.” Wait, maybe they want “in with the old and out with the new.”


N. Korea Faked Military Jets with Camo

Apparently attempting to paint a stronger military presence, North Korea reportedly slapped a camouflage coating on several cargo planes and flew them over Pyongyang during a parade, news re...


JPCL Europe Announces October Edition

Mitigating corrosion under insulation, using epoxy systems, and properly preparing concrete are a few of the topics covered in the free, digital October edition of JPCL Europe, availa...


Color-Changing Car Paint is Hot

A viral video of a car coating that changes color in hot water, à la Hot Wheels Color Shifters, has garnered 2.7 million views and sent people worldwide lining up to try it.


Billionaire Sues over Yacht Coatings

Unhappy with the paint job on his mega-yacht, a Russian billionaire is taking AkzoNobel to court, seeking $100 million in a claim of unsatisfactory work.


Bot Boasts the Stroke of Genius

Industrial painting robots are nothing new, but their strength has always been technical precision and perfect replication—not sophisticated artistry.


New Polyurea Unit Tackles Tight Spaces

Secondary containment spill prevention, waterproofing, truck bedliners and other projects that demand portability are the industrial applications served by Graco's new Reactor E-10hp High-Pr...


IL Town Fires Up its Artistic Side

Fire hydrants in Geneva, IL, are getting an artistic makeover, compliments of individuals who “adopted” the hydrants through a new city program.


Free Webinar to Cover DFT Measurements

Using SSPC’s standard for dry coating thickness measurement requirements will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Free Webinar Covers Polyurea Standard

Polyureas, polyurethanes and the latest industry standard for field application of those coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Painter Dispute Wipes Smile From Tower

An unfinished paint job has erased the beloved signature smile from the water tower of a New Jersey Shore town and plastered a big, fat frown on the faces of its 895 residents.


Painting a Solution to Eagle Deaths?

Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy is undertaking a major research effort to see if strategic painting of wind turbines can help reduce one of the industry’s toughest problems: p...


Contractors Indicted in 10-Year Fraud

A North Carolina construction company and five individuals have been charged in a massive fraud that allegedly used bogus small-business and disadvantaged-business designations to obtain mor...


$850M Revives Auto Paint Plant Plans

Once on the chopping block, an automotive paint shop in Michigan is now being transformed into a state-of-the-art facility as part of an $850 million investment by Chrysler Group LLC.


$1.5M Awarded for Thin-Film R&D

A United States military research and development agency awarded $1.5 million in a three-year project to develop new ways to apply thin-film coatings to military equipment without using exce...


Spray Booth Light Cart Gets New Design

An updated paint booth cart light enables better mobility and light fixture protection, Larson Electronics announced.


Mini-Pumps Serve Tight Spray Spaces

Quikspray Inc. has introduced two mini-pumps—one electric and one manual—designed to dispense a wide variety of materials in tight spaces.


‘Big Rig’ Sprayer Offers Easy Conversion

A new heavy-duty gas hydraulic sprayer for protective coatings eliminates the need to haul around an air compressor.


Coating eBooks Cover Railcar, Pipelines

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for railcars and transmission pipeline is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings


Seeing Red: Gun Pulled Over Paint Job

A Washington State man tracked a city employee to his home and pulled a loaded gun on him after being told to repaint a fire hydrant because it violated city code, police say.


New eBooks Guide Plant Coatings

Free technical guidance on coatings for power and wastewater plants is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL.


Webinar Looks At Analyzing Soluble Salts

A look at selecting specific procedures for retrieving soluble salts and determining the concentration of salts will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


New Paint Criticized on Canadian Plane

A new paint job on a government airplane is sticking Canada’s taxpayers with a $50,000 bill and leaving them seeing red, white and blue.


Boeing’s New Bots Slash Painting Work

New robotic aircraft painters deployed by Boeing Corp. have reduced a multi-day production process to just minutes, with perfect quality each time, the company says.


The Art of Street Maintenance

Black is a bore. Or so the city of Madison, WI, thinks, which is why City Council is currently mulling over an ordinance that would allow approved groups to decorate intersections and roads ...


How-to Helps Measure Surface Conditions

A how-to guide to properly measuring ambient conditions is the latest in an original series of video tutorials presented by KTA-Tator Inc. and produced by PaintSquare.


Graco Adds 2 Portable Airless Sprayers

Graco has unveiled a series of airless sprayers designed to handle a wide range of hot potted coatings applications.


‘Stupid,’ ‘Bizarre’ Lines Draw Laughs

It was both confusing and amusing when a contractor in a UK town painted double yellow lines in an alleyway, leaving only 13 inches of space between them. But the fix was what really set peo...


Binks Releases New Pumps, Expands Line

Binks has added two new models to its line of industrial pumps and expanded its piston pump line.


Paint Shop Tax Fraud Nets 8-Year Term

The owner of an auto paint and repair shop will spend eight years behind bars after stiffing the state of South Dakota on sales tax returns.


Webinar Examines New Spray Technology

A look at the newest plural-component spray technology used to apply today's high-solids protective coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Graco Settles 2nd Anti-Trust Case

For the second time in less than a year, spray-equipment giant Graco Inc. has agreed to settle federal anti-trust claims related to a takeover of its competitor.


‘Angry Citizens’ Paint Pothole Protest

Fed up with the capital's crumbling roads, a group of Moscow activists has mounted a spray-paint attack on city potholes, hoping to gain action from local officials.


GM 5000 Boasts Lightweight Comfort

Wagner Industrial Solutions has introduced an electrostatic spray gun designed for improved ergonomics and efficiency.


New Coating eBooks Focus on Oil and Gas

Technical guidance on coatings for chemical and petrochemical plants and offshore platforms are the focus of two new, free eBooks published by JPCL.


Now, The Artist Formerly Known as 43

We've had Cher, Madonna, Prince (and his multiple identities and glyphs). So why not an artistic alias that's a number? Especially when that number has a unique place in American history?


The Robotic Future of Repainting Roads

Robots guided by visual systems could be the future of transportation maintenance, particularly for the endless repainting of pavement markings on the nation's roadways, a new project sugges...


Defending Space with Spray Paint

Graffiti often pops up at unexpected heights and locations, but spray painting may also hold the key to deflecting asteroids from Earth, an aerospace researcher contends.


Car Owner Gets Striped into a Ticket

Eager crews of city painters and parking enforcers have managed to render a legal parking space illegal, tow the car, and fine the innocent owner—all in one messy municipal mashup.


Wooster Tool Eases Pipe Painting

For painting pipes and other curved substrates, the Wooster Brush Company has introduced a new tool.


Free eBook Focuses on Bridge Coating

Safety, quality, decision-making and other hands-on issues vital to a successful coating project are among the topics of a new, free eBook available from JPCL.


GM to Invest $600M in KS Paint Shop

General Motors has announced plans to spend $600 million on a brand-new paint shop, including new technology and environmental enhancements.


New Lights for Hazardous Locations

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has announced the addition of several new products this year, including a hazardous location-approved LED light fixture and a fluorescent light fixture wit...


Navy Ship to Get Camo Paint Job

Decades removed from the “razzle dazzle” camoflauge paint jobs used on warships, the U.S. Navy has decided to bring camo back, announcing a decision to use a similar scheme on littoral comba...


Dura-A-Flex Expands Applicator Training

Dur-A-Flex has added a second location and additional sessions to its Applicator Training Program (ATP), expanding the program to the company's facility in Ontario, CA.


New Adhesion Tester For Site or Lab

For those who need to test coatings adhesion in small spaces and on a variety of substrates, a new, portable pull-off adhesion tester is now available from Elcometer.


Sprayer Hones Fireproofing Accuracy

Data reporting technology that helps contractors ensure accurate, on-ratio application of fire-protective coatings is the key to Graco's new XM PFP Plural-Component Sprayer.


Carboline Named in BP Refinery Suit

BP is suing protective coatings giant Carboline and four other companies, alleging that steel they provided and fireproofed for a multibillion-dollar refinery project is defective and causin...


Snow Plows Get Artistic Touch

For most kids, local snowplows have traditionally been mere killjoy pieces of equipment that open the dreaded path to school on snowy days. Now, however, students across the country are embr...


Sherwin-Williams Suit Brushes Wooster

Two of the nation's biggest and oldest paint industry names are locked in litigation over trade infringement on paint-brush packaging.


Nu Flow Adds New Pipe Coating Option

Nu Flow has broadened its pipe lining work by adding spin casting technology to its portfolio.


Top 20 U.S. Painting Contractors Named

For the second straight year, The Brock Group, of Houston, TX, sits firmly atop the largest painting contractors in the United States in terms of revenues, according to a new ranking by E...


Industrial Painting Committee Seeks Members

SSPC’s venerable Industrial Painting Committee has appointed new leadership and is seeking new member companies.


Free Webinar to Brush Up on Application

Advances in plural-component coatings have improved the systems’ performance but changed the game for applicators. “Applying Plural-Component Coatings,” a free JPCL/SSPC webinar se...


Global Show of Young Painting Prowess

Vocational training is often overlooked in these college-focused times, but there is one place where young painters and other industrial tradespeople still take the world’s center stage.


Nordson Industrial Coating Unit Grows

Nordson Corp., maker of industrial coatings equipment, has announced the acquisition of Sealant Equipment & Engineering.


IUPAT Opens $3.5M Training Facility

The world’s largest painters’ union has launched a $3.5 million facility that aims to be the country’s premiere training site for industrial, commercial and residential painters and related ...


Cordless Sprayers Handle Heavy Coatings

Graco Inc. has rolled out two new heavy-duty, cordless, handheld, airless sprayers designed for high-performance epoxies, polyurethanes and other protective coatings in industrial and marine...


Nuclear Plant Coating Takes the Plunge

Commercial nuclear divers and a protective coatings maker have teamed up to complete a dramatic underwater coatings project at a nuclear plant.


Brushes Made for Safer Application

New Habit Inc. has introduced a series of ergonomically designed, long-handled brushes aimed at safer, faster, more comfortable application of protective coatings.


PennDOT Treats Roadkill to New Coat

Neither rain, nor snow, nor dead raccoons can stay the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's painters from their appointed rounds.


Vulcan Painters Names New President

For the first time in 30 years, Vulcan Painters Inc., of Birmingham, AL, has a new president.


ePipe Patents In-Place Repair Process

Pipe Restoration Technologies LLC, owner of ACE DuraFlo, has been awarded its fifth patent for methods designed to improve the in-place cleaning and coating of smaller-diameter pipes.


Bredero Shaw Wins $100M Coating Project

Bredero Shaw, the world’s largest pipe coating company, has received a contract valued at more than $100 million from McDermott Australia Pty. Ltd. to provide pipeline coatings and related p...


SSPC Revises DFT Standard

SSPC has announced that it has made technical revisions and editorial clarifications to its coating application standard, SSPC-PA 2, Procedure For Determining Conformance To Dry Coating Thic...


Nordson Expands Liquid Application Line

Nordson Corp., supplier of liquid dispensing technology, has launched a new line of non-electrostatic guns, stainless steel pumps and plural-component metering systems for liquid application...


Coating Claims a Superhero Substrate

Note to self: Submarine paint is for submarines. Face paint is for faces. When in doubt, check the MSDS.


FTC Moves to Strip Graco of ITW Units

Spray-equipment giant Graco Corp. will have to sell off the lion’s share of the businesses it just acquired from chief rival Illinois Tool Works to settle antitrust allegations that have dog...


Titan Debuts New Spray Tip Technology

Paint spray equipment supplier Titan Tool Inc. has introduced the TR1 airless paint spray tip, billed as “the industry’s newest tip technology.”


Gen-Compressor Combo Saves Space, Fuel

Coatings operations can take advantage of Next Generation’s new patent-pending Gen-Air-Ator, which couples a 1,800 rpm diesel generator with a rotary vane air compressor.


NY Bridge Painter Feared Dead in Fall

A 35-year-old bridge painter is missing and presumed dead after he fell from the Throgs Neck Bridge in New York, apparently while doing something to his safety harness.


Disputed Graco-ITW Deal Moves Forward

Reversing course, the Federal Trade Commission has green-lighted Graco’s controversial takeover of ITW Finishing LLC—with one big regulatory but.


Painting Contractor to Lead ASA

A St. Louis painting contractor has been elected president of the American Subcontractors Association for 2012-13.


Coating Fiasco Plagues Sewage Plant

Officials in the Newfoundland capital of St. John’s are working to repair and sue their way out of a major coating failure that has shut down a 2-million-gallon tank at a fairly new $150 mil...


FTI Honors 2 Apprentices of the Year

Coating industry elders despairing of the next generation can take heart from two young painters who have just been named 2011 “Apprentices of the Year” by their Finishing Trades Institute D...


Honeywell Exec to Head Safway Services

Safway Services LLC, the fast-growing North American provider of scaffolding and access equipment and services, has announced the appointment of Bill Hayes as President.


Rain Botches Bridge’s New Coating Job

Mother Nature is taking the rap for putting a damper on a $3.5 million waterproofing project on Australia’s iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Rival ‘Vigorously’ Pressing Graco Suit

While Graco Inc. prepares to parry federal antitrust action aimed at stopping its takeover of ITW Finishing, an industry competitor is “vigorously” pushing its own antitrust lawsuit against ...


JLG Launches New Electric Lift Series

JLG Industries Inc., the leading global provider of access equipment, has introduced the RS Series of electric scissor lifts.


Binks Unveils MX Lite Spray Package

Binks has introduced the MX Lite 12:1 air-assisted airless spray package, a ready-to-spray outfit that couples the company’s new stainless steel MX412 Pump with its new AA1600M Air Assisted ...


DoD Touts ‘No Mask’ Plating Process

New award-winning technology for electroplating of metal parts can—for the first time—eliminate the century-old, hazardous, tedious, error-prone step of hand masking, researchers say.


Heavy-Duty Sprayer Made for Comfort

Binks has introduced the Airless 75 airless spray gun, a 7500 PSI industrial spray gun designed for both rough working conditions and user comfort.


Railcar Interior Painters Needed

UTLX Manufacturing: The Tankcar People has openings for experienced Interior Coaters available to work any shift in Alexandria, LA.


New Painting, Blasting Lights Unveiled

Larson Electronics has introduced several new lighting options for industrial and commercial painting and blast cleaning operations.


Contractor Prevails as OSHA Drops Case

Federal officials have withdrawn two serious safety citations against a Mississippi industrial painting contractor with a model safety record, saying the inspections that led to them should ...


US Moves to Halt Graco, ITW Deal

Federal regulators have moved fast and hard to block an attempt by spray equipment giant Graco to take over its top competitor, contending that the $650 million deal would hand Graco a monop...


New Contest Is as Interesting as…

Offering proof positive that any activity turns interesting once there’s skin in the game, a web site in the UK has announced a new global competition for watching paint dry.


Nordson Unveils Quattro Airless Sprayer

Industrial coating equipment maker Nordson Corp. has introduced an automatic spray gun designed to increase productivity and improve finish quality.


NACE Issues New Marine Coating Standard

NACE International has developed a new coatings documentation standard designed to ease compliance with International Maritime Organization protective coatings requirements .


Bredero Shaw Inks $45M Coating Deal

Bredero Shaw, the world’s largest pipe coating company, has signed a $45+ million contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries to provide corrosion protection and concrete weight coating for the B...


NYC May Ban Protective, IM Coatings

Protective, fire-resistive, maintenance and other industrial coatings would be banned from sale or application in New York City, if the City Council approves new limits on VOC content next w...


New Sim Trainer for Industrial Painting

Virtual I-beams, bridge environments, test panels and even a moving conveyor line are among the simulations offered in a new paint training simulator geared toward industrial coatings applic...


Lloyd’s Sets Marine Coating Web Series

Lloyd’s Register has developed a new series of online coatings inspection courses, designed to ensure compliance with marine coating standards and promote maritime safety.


Curing Machine is Portable, Adaptable

UV III Systems Inc., maker of UV-curable coatings and equipment, has introduced Floorcure, an industrial-strength UV floor coatings curing system for multiple applications.


DOD Funds Free SSPC Training

Free SSPC training in specifying, inspection, coatings removal, abrasive blasting and other topics is now available to military personnel under a new contract with the Department of Defense ...


Spider Adds LA, NC District Sales Reps

Global access equipment provider Spider, a division of SafeWorks, has hired new district sales representatives for its operations centers in Charlotte, NC, and New Orleans.


Brothers Held in Stolen Bridge Caper

Turns out that unloading a hot 40-ton bridge isn’t as easy as it seems.


SimSpray Offers Virtual Paint Training

VRSim has completed development of SimSpray, its newest virtual reality training system designed to augment traditional training of painters.


European Industrial Painters Launch Association

Industrial painting contractors in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have formalized their growing cooperation by founding a new organization.


Park Derochie Names Coatings, Sales Chiefs

Canadian industrial painting contractor Park Derochie Inc. has named Gil Rogers as Coatings Division Manager and Jim Panko as Director of Sales.


$5M Gulf Pipeline Coating Jobs Awarded

The Bayou Companies LLC has been awarded contracts totaling approximately $5 million to provide corrosion coating for two major pipeline projects in the Gulf of Mexico, parent company Insitu...


Abhe & Svoboda Wins Aqueduct Coating Contract

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (Oakland, CA) awarded a contract of $6,183,310 to Abhe & Svoboda, Inc. of Prior Lake, MN, to perform lead abatement and coatings application on the Mo...


Texas Bridge Partners to Recoat Sunshine Bridge

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development awarded a contract of $6,223,574 to Texas Bridge Partners, LLP, of Humble, TX, to perform superstructure and substructure painting ...


Wheels Up for New Boeing Paint Hangar

Boeing has opened a new paint hangar near its Renton, WA, facility that will help the company dramatically increase its next-generation 737 production capacity.


Navy Re-opens VA Powder Coating Shop

After 16 years, the Navy has re-opened the Norfolk Ship Support Activity’s powder coating facility, reviving its ability to provide corrosion-resistant applications to equipment on Norfolk-b...


3 Acquisitions Expand Insituform

Insituform Technologies Inc., global provider of pipeline protection services and materials, has announced acquisition deals totaling more than $28.6 million for complementary companies in t...


Titan Tool Touts 2 Spray Tips in 1

Titan Tool’s new TR2 Spray Tip offers two opening options on a single tip, for flexible airless spray application of all kinds of coatings without the need to swap out tips.


For Marine Painters, a STAR is Born

When the Marines were looking for a few good painters, the search took a 21st-century, high-tech turn.


New Pipe Coating Plant to Open in TX

A Houston-based steel pipe distributor will expand its operations this fall by adding a major pipe coating facility to serve South Texas’ fast-growing Eagle Ford Shale region.


New JPCL Equipment Guide Now Available

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has just released its 24th Annual Equipment Buying Guide, listing more than 4,500 products, equipment and supplies for protective and marine co...


Chrysler Embarks on $850M Paint Shop

Once bankrupt and teetering on the brink of closure, Chrysler’s Sterling Heights (MI) Assembly Plant has rebounded in a big way to break ground on a 500,000-square-foot high-tech paint facil...


Contractors Fined in Concrete Death

Two Wisconsin contracting companies are accused of willfully violating federal safety standards in the death of a worker crushed by a wet concrete wall at a plant construction site.


Asian Pipe Maker Teams with Saudi Coating Giant

A new Joint Venture will team up China’s largest pipe manufacturer and Saudi Arabia’s AHQ, which operates the third-largest coating factory in the world.


Booths Make Paint, Blast Work Flexible

Montreal-based Chamtech Systems has expanded its selection of retractable enclosures to include flexible workspace for paint and sandblast applications.


SSPC Renewed as Official FBPE Trainer

The Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) has renewed its authorization of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings as a continuing education provider, SSPC has announced.


International Paint, Harsco Expand Market Reach

New distribution agreements will bring International Paint’s Marine and Protective Coatings products to the Caribbean and Central America, while a separate alliance will expand Harsco Corp.’...


Binks Unveils Greener Spray System

Binks has announced the launch of its Century FRP equipment platform, featuring an advanced resin and catalyst pump and a choice of lower-emission spray guns.


Boeing Painter Wins $1.6M, But Paints On

A Boeing aircraft painter who won $1.6 million in the Missouri Lottery will get out of debt and buy a bigger house for his family of seven, but says he will keep his job.


ShawCor Pipes in Double-Digit Gains

Global pipeline contractor ShawCor Ltd. rang up a banner first quarter for 2011, with double-digit increases in revenues, earnings and net income, compared to the year-ago period.


Larson Shrinks Paint Booth Light

Larson Electronics has expanded its Magnalight line of explosion-proof lights with a two-foot version of its UL 844 LED light for paint spray booths.


Powder Coating Gun Touts Efficiency

Nordson Corp. has rolled out the Encore Automatic Powder Spray Gun, designed to provide the highest transfer efficiency available for venturi-based coating systems today.


BP Must Step Up Pipeline Maintenance

While the federal government is set to gain $25 million from settling BP’s 2006 oil spill, the pipeline coatings industry may also benefit from the deal.


TQC Rolls Out Automatic Applicator

Dutch test equipment manufacturer TQC (Thermimport Quality Control) has unveiled its latest Automatic Film Applicator—the first stepless variable film applicator that can be set in real spee...


$7.9M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

The California Department of Transportation will open bids May 18 for recoating and related work on three bascule bridges in the Sacramento area.


New Pipe Coating JVs Target Asia, US

Insituform Technologies Inc. and Malaysian coated-pipe giant Wasco Energy Ltd. are teaming up to provide offshore insulation services in North America and extend Insituform’s corrosion and p...


NIOSH Links TiO2 Dust to Cancer Risk

Airborne ultrafine particles of titanium dioxide—the world’s most popular coatings pigment—are a potential cause of cancer in the workplace, the National Institute for Occupational Safety an...


Line Striping System Touts 3 ‘Firsts’

Graco has rolled out what it calls an industry first: a fast-melt, on-board, thermoplastic striping system.


‘Green’ Curative Made for Epoxies

Croda Coatings & Polymers has rolled out its latest green product: Priamine 1071, for protective and marine coatings.


Advance Speeds Powder Coating Work

Dutch coatings machine maker EMB Technology has finally unveiled a machine that it says can provide high-speed, no-contact application of powder coatings in thin layers on web- and sheet-bas...


ITW Purchase to Expand Graco’s Reach

Spray equipment giant Graco will further expand its broad reach into the paint equipment market with the purchase of ITW’s group of finishing businesses.


Sprayer Made to Speed Chip Application

Quikspray Inc.’s new Commercial Chip Sprayer is designed to provide fast application of chips into wet resin by eliminating a stop-and-go procedure.


Ruling Turns on Definition of Painting

Is industrial painting maintenance work or construction work? The answer will cost a New York industrial painter $4,200.


Graco’s XP70 Mixes While Spraying

Paint-saving mix-as-you-spray technology is the idea behind Graco’s new XP70 Plural Component Sprayer.


Joint Standard Certifies Paint Shops

Industrial painting companies that shop-apply protective coatings systems may now seek certification under a new standard jointly developed by two leading technical organizations.


JADCO Struggles After Founder’s Loss

JAD Equipment Co. owner James “Jamie” Dagan was a first-class jokester who had spent 32 of his 48 years around spray equipment, making him the go-to guy for customers, colleagues and vendors...


Tank Painting Taints NY Town’s Water

More than 500 households in the town of Ithaca, NY, have been drinking from a tainted water supply since a coatings curing problem in November apparently contaminated the town’s water storag...


Boeing Outsources Dreamliner Painting

The Boeing Company has chosen a Texas aircraft painting company to provide the final painting and livery on the long-delayed 787 Dreamliners to be assembled at Boeing’s new South Carolina fi...


SATA Debuts Lighter, Smaller Spray Gun

German spray equipment manufacturer SATAjet has introduced the 4000 B spray gun—smaller and lighter than its predecessor and “designed to fit the hand like a glove.”


ITW Revamps Finishing Equipment Group

Spray and equipment manufacturer ITW has united its Binks, DeVilbiss, Ransburg and BGK brands into one new operating unit, called ITW Finishing Equipment Americas (www.itwfea.com).


Safway Patents Suspended Access System

Safway Services LLC has been awarded a patent for its QuikDeck Suspended Access System, a modular platform system that can be built in the air and configured to fit almost any shape or size.


Judge Seals Massive Paint Settlement

What may be the world’s priciest botched paint job could cost hundreds of millions of dollars to repair—but the tab will not be disclosed, a Canadian judge has ruled.


Pipe Coating Plant Logs 1M Safe Hours

The last 10 years have seen more than 50,000 American workers killed on the job and more than 40 million American workers lose time to work-related injury or illness. But not one of those...


BASF, Fisher Tank Plants on the Move

BASF will move the manufacturing of its Offshore Subsea Insulation PUR Systems to Houston, TX, while Fisher Tank is opening a new fabrication facility in Leesville, SC, the companies have an...


LA Investigating Uncontained Coating Project

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is investigating practices used to strip and recoat the Bonnet Carré Spillway, saying the project should have employed some method to captur...


Free Webinar to Focus On Environmental Monitoring

Monitoring environmental conditions—a make-or-break issue for a coatings project—will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Resodyn Debuts Portable Powder Coating System

Resodyn Engineered Polymeric Systems Inc. has introduced its next-generation Polymer Thermal Spray (PTS) system, a high-output system designed to create zero-VOC protective coatings without ...


Tower Painter Survives 80-Foot Fall

A Pennsylvania industrial painter fell 80 feet to the ground and a fellow painter was left dangling in mid-air by his safety harness when their scaffolding gave way as they were painting a s...


Nimitz Takes 1st SSPC Military Honor

The U.S. Navy’s storied USS Nimitz has taken top honors in SSPC’s first Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence, which recognizes exceptional coatings work performed on U.S. mil...


Pipe Company Faces 25 OSHA Citations, $88K Fine

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 25 citations and proposed $88,000 in fines against Welspun Tubular LLC for alleged violations at its pipe manufacturing and coati...


Graco Posts Banner Sales Growth for Q4, Year

Global spray-systems provider Graco Inc. posted sales gains of 30% for the fourth quarter and 20% for 2010 across all regions and segments, while cutting its operating expenses as a percenta...


JLG Unveils 34-Foot Boom Lift

JLG Industries Inc., global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers, has introduced the 340AJ boom lift.


GFS Launches Paint Booth Training Site

Global Finishing Solutions has launched the Finishing Academy, an online paint booth educational resource.


Sub Coating Problem Resolved, Navy Says

The Navy’s new submarine coating process seems to be achieving better results than the one that was apparently causing major disbonding on several Virginia-class subs in recent years.


 
 
   

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