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Acrylic Silicone Made to Take the Heat

Cortec Corp. has introduced a high-heat-resistant, water-based, acrylic silicone primer/topcoat designed to provide protection in harsh, outdoor, unsheltered applications.


Bringing Color to 300M People

A new technology partnership and awareness campaign by Valspar Corp. aims to color the gray worlds of millions of people with colorblindness.


Production Pressure Blamed in 2 Deaths

Unwilling to slow production, U.S. Steel managers directed employees to work on a high-pressure valve while a furnace was still running—causing an explosion that killed two workers and criti...


Asphalt Companies Settle Fraud for $7.2M

Two leading asphalt contractors in Puerto Rico will repay the U.S. government more than $7.2 million for covering up an unauthorized materials substitution on an airport runway project.


$2.5M EPA Reporting Fine Vacated

The world's top producer of chromium chemicals for coatings, preservatives and plating had no obligation to provide federal environmental officials with a 2002 industry report on the cancer ...


Squid Light the Way to Camo Coatings

Tomorrow's U.S. soldiers may be able to avoid detection, even from infrared cameras, thanks to the unlikeliest of bio-inspirations: squid skin.


Furious Yellow: Paint Proves a Scream

Among the tens of thousands of paint colors out there, a few would undoubtedly make anyone scream. For artist Kim Beom, it's yellow.


1-Step Slab System Speeds Projects

A new epoxy resin system can help fast-track projects by combining concrete curing, slab protection and vapor reduction in one coating, the manufacturer says.


Profit Preps Hempel for Happy 100th

Coming down the home stretch of its ambitious five-year growth strategy, the Denmark-based Hempel Group is entering its 100th year with record profits and earnings, as well as tailwinds for ...


Feds Suspend Construction Trainer

The former director of a university program that trained students for highway construction careers has been suspended from future federal transportation contracts amid allegations that he li...


Policy Challenged after Worker Trapped

Trapped for more than an hour inside a dark submarine tank at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, abrasive blaster DeShaun Fuller thought he was going to die.


NLB Announces Latest Pump Unit

NLB Corp. has a new high-pressure water-jet pump unit with a 350 hp diesel engine.


Drain Artistry Beautifies, Informs

Always critical but seldom beautiful, dozens of storm drains in Arkansas are getting an artistic boost designed to highlight their importance to the community.


Foes Fight U.S. Contractor 'Blacklist'

An executive order requiring contractors to disclose their labor-law violations will be burdensome and expensive, say numerous opponents calling on President Obama to withdraw the plan.


Suit: Work Went on Amid Drowning

"Nobody went in to the water to assist" two bridge construction workers who were tethered to a lift that ended up in the Brazos River, a new motion in a suit over the accident alleges.


New Lining: 1 Coat, Many Applications

AkzoNobel has added a new lining system to its International range for North America for a broad range of temperatures and environments.


Arkansas Worker Killed in 11-Foot Fall

A 29-year-old steel erector has died after falling just 11 feet from a beam he was bolting into place on a job site in Little Rock, AR.


Coating Failure Exposes Car Thief

Like so many bad ideas, it must have seemed like a good one at the time.


Feds Urge New Controls in Paving Work

After a decade of research, federal health and safety officials have announced recommendations to curb exposure to respirable crystalline silica for workers involved in asphalt pavement mill...


$4M Bridge Painting Project Out for Bid

Bids are being accepted for cleaning and coating work on the 1,978-foot-long Simpson Avenue Bridge over the Hoquiam River in Grays Harbor County, WA.


New Fan Approved for Outdoor Use

A new axial fan is certified for electrical outdoor use in all weather and can accommodate numerous applications, according to manufacturer Air System International.


Traditions Set in Paint & Mischief

For individuals and cities alike, "going green" on St. Patrick's Day is less of an environmental initiative and more of a literal challenge.


OSHA Eyes Update to PPE Rules

Construction workers, shipyard workers and others on hazardous jobsites will be better protected from eye and face injuries under new revisions to personal protective equipment requirements,...


Radar Sees Inside Bridge Damage

Ground Penetrating Radar could well be the next tool deployed to uncover inner bridge defects before they become disasters.


Coatings, Transit Research at a Click

A database documenting research on coatings and other topics by nine federal transportation agencies is now searchable, officials have announced.


Audit: Base Bridge Inspections on Risk

Michigan bridge inspectors should spend more time inspecting structurally deficient spans, instead of checking thousands of bridges more often than necessary, state auditors have concluded.


AkzoNobel Cleared in Product Claim

Akzo Nobel Paints LLC was not negligent in its manufacture of a coating applied by an automotive-plant painter who later died of cancer, a federal-court jury has found.


Titan Unveils New Stripers

Spray technology manufacturer Titan has announced a new series of line stripers, including models for striping pavement, grass or turf.


Worker Killed in Fall from WA Bridge

A construction worker on Washington State's SR 520 floating bridge project has succumbed to injuries suffered in a 60-foot fall that ended on concrete.


Gas Tumble Brings Savings in Materials

The plummeting energy prices of recent months have had a welcome ripple effect on the U.S. construction industry, where many materials costs have been steadily flat or on the decline.


Range of Epoxies Suits Marine Apps

Hempel has launched a new high-performance range of pure epoxy coatings for marine newbuild.


Picturing Future of HD Drone Inspection

What if major bridges, highways, dams, power plants and other critical structures could be safely, minutely inspected in the minutes following a natural disaster?


Composite Made for Oily, Wet Repairs

Belzona has introduced a paste-grade epoxy composite engineered for in situ repairs of wet, oil-contaminated and underwater surfaces.


Worker Survives Impalement in Fall

A 62-year-old worker on a waste plant construction site has survived a horrific fall that left him impaled on a length of rebar.


Plant Blast Draws $110K Fine

A resin plant that has been the site of hazardous-waste sanctions and accidents that left three workers burned is facing its third federal case in four years.


Free Webinar Tackles Coatings Training

Selecting protective coatings for harsh oil and gas environments requires extensive knowledge of industry standards and practical experience.


U.S. Details Coating Label Reprieve

U.S. paint and coating makers who will miss the June 1 deadline for updating their product labeling and safety sheets must be prepared to produce evidence of "reasonable diligence" and "good...


PPG Debuts Industrial/Commercial Trio

New environmentally friendly, high-performance powder, liquid and e-coat coatings for a variety of industrial and commercial applications are rolling out at PPG Industries.


Feds May Relax Local Hiring Rules

Federal transportation officials are looking at new contract rules that would make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents for transportation projects.


Contractors Liable for Failed Decking

Three contractors will pay a total of $4.4 million to Multnomah County, OR, for a bridge redecking project that failed shortly after completion.


Permasense Moves into North America

Permasense, a global manufacturer of remote pipeline monitoring technology, has opened its first North American office in Houston, TX.


Accidents Add Income Insult to Injury

If you shatter your leg (or worse) in a fall from a scaffold, who is going to shoulder the six-figure medical bills? And fill the income gap while you recover?


New Caps Shield Steel Bolts from Fire

AkzoNobel has introduced a new product in North America for fire protection on the bolted connections of steel structures.


DoD Offers Free SSPC, NACE Training

SSPC and NACE will provide free courses in corrosion prevention and mitigation this year to Department of Defense personnel, thanks to funding from DoD's corrosion office.


$1M Embezzlement to End in Prison

A former Ennis Paint executive has been sentenced to four years and five months in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the pavement coatings manufacturer.


WorkBoat Set for New Maintenance Show

A new conference and expo targeting marine maintenance and repair is docking in New Orleans next month.


Bidders Sought for Water Tank Painting

Coating proposals are invited for a 250,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Marysville, KS.


Leapin' Lizards: A Case for Maintenance

Maybe, just maybe, sausage sandwiches, giant lizards and a star-studded biopic promising "98 heart-pounding minutes of incremental maintenance" can accomplish what the politicians, public, l...


Judge Clears Painter in Fatal Fall

Despite federal fall-protection lapses that proved fatal, an Ohio painting contractor will not be held civilly liable for the accident, an appeals judge has ruled.


JPCL Seeks to Recognize Young Talent

Young coatings professionals and students have an opportunity to show the rest of the industry what they're made of in an upcoming special issue of JPCL.


Pavement Research Takes No Snow Days

Slippery, electrically charged and hot-water-heated technologies are the basis of new methods being developed to keep airport runways clear of snow and ice.


OSHA Unloads New Case on U.S. Minerals

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new citations against U.S. Minerals Inc., alleging machine, fall and respiratory hazards at one of its newer facilities, in ...


Coast Guard Can't Back $74M Bridge

Missing paperwork on a $74 million U.S. Coast Guard-funded upgrade to a railway bridge means that the project may have been mismanaged by millions of dollars, the federal government reports.


NV Reins in Lawsuits Against Builders

Taking action against what it calls a business-killing litigation climate, Nevada has overhauled its "construction defects" law to clamp down on suits against builders.


Bridge Contractor Cited in Teen's Death

A 16-year-old worker who was directed to stand in a crane hazard area without a hardhat was too young to be on the job that took his life, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration h...


Nix the Quick Fix, AASHTO Urges Feds

State transportation officials are pitching Congress hard for long-term investment into the federal Highway Trust Fund.


WA Sues Trucker in Bridge Collapse

Washington State officials are trying to recoup $17 million they spent to repair a bridge wrecked by a truck driver with an oversized load.


Tackling Specialty, Pipeline Coatings

Fire protection, pipeline integrity and other critical structural issues depend on choosing the right protective coating system—decisions informed by new, free technical resources from JP...


DOT Debars ‘Disadvantaged’ Millionaire

With an estimated net worth in excess of $13 million, Cindy Taylor Stewart and her company don't fit anyone's definition of disadvantaged—including Uncle Sam's.


$612K Hazardous Waste Fine Upheld

Leaking drums, mishandled aerosol paint and hazmat tanks without containment all add up to an unpermitted hazardous-waste storage facility that will cost two Virginia chemical companies more...


New Coating Controls Drone De-Icing

Scientists have developed a powered nano-coating that prevents ice build-up on in-flight aircraft and could be especially useful for drone applications.


Keystone XL in Limbo after Veto

TransCanada's proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast is back on indefinite hold in the wake of a rare presidential veto on Tuesday (Feb. 24).


IN Aims to Repeal Public Works Base Pay

Public-works construction crews would lose their 80-year-old base wage protection under a bill now working its way through the Indiana State Assembly.


Houston Group Names Next President

A coatings executive with 28 years of experience has been named the next president of the Coating Society of the Houston Area.


Bay Bridge Test Shows Signs of Cracking

Testing has revealed tiny cracks on one of hundreds of improperly grouted anchor rods that were left to soak in water on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, transportation officials say.


Coatings Drive Profitable Valspar Q1

Robust coating sales helped Valspar Corp. double its first-quarter profit over 2014, but the Minneapolis-based manufacturer still reduced its sales projections for the rest of fiscal 2015.


PPG Industries Names New President

The world's largest paint and coatings company has tapped Chief Operating Officer Michael H. McGarry as its next president.


Broken Cable Again Closes WV Bridge

Frigid temperatures are being blamed for snapping a cable on one of the U.S.'s oldest bridges, shutting it down for emergency repairs for the second time in two years.


Labor Plays Ball to Get Stadium

Union construction crews have agreed to work around the clock without overtime to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis if the project goes forward.


New Urethanes Tout Fast Cure

Sherwin-Williams has added two new ultra-high-solids urethane floor coatings, offering short dry times, to its protective and marine coatings' portfolio.


Ex-Coatings VP Guilty in 2 Deaths

Former PPG Industries senior vice president Robert J. Dellinger has admitted killing a pregnant woman, her fiance and their fetus in a deliberate head-on collision that he called a suicide a...


Unit Boasts Non-Spark Dust Collection

Nilfisk CFM has introduced a pneumatic industrial vacuum cleaner designed for collecting dry combustible dust and debris in manufacturing settings.


Yard's 3rd OSHA Strike Nets $243k Fine

Cited over and over for similar hazards, including one that cost a worker his arm, a Michigan shipbuilder must now answer to 18 new federal citations and $242,940 in penalties.


Plant Worker Perishes in Sand Silo

A Texas industrial maintenance worker was fatally engulfed in a silo full of sand and gravel when he slipped and fell at a concrete plant outside Atlanta, GA.


China Slaps VOC Tax on Coatings

Coating manufacturers worldwide will help subsidize the cleanup of China's notoriously foul air through a new tax on Volatile Organic Content in paints and coatings.


$5M Bridge Contract Awarded in FL

A $5,396,928 contract has been awarded to Coastal Marine Construction of Venice, FL, for rehabilitating the Stickney Point Bridge in Sarasota County, the Florida Department of Transportation...


Research Makes a Case for Cracks

Cracks in a coating system could be a good thing, with the potential to improve insulation properties and coating life when carefully manipulated, researchers in Sweden have found.


Old Landmark Shrinks to New Standard

Its millions of visitors couldn't tell by looking at it, but the Washington Monument is officially about 10 inches shorter than it was a week ago.


$3.7M Suit over Crosswalk Paint Revived

The City of Portland, OR, will have to answer in court for degraded markings at a crosswalk where several people have been killed.


Scaffold Law Critics Gain Steam in NY

A longtime effort to revamp New York State's 19th-century Scaffold Safety Law is gathering new momentum, fueled by two new bills, 25 legislative sponsors, and a "Reform Day" in the capital t...


Pinhole Detector Offers 2 Models

TQC's new Low-Voltage Pinhole Detector allows users to inspect various coatings on conductive substrates for holidays, pinholes and other small defects using the "wet sponge technique."


WY Work Safety Bills Die

One of the nation's perennial leaders in workplace deaths per capita will not stiffen the consequences against employers for those fatalities.


Inspections Ordered After Concrete Falls

Maryland officials are rushing to inspect the state's 27 structurally deficient bridges after a chunk of concrete fell off one, smashing the front of a car passing underneath.


eBook Brushes Up on Corrosion Coatings

An in-depth look at the rapidly advancing technologies for corrosion-control coatings is the focus of a free new eBook from JPCL.


Company Admits Error in Fatal Collapse

Ohio's largest general contractor has conceded that an "engineering mistake" in its bridge demolition plan may have contributed to a catastrophic collapse that killed one its foremen last mo...


Power Plant Asbestos Draws 3 Felonies

Three people have pleaded guilty to their roles in what may have been the largest asbestos release in Michigan since record-keeping began, investigators announced.


Bridge Breakdown: Mapping the Best Fix

New 3D modeling technology could help engineers identify which parts of a bridge most urgently need repair, helping to alleviate a backlog of structurally deficient bridges, its developers s...


Tower Painter's Death Draws $115K Fine

A communication tower company faces $114,800 in penalties after a painter fell to his death—a fatality that could have been prevented if the company had provided adequate fall protection, fe...


Corrosion Confab: Science, Solutions

Corrosion is an equal-opportunity scourge that rains about $500 billion of damage a year onto thousands of structures, from circuit boards to condos to cooling towers.


Man vs. Robot: Who Paints It Better?

The aerospace sector is one area trying to determine whether robots can do a job faster and more precisely than humans.


Profits Fall, But Akzo Stays the Course

Gains in protective and marine coatings, operating income and sales volume all helped AkzoNobel battle the 2014 headwinds of decorative paints and adverse currencies, leaving the company blo...


NYC Building Corruption Probe Nets 50

One man accused of greasing some of the highest-ranking palms in New York City's building agencies remained at large Thursday (Feb. 12), after 49 co-defendants were rounded up in one of the ...


Free Webinar to Hone Specs Appeal

Industrial painting projects are only as good as the specifications that guide them. But how do you prepare an effective specification that will help the contractor succeed?


EPA Floats Aerospace Coating Rule

U.S. environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair.


$840 Fine Set in 1 of 2 Worker Deaths

Oregon safety officials have fined a concrete contractor and the state's Department of Transportation for two unrelated worker deaths that happened a day apart.


New Deals to Absorb 3 Coating Firms

A fresh round of coatings acquisitions is in the works, including Hempel's purchase of a North American supplier for the protective and waterproofing markets.


Bridge Collapse is 2nd for FL Road

A large section of a Jacksonville, FL, bridge has dropped into the river beneath it, marking the second time in three years that part of the roadway has become a large, gaping hole.


Building Brain Trust on Deck for Show

Building scientists, coatings experts and other leaders in building technology will headline the array of technical sessions, roundtables and special events planned for the second annual ...


CA Prevails on Paint Recycling Rules

U.S. coating makers have lost a two-year legal fight to block California from imposing detailed reporting requirements on the industry's paint recycling program.


Clear Protection Made for Concrete

BASF has introduced a water-based, 100 percent acrylic coating to protect vertical concrete exteriors from water and dirt.


No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

Safety investigators are blaming human error, not the employer, in the death of a bridge worker last fall in Oregon.


Galvanizer Fined in 2nd Fatality

A second worker death in less than a year has drawn 10 serious citations and a fine for a Texas steel galvanizer.


Industry Engages the Next Generation

LAS VEGAS—SSPC has found its Fountain of Youth in a crop of fresh faces who are advancing research and brainstorming ways to make a difference in the coatings industry.


New eBooks Whet Water Coating Know-how

Water, water everywhere...but how to coat around it? That is the focus of two new free technical eBooks published by JPCL.


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Coatings that self-heal, self-clean, beat back moisture, purify the air and otherwise tune into their environment are set for red-hot growth in the years ahead, a new market forecast predict...


Painter Tops Lead Cases with $287k Fine

After a dozen federal health and safety cases in 10 years, including a 14th citation for lead hazards, authorities are sending a Chicago painting contractor a six-figure message.


OSHA Cites Northrop Grumman Painting

Complaints about excessive painter exposure to methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium have led to serious federal citations against defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.


Decoding Traits that Threaten Safety

LAS VEGAS—"Too much finger-pointing" after the fact and not enough attention upfront to red-flag behaviors are making today's jobsites far more dangerous than they should be, Greg Ford says.


Multimetal Protection Boasts Bio Base

Cortec Corp., a global supplier of corrosion control technologies, has introduced a certified biobased, biodegradable, ready-to-use temporary coating for multimetal protection.


SSPC Honors the Best of 2014

LAS VEGAS—Complex containment, strict schedules and rigorous regulations earned eight painting projects top honors as SSPC 2015 opened Tuesday (Feb. 3) in Las Vegas, NV.


JPCL Names Papers of the Year

LAS VEGAS—Outstanding technical papers on polyurea technology, pipeline rehabilitation and other coating topics drew top awards Tuesday (Feb. 3) at SSPC 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.


Road, Bridge Aid Tops DOT Budget Plan

Trying yet again to secure stable funding for the U.S.'s crumbling infrastructure network, the Obama Administration has proposed a six-year, $478 billion surface transportation plan overwhel...


Bids Invited for Water Tower Painting

Contractors have until Feb. 10 to bid on recoating a 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Collinsville, IL—a contract estimated at $450,000.


Award Gives Graphene Coating $500k Lift

A South Dakota researcher will receive $500,000 to develop graphene-based corrosion-resistant coatings for infrastructure.


Sen. Proposes $1T for Infrastructure

One of two independent U.S. Senators has proposed investing $1 trillion over five years in infrastructure, saying the plan would create 13 million living-wage jobs and make good on a long-ov...


SSPC Revises Three Standards

Two abrasive-blasting standards and one related to coating film thickness have been updated by SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings.


High-Load Access Tailored to the Task

Spider has launched a modular suspended platform that can be configured for a variety of structures and projects.


Tank Maker Held Liable in Fatal Fall

A nine-foot fatal fall from a faulty forklift has triggered a variety of federal safety citations against an Idaho tank manufacturer, including many related to its painting operation.


Painting Contractor Gets 2nd Case

An Ohio painting contractor is facing its second federal safety case in three years involving fall hazards and faulty machinery at its Toledo facility.


Sherwin-Williams Rings Up a Record

Protective and marine coatings helped, but its 4,003 paint stores delivered the biggest goods to give Sherwin-Williams "another year of record performance" in 2014.


Super Fan's Super House Gets its Day

Ashtin Fitzwater doesn't just bleed Seahawks navy and neon green. He paints it.


Dow Prevails in Akzo Patent Suit

A federal-court judge has cleared Dow Chemical Co. of claims that it infringed upon a 2004 patent by coatings giant AkzoNobel Coatings Inc.


Construction Set to Fill 225k+ Jobs

Construction firms from Los Angeles to London will be posting "Help Wanted" signs by the hundreds of thousands in the years ahead, according to two new job forecasts.


Lasers Get Edge in Keeping Metal Dry

A new laser etching technique could eliminate the need for temporary coatings that make metals water-repellant, scientists at the University of Rochester say.


Hempel Adds Epoxies for Marine, Tanks

Newbuild cargo tanks and the marine maintenance market have two new epoxy options in the Hempadur line from global coatings maker Hempel.


Bridge Coating Firm Fined for Lead

A Florida-based industrial coatings contractor is facing $58,800 in federal fines after receiving 13 serious citations alleging excessive lead exposures during abrasive blasting.


Coating Makers See Cuban Opening

U.S. coating and building materials makers may now ship goods to Cuba for some renovation projects, under newly approved federal regulations.


Hardide to Build U.S. Coatings Plant

A UK-based manufacturer of an advanced surface coating technology plans to invest $7 million in a new plant in Virginia.


PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


Towers Top Out at Record Rates

It's a tall world after all—taller than ever, in fact, with record numbers of vertiginous structures topping out in 2014 and many more ahead.


Deadly Fall Racks up $511K in Fines

After a 22-year-old apprentice fell to his death, a structural steel subcontractor faces $511,000 in penalties—accused not only of failing to provide fall protection, but also of allowing wo...


Respirator Serves Harsh Environments

3M's Personal Safety Division has expanded its Versaflo Respiratory Systems line with the Powered Air Purifying TR-600, designed for durable protection in harsh, hazardous environments.


Span Collapse Halts CA Project

A "full investigation" is underway into the massive collapse of a 150-foot-long viaduct under construction as part of an embattled freeway project in California.


Team Structures a Tougher Coating

Researchers behind a new composite say the spray-applied metal coating can ward off corrosion in an environmentally friendly way, even under extreme conditions.


Shrink Wrap Offers Protection Option

A new heavy-duty shrink film with flame-retardant additives and UV inhibitors may replace conventional rust preventatives while extending equipment life, according to manufacturer Cortec Cor...


NJDOT Engineers Implicated in Theft

One supervisor has pleaded guilty and another remains charged with wage theft that netted the two New Jersey Department of Transportation supervisors more than $35,000, authorities say.


MD Bay Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The Maryland Transportation Authority is seeking bids for painting the William Preston Lane Memorial Bridge over the Chesapeake Bay.


Paving Trio Face Wage Theft Allegations

Three people from a California seal coating business face 42 felony counts alleging a slew of wage theft and compensation fraud charges, the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office announce...


U.S. Coatings Set for Strong Year

It's early yet, but 2015 is looking like a growth year for the U.S. paint and coatings market, if preliminary results from a new market forecast hold.


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

A Mississippi shipyard will pay $144,545 to resolve a host of state environmental violations related to abrasive blasting and painting at its Pascagoula facility.


Worker Killed in OH Overpass Collapse

A construction worker has perished in the "catastrophic pancake collapse" of a Cincinnati overpass that was being prepared for demolition.


Steel Bridge Coating Guide Revised

Three leading technical organizations have teamed up to overhaul an outdated guide specification for shop painting of bridge steel.


Architectural Mission Goes Bankrupt

A visionary nonprofit that for 15 years mounted architectural and design solutions to global problems has shut down and plans to file for bankruptcy.


Transportation Gets New Web Resource

A new website with a plethora of ways for transportation officials to communicate and learn has been launched, industry representatives announced.


Report: Novel Design Bred Bridge Woes

Nearly 17 years ago, a room full of engineers, architects and seismologists—many with little or no bridge building experience—voted to use a novel self-anchored suspension span to replace th...


New System Blamed in Ink Dust Blast

A squeal, sizzle, whoosh and loud thump—not an alarm from a brand-new dust collection system—heralded a blast and flash fire that burned seven employees, three severely, at a New Jersey ink ...


DBE Fraud Dogs Federal Projects

Subcontractors willing to peddle their certified "disadvantaged" status to general contractors in exchange for fat public contracts are the targets of several new federal enforcement cases.


Umbrella Kit Protects Portable Blasters

New abrasive umbrella kits for portable blasters offer protection from overhead feeding systems and from weight-related pop-up failures, according to Pirate Brand and manufacturer Forecast S...


Contractor Lends Blight-Busting Hand

Few people resolve to demolish more in the New Year, but for contractor Jim Kissick, it's a resolution that he can keep, while helping out his community.


PPG Announces 'Successful' 2014

PPG Industries has continued its financial hot streak, posting record full-year sales and yearly and quarterly gains in each segment.


TN Tape Takes Bizarre Twist

Traffic markings on a Tennessee road took an unexpected turn when faced with adverse weather conditions.


Updated Liners Ease Concrete Testing

Tramex says its newly improved hole-liners make performing in-situ relative humidity testing of concrete even easier.


Particles Play with Concrete Strength

Fine-tuning chemicals at a nanoscale level in concrete and other "structurally complex" materials could be key to improving crack resistance, researchers from Rice University say.


ODOT Cannons Keep Birds off Bridge

Oregon bridge crews are using propane-powered cannons to shoo birds from an interstate lift span—a non-lethal way to discourage starlings from roosting on the bridge.


Decrepit Pipe Repair 'Alarmingly' Slow

Nearly half of a Pennsylvania utility's pipelines are "at risk," and the 80-year time frame for replacement just isn't fast enough, state regulators are saying.


Tool, App Turns Phone into Gage

DeFelsko Corp. has introduced a tool that works with a free mobile app to turn cellphones and tablets into virtual PosiTector gages.


EPA Proposes New TDI Limits

Certain chemicals used in coatings and sealants could face restricted levels in consumer products under a newly proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Expansion Approved for NC Paint Maker

Traffic paint manufacturer Ennis-Flint will get $500,000 to expand its Thomasville, NC, operations by reusing vacant buildings, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority announced.


Engineer Admits to $700K Bridge Scheme

He stood to make $325,000 in bribes, but now a suspended New Jersey senior engineer faces jail time after admitting that he tried to fraudulently inflate a state-funded bridge repair project...


Contractor Fined for River Sewage

A marine construction contractor and an Oregon county have both agreed to pay fines to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act that occurred during sewage treatment plant work, the U.S. En...


Free Webinar Navigates Tricky Rigging

Industrial painting projects can pose complex challenges when it comes to rigging and scaffolding.


Cement Touts Wet-Weather Adhesion

A new cement repair compound for underwater and all-weather use is the latest offering from roof coating supplier RM Lucas Co.


In PA, Search Effort Ends Sadly

They promised to "bring Tony out." And after 100 hours of digging through thousands of tons of cement powder in freezing temperatures, they did so.


Trench Fatality Preventable, OSHA Says

A North Carolina contractor faces a $123,200 fine for what authorities called the preventable death of a 22-year-old worker in a trench at Fort Bragg, NC.


EPA Sued to Act on Stormwater

Seeking again to force Uncle Sam's hand, environmental groups are demanding a court-ordered deadline for federal rules to control runoff from construction projects and developments.


Paint Maker to Pay $950K in Death

Vista Paint Corp. has been ordered to pay $950,000 in the 2011 asphyxiation of two untrained workers in a paint mixing tank full of methylene chloride paint stripper vapors.


SSPC Seeks Next Executive Director

A search is underway for a successor to longtime SSPC Executive Director Bill Shoup, who plans to retire from the society in September.


Sting Abandons his Sinking 'Ship'

Shipbuilding must be in even worse shape than we thought. Even Sting couldn't save it. Producers of the UK rocker's Broadway musical The Last Ship have announced that the show will cl...


Tool Records Corrosion for Well Work

A newly redesigned tool provides recorded corrosion and temperature data for downhole operation in production wells.


From Thinner Coating, a Stealthier Sub

The images of sound-absorbing rubber tiles peeling off a fairly new $2 billion U.S. nuclear sub made the technology's shortcomings painfully apparent.


Bidding Open on 2MG Oregon Water Tank

Contractors have until Jan. 28 to bid on interior and exterior cleaning and coating work on a 2-million-gallon welded steel, ground-level water storage reservoir in Veneta, OR.


RPM's World is Flat in Q2

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. squeezed out increases in net income and earnings in the second quarter, despite flat sales, shakiness in Europe, and a disappointing nail-polish acqu...


Chemical Maker Fined for Deadly Release

Tipped by a news report of an accident, federal regulators have levied $87,780 in new penalties against a Georgia coatings chemical plant with a decade-long list of health and safety violati...


At Harvard, Color by Vapor

Coating thickness has typically been measured in mils or, at its thinnest, microns. Now, a team of Harvard researchers is measuring it in nanometers—one 24,500th of a mil.


Series of Deals Fattens Graco’s Reach

Spray-equipment manufacturer Graco Inc. is bulking up and branching out, spending $185 million in cash for four companies that will expand its geographical and industry footprint.


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


Managing 4M Square Feet—Under 1 Roof

Saddled with a gargantuan facility and an earful of criticism over how it has been run, federal landlords are seeking fresh ideas for their biggest operational challenge.


Paving Contractor Guilty in Briberies

A politically connected asphalt contractor in New Mexico is contemplating years in prison after his conviction on 27 counts of bribery and fraud involvng $7 million in road contracts.


Coating Oversight Breeds $2.6M Verdict

The lack of a nonskid sidewalk coating at a church in Florida has led to two falls, one disabled knee, and one seven-figure judgment.


Troubled Pipe Maker Fined Again

A pipe and pipe fitting fabricator deemed a "Severe Violator" after a spate of accidents in 2011 is facing a new round of six-figure fines for "callously" leaving hazards unaddressed.


Kiewit Fined $170K on Bridge Job

The general contractor on a floating bridge project is facing $170,500 in proposed penalties after a 13,000-pound weight broke loose from a tower crane and fell in Aberdeen, WA.


Material Offers Non-Skid Alternative

A new aluminum ceramic non-skid peel-and-stick material can replace traditional epoxy non-skid coatings in indoor and outdoor applications, according to manufacturer Silva Non Skid Solutions...


Industry Executives Feel a Pay Pinch

U.S. construction and engineering may be bouncing back, but one surprising player is not feeling the love: the boss.


$11M to Boost Ship Tech and Training

Extensive laser peening, better training and a whole lot more robots appear headed for shipbuilding and maintenance crews in 2015, fueled by more than $11 million in new funding from the Nat...


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.


Winding Down, Looking Ahead

With this issue, PaintSquare News wraps up its regular daily coverage of 2014.


Injury Reporting to Increase Jan. 1

It shouldn't take three employees hospitalized at once before an employer is required to report the accident that led to it, federal safety officials say.


EPA Deems Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

In a decision widely viewed as a victory for the coal industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a final rule that classifies coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as solid—n...


Dampney Unveils High-Heat Epoxy

A high-performance coating for insulated and uninsulated steel and concrete surfaces is the newest offering from Dampney Company Inc.


Blast, Fire Injure 1 at Sherwin Plant

Investigators are seeking the cause of a small explosion and fire at a Sherwin-Williams paint manufacturing plant in Canada.


Marco Doubles Dust Collector Line

A smaller electric model and a mid-range option have joined Marco's line of Dustmaster dust collection equipment.


Concrete Maker's Plea Averts Prison

The owner of an asphalt company who doctored the scene of his employee's fatal accident will pay $20,000 in fines and restitution to the victim's widow, but avoid a jail sentence, under a fe...


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.


'Widespread' PennDOT Scandal Nets 10

Ten more people have been charged in what authorities call an extensive corruption scandal surrounding the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Beloved Bridge Lost and Found

A 5,000-pound bridge that mysteriously vanished from a Michigan property has been reunited with its owner.


Contractor Guilty in Army Plant Fraud

The construction supervisor, a Coast Guard veteran discharged for sleepwalking, spun tales of black ops, FBI connections, and secret Senate payrolls.


Floating Silos Fall, Halt Concrete Work

Concrete work has been suspended on New York's Tappan Zee Bridge after the collapse of three silos on a floating concrete batch plant.


Deal Expands Graco Blast Unit

One year after jumping into the abrasive-blasting equipment field, Graco Inc. has strengthened its stake with a second acquisition.


Who Ya Gonna Call for Spray-On Solar?

Someday, Illan Kramer hopes, men sporting Ghostbusters backpacks will come to your facility and spray solar cells directly onto your roof.


DOL Offers $100M for Apprenticeships

High-skilled, high-growth industries will get $100 million in grants to expand apprenticeship programs, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.


Hempel Expands Antifouling Lines

Hempel has added two antifouling products to its Globic and Dynamic product ranges for dry-dockings and new buildings.


Bids Sought for Bridge over Hudson River

The New York State Thruway Authority is seeking bids for painting and steel repair on the historic Castleton Bridge over the Hudson River.


Dust Rule Shelved in OSHA's 2015 Plan

Combustible dust, a common source of fatal explosions and fast-burning fires in a variety of industries, has once again been moved to the regulatory back burner.


Construction Surge Seen for 2015

U.S. public-works projects will rebound and manufacturing plant construction will remain strong amid a generally robust year for construction starts, according to a major new industry foreca...


Sherwin-Williams Reins in Outlook

Paving the way for a tempered fourth-quarter report, Sherwin-Williams has unveiled a conservative update to its 2014 earnings forecast and a mixed look at 2015.


OSHA: 3M Americans Injured on the Job

Burns, amputations, fractures and other serious injuries darkened the work day for three million U.S. private-sector employees in 2013, the government reports.


Major Fine, Denials in Railcar Death

A cleaner who died inside a railcar had been sent in, unmonitored and without a harness, after atmospheric testing "triggered multiple sensor alarms" on a four-gas meter, federal authorities...


RPM's Asbestos Woes Near an End

Nearly 40 years after it stopped making asbestos-containing products, Carboline's parent company will close its $800 million book on the issue and reunite the company's pieces.


35 'Resilient' Cities Set to Rebuild

Determined to save their infrastructure, strengthen structures, fix transit systems and meet other shared challenges, 35 cities from Chicago to Chennai, India, have been tapped for a global ...


Nylon Pipe Rolls Out in the Oilfield

The world's largest nylon producer has introduced nylon transmission pipeline that can withstand temperatures up to 200°F and pressures up to 500 PSI.


Prison Terms Set in Marine Coating Case

The brother-owners of a Florida-based marine coatings company will serve time in prison for producing and selling a TBT-containing antifouling for years after the toxic product was banned.


Report: Infrastructure Needs $163B

About $163 billion will be needed each year—for the next six years—to fix the aging U.S. surface transportation system, a new report calculates.


Cortec Adds Graffiti Removers

Cortec has added two eco-friendly paint and graffiti strippers for industrial paint removal applications to its sustainable product lines.


Paint-Stripper Bribery Draws in Others

A CEO indicted for bribing military base officials to buy his paint remover was the last, but not the least, person implicated in the plot, officials said Tuesday (Dec. 9).


Paint Stripper CEO Accused of Bribery

The founder of a paint remover maker faces up to 60 years in prison after his indictment on bribery charges and lying about whether his product met military standards, officials announced.


Rule Protects Contractors’ LGBT Workers

Catching up with many states and large companies, the federal government has extended anti-discrimination protection in the contracting workforce to sexual orientation and gender identity.


New Paint Protects High-Heat Steel

A new high-heat stainless steel paint reportedly will not discolor, chip, crack or peel at temperatures reaching 1200°F, manufacturer Dampney Company Inc. announced.


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.


$120k Fine Set in Cellphone Tank Blast

A Texas oil company has been fined $120,000 in a storage-tank explosion sparked by a worker's cellphone, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced.


U.S. Approves New Northeast Pipeline

Federal regulators have given the go-ahead to a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline project that would tap natural-gas production in Pennsylvania to serve customers in New York and New England.


New Surface Repels, Well, Everything

Teflon? That's so 20th century. A new surface texture being developed by UCLA engineers reportedly "can repel all liquids, no matter what material the surface is made of."


Revealing Bum Raps and 'Bum-Cracks'

Forever maligned as sexual harassers of women walking by, construction workers now say they are tired of being treated like sex objects. Sort of.


New Coating Touts Icing Prevention

A new nanocomposite coating that imparts anti-icing properties to the substrate is the latest offering from NEI Corp.


Quebec to Gates: #PaintYourBridgeBill

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


Huntsman Sheds Pigment Jobs, Plans

A year after announcing major expansion of its global pigment business, Huntsman Corp. is making sharp course corrections, with new plans for hundreds of layoffs and cuts in production capac...


DBE Owner Cops to Conspiracy Scheme

A Pennsylvania subcontractor has admitted peddling his company as a DBE-certified front for 13 subcontracts on federally funded projects over a two-year period.


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

The contractor on a Canadian subway project has been fined $400,000 after pleading guilty to violating safety measures in the death of one worker and permanent injury of another.


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.


30 Years on, Lessons from a Catastrophe

Invoking the 1984 tank explosion that ignited the world's worst industrial disaster, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued an urgent new call for measures to improve chemical handling sa...


Coating Boomerangs Heat into Space

It sounds like a comic book for coating junkies, in which Our Hero zaps accumulated building heat into space without warming the atmosphere, then casts a shiny shield to protect the building...


Coating Boasts a Power Plant Boost

A new nano-engineered coating for power plants has the potential to save millions of dollars in fuel costs and avert thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, its developers at MIT say.


PA Taps Chinese to Fund I-95 Project

Leveraging an immigration program that rewards wealthy foreign investors with U.S. visas, Pennsylvania is reaching into pockets overseas to fund much of a $420 million project to link I-95 w...


Major Concrete Standard Gets Overhaul

Capping nearly a decade in development, the American Concrete Institute has updated its seminal structural concrete standard, now organized from an engineer's perspective.


New MSA Unit Monitors 100 Gases

Global safety equipment provider MSA has introduced a monitor designed to provide precise, low-cost, high-performance monitoring for 100 different industrial gases.


Grand Jury Calls MWBE Fraud Rampant

Government contracting programs set aside for firms run by women and non-whites are riddled with criminal conduct that has diverted millions of dollars over many years, a New York grand jury...


PaintSquare News Takes a Thankful Break

As PaintSquare News prepares for a long holiday weekend, we want to thank all of our readers and advertisers for your support throughout the year.


Pipeline Inspector Guilty of Lapses

A former Shell Pipeline Company employee responsible for corrosion monitoring will pay $19 million in restitution and face up to 15 years in prison for his role in a pipeline leak that relea...


2014 Coated in Success at Valspar

The Valspar Corp. is giving thanks this week for its coatings segment, where booming sales of general industrial, coil and other coatings helped deliver record results for 2014.


TX Tank Painting Project Out for Bid

Bids are being accepted for cleaning and recoating an existing 470,000-gallon ground level water storage tank, the City of Kilgore, TX, announced.


New Army Coating May Be Real Treat

Self-healing coatings have long held promise—as long as the sun was out. Now, researchers have discovered a sweet secret that can bypass the need for UV power.


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.


Antimicrobial Coatings Set to Clean Up

Huge concerns over the tiny world of bacteria, germs and parasites will ignite and sustain strong growth in the paint and coatings market in the coming years, a new report forecasts.


All Shook Up: Quake Safety Slides Ahead

Tomorrow's homes may be shaken, but not stirred, by major earthquakes if structural research now underway in California remains successful.


Painting JV Cleared; Suspension Lifted

The bird calmly stayed put—while the workers were there, and even after they left. And the one worker's lone fake card could have fooled anyone, especially in his stack of real ones.


Repeat Hazards May Cost Yards $142K

One shipbuilder and one ship repair facility have each been hit with a dozen health and safety violations after exposing workers to numerous fall and other hazards, federal officials allege....


International Rolls Out 1-Coat Lining

AkzoNobel’s International brand has launched Enviroline 2405, an advanced hybrid epoxy lining system, in North America.


Coal Ash Rule Goes to the Wire

Four and a half years after it was proposed and one year after a federal judge demanded a decision, a rule to determine the disposal fate of coal waste has—theoretically—reached its last sto...


AkzoNobel Probes Chicago Fraud

AkzoNobel says it has been the victim of up to $66.5 million in "external fraud" at its Chicago office.


Robot Dives into Nuclear Inspection

For the first time, an underwater robot has inspected the storage tank floor of a nuclear reactor to meet Nuclear Energy Institute requirements—no draining or diving required.


Paint 'Geyser' Raises River Fear

A broken sewer line spewed yellow paint into West Virginia's Elk River, touching off fears of a chemical leak in the area.


Steel Company's 3 Plants Facing Fines

An Ohio steel manufacturer faces $77,000 in proposed fines after federal safety officials discovered amputation and fall hazards following employee complaints alleging unsafe working conditi...


2nd Span Collapses at NC College

Hours after a worker was killed in a bridge collapse at Wake Technical Community College, the same span in a similar bridge gave way there.


Valspar Deal Expands Protective Reach

Moving deeper with one stroke into the global infrastructure market, the Valspar Corp. has acquired protective and marine coatings maker Madison Chemical Industries Inc.


3M Announces Pipe Locating System

A new pipe location system from 3M can identify underground plastic pipes without using tracer wire or installing access points.


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.


NEI Corp. Launches Clear Coat

NEI Corp.'s new SR 500-EC is a protective clear coat and surface treatment for plastics, metals, glass, ceramics and other surfaces.


Cement Pinch Felt Throughout Midwest

Frozen lakes, increased oil demand and plant breakdowns are three of the reasons contractors throughout the Midwest say they are experiencing a cement shortage.


Bridge Collapse at College Kills Worker

A bridge pour for a new pedestrian bridge at a North Carolina community college went fatally awry when the center span collapsed, killing one worker and seriously injuring four others.


Concrete Sealers Tout Water Resistance

Three new concrete sealers boast a proprietary chemical reactive formula that gives them improved resistance to de-icing road salts, rain, sleet and snow, according to manufacturer Surfkoat....


Bay Bridge Birds Draining Nest Egg

The new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is up and running, but on the project to demolish its predecessor, another issue has taken flight.


Coating Makers Score Label Reprieve

Federal regulators will grant coating manufacturers more time to meet new global requirements for labeling and safety data sheets, the American Coatings Association has announced.


Fabricator Settles Paint Waste Case

A structural steel fabricator has agreed to pay $57,100 for improperly managing containers of paint and other hazardous waste.


Marine Coatings Set Sail for Growth

Propelled by the winds of oil and gas expansion and new products, the global marine coatings market will be worth a shipshape $10.4 billion by 2019, according to a new forecast.


New Fixture Made for Offshore Use

A new LED fixture is built to withstand the elements of an offshore operation, including hazardous locations where chemical/petrochemical vapors may be present, according to manufacturer Lar...


$546K Tank Contract Awarded

A Georgia general contractor has been awarded a $546,300 contract for tank and tower cleaning and coating work in Clermont, FL.


Bridge Cracks Spur Beam Concerns

Cracking concrete beams on a brand-new Vermont bridge have state transportation officials discussing whether to ban the beam type from future projects.


Paint Powers the Car of the Future

Mercedes-Benz is turning to paint to power its newly unveiled concept car, which debuted with the company's new Product Engineering Center in Beijing.


Spray Fights Multimetal Corrosion

Cortec Corp. has rolled out an environmentally friendly, temporary coating designed to protect metals in indoor, outdoor and salt-spray environments.


PPG Wraps Up Comex Purchase

PPG Industries' speedy acquisition of Mexico's largest paint and coatings maker is a done deal.


LeBron Gets a Lift (Again) in Cleveland

He stands 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, but LeBron James packs a one-ton image that is more than 10 stories tall and 200 feet wide.


2 New Options for Harsh Environments

Dow has unveiled two polyurethane products for protecting infrastructure in the harshest environments.


Massive Stage Awaits Nuclear Giant

Four years in the making, a colossal concrete floor capable of supporting 400,000 tons is now ready to support the world's largest nuclear fusion machine.


Coastal Wall Work Uncovers Shipwreck

Work on a $23.8 million steel barrier project in coastal New Jersey is at a standstill while experts try to identify the remains of a shipwreck discovered 20 feet below the sand.


NIOSH Trumpets Ways to 'Buy Quiet'

Construction work is not just dangerous; it's deafening, warn health officials, who are sounding an alarm to save what's left of workers' hearing.


CSB Urges Overhaul of Steel Standards

Federal investigators are calling for drastically improved standards for steel in petroleum facilities, where equipment is vulnerable to potentially catastrophic hydrogen attack.


U.S. Arrests Recalcitrant Contractor

U.S. Marshals have taken into custody an Illinois sewer and water contractor who has allegedly refused to abate years of federal health and safety violations and to pay hundreds of thousands...


The Hidden, Human Cost of 1 WTC

Dozens of unreported, permanently disabling worker injuries will join the deaths of a painter and a carpenter in the human toll behind the new World Trade Center, the New York Daily News<...


Bridge Sub Held in DBE Contract Fraud

A Pennsylvania subcontractor is facing fraud conspiracy charges after allegedly allowing his company to be used as a DBE-certified front for contractors seeking federal contracts.


Solar Nanomaterial Can Take the Heat

Developers of a new nanomaterial for harnessing solar power are promising a trifecta of benefits: the ability to use over 90 percent of captured sunlight, withstand temperatures greater than...


Safespan Awarded $5.25M in Patent Case

After nearly eight years, a leading U.S. manufacturer of bridge platforms and scaffolding has prevailed in a legal battle to protect two critical patents against an employee-turned-competito...


Repeat Hazards Hit Company for $62K

An Ohio powder coating facility repeatedly accused of exposing workers to amputation hazards now faces $62,400 in proposed penalties, according to federal safety officials.


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.


U.S. Advances on Mussel Control

After spending six years testing more than 100 coatings, federal researchers have learned a lot about what works, and what doesn't, in fighting invasive marine species.


Shipyard Fined $1M in Coast Guard Scam

A Florida shipyard and its president will pay a $1 million fine for a scam designed to siphon off federal contracts meant for small businesses run by disabled veterans.


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.


Water Tower Painters Killed in Fall

Two painters who reportedly were not wearing harnesses perished in a 100-foot fall when their scaffolding failed on a water tower project in Ohio, the Butler County Sheriff's office said.


Solar Project Crew Gets $2M in Back Pay

Painters, bridge crane operators and other skilled laborers will share $1,914,681.50 in back wages and benefits they are owed for months of work on a solar energy project in a Nevada desert,...


Lighting Tackles Marine Environments

Larson Electronics has expanded its range of industrial-grade lighting equipment with a new fluorescent fixture designed for wet areas and salt-water marine environments.


PA Awards 558-Bridge Project

And the winner of an $899 million design-build contract to replace 558 Pennsylvania bridges in three years is... Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, comprised of the Plenary Group, The Walsh Gr...


Fatality, Wind Close OR Bridge

A coastal bridge in southern Oregon has reopened after the death of a worker and the discovery of damage to a massive containment structure—two incidents that happened within hours of each o...


Free Webinar: Proper Concrete Prep

What does it take to make coatings stick to concrete? Proper application, sure, but one of the most important factors in successful coating work sits on the surface.


Sales Nail a Q3 Record for Sherwin

Protective, marine, automotive and OEM coatings all did their part, but it was the architectural business that ruled Sherwin-Williams' third quarter, ringing up a record in the process, the ...


WVDOT Announces 3 Bridge Contracts

Three bridge contracts, two for coating and one for rehabilitation, totaling $5.8 million have been awarded by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.


Shipyard Fined for Paint-Laden Runoff

A New England shipyard will pay a $20,000 fine and spend $30,000 to raise awareness of clean water laws after allegedly discharging stormwater contaminated with toxic paint chips into a cove...


A Plant to Capture, Clean and Convert

Tomorrow's baking soda may be coming in part from the emissions of an industrial plant near you.


Fines Follow Fires at Coating Maker

Three separate, and apparently unreported, fires at an industrial coatings plant have triggered a strong response from federal health and safety officials.


SSPC Unveils 2015 Show Lineup

Hot-dip galvanizing, concrete protection solutions, and green evolution coatings are among the topics on tap for SSPC 2015, according to the new program lineup.


Gauge Screen Rotates Readings

A pocket coating thickness gauge from Fischer Technology now offers a rotating screen that displays readings and the menu navigation.


Hoping the Rubber Meets the Road Test

"Does this stink or doesn't it?" That is just one of the questions—and an important one it is—that Michigan researchers will be asking as they begin putting crumb rubber to the test on the s...


Study: Painters, Trades in Demand

A good painter is hard to find, America's employers report. So are other tradespeople and professional positions across the construction industry, according to a new survey by the Associated...


DOT Hit on Contractor Suspension Data

The U.S. Department of Transportation is doing a poor job of managing its system for banned contractors, putting the entire government at risk of contracting with dishonest parties, a new au...


Free Webinar Takes on 2k Urethanes

Increasing regulations are handing the coating industry new challenges in providing products that are environmentally friendly without sacrificing performance.


Coatings Maker Accepts EPA Waste Fine

An industrial-coatings manufacturer will pay a $20,240 penalty to settle claims that it violated federal hazardous-waste regulations at its Pennsylvania plant.


Victim’s Kin Fights for Minimum Fine

Brett Collins' family says his life was worth more than $2,363—and they are determined to effect a change that may spare other families some of their sense of insult and loss.


Probe: Attitudes Doomed Mall

"Apathy, neglect, indifference, mediocrity, ineptitude, incompetence, greed, obfuscation and duplicity" all perpetuated problems that caused the catastrophic collapse of a Canadian shopping ...


Painting Delay Costs $85K and Counting

Weeks of delays in bridge painting work have already cost a Michigan contractor $85,800, and the tab is growing with each day the work isn't completed.


Free Webinar: Prepping an Inspection Plan

Coating inspectors equipped with a thorough plan will be better positioned to navigate complex coatings specifications, and a new webinar offers an assist in developing one.


Ike Memorial Clears Planning Panels

Despite scathing criticism, a controversial design for a national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower will go forward with approval from two key agencies.


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.


Auto Coater Cited for Dust Hazards

An Ohio powder coating company faces $62,300 in penalties for allegedly exposing workers to combustible dust and amputation hazards, federal officials say.


New Dehumidifier is Self-Powered

A new dehumidifier with a built-in generator is now being offered by Drynamic Inc. of Plymouth, MN.


Review of PPG-Comex Deal Extended

PPG Industries will wait a bit longer for Mexico's decision on the company's $2.3 billion bid to take over that country's largest paint and coatings maker.


Cloaking Coating Shows Visible Progress

The quest for a cloak of invisibility may be one step closer to reality, with a new "illusion" coating taking shape at Pennsylvania State University.


WTC Contractor Indicted in $600M Fraud

A New York City steel contractor and its CEO have been charged with defrauding a federal minority set-aside program to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts on the World Trade ...


Nanocoatings Set for Mega Growth

Good things come in small packages, as the global market for nanotech-based coatings is poised to show, according to a new forecast.


Meet Canada's Living, Breathing Bridge

Mother Nature is giving bridge coatings a run for their money in Canada, where an overpass now owes its aesthetic to plants, not paint.


MIT: Diversity Pays, Even if Unpopular

Like it or not—and some workers do not—a workplace with gender equality will benefit the organization most in the long run, a new MIT study concludes.


PPG Puts Q3 in the Plus Column

Aerospace, automotive and industrial coatings growth helped fill the gaps in PPG's third quarter, giving the world's largest paint and coatings company an increase in earnings, sales and net...


Job, Pay Trends Signal a New Normal

All boats are rising with the post-recession tide, but they are not rising equally—and the construction and engineering rock stars of tomorrow will be different from those of yesteryear, a n...


Paint Firm's Temp Hazards Fined $84K

"Deliberately disabled" safety devices and other hazards to unsupervised temporary workers have landed a Georgia paint maker in trouble with federal regulators.


Blast Unit Hikes Diesel Engine HP

NLB Corp. has announced a new addition to its series of diesel-convertible water-blasting units.


Worker Reinstated after Secret Filming

A railroad machinist who was fired after secretly recording a test of faulty equipment will return to his position with back pay and damages, federal officials announced.


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.


Delaware Bridge Painting Out for Bid

The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) is inviting bids for cleaning and coating the suspended span steel towers on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.


Workbook Knows the Score on Safety

Preventing job-site accidents requires drilling into indicators that can flag hazards long before an incident occurs, according to a new workbook designed to help employers do just that.


Grants Aid Metal, Coating Advances

Two federal grants aim to use one technology to develop advanced ways for joining dissimilar metals and antimicrobial coatings for contact surfaces.


Device Enhances Blasting Pot Safety

Marco Group International has announced a new product that allows the user to pressurize and depressurize bulk abrasive blasting pots by flipping a toggle switch from the ground level.


Global Effort Targets Onshore Corrosion

A leading technical society is calling on oil and gas industry experts to collaborate on a global project to fight external corrosion of onshore pipelines.


OSHA Launches Sweeping PEL Review

How can the U.S. ensure worker health and safety amid thousands of hazardous chemicals now in use in the workplace—without creating thousands of new rules?


Military Coatings Mission Accomplished

Seven historic U.S. Army vehicles will greet this Veterans Day restored to their former glory, thanks to a massive volunteer effort by contractors and suppliers across the coatings industry....


Job Boom Spurs Calls for More Training

U.S. construction unemployment, which neared 20 percent at the height of the recession, has now shrunk to just seven percent, with 230,000 jobs added in the last year, a new analysis shows.


Wall Thickness: How Low Can You Go?

Measuring wall thickness—a key element in assessing the structural integrity of steel tanks and piping—gets an expert assist in the latest PaintSquare Video Learning Center installment.


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...


Fouling Control System Touts Long Life

AkzoNobel's International brand has introduced a foul-release system for the North American power, water and wastewater segments.


Students Tackle Corrosion in 2 Contests

NACE is challenging students to solve this country's corrosion problems, from bridges to defense systems, in a pair of competitions.


Icons from the Past Secure a Future

Two covered bridges—unique pieces of Americana—will live out their third century with some additional protection.


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.


New Hoist Boasts 1-Ton Capacity

Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has unveiled a traction hoist with increased load capacity for heavy construction and industrial installation and maintenance.


RPM Remains Positive Despite Q1 Dip

RPM International says decreased profits in the first quarter of 2015 are due to an unusually strong performance in its prior year that took a toll on comparative results.


Veterans Get Corrosion Career Training

U.S. military veterans are becoming certified in cathodic protection with the help of a $2,500 grant from Consumers Energy, an electric and natural gas utilities company in Michigan.


U.S. Sees Strong Coatings Exports

The U.S. has seen strong numbers in coatings exports so far in 2014, the American Coatings Association reported.


Storm-Damaged Tunnels Need $689M

Amtrak tunnels in New York City will require $689 million to repair corrosion and cracking caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to a new engineering report.


OSHA Adds 3 Years for Crane Rule

Federal safety officials are giving employers an extra three years to make sure crane operators are competent to operate the equipment safely.


Pipe Plant Settles Lead Issues with EPA

A now defunct pipe production plant will pay almost $1 million dollars and take steps to lower its lead emissions in an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


New Editor Takes the Helm of D + D

Amy Woodall has been named Editor in Chief for Durability + Design magazine, the monthly multi-platform journal that focuses on building performance and aesthetics.


Four Plead Guilty in TBT Paint Scam

Four Florida men and two companies have pleaded guilty to selling toxic boat paint they had previously agreed to stop manufacturing.


Tanks in for New Coatings, Inspections

As many as 80,000 aboveground storage tanks in West Virginia may fall under a set of new mandates for rigorous inspections, coating system overhauls, and spill prevention plans, state offici...


Nu Flow Releases Pipe Tool Series

Pipe lining manufacturer Nu Flow Technologies Inc. is now distributing its proprietary line of cutting, cleaning and reinstating tools directly to the public.


Bridge Engineer Impostor Fined

He avoided prison for his crimes, but a Pennsylvania contractor will have to muster up another $50,000 fine for forging approvals on hundreds of bridge and highway plans in 13 states, author...


Subsea Robot Aims to Thwart Smugglers

A small, submersible robot under development could provide a new line of defense against smugglers trying to sneak contraband in ship hulls.


Navy Shipyard Probe Curbs Work of 300

The U.S. Navy has restricted the duties of 300 civilian nuclear workers at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard amid allegations that they received credit for training they did not attend.


Green Pouch Offers Corrosion Protection

A new Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) pouch from Cortec Corp. is designed to protect metal parts in non-ventilating spaces.


Coating Makers Seek Delay on Risk RFI

Calling the data demands too much and too soon, U.S. paint and coating makers have requested three additional months to produce information on their risk-management plans for chemical releas...


New Water Issues Bedevil Bay Bridge

After spending millions on extensive testing, California officials have revealed a new round of corrosion issues plaguing the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


PPG Cuts Ribbon on New HQ

Working to keep pace with its ballooning architectural coatings business, PPG Industries has opened a new North American headquarters facility.


Feds: Onshore Oil Boom Raises Concerns

U.S. oil and gas production is booming faster than regulators can manage, creating risks for the public, pipelines and other transportation networks, a new government audit warns.


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.


Team Finds Cement’s ‘Magical’ Mix

Tweaking just one of the materials in cement could go a long way toward reducing the environmental wallop packed by concrete, scientists at MIT have discovered.


AkzoNobel Joins ‘100 Cities’ Effort

Building on its own Human Cities urban renewal campaign, AkzoNobel has now thrown its support behind 100 Resilient Cities, a new global project of The Rockefeller Foundation.


U.S. Suspends Contractors for DBE Fraud

Two New York construction companies and three people have been debarred from federally funded projects for three years following criminal convictions for a 17-year-long Disadvantaged Busines...


Truckers Ignore Emergency Bridge Limits

Rushing to act after an engineering analysis showed a busy bridge failing, New York State officials imposed emergency load limits on the span—only to have truckers ignore them.


Bids Sought for 2 FL Water Towers

Bids are being accepted for cleaning, coating and repair work on two water storage towers in Clermont, FL.


Flexible Topcoat Enhances Resistance

A new abrasion-resistant overcoating from 3M boasts improved flexibility and is designed to protect the primary corrosion coating on pipelines.


$2.5M Awarded for Shipbuilding Research

Coatings, surface preparation and corrosion control projects will share in more than $2.5 million in funding newly awarded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Avoiding Voids with a Holiday How-To

Unmasking the tiny defects that can jeopardize long-term coating performance is the focus of the latest installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


Paris Battles Love for Bridge Control

Fed up with the romantic gesture that is weighing heavy on its bridges, Paris is making a new push to block its lovebirds from "Love Locking" the city’s historic spans.


Hawaii DOT Fined $1.2M for Runoff

Six years of state and federal complaints about pollutants washing into Hawaii's largest harbor have ended in a $1.2 million fine for Hawaii’s Department of Transportation.


Explosion-Proof Light for Tight Space

A new temporary manhole light fixture provides an alternative to traditional string or tank lights for workers in storage tanks, railcars and other confined spaces, the manufacturer says.


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.


Contractor Gets 2nd Confined-Space Case

Four months after settling 17 federal health and safety violations, a Kansas-based provider of railcar painting and maintenance services is facing a second case for similar issues.


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.


New Rule Nixes Contractor Pay Secrecy

A proposed rule would prohibit federal contractors from having pay secrecy policies, a move that will make it easier to address unfair compensation practices, federal officials announced.


2 Killed in U.S. Steel Explosion

Two workers have died and one was injured after a pipe exploded at a U.S. Steel plant in Fairfield, AL


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.


3 Hurt When Paint Truck Overturns

One man almost drowned in paint and two others were injured when the line painting truck they were in rolled off a narrow road outside of Pittsburgh, PA, officials said.


Bayer to Split Off MaterialScience

With its corporate "center of gravity" shifting, the Bayer Group has announced that it will spin off its polymer and coatings MaterialScience unit as an independent, publicly traded company ...


New Award Honors Firms that Give Back

Transportation, construction and safety firms that roll up their sleeves on behalf of their communities are eligible for new recognition of their service.


Tank Coating Cures without Heat

Advanced Polymer Coatings has introduced a cargo tank coating for less severe cargoes.


Developer Gets 8 Years for Hit-Man Plan

His lawyer called it an "offhand comment," but the FBI heard Daniel Dvorkin’s secretly recorded conversations another way: as a clear plan have a hit man murder a creditor owed $8.2 million....


OSHA Top 10 Sounds Grim Refrain

For the third straight year, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection violations—in that order—lead the list of federal health and safety citations issue...


Industrial Cleaner Boasts Bio-Safety

Cortec Corp. has introduced a heavy-duty, bio-based cleaner and degreaser for a variety of industrial and commercial jobs.


‘Undersea Museums’ Reveal Ghost Ships

Coastal waters outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge are home to an estimated 300 shipwrecks, but only a handful had been documented—until now.


Beer Promo Leaves Town Blue

Residents in a Colorado town were left seeing red after a beer company paid the town a lot of green to paint it blue for a weekend.


Free Webinar Shores Up Offshore

The harsh environment of the offshore gas and oil industry has led to new technologies and methods to overcome maintenance challenges.


Paint Paperwork Draws $100K Fine

A Vermont ferry service will pay $100,000 to resolve federal allegations of recordkeeping violations and improper paint use.


Construction Angels are Here to Help

Accidents strike construction job sites in a heartbeat—and, all too often, with fatal consequences.


Latino, Contractor Work Deaths Rise

Deaths of Hispanic workers surged, and construction fatalities remained stubbornly unchanged in a new report that otherwise bore good news for U.S. workplace safety.


Bids Sought for Vessel Repairs

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is seeking contractors to repair the M.V. Del Norte Ferry in San Francisco, CA.


U.S. Infrastructure Misses Top 10

The U.S. is falling behind 11 other economies in the latest global ranking of infrastructure competitiveness.


Bridge Engineer Impostor Sentenced

A Pennsylvania contractor who admitted forging the approval of unwitting engineers on hundreds of bridge and highway plans in 13 states has been sentenced to house arrest.


Contractors Get Jail in Tax, DOT Fraud

Two Ohio construction executives will spend 21 months in federal prison after admitting to tax evasion and falsifying federal documents, authorities announced.


U.S. Toughens Injury Reporting Regs

Sharpening its focus on severe injuries in the workplace, the U.S. will step up accident reporting requirements for employers as of Jan. 1.


Unpermitted Work Shutters Bridge Site

A staging area for New York City’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project has been shut down after an environmental group reported construction underway without proper permitting.


‘Gravity Doesn’t Give You a 2nd Chance’

Leaving workers "one slip, trip or step away from deadly or disabling injuries," a Connecticut contractor is facing nearly $300,000 in fines for federal fall, electrocution and other hazards...


Densifier Fills, Hardens in 1 Step

In2Crete has updated its Ecoguard pore filler, offering a green approach to filling and hardening surface depressions and hairline cracks in one step.


Corrosion Fighter Sports Water Base

A new waterborne formulation offers a safer anti-corrosion option to solvent-based metal primers, manufacturer Dunn-Edwards reports.


AkzoNobel Named Sustainability Leader

Paint, coatings and specialty chemical giant AkzoNobel has notched a threepeat as the world’s leading materials company in the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index.


Paint Can Claims Uncork a Lawsuit

Wine-filled paint cans trumpeted in a recent marketing campaign are now at the center of a vintage trademark tussle.


Paint May Pack an Asteroid Punch

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


U.S. Beryllium Proposal Advances

After nearly 12 years in the pipeline, a federal plan to reduce beryllium exposure in the workplace has moved to the White House for final review.


From Waste, a Hot New Coating

While the U.S. awaits a federal decision on the safety of coal ash, Mexican researchers have found a new use for the industrial waste: high-temperature coatings.


Curing Compound Boasts Early Start

BASF has introduced an evaporation retardant and finishing aid for concrete that can help prevent shrinkage cracks as industrial flooring concrete dries.


Voting Opens for DOT Projects

It's time to vote for the 2014 America's Transportation Awards, which recognizes the greatest transportation projects accomplished each year by state Departments of Transportation.


New Web Tool Manages Pipeline Data

GE and Accenture have teamed up on a new "Industrial Internet solution for pipeline management" to give pipeline customers faster access to data.


Industry Mourns KTA Executive

The coatings industry is mourning the sudden loss of KTA-Tator Inc. vice president Scott B. Rice, who perished Monday (Sept. 9) in a traffic accident near Pittsburgh.


Audit: FHWA Missing Rule Deadlines

As America's two-year transportation bill ticks toward expiration, the Federal Highway Administration is still years behind on implementing some of its required bridge safety and funding pro...


Ike Memorial Plan Slims Down

The celebrity architect behind the controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial has scaled down his much-criticized design, removing several massive ornamental structures and opening up the v...


Coating Operation Fined $341K

Workers repeatedly inhaled, absorbed and even ingested toxic hexavalent chromium through a variety of coating tasks at an Oklahoma contractor, federal authorities are alleging.


Bonding Experience: Tips on Adhesion

A well-adhered coating system is a lot like a good relationship: Both rely on a strong bond to avoid falling apart.


‘Rammed Earth’ Yields a Greener Block

A California R&D company has developed a high-strength, greener masonry block using one of construction's oldest processes.


MN Sees Red over Colored Concrete

Blighted by early cracking, the beauty of a colored concrete craze in Minnesota is fading fast, and officials are determined to figure out why.


Data Demands Rile Coating Makers

A sweeping plan to collect years of sales and formulation data on paints and coatings in California is not sitting well with manufacturers. And the new round of VOC-cutting that may follow i...


UK Construction Giant Strikes a Deal

Balfour Beatty has announced the sale of consulting arm Parsons Brinckerhoff to Montreal-based WSP Global Inc. for £820 million ($1.35 billion USD).


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a $1.4 billion fine—its largest ever—against Pacific Gas & Electric for thousands of state and federal pipeline violations and a catas...


$28M Awarded for PA Bridge Painting

A $28 million contract for cleaning, painting and restoring a Pittsburgh bridge has been awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Slab Protection Gets 7-Ply Option

W.R. Meadows has unveiled a weather-coated, permanently bonded, semi-flexible, vaporproofing and waterproofing membrane designed to stop moisture migration in footings, concrete floors and s...


Court Rejects TX Contractor’s Appeal

"Spit and sniff" are not adequate testing methods for confined-space work, an appellate court has informed a Texas contractor whose employee died during an industrial cleaning job.


Thin Workforce Overshadows Optimism

Construction employment has expanded in two-thirds of U.S. metro areas, and spending is at a five-year high—a boom that may be squandered if the industry cannot fill its ranks, a leading con...


Fatal Crash Destroys 2 TN Bridges

Repairs are underway in Tennessee to remedy an interstate traffic nightmare after a gas truck exploded, killing the driver and destroying two bridges—one of which was brand new and almost co...


Owner’s Plea is 6th in DBE Scam

The owner of a North Carolina paving company faces 25 years in prison after becoming the sixth defendant to plead guilty in a massive fraud that raked in government contracts by using a disa...


AkzoNobel to Revamp Performance Coatings

AkzoNobel will slim down and retool its sprawling Performance Coatings business, one of the company's three major divisions.


U.S. Bridge, Highway Contracts Slump

State and local government awards for highway and bridge work have declined by nearly 14 percent in the first half of 2014, compared with the same period last year, a new analysis shows.


Public Works of the Year Honored

Twenty-five public-works projects throughout North America are being hailed for their efficient planning and cooperative achievements.


U.S. Firms Eyeing Middle East Boom

Aiming to tap a trillion-dollar pipeline of megaprojects, the American Institute of Architects is developing its first trade mission to the Middle East.


Report: Road Paint Revenues to Climb

The need for safer roads will drive the traffic paints and coatings market in North America and Europe, boosting revenue 17 percent by 2020, according to a new report.


Global Protective Coatings Surge Seen

Riding a wave of "remarkable growth,” the global protective coatings market is in for some boom years, boosted by spiking end-user demand and a push for environmentally friendly products, a ...


Corrosion Salaries Head Up and Down

North American corrosion professionals are significantly outearning their European counterparts, according to a new survey by NACE International.


PPG’s Earnings Streak Continues in Q2

PPG Industries says a strong European market, coupled with healthy results in all major markets, helped the coatings giant secure a second quarter sales gain and "all-time" record quarterly ...


PPG Swoops in on Comex

PPG Industries has announced a $2.3 billion plan to buy Mexico paint and coatings giant Comex—the same company that Sherwin-Williams unsuccessfully pursued for more than a year.


Grappling with Growth by the Gigaton

China has used more cement in the last three years than the United States used in the entire 20th century.


AkzoNobel Names CFO, VPs

Coatings giant AkzoNobel has announced several new leadership positions, including chief financial officer and two vice presidents for North American protective coatings markets.


Pipeline Corrosion Firm Sold for $116M

Global HSE concern Halma plc has acquired California-based Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS), the leading U.S. corrosion monitoring firm, the companies have announced.


Sherwin-Williams Sued over Failed Deal

Mexico’s largest coatings producer has filed suit against Sherwin-Williams, blaming the Cleveland paint maker for the implosion of its plan to buy the Latin American supplier, Reuters report...


Smart Coating Could Clean Oil Spills

A new coating that instantly separates oil from water offers significant promise in cleaning up major oil spills and reducing the massive water demands of fracking, researchers say.


PPG Retools in New Push for the Pros

Most of the U.S. purchasing power for architectural paints and coatings is now in the hands of contractors, specifiers and other professionals—a new reality that has PPG Industries rebrandin...


AkzoNobel Opens Year With Sales Gains

AkzoNobel remains on track toward its 2015 targets despite setbacks, with first-quarter volume growth across all areas a big step in the right direction, the company reported Thursday (April...


PPG Launches 2014 on a High Note

Shedding some businesses and adding others, the world’s largest paint and coatings company started 2014 with a bang, ringing up double-digit sales growth in the first quarter and its highest...


Coatings Report Paints Bright Future

Rebounding construction, industrial output and motor vehicle production will all fuel global demand for paint and coatings by more than 5 percent annually in the years ahead, a new forecast ...


PPG Drops Comex; S-W Talks Continue

PPG Industries’ Protective and Marine Coatings (PMC) business has terminated its licensee agreement with the Comex Group, but Sherwin-Williams remains interested in Central and South America...


3 Nations to Develop Structural Sensors

An international team of engineers will spend the next three years collaborating on a real-time monitoring system to sense potentially catastrophic structural weaknesses before they fail.


Asia to Anchor Global Coatings Surge

Riding a 50 percent increase in coatings consumption in the last five years, the Asia-Pacific region will remain the main engine for that growing global market in the next five, a new report...


AkzoNobel Sees Losses in 2013

AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner warned that 2013 would be a tough year for the Dutch coatings giant, and he was right.


Record Q4 Seals Banner Year for PPG

PPG Industries crowned 2013 with a blockbuster fourth quarter dominated by double-digit growth in Performance and Industrial Coatings.


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.


SSPC Increases College Scholarships

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will offer more assistance to North American college students next academic year, the organization has announced.


Baja Road Sinks, Nearly Falls into Sea

A busy coastal road in Mexico has collapsed, dropping by nearly 300 feet in some areas and threatening to fall into the Pacific Ocean.


Mexico Again Rejects Sherwin Deal

Mexican anti-trust regulators have once again blocked Sherwin-Williams’ push for Latin American domination, nixing the Cleveland company’s $2.34 billion bid for rival Consorcio Comex, S.A. d...


Ups and Downs Mark Sherwin-Williams’ Q3

Sherwin-Williams reported a record third quarter Friday, with a lot of help from its paint stores, a little from protective and marine, and none from Brazil's tax man.


AkzoNobel Plans New Wave of Downsizing

AkzoNobel continues to shrink its European footprint, with a new plan to close more than half of its German offices in the wake of recent divestments.


Hempel’s Market Growth Draws Honor

Global coatings supplier Hempel has been recognized for overcoming a struggling economy and promoting market leadership in the protective and marine coatings market.


AkzoNobel to Shutter Dutch Plant

AkzoNobel will phase out a chemical plant in the Netherlands as the paint and coating maker's markets shift from Europe to Asia and North America, the company announced Friday (Aug. 30).


PPG, Axalta Name Industrial Leadership

Two global coatings companies have announced executive-level changes in their industrial coatings units.


Top 100 Infrastructure Projects Named

More than $435 billion in new pipelines, airports and transportation projects are among the top 100 infrastructure projects strategically important to progress throughout North America, acco...


DuPont to Pay $72M in Price-Fixing Case

DuPont, the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide, has agreed to pay $72 million in cash to settle allegations by several paint companies that it fixed prices for the common paint pig...


Valspar Says ‘Ciao, Europa’

U.S.-based Valspar Corp. is now a player in the European industrial coatings market, with its newly completed acquisition of an Italian company.


Guam Shipyard Faces 61 OSHA Citations

U.S. investigators have recommended nearly $300,000 in fines against Guam Shipyard, a former U.S. Navy facility, for scores of alleged health and safety violations.


2013 Corrosion Salaries Set Records

Call it a rust-to-riches story. Corrosion careers are paying better than ever, with record-high average annual salaries for professionals in the United States, Canada and the European Union,...


Crew Uncovers 30 Ancient Graves

Human remains, possibly up to 2,000 years old, were discovered by construction crews in eastern Mexico.


Report: Coatings Need Novel Solutions

Developing new technology for harsh environments will be key in the future of the protective and marine markets in North America and Europe, new research says.


AkzoNobel Logs Dismal Quarter

With revenues and volumes decreasing across all segments, AkzoNobel’s second quarter report echoed trends from the coating manufacturer’s dim first quarter and renewed a call for restructuri...


Asia Boom Seen for Marine Coatings

Global growth in shipping and the offshore industry, aided by new coating advances, are poised to kickstart the Asia-Pacific marine coatings market in the years ahead, a new forecast reports...


Polysiloxane Topcoat Eases Application

A new acrylic polysiloxane topcoat has rolled out to the North American market, International Paint LLC announced.


Global Construction Hot to Top $15T

China, the United States and India are set to lead “meteoric” global construction growth that will reach $15 trillion in value by the year 2025, a new study reports.


Bredero Shaw Snags $30M Pipe Deal

ShawCor Ltd. has announced a $30 million contract between its pipe coating division, Bredero Shaw, and Statoil Norway to provide coatings for the Edvard Grieg Oil and Utsira High Gas pipelin...


AkzoNobel Dims Decorative in Germany

AkzoNobel's Decorative Paints business continues its crash diet, with a newly announced plan to shed its German paint stores immediately after selling off its North American unit.


Flooding Erodes Bridge, Derails Train

A corroded bridge over a flooding river gave way, derailing a train carrying flammable petroleum products in Alberta.


900+ Charges Rock Construction Empire

A notorious Quebec heavy-construction magnate with a long history of corruption charges has been slapped with hundreds of tax-fraud charges that could land him behind bars with millions of d...


Bayer Coatings Unit Taps New Leader

Christine Bryant, a chemical engineer and 20-year veteran of Bayer MaterialScience, has been named to lead the Commercial Operations for the Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties (CAS) business ...


Report: Construction Disputes Lengthen

Construction disputes around the world are taking longer and longer to resolve, with increasing project complexity and multinational projects complicating resolutions, a new study reports.


Water Woes Swamp Doomed Mall Probe

A flood of evidence and testimony about decades of leaks­—and the unwillingness and/or inability to fix them, despite lawsuits and city orders to do so—continues to dominate the hearing into...


AkzoNobel Names N. America Director

AkzoNobel has appointed Research, Development, and Innovation chief Graeme Armstrong to oversee its North American operations.


 
 
   

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