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CA Passes 'Buy Clean' Act for Contractor Materials

A recently enacted law in California will put new restrictions on the materials state contractors use on infrastructure projects and other jobs, taking concerns about climate change into acc...


Final Study Weighs Line 5 Options

The final version of an independent analysis of Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 pipeline was released to the public Monday, largely echoing the conclusions drawn in an earlier draft but admi...


Whole Building Design Guide Expanded

The Whole Building Design Guide, working in conjunction with DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, has released new information to help facility experts stay up-to-date on corrosion pre...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Thursday, Nov. 23, or Friday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.


Floor Coatings Made for Quick Cure

Two new polyaspartic floor coatings from Coatings for Industry Inc. are made to cure quickly without encouraging roller overlap marks.


Keystone XL Gets Nebraska Approval

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved an alternate routing for TransCanada’s long-disputed Keystone XL project, opening the door for construction to begin, though questions still sur...


DRPA Proposes Bridge Projects for 2018

The Delaware River Port Authority has planned the continuation—or commencement—of a number of bridge projects, which will cover painting, repairs and resurfacing.


PA, TX Cracker Plants Progress

Western Pennsylvania and the Texas Gulf Coast are each getting a new ethane cracker plant, with construction already commencing on the Pennsylvania plant, and planning underway for the Texas...


OSHA Releases Fact Sheets for Shipyards

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has issued four new fact sheets on protecting workers from common hazards in the shipyard and maritime sectors, which cover topics such as p...


Ultraviolet Absorbers Made for Coatings

Songwon Industrial Co. Limited has expanded its line of ultraviolet absorbers with the addition of two new products: Songsorb CS400 and Songsorb CS384-2—both of which are geared toward use i...


Olympics to Feature World's Darkest Material

Vantablack, the world’s blackest material, is set to take the stage at the 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea, and will be used in an architectural design meant to emulate the night sky.


Collapsed Nuclear Site Tunnel Stabilized

The U.S. Department of Energy announced this week that the waste storage tunnel that collapsed at its Hanford Nuclear Site in May has been stabilized.


Contractors Sought for TN Tank Rehab

The Cumberland Heights Utility District is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Hilltop water storage tank in Montgomery County, Tennessee.


Revised DC Bridge Design Questioned by Panel

The recently released new design for Washington D.C.’s Frederick Douglass Bridge was created to answer critics of the “uninspired” first draft, but the federal agency that oversees the Distr...


US Leads World in Oil and Gas Production

The International Energy Agency’s latest energy outlook indicates that the United States is taking the lead as the world’s largest oil and gas producer, with China filling the role of world’...


SSPC Golf Tournament Honors Calvo

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is honoring a longtime member and supporter who recently passed away by holding a memorial golf tournament in his honor this year at its annual conf...


Iron Oxides Made for Coating Formulation

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess has introduced an expanded line of iron oxide red pigments, known as New Red, which is part of the company's goal to expand the color potential of the pig...


Enbridge Under Fire Over MI Pipeline Coating Gaps

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called for transparency from energy giant Enbridge on Monday after state officials learned that there are far more gaps in the coating on the company’s Line 5 pipel...


NASA Plans Robots to Build on Mars

With building on Mars becoming more of a reality, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans to use 3-D printing robots to create homes for future astronauts on different planet...


Grant Bolsters Paint Firm's Antifouling Research

A marine coatings firm is the recipient of one of two matching grants from a South Carolina public nonprofit that supports innovation in businesses in that state.


Researchers Develop Corrosion and Traffic Solutions

The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio have announced two new research projects: a new method for mitigating cracking and corrosion in piping used...


Corrosion Report Predated Sewer Collapse

Officials in Sterling Heights, Michigan, said last week that their county disregarded corrosion-related warnings that presaged a destructive sewer collapse last December.


Covestro LLC Announces New CEO

Covestro LLC (Pittsburgh), the global polymer company’s North American business, announced last week that the head of its Polyurethanes business will be taking the helm as CEO next year.


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Texas Unveils Rebuilding Plan

Recently, the state of Texas submitted a $61 billion rebuilding plan to Congress that detailed how it will rebuild after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in late August.


Waterblaster Made for Coating Removal

Florida-based Waterblasting Technologies has introduced the Ground Hog—HT1000SR, a self-rotating, walk-behind water blaster that features vacuum recovery and can operate up to 40,000 PSI.


China Signs onto Alaska Gas Pipeline Plan

An agreement with state-owned corporations in China may revive a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska that had been all but abandoned as of a year ago.


ND Moves on $1B Water Pipeline Project

North Dakota officials are moving forward with long-delayed plans for a 165-mile pipeline intended to supply water to parts of the state they say don’t have a reliable source of water, espec...


PA Students Proffer Plow Art

With winter weather rolling in across the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has invited students to participate in a contest to paint local district snow plows with messag...


Work, Play Color Contractor Connect Event

Technology Publishing Company’s inaugural Contractor Connect event began with a bang Wednesday, with participants enjoying everything from discussing industry information to a little friendl...


Report: Shipyard Workers Exposed to Toxins

A new investigative report from a Seattle-area television news program alleges that civilian workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility were exposed to toxin...


New Intumescents Made for Commercial, Industrial Use

Two new coating products from manufacturer Carboline Company (St. Louis) are made to provide fire protection for structural steel, inside and out.


Covestro Expands Production Capacity

Covestro, a global supplier of polyurethane dispersions, has announced the commencement of operations at a new production facility for aqueous PUDs at its Dormagen, Germany, site.


First Look at Boring Company's Tunnel

Billionaire Elon Musk has released an image from the Hyperloop tunnel being built under Hawthorne, California, near the SpaceX headquarters, which shows that the Boring Company is farther al...


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Trump Announces New OSHA Head

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to get a new leader, as President Donald J. Trump has announced his nominee for Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety ...


Contractor Connect Brings Together Industry Players

The inaugural Contractor Connect event, bringing contractors and suppliers in the protective and industrial coatings industry together to learn and relax, kicks off in earnest today at the G...


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Lab Eyes New Weld Method for Offshore Structures

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working to develop a better way to perform welds on offshore structures, using a hybrid approach that includes both lasers and arc welding in ...


AGC Seeks Protection for Border Wall Contractors

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has issued a call for protection for companies working on the U.S.-Mexico border wall and its prototypes; local governments are threatenin...


Two New Epoxies Made for Potable Water

Protective coating supplier Raven Lining Systems recently announced two new additions to its AquataPoxy line of epoxies for potable water: AquataPoxy 90 and AquataPoxy 190.


Kryton International Acquires Cementec Industries

Kryton International Inc., the inventor of crystalline concrete waterproofing, recently announced the acquisition of Cementec Industries Inc. (Calgary), which specializes in producing concr...


Government Watchdog: Shipyards in Poor Shape

A new report issued by the United States’ Congressional watchdog agency asserts that the Navy’s shipyards are “in poor condition” and are not meeting the military branch’s operational needs—...


Researchers 3-D Print Marine-Grade Stainless

Thanks to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers working in collaboration with other institutions, a breakthrough has been achieved in 3-D printing a common form of marine-grade ...


Researchers Develop New Fire-Resistive Coating

Researchers based out of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, working in conjunction with national industrial developer JTC, say they have produced a fire-resistant coating that also...


Fighter Jet Delivery Halted Over Corrosion Issue

Corrosion problems are to blame for a 30-day hiatus in the delivery of F-35 fighter jets to the U.S. military, according to media reports published Wednesday.


Oroville Dam First-Year Repairs Complete

California officials announced Wednesday (Nov. 1) that Phase 1 of the two-part repair to the Oroville Dam spillways has been completed on time, and the spillway is ready to handle rainy-seas...


Contractors Needed for Coating of WA Bridge

The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for the coating of the George Washington Memorial Bridge, located in King County.


First 3-D Printed Concrete Bridge Opens

Engineers in the Netherlands say they’ve completed the world’s first 3-D-printed reinforced concrete bridge, a span for cyclists that’s now open in the town of Gemert.


CA Raises Gas Tax to Fund Road Projects

Despite vocal opposition from Republicans, the state of California has increased its gas tax by several cents as of Wednesday, part of a larger plan to create and maintain infrastructure sta...


60 Years Ago: Mackinac Bridge Construction

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of its opening, the Michigan Department of Transportation recently released an archival video of the construction of one of its most famous bridges—t...


Railway Sues Contractor Over Tie Coating

One of the United States’ largest railroads has sued a contractor in federal court, alleging that the firm failed to apply the correct protective coating to wood railroad ties, bringing abou...


Coating Made for Rail Car Protection

Global coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems has released Tufcote Protective Rail Car coatings, which are designed for protection in the industrial rail car and transportation sectors...


FL Water Tank Named 2017's Best

An elevated water tank in Destin, Florida, has earned the distinction of Tank of the Year, as recognized by protective coating manufacturer Tnemec Company (Kansas City, Missouri).


AkzoNobel, Axalta Confirm Merger Talks

Dutch coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) confirmed Monday (Oct. 30) that it is in discussions with Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) about a potential merger of equals that reports say...


Zinc Primer Made for Corrosion Protection

Global coatings manufacturer Hempel has launched Hempadur Avantguard 860, an activated zinc primer that the company says protects against corrosion at the level of an inorganic zinc silicate...


Officials: Enbridge Knew About Line 5 Coating Gaps

Canadian energy company Enbridge is facing further controversy related to its Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac after reports revealed the company knew in 2014 about areas of coa...


Worker Killed by Walnut Blasting Particles

An Edmonton, Alberta, man has died due to exposure to walnut blasting materials used to remove old paint from a fire station, leading to a call for regulating such products.


Blastrac Global to Acquire Skidabrader

Blastrac Global Inc. has announced its intention to acquire Skidabrader, a high-production pavement texturing service for the transportation sector.


Huntsman-Clariant Deal Scuttled

Chemical giants Huntsman Corporation and Clariant announced Friday that they will not continue to pursue their $20 billion merger plan, after receiving pressure from activist investors who e...


Cuomo Bridge Tolls Could Double

In order to pay for the construction of the span of the Mario Cuomo Bridge, tolls may double, according to reports, increasing for both E-ZPass users and commuters who pay with cash.


Roller Made for More Even Paint Coverage

The Wooster Brush Company recently expanded its Pro/Doo-Z FTP line with the addition of a 14-inch-by-3/4-inch nap roller that features controlled paint release and shed resistance.


Largest US Offshore Drilling Lease Announced

The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced what is projected to be the largest oil and gas lease sale in the country’s history, which will include 76.9 million acres in the Gulf of Me...


Border Wall Prototypes Completed

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday (Oct. 26) that the construction of prototype border wall segments in southern California is complete, and a testing and evaluation perio...


Gator in the Pipes Delays Work at FL Site

Delays can arise on construction projects for any number of reasons: weather, permits, cash flow. Then there’s the problem that caused a setback on an eastern Florida site on Monday—an allig...


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Seattle SR-99 Tunnel Fly-Through Video Released

The Washington State Department of Transportation has released a fly-through video of the tunnel bored by its "Bertha" borer, threading through the tunnel’s north end then out the south end,...


Sun Storms May Cause Pipeline Corrosion

New research out of New Zealand supports the contention that solar storms may promote corrosion in pipelines with damaged coatings, and can negatively impact the electrical networks the glob...


Steelmaker Under Fire for Falsifications

One of Japan’s largest steelmakers is facing questions after recent reports revealed data on the strength of some of its aluminum, copper and steel products was falsified.


Maryland Issues Conditional Approval for Hyperloop

Maryland’s Department of Transportation has given conditional approval for the construction of a Hyperloop tunnel, which is slated to stretch from Baltimore to Washington.


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NYC Mayor Authorizes Controversial Safety Bill

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a controversial bill into law that deals with worker safety, which would effectively require that 180,000 city construction workers complet...


Product Line Expanded for Additional Strength

Rust-Oleum recently expanded its RockSolid floor coatings product line, which now includes coatings that are reportedly significantly stronger than traditional epoxies.


OSHA Begins Silica Rule Enforcement

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 30-day grace period for the respirable silica standard is over, and the agency is now fully enforcing the rule.


Sherwin-Williams Releases Third-Quarter Financials

On Tuesday, the Sherwin-Williams Company released its third-quarter financial report, indicating a positive trend in net sales and record numbers credited to the acquisition of Valspar earli...


OSHA Injury Tracking App Back Online

After suspending operations due to a potential security breach, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Injury Tracking Application is back online, with no breaches found.


Polyurethanes Conference Draws 1,000 Attendees

On Oct. 2, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry held its 60th Polyurethanes Technical Conference, where over 1,000 industry experts met to learn and network, with the winner of the Inno...


Henry Hudson Bridge Rehab Kicks Off

On Friday, the rehabilitation of the Henry Hudson Bridge began, which involves the removal of columns and toll islands in the hopes that traffic will flow more smoothly.


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Cost of Oroville Dam Repair Nearly Doubles

Officials report that the cost of repairs on the Oroville Dam control spillway are likely to double, factoring in necessary design changes and additional work that had not been initially bud...


Contractors Sought for 2 MG Elevated Tank Rehab

The County of Anne Arundel is seeking contractors for rehabilitating the Jessup Elevated Water Storage Tank in Jessup, Maryland.


Society for Protective Coatings Honors Award Winners

The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the winners of the John D. Keane Award and the Honorary Life Member Awards, highlighting lifetimes of achievement and contribution to the so...


Coatings Society Issues Call for Papers

For its 2018 Sink or Swim Symposium, the Cleveland Coatings Society has released a call for paper abstracts pertaining to coatings in a changing world.


Long Bridge Replacement in Final Phase

The final phase of construction of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge began on Wednesday (Oct. 18), with the help of the tide floating the last span into place.


PPG Announces Third-Quarter Financials

On Thursday morning, Pittsburgh-based global coatings manufacturer PPG announced its third-quarter earnings report, noting a small increase in net sales over the same quarter in 2016.


Musk Announces World's Most Boring Hat

Billionaire and mastermind Elon Musk recently announced a new product that isn't quite as industrial as one might expect from the founder of The Boring Company.


Upcoming Conference Aims to Educate

The Waterjet Technology Association and Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association will be hosting their annual conference Oct. 25-27 in New Orleans, at the Morial Convention Center, functi...


New Coating Developed for Extruded Aluminum

The Coil and Extrusion Coatings division of the Sherwin-Williams Company recently introduced Valspar Acrylicoat, a coating and resin system that results in a smooth, glass-like finish on ext...


Lydia Frenzel Talks Waterjetting Challenges

Dr. Lydia Frenzel is a recognized authority on surface preparation and has been working with waterjetting in the industrial coatings industry for more than 30 years.


ABC President Tapped for Apprenticeship Task Force

In order to implement President Donald J. Trump's plans for expanding apprenticeships, a task force is starting to take shape, and it now involves Associated Builders and Contractors Preside...


New Systems Released for Ease, Safety

Several products have been recently released in the realm of waterjetting and waterblasting. A few pieces of equipment are highlighted below.


Littlejohn Acquires Strategic Materials

Littlejohn & Co. LLC, a private investment firm based in Connecticut, announced on Tuesday (Oct. 17) that it will be acquiring Strategic Materials Inc. (Houston), a company that doubles as t...


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Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner Announced

Earlier this month, the American Chemistry Council's Center for the Polyurethane industry revealed the winner of this year's Polyurethane Innovation Award—Chemours' Opteon 1100.


Oil Rig in Louisiana Lake Ignites, Injures 7

An oil platform located on Lake Pontchartrain in southeastern Louisiana caught fire Sunday night, leaving seven injured and one missing, with the cause of the conflagration yet to be determi...


New Coating Cools When Exposed to Sunlight

An Israel-based firm SolCold says that it has developed a coating that keeps roofs cool with the help of an unexpected source: the sun.


Mock Groundbreaking Staged for Portal Bridge

On Friday, officials participated in a mock groundbreaking that indicates the plans for the replacement of a 107-year-old rail bridge will be moving forward, but funding for the endeavor has...


Getting to Know the ‘Bridge Brothers’: Tom

Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers. Thi...


Western Coatings Show Gears Toward Manufacturers

This year's Western Coatings Symposium began Sunday (Oct. 15) and continues through Oct. 18, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The biennial event aims to provi...


Cement Made for High-Performance Floors

Connecticut-based company Laticrete, a construction materials manufacturer, recently announced a new product that protects high-performance areas in both commercial and industrial areas.


SSPC Announces Call for Posters

The Society for Protective Coatings has issued a call for posters for its 2018 conference, which will be held Jan. 15-18 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.


Morouns Dealt Legal Blow in Bridge Battle

In a ruling last week, the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, which passes from Michigan into Canada, was dealt a legal blow: A judge determined that an agreement made by the state governor wit...


Contractors Sought for Francis Scott Key Bridge Recoat

The Maryland Transportation Authority is seeking contractors for the cleaning and coating of approach spans on the Francis Scott Key Bridge located in Baltimore, Maryland.


Enbridge Line 3 Faces Challenges

Enbridge has declared that the replacement of the Line 3 pipeline is a must, as it is critical for the well-being of regional oil refineries, but a government agency's assessment disagrees.


Lexus Took 15 Years to Make Paint

Drawing inspiration from nature and the wings of a butterfly, Lexus spent the last 15 years developing a new paint color that features an iridescent element.


Tank of the Year Voting Opens

Voting has opened for Tnemec Company Inc.’s Tank of the Year contest, a yearly competition that features innovative uses of the company’s coatings on water tank projects.


Research Reveals Benefits of Locally Made Concrete

In response to the decay of the U.S.’s concrete-based infrastructure, much of which has not been designed to accommodate modern-day stressors, researchers based out of the Massachusetts Inst...


Harvey Damages Water-Related Infrastructure

A total image of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey is starting to come into focus, and the damage extends to sewage spills, superfund sites, drinking water systems and sewer systems, whi...


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Antifouling Coating Made for Vessels

With the release of the new, reduced-VOC version of 3400 Series of Cukote Self-Polishing Copolymer Antifouling Bottom Paint, nautical coating company Sea Hawk Paints has created a coating th...


DE, NY Consider Offshore Wind Plans

Officials in both New York and Delaware are looking at opportunities to expand renewable energy options through offshore windfarms, just as a bill was put forth in the Senate that would give...


OSHA Announces Harwood Training Grant Recipients

The Occupational Health and Safety administration has awarded $10.5 million in grants for federal health and safety training to 80 nonprofits across the country for the 2017 fiscal year.


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New Blue Pigment Cleared for Industrial Use

A new blue pigment with infrared-reflective properties is EPA-approved for use in industrial coatings, and is ready for commercial sale, according to the pigment supplier marketing the produ...


TransCanada Scraps Two Pipeline Projects

Energy giant TransCanada announced Friday that it is abandoning two pipeline plans, including Energy East, a crude-oil pipeline that would have stretched nearly 3,000 miles from Alberta to N...


SSPC 2018 Registration Open

Registration is now open for SSPC 2018 featuring Greencoat, to be held Jan. 15-18 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.


Deposition Method Developed for Telescope Mirrors

Researchers based out of the University of California Santa Cruz have begun developing a protective coating for telescopes by reworking a method commonly used in microelectronics.


Border Wall Prototypes Take Shape

The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would set aside $10 billion for the proposed border wall, as the first images of the prototype wall sections bein...


Gordon Brush Acquires Kirschner Brush

Earlier this week, California-based paint brush manufacturer Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. announced its acquisition of Kirschner Brush Mfg. Company, which will boost Gordon's marine industry line o...


Planned CA Bridge to Make Cat Connections

Some bridges are built to help people get from one side of a river to another, and some are constructed to avoid the need for an intersection between two busy roads. Then there’s the Califor...


In Memory: Eagle Industries Founder Phil Calvo

Eagle Industries founder and former SSPC board member Phil Calvo, an integral figure in the development of standards and best practices regarding containment structures for projects involvin...


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RPM Reports Record Sales in Q1

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of industrial coatings companies including Carboline, Tremco and Illbruck, reported record sales and net income in the first quarter of ...


Sherwin-Williams Honors Water Projects

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced Tuesday (Oct. 3) the recipient of this year’s Impact Award, honoring a notable water or wastewater project carried out with the coating manufacturer’s ...


OSHA Reveals Top Violations for 2017

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released the list of top 10 violations for 2017, which, though it has remained largely unchanged from 2016, sees the addition of a new c...


New System Aims to Protect Garage Doors

Beckers Group, a manufacturer specializing in coil, industrial and consumer coatings, recently released a new system designed specifically for the protection of garage doors.


OSHA Silica Rule Enforcement Delayed

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s deadline for compliance with its new respirable silica rule has passed, but the agency has extended the date of enforcement by 30 days.


TX Chemical Blasts Spawn Suits, Investigation

Specialty chemicals firm Arkema, owner of the Crosby, Texas, facility where a number of explosions were triggered in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in late August, is now facing a criminal inv...


Researchers Eye Crude and Corrosion

Researchers at a Stanford University lab are working on a method of analyzing crude oil for sulfur content in hopes of more easily determining corrosion risks to surfaces in contact with the...


SCDOT Blames Storm for 'Tarpageddon'

In the wake of the painting containment system failure on a Charleston bridge in late July, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has determined that rainwater accumulation caused ...


Alkyd Coatings Made for Industrial Sector

Coating manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced an expansion to its Tufcote line of topcoats and primers, adding three new alkyd products designed for industria...


Feds Rush Aid for Puerto Rico Infrastructure

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration announced Thursday that it would make $40 million available immediately via a “quick release” to help fund rebuilding efforts in storm-ravaged Puerto ...


Researchers Reveal Deicing Aggregate

In a recent study, Drexel University researchers used paraffin wax in concrete to successfully melt snow and ice off of road-like surfaces, revealing an enviornmentally friendly deicing alte...


Getting to Know the ‘Bridge Brothers’: Christine

Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers. Thi...


Crane Topples at FL Bridge Project Site

A piling went crashing into the Halifax River Tuesday (Sept. 26) afternoon after reports say a crane that was being operated on the Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge project toppled.


WEFTEC 2017 Offers Water Sector Knowledge

Professionals in the field of water quality will gather in Chicago beginning Saturday for WEFTEC 2017, a five-day conference on issues in the field of water and wastewater treatment and stor...


Construction Begins on Border Wall Prototypes

Prototype construction on the planned border wall between the United States and Mexico broke ground on Tuesday. Eight designs—four to be made from concrete, and four from alternative materia...


MIT Research Could Impact Spray Coatings

New research from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology team regarding droplet behavior could, the scientists say, have implications for how some coating spray application is performed.


MN Officials Pan Pending Pipeline Project

A major pipeline construction project that began in earnest last month is facing hurdles in Minnesota, where state officials have said that Enbridge Energy has not established a need for its...


EPA Awards Funds for Coating Development

To assist with the development of a nontoxic coating for water pipelines, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $100,000 to Oceanic Laboratories Inc., an engineering company based...


Epoxy Primers Made for Anti-Corrosion

AkzoNobel has expanded its anti-corrosive primer offerings with Intergard 251HS and Intergard 2575, which are both high-build, low-VOC epoxies.


Contractors Sought for $1.5M Tank Recoat

The City of Bellmead is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of five ground storage tanks and one elevated storage tank located near Waco, Texas.


Tank of the Year Deadline Nears

The deadline is nearing for submissions to coating manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc.'s Tank of the Year contest, an annual competition honoring innovative and creative uses of the company's p...


Concrete Mixer Made for Portability

To provide a solution for contractors working on a variety of job sites, Graco Inc. recently introduced the ToughTek CM20 continuous mixer, which is both portable and has an output of 40 bag...


Coatings Innovations Make R&D Finalist List

A number of coating- and adhesive-related developments from manufacturers and labs large and small are finalists in this year’s R&D 100, an annual awards program presented by R&D Magazine...


PPG VP Sekmakas to Retire

PPG last week announced the retirement of executive vice president Viktor Sekmakas, along with other personnel moves that see Tim Knavish stepping into the role of senior vice president of i...


US Lab Studies Coatings for Solar Energy Storage

A researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory—run by the U.S. Department of Energy—is working on developing nickel-based coatings that could help to protect concentrating solar po...


Contractors Key at New Industry Event

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


Quake Lab Performs Biggest Bridge Test Yet

Engineers based out of the University of Nevada, Reno recently tested the damage a bridge could sustain by replicating a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in the lab in the largest-scale experiment o...


Tata, ThyssenKrupp Announce Merger Plan

Two major global steelmakers announced Wednesday that they plan to combine their flat steel businesses into a joint venture unit that they say will ship 21 million tons of product each year.


ASRC Acquires US Coatings Inc.

In a move to expand its construction, maintenance and repair operating group, ASRC Industrial Services has acquired US Coatings Inc., a marine specialty coatings company based in Alabama.


$3B Gas Pipeline Construction Begins

Energy firm Williams Partners announced earlier this week that construction is underway on the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline in central and eastern Pennsylvania, which the company sa...


Researchers Eye New Nanomaterial for Protective Coatings

A team of researchers in the U.K. say that when it comes to protective coatings, graphene—touted as a “supermaterial”—may not be the panacea some hope, but another material, hexagonal boron ...


AkzoNobel Announces De Vries as CFO

After an announcement earlier this month detailing changes in management, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) has named its new chief financial officer: Maarten de Vries.


A Contractor Talks Industrial Fireproofing

MJ Painting Contractor’s manager of sales and marketing, Pete Dandrea, spoke with PaintSquare News about some of the challenges and rewards of working with specialized coatings for fi...


Coating Made for Paint Booth Protection

To protect paint booth components, Global Finishing Systems recently released Booth Shield, a peelable protective coating that is compatible with all types of booths, and can be applied to w...


Funds Increase Stake in Clariant, Target Merger

A holding company seeking to prevent the pending merger between specialty chemical companies Clariant and Huntsman International LLC has increased its stake in the Swiss company, but Clarian...


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State Questions Enbridge on Coating Gaps

Michigan officials appear to be growing impatient with Canadian energy firm Enbridge Energy after they say the company downplayed the size of gaps in the protective coating on its Line 5 liq...


OSHA, ACC Team Up on Isocyanate Safety

To promote awareness of worker exposure to diisocyantes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Chemistry Council announced last week that they have established a...


UCSB Team Observes Pitting Corrosion in Real Time

Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara say a new tool they’ve developed allows them to observe crevice and pitting corrosion in real time, helping them to understand when ...


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Elzly Seeks Participants for Salts Survey

Time is running out to provide your input on a survey on soluble salt detection and remediation. The survey will close Sept. 26.


Ohio Police Release State Fair Ride Photo

Weeks after prosecutors announced that there would be no criminal charges in the deadly ride failure at the Ohio State Fair in July, the Ohio State Highway Patrol released a photo that was c...


Portable Electrostatic System Made for Efficiency

The recently released Titan GM5000 Electrostatic System, combining the use of the GM5000 electrostatic gun and the AirCoat air-assisted airless sprayer, is designed to reduce material usage ...


Obituary: Angus Wurtele, Valspar CEO

C. Angus Wurtele, the CEO who built Minnesota Paints Inc. into Valspar over his 36-year career at the company, passed away earlier this month at age 83.


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DowDuPont Makes Changes to Spinoff Units

Newly merged chemical giant DowDuPont says it has completed a portfolio review of the three companies it intends to split into, and has decided that adjustments will be made to the Materials...


Boston's Largest Bridge Ready for Rehab

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is preparing for its second major renovation of Boston’s Tobin Bridge in less than a decade, a project that will involve work over the next thr...


Getting to Know the ‘Bridge Brothers’: Anthony

Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers. Thi...


PennDOT Awards $31M Bridge Rehab

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a project for rehabilitating the Elizabeth Bridge to Swank Construction Co. LLC, of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, in the amount of $...


Gordie Howe Bridge CEO Reportedly Out

New reports indicate that the CEO of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the Canadian Crown Corporation overseeing the Gordie Howe International Bridge project on the Detroit River, has be...


Tank Linings Figure into Free Webinar

Tank lining failures and how to avoid them will be the topic of a free webinar broadcast Thursday on Paintsquare.com.


Free Webinar Discusses Adhesion Testing

The proper use of testing methods to determine if a coating is adhering to a substrate will be the topic at hand for a free webinar Wednesday (Sept. 20) on Paintsquare.com.


U.S. Awards More Border Wall Contracts

A week after awarding the first contracts for concrete prototypes of the planned border wall between the United States and Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced last week the ...


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Biofouling Treatment Initiative Announced

A new endeavor to protect marine ecosystems from invasive aquatic species through biofouling has been approved for preparation.


Linings Made for Use in Railcars

Devchem 253HS and Interline 994, two new railcar linings developed by AkzoNobel, were designed to withstand a variety of conditions, and one has gained FDA approval.


Enbridge Begins Recoating Gaps on Line 5

Pipeline giant Enbridge Energy is reportedly working to repair coatings on its Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan after inspections over the summer turned up three small areas ...


Dam Memo: More than Visual Inspections Needed

An interim memorandum from the independent forensic team looking into February’s incident at California’s Oroville Dam indicates that corrosion and erosion played a role in the concrete slab...


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Corrosion Indicated in CA Oil Spill

A small oil spill at a Phillips 66 refinery in the San Francisco Bay area may have been caused by corrosion, according to documents obtained by local news radio station KQED.


Irma Leaves Infrastructure Damage in Wake

While the total damage Hurricane Irma inflicted on Florida has yet to be accounted for completely, reports of infrastructure damage are beginning to emerge, as the islands impacted by the st...


Mexico Begins to Gauge Quake Damage

A deadly 8.1-magnitude earthquake that hit the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday has left extensive damage to infrastructure in its wake.


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Applicator Made for Automatic Drawdown

For labs that apply drawdowns manually but are interested in moving to an automatic tool, paint testing equipment firm TQC (Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands) has introduced its new Au...


Vancouver Bridge Project Put on Hold

A multibillion-dollar bridge project planned for Vancouver is on hold as officials in British Columbia look at whether all options for the replacement of the George Massey Tunnel have been p...


AkzoNobel Announces Management Changes

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced changes in management personnel and structure, including the official appointment of CEO Thierry Vanlancker to its Board of Manag...


MARAD Issues Small Shipyard Grants

In a move aimed at investing in small shipyards and strengthening their competitiveness, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $9.8 million in gra...


Canada OKs Ambassador Bridge Replacement

Even as planning continues for the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canadian officials have reportedly approved a plan for a new privately owned Ambassa...


Canadian City Looks to Paint to Light the Way

It’s well known that reflective road paints can help to magnify the effects of street lights and vehicle headlights for nighttime safety, but the city of Calgary may soon be joining a select...


Dow-DuPont Merger Complete

The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont officially completed their merger last week, creating a new company that will now divide into three separate businesses.


Graffiti Remover Made for Corrosion Inhibition

A new graffiti remover from corrosion-prevention company Cortec Corporation is formulated to serve an added purpose, protecting against flash rust and discoloration of metal surfaces after g...


PPG Finalizes Last Fiberglass Sale

PPG Industries has finalized the sale of its last remaining fiberglass business, the company announced Tuesday, leaving the manufacturer to concentrate solely on coatings.


Getting to Know the 'Bridge Brothers': Andre

Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers; Thi...


AkzoNobel Finalizes Disa Acquisition

AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced Monday (Sept. 4) that it has finalized its acquisition of Disa Technology (Limoges, France), a leader in aerospace technical marking systems.


Court Upholds Damages Over Bridge Job Delays

A Michigan appeals court ruled last week that nearly $2 million in damages issued to a bridge-painting firm over delays on a 2008 job are appropriate, despite the contractor’s contention tha...


Last Arkema Plant Fires Burn

The last of the Arkema chemical fires in Crosby, Texas, has burned out, according to reports, allowing residents to return to their homes after an overnight evacuation last week.


No Criminal Charges in Ohio Fair Incident

Prosecutors announced last week that they will not pursue criminal charges related to July’s fatal incident at the Ohio State Fair, in which corrosion is being blamed for a ride breaking apa...


First Border Wall Contracts Awarded

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, announced Thursday (Aug. 31) that it has awarded four contracts for the construction of prototype concr...


Nonslip Coating Made for Industrial Environments

A new powder coating from Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) provides a non-slip solution for aggressive areas, designed to hold up against heavy traffic and harsh chemicals.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday in the United States.


Citizens Look to Water Tower to Beef Up Tourism

A rusting water tower in one western New York town has become the focus of a whopper of an effort on the part of a group of citizens, who would like to see the tank repainted—to resemble a h...


Chemical Blasts, Storm Damage Plague TX

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey at last begin to move on from the Gulf Coast region, the storm has left in its wake massive damage, including at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas...


Caltrans Defends Bay Bridge Steel Quality

As the final structural work on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge eastern span is finished and the demolition of the old span’s last remaining piers commences, officials are addressin...


NJ Residents Sue Over Former Paint Plant

A group of New Jersey residents filed suit last week in a federal court, accusing paint manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company of contaminating the soil and water around a former manufact...


New Timelapse Depicts Oroville Progress

California's Department of Water Resources recently released a series of new timelapse videos showing the progress that's been made on the reconstruction of the spillway at the Oroville Dam.


Charges Possible in State Fair Incident

While Ohio authorities haven’t yet released the final findings of their investigation, new reports indicate that it’s possible the operators of the Fire Ball ride, which broke apart last mon...


Paint Chemicals Trigger Blasts in Storm-Ravaged TX

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey at last begin to move on from the Gulf Coast region, the storm has left in its wake massive damage, including at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas...


ALDOT Moves Forward with Mobile Bridge

The Alabama Department of Transportation announced Monday (Aug. 28) that it is moving forward with plans for a new Mobile River bridge that could cost upwards of $1 billion, and the agency i...


Contractors Sought for ID Wastewater Work

The City of Caldwell is seeking contractors for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant filter building at the existing Caldwell Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in Caldwell,...


Getting to Know the 'Bridge Brothers': Robert

Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers. Thi...


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Coil Coatings Firm Unveils Universal Primer

Global coil coatings manufacturer Beckers Group recently introduced a new primer that the company says can take the place of multiple other primers under polyesters, urethanes, PVDF and othe...


Study Eyes Fungus for Concrete Self-Repair

Researchers at Rutgers University believe they’ve found a useful fix for cracking concrete that could prevent major problems before they start—and it comes in the form of a fungus.


Infrastructure Takes a Hit from Deadly Harvey

Refineries and offshore platforms in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico shut down, some sustaining damage, as Hurricane Harvey made landfall over the weekend, weakening to a tropical storm but con...


Caltrans Stresses Rail Future

The California Department of Transportation last week released a new report on the state of rail transportation in that state, measuring the economic impact of both freight and passenger rai...


Authorities Eye Heat in Bridge Worker's Death

Authorities are looking into whether heat exhaustion was to blame for the death of a worker on a bridge painting and rehabilitation project on the Mississippi-Louisiana border Wednesday.


Big Sur Bridge Rollout Installation Begins

New steel girders were launched via rollers at the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, California, early last week, setting the stage for the completion of the bridge replacement project.


Boring Company Receives Permit to Tunnel

Hawthorne, California, authorities have approved the first test tunnel for Elon Musk’s electric vehicles, which will extend two miles westward, starting from SpaceX headquarters.


Contractors Sought for 4-Tank Rehab in MD

Saint Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission is seeking contractors for the coating of four existing water tanks located in California, Maryland.


Covestro Names New Polyurethane, Coating Leaders

Polymer company Covestro announced Thursday that its Polyurethanes segment and its Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties segment will each be getting a new head.


Tank Leaves College Town in 'Staty' of Confusion

The old college try wasn't quite enough for a crew of tank painters working on a Wichita, Kansas, water tower earlier this month.


Court Rejects FERC Pipeline Approval

A panel of federal judges ruled Tuesday to order a new review of a 685-mile, three-part natural gas pipeline expansion project that was approved in early 2016 by the Federal Energy Regulator...


Contractor Participation Highlights New Industy Event

Some of the largest painting contractors in the U.S. will participate in Technology Publishing’s inaugural Contractor Connect event November 8-10 in Point Clear, Alabama, at the historic Gra...


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Epoxy Primer Made for Fast Dry Times

WearCOAT 1080, a new epoxy primer from Coatings For Industry Inc., is designed to reduce wait time for priming “green concrete” surfaces by activating a bond to the substrate to reduce vapor...


GAO Calls for Pipeline Risk Assessment Changes

Federal auditors are recommending changes to the way the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration gauges the risk of corrosion in pipelines, calling in a recently released repo...


OSHA Injury Reporting Site Suspended

After a possible security breach, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s online injury reporting system has temporarily suspended operations


Bay Bridge Pier Implosions Loom

The last vestiges of the old eastern span of San Francisco’s famed Bay Bridge will be disappearing over a series of weekend blasts this fall, according to the California Department of Transp...


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Getting to Know the 'Bridge Brothers': Damon

Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers. Our first ...


12 Transportation Projects Make AASHTO Award Finals

A major bridge project on the Ohio River and an accelerated bridge replacement in Little Rock are among the 12 finalists in this year’s edition of America’s Transportation Awards, presented ...


New Tappan Zee Span Set to Open

The first span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge—now known as the Mario Cuomo Bridge—will open Friday, marking a major milestone in the $4 billion project, under construction since 2013.


Urethane Coating Made for High-Performance Systems

A new urethane coating from Induron Protective Coatings is designed to provide an automotive-grade gloss and appearance in aggressive applications, from railcars to oil and gas equipment.


Texas Firm Moves Forward on Bullet Train

High-speed rail company Texas Central last week signed a memorandum of understanding with the mayor of Houston to move forward with a plan for a bullet train that would connect that city wit...


State DOTs Halt Construction for Eclipse

In light of the predicted solar eclipse today, states in the pathway of totality are taking precautionary measures to both help the flow of traffic and keep road workers safe.


Employers Help Beat the Heat

OSHA recently listed employers who had gone above and beyond to keep workers safe from heat-related illnesses during the warm summer season.


WI Shipyard Faces More Lead-Exposure Suits

The fallout from the 2016 lead exposure incident at a Wisconsin shipyard continues, as new lawsuits were filed Wednesday on behalf of 43 workers.


CO Bridge Section Collapses During Demolition

A section of a bridge that was being demolished as part of a replacement project unexpectedly collapsed Tuesday in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, reportedly damaging part of the new bridge that...


AkzoNobel Reaches Agreement with Elliott Advisers

Paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with hedge fund Elliott Advisors, bringing at least a temporary end to the dispute over the Du...


Trump Speeds Federal Reviews, Kills Flood Rule

President Donald J. Trump introduced a new executive order Tuesday, streamlining the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects and effectively overturning Obama...


JPCL Establishes Industry 'Monopoly'

There's a new "Monopoly" in the coatings industry, but it's not one the Federal Trade Commission will need to investigate.


Axalta Acquires UK Thermoplastic Firm

Axalta Coating Systems announced Monday that it has acquired Plascoat Systems Limited, a Farnham, England-based supplier of thermoplastic powder coatings.


Hardness Tester Removes Human Element

A new hardness tester from Elcometer is designed to provide fully automated testing of coating hardness, removing the potential for human error from the process.


Chesapeake Tunnel Expansion Breaks Ground

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel will soon undergo yet another expansion with the addition of two more underwater lanes.


Oroville Engineers Consider Cavitation Risk

The board of engineers keeping an eye on repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillways in California expressed concerns about the effect of cavitation on concrete being used on the job, in t...


Andeavor Building $225M Pipeline in TX

Andeavor Corp., based in San Antonio, is set to build a $225 million pipeline across west Texas.


Optical Analysis Evaluates Jet Engine Coatings

Researchers in the U.K. say they’ve pioneered a method of detecting areas of weakness in the thermal barrier coatings that protect jet engine turbines, an innovation that could help with qua...


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Society Calls for Coatings Fest Papers

The Pacific Northwest Society of Coatings Technology has issued an invitation for paper submissions for Coatings Fest, which is slated to be held in October 2018 in Victoria, British Columbi...


Dow-DuPont Merger Close Date Set

A close date of Aug. 31 was been set for the merger between two chemical-industry giants, as the companies say all necessary regulatory approvals have been made.


Lubricious Coating Made for Surface Protection

A new protective coating offered by WirxGroup LLC (Winlock, Washington) offers consistent lubricity in a nonsacrificial formula, according to the company.


$441 Million DC Bridge Design Unveiled

Residents of Washington D.C. have gotten their first look at what the new Frederick Douglass Bridge will look like when it opens, and a timeline for the project, the largest ever taken on by...


Polyurea Product Designed for Multiple Industries

Coating manufacturer Polyset has introduced a polyurea coating suitable for various applications to its flagship Ply-Guard line of protective coatings.


New Tall Turbines Highlight Drive for Size

Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa announced Tuesday that it has successfully installed the tallest wind turbines in Asia, at a wind farm in Thailand, underscoring an industry trend toward lar...


Concrete Research Takes a Butt Out of Pollution

To address one of the most chronic pollution issues and add an extra punch to pavement, researchers based out of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have experimented with adding an unu...


Defense Deparment Issues Corrosion Awards

As part of the DoD-Allied Nations Corrosion Conference, which wrapped up Thursday (Aug. 10), the U.S. Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office has announced its 2017 award...


Contractors Sought for Viaduct Replacement

The Maryland Transportation Authority is seeking contractors for the replacement of the Canton Viaduct, located in Baltimore.


Federal FASTLANE Grants Announced

A number of bridge replacements, rail projects and port enhancements around the country will be getting a boost from the U.S. Department of Transportation courtesy of its FASTLANE grants pro...


Port Arthur Floodwall Requires Repairs

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Texas’ Jefferson County Drainage District 7 are working to repair a damaged floodwall that could leave the city of Port Arthur vulnerable ...


Free Webinar Explores Coating Failures

The focus will be on failure—and preventing it—during a free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 16, on PaintSquare.com, part of the 2017 SSPC-JPCL Webinar Education Series.


Enbridge Launches Pipeline Replacement

Canadian energy giant Enbridge Inc. has begun construction on a $6.5 billion project that will replace more than 1,000 miles of its Line 3, a crude oil pipeline that the company says is at r...


Runway Painter Killed in Accident

In North Dakota, a runway painter was struck by a vehicle and killed, and the accident is still under investigation a week later.


MA Firm Introduces New Superblack Coating

A Massachusetts nanotechnology company has developed a carbon nanotube paint that absorbs nearly all of the light that hits it—and it's finding uses from outer space to the art studio.


Corrosion Blamed for Deadly Ohio Fair Incident

Corrosion is being blamed for an incident at the Ohio State Fair last month that left one person dead and seven others injured.


Water-Based Floor Coating at Home in Hangars

A new water-based urethane from The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) is made to protect floors in airplane hangars, warehouses and other aggressive environments with regular tire traffic...


DoD Corrosion Conference Commences

The U.S. Department of Defense’s DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference officially kicked off Monday, and continues through Thursday at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex...


Delaware Bridge Gets Innovative Materials Grant

Ultra-high-performance concrete will be used in the overlay for a deficient bridge in Delaware, an "innovative" material usage that has netted the project a $275,000 federal grant.


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Senate May Move Alone on Infrastructure

New reports indicate that a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators may attempt to pass their own infrastructure bill this fall if none materializes from the White House, where the matter has seem...


Study: Rebar Corrosion Testing Needs a Revamp

Switzerland’s newest concrete span may already be subject to corrosion under the surface—but, say researchers at ETH Zurich, it is hard to know for sure, because the size of concrete samples...


SSPC Issues One New Standard, Revises Second

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has released one new standard—moisture determination on commercial coating projects—and revised another, pertaining to polyurethanes.


Polyaspartic Ester Made for Coatings

Cargill recently announced its latest polyaspartic ester product, Altor 205.


SCDOT Addresses Bridge ‘Tarpageddon’

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued its preliminary report on the mishap that sent containment netting falling onto cars on Charleston’s Don Holt Bridge last month, an...


Self-Driving Ship to Set Sail in 2018

The world’s first autonomous ship is slated to set sail along Norway’s coastline in 2018, carrying cargo between Norwegian towns.


Blackout Suit Takes Aim at Bridge Contractor

The contractor responsible for cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses on two islands in North Carolina is being sued by residents in a court action filed before the lights even c...


Engineers Lay Blame on Oroville Management

A recently issued report from a group of engineers takes a scathing view on the root causes of this year’s concrete problem at California’s Oroville Dam, asserting that the structure was “ma...


Anti-Slip Epoxy Line Includes Heavy Duty Product

A new line of anti-slip epoxy floor coatings from Wooster Products Inc. includes one product made specifically for harsh environments such as industrial facilities.


Thermal Coatings Firm Wins Prize

A London-based coatings technology startup has won an award for its innovative new thermal paste.


Keystone XL Firm Undecided on Pipeline Future

The company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline has signaled that the project is still up in the air, and a final call on its execution won’t come until later this year.


Epoxy Made for Pipeline Applications

Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced its latest addition to its internal pipe coatings line.


ACA Issues 2018 Call for Papers

The American Coatings Association has issued a call for papers for its 2018 conference.


University Study Confirms Flint Corrosion Story

A study headed up by University of Michigan researchers appears to have confirmed what was long suspected about the source of heightened lead levels in the city of Flint’s drinking water: Th...


Bridge Project Error Leads to Massive Blackout

Two islands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks were left without power Thursday, and many residents may not see their electricity restored for weeks—all due to a mistake on a bridge constructio...


OSHA Issues Silica Guide for Shipyards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide to help smaller businesses in the maritime and general industry sectors understand how to comply ...


Huntsman TiO2 Spinoff Launches IPO

Global chemical firm Huntsman International LLC announced last week that subsidiary company Venator Materials PLC has launched its initial public offering and will be listed on the New York ...


Documentary Sheds Light on Bridge Painters’ Lives

A new documentary looking at the lives of the men and women who paint America’s bridges illuminates both the importance of their work and the bonds that connect them as a team.


AkzoNobel Strikes Bio-Based Polymers Deal

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel and specialty polymers company Itaconix Corporation announced this week they have finalized an agreement to work together to incorporate bio-based poly...


Firm Adds Stainless Steel Grit Media

Abrasive media manufacturer Transmet Corporation (Columbus, Ohio) recently added stainless steel grit to its abrasive offerings.


Art Adorns City's Utility Poles

Springfield, Missouri, has seen a profusion of artfully painted poles, and more are on the way, according to KSMU Radio.


Tank Worker Rescued After Falling Ill

A worker on a water tank maintenance job in northeast Florida was rescued Wednesday afternoon after falling ill in what authorities have suggested was likely a heat-related incident.


4MG Tank Recoat Awarded in MI

An award of $646,100 has been made by the City of Ann Arbor for the South Industrial Tank recoat. L&T Painting of Clinton Township will oversee the cleaning and coating of the existing 4 mil...


Report Highlights Infrastructure Spending Gap

According to a new report issued by the Global Infrastructure Hub, nearly a fifth of needed global infrastructure investment could go unfunded if spending forecasts hold true.


Owner Sentenced in Bridge Payroll Scheme

The owner of a Pennsylvania bridge-painting firm has been sentenced to probation and a monetary fine in relation to a payroll scheme on a federally funded bridge project in Philadelphia.


Fast-Dry Epoxy Made for Industrial Sector

Hempel, a global coatings manufacturer, recently introduced a new high-build epoxy intermediate coating for industrial applications.


AkzoNobel Reports Q2 Revenue Bump

Paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel saw an increase in revenues in the second quarter of 2017, including in its Performance Coatings segment, despite a lag in demand in the Marine and...


States Divided on Beryllium Rule Action

As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration explores the possibility of changing its new rule on beryllium exposure before enforcement even begins, some states are taking up the new...


PPG Announces Application Acquisition

PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) announced last week that it will acquire Warren, Michigan-based coating application services company The Crown Group.


Tarp Mishap Shuts Down SC Interstate Bridge

The collapse of jobsite tarps and netting onto a Charleston, South Carolina, bridge last week snarled traffic and sent one person to the hospital—and new reports indicate that multiple drive...


RPM Reports Fourth Quarter, Year-End Results

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), the parent company of paints and coatings firms including Carboline and Tremco, reported record net sales in the fourth quarter of its 2017 fiscal year...


OSHA Offers $10.5M in Worker Safety Grants

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that $10.5 million is available in this year’s round of Susan Harwood Training Grants, which fund worker...


DTM Coatings Made for Faster Turnaround

PPG recently announced two new additions to its direct-to-metal coating lines—Kwikspar 600 and Kwikspar 600SG.


Obituary: Jim Johnson, Chlor Rid Founder

Jim Johnson, a pioneer in the field of soluble salt testing and removal and founder of Chlor Rid International Inc., passed away June 20 at his home in Yaak, Montana at age 75.


Flying, Swimming Drone Inspects DE Bridge

While drone inspections of bridges and other structures are becoming more common every day, a recent inspection of the Delaware Memorial Bridge was a first of its kind: An inspection by a hy...


Sherwin-Williams Q2 Bolstered by Valspar Buy

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported an increase in overall net sales in its second quarter compared with prior-year numbers, and unveiled a new structure in the wake of its blockbuster acq...


Road Crew Paints Over Roadkill

A road crew in Tulsa, Oklahoma, left behind more than just yellow stripes on a recent paint job.


PPG Steady in the Second Quarter

PPG Industries reported a modest increase in net sales despite a slight dip in volumes in the Performance Coatings segment in its second quarter, according to the coatings manufacturer's Q2 ...


Hyperloop One Pod Prototype Unveiled

The unfolding story of the ultrafast Hyperloop transport system has a new chapter: A full-scale prototype of a passenger pod has been revealed.


New Surface Prep Products

A number of manufacturers and suppliers have recently introduced new products to help with specific aspects of surface preparation work.


Primer Made for Corrosion Prevention

A new primer can assist with corrosion prevention in the industrial, marine and heavy equipment sectors, and its creator is marketing it to paint companies as a potential addition to their p...


Tower Prep: An Interview with Curt Hickcox

You might call Curt Hickcox a “towering” figure in the coatings industry: Hickcox is vice president of business development for Public Utilities Maintenance Inc., an SSPC QP-1, QP-2 and QS-1...


Seattle's 'Bertha' Comes Apart

Four years after its boring job began and three months after it was finally complete, Seattle’s “Bertha” tunnel-borer is almost completely disassembled, and the Washington State Department o...


Research Sheds Light on Biofouling

A recent biofouling study may be the first step toward preventing damage throughout the desalination industry.


Büchner Resigns, Vanlancker in at AkzoNobel

Global paint and coatings firm AkzoNobel announced early Wednesday that CEO Ton Büchner has resigned effective immediately, citing health reasons, and has been replaced by the firm's former ...


OSHA Issues $165K Fines in Refinery Blast

Federal worker-safety regulators have issued nearly $165,000 in fines to ExxonMobil in relation to an explosion late last year at a Louisiana refinery with a history of issues related to cor...


Coating Inspectors’ Input Sought

Technical consulting firm Elzly Technology Corporation is conducting a survey related to soluble salt detection and remediation, and your input is needed.


Breaking: AkzoNobel's Buchner Steps Down

Global paint and coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced Wednesday morning (July 19) that CEO Ton Büchner has stepped down immediately, citing health reasons.


Collaboration Begins on Corrosion Research

A multimillion-dollar research endeavor will begin cracking the code to determine what makes corrosion so destructive.


Obituary: Charlie Simmons, Puget Sound Shipyard

Charlie Simmons, who rose to a number of leadership positions at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and worked closely with SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to help bring new methods, stand...


OSHA Reporting Site Near Despite Rule Status

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday afternoon that it plans to launch an online injury-reporting application Aug. 1, even as the agency says it’s working ...


Equipment Firm Introduces Air Dryers

Marine Equipment Supply announced last week that it is now manufacturing its own line of air dryers for the paint and coatings industry.


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Hedge Fund Questions Chemical Merger

The pending merger between chemical firms Huntsman International LLC (The Woodlands, Texas) and Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is being questioned by shareholders of the Swiss company.


Union, Shipyard Agree to Contract

Union workers at United States’ largest shipyard voted Thursday to approve a new contract, increasing wages and pensions and keeping health care costs for workers in check, but closing the c...


Oroville Job Expedited to Meet Deadline

The contractor leading efforts to demolish and rebuild two spillways that experienced failures earlier this year at California’s Oroville Dam is attempting to speed up work and accomplish mo...


San Diego Shipyard Braces for 300 Layoffs

Another round of layoffs is coming at a major American shipyard owned by BAE Systems, this time on the West Coast.


New Floor Epoxy Features Low Viscosity

A new self-leveling epoxy system from Polyset is designed for use on floors in applications that require high-performance coatings.


HMG Paints Partners on Graphene Coatings

A U.K. coatings company recently announced a new partnership with a graphene manufacturer for the development of graphene-based coatings.


Contractors Sought for FL Bridge Restoration

The City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Public Works is seeking contractors for the restoration of the North East First Street Bridge located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


CT Firm Unveils Chromate-Free Airplane Primer

A Connecticut aerospace firm has developed a new non-chromate primer for commercial airplanes that it says protects steel landing gear surfaces from corrosion as effectively as existing chro...


NPS Maritime Heritage Grants Fund Ship Preservation

Projects involving lead paint abatement and hull and deck preservation on some historic vessels are among the awardees of this year's Maritime Heritage Grants, from the U.S. National Park Se...


Failing Deck Overlay Costs Caltrans

A busy Sacramento bridge will be subject to lane closures for the rest of the summer as part of a $25 million fix to a deck overlay installed just three years ago.


Low-Pressure Proportioner Gets New Pump

A newly upgraded version of a low-pressure proportioner from Specialty Products Inc. is designed to provide higher capacity for polyurea application.


Queen Mary to Get New Coat of Paint

A 1930s ocean liner docked in California will be getting a paint job for the first time in 15 years, months after a report called the corrosion-riddled vessel's future into question.


AkzoNobel Finishes Houston Expansion

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently announced that it has completed an expansion of the research and development facility at its Houston location.


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Webinar Illuminates SSPC-PA 2

Measuring dry coating thickness according to SSPC-PA 2 will be the topic of a free webinar presented by KTA-Tator’s Bill Corbett next Wednesday, July 19, on PaintSquare.com.


PennDOT Deal Reduces Bridge Fire Fines

The contractor responsible for a fire that shut down Pittsburgh's Liberty Bridge for more than three weeks last fall won't be on the hook for all the fines originally assessed, according to ...


Perstorp Acquires Italian Polyols Firm

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Perstorp has announced the acquisition of a polyol business unit from Italian firm Polioli SpA.


Roman Concrete Could Be Key for Seawalls

Ancient technology may be what helps prevent future damage for coastal cities, according to experts in concrete.


NJ Woman Sentenced in Bridge Job Pass-Through

A New Jersey woman has been sentenced for using her business to commit fraud on a bridge project.


Hedge Fund Sues AkzoNobel Over Chair

An activist hedge fund has filed a new suit in an effort to oust the supervisory board chair of coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel in the wake of the Amsterdam firm’s denial of a months-long me...


Clearcoat Made for Commercial Transportation

A new clearcoat product from Axalta Coating Systems designed for coating work during the manufacture or repair of commercial transportation vehicles, including heavy-duty trucks and buses. ...


Alkyd Primer Made for Onboard Maintenance

Global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel recently expanded its ship maintenance line with the launch of a new multi-purpose one pack primer.


Musk's Boring Company Begins Boring

Ever the eccentric, Elon Musk—CEO of SpaceX and Tesla—is, in fact, boring.


Mackinac Pipeline Assessment Released

A series of public meetings will allow debate over Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 liquid pipeline in the wake of a new assessment of the line’s future, released by the Michigan Pipeline Safety Adv...


Evonik Reorganizes Crosslinkers Line

Raw materials and specialty chemicals firm Evonik Industries AG recently announced changes to the organization of its crosslinker and epoxy businesses.


AkzoNobel Announces Double Acquisition

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced the acquisition of one coatings firm and an agreement to acquire a second.


Trump to Nominate Glick to FERC

President Trump announced his intended third nomination for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week.


Engineers Lauded for Corrosion Breakthroughs

A team of U.S. Navy scientists will be traveling to the Pentagon to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work.


Epoxy Made for Aerospace Applications

The latest epoxy from Master Bond—Master Bond EP93FRHT—meets Airbus specifications and passes a number of important tests.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday or Tuesday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, July 3, or Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday in the United States.


OSHA Proposes Electronic Reporting Delay

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has officially proposed a delay to the compliance date of parts of its new electronic recordkeeping rule, days before some provisions were o...


I-74 Bridge Project Kicks off in Iowa

Representatives of the Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation held a groundbreaking ceremony June 26 for the new I-74 River Bridge over the Mississippi, a $400 million project nearl...


1.5MG Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Charter Township of Waterford is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the existing Cass Lake Tank, located in Waterford, Michigan. The 1.5 million gallon toroellipse elevated wa...


AISC Announces New Bridge Division VP

The American Institute of Steel Construction announced its new vice president of bridges along with two other promotions late last week.


Construction Begins on 4-Mile FL Bridge

A $398 million bridge construction project is newly underway in Florida, with pile-driving having begun earlier this month, and a visit from Gov. Rick Scott officially kicking off work Monda...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday or Tuesday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, July 3, or Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday in the United States.


Europe Conditionally OKs Evonik Silica Buy

The European Commission has granted its approval to Evonik’s $630 million acquisition of Huber Silica, but the green light comes with conditions.


NY State Passes 'Buy American' Steel Rule

New York’s state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed last week on a new law giving preference to American-made steel on big state projects—but stopping short of the strict buy-American ...


Epoxy Siloxane Made for Gloss, Protection

A new finish coat from Induron Protective Coatings is made to exhibit both corrosion protection and color and gloss retention without concerns about volatile organic compounds or isocyanates...


SLIPS Technologies Expands to Marine Coatings

A Massachusetts-based coatings company recently acquired funding for expansion into marine coatings.


OSHA Proposes Beryllium Rule Changes

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday that it is proposing to revoke certain provisions of its new beryllium rule in the construction and maritime industries, wh...


CA Regulators Eye Polyurethane Foam

California's Department of Toxic Substances has moved to classify spray polyurethane foam as a "priority product," a proposal that has drawn criticism from some who manufacture and work with...


Great Lakes Offshore Wind Farm Plan Progresses

The consortium behind a planned offshore wind farm for Lake Erie near Cleveland is working on securing suppliers for the construction and installation of the array, which would be the first ...


DoD Figures to Keynote Corrosion Conference

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office will look to strengthen ties with other nations’ military and academic corrosion specialists at its 2017 DoD-Allied Nat...


Tool Made for Aerospace Sealants

A new tool introduced by PPG is made specifically for injecting aerospace sealants for channel seals.


Dry Spring Speeds Oroville Repairs

After a record-setting rainy season, California’s dry, hot spring has helped expedite repairs to Oroville Dam’s damaged concrete spillway, but even as work moves forward, some in the state a...


Brewery Crafts Sustainable Wastewater Plan

Wastewater facilities are often filled with unpleasant materials, but a plant in the works in Oregon will primarily carry a much more welcome substance: beer. Or at least, beer byproducts.


Ex-Valspar CEO Joins Building Materials Firm

Weeks after The Sherwin-Williams Company completed its acquisition of Valspar Corp., an Illinois building materials company announced that former Valspar CEO Gary Hendrickson will be joining...


Nickel Plating Made to Ease Wear

A new enhanced electroless nickel plating from Carbodeon has been developed to improve performance in sliding applications, including oil and gas facilities.


Executive Order Expands Apprentice Program

President Donald J. Trump last week issued an executive order aimed at expanding federal apprenticeship programs, increasing funding for apprenticeships to $200 million while loosening restr...


CA Highway Buckles Under Intense Heat

Roads and sidewalks in California are starting to buckle due to the intense heat.


SSPC Announces Board Election Results

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the results of its 2017 Board of Governors election, adding one new member to the board and recognizing the re-election of another.


Bridge Firm Fined $189K Over Painter Fall

A Minnesota bridge-painting firm faces $189,000 in fines after two workers were injured in a fall at a jobsite in Portland, Oregon, earlier this year.


Judge Orders New DAPL Review

A federal judge ruled last week that the environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline must be revisited.


Asphalt Coating Available in Blue

A manufacturer of traffic paints recently announced one of its more popular products is now available in blue.


Enbridge Line 5 Passes Pressure Test

A controversial liquid pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan has passed a series of pressure tests, according to its operator.


Tank of the Year Submissions Open

A high-performance coatings manufacturer has opened submissions to its Tank of the Year competition.


TransCanada to Invest $1.5B in Pipelines

One of Canada’s largest pipeline operators has announced plans to spend $1.5 billion to expand its natural gas pipeline network in that country over the next four years.


New Bayonne Clearance Certified

The U.S. Coast Guard has certified the clearance of the newly raised Bayonne Bridge, marking a new milestone for the “Raise the Roadway” project on the span, between New Jersey and Staten Is...


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OSHA Issues Spray Painting Hazards Pamphlet

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new fact sheet on the hazards associated with spray painting in shipyards, with information on engineering controls and ...


IL Orders Roadwork Shutdown

The Illinois Department of Transportation has given contractors notice that all projects will be brought to a halt at the end of this month, assuming the state’s current budget impasse isn’t...


Cleaning System Made for Surface Prep

Equipment manufacturer Unimanix (Dorval, Quebec) recently announced its latest high-pressure water cleaning and surface preparation solution, the UNI 7060, designed specifically for overcoat...


Dow-DuPont Deal Gets US Approval

The $130 billion proposed merger between The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont is one step closer to reality, after U.S. regulators granted their approval to the deal Thursday (June 15).


Date Set for Moroun Challenge to Howe Bridge

A Detroit billionaire’s latest appeal to stop the construction of an international bridge now has a court date.


New Tech Inspects Hard-to-Reach Pipeline

A newly patented technology from Southwest Research Institute is aimed at the often difficult task of inspecting coatings on pipelines that were installed via horizontal directional drilling...


Student Engineers Launch Concrete Canoes

Traditionally, canoes have been made from materials like tree bark, reeds or canvas; more contemporary versions are often made from lightweight composites and plastics. Then, there’s the mat...


UK Team Develops ‘Green’ Hydrophobic Coating

Scientists at a U.K. university say they’ve developed a “green” alternative to current hydrophobic and hydrophilic materials used in antifouling and waterproofing applications.


Study Supports Spent Abrasive in Concrete

Copper slag abrasives are already a byproduct of another industrial process—copper smelting—but a recently published academic paper out of Brazil supports the growing practice of recycling t...


PA Bridge Rehabilitation Job Awarded

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a project in the amount of $20,173,000 for the rehabilitation of the South 10th Street Bridge, located in Pittsburgh, to American Br...


Interview: Blasting in the Shop

Sharretts Plating, founded in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1925 as Charles D. Snyder and Son Inc., has for decades performed blasting, coating and plating work for customers across a broad s...


Polymer Emulsion Made for DTM Coatings

Coating manufacturer Michelman (Cincinnati, Ohio) recently introduced ProHere A 03010, a new waterborne, low-VOC polymer emulsion for direct-to-metal (DTM) coatings.


A Coatings Specialist Shares Abrasive Advice

Bryon Beck, coatings specialist with the Michigan Department of Transportation, has been with MDOT for more than 40 years, working with coatings for the past 36. During that time, he’s seen ...


Corrosion Plagues Historic Naval Ship

An iconic US battleship is facing an uncertain future because of corrosion.


Flint Crisis Sparks Manslaughter Charges

Five Michigan officials, including the head of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in a case related to the Flint drinki...


CT Man Sentenced for Faked Bridge Inspection

A Connecticut man has been sentenced for falsifying an inspection report for a New York bridge.


Researchers Reveal New Deposition Process

German researchers recently unveiled a new laser deposition process that they say poses economic and environmental advantages over common alternatives.


Concrete, Asphalt Sealer Uses Nanotech

A new waterproofer from Arisfor LLC features protective nanotechnology provided by Houston firm Integricote.


City, University Team Up on Manhole Corrosion

Hundreds of concrete manhole shafts in a Texas city will soon be evaluated to determine which most need protection from corrosion, and a team from the University of Texas is lending its expe...


Cable-Stayed Span Replaces NY-NJ Bridge

Staten Island’s $1.5 billion Goethals Bridge project has hit a milestone, as the first of two spans that will replace the 89-year-old original bridge, spanning the Arthur Kill, opened Sunday...


Superstore Showcases Products, Information

Technology Publishing Co., the publisher of PaintSquare News and JPCL, has introduced a new way for coatings-industry businesses to connect with potential customers and supply crucial...


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MI Pipeline Integrity Questioned Again

Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, a 64-year-old liquid pipeline that runs under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, is under scrutiny again after documents revealed that underwater stretches up to 286 f...


Coating Development to Debut at Paris Air Show

Coatings manufacturer PPG Industries announced last week that it will unveil a new sprayable secondary fuel vapor barrier for aircraft at the upcoming International Paris Air Show.


Anti-Corrosion Coating Crafted from Bacteria

Alex Harold, a researcher at Swansea University in Wales, recently won the TATA Group’s "Dare to Try" award for creating an environmentally friendly anti-corrosion steel coating using bacter...


Construction Fire Shuts Down DE Bridge

A major bridge over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Delaware was shut down for a time Wednesday morning after a fire that was reportedly sparked by a welder’s torch.


WI Water Tower Goes PG-13

Travelers near one Wisconsin town were for a short time greeted by the word “sex” emblazoned in huge letters on the town’s water tower in what amounted to a paint job gone awry that left to...


Water Works Expo Kicks Off Sunday

The American Water Works Association opens its 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition (known as ACE17) Sunday in Philadelphia.


Global Group Offers Updated Market Report

The ChemQuest Group Inc. and the International Paint and Printing Ink Council have partnered on the fifth edition of their Global Market Analysis for the Paint & Coatings Industry (2015-2020...


Stratolaunch Unveils World's Largest Airplane

Stratolaunch—the private spaceflight company of Microsoft founder Paul Allen—teamed up with Scaled Composites to finally pull the world’s largest airplane from its hangar in Mojave, Californ...


Judge Allows Flint Suit to Move Forward

A lawsuit alleging that officials with the City of Flint and the state of Michigan knowingly exposed residents to lead hazards in the city’s drinking water will go forward, according to a fe...


130 Laid Off at BAE Norfolk Shipyard

Just weeks after letting 50 employees go, BAE Systems announced 130 more layoffs at its Norfolk shipyard, with more expected before the end of June.


Webinar Explains SSPC Trainthepainter

The new SSPC Trainthepainter training platform will be the topic of a free webinar presented Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT).


Epoxy Primers Made for Heavy Equipment

Axalta Coating Systems—a global liquid and powder coatings supplier headquartered in Philadelphia—recently introduced two new high-solids epoxy primers for its construction, agriculture and ...


PPG to Sell Mexico Plasterboard Unit

PPG Industries has announced the sale of its Plaka plasterboard and cement-board business to Knauf International GmbH, the second divestment of a non-coatings unit by the company in as many ...


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OSHA Fines Pier Contractor for Silica Exposure

A South Carolina contractor is facing an $81,000 bill from federal regulators after a safety inspection at a marine terminal allegedly turned up violations related to silica exposure.


Lab Unveils Bacteria-Fighting Coating

Researchers out of Princeton University’s Muir chemistry lab have developed new surface coatings that appear to be an incredibly effective tool in inhibiting—or, alternatively, assisting—the...


Powder-Coating Firm Opens New Facility

TCI Powder Coatings, a subsidiary of RPM International, recently opened a new product development laboratory in Americus, Georgia, focusing on research and other work from color matching to ...


Axalta Completes $420M Valspar Unit Buy

Philadelphia-based Axalta Coating Systems on Thursday (June 1) finalized a deal to acquire Valspar Corporation’s North American Wood Coatings unit for $420 million in cash.


OSHA Fines Firm $64K in Bridge Painter’s Death

Federal workplace-safety regulators have proposed $64,000 in fines to a New York state bridge-painting firm in the wake of a November incident that claimed the life of one worker.


Firm Introduces New 2-Coat System

Coatings firm Valentus Specialty Chemicals has introduced its VSC Advanced Protective Coating System, which uses a polyester-resin topcoat and epoxy primer to guard steel, concrete and alumi...


Sojourn Through Concrete Costs Teen $10K

A teenage motorist will be billed $10,000 to repair damages caused when he drove his car into freshly poured concerte on a Nebraska road.


PPG Withdraws AkzoNobel Bid

PPG Industries has dropped its monthslong bid to merge with Dutch rival AkzoNobel, the company said Thursday.


Sherwin-Williams Finalizes Acquisition of Valspar

The long-gestating acquisition of the Minneapolis-based Valspar Corporation by The Sherwin-Williams Company was finalized Thursday.


NASA Studies Coatings for High-Tech Mirrors

It may be aluminum that lies behind some of NASA’s most powerful mirrors, eyed for use in its most sensitive telescopes—but it’s a coating that will make the whole project work.


Polymer Powder Made for Waterproofing Mortars

Color and specialty chemicals firm Archroma has launched Mowilith Powder 2702, a redispersible polymer powder for semi-flexible waterproofing mortars.


Valspar Q2 Sales Up on Eve of Merger

With its acquisition by The Sherwin-Williams Company looming, Valspar Corp. issued its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday, indicating that sales were up more than 3.5 percent in compar...


Chicago Contractor Wins 1MG Tank Recoat

An award of $954,700 has been made by the City of Elgin to Era Valdivia Contractors Inc., of Chicago, for the cleaning and recoating of the Randall Road Water Tower.


US Names Chief Offshore Regulator

A former Louisiana lieutenant governor and state utility regulator has been named head of the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the agency that oversees offshore drilling.


CA Shipyard Shuttered Amid Dispute

The Port of San Francisco is seeking new operators to assume ownership of a once-thriving business at the West Coast’s largest shipyard, as a squabble between two factions threatens to shutt...


Sherwin-Valspar Deal Set to Close June 1

U.S. and Canadian regulators have given their approval to the merger between two of the largest paints and coatings manufacturers in the world, paving the way for the close of the deal this ...


OH Bridge Showcases New Steel Method

A new bridge in Muskingum County, Ohio, isn’t just making life easier for residents of the town of Roseville; it’s setting a precedent when it comes to the construction of a newly developed ...


IMCD Acquires Bossco Specialty Chemicals

Specialty chemicals company IMCD N.V. has announced that it will acquire the specialty chemicals distribution business of Bossco Industries Inc., giving the Dutch firm an increased foothold ...


Polymer Giant Covestro Appoints Steilemann as CEO

German polymer company Covestro (Leverkeusen) announced that Markus Steilemann has been appointed as the firm's next CEO.


PPG to Sell Final Fiber Glass Unit

PPG Industries, the world’s largest coatings manufacturer, announced Friday that it will be selling the last vestige of its fiber glass business, turning its focus to paints, coatings, and s...


New DFT Gage Comes in Two Models

Inspection instrument manufacturer DeFelsko has introduced a new dry-film-thickness gage for measuring coating thickness on metal substrates.


Beryllium Rule Changes Considered

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering a further delay and possible changes to its Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, though technically the rule wen...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, PaintSquare News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 29.


Trump Infrastructure Plan Fleshed Out in Budget

President Donald J. Trump’s newly released budget proposal includes a closer look at the administration's infrastructure plan, which involves increased spending at the federal level that the...


'Flying Bum' Takes Flight Again

The world’s largest aircraft currently in operation—a massive, blimp-like craft known as Airlander 10—took off again this month for its first flight since taking a crash-landing on a test fl...


Elevation Awards Nominations Due

The time has come to nominate an outstanding project for the inaugural D+D Elevation Awards: The deadline to have your best work evaluated by a panel of industry experts, and get the visibil...


Protective Clothing Gets Durability Upgrade

Protective equipment provider TST Sweden recently introduced a line of protective clothing called HD—Heavy Demolition, which the company says was designed for use by contractors involved wit...


Coatings-Industry Veteran Brysacz Dies at 77

David P. Brysacz, a coatings-industry veteran who concluded his 54-year career with AkzoNobel in 2016, died on May 4. He was 77.


Bridge Firm Suspended Over Fraud Allegation

The Federal Highway Administration announced Monday that it has suspended a New Castle, Pennsylvania, bridge-painting firm and its owner, who faces charges in relation to an alleged payroll ...


Axalta Acquires Spencer Coatings Group

Philadelphia-based coatings manufacturer Axalta announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire British-owned industrial coatings manufacturer Spencer Coatings Group.


Nanocoating Firm Gets Startup Honor

An Ohio-based protective coatings company recently made its way onto a list of “promising young” startup companies compiled by a national business network.


College Students Receive SSPC Scholarship Awards

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the recipients of its 2017-18 scholarship awards for students attending universities in the United States or Canada.


Research Paves Way for Environmental Benefits

A comprehensive study by a national laboratory in California has dug deep into pavement, revealing that while the choice of materials can impact carbon emissions, the conventional wisdom abo...


Huntsman, Clariant Announce $20B Merger

Global chemical companies Huntsman Corporation and Clariant announced Monday that they plan to merge into one company, with predicted annual sales of more than $13 billion.


Coating Made to Encapsulate Joints

A new spray- or brush-applied protective coating from Belzona Polymerics Limited (Harrogate, England) is designed to guard complex surfaces from corrosion without adversely affecting inspect...


Musk Touts 'Boring' Idea for Tunnel Transport

Business magnate Elon Musk reiterated his plan to construct tunnels under cities for the purpose of using high-speed electric sleds to allow vehicles to circumvent nettlesome traffic.


Fresno Residents Sue Over Pipe Corrosion

A second group of citizens has filed suit against the City of Fresno, California, alleging that the local government did not protect them from corrosion and the leaching of lead and other co...


SSPC Accepting Structure Awards Nominations

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is accepting nominations for its 2017-18 Structure Awards, honoring excellence in protective coatings projects.


Endangered Hawk Blocks CA Bridge Repair

Construction on a Bay Area bridge ground to a halt this week after crews discovered a protected species of hawk nesting in nearby trees.


OSHA to Push Back Recordkeeping Deadline

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to postpone the filing deadline for its new electronic recordkeeping rule, which had been set at July 1 for many employers.


Lab Develops ‘4-D Printing’ for Structures

While 3-D printing takes a more prominent role in the building of structures, a team of Swiss researchers is looking even further—to what they call “4-D printing.”


Offshore Coatings Made for Maintenance

Coatings manufacturer Jotun has introduced a new coating line for offshore maintenance, designed specifically for brush and roller application to power-tooled and waterjetted surfaces.


PennDOT Seeks Bridge Bids

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Elizabeth Bridge, located in Allegheny County.


$1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan ‘Weeks’ Away

President Donald J. Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan is just weeks from being unveiled, according to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and it will reportedly include $...


Antifouling Coating Aimed at Heat Exchangers

Scientists in Germany recently revealed a new coating that they say can help keep microbes at bay on heat exchangers, a development that could have implications in water treatment plants and...


AkzoNobel Shareholders Apply Pressure

In the wake of AkzoNobel's third rejection of a merger proposal from rival PPG Industries, some shareholders of the Dutch coatings firm are continuing to use their clout—and the courts—to tr...


Data Reports Offer Bridge Market Insight

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of PaintSquare News and JPCL, is offering a new product designed to help give those in the bridge-painting industry a bird’s-eye view of agency and contr...


Three-of-a-Kind Bridges Get Triple Rehab

Pittsburgh’s “Three Sisters” bridges are a landmark in the city: The triad of adjacent, identical structures are the only set of their kind in the United States. And, as Allegheny County off...


Winning Miami Bridge Design Fosters Dissent

A Florida State Department of Transportation panel followed 90 minutes of ardent, sometimes contentious public input by choosing a contractor for an $800 million reconstruction of Interstate...


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ND Oil Production Up as DAPL Service Nears

Oil production in North Dakota has seen a slight uptick during the early months of 2017 after last year’s lagging numbers, with a noticeable jump in rig count as operators prepare to put the...


Dow Coatings Team Receives Chemistry Honor

Developments in acrylic resins and pre-composite polymers have earned scientists at Dow Coating Materials the title of “Heroes of Chemistry,” according to a major scientific society.


Intel Touts Drones for Inspection

Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich told attendees of a robotic and unmanned systems conference in Dallas that his firm is fine-tuning its drone technology in an effort to help make infrastructur...


App Offers Updated Marine Coatings Data

AkzoNobel last week launched its International mobile app, which the Dutch coatings manufacturer says will provide convenient data access to marine coatings customers.


Legislators Question CA Agency Over Oroville

California legislators and other officials took aim at the state’s Department of Water Resources in a hearing Thursday on the topic of Oroville Dam, the tallest dam in the country, which was...


OSHA Reporting Website Has Yet to Materialize

The deadline for many U.S. employers to report workplace injury records under a new electronic recordkeeping rule is about seven weeks away, but one thing is stopping them: The website that ...


State, Feds Respond to Nuclear Site Incident

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced that the Department of Energy will launch an investigation into what went wrong at the Hanford Nuclear Site, where a tunnel housing contaminated ...


Powder Protects Metals in Recessed Areas

Cortec Corporation, a corrosion-control materials manufacturer headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently introduced MCI-309, a vapor-phase corrosion inhibitor powder used for protection...


CO Officials Call for Pipeline Inspections

Weeks after a damaged natural gas flowline caused a fatal house explosion in Colorado, officials are responding with directives to inspect pipelines near residential areas and publicize the ...


PPG: AkzoNobel Proposal Still Alive

PPG Industries issued a new statement Wednesday in response to Dutch coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel’s rejection of its third merger proposal, reiterating that the Pittsburgh-based firm stil...


Lab Reveals Corrosion Protection Discovery

Researchers in Germany have revealed what they say is a newly developed form of zinc-phosphate particles for anti-corrosion coatings that will better protect steel substrates as a result of ...


Fire-Damaged GA Bridge Slated to Open Early

Proclaiming it a “day of celebration,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced at a press conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday that the Interstate 85 bridge over Piedmont Road in Atlanta—...


New Offshore Coatings Focus on 'Splash Zone'

Global coatings company Hempel Group has launched two advanced coatings, which the firm says were specifically developed to protect the splash zone areas of offshore structures.


Free Webinar to Cover Abrasive Blasting Safety

Safety methods for abrasive blasting will be the topic of a free webinar to be broadcast next Wednesday (May 17) by PaintSquare.


Tunnel Collapse Spurs Nuclear Site Alert

A tunnel used to store contaminated materials at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state suffered a 20-foot-by-20-foot collapse, officials reported Tuesday. The i...


AkzoNobel Rejects Third PPG Proposal

After two weeks of deliberation and one meeting with PPG Industries, Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel announced Monday morning that it has rejected the Pittsburgh-based coatings giant’s third propo...


Floating Bridge Gets Engineering Accolade

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s SR 520 Floating Bridge in Seattle, the centerpiece of a project that has had its share of missteps, has received validation from the engin...


Huntsman Acquires UK Polyurethane Firm

Chemical firm Huntsman Corporation has completed the acquisition of IFS Chemicals Limited, a U.K.-based formulator of polyurethane products, including marine coatings and pipeline protection...


Trump Floats Idea of Raising Federal Gas Tax

President Donald J. Trump said othat he was considering raising the federal tax on gasoline, and using the new revenue for his infrastructure package.


Largest Shipyard in U.S. Names New Leader

Newport News Shipbuilding, the largest shipyard in the United States, has announced that Jennifer Boykin will take the helm as its president effective July 1.


Safety Stand-Down Focuses on Falls

Professionals across the construction industry will take part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction this week (May 8-12), taking action to educate workers about ...


Projects in the Running for Elevation Awards

PaintSquare sister publication Durability + Design is still accepting nomninations for its inaugural Elevation Awards, honoring commercial coatings projects from the past year, and in the co...


Paint's Swirls, Scarcity Spur Eye-Catching Jewelry

A bygone method of painting cars in automotive factories has given rise to a market for collectors scrambling to acquire color-swirled chunks that are, for some, akin to gems.


Injection-Well Rates Eyed in 2016 OK Quake

A group of seismologists says in a new report that disposal wells, particularly variable-rate wells, likely led to last September’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Pawnee, Oklahoma, the strong...


Work Halts After PA Bridge Site Rescue

Work is halted on a bridge construction project in central Pennsylvania after workers became trapped on a pier and had to be rescued.


Curing Agents Made for Low Temperatures

Huntsman Advanced Materials of Switzerland, a division of Huntsman Corporation (The Woodlands, Texas) recently launched three low temperature curing agents, used for heavy-duty industrial co...


Bids Sought for MI Tank Coating Job

The City of Ann Arbor is seeking contractors to coat the South Industrial Tank, a 4-million-gallon ground storage tank located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


SSPC Standard Review Deadline Nears

Those interested in participating in a review of a newly revised standard on thermal spray coatings still have time, but the deadline for feedback is drawing near.


Bayonne Bridge Milestone Moved Up

The Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project is approaching a crucial milestone, and according to officials, the job is ahead of schedule—at least, ahead of its most recent revised schedul...


Gordie Howe Bridge Phase Two Prep Begins

Detroit’s proposed Gordie Howe International Bridge will be under construction by summer 2018, and the last contracts for the preparation of the Canadian side of the span have been issued, a...


Industry Books, Data Available in TPC Store

A number of publications and informational tools for individuals and companies in the coatings industry are available with the click of a mouse via the TPC Store, a service of PaintSquare Ne...


Coatings Firm Expands R&D Facility in KC

Protective coatings and linings firm Tnemec Company Inc. announced that its new research and development facility has opened in Kansas City, Missouri.


Court Issues Split Decision on PA Bridge Bids

A panel of federal judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that while the Delaware River Port Authority was remiss in rejecting a bridge-painting bid from contractor A...


Sherwin-Williams Seeks Impact Award Entries

The Sherwin-Williams Company is accepting submissions for its annual Sherwin-Williams Impact Award, honoring contractors, specifiers and owners on notable water and wastewater projects under...


Another FERC Commissioner to Resign

Another member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced that she will step down from her post, leaving the possibility that the board could be left with only one member.


MIT Team at Work on Nuclear Cladding Coating

A new research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has the goal of identifying the ideal coating for fuel cladding in nuclear reactors.


New Primer Made for Heavy Equipment

A new primer from PPG is designed for use on heavy-duty equipment and transportation applications.


Elevation Awards Early-Bird Deadline Nears

The early-bird deadline to nominate outstanding commercial and architectural coatings-related projects for the Durability + Design Elevation Awards is rapidly approaching: In order to save 5...


Water Tower Paint Job Causes Public Flap

The controversy over the painting of a new city slogan on a Sacramento, California, water tower continues to roil, as an online petition to revert to the old phrase has garnered more than 3,...


Trump Expected to Initiate Offshore Action

President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign an executive order today (April 28) that will roll back limitations on offshore drilling that were put into place by the administration of Barac...


New Additive Made for Powder Coatings

Specialty chemicals company Clariant has unveiled a new additive made for the tribological enhancement of electrostatic powder coatings.


Free Webinar to Cover Vapor Abrasive Blasting

Wet and vapor abrasive blasting are the topics of a free webinar to be broadcast Wednesday by PaintSquare, sponsored by equipment manufacturer Graco.


Report: Cracking, Spalling Led to Dam Damage

The California Department of Water Resources has released three reports prepared by consultants in relation to damage incurred by the Oroville Dam spillways earlier this year, revealing that...


New Device Profiles Oven-Cure Products

Fluke Process Instruments has released its latest device for profiling oven-cure paint- and powder-coated products.


Painters’ Union Holds Day to Give Back

Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades took time to give back to their communities throughout the U.S. and Canada last weekend as part of the union’s Community Day ...


SSPC Scholarship Deadline Nears

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is once again accepting applications for its annual scholarships, for students attending universities in the U.S. or Canada.


WI Shipyard Faces Fines After Burn Incident

A Wisconsin shipyard that made headlines last year after exposing workers to lead and other hazards has settled with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over another case, in w...


California Bridge Project Rolling Along

A bridge that was washed out by violent flood waters in California's Big Sur region in February will be replaced over the summer, and you might say engineers expect everything to roll along ...


AkzoNobel Denies Hedge Fund's Meeting Request

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Tuesday (April 25) that it officially rejected a request by sharefholders to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss an ouster of the firm'...


Protective Coating Could Prevent Pipeline Clogging

Hoping to head off another disaster on the scale of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have unveiled a solution that could prevent b...


Akzo to Consider PPG's Third, 'Last' Offer

Coatings manufacturer PPG Industries has made a third attempt to combine with AkzoNobel, and for the first time, the Dutch company has said it will consider the offer.


SSPC 2018 Abstracts Due May 1

Your chance to have your presentation included in the SSPC 2018 agenda is drawing to a close, as abstracts to be considered for the conference must be submitted by Monday, May 1.


Polymer Firm, UN Team Up for Environmental Contest

German polymer company Covestro and the United Nations Environment Program announced Monday that they have teamed up to launch the “Young Champions of the Earth” sustainability competition.


New Coatings Aimed at Protection, Efficiency

PPG's protective and marine coatings unit has introduced PSX 800 and PSX 805 coatings for steel and metal surfaces. The company says the new formulations deliver enhanced application propert...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Record Q1 Sales

Sales were up in the first quarter of 2017 for The Sherwin-Williams Company, including increased net sales and volumes in its Global Finishes Group, which includes the company's protective a...


Toronto Rail Cars Need Urgent Corrosion Fix

The cars on one Toronto light metro line will be getting some TLC to address considerable corrosion in the 30-year-old fleet.


Dust Concerns Halt Bayonne Work

Demolition work on part of the Bayonne Bridge halted for more than a day this week due to what officials called "excessive dust" coming from a project that's had its share of debris issues.


PPG Reports Q1 Growth Amid Marine Challenges

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries reported growth in net sales and sales volumes in its first quarter, bolstered in part by a 7 percent jump in sales in the Industrial Coatings seg...


Carbon Black Liquid Prep Made for Easy Dispersion

Orion Engineered Carbons recently introduced its Derussol B230 water-borne liquid pigment preparation.


Air Force Reveals Coating Booth of Tomorrow

While defense spending may be set to increase in the coming years per President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposal, one place where the U.S. military will be cutting costs is in the paint boo...


WV Bridge Coating Job Out for Bid

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for the cleaning and coating of the Phil G. McDonald Memorial Bridge, located in Raleigh County, West Virginia.


Province Makes Long-Awaited Road Paint Revision

British Columbia believes it has found a solution to a problem one government official said was the “No. 1 issue” he has heard about from the province’s citizens: faded traffic markings.


3M Sues Over Spray Gun Equipment Patents

Global adhesives and auto products manufacturer 3M has filed suit against a China-based manufacturer and a California-based auto refinish products retailer over what it calls patent copyrigh...


Drone Startup Helps Paint Take Flight

Entrepreneur Bob Dahlstrom has a plan to reduce the safety risks inherent in many industrial coating application scenarios—and his plan involves paint that flies.


AkzoNobel Reports Q1 Profits, Plan to Split

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced what it called record profitability in the first quarter of 2017, and went on to detail its plan to spin its Specialty Chemicals business into a sep...


Vapor Abrasive Blasting Unit Made to Travel

Working under the premise that a smaller device can be more practical for some surface preparation jobs, Minneapolis-based Graco has unveiled the latest product in its line of vapor abrasive...


CA Awards $274M Contract for Dam Repairs

Repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam in California will cost more than $275 million, according to the contract awarded to a major American infrastructure contractor.


PPG Gains 100 Percent of IVC Asian Group

Pittsburgh-based coatings giant PPG Industries announced April 6 it had acquired the remaining 50 percent ownership interest in its Asian joint venture comprising IVC Malaysia and IVC-OPS Si...


Atlanta Interstate Closes After Buckling

Just weeks after a fire destroyed an interstate highway overpass in Atlanta, another roadway challenge hit the city Monday when I-20 buckled suddenly, sending a motorcyclist flying.


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Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Work Kicks Off

A ceremony Thursday marked the start of work on the long-planned suicide-deterrent net that will hang from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge with the intention of stopping potential jumpers...


Supplier Pilots Bio-Based Material Tracking

Coatings supplier AkzoNobel is working with a raw materials manufacturer to track bio-based materials through the supply chain in what it calls a first-of-its-kind project.


Lab Aims to Test Nuclear-Plant Concrete

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on a better way to sense whether concrete at nuclear power facilities is experiencing a chemical reaction that can degrade it, puttin...


Weathering Unit Provides Increased Capacity

Atlas Material Testing Solutions recently introduced the Ci4400 Weather-Ometer, the latest in a line of xenon-arc weathering-testing units that can be used to assess the performance of coati...


OSHA Fines OH Bridge Painter $25K

Federal regulators have settled with an Ohio-based bridge-painting contractor over alleged violations uncovered during blasting operations last fall, cutting an original proposed fine of nea...


Newsletter Schedule Alert: Friday, April 14

PaintSquare News will not publish a daily newsletter Friday, April 14, in observance of the Easter holiday weekend.


AkzoNobel Backs Chair, Questions PPG

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel says it has full confidence in Antony Burgmans, the chair of its supervisory board, after some shareholders requested an Extraordinary General Meeting ...


Valspar Sells Wood Coatings Unit for $420M

In a transaction that The Sherwin-Williams Company and Valspar hope will pave the way for the close of their pending merger, the firms announced on Wednesday (April 12) they have reached an ...


Hempel Catalogs 2016 Challenges in Report

After what Hempel Group described as a “landmark” year financially in 2015, the Kongens Lyngby, Denmark-based global coatings company announced a plan to accelerate its “Journey to Excellenc...


Elevation Awards to Honor Coating Success

A new awards series from PaintSquare sister publication Durability + Design will honor the best of commercial and architectural coatings work from the past year.


FHWA Releases $768M in Emergency Funds

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released more than $768 million in funds for emergency work on highways and bridges damaged by storms and catastrophic events, in what it says is on...


New Polyaspartic Made for Concrete Floors

Coatings and linings provider US Coatings (St. Louis) has announced the launch of a high-solids polyaspartic designed for direct-to-concrete and primed concrete surfaces.


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Coatings Projects Get EPA Research Money

An isocyanate-free polyurethane, a bio-based replacement for fumed silica and an unlikely combination of pig manure and old shingles used to bind pavement are among the developments on the r...


Webinar Explores Coatings by Environment

A free webinar detailing which coating system is optimal for a specific project will be held 11 a.m. EDT (8 a.m. PDT) on Wednesday, April 19.


Judge Delays Electronic Recordkeeping Ruling

A federal judge has announced that he won’t rule on a case challenging the federal government’s new electronic recordkeeping rule until after July 1, the deadline for many employers to submi...


OSHA Announces Silica Rule Delay

The U.S. Department of Labor is delaying its enforcement of a new rule on respirable crystalline silica in the construction industry, originally set to be enforced in June.


Firm Introduces Large-Format Laser Cleaner

Laser-based material processing firm Fonon Technologies has unveiled a multifaceted product developed for surface preparation and cleaning, as well as paint removal.


Bremm Named BASF Coatings President

A company veteran will be taking the helm as president of the Coatings division of chemical company BASF.


Industrial Sales Strong in RPM Q3

Strong industrial segment sales and growth helped to bouy RPM International Inc., parent company of brands including Carboline and Stonhard, in a 2017 third quarter that saw sales slightly u...


PPG Makes Public Appeal to AkzoNobel

The ongoing courtship between the world's largest coatings company and its biggest competitor took another very public turn this week as PPG Industries issued an open invitation to AkzoNobel...


Houston Gets Ready for Painters Competition

It’s not just industrial painters who will enjoy the annual painting competition hosted by the Coating Society of the Houston Area: the kids will have a good time, too.


Seattle’s Giant Borer Breaks Through

After nearly four years (with a few delays along the way), "Bertha," Seattle’s giant tunnel-borer, has broken through to the other side, completing its 9,270-foot journey under the city.


Wet Film Thickness Gage Designed for Two Units

A new wet film thickness gage offered by KTA-Tator Inc. is made to measure mils or microns with one tool.


FL City Seeks Bids for Double Tank Rehab

The City of Ormond Beach is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of two existing water tanks located in Ormond Beach, Florida.


Construction Begins on First Hyperloop Capsule

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is one step closer to making the newest mode of transportation a reality after announcing late last month that it has begun construction on the world’s ...


EPA, California Team Up on USTs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it, along with the California State Water Resources Control Board, has successfully cleaned up 381 underground storage tanks ...


SSPC Seeks Stakeholder Input on Standard

If you’ve got thoughts on a recently revised standard on thermal spray coatings, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings wants to hear from you.


NACE Honors Corrosion Pros

This year’s NACE International Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo, held March 26-30 in New Orleans, saw a number of corrosion-control and coatings professionals honored for their contributio...


Array of Information Offered at Corrosion 2017

This year's NACE International Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo took place in New Orleans from March 26-30 and featured a robust lineup of technical and research sessions, as well as infor...


MI Lawmaker Targets Underwater Pipeline

A liquid pipeline under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac is again under fire, this time from a state legislator whose new bill would require a third-party evaluation of lines running under the...


Highlights Include Poster Sessions, Other Awards

In addition to the NACE International Association Awards, presented Wednesday evening at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, other awards were presented during the conference, includi...


Cities, States Move to Bar Border Builders

While contractors are lining up for a chance to take part in the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, some state and local officials are hoping to use their clout to ma...


Atlanta Interstate Collapses in Flames

Three people are facing charges in relation to a fire that led to the collapse Thursday evening of a section of a busy interstate in Atlanta.


Team Works on Cold Spray for Airplane Repair

Researchers at the University of Akron are working with an Ohio aircraft maintenance firm to develop a cold-spray system for the repair of corroded airplane components that they hope will ke...


Pipeline Powders Designed for H2S Corrosion

Coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems has introduced two new products to its Nap-Gard line of pipeline coatings.


TX Bridge to be Longest Cable-Stayed in US

Initial construction activities have begun on what will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in the United States upon its completion in 2020.


Trump Stops Contractor ‘Blacklist Rule’

A rule that would have required contractors seeking work on federal projects to disclose violations—including wage and hour laws, health and safety rules and civil rights protections—was str...


Co-Binder Made for Flexibility

Chemical manufacturer Evonik has introduced a new co-binder for corrosion-resistant paints and coatings that the company says promotes resistances to damage from chemicals and ultraviolet li...


Europe OKs Dow-DuPont Merger

After months of review, the European Union has approved the pending merger between Dow Chemical and DuPont, setting the two companies one step closer to combining.


Webinar Explores Thermal Spray Coatings

Inspecting thermal spray coatings is the topic of a free webinar to be presented Wednesday, April 5, by JPCL and SSPC.


NJ Bridgegate Figures Face Prison

A former high-ranking official in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a former staffer of the New Jersey governor's office have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the ...


Flint Settlement: $100M for Service Lines

The state of Michigan and the city of Flint have agreed to a settlement that will guarantee the replacement of lead or galvanized service lines to 18,000 homes in the city in less than three...


Bid Accepted for Offshore NC Wind Farm

Avangrid Inc. has won the right to develop an offshore wind farm off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with a $9 million bid to the federal government.


AkzoNobel Unveils Energy Plan, Pursues Split

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced a plan to be completely carbon-neutral by 2050, moving to 100 percent renewable sources of energy.


Senate Votes Down OSHA's Injury Rule

The U.S. Senate has joined the House in passing a resolution that blocks a workplace injury reporting rule, one that legislation author Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) called, “an unlawful ...


Hayes to Helm Combined Brand-Safway Firm

Days after announcing their intent to merge, Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services and Safway Group have announced that current Safway chief executive Bill Hayes will be president and CEO o...


Ashland Opens Corrosion Center

Chemical manufacturer Ashland Inc. has established a new North American center for the study of corrosion vis a vis fiber reinforced polymers.


Iron Workers Introduce Maternity Leave

A union that represents workers in bridge construction and other building trades is looking to make paid maternity leave standard practice in an industry that often eschews the benefit.


US Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

President Donald J. Trump’s administration officially reversed his predecessor’s decision on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, allowing the 1,179-mile oil pipeline to m...


Pinhole Detector Made for Metal or Concrete

A new instrument from manufacturer DeFelsko is designed to alert the user of holidays and pinholes in coatings on metal or concrete substrates.


Marine Staffing Agency Owner Pleads Guilty

A Texas man who owned a staffing service for industrial and marine businesses has pleaded guilty to failing to pay about $18 million in taxes, according to the Department of Justice.


LA Demands Floodwall Corrosion Study

Floodwalls built to protect Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina may be at risk of failing, and state officials are blaming the corrosion of steel piles ...


Firm Unveils Pipe Inspection Robot

A new amphibious robot may be the next tool in the war on corrosion and other problems with America’s aging water pipelines.


400+ Exhibitors Include Coatings Firms

NACE International’s Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo covers all aspects of corrosion and its prevention and management. A total of 438 exhibitors will be on hand to discuss the corrosion-...


NACE to Offer Activities Outside of Conference

NACE International’s Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo will have more than just technical sessions and workshops in New Orleans; there will also be plenty of opportunities to let loose, and...


Corrosion 2017 Features Coatings Sessions, Awards

NACE International’s Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo kicks off Sunday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans, with technical sessions, committee meetings, a full exhibi...


New High-Temp Protection Coating Unveiled

Tnemec Company Inc. has introduced a new line of products designed for protection from surface temperatures up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.


AkzoNobel Turns Down PPG’s Second Offer

For the second time in as many weeks, Dutch coatings firm AkzoNobel has declined what it called an “unsolicited proposal” from PPG Industries, the world’s largest coatings manufacturer.


Arizona Gets First Prefab Bridge

The Arizona Department of Transportation made history last week when it built and opened the state’s first prefabricated bridge.


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Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Deal Delayed

The Sherwin-Williams Company and The Valspar Corporation announced in a joint news release Tuesday that they have extended the termination date of their merger agreement from March 21 to Jun...


AZ Flooring Firm Opens New Hub

Industrial and commercial flooring and concrete coating firm Arizona Polymer Flooring has opened a new headquarters in Phoenix, to serve as an international hub, and host research, manufactu...


Questions Linger Around MI Pipeline’s Coating

A liquid pipeline that travels under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac has been the subject of a great deal of debate in that state in recent weeks, after a local newspaper uncovered documents ...


Trump Budget Cuts Transportation Funding

The budget proposal put forth last week by President Donald J. Trump would see the federal government taking a step back in its funding of transportation projects, leading some to question h...


Asbestos Complicates Oroville Dam Cleanup

Naturally occurring asbestos has been found in the air and in rock formations near the damaged Oroville Dam main spillway.


Brand, Safway Announce Merger

Two major providers of services related to blasting, painting and corrosion protection announced Monday that they will be merging.


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OSHA Launches New 'Safe and Sound Campaign'

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched its “Safe and Sound Campaign,” which calls on employers to review and revamp their safety proto...


SSPC Inks Deal for Malaysia Training

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced Friday that it has signed an agreement with the Institute of Materials, Malaysia to provide SSPC training in Malaysia.


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Seattle Underpass to get Color Splash

The concrete forest under Interstate 5 between Seattle’s Cherry and James streets is about to get much more visually appealing.


Study: Corroded Queen Mary Needs $300M Fix

Fans of one 20th century Cunard Line ocean liner may soon be singing “God Save the Queen,” after a report on the Queen Mary revealed extensive corrosion and damage that could cost nearly $30...


Audit Alleges Holes in Oregon DOT's System

A recently released audit indicates that the Oregon Department of Transportation could be leaving itself open to artificial inflation on the part of the contractors it employs.


Containing the Center of the Huey P. Long

Containing blasting work on a bridge is hard enough; containing blasting work to the middle of a bridge is truly a challenge. That's what Intech Contracting learned when, in 2016, the compan...


On the Regs: Blasting, Containment and the Law

As supervisor of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Air Compliance Unit, Cory Boeck works to ensure that potential contaminants, including at blasting and recoating jobsites, are prope...


Containment by Design

Patti Seitz spent years as an architectural engineer working on buildings before she discovered that she finds designing containment and platforms for projects including bridge and water tan...


FHWA to Study Augmented Reality in Construction

Reality might be getting an upgrade in the construction industry. The Federal Highway Administration is researching augmented reality, an immersive technology that allows a user to see virtu...


Judge Denies Bridge Owner’s Challenge

Billionaire bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun seems to have lost another bid to block the construction of the proposed Gordie Howe International Bridge, between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario...


UK Firm Unveils Graphene Plans, US Expansion

A new high-performance graphene intermediate product for coatings formulators has been unveiled by UK company Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd., which also recently announced an expansion into the Unit...


Startup Introduces Cement Alternative

Upping the recycled materials is the key to what engineers from the University of Arizona say is a lighter, stronger and less expensive alternative to Portland cement.


PG&E Embarks on Lead Paint-Removal Project

Pacific Gas & Electric, the country’s largest utility, is addressing the problem of lead paint on transmission towers, with a project that will see thousands of towers repainted.


NASA to Look at Coating in Slosh Experiment

NASA researchers will soon deploy the Slosh Coating investigation, which will test a liquid-repellant coating inside a container in micogravity.


Transit Projects Take Time to ‘Pay Back’ Carbon

It’s common sense that, on the face of things, mass transit is more eco-friendly than a model in which individuals all drive their own cars wherever they need to go. But how much does the ac...


AASHTO Updates Movable Bridge Manual

The second edition of the “Movable Bridge Inspection, Evaluation, and Maintenance Manual” is now available from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.


Cracked PA-NJ Bridge Reopens to Traffic

The Delaware River Turnpike Bridge, which connects the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes and which closed suddenly in January when a complete fracture was found in a steel truss, has reo...


Engineers Give US Infrastructure a D+

With infrastructure investment on the docket for discussion in Washington, the American Society of Civil Engineers has released its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, and the U.S. is passing—b...


Reports: Trump to Nominate 3 to FERC

President Donald J. Trump is expected to nominate three new members to the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee, potentially restarting business for the federal panel, which regulates interst...


SSPC Seeks Papers for 2018 Conference

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has issued a call for papers for its 2018 conference, to be held Jan. 15-18, 2018, in New Orleans.


German Additive Hits US Market

Chemical distributor ChemSpec Ltd. is now offering Deurex low-density polyethylene wax products in the United States.


More Rust on Golden Gate as Projects Advance

Bridge officials have added surface plates to the laundry list of projects slated for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.


AkzoNobel Rejects $22B PPG Proposal

Global paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel said Thursday that it is reviewing its options to separate its Specialty Chemicals business after rejecting outright an offer from PPG Indus...


Residents: Bayonne Bridge Raining Debris

The $1.3 billion Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project has resulted in some unintended consequences for nearby residents, according to reports: debris, including tools, wood and conc...


Rolls-Royce Shows Car with Diamond Paint

Luxury car company Rolls-Royce Motor Cars shined at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the Ghost Elegance, a car with the world’s first diamond paint finish.


Mackinac Bridge Painting Job Awarded

The Michigan Department of Transportation has awarded a project for cleaning and recoating structural steel surfaces on the Mackinac Bridge to Seaway Painting LLC, of Livonia, Michigan.


Congress Votes to Pull 'Blacklist' Rule

A rule that would have required increased scrutiny on the labor and environmental records of companies seeking big federal contracts is one step closer to being dead in the water, after a vo...


Coatings Sales Up for Valspar in Q1

Sales in the coatings segment, including coil and wood coatings, jumped in the first quarter of 2017 for Valspar, helping to boost the company, which posted an overall sales increase, accord...


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TPC Store Offers SSPC Publications

Books and resources published by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings are now being offered for sale via the TPC Store, the online retail site of Technology Publishing Co., the parent c...


Atomic Study Creates Anti-Corrosion Material

A research group in China recently made a discovery that may help in the development of new anti-corrosion coatings.


‘US Made’ Won’t Apply to Keystone XL

Weeks after President Donald J. Trump issued presidential memos inviting TransCanada to re-apply for approval for its Keystone XL pipeline project and calling on pipeline companies to use U....


Polyaspartic Made for Steel or Concrete

Coating manufacturer Polyset has introduced a new polyaspartic system for concrete and metal surfaces, recommended for use on tanks, bridges, railcars, pipelines and other steel structures a...


Flint Faces Water Treatment, Money Struggles

In a letter penned to the Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 28, Flint, Michigan, mayor Karen Weaver said that it will take a few more years for the city to be up and running with its o...


Joint Standard Addresses Corrosion Planning

A new standard addressing the process of corrosion prevention and control planning is the result of a collaborative effort between the United States Department of Defense, SSPC: The Society ...


Ceramic Coating Made for High Temperatures

Coating manufacturer Jotun recently introduced a new high-temperature coating designed for use in the hydrocarbon processing industry.


AkzoNobel Program Backs Hull Standard

The marine coatings business of coatings supplier AkzoNobel is launching an international program to encourage the adoption of a recently created standard for hull and propeller performance ...


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Major Phase of 'Big Lift' in Halifax Complete

A big part of the “Big Lift” in Halifax is complete, marking a temporary end to weekend closures and putting the project into the homestretch.


OSHA Proposes Beryllium Rule Delay

Federal workplace-safety officials have proposed pushing back the effective date for a new rule on exposure to beryllium, citing a presidential memorandum calling for a temporary freeze on n...


ChemQuest Hires Floor Coverings Expert

Business strategy firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. has announced the addition of Stephen Chase to its team, as senior consultant.


Crane on Massive Bridge Job Floats Away

A floating construction crane broke away from its moorings during a burst of wind early Wednesday at a Seattle bridge construction site, running aground in shallow water without causing any ...


Trump Speaks to Newport News Shipbuilders

President Donald J. Trump visited Newport News Shipbuilding Thursday, speaking on the deck of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford to a group of more than a thousand shipbuilders and sailors.


Shot Blaster Designed for Portability

Blastrac NA recently introduced the 1-8DM Shot Blaster, a new portable, lightweight shot-blasting system it says is designed for a range of applications including small industrial floors.


US Seeks Contractors for Border Wall

The federal government has begun the process of soliciting contractors for the design and construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, a pillar of President Donald J. ...


SSPC Seeks Board Nominations

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is currently seeking nominations for two positions on its Board of Governors.


Debris Cleared as Oroville Spillway Dries Up

As the waters of its reservoir receded, officials stopped the flow over the Oroville Dam’s main spillway Monday, revealing the full extent of the damage sustained by the concrete structure a...


DTM Polyaspartic Made for Shop or Field

US Coatings has released new polyaspartic finish UreGrip 3360 DTM, a product the manufacturer says can serve as a one-coat alternative to epoxy and polyurethane systems.


Davis-Bacon Wage Provisions Face Challenges

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate and currently under consideration by the Environment and Public Works Committee would remove prevailing wage restrictions from many transportation projec...


Trump Orders Examination of Regulations

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order Friday (Feb. 24) that establishes task forces within executive departments to identify regulations that might be ripe for repeal or modifi...


Hudson Tunnel Construction to Take 7 Years

New York City could see construction last for seven years for the installation of the Hudson Tunnel, officials said Tuesday at a community presentation.


Firm Offers New Floor Grinding Tool

Concrete Polishing Solutions has introduced a new tool to its line of surface preparation products for removing coatings from concrete floors.


SSPC: 2017 Conference Participants Up

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has revealed that SSPC 2017, held Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in Tampa, Florida, posted positive numbers in terms of registrations and exhibit booths.


AkzoNobel Announces Protective Coatings Hire

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has named coatings industry veteran Steven Feldman to be its Business Director, Protective Coatings North America.


Tronox to Buy Titanium Dioxide Business

Two major suppliers of titanium dioxide have announced plans for an acquisition that could create the world's largest TiO2 producer.


Governors Island Group Sues Contractors

The group spearheading a major renovation of Governors Island, in New York City, is reportedly suing a major contractor and a marine engineering consultant over alleged errors in the plannin...


Eco-Friendly Concrete Comes to Light

A production process that has gone largely unchanged over the last 200 years might now be getting a green facelift courtesy of a spinoff from Rutgers University.


Report: Fires Went Unreported on PA Bridge

Documents from last fall’s federal investigation indicate that workers on Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge sparked two minor fires that went unreported in the days before September’s blaze that s...


Hold It: Urine Allegedly Damaging 747s

It's common knowledge that leaks can lead to corrosion, but one airline is giving that idea whole new meaning. A warning was recently issued to British Airways baggage handlers instructing t...


Pruitt Begins Tenure as EPA Head

Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken the helm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indicating in his first address to employees and the nation that he would follow President Donald J...


1.5MG Tank Rehab Out for Bid in MD

Anne Arundel County is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the existing 1.5 million gallon Linthicum storage tank, located in Annapolis, Maryland.


New Report Calculates Congestion’s Cost

Traffic congestion isn’t just an annoyance; it’s a big economic drain, according to a new report from a transportation analytics firm.


Laser Line Offers Non-Abrasive Surface Prep

The Fonon Corporation is now offering CleanTech by Laser Photonics, a line of laser systems for cleaning and surface preparation.


Boston to Consider Harbor Barrier

The city of Boston is considering a permanent solution to combat climate change and its accompanying rise in tide and rainfall levels. The billion-dollar fix might come in the form of a sea ...


AkzoNobel To Invest $13M in UK Research Hub

Dutch paint industry giant AkzoNobel has amped up its Northeast England commitment with the announcement of a $13M investment in a new innovation hub in Felling, Gateshead.


Newly Raised Bayonne Bridge Opens to Traffic

A $1.3 billion project on a bridge between New Jersey and New York’s Staten Island borough has reached a milestone, as traffic began flowing on the Bayonne Bridge Monday.


Tank Epoxy Designed for Ease of Application

A new epoxy from Wolverine Coatings Corporation is designed to protect potable water tanks without the need for plural-component application equipment and special techniques, the company say...


Nearly 56K U.S. Bridges Deemed Deficient

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) released its annual report on America’s bridges, showing that 55,710 of them are deemed structurally deficient, about 2,785 ...


Blasting System Made to Limit Media Refills

Spartan Blasting Systems recently introduced the Universal Blasting Station, a system designed to be compatible with multiple brands and pot sizes, and to reduce the number of times workers ...


TX Pipeline Explosion Under Investigation

Officials are investigating what led to an explosion on a natural gas pipeline in Refugio County, Texas, early on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 15.


Nanotech Firm Develops Coatings for Metals

A New Jersey-based nanotechnology company is in the process of receiving full patents on two new coating developments that it says could be of use to those who paint bridges and other metal ...


Artist Creates Cherry-Scented Vantablack Dig

Artist Stuart Semple has unleashed his answer to Vantablack, the Black V1.0 Beta.


Newsletter Schedule Alert: Monday, Feb. 20

PaintSquare News will not be published Monday, Feb. 20, as the offices of PaintSquare parent company Technology Publishing Co. will be closed in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.


Historic DC Bridge’s $250M Rehab Plan Set

A historic Washington D.C. structure is one step closer to an overhaul, as the National Park Service has selected a rehabilitation plan for the Arlington Memorial Bridge, and is moving on to...


New Products for Surface Prep

A number of equipment suppliers have introduced new products in early 2017 to make surface preparation easier, more effective or even hands-free.


Researcher Sheds Light Altering Surface Profile

William Corbett spoke to PaintSquare News about new research on surface profile and reblasting, and what it means for contractors in the field.


Silica Rule Challenge Delay Denied

A panel of federal judges has denied a request from industry groups to delay proceedings in a court case that challenges the new federal respirable silica rule, a request that the petitioner...


AkzoNobel Reveals 2016 Financials

Currency translation and price/mix effects took a toll on 2016 revenues for global coating company AkzoNobel, according to the company's latest financial report.


Powder Coating Made to Reduce Friction

Coatings manufacturer Evonik has introduced a new line of polyether ether ketone (PEEK) powders designed to reduce wear and tear on the industrial equipment that they protect.


Chemical Company Deal Progresses

A $2.69 billion deal between two specialty chemical companies is moving forward after shareholders of the business that's being acquired gave the merger the green light.


CA Dam Situation Spawns Evacuations

The waters in California’s Lake Oroville continue to threaten nearby homes and infrastructure as the Oroville Dam’s main spillway remains in limited use, and an emergency spillway is also li...


Dow, SolarWindow Tapped for BIG Awards

The Business Intelligence Group, an organization that rewards businesses based on vision, creativity and persistence, has announced the winners of its annual BIG Innovation Awards, including...


Air Canada Unveils New Livery

In step with the airline’s 80th year and Canada’s 150th anniversary year, Air Canada unveiled its new livery on Thursday (Feb. 9) at three simultaneous events held in Toronto, Montreal and V...


$2.7B Bridge Moves Forward in BC

A multibillion-dollar bridge project near Vancouver will move forward, after an environmental review requested by local officials was waived by the Canadian government.


Study: Algae Defense Mechanism Foils Fouling

Marine antifouling coatings are designed specifically to do away with organisms like algae, but new research out of one German university shows how these coatings for ships and other marine ...


Concrete Collapses at CA Dam Spillway

The tallest dam in the United States is subject to close monitoring after engineers discovered major concrete erosion in its spillway—just as heavy rains set in.


Composite Tower, Industrial Coating Honored

An Air Force Base communications tower built with composite materials with corrosion-resistant properties and a VOC-free coating development have won Small Business Administration awards for...


Epoxy Designed for Anchoring to Concrete

Concrete products manufacturer Sakrete has introduced a new line of epoxy products for anchoring bolts or other objects into concrete.


German Firm Unveils Biobased Railcar Coating

A Polish rail vehicle manufacturer is reportedly working with a coating manufacturer from Berlin to test the world’s first biobased railcar coating.


Water Tower's Final Moments Caught on Tape

The water tower in Rowlett, Texas, stood for nearly 30 years, but it’s in its demise that the 155-foot-tall structure has found fame outside of the town.


Painters Injured in Bridge Worksite Fall

Two workers were injured Wednesday morning on a bridge-painting worksite in Portland, Oregon.


New Pigment Line Addition ‘Brilliant’

A new aluminum effects pigment from BASF is designed to expand options for the high-performance industrial coatings industry, as well as automotive coatings.


Legislators Seek to Stop 'Blacklist' Rule

Some members of Congress are working on a strategy to roll back a pending rule that would subject federal contractors to increased scrutiny regarding past labor and safety violations.


Paint BidTracker Unveils Improvements

Paint BidTracker, the premier project lead and market intelligence service for the paint and coatings industry, will soon debut a new look and an improved data platform.


Coatings Firm Partners on Inspection Drones

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced it is partnering with an oil and gas tanker operator and a drone developer to create a drone that will allow the remote inspection of enclosed s...


Army Corps Gives Dakota Access Green Light

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday (Feb. 7) that it would approve an easement that will allow the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile underground pipeline that ...


Shipyards Excused from Hiring Freeze

Naval shipyards are among the federal entities that are exempt from the 90-day hiring freeze put into place by President Donald J. Trump, according to the Department of Defense.


Axalta to Buy Century Industrial Coatings

Coatings manufacturer Axalta has announced plans to acquire Century Industrial Coatings, a 50-year-old company that makes coatings for structural steel, oil and gas, rail cars and other OEM ...


Program Explores Workplace Diversity

This year’s Women in Coatings session at SSPC 2017, which closed Thursday (Feb. 2) in Tampa, looked beyond the role of women in the industry’s workforce to also explore the skills and attrib...


US Construction Jobs On the Rise

According to new government numbers, the construction industry in the United States added 36,000 jobs, and saw an increase in pay for workers, in January, though jobs on civil engineering pr...


Utility Sentenced in Pipeline Blast

California’s largest utility faces $3 million in fines, five years’ probation and a number of other sanctions as part of its sentencing on charges related to a fatal pipeline explosion that ...


Students Share Coatings Studies

The future of the coatings industry was featured front and center during the third annual Poster Sessions presentations at SSPC 2017, which closed Thursday (Feb. 2) in Tampa, FL.


Learning Opportunities Abound at SSPC

SSPC 2017, the annual conference of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, concluded Thursday, Feb. 2, as the final technical sessions took place and the exhibit hall opened to attendees...


Cracked PA-NJ Bridge Closed at Least 8 Weeks

Just a day after Punxsutawney Phil foretold six more weeks of winter, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission gave residents of the other side of the state even worse news: at least eight more ...


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Chao Confirmed as Transportation Secretary

The U.S. Senate voted 93-6 last week to confirm Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation, giving its approval to a longtime public servant and political figure who first served in the Depa...


Marine Gelcoat Line Made to Last

A new line of marine coatings from manufacturer Ashland is designed to coat boats that are designed for aesthetics as well as performance.


Coating Removes Pollutants from Water

Can coatings help remove pollutants from water? That’s precisely the conclusion that research out of Singapore is pointing toward.


NYC Construction Bills Spark Debate

New legislation in New York City has the construction industry divided, and a new state report reveals what regulators call "alarming trends" related to worker fatalities.


OSHA Issues Tappan Zee Crane Collapse Fine

Federal workplace safety regulators say a corroded clamp on a vibratory hammer played a role in July's crane collapse on the massive Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York, and project contra...


AIA Forecast: Construction Up, Industrial Lags

Industrial facility construction won't be getting the same boost that commercial building will see in 2017, according to one major industry group.


Tiny Bird, Big Bridge

They say a butterfly flapping its wings can affect the course of a hurricane halfway across the globe, but in California, some bridge contractors have witnessed firsthand the major consequen...


FERC Shakeup Threatens Pipeline Schedules

The resignation of a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, effective Friday (Feb. 3), has left natural gas pipeline project teams scrambling for approvals before what could be ...


SSPC Session Addresses Worker Health and Safety

Health and safety were the focus of a series of presentations Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 1) at SSPC 2017, where new standards and practical safety measures were addressed by experts in the fi...


JPCL, SSPC Select Top Titles

As SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings opened its SSPC 2017 conference Monday (Jan. 30) in Tampa, the association and protective and marine coatings publication JPCL took the op...


SSPC Honors Industry Service

During the annual Awards Luncheon program, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings not only recognizes the best coatings projects completed over the previous year but also takes the opport...


SSPC Names Top Structures of 2016

A classic roller coaster, spillway gates, and a space agency building are among eight coatings projects recognized with SSPC Structure Awards ceremony on Monday (Jan. 30).


Florock Marks 65 Years in Flooring Systems

Florock Polymer Flooring, a manufacturer of floor systems for commercial and industrial settings, is celebrating 65 years in business.


SSPC Exhibits Open for Business

SSPC, the Society for Protective Coatings, kicked off the exhibition portion of its annual conference Tuesday with a reception bringing together 143 exhibitors showcasing the latest in coati...


Pipe Cleaning Nozzle Gets Retooled

Waterjetting equipment manufacturer Jetstream has released an updated version of a pipe cleaning nozzle already in its product line.


FL Bridge Drops Concrete for Composites

A bridge set to open later this year in Florida will be a testing ground for composite building materials that could change the way construction and maintenance of bridges is carried out.


Cracked Bridge to Get Support Towers

The Delaware River Turnpike Bridge, which has been closed since a paint inspection uncovered a complete fracture in a critical steel truss, will be getting a set of eight 80-foot-tall suppor...


Infrastructure Ideas Fly in Washington

The first full week of President Donald J. Trump’s administration included a $1 trillion infrastructure bill proposal from Democrats and the leak of two lists of potential administration inf...


Iowa Pipeline Leaks 138K Gallons of Diesel

A pipeline in northcentral Iowa ruptured Wednesday, releasing an estimated 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the immediate environment.


Mortar Patches Concrete in Chemical Settings

A new epoxy resin mortar is designed to repair concrete floors and surfaces and protect them from chemical damage, with high resistance to the effects of acid.


ChemQuest Adds Tech Expert

Dr. Sudhir Hublikar has been hired by The ChemQuest Group Inc. to fill the role of Technology and Innovations Director, bringing expertise in coatings and chemical technology, the company re...


Sherwin-Williams Posts Record Sales in 2016

Paints and coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company reported record consolidated net sales in 2016, and the company expects its acquisition of Valspar to close within 90 days, but ...


Super Bowl Hosts Painting’s ‘All-Star’ Team

While the New England Patriots will soon become the team with the most Super Bowl appearances ever, with nine, they can’t hold a candle to another participant in this year’s big game, who wi...


New Abrasive Made from Recycled Glass

A new abrasive that will be available this spring is comprised of 100 percent recycled glass, making it safer for workers and the environment, according to manufacturer Strategic Materials.


ICP Group Acquires Floor Coating Firm

The parent company of a number of architectural and specialty coating and adhesive brands has added polymer floor coating manufacturer Rock-Tred Corp. to its portfolio.


President's Welcome

It is my great honor to personally invite you to join me, other members and the SSPC staff for the SSPC 2017 conference and exhibition at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida from J...


Talk One on One with 140+ Suppliers

More than 140 exhibitors are slated to have a presence on the SSPC 2017 Exhibit Floor in Tampa, giving you the opportunity to talk directly to suppliers of abrasives, coating materials, appl...


Enhance Your Knowledge, Skills

The heart of the annual SSPC conference and exhibition is its technical program and training opportunities. This year, more than 100 presentations, lectures, discussion panels and demonstrat...


Trump Revives Keystone XL Pipeline

President Donald Trump revived the possibility that the Keystone XL pipeline could be built across the central United States when he reversed the Obama administration’s rejection of the oil ...


Bids Requested to Paint 2.5MG Water Tank

The City of Fernley, NV, is seeking contractors for the cleaning and recoating of its Northeast Water Storage Tank.


Record Waves Break CA ‘Cement Ship’

The so-called “cement ship” that lies off the California coast in Monterey Bay flipped and was broken apart by strong waves last weekend, and will remain in place to decay over time.


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Charges in Fatal CA Pipeline Mishap

A California construction company and a foreman it employed are facing trial on misdemeanor charges related to a 2015 incident in which a worker was crushed to death by a 4-ton length of pip...


PPG Names Morales CFO

Paints and coatings manufacturer PPG has announced that Vincent J. Morales will become its senior vice president and chief financial officer starting March 1.


Floor Coating Made to Resist Impacts

A new polyaspartic floor coating from The Sherwin-Williams Company is designed for ease of application in manufacturing facilities, airplane hangars and other settings where impacts and abra...


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Crack Shuts Down PA-NJ Turnpike Bridge

A bridge linking Pennsylvania and New Jersey over the Delaware River will likely remain closed for at least two weeks after an inspection of a painting job uncovered a serious crack in a ste...


Cement Research Finds Strength in Defects

Researchers at Rice University are zeroing in on a mineral used by the ancient Romans in cement in order to understand how modern cement can be made stronger and more resistant to cracking.


Coatings Manufacturer Aids Haiti Efforts

An American manufacturer of industrial and decorative paints and coatings has sent more than 3,500 gallons of paint to Haiti to help in rebuilding efforts after the destruction of a powerful...


Corrosion Sidelines Seattle Ferry

A Washington State Ferries vessel was pulled from the busy Seattle-Bremerton route after a routine inspection turned up internal structural corrosion Thursday (Jan. 19).


RPM Acquires Infrastructure Chemicals Firm

RPM International Inc., parent company of a number of coatings firms, has acquired Conyers, Georgia-based Prime Resins Inc., according to an announcement made Tuesday (Jan. 17).


OSHA Silica Rule Guide Available

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcing its new respirable crystalline silica standard for construction this June, and the federal agency has released a compli...


Oil and Gas Industry to Spend More in 2017

Big new oil and gas projects will double worldwide in 2017 as companies increase their spending, according to one global consulting firm.


Restructuring, Currency Affect PPG Q4

Sales and net income were both down in the fourth quarter of 2016 for paints and coatings manufacturer PPG, owing largely to unfavorable currency rates and charges related to restructuring, ...


Kansas Influent Building Contract Awarded

The City of Lawrence recently awarded a project for the cleaning and recoating of an existing influent building and bio solids pump system located in Lawrence, Kansas, to Gray & Company Inc....


US Tightens Oil Pipeline Safety Rules

Federal regulators have announced new rules to improve oil pipeline safety, increasing requirements related to testing and internal inspections in an effort to prevent pipeline breaches and ...


Scientists Report 3-D Graphene Development

A material developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers is reportedly lighter than steel but much stronger, and could end up being incorporated into everything from bridges...


Lead Elevated in Most of Shipyard’s Workers

Nearly three-quarters of the workers on a ship refurbishing job in Wisconsin last year had elevated blood lead levels, according to findings released by Wisconsin and Minnesota health offici...


FTA Updates Grant Awardee Guidelines

The U.S. government agency overseeing federal aid for public transit projects has issued a newly revised document to help those who have been awarded grants to understand their responsibilit...


New Resin for Protective Coatings Launched

A new fluoropolymer resin from manufacturer Honeywell is designed for use in protective coatings for infrastructure and high-value assets.


RPM Acquires Raw Materials Firm

RPM International, parent corporation of a number of industrial and architectural paints and coatings companies, has acquired specialty chemical raw materials manufacturer Arnette Polymers L...


Feds Unveil Website on Worker Classification

The United States Department of Labor has launched a new website to help employers and workers know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor—and the consequences if w...


EPA Takes Aim at Chemicals in Paint Remover

The U.S. government is considering stricter guidelines for two toxic chemicals often found in paint removal products.


Sealer Designed for Corrosion Protection

A new sealer being introduced this week by W.R. Meadows is designed to help prevent chloride-induced corrosion of rebar and other problems with concrete in industrial, municipal and other ap...


US Construction Industry Hiring in 2017

A new sampling of opinion in the U.S. construction industry indicates that most American contractors are prepared to add staff in the coming year.


Province OKs Pipeline Expansion Plan

A major oil pipeline expansion is one step closer to reality in western Canada, after getting approval Wednesday from the province of British Columbia.


DE Bridge to Get New Protection from Ships

A $460 million capital improvement project being undertaken by the Delaware River and Bay Authority includes a project that will develop a new ship collision protection system for the twin s...


Handbook Covers Metal-Organics

A new edition of a chemical handbook focuses on metal-organic materials for many applications, including polymers and coatings.


Bridge Refuses to Yield to Demolition

At a time when many are worried about the condition of American bridges, it’s reassuring to see that some spans, like California’s Antlers Bridge, refuse to fall—even under controlled demoli...


Bridge Owner Sues to Stop Gordie Howe

The owners of a major bridge on the U.S.-Canada border have filed a new lawsuit in an attempt to stop the construction of a new bridge nearby.


Feds: Remove 'Thin Blue Line' from Roads

Some roads in New Jersey may be striped with good intentions, but federal officials have stepped in to say that the blue lines painted to honor police officers are a safety issue and should ...


Pure Technologies Buys Corrosion Firm

Pure Technologies Ltd. has expanded its portfolio in relation to pipeline corrosion monitoring and prevention with the acquisition of E-MAC Corrosion Inc., a Canadian consulting, management ...


Structural Lessons from the Sponge

Those who design structures, from buildings to bridges, may be on the verge of learning some important lessons from none other than the orange puffball sea sponge.


Trump, Navy Chart Fleet Expansion

The U.S. Navy and President-elect Donald J. Trump are both looking to expanding the country’s fleet, at a rate not seen since the Cold War.


New Epoxies Made for Offshore Assets

A pair of new marine coatings from Hempel are designed to protect offshore assets from corrosion, above and below the waterline.


OSHA Issues Final Beryllium Rule

Federal regulators have finalized a new rule limiting workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal that is present in some blasting abrasives and has been linked to lung disease.


Dow Plans Michigan Innovation Center

The Dow Chemical Company is expanding its footprint in its hometown of Midland, MI, with plans for a new innovation center, according to a recent announcement.


NY Governor Unveils $10B Airport Overhaul

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $10 billion renovation to one of the United States’ busiest airports, in an effort to keep up with major improvement projects at airports in big cit...


Axalta Acquires CA-Based Ellis Paints

Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) announced Friday (Jan. 6) that it will acquire the Ellis Paint Company, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of industrial and automotive refinish paints.


Posters Reveal State Project Capital Data

State expenditures and major coating projects on the horizon are featured in a set of informational wall posters being offered by Paint BidTracker for 2017.


US Construction Spending Hits 10-Year High

Bolstered by street and highway work, nonresidential construction was up nearly 5 percent in November, helping to move U.S. construction spending to numbers not seen in a decade, new federal...


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Shipyard Settles with OSHA for $700K

After facing a proposed $1.4 million in federal worker-safety fines related to lead exposure, Wisconsin-based Fraser Shipyards has settled with authorities for $700,000 in penalties, along w...


Epoxy Acrylates Bolster UV Resin Line

Chemical manufacturer BASF has introduced five new epoxy acrylates to its portfolio of UV resins.


Connect with PaintSquare on Social Media

Social media users can now keep up with coatings industry news and insights in more ways, as PaintSquare and its partner publications have expanded their presence on social media.


RPM Reports Increased Sales in Q2

RPM International Inc. (Medina, OH), parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, saw a 3 percent increase in sales in the second quarter of its 2017 fiscal...


It’s Not Graffiti ... It’s Science

If a trio heads into the rocky terrain of the Swiss Alps with buckets of paint and brushes in hand, your first guess might be that some fresh graffiti was about to appear.


Delay Forecast for Infrastructure Plan

The infrastructure plan promised by President-elect Donald J. Trump likely won’t come to fruition during his first 100 days in office, Congressional leaders say—but figuring out how to pay f...


1MG Tank Coating Job Up for Bid

The City of Elgin is seeking contractors interested in the cleaning and recoating of the Randall Road Water Tower located in the Illinois town.


OSHA Fines Contractor for Bridge Fire

Federal officials have concluded their investigation into September’s fire on Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge, issuing a citation with proposed fines of more than $11,000 to the contractor that ...


World’s Highest Bridge Opens to Traffic

A remote, mountainous region of China is now home to the world’s highest bridge, which opened to traffic Dec. 30.


Swiss Firm Develops New Concrete Additive

A startup firm associated with a Swiss university says its newly developed additive can help to control many properties of concrete, leading to harder material that's slower to deteriorate.


Wood Coating Work Targets Stronger Bridges

Russian scientists claim to have created a coating technique that strengthens wood fibers in such a way that the wood-polymer hybrid becomes stronger and more durable than natural wood.


Operator Faces Charges in CA Crane Fall

The crane operator on a California bridge construction site where two workers were killed in 2014 now faces charges of manslaughter and occupational safety violations in relation to the inci...


SSPC Passes ANSI-ASQ Assessment

The professional association for the industrial protective and marine coatings industry has passed a surveillance audit by the accreditation body responsible for ensuring the safety and qual...


New Mazda Car Material Eliminates Painting

Automaker Mazda has unveiled its first cars to be made partly of a bio-plastic material that doesn’t need to be painted, and is said to provide superior strength and scratch-resistance.


Dunn-Edwards, Nippon Paint Agree to Merger

Asian paint manufacturing giant Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) has received approval from its board of directors to move ahead with plans to acquire Los Angeles-based paint ma...


Injection Grout Made for Masonry Bridges

Masonry restoration mortar systems manufacturer Cathedral Stone Products Inc. (Hanover, MD) recommends its specially formulated injection grout for reinforcing masonry in aging bridges and o...


Drowning Attributed to Lack of Safety Measures

As they hand the investigation over to federal safety regulators, local authorities released more information regarding an accident that left one painter dead Nov. 4 after falling from a Kin...


Boeing Launches SC Paint Operations

With the completion of a new 360,000-square-foot paint facility, Boeing South Carolina announced that its North Charleston, SC, production campus will no longer have to fly the 787-10 Dreaml...


‘World’s Pinkest Pink’ Comes with a Caveat

A British artist has created what he calls the pinkest paint ever developed, and you can get your hands on it—unless you’re artist Anish Kapoor.


Canada Moves to Ban Asbestos Outright

According to a newly announced government plan, asbestos, still used on some level in industries including construction and shipbuilding, will be banned completely in Canada by 2018.


Flint Crisis Sparks More Felony Charges

Four more officials are facing charges over the state and city response to the drinking-water crisis in Flint, MI, after the state’s attorney general announced a new round of legal actions T...


Selecting Coatings by Brand: An SSPC 2017 Workshop

A novel workshop at SSPC 2017, scheduled for Jan. 31 in Tampa, FL, will describe the capabilities and uses of proprietary products for exterior concrete and masonry substrates.


Pipeline Safety Group Promotes Info Sharing

A new pipeline safety advisory committee has been formed with the objective of encouraging collaboration among stakeholders in order to improve gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipeline...


Golden Gate ‘Suicide Net’ Contract Awarded

After years of discussion, the contract for a suicide-deterrent net to be added to San Francisco’s landmark Golden Gate Bridge has been awarded, and construction is set to begin in 2017.


Coatings Safeguard Iconic ‘Embrace’

It was the kiss that came to symbolize the emotion behind the end of World War II. Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the moment a U.S. Navy sailor caught a stranger up in a spontaneou...


Weather Tracker Detects Lightning Hazards

A new “all-in-one weather device” was developed by a weather technology startup with the goal of keeping construction and mining crews safer when working outdoors.


Valspar Addresses Financials, Merger Chatter

Following release of a statement responding to market rumors concerning its proposed merger with The Sherwin-Williams Company, paint and coatings manufacturer Valspar Corp. announced its fou...


Inspector Loses Life on MA Water Tank Dive

A water tank inspector was killed during a tank dive in Braintree, MA, Thursday (Dec. 15), when his equipment reportedly failed.


OSHA: Making Safety Data Public

As federal workplace safety regulators issue a final rule clarifying an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of injuries and illnesses, the United States De...


China Plans ‘Vanishing’ Bridges

When it comes to their size and placement alone, bridges are usually pretty hard to miss. But a trio of new bridges planned in China are actually intended to create the illusion of becoming ...


Weather Device Tracks Lightning Onsite

A recently introduced product from a weather technology startup is designed to help contractors, roofers and others in need of real-time weather updates in the field.


Moveable Unit Aids in Fall Protection

Safety products manufacturer MSA (Cranberry Township, PA) has announced availability of its new MSA Beam Trolley, a moveable anchorage designed to support personnel or material.


Evonik to Buy Huber Silica Unit

In a deal valued at $630 million, Evonik Industries AG has agreed to purchase the silica business of U.S. firm J.M. Huber in an effort to expand its specialty chemicals business, the Essen, ...


Tank Fall Claims Worker’s Life at IN Plant

A worker at a specialty coatings plant in Indiana was killed Wednesday (Dec. 14) after falling into a paint tank, according to reports.


Upcoming Holiday Schedule, Features

As 2016 comes to a close, PaintSquare Daily News will be wrapping up its regular daily news coverage for the year and getting the annual “best of” issues ready.


AkzoNobel Closes BASF Coatings Deal

Ten months after confirming its intentions, Dutch coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has completed its acquisition of BASF’s Industrial Coatings business, which supplies products for the constr...


From Water Tower to ‘Ultimate Beach House’

Most people don’t think “water tower” when they’re planning a vacation, but for those in the know, one of the most desirable beach house rentals in Orange County, CA, is just that.


SSPC Announces New Releases

Two new publications—a new standard on pre-construction primer coatings and a newly revised and reissued standard on aluminum-pigmented epoxy coatings—are now available from SSPC, The Societ...


Research: Cement Sponges Up Substantial CO2

New research from an international team suggests that, while cement production is a major generator of carbon dioxide gas, concrete and other cement-based materials also absorb a considerabl...


Slick Coating Made to Aid Manufacturers

With an eye toward expanding its super-slippery coating platform beyond consumer packaging, LiquiGlide Inc. has announced an added focus on applications for manufacturing that aim to elimina...


Scientists Say Radiation Improves Their Coating

A team of researchers spanning two continents is at work on a nanoceramic coating that not only stands up to the effects of radiation but actually becomes stronger as well.


Finishing Firm Fined Following Worker Death

Federal safety inspectors have recommended fines totaling $171,169 for a Wisconsin aluminum extrusion and coating services business following the June 14 death of a 51-year-old worker.


$8M Underwrites Pipeline MIC Research

A research project focused on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) in pipelines is receiving nearly $8 million in funding toward ongoing research into the issue.


Congress OKs Water Infrastructure Bill

The U.S. Congress has passed water infrastructure legislation that includes provisions to fund emergency repairs to the drinking water system in Flint, MI, and to perform work that will impr...


Bug Eye Biology Enhances Coating Functions

Safety enhancement is already at the core of many reflective coating applications, such as helping to make items like road signs and lane dividers more visible to drivers at night, for examp...


Bids Invited for Mackinac Bridge

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking contractors interested in cleaning and recoating the Mackinac Bridge’s north tower, located in Mackinac County, MI.


PPG Announces Global Cost-Cutting Plan

In an effort to recognize $125 million in savings in the coming year, paints and coatings manufacturer PPG announced Friday (Dec. 9) the planned implementation of a “significant and broad” g...


Budget Stopgap Delays FAST Act Hikes

An increase in federal funding that was slated as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act is on hold through late April as part of a budget stopgap passed in the eleventh hou...


Wacker Joins Process Safety Initiative

The U.S. subsidiary of global chemical manufacturer Wacker Chemie AG has joined forces with professional chemical engineering groups to support and promote the importance of process safety k...


Flooring System Touts Antistatic Properties

A new heavy-duty antistatic industrial flooring system is now available on the European market, according to the Construction Chemicals division of BASF (Mannheim, Germany).


Veteran Shares USS Arizona Corrosion Findings

Among this past weekend’s activities commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, university researchers were on deck to share their findings regarding corrosion and lon...


Court: Firms Liable for Take-Home Asbestos

A decision handed down by the California Supreme Court has established that companies are liable if members of an employee’s household are sickened by secondhand asbestos exposure.


Tube Cleaning Nozzles Get Update

Industrial high-pressure waterblasting equipment manufacturer Jetstream of Houston LLP has announced the addition of new features to its Jetstream Tube Spinner nozzles.


UK Coatings Success Lauded

Innovation in the coatings industry was celebrated by the British Coatings Federation during its seventh-annual awards dinner last month.


Unused Highway Proposed as Memorial

It’s not unusual to see a stretch of highway named to commemorate a fallen hero or town celebrity or a bridge named to memorialize an event or public figure. To make a monument of a stretch ...


ARTBA Predicts 2017 Transportation Growth

A new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association predicts some growth in the transportation construction market in 2017, fueled by both increased highway work and mo...


New Tappan Zee Reaches New Heights

Now in its fourth year of construction, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, aka the New NY Bridge, continues to reach major milestones in its path to completion, and certain elements of its superstru...


US Infrared Firm Gets Vantablack Rights

A California infrared instrumentation company has laid claim to the so-called “world’s blackest black” coating, making a deal with the ultra-black material’s developers for its exclusive use...


Boeing Paint Firm to Close Plant, Dismiss 200

A painting subcontractor providing services to The Boeing Company will lay off nearly 200 workers early next year when its contract with the multinational aerospace corporation expires.


Vogel Family Honored for State Contributions

The owners of paint and coatings manufacturer Diamond Vogel have been recognized for their efforts in helping to beautify their home state of Iowa.


App Made to Help Report Wage Theft

A new tool to combat wage theft and labor exploitation among immigrant workers was introduced last month by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, New York-based day labor wo...


LA Metro to Pay I-405 Contractor $300M

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority will pay nearly $300 million more to the contractor on a highway-widening project that took five years and already cost more than twice its ori...


Cemex Sheds Concrete Pipe Arm for $500M

Mexican multinational building materials company Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. announced an approved sales agreement between one of its United States subsidiaries and what is said to be the largest m...


Asbestos Goes Under EPA Microscope

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking aim at 10 chemicals, including asbestos, using new powers granted to the agency by the recently enacted Toxic Substance Control Act reforms.


Extreme Drought Damaging MS Roads

Abnormally dry conditions in one southern state appear not only to be putting restrictions on residents’ recreational activities, but also taking a toll on state highways.


Halt to Overtime Rule Comes Under Appeal

Stakeholders on both sides of the controversial new overtime-pay rule that would make overtime pay available to 4.2 million workers continue to hash out its future in the court system.


Powder Coatings Offer Oil, Gas Pipe Protection

Two new high-temperature, corrosion-resistant internal pipe coatings have been added to Axalta Coating Systems’ Nap-Gard Functional Coatings collection.


Simmet Receives Epoxy Service Award

Epoxy coatings veteran John L. Simmet has been posthumously recognized for his contributions to the industry by the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), a technical association dedic...


CA Proposes Antifouling Paints Rule

Antifouling coatings are the focus of regulatory actions being considered for addition to data requirements under the California Code of Regulations.


Scientists Work Toward ‘Flawless’ Graphene

Graphene has been touted as a super-strong nanomaterial that could change the world of coatings, providing a friction-free, wear-resistant coating layer that can prevent corrosion. But its l...


New Scraper Affixes to Forklifts

A new scraping tool from Blastrac is designed to save time and labor, allowing the user to scrape tape, paint or other materials from concrete floors with the power of a forklift.


Canada Approves $5B Pipeline Expansion

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the expansion plan for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Tuesday, clearing the way for the company to expand the oil pipeline’s capacity...


Trump Picks Elaine Chao for DOT Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has named former labor secretary Elaine Chao as his choice to head the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Paint Becomes Focus in Soccer Championships

Watching the painting process rather than the match became the focus of a recent soccer championship in Canada.


Treatment Plant System Up for Bid

King County, WA, is seeking contractors interested in performing modifications and painting at the West Point Treatment Plant, located in Seattle.


Pipeline Rupture Ignites Fire in MO

Investigations are underway into the cause of a gas pipeline explosion and resulting fire Tuesday night in Platte County, MO.


OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Takes Effect

After multiple delays, the anti-retaliation provisions of a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule will go into effect today (Dec. 1), after a federal judge rejected an indus...


SPF Insulation Uses Hybrid-Cell Approach

Hybrid cell technology allows a new spray polyurethane foam insulation from Rhino Linings (San Diego) to bridge the gap between the company's open- and closed-cell products, according to the...


Study: Conservation on the OEM Coatings Line

Elimination of one step in the paint process at BMW Group’s Munich plant has allowed the German vehicle manufacturer to save 12,000 tons of CO2 annually during automotive production, accordi...


Paint Converts Solar Heat to Electricity

A new paint technology is being touted for its ability to harness and repurpose the heat collected by large exposed surfaces like ships, buildings and cars.


Contractors Settle Hanford Suit for $125M

Two contractors have agreed to pay $125 million to settle a whistleblower suit over their work at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, including claims that one used taxpayer money ...


Testing Firm Opens Dedicated Coatings Center

A materials and product qualification testing provider based in the United Kingdom is expanding its coatings testing services with a facility offering enhanced offerings to the oil, gas and ...


SSPC Takes Expertise to Saudi Arabia

A team from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings journeyed to Saudi Arabia late last month to discuss coatings and corrosion challenges with employees and management of the Saudi Arabia...


Painters: Flaunt Your Handiwork

Coating professionals looking to show off their painting skills will want to save the date for the annual painters challenge hosted by the Coating Society of the Houston Area (CSHA).


Golden Gate Repainting Put Off, Report Says

San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge is long overdue for a paint job, according to Bay Area media outlets, which note that the span’s main cable housing hasn’t gotten a wholesale recoat...


Material Measures the ‘Mood’ of Structures

Mood rings may have been a fleeting fad of the 1970s, but researchers at Vanderbilt University are using the basic concept as a means of detecting damage in failing infrastructure before it ...


Bridge Interlaces Design, Function

China’s Dragon King Harbour River boasts an out-of-the-ordinary new steel bridge that does more than carry pedestrians from one riverbank to the other.


Team Focuses on Coating Color Changes

New coatings could produce a range of colors based on nanostructures rather than pigments, says a group of researchers at work on a thin, scratch-resistant coating they say “could be a real ...


Parsing Out Trump's Infrastructure Plan

Nearly three weeks into the presidential transition process, President-elect Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan has shown itself to be a popular idea, but perhaps not an easy one...


Urethane Made for OEM, Industrial Markets

High-performance coatings and linings provider US Coatings has announced the launch of a new urethane it says is rapidly customizable in order to meet the unique needs of original equipment ...


No Newsletters Thursday, Friday

PaintSquare News will not be published on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


OSHA Firms Up Stance on Slips, Trips, Falls

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its long-awaited final rule regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry.


Seattle Builds ‘Earthquake-Proof’ Bridge

A bridge being built in Seattle will be the first large-scale application of a new set of structural materials that will be “earthquake-proof,” bending and flexing in the event of a quake, t...


‘Textile Concrete’ Offers Support Alternative

Researchers at the Technical University of Dresden are investigating a form of reinforced concrete they claim is lighter, more durable and more versatile than conventional materials.


Suit Filed in 2014 College Bridge Collapse

Just days after the two-year anniversary of a bridge collapse during construction on Wake Technical Community College’s Raleigh, NC, campus, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the workers...


Anti-Corrosion Polyurethane Gets Update

A new elastomeric polyurethane from AkzoNobel is designed to protect both steel and concrete in service environments, updating a product already offered in the U.S. and expanding its reach i...


‘Sensing Skin’ Indicates Chemicals, Moisture

Researchers at North Carolina State University have furthered their work with electrically conductive coatings that can sense problems in concrete, adding the capacity to sense corrosion-cau...


Groups Gauge Coatings Across the Pond

If you think saltwater environments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are essentially the same when it comes to their effects on marine coatings, you’re wrong, according a current energy r...


Paint Breathes New Life into Iconic Jet

Coatings played a pivotal role in restoring a historic bomber jet that is now a key attraction at a Woodford, England, aviation museum.


Reader Alert: Thanksgiving Schedule

PaintSquare News will not publish new issues on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25.


US Bridge Report: Deficiency on the Rise

An annual look at the condition and safety of American bridges shows that more are in questionable condition than were last year—and funding is still on state bridge engineers’ minds as thei...


Gel-Based Coating Fights Off Ice

Researchers at Colorado State University believe they have made a breakthrough in the realm of anti-icing coatings with the invention of a new ice-repellent coating they claim outperforms to...


Building Blocks Break Bridge Record

Steel, concrete, wood … plastic blocks? When it comes to bridge construction, LEGO bricks aren’t usually counted among the standard building materials. A London professional association for ...


New Epoxies Target Humidity, Low Temps

In an effort to give contractors a wider window for the application of coatings in harsh environments, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings (Cleveland) has expanded its Dura-Plate S...


2 Railcar Cleaners Face EPA Action

Two railcar cleaning facilities in different parts of the U.S. are facing orders from the Environmental Protection Agency over their handling of hazardous waste.


Hyperloop One Touts Seamless Transportation

The Dubai-to-Abu Dhabi Hyperloop track that architectural and design group Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) teased late last month is coming together in a way that makes the seemingly futuristic tr...


Repeat Fall Hazards Net $137K Fine

An Ohio highway construction company is facing $137,000 in federal fines for alleged repeat safety violations related to fall protection on highway bridges.


Architects Deconstruct Trump’s Border Wall

With the election last week of Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency, architects and builders are beginning to speculate on the nature of one of Trump’s signature campaign promises...


Gauge Measures Coatings on Concrete

A new tool for coating thickness inspection on concrete substrates has been launched by inspection equipment manufacturer Elcometer.


Painter Injured in 40-Ft. Water Tower Fall

Federal safety officials are investigating an accident outside Pittsburgh in which a scaffolding failure caused a painter to fall inside a water tower Monday (Nov. 14).


Brooklyn Bridge Rehab $300M Over Budget

The renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge, originally predicted to wrap up in 2014 and cost $508 million, has yet to be completed—and now looks like it will cost more than $800 million.


NY Firm Wins $11.6M Bridge Contract

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has awarded a contract for the protective coating and steel rehabilitation of the Mount Hope Bridge located in Bristol, RI, to Piasecki Steel C...


Specialty, E-coat Products Make R&D List

Industrial and specialty coating products from automotive and aerospace electrocoats to corrosion- and chemical-resistant coatings for food packaging were honored in this year's R&D 100, a l...


BASF Says Brand Meets China Standards

The Coatings Division of multinational chemical manufacturing corporation BASF has announced that its portfolio of wind energy-industry products is in compliance with future emissions guidel...


PPG Takes Over Italy Operations

As part of its efforts to expand its reach in Europe, PPG has bought out the remaining 50 percent ownership interest of a joint venture in Italy, the company announced Friday (Nov. 11).


Industry Supports Trump on Infrastructure

With the contentious 2016 election behind them, U.S. transportation associations are looking ahead to what the future holds for infrastructure and other construction projects under President...


Safway Group Announces Acquisition

Safway Group Holding LLC, a leading North American scaffolding and equipment firm, is set to acquire SafeWorks LLC, a Seattle-based supplier of motorized suspended access equipment, in a dea...


Concrete Collapse Traps 3 in Tunnel

Canadian safety officials are investigating an accident in a light rail transit project tunnel that temporarily trapped three construction workers Thursday (Nov. 10).


New Fall Protection Devices Available

Safety products manufacturer MSA has announced the release of three new fall-protection products.


Army Works Toward ‘Sandphobic’ Coatings

When it comes to military coatings, the Department of Defense has a new target in its sights: sand.


Spare a Square for CO Road Cracks?

Halloween may have been just last week, but Devil’s Night pranksters aren’t the reason toilet paper is being found on the roadways of one Denver town.


Trump’s Election Could Revive Keystone XL

The Keystone XL Pipeline, effectively quashed by President Barack Obama last year, could be back in play under the incoming administration of President-Elect Donald J. Trump.


Scientists Expose Bacteria-Driven Corrosion

Corrosion reportedly costs the United States Department of Defense about $23 billion a year, and much of that is said to occur in marine environments, where chemical processes or bacteria ox...


ACI Guide Covers Concrete Wind Turbines

A new publication on wind turbine towers is now available for professionals in the concrete industry.


NY Asphalt Plant Blast Claims 2 Lives

A second worker has died, weeks after an explosion at an upstate New York asphalt plant. The Albany Times Union reported Friday (Nov. 4) that Al Crowter, 42, died of injuries sustained in th...


Chairman Retiring at Sherwin-Williams

Christopher M. Connor, Executive Chairman for The Sherwin-Williams Company, is set to retire Dec. 31, following a 34-year career with the paint and coatings manufacturer.


Crack Closes Historic Harbor Bridge

Work is underway to address a large fatigue crack found in the girder of a historic bridge that serves as the main entryway to the town of Stone Harbor in Cape May County, NJ.


Explore Marine Tank Coating Solutions

Corrosion reportedly cost the United States Department of Defense $21.9 billion in 2014. For the U.S. Navy alone, annual corrosion costs are said to be $7.5 billion with vessel corrosion cos...


Dow, DuPont Merger Review Held Up Again

Another roadblock has popped up for The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont as their proposed merger remains under review by European regulators.


Strong Quake Raises Crude Concerns in OK

Another strong earthquake in central Oklahoma has renewed concerns about wastewater injection wells there, and raised questions about the safety of the country’s largest crude oil storage fa...


2 Painters Rescued from MI Water Tower

State investigators are looking into what happened to cause two painters to fall into a Michigan water tower Friday (Nov. 4).


Painter Drowns after 5 Fall from Bridge

Emergency response crews were called to perform a water rescue after five painting contractors fell into the water from a bridge in Kingsbury, NY. One worker did not survive.


Utah Arch Tunnels to Get Shotcrete Revamp

A pair of historic rock tunnels that serve as an entryway to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah are getting a $2.5 million makeover, including the replacement of a layer of shotcrete inside ...


RPM Buys Industrial Tape Maker

Multinational holding company RPM International Inc., which owns subsidiaries that manufacture and market high-performance coatings, sealants and specialty chemicals, is adding an industrial...


Coating Made for Better Wear Protection

A new nanoparticle coating for plasticating screws from Nordson Corporation (Westlake, OH) is said to offer improved abrasion and corrosion resistance compared to standard high-velocity oxyg...


Top 10 Hazard Trends Continue

For the fifth year in a row, fall protection has topped the list of most frequently cited federal workplace safety violations in the United States, according to an annual analysis.


Huntsman Spinoff to Focus on TiO2

American chemical manufacturer Huntsman Corporation has announced it is moving forward with plans to spin off its Pigments & Additives business and create a new publicly traded company.


State Levies $3M in Damages for Bridge Fire

The contracting firm that took responsibility for the fire that closed Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge for more than three weeks in September is receiving a bill for millions of dollars in penal...


Polymer Boasts Fast Concrete Repair

A new concrete repair polymer has been introduced by VersaFlex Inc. (Kansas City, KS), a supplier of polyurea coatings, linings, joint fillers, and concrete repair products.


Painters Think ‘Outside the Can’

A paint can is a paint can is a paint can… unless it’s also R2-D2, a pineapple or Iron Man. At least that’s how contestants see it in Axalta Coating System’s annual “Paint Outside the Can” c...


Canada Floats $35B Infrastructure Bank Plan

An infrastructure bank that would combine government and private investment dollars for big road, transit and energy projects is part of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan for the...


Team Evaluates Early-Age Bridge Deck Cracks

Pennsylvania is reportedly home to more than 22,000 bridges, many of which are aging and in need of repair. Through a collaboration between Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Departm...


Firm Launches Wet-Sponge Holiday Detector

A holiday detector redesigned with new capabilities is now available from corrosion mitigation instrument manufacturer Tinker & Rasor.


Bridge Falls, Kills 1, after Safety Warning

Italian authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the collapse of a highway bridge near Milan late last week that left one driver dead and injured 5 others.


Coating Tech Heads to Space

Products developed for use on space vessels are often adapted for use in fields like medicine and consumer products, but that practice reversed itself recently when an Irish company’s coatin...


BASF Blast, Fire Impacts Supply Chain

Two weeks after a fire and explosion in a pipeline at BASF’s chemical plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the company is still dealing with the aftereffects in its supply line and investigating ...


Partners Debut Mobile Inspection Tool

Pavia Systems (Seattle), a software company specializing in technology for the transportation infrastructure industry has partnered with construction engineering firm Jacobs (Pasadena, CA) t...


Gasoline Line Fire Leaves 1 Dead

A gasoline pipeline in Alabama that ruptured just weeks ago, causing a massive spill, was the site of an explosion Monday (Oct. 31) that killed one worker and injured at least five others.


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Respond to FTC Rumor

Following an article suggesting that the pending merger between The Sherwin-Williams Company and Valspar was facing regulatory complications, both companies announced Friday the deal remains...


Officials Investigate Partial Tower Collapse

Inspectors are working to determine what caused the top of a water tower in New Jersey to collapse late last week.


Colorants, Building Envelope Businesses Make Deals

Two companies active in the coatings industry have entered acquisition agreements with U.S. private equity firm American Securities LLC.


First Full ‘Biobridge’ Opens to Foot Traffic

The campus of a Dutch university reportedly boasts the world’s first “biobridge,” a span built to test and exhibit the potential of building with more environmentally friendly construction m...


Firm Debuts Coatings Stabilizers Line

A new range of stabilizer products for the coatings industry has been introduced by polymer stabilizers manufacturer SONGWON Industrial Co. Ltd. (Ulsan, South Korea).


Hyperloop: Future of Transportation?

Road, rail, air or Hyperloop? What many see as the next generation of high-speed, long-distance transportation options may be one step closer to becoming a reality.


Construction Forecast Predicts Lift for 2017

Public works construction, along with most U.S. building sectors, can expect to see a boost in business in the coming year, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 bi...


Enter EPA’s Green Chemistry Challenge

New chemical technologies, including those that make paints and coatings safer, are the focus of an annual federal awards program, now accepting recommendations.


UN Agency Targets Lead Paint in Kenya

While many countries have programs and regulations in place to protect their citizens from the effects of lead poisoning, public health officials are now striving to educate those in develop...


Border Wall Goes Pink

One recurring architectural theme of the current U.S. election cycle has been Republican candidate Donald J. Trump’s vision for a wide-ranging border wall, stretching across the country’s bo...


Judge Delays Contractor 'Blacklist' Rule

A new rule that would put federal contractors under much closer scrutiny was delayed by a preliminary injunction from a federal judge in Texas Tuesday (Oct. 25), the day it was scheduled to ...


All About Vapor Abrasive Blasting

Research, engineering and testing have reportedly combined to make vapor abrasive blast methods faster than dry blasting, easier to use and more reliable in the field.


Companies Join Forces on Engine Coatings

Praxair Surface Technologies, a company specializing in high-performance coatings for the aviation, energy and other industries, is teaming up with GE Aviation in a specialized coatings join...


Self-Bonding Electrical Steel Coating Debuts

Liquid and powder coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) has introduced a new one-component, self-bonding electrical steel varnish.


Pair of Pipeline Breaches Vex OK, PA

Two pipeline breaches in different areas of the United States within three days’ time have left environmental concerns and fueled debate over the safety and reliability of the pipeline syste...


Cracks Plague Sydney Metro Project

A multibillion-dollar metro rail extension in Australia’s largest city is facing a second major setback, as one of the precast concrete spans for the “Skytrain” rail bridge has cracked, the ...


New DTM Coating Offers Corrosion Resistance

A new one-layer direct-to-metal coating launched by PPG (Pittsburgh) was reportedly designed to perform in the manner of primer-topcoat systems.


Town Paints Bridge by the Numbers

When a Denver neighborhood sought to paint a bridge to beautify the structure, increase safety and prevent graffiti, artist Michelle Brown crowdsourced the effort, making it a fun and intera...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Earnings, New CFO

The Sherwin-Williams Company has reported an increase in consolidated net sales for both the third quarter and nine-month period of 2016, as well as the appointment of a new chief financial ...


Top Tank Soars with Birds in Flight

A nature-inspired motif featuring the area’s native species encircles this year’s winner of Tnemec Company Inc.’s annual Tank of the Year contest.


Blastrac Adds Surface Prep, Cleaning Firm

Surface preparation equipment manufacturer and distributor Blastrac Global (Oklahoma City, OK) has announced the acquisition of Nilfisk Cyclone Technology from the Nilfisk Group.


Industry Voices: Oil and Gas Growing Safer

As Americans head to the theater to see a new film about one of the biggest energy-extraction disasters in recent history, voices from the industry are pointing out that safety is on the ris...


OSHA Retaliation Rule Postponed Again

Implementation of a controversial new rule regarding workplace health and retaliation has again been postponed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Report: EPA Failed to Act Swiftly on Flint

An internal investigation has concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have acted months earlier to warn residents of Flint, MI, of lead contamination in their drinking...


Bridge of Firsts Celebrates $48M Rehab

An important structure in the history of bridges has just undergone an extensive four-year, $48 million restoration.


Adhesive Made for Extreme Conditions

Corrosion resistance is just one performance property 3M touts in its new adhesive, which is also made to bond bare metals and withstand extreme temperatures.


Yellowstone Installs Eco-Friendly Pavement

When replacing aging asphalt in the eco-sensitive Yellowstone Geyser Basin, Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park turned to an innovative, porous paving material that is manufactured in part f...


CUI and Coatings of Choice

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a huge problem, and those in the field say there is plenty of trauma associated with tackling it.


PPG Sees Volumes Grow in Q3

Led by growth in its Industrial Coatings segment, PPG reported an improvement in year-over-year volumes across both its coating segments in the third quarter of 2016, the company announced w...


Winery, Turnpike at Odds Over Logo

“We are from New Jersey and proud of it!” reads the website for Old York Cellars’ What Exit Wines line. But the winery, in Ringoes, NJ, isn’t getting the same level of love back from its sta...


Merck Bows Out of Coatings

Known as a science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials, Merck KGaA has entered a cooperation agreement with coating specialist durXtreme GmbH.


New Coating Touts Chemical Resistance

Spray-on protective coatings manufacturer Rhino Linings Corporation has announced a new addition to its growing line of industrial-grade protective linings.


AkzoNobel Q3: Volumes Flat, Profits Up

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, Netherlands) announced slight growth in profits despite largely flat volumes in its third quarter earnings report, released Wednesday (Oct....


MIT Research Strives to Upgrade Hull Coatings

An American military agency is sponsoring research on the development of a hydrogel material that could help antifouling coatings stick to metal hulls better and longer.


BASF Blast Kills 2, Injures More

German authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion at a BASF chemical plant that killed two and severely injured at least six. One person remains missing after the incident, acco...


Bids Due for Bridge Recoat

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for the cleaning and painting of the Commodore Hull Bridge, located between Derby and Shelton, CT.


OSHA Cites PPG Silica Plant

Paint and coatings manufacturer PPG is facing more than $92,000 in penalties related to worker-safety issues at its facility in Westlake, LA, after an employee complaint prompted a federal a...


Portland Statue Restored, Protected

A 125-year-old piece of public art in Portland, ME, has gotten a restoration and a new layer of protective coating, to the tune of $10,000.


Hempel Fires 4 in Bribery Scandal

Danish coatings manufacturer Hempel A/S is under the scrutiny of German authorities for alleged bribery activities on the part of its employees.


Firm Finishes Historic NZ Bridge Repaint

The first full repaint of a New Zealand rail viaduct in over 50 years is nearing completion, three months ahead of schedule.


Dewetting Findings Could Improve Coatings

A breakthrough regarding the dewetting process has led researchers at two universities in England to suggest that improvements in coating formulations and self-cleaning surfaces could be jus...


Maker Recalls Fall Protection Product

A fall-production product that's been on the market for more than 30 years is now subject to a voluntary recall by 3M and Capital Safety after reports of possible injury and the potential fo...


Painting a Thin Blue Line in NJ

If you’ve heard of the “thin blue line,” you might know it symbolizes the role of police, standing between the community they protect and criminals. It also serves to commemorate fallen offi...


OSHA Levies $150K Fine in IL Demo Death

A Chicago-area demolition company has been cited by the federal government over safety violations stemming from an April incident in which a worker was killed and three others were injured.


Assessing Highway Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given America’s civil infrastructure an overall grade of a D+ based on ASCE’s 2013 Report Card, while “Bridges” received only a slightly be...


Canadian Oil Pipelines Limiting Exports

A new Canadian government report says the country’s oil pipeline infrastructure is lacking, limiting oil exports and leading oil companies to rely on rail transport.


Blasted Bridge Stays Strong

When you want to bring a bridge down fast, strategically placed explosives can get the job done in a matter of seconds. Usually.


New Additives Work Across Applications

Two new flow and leveling additives from manufacturer Evonik are specially designed for use in can and coil coatings.


SSPC Releases Publication Updates

Two publications—a standard for latex exterior coatings and a guide for lighting in industrial coating operations—have been updated under the direction of SSPC: The Society for Protective Co...


Lead Paint Bloats Mural Costs, Timeline

Transforming a transit bridge into a work of public art turned into more than one metropolitan Atlanta city bargained for after lead paint was revealed to exist on the structure.


Good Specifications Prevent Coating Failures

A number of factors, ranging from coating selection to outside influences, can contribute to a coating failure. The next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC presents a scientific approach...


Groups Press Candidates on Infrastructure

A group of industry organizations has asked the two major-party presidential nominees to keep long-term infrastructure solutions as part of their presidential plans.


Contractor Defaults, Bridge Job Restarts

Replacing a lane of defective concrete is among the jobs to be taken on by a crediting agency after the lead contractor on a major project on the International Bridge in Michigan went into d...


Scientists Try to Stress Out Coatings

Researchers at one Singapore science and technology agency are looking at coating material microstructures in order to make protective coatings even tougher.


Pipeline Repair Coating Goes Small

Anti-corrosion coatings manufacturer Denso (Houston, TX) has introduced a 50-ml repair cartridge for its Protal 7125 repair coating for pipelines, making its low-temperature repair product a...


Thomas C. Sullivan Retires from RPM Board

Multinational holding company RPM International recognized a handful of changes to its board of directors at its annual meeting of stockholders, including the retirement of one director who ...


Focus on: Polyaspartic Coatings

How much do you know about polyaspartic coatings? Learn about everything from formulations to performance in “Polyaspartic Coatings Technology – Improving Productivity without Sacrificing Pe...


Firm Cited Over Permit in PA Bridge Fire

Fire officials in Pittsburgh have cited the contractor working on a major bridge when it caught fire last month for failing to have the proper permits to do “hot work” in the city at the tim...


Review Proceeds on Dow-Dupont Merger

The proposed merger between chemical giants The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont is moving forward again, as an investigation by European regulators reopens after missing paperwork caused a w...


Robotics Created for Abrasive Blasting

Air-powered abrasive blast equipment manufacturer Clemco Industries Corp. (Washington, MO) has entered into a long-term distribution agreement with SABRE Autonomous Solutions of Revesby, New...


Firm Celebrates 90 Years in Pigments

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is commemorating a momentous anniversary, representing decades in the iron oxide business.


Haiti: Infrastructure Damage Impedes Aid

Still recovering from the devastating earthquake that struck six years ago, the Republic of Haiti was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last week, in terms of infrastructure and housing destruct...


Coatings, Corrosion Detection Projects Funded

Three higher education institutions are sharing $900,000 in federal funding intended to promote the development of research projects contributing to the prevention or mitigation of pipeline ...


Ohio Bridge Closed After Beams Buckle

A bridge in one northeastern Ohio town is closed indefinitely after officials found structural damage so severe they say the span will have to be replaced entirely.


Carboline Announces New President

A new leader will be taking over the helm for a top global supplier of coatings, linings and fireproofing products.


Not Your Average Camouflage

When it comes to camouflaging military vehicles, standard procedure is to paint the vehicle in the appropriate colors and patterns for the environment in which it will serve.


RPM Reports Q1 Growth Amid Challenges

Despite a reportedly soft market in the energy and heavy equipment industries, RPM International Inc., parent company of Carboline, posted a record first quarter for its 2017 fiscal year, wh...


State Rep Alleges Lead Dust at Bridge Site

A Maine legislator is calling for the cancellation of contracts with a bridge-painting contractor after an independent soil study allegedly showed evidence that lead paint dust was not being...


Exposed Lead Paint Tainted Drinking Water

A small town in eastern Virginia is the site of a brewing controversy over a water tank that was allegedly exposing residents to lead—even a year after the dangers were first uncovered.


New Admixture Made to Fight Bacteria

A new concrete admixture offered by BASF (Cleveland, OH) is designed to prevent biodeterioration through the use of an electrophysical antibactercial mechanism.


End in Sight for NJ Work Freeze

Nearly three months after all nonessential road, bridge and transit projects were halted in New Jersey, the state’s governor and political leaders have reached an agreement on how to repleni...


PPG Backs Its Hometown Team

With its global headquarters in town and 2,300 employees in the region, PPG says it's proud to call Pittsburgh home. The coatings giant took that pride one step further by acquiring the nami...


House Attempts to Stall Overtime Rule

With the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule set to be enacted in just two months, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week intended to delay its start by six mon...


New Sub Coating to Distort Sonar

A Russian shipbuilding research and development institute is working on a polymer film coating intended to make the nation’s submarines invisible to sonar.


Tesla Denies Paint Shop Bottleneck Report

Growing electric automaker Tesla is denying reports that its paint shop could be the source of a bottleneck that could slow its expanding production capacity.


Wacker Polymers Welcomes New President

Wacker Polymers—a producer of the polymeric binders and additives used in construction chemicals, paints, surface coatings, adhesives and more—has announced it will be under new leadership a...


Victorian-Era Ship Gets NY Restoration

One of the last large wrought-iron ships ever built has made its way back to a New York maritime museum after 16 months of restoration work.


CSB Cites Lack of Inspection, Repair in Spill

The federal agency tasked with investigating chemical accidents has said that a failure to inspect or repair corroding tanks contributed to the 2014 contamination of drinking water in Charle...


Guzzler Introduces New Vacuum Truck

A new vacuum truck from Guzzler Manufacturing (Streator, IL) is made to clean up and recover solids, dry bulk powders, liquids, slurries and thick sludge, according to the company.


Town Loses Water Tower to Planning Error

An Alberta, Canada, town is losing its signature water tower, all because of a planning mistake.


Cuomo Launches Penn Station Overhaul

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled plans to revamp New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, a project reportedly under consideration for more than two decades.


Green Packaging Firm Seeks Paint Partners

A U.K.-based packaging startup is looking for paint companies to partner with it to test a new sustainable flexible packaging concept.


Feds Intervene in Defective Rebar Suit

The U.S. government has decided to join in a whistleblower lawsuit claiming a global supplier to the nuclear power industry defrauded the government.


Coating Crafted for Corrosive Environments

A versatile, high-performance polysiloxane coating touted as offering enhanced durability and aesthetics, as well as cost savings, has been introduced by Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine...


Painter Hurt in MD Tower Fall

A painter on a Maryland water tower job fell inside the structure Monday, sustaining injuries. Reports identify the painter as Roque Jose Castro, 31. He was working on an interior and exteri...


Hydrophobic Coatings to Go Mobile

Coatings research performed at the Department of Energy’s science and technology lab has caught the attention of one popular electronics brand seeking to help its line of mobile electronic d...


Axalta Launches Insulation Coatings Series

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier, Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) has announced the introduction of its Voltahyd 2250 series T, M and E electrical insulation coatings, the co...


Impact Award Lauds Water Projects

Restoration of two 60- and 80-year-old domestic anaerobic digesters for the city of Austin, MN, earned three companies top honors in the inaugural Sherwin-Williams Impact Award.


Australia Settles in Reef Disaster Case

The Australian government has come to a settlement with representatives of Shenzhen Energy, whose Shen Neng 1 ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef in 2010, causing considerable environ...


Report Reveals Factors in Bridge ‘Split’

Nearly 10 months after a new cable stay bridge in Ontario, Canada, appeared to split during a spell of cold weather, reports on the cause of the failure have been released.


Philadelphia Ponders Anti-Pee Paint

Following in the footsteps of Hamburg, Germany, and San Francisco, Philadelphia is opting to explore use of a paint that should help discourage public urination in its subway system.


Foundation Releases Road Spending Ratings

South Carolina and South Dakota get top marks in a new report on the cost-effectiveness of highway systems in the 50 states, released by a well-known think tank.


BASF Aims to Extend Bridge’s Service Life

Sited in an active seismic zone and now the longest span in the country, Turkey’s Osman Gazi Bridge brought some unique needs to its construction.


Surfactant Touts Low Environmental Impact

A new ingredient for degreasers and outdoor cleaning products has been developed by AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, Netherlands) for both consumer and commercial applications that involve direct relea...


Free Webinar: UHP Waterjetting in Shipyards

After about 20 years of research and development, wet surface-tolerant coating is well established, allowing the expansion of waterjetting facilities in both maintenance and new building shi...


Kew Gardens Interchange Up for Recoat

Contractors interested in the cleaning and recoating of the Kew Gardens Interchange located in Queens County, NY, are urged to bid on a project held by the New York State Department of Trans...


Agency Cites Coating Failure in 2015 Leak

A federal pipeline safety agency has identified external corrosion as the cause of a June 2015 gas line rupture in rural eastern Pennsylvania.


PPG Exits 2 Fiber Glass Ventures

Coatings giant PPG is in the process of shedding two more of its fiber glass operations.


Utility Faces $3M Fine for Pipeline Blast

Washington state pipeline safety regulators have recommended a fine of more than $3 million for numerous violations, including failure to perform corrosion tests, related to a March 9 natura...


OSHA: $10.5M in Safety Training Grants

The federal agency charged with safeguarding workers in the U.S. is awarding $10.5 million to 77 organizations nationwide to help increase workers' and supervisors' worksite safety.


Giant Peach: Fruit of Painter’s Labors

It was a big job, but for one Welsh painter, you might say it was just peachy.


PaintSquare Site Maintenance This Weekend

Attention readers: Our website will be undergoing scheduled maintenance beginning at 8 p.m. ET Friday (Sept. 23) to 8 p.m. ET Sunday (Sept. 25).


Support for Tolls, Mileage Fees Grows

A recent survey of American drivers suggests that most support the idea of tolls if they’ll help ease congestion and limit drive times.


Alert: PaintSquare Planned Maintenance

Readers of PaintSquare News attempting to access content on the website may experience a period of server unavailability this weekend.


Resins Firms' Merger Complete

Allnex, an international resins supplier of resins for architectural, industrial, OEM and special purpose coatings, has completed its acquisition of global resins manufacturer Nuplex Industr...


Chemical Giants Face $90B Suit

Four major chemical manufacturers are facing a $90 billion lawsuit in which a large U.S. law firm claims they concealed information about dangerous substances from the American government.


EU’s Copper Approval to Benefit Shipping

The European Union’s decision this summer to approve the use of copper in marine antifoulings is expected to deliver significant benefits for both the shipping industry and environment, says...


Radar Looks Inside Tunnel Wall

An alternate method of inspecting the integrity of concrete tunnel walls was demonstrated in Pittsburgh last week as part of a program that finds strategic solutions to national transportati...


Bridge Up for Clean, Recoat

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is requesting bids to clean and recoat a historic bridge in the state's West Feliciana Parish.


Repairs, Fines Pile up on Bridge

A team of experts from across the country have determined that additional safety measures are required before Pittsburgh’s fire-damaged Liberty Bridge can reopen.


OSHA Fines OH Steelmaker $113K

An Ohio steel manufacturer is facing more than $113,000 in penalties related to worker-safety issues after two inspections last spring, one in response to a worker fatality.


Group Names Best Transportation Projects

Several bridge projects are vying for recognition as the best transportation project in the United States in the 2016 America's Transportation Awards competition.


Coatings App Gets Expanded Mobile Access

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings (Cleveland) has announced that its Water & Wastewater App is now available for use on smartphones.


Anodizing, Coatings Expert Joins Chemeon

A business-to-business provider of metal surface engineering solutions has announced the hire of a new executive who will bring expertise in anodizing and conversion coatings to the firm.


SSPC 2017 Poster Sessions Deadline Nears

Approximately six weeks remain to submit poster session proposals for the SSPC 2017 international protective coatings conference and exhibition.


Senate Passes Bill to Fund Flint Fixes

A $9 billion water infrastructure bill passed the U.S. Senate late last week, with hundreds of millions allocated for improvements to systems in Flint, MI, and other cities with potentially ...


Dow, DuPont Deal Hits Regulatory Snag

The proposed merger of two chemical giants has hit a roadblock as the European Union’s antitrust authority halted its review of the transaction, citing missing information.


Mini Bay Bridge Comes to Town

San Francisco loves its new San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge so much, it seems, that the city will be building a duplicate smaller version as part of its new downtown transit center and neig...


Clariant Grows Oil-Chemicals Portfolio

In an effort to expand the footprint of its North American oil-chemicals business, a Swiss chemical maker plans to acquire two Texas-based firms that specialize in oilfield production chemic...


Report: Marine Newbuild at 20-Year Low

This year’s marine newbuilding numbers are likely to be at their lowest level in two decades, according to the Baltic and International Maritime Council.


Coatings for Water Treatment Plants

When it comes to water and wastewater treatment facilities, a variety of structures and areas require attention.


Spectra Lays Blast to Very Fast Corrosion

Investigators have named “rapid corrosion” as one of the factors contributing to the natural gas pipeline explosion that occurred in a Pittsburgh suburb in April, according to the Pittsburgh...


Stepping Away from the Gray

When it comes to painting military aircraft, painters in the U.S. Air Force are accustomed to applying one color more than others: the customary flat gray seen on weapons systems around the ...


Industry Report: OEM Up, Oil and Gas Slow

An industry analysis report issued by The ChemQuest Group Inc. shows lags in the specialty coatings segment of the U.S. market, brought on by decreased oil and gas activity and weak infrastr...


Coating Guards Offshore Turbines from Sun

A new protective coating primarily for offshore turbines is designed to protect against UV damage in addition to corrosion and abrasion.


DC Transit Officials Face Concrete Concerns

Crumbling concrete is under scrutiny at one Washington, D.C., transit station this month. Investigators recently discovered concrete damage in a bridge outside the Rhode Island Avenue Statio...


Steamship Restoration Gets Coatings Boost

A historic steamship in Scotland is being restored to what it looked like 80 years ago, with the help of a marine protective coatings manufacturer.


Waterborne Coatings in the Lab

What determines the performance characteristics of waterborne primers and direct-to-metal coatings? Lori Boggs, technical team leader for the Transportation and Industrial Coatings group at ...


SSPC Issues 2 Standard Revisions

SSPC, the Society for Protective Coatings, has announced new revisions to two of its standards.


RPM: Acquisition, SEC Investigation

Known as a multinational holding company with subsidiaries that manufacture and market high-performance coatings, sealants and specialty chemicals, RPM International is extending its reach i...


Engineers Tout 'Ultra-Robust' Waterproof Coating

Scientists in Australia have announced a new superhydrophobic protective coating that could one day find uses ranging from preventing ice formation on airplanes and protecting boat hulls fro...


Contractors Face Hiring Woes

More than two-thirds of contractors in the United States are reporting difficulty filling hourly craft positions—which represent the bulk of the construction workforce—including painters and...


Canadian Officials Air Bridge Concerns

Canadian officials have raised questions about the structural integrity of a privately owned span that’s touted as the busiest commercial point of entry between the United States and Canada....


OSHA Focuses on Shipyard Falls

As the first step in revising safety standards regarding falls in shipyards, federal safety regulators have issued a call for input on the requirements.


Dryco Joins Temporary Power Provider

In a move to expand its drying and dehumidification services in North America, a Scottish power generation and HVAC specialty rental business has acquired industrial climate control company ...


More Injection Wells Halted After OK Quake

A Labor Day weekend earthquake in Oklahoma that was originally reported at magnitude 5.6 was upgraded late last week to a record 5.8, prompting the closure of a total of 54 wastewater inject...


Coating Boasts Fuel, Emissions Savings

A new biocide-free fouling control coating has been launched by AkzoNobel’s marine coatings business, International.


Scottish Bridge Gets Unorthodox Paint Job

A bridge in Scotland just got a new coat of paint, but it wasn’t a standard job involving a crew of bridge painters and a three-coat system.


Repairs, Fines, OSHA Follow Bridge Fire

Steep fines and a federal safety investigation await the contractor held responsible for the fire that closed down the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh last week. Meanwhile, crews remain hard at...


Pump Replacement with Tank Coating Work

A Florida city is seeking contractors to replace a deep injection well pump located in Palm Bay, FL, which includes the cleaning and painting of associated components.


Resins Acquisition Gets Green Light

The merger of two major resin manufacturers is one step closer to fruition after receiving antitrust clearance from the European Commission.


Pipeline Giant Forms in $28B Deal

The announced merger of two major pipeline companies promises to create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, with an estimated market value of $127 billion.


Remembering a Coatings Pioneer

Paul I. Meli Jr., who passed away Aug. 29 at age 93, was a pioneer in coatings chemistry.


Free eBook Covers Overcoating

When it comes to maintenance painting strategies, overcoating is a solution that can restore both aesthetic and protective properties to a structure without removing and replacing an existin...


Valspar Q3 Numbers Mixed

Coil and wood coatings fueled volume growth in the third quarter for Valspar Corp., though foreign currency translation contributed to a slight dip in sales for the manufacturer as it prepar...


130-Ton Beams Drop onto Railroad Tracks

Work came to a halt on an Oregon railroad overpass last week when two concrete beams, weighing 130 tons apiece, collapsed onto railroad tracks the new structure was intended to cross.


Weather Spoils New Paint Jobs

From humidity to rain, the weather forecast has brought headaches for road crews and drivers across the country when it comes to freshly painted road markings.