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Hexion Expands Production Capacity

Hexion Inc., based in Columbus, OH, announced Wednesday (Nov. 18) that it is expanding its waterborne epoxy resin production capacity in Tianjin, China.

Milan Firm Acquires Lane Industries

Italian infrastructure group Salini Impregilo announced an agreement to acquire U.S.-based construction firm Lane Industries Inc., one of the country’s top federal contractors for roads and ...

Shipyards Provide Lift in U.S. Economy

The U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry plays a significant role in the state of the U.S. economy, according to recent data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Adm...

Contractor to Pay for EEO Violations

A Massachusetts construction firm accused of misusing equal opportunity programs has reached a settlement in its court case.

Steelmaker Opens Coatings Center

The opening of a new research and development center for advanced steel coatings is the first step toward a partnership between a university in the U.K. and a troubled global steel manufactu...

Employee Skims from Paint Contractor

A former bookkeeper for an industrial painting contractor has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $200,000 from his employer while working there.

Shipyards Eyed in Brazil Graft Scandal

As the official investigation into the graft scandal involving Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras proceeds, three shipyards were revealed to be among those implicated in the scheme.

Sherwin-Williams: Q3 2015 Sales Up

Despite a drop in the group that includes protective and marine coatings, the second-largest paint company in the U.S. showed an increase overall in its third quarter of 2015.

Nuclear Giant Takes on Construction

Leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is expanding its global offerings through the acquisition of ...

AkzoNobel Posts Positive Q3 Earnings

Marine and Protective Coatings led in revenue gains among AkzoNobel’s markets in its third quarter, according to the Amsterdam coatings company.

Sherwin-Williams Announces New CEO

Sherwin-Williams has turned to one of its long-standing managers to lead the company starting next year.

Firm Invests in 2 Shipyards’ Future

While other area shipyards are undergoing layoffs and facing budget concerns, two Virginia shipyards are about to be purchased by a New York-based investment firm that focuses on “distressed...

Data Predicts Coatings Performance

Global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel has launched what it calls the “first ever digital tool” for the shipping industry, it said in an announcement Thursday (Oct. 15).

PPG: Record Income in Q3

Protective and marine coatings sales helped improve the bottom line for PPG Industries Inc. during the company’s third quarter of 2015.

New Lab Caters to Oil, Gas Industry

Global laboratory-based testing group Exova has opened its first facility in the northeast United States, according to the company’s announcement Monday (Oct. 12).

American Galvanizing Joins Valmont

With business portfolio comprising four primary segments—coatings, engineered infrastructure products and services, utility support structures and irrigation—Valmont Industries is expanding ...

Chemical Giant Ashland Splits into Two

Chemical giant Ashland Inc. is splitting into two companies so that each can focus on a different share of its focused markets.

Latchways Joins MSA Safety

A Pittsburgh-based safety products manufacturer has announced its plan to acquire a UK-based fall protection safety group in an effort to expand its global reach.

Decreased Workload Prompts Downsizing

Citing a drop in available work, Newport News Shipbuilding—the sole builder of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two builders constructing nuclear-powered submarines—laid off 480 salari...

PPG Completes IVC Acquisition

Coatings giant PPG Industries has formally acquired IVC Industrial Coatings, Inc., the company announced Tuesday (Sep. 1).

BASF Exits One Stream, Expands Another

A decline in the North American market has led German chemicals giant BASF to exit the dimer and polyamide resin business.

Sherwin-Williams Reports Mixed Q2

CLEVELAND--The Global Finishes and Latin American Coatings Groups of The Sherwin-Williams Company are feeling the impact of foreign currency values and weak market demand in certain areas, a...

Shock, Resolve in Air Products Attack

L'ISLE-D'ABEAU, FRANCE--"Horrified and saddened" by a terrorist attack on one of its French facilities, the CEO of coating raw-materials supplier Air Products & Chemicals Inc. has announced ...

Deal Drives U.S. Steel's Auto Goals

PITTSBURGH--Accelerating its presence in the automotive industry, U.S. Steel has bought out the world's largest producer of electro-galvanized steel.

Rhino Builds Out Insulation Business

SAN DIEGO—Protective-coatings maker Rhino Linings Corp. is reaching deeper into the building products market with the acquisition of a Missouri spray-foam insulation maker.

Wage Theft at Home in Construction

AMHERST, MA—It's not fraud; it's a new business model.

Sherwin Q1 Gets No Love from Global

CLEVELAND, OH—Sales declines in the Global Finishes Group did not stop Sherwin-Williams from posting a record first quarter, the company announced Thursday (April 16).

U.S. Urges Smoke-Free Workplaces

ATLANTA—Whether it's smoldering tobacco or gurgling vape, the federal government wants it out of the workplace, even in smoking-intensive industries like construction.

FL Plans New Squeeze on Defect Suits

How long should builders be on the hook for latent construction defects that later cause failures in their infrastructure, buildings and homes?

NV Reins in Lawsuits Against Builders

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

New Deals to Absorb 3 Coating Firms

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

Sherwin-Williams Rings Up a Record

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

Coating Makers See Cuban Opening

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

Towers Top Out at Record Rates

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

U.S. Coatings Set for Strong Year

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

Contractor Lends Blight-Busting Hand

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

PPG Announces 'Successful' 2014

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

Managing 4M Square Feet—Under 1 Roof

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

PPG Wraps Up Comex Purchase

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

Cuts Wring Profits from Akzo's Q3

Sales growth in both protective and marine coatings helped boost AkzoNobel's third-quarter performance, with the company showing an increase in profits despite declining revenues across all ...

Review of PPG-Comex Deal Extended

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

MIT: Diversity Pays, Even if Unpopular

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

U.S.-Ordered Sale to Profit Graco

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

Axalta Considering Public Offering

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial publ...

Sales Soar at Sherwin-Williams

Nearly all of the Sherwin-Williams Company’s segments saw sales gains in both the second quarter and first half of 2014, propelling the company to record sales.

Pipeline Corrosion Firm Sold for $116M

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

Sherwin-Williams Expands in Middle East

Sherwin-Williams has opened a new paint manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia as part of a joint venture with housing manufacturer Red Sea Housing Services Company.

Sherwin-Williams Sued over Failed Deal

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

Ups and Downs at Sherwin-Williams

Mother Nature’s wrath and currency issues bedeviled Sherwin-Williams in the first quarter of 2014, dampening profits despite record sales.

Retailers, PPG Sign Private-Label Deal

An alliance of independent North American paint dealers has agreed to make PPG Industries Inc. the exclusive manufacturer of the group's premium paint brand.

Paint Firm Funds Exorcism Ritual

An ancient Cambodian dance believed to ward off evil spirits is getting a budget boost from a paint company, just in time to save the country's fading New Year tradition.

Sherwin-Williams Drops Comex Quest

Twice denied a regulatory blessing, the largest paint retailers in the U.S. and Mexico have finally broken off their $2.34 billion engagement.

Study: Workers Ready to Leave Jobs

Construction, engineering and building employers should step up their game if they want to head off a mass exodus of workers this year, a new survey suggests.

400 Drywallers to Regain Back Pay

A Washington State contractor will spend $550,000 to make good on wages allegedly shorted from hundreds of workers over several years.

New Building Show Opens Registration

Online registration has opened for D+D 2014, the first Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, dedicated to building performance and aesthetics.

Building Jobs, Spending Keep Growing

U.S. construction unemployment hit a six-year low in September, on the heels of a four-year high in project spending the month before, the federal government reported.

Alleged Fraud Scheme Nets 42 Felonies

A former California contractor was charged with 42 felony counts after allegedly scamming his employees out of wages and raking in over $81,000, prosecutors announced.

AkzoNobel, PPG Growing Outside U.S.

PPG Industries and AkzoNobel will invest more than $125 million in new coating manufacturing facilities in Russia and China to expand production in those regions, the companies have announce...

Huntsman Makes Major Play for TiO2

Setting its sights on becoming the No. 2 global producer of titanium dioxide pigments, Huntsman Corp. has announced a $1.1 billion cash acquisition of certain business units of Rockwood Hold...

Altana Buys Henkel Coatings Unit

Global specialty chemicals group ALTANA is pushing deeper into the North American coatings market with the acquisition of Henkel's $15 million specialty coatings business.

Akzo to Shed Building Unit for $348M

AkzoNobel’s global corporate diet continues, as the company has announced the sell-off of its Building Adhesives business to Swiss construction products giant Sika AG.

PPG Appoints New CFO, VPs

Several executive changes were announced this week at PPG Industries Inc., including a CFO and several vice president appointments.

AkzoNobel Logs Dismal Quarter

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

Dow Coating Patents Spur Akzo Lawsuit

Coatings giant AkzoNobel has filed suit against Dow Chemical Co., accusing the raw materials maker of misusing confidential information gained from a partnership to apply unilaterally for tw...

Bid-Rigging Scandal Engulfs 15 Firms

Years of contract collusion involving six World Cup stadiums and hundreds of other public and private projects have 15 South African construction firms facing $140 million in potential fines...

Court Battle Pits Elcometer, TQC-USA

Global coatings instrument maker Elcometer Inc. is locked in federal-court litigation with a former employee and distributor over allegations of unlawful marketing tactics designed to steal ...

Bridge Bill Leverages Foreign Capital

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has proposed a bill to fix deteriorating roads and bridges using taxes and dividends from overseas corporations with shareholders in the U.S.

ACA Fights Customer Disclosure Plan

What's more important: the privacy of a customer list or the possible need to reach those customers about product dangers?

EPA Rips State Dept.’s Pipeline Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is again lambasting the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, calling the assessment inadequate and insufficiently attentiv...

AkzoNobel: Grim Q1 with No Quick Fix

AkzoNobel reported first-quarter declines across the board Thursday (April 18) and warned candidly that the troubled company’s fortunes were unlikely to turn around any time soon.

Sherwin-Williams Rings Up Record Q1

Protective and marine coatings held their own, but Sherwin-Williams' paint stores did the heavy lifting in the first quarter, delivering record sales and earnings for the Cleveland-based pai...

Castolin Acquires Monitor Coatings

Veteran European protective coatings maker Castolin Eutectic has acquired the Monitor Coatings Group, a UK-based provider of coatings for surface engineering in harsh environments.

PPG Fills AkzoNobel’s N. American Shoes

PPG Industries Inc. has taken the second-biggest step in its 130-year history with the $1.05 billion acquisition of AkzoNobel’s North American decorative paints business.

Driller Pleads Guilty in Gulf Disaster

The world's largest offshore drilling company will pay $400 million in fines and penalties stemming from crimes in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 workers, under an agreem...

Shakeups Continue at AkzoNobel

For the third time in 10 months, AkzoNobel has announced a major change at the top, this time appointing a new overseer for its struggling global Decorative Paints business.

Sherwin-Williams Joins China’s Car Boom

Sherwin-Williams has waded deeper into China’s vast automotive market with the acquisition of Changzhou (Jiangsu) Pulanna Coating Co. Ltd., a leading maker of automotive coatings for the Chi...


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