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EPA: Navy Landlords Hid Families’ Lead Risks

Two contractors are facing more than $150,000 in federal fines for allegedly failing to disclose residential lead paint hazards at two Navy bases to military families, some with young childr...


Valspar Lends Hands to Rebuild Haiti

Valspar Corp. and longtime partner Habitat for Humanity have launched a celebrity-studded initiative to help rebuild Haitian homes destroyed by last year’s earthquake.


Sherwin-Williams Upheld in $7M Appeal

Mississippi’s high court has thrown out a $7 million jury verdict against the Sherwin-Williams Co. in a case involving allegations of brain damage to a boy who allegedly ate lead paint chips...


NFPA: Fires in Homes Cause Most Fatalities

Nearly all structure fire deaths happen in homes—a toll that averages 2,850 civilian deaths each year, according to a new study by the National Fire Protection Association.


ECONOMIC PULSE:
Home Sales Continue to Falter

Sales of new homes declined 2.2% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 308,000, down from a revised January rate of 315,000, the Commerce Department reported.


Homebuilder Seeks Bankruptcy Reorganization

Orleans Homebuilders Inc., a fixture on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey construction scene for generations, has filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code for its...


Roos Partners with Saint-Gobain

Roos International has been named the exclusive North American distributor of Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics’ new line of Novelio paintable wallcovering, the companies announced.


Movers See Residential Shift

Americans are moving away from states with high unemployment—and, for the first time, they’re not heading West, Atlas Van Lines reports.


PPG Porter Predicts Mixed Color Trends

Simultaneous needs for timelessness and change will both drive “conscientious” paint color choices for homeowners in 2010, according to a new forecast by PPG Porter Paints.


ANSI OKs Construction Mold Standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the first national standard to focus solely on mold and moisture issues in the construction of new buildings.


Livelier Paint Colors to Brighten 2010

Move over, neutrals. Lively, mood-lifting colors will return to home décor in 2010, predicts Canada’s Sico Paints.


Economic Pulse: Existing-Home Sales Rise Sharply

Sales of existing homes posted a sharp, 10.1% gain in October from the previous month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported.


Group Grants $1.9M for Residential Rehabs

A national nonprofit group has awarded $1.9 million in grants to renovate and “stabilize” foreclosed or vacant homes in communities nationwide.


PPG Plans Coatings Price Hikes

PPG Industries Inc. will increase prices for architectural coatings across distribution channels in January 2010 in response to escalating raw material costs.


Painting Franchise Cuts Fees, Adds Incentives

Nationwide franchiser Fresh Coat Painters has sweetened its offer to potential franchisees by reducing royalties and discounting franchise fees.


Lead Service Lets Consumers Spec, Bid

Sears Holdings, the nation’s service-call giant, has introduced an online lead service with a twist: Contractors can search for posted projects that consumers describe and price.


‘Paint Relief’ Site Offers Tips, Rebates

Rebates, videos, user tips and a contest are all part of Purdy’s new site to educate users on its applicators.


KILZ to Expand Distribution

Masterchem Industries will expand its distribution of the KILZ Casual Colors paint line to most major retailers as of January 2010.


NGPP Honors Its Best at Convention

Awards, certifications, new officers and education took center stage at the recent National Guild of Professional Paperhangers’ annual Convention & Tradeshow.


Report Sees Remodeling Rebound

Home remodeling activity has increased in certain U.S. regions for the first time in more than a year, according to a new report by RemodelorMove.com.


Contractors Split on Health Care Reform

Home improvement contractors—many of them self-employed and uninsured--are closely following the debate over health-care reform and are evenly divided on a government-sponsored public health...


Sherwin-Williams Rolls Out Floor Coatings

Sherwin-Williams has introduced two breathable, low-odor, waterborne polyurethane floor topcoats containing less than 50 g/L volatile organic compounds.


Contractor Program Features Free Tools

Makita Industrial Power Tools has launched Experience 18V LXT Lithium-Ion, a national promotion offering select free tools with purchase to contractors.


Binks Launches Paint Dosing Unit

Binks has introduced Magic Flow, a plural-component paint dosing system that can handle up to 28 colors.


Kelly-Moore Unveils Western Palette

Kelly-Moore Paint Company Inc. has introduced “Historic Lifestyles of the West” —the first paint color palette reflecting the legacy of a geographical region, the company says.


Gypsum Demand Bouncing Back

North American demand for gypsum building products, which plummeted with the decline of the housing sector, will rebound through 2013, new market research predicts.


SCS Certifies Wallcovering Content

Scientific Certification Systems has certified Omnova Solutions' RECORE Recycled Wall Technology as containing a minimum 20% post-consumer recycled content.


Five Star Painting Names New Franchisee

Fast-growing Five Star Painting has chosen a new franchisee for the Las Vegas metro market.


Contractors’ Confidence Returns, Survey Shows

Despite a light summer, painting contractors are expressing their greatest confidence in more than a year that the economy is securely on the upswing.


NGPP, Suppliers Team Up for Charity

Paperhangers from two cities teamed up to help finish a 25,000-square-foot community social-services facility in a Chicago suburb.


Growth Forecast for Wallcoverings

U.S. wallcoverings are on the upswing, with more growth ahead, a new market forecast reports.


Dutch Boy Seeks ‘Stinkiest Room in America’

Dutch Boy is seeking the “ugliest, stinkiest room in America” in a new contest to highlight its odor-eating paint, Refresh.


Valspar Aids Couples in Color Conflicts

Paint projects stalled by color conflicts may make progress with help from Valspar.


Homebuilders Seek to Extend Buyer Tax Credit

The National Association of Home Builders is urging its 200,000 members to press their lawmakers to extend the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers.


Roman Announces Awards Program

Roman Architectural Products has unveiled an awards program for professional faux finishers and decorative artists.


Wallcovering Withstands Disinfectant Cleanings

The complete line of Xorel wallcovering and upholstery has been proved to resist damage after multiple cleanings with a disinfectant cleanser commonly used in health-care facilities, Xorel’s...


‘Green’ Market Holding Amid Downturn

Four out of five people say they are still buying green products and services—some more expensive than their conventional counterparts—despite the U.S. recession.


Strong Rebound Expected for Wallcovering

After a decade of steady decline, the demand for wallcoverings in the U.S. market is expected to rebound sharply and grow by 4.2 percent annually, becoming a $2.4 billion market by 2013, acc...


PDCA Residential Forum Sets AST ‘09

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America’s Residential Forum will hold its annual Advanced Shop Talk July 16-18 in Portland, Ore. The theme is “Don’t Just Survive … Thrive.”


PA Requires Contractors to Register

Contractors who work in Pennsylvania may now begin to register with the State Attorney General's Office, in order to comply with a new law that takes effect July 1. The requirement was trigg...


Housing Starts Rise after 8 Months

Nationwide housing starts turned upward in February for the first time in eight months, posting a 22.2 percent gain that was due primarily to a big bump on the often-volatile multifamily sid...


CA Settles Home Repair Suit for $3 M

Home repair companies operated by SRVS Charge Inc. (SRVS) will pay $3 million in fines and restitution to settle a business-practices lawsuit brought by the state of California—the largest e...


Most Homeowners Planning Paint Projects

The housing slump won’t slow home renovation plans, as 75 percent of North American homeowners say they plan to tackle paint projects within the next year, a new survey indicates.


Home Depot Earnings Slide

Third-quarter earnings at The Home Depot, the world’s largest home-improvement store, plummeted by nearly 30 percent, but the Atlanta-based retailer still squeezed out a profit.


NKBA Endorses Sustainable Design

The National Kitchen & Bath Association has released a new statement on sustainability that conveys its position on sustainable design, building practices and materials, while outlining some...


Contractor Gets Little of Riches He Found

An Ohio contractor who found $182,000 in Depression-era currency hidden in a bathroom wall will end up with less than $3,500, now that unexpected heirs, litigation, splurges and a mysterious...


Home Builders Urge Construction Stimulus Plan

Congress should consider providing further “sorely needed” economic stimulus to encourage homeownership and limit foreclosures in order to pull the U.S. economy out of recession, the Nationa...


New Home Sales Up, Prices Down

Nationwide sales of new one-family houses increased by 2.7 percent from August to September but remained 33.1 percent below sales of September 2007, while median sales prices dipped to a fou...


 
 
   

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