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Deadline Nearing for Elevation Awards

The deadline is nearing to submit nominations for Technology Publishing Company and the Commercial Painting Industry Association’s sixth annual commercial honors program: The Elevation Award...


TxDOT Seeking Contractors for Wellness Center

The Texas Department of Transportation is soliciting bids for painting and renovations to a wellness center and locker room in Lubbock, Texas.


Report: May Backlog Rises, Confidence Falters

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its Construction Backlog Indicator numbers for the month of May, reporting an increase to nine months.


Contractors Wanted for WV Capitol Painting, Reno

The West Virginia Department of Administration is soliciting bids for painting and renovations at the West Virginia Capitol Complex in Charleston.


FL Resident Blocks Neighboring Paint Work

After power washing and repainting three sides of his home, South Florida resident Rene Garcia was recently blocked by his neighbor, Daryl Partlow, to finish the project.


Bids Open for TX Water Tower Construction, Painting

The City of Corpus Christi in Texas is currently seeking contractors for the construction and painting of a three-million-gallon elevated water storage tank, piping, valving, pumps, SCADA, b...


United Airlines Facing Paint Shop Delays

According to reports, travelers have noticed that several aircraft from United Airlines are experiencing paint defects while waiting to receive fresh coats.


WI Jail Soliciting Bids for Painting, Reno Project

Rock County is soliciting bids for painting, renovations and site work at its jail in Janesville, Wisconsin.


Paint Issue Could Cost IA Pool Summer Revenue

The Splash Landing Family Aquatic Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, is reportedly operating under a limited capacity because of chalking paint in its swimming pool.


Bidding Opens for CA City Hall

The City of Redding is soliciting bids for exterior painting at its City Hall building in Redding, California.


RI Bridge Using ARPA Funds for Repaint

A historic railroad trestle bridge in Coventry, Rhode Island, will be receiving a fresh coat of paint thanks to funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act.


New MN Recreation Facility Project Bidding

The City of St. Paul is soliciting bids for the construction of a new 25,000-square-foot recreation facility.


New Program Announced for Union Painters in NYC

Late last month, public health care system NYC Health + Hospitals and District Council No. 9 Local Union 1969, Civil Service Employees, International Union of Painters & Allied Trades announ...


Contractors Wanted for PA Bridge Replacement

The Township of Lathrop is seeking contractors for the removal and replacement of the Wright Road Bridge located in Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania.


Report: Construction Employment is Stalling

In a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government data, the association found that construction employment gained 2,000 jobs between March and April.


Nominations Now Open for 2022 Elevation Awards

The nomination period for Technology Publishing Co.’s sixth annual Elevation Awards officially kicked off today. This year, participants will see a few changes in both eligibility and catego...


Contractors Needed for KS Customs Facility

The Wichita Airport Authority is soliciting bids for Phase 2 renovations at its Customs Border Protection Facility in Wichita, Kansas.


Contractors Needed for TX Maintenance Facility

Missouri City is soliciting bids for the demolition of the current Parks Maintenance Facility and construction of a new 15,000-square-foot building.


US Paint Company Amps Up Convenience

Independent paint manufacturing company Kelly-Moore Paints (San Carlos, California) has recently announced that it will be offering same- and next-day deliveries of its paint and paint produ...


Contractors Wanted for VA Fire Station

The City of Richmond is soliciting bids for the demolition and rebuild of a fire station building and garage in Richmond, Virginia.


Historic Scottish Lighthouse Gets Fresh Coat

For the last several weeks, painters in Scotland have been repainting the historic Covesea Lighthouse.


Renovation, Coatings Work Bidding in FL

The City of North Port is soliciting bids for renovations to 13,510 square feet of space at Warm Mineral Springs Park.


Painting Contractors Wanted for CA Correctional Facility

The California Department of Corrections is soliciting bids for painting services at a correctional facility in Chowchilla, California.


Contractors Needed for Water Tank Improvement

Spotsylvania County, Virginia, is currently seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of a ground storage reservoir.


Painting Contractors Wanted for VA School

Roanoke City Public Schools is soliciting bids for renovations and related coatings work at an elementary school.


Historic Cambridge Building Gets New Paint Job

A little over a year after Hamilton-based investment and management firm Forge & Foster purchased the 112-year-old Ray Electric building and connecting spaces—located at 20 Park Hill Road in...


Bids Being Accepted for TX Warehouse Reno

The Texas Department of Transportation is soliciting bids for the conversion of a warehouse building into a wellness center in Lubbock, Texas.


Repainting Begins on FL Beach Ball Water Tower

Repainting work has begun on an iconic water tower painted to resemble a beach ball in Pensacola Beach, Florida.


Contractors Needed for WA Bridge Rehabilitation

Kittitas County is seeking contractors to perform bridge truss rehabilitation on the Yakima River Bridge located in Thorp, Washington.


Rulemaking Proposed for Davis-Bacon Act

For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a rulemaking for the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts to better reflect the needs of today’s construction industry and p...


New MA Police Station Accepting Paint Bids

The Town of Provincetown is soliciting bids for the construction of a new police station in Provincetown, Massachusetts.


TX Rehabilitation Center Soliciting Bids

The Texas Workforce Commission is soliciting bids for various restroom remodeling at the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center in Austin, Texas.


Construction Jobs, Wages See Rapid Growth

For the month of February, the construction industry reportedly witnessed a 40-year high in terms of growth rates in both nonsupervisory positions and wage increases.


WV Announces Interstate Painting Project

The West Virginia Department of Highways recently announced that it has awarded a contract for a “massive” cleaning and painting project of interstate bridges and ramps in downtown Charlesto...


Painting Contractors Needed at DE School Reno

Christina School District is soliciting bids for phase three renovations to a school building in Wilmington, Delaware.


PCA Expo to Launch in Orlando This Week

During the first week of March, the Painting Contractors Association will host its three-day Expo at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida.


CA School Soliciting Bids for Coatings Work

Central Unified School District is soliciting bids for new computer tech and construction trades buildings at its Center High School campus in Antelope, California.


Bids Wanted for Rail Bridge Rehab

The Port of Coos Bay is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of steel members on three swing span rail bridges and approach spans located in Coos Bay, Oregon.


Contractors Wanted for MD State Park Upgrades

The Maryland Department of General Services is soliciting bids for campground upgrades to Smallwood State Park in Charles County.


Labor Shortage Threatens Industry Recovery

A variety of jobs reports, employment forecasts and publications are reporting that the industry is suffering from more than just paint shortages, supply chain backlogs and inflation.


WV Water Tank Bids Face Cost Increases

City officials in Wheeling, West Virginia, recently solicited bids for the repainting of two water tanks and were surprised by the increase in costs for the work.


Painting Contractors Wanted for PA Building Reno

Bucks County is soliciting bids for an addition and alteration to its emergency services building in Ivyland, Pennsylvania.


Biden Boosts Quality of Federal Construction

The Biden-Harris Administration has taken another step in rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, on-time and at a reasonable cost with the signing of a new executive order by President Joe ...


CA Lottery Soliciting Bids for Distribution Remodel

The California Lottery is soliciting bids for remodeling at its Northern Distribution Center in West Sacramento, California.


NLRB Reviewing Independent Contractor Standard

At the end of December, the National Labor Relations Board issued a notice in The Atlanta Opera, Inc. 371 NLRB No. 45 (2021) inviting parties and amici to submit briefs addressing whe...


Coating Contractors Wanted for W/WW Facility

The City of Austin is soliciting bids for painting and other work at the city’s water and wastewater facilities.


Report Indicates Backlog Slip, Upped Confidence

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its December Construction Backlog Indicator numbers, reporting a slight decrease, having reduced to 8.2 from the 8.4 that was record...


Redesigning Industry Post-Pandemic Practices

As architecture firms, construction companies and coating contractors alike begin working on rebuilding their revenue bases, they are also faced with the obstacle of restoring pre-pandemic s...


Contractors Wanted for WV Bridge Work

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform cleaning and painting of the Gormania Bridge located in Grant County, West Virginia.


NE Company Opens Painting and Blasting Shop

Restoration and painting specialists Wissmann Enterprise Inc. in Milford, Nebraska, recently announced the opening of its industrial size paint booth and blasting shop.


Coating Contractors Needed for FL Park Reserve

The City of Cape Coral is soliciting bids for construction on the Yellow Fever Creek Park Reserve.


Contractors Needed for Water Tower Reconditioning

The City of Hermantown in Minnesota is currently seeking contractors for the reconditioning of a 600,000-gallon elevated water tower.


Bids Wanted for Multiple MD Bridges

The Maryland State Highway Administration is seeking contractors to perform the cleaning and painting of seven bridges throughout Anne Arundel County.


TX College Soliciting Bids for Renovations

Northeast Texas Community College is soliciting bids for renovations to an existing storage building in Mount Pleasant, Texas.


Elevation Awards Winner: Exteriors

In its fifth year, Technology Publishing Co.’s commercial honors program, The Elevation Awards, expanded its reach by partnering with the Commercial Painting Industry Association.


HI DOT Opens Bids for Terminal Project

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is soliciting bids for the replacement of the Overseas Terminal roof at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.


Bids Wanted for Building Painting in Ontario

The Town of Aurora is advertising a request for tender for the painting, finishing and touch-ups on at least 14 buildings and facilities in Ontario, Canada.


Bids Wanted for Chicago Rail Stations

The Chicago Transit Authority is accepting bids for the painting of 23 rail stations.


DOL Releases Conformance Request Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently published a new guide aimed at assisting construction contractors and other industry stakeholders in understanding the process ...


Bids Sought for MA Student Center

Worcester State College is accepting bids for painting and renovations to the third floor of its Student Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Bids Wanted for CA DMV Office

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is accepting bids for painting and cove base replacement at its office in Santa Monica, California.


Contractors Needed for Tank Rehab Project in MN

The City of Saint Paul/Ramsey County in Saint Paul, Minnesota is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate three water tanks.


Contractors Wanted for CA Reservoir Coatings Project

The Valley Center Municipal Water District in Valley Center, California, is currently seeking contractors to paint and recoat the Weaver Reservoir.


Bidding Open for Veterans Memorial Bridge Repair Project

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Weirton-Steubenville (Veterans Memorial) Bridge between Weirton, WV, and Steubenville, ...


Contractor Connect Highlights Oceanfront Location

For Contractor Connect’s fourth year, Technology Publishing Company has booked a luxurious ocean-front location where industrial coating professionals will be able to come together for three...


Contractors Sought for FL Bridge Painting

The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to paint structural steel on the Apalachicola River Bridge in Calhoun County, Florida.


Contractors Needed for CA Tank Coating Project

The City of Stockton is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and coat two water storage tanks at the 14 Mile Reservoir Site in Stockton, California.


CO Bridge Painting Project Out for Bid

The Town of Vail is seeking contractors to paint and repair components on nine pedestrian and two roadway bridges throughout Vail, Colorado.


Contractors Needed for CO Bridge Painting

Routt County is seeking contractors to paint and repair the Tree Haus Bridge located on Mount Warner Rd. in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, over the Yampa River.


MA Bridge Painting Out for Bid

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is seeking contractors to paint and repair the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge over Storrow Drive, located in Boston.


Bids Needed for NJ Bridge Rehab

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of an existing bridge located in Trenton, New Jersey.


Contractors Wanted for Riverside Bridge Painting

The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform painting repairs on the Hoquiam River “Riverside” Bridge in Hoquiam, Washington.


WI Reservoir Painting Project Out for Bid

The Wisconsin Department of Administration is currently seeking contractors to coat an existing reservoir in Madison, Wisconsin.


Bradshaw Creek Bridge Rehabilitation

The City of Chicago is seeking contractors to perform structural repairs on the Grand Avenue Bascule Bridge and Viaduct in Chicago, Illinois.


VA Seeks Bids for Reservoir Rehab, Repainting Project

The Fairfax County Water Authority is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and repaint the Annandale Reservoirs in Fairfax, Virginia.


WVDOT Seeking Bids for Bridge Rehab

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Bradshaw Creek Bridge in Summers County, West Virginia.


PS Connect Hosts Inaugural C3 Awards

Three winners are slated to be announced for the 2020 Contractor Community Champion (C3) Awards at Technology Publishing Co.’s PaintSquare Connect, a signature virtual event for the protecti...


NC Tank Rehab Out for Bid

Union County is currently seeking contractors to refurbish the Northwest Elevated Tank in Indian Trail, North Carolina.


Contractors Needed for SC Tank Coating Project

The Georgetown County Water and Sewer District is currently seeking contractors to repair and recoat an Elevated Tank in Georgetown, South Carolina.


PA Seeks Bids for Spillway Bridge Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform bridge removal and reconstruction at the Pymatuning State Park Spillway trail located in South Shenango Townsh...


WA Bridge Contract Awarded

King County has awarded a project in the amount of $603,000 to Mericka Group, LLC of Longview, Washington, for coating of the Flaming Geyser Bridge located in Auburn, Washington.


DC Concrete Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and recoat the West Potable Water Tank in Washington D.C.


TX Elevated Tank Rehab Project Out for Bid

The Harris County Water Control and Improvement District No. 21 is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and recoat an elevated tank in Channelview, Texas.


Bids Needed for CA Tank Painting

The City of Manhattan Beach is currently seeking contractors to coat the Block 35 Elevated Tank in Manhattan Beach, California.


Bids Wanted for PA Bridge Reconstruction

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform reconstruction and coating of the Neville Island Bridge in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania.


Benjamin Moore Joins with PCA for Conference

Coating manufacturer Benjamin Moore recently announced that is has teamed up with the Painting Contractors Association for the PCA’s Operation COVID-19 Response conference.


Bids Wanted for WA Bridge Painting

King County is seeking contractors to perform full removal and re-coating of a bridge over Green River in Flaming Geyser State Park located in Auburn, Washington.


CA Water Tank Recoating Project Out for Bid

The Eastern Municipal Water District is currently seeking contractors to recoat the interior of the Citrus II Tank in Perris, California.


WV Bridge Recoating Project Awarded

The West Virginia Department of Transportation awarded a $298,208.40 contract for painting of the Tyler City Bridge to Legend Painting, Inc. (Campbell, Ohio) on March 24.


VA Elevated Water Storage Tank Out for Bid

The Western Virginia Water Authority is currently seeking contractors to clean and recoat the RCIT Water Storage Tank in Roanoke, Virginia.


Bids Needed for NY Suspension Bridge Rehab

The New York State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform bridge rehabilitation of Wurts Street over Rondout Creek in the City of Kingston, New York.


WV Bridge Recoating Project Seeks Bids

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to clean and coat the Tyler City Bridge in Charleston, West Virginia.


2-Tank Painting Project Out for Bid

The Town of Seabrook is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate two Water Department Water Tanks in Seabrook, New Hampshire.


Bids Wanted for NY Pedestrian Bridge

The City of New York is seeking contractors to perform reconstruction of the 17th Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and 27th Avenue Pedestrian Bridges over the Belt Parkway in the Borough of Brooklyn...


Commercial Painting Industry Association Launches

In an emailed press release, founders Aaron Moore and Steve Hester recently announced the official launch of the Commercial Painting Association.


3rd Annual Contractor Connect Heads to AZ

Contractor Connect, a hosted-buyer event produced by Technology Publishing Co. for the protective and marine coatings industry, will be held in a venue west of the Mississippi River for the ...


Mackinac Bridge Gets New Paint Job, Scaffolding

For the first time in the structure’s history the Mackinac Bridge’s towers are being stripped to bare metal and repainted. What also makes this project unique is the award-winning scaffoldin...


$100M Rehab of Peace Bridge Complete

The $100 million, multi-year rehabilitation of the Peace Bridge, which connects the U.S. and Canada in Western New York, reached completion toward the end of last month.


Reno Needed at CO Recreation Center

The City of Lafayette is seeking contractors to perform remodeling of the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center atrium located in Lafayette, Colorado.


Forth Road Bridge to get First Full Paint Job

Despite most traffic using the Queensferry Crossing, the older Forth Road Bridge, located on the Firth of Forth in east central Scotland, will be getting its first full paint job since the s...


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...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


Paint Contractor Bookkeeper Faces Charges

A former bookkeeper of a Syracuse, New York-area painting contractor has been charged with stealing nearly $700,000 from his employer, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.


Guilty Plea in University Painting Bribe Case

A former university maintenance supervisor has admitted to taking bribes from a painting contractor in exchange for more than $1 million in dorm painting contracts.


Painters Injured in Bridge Worksite Fall

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


New York Painter Charged in Fraud

The owner of a New York-based interior painting company faces 15 years in prison for allegedly misreporting over $570,000 in revenue.


OSHA Targets Four Firms after Fall

Four contractors face fines after a 33-year-old worker fell 11 feet to his death through an unprotected stairway opening at a housing complex under construction in Florida, according to auth...


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...


NC Bridge Painter Suffers Fatal Fall

A worker on a bridge painting project in North Carolina fell to his death early Tuesday, according to local media reports.


Painter Accused of Assaulting Worker

An argument over tardiness and work performance reportedly turned violent for one Boston painting contractor and his employee.


Painter Dies Following 50-Foot Fall

Investigations are underway to determine what led a painter to fall 50 feet to his death Monday (Aug. 15) while at work on a water tower project.


Contractor Association Seeks Support

The Pennsylvania House Labor & Industry Committee approved proposed House Bill 1952 Tuesday (June 14), which authorizes a 1:1 ratio for all of the state’s apprenticeship programs for employe...


Union Painters Spruce Up Communities

A labor union representing painters and other members of the construction industry joined together to give back to the community this past weekend.


OSHA: Workers ‘Willfully Exposed’ to Lead

A Michigan painting company with a history of safety violations faces $121,880 in penalties for allegedly exposing workers to lead on a Pennsylvania worksite while removing paint from water ...


New Painter Dies in 50-Foot Fall

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old painter who fell five stories at an apartment project last month in Springfield, MO.


Unregistered Painter Agrees to Stop

Washington state contractor Terry Foster has agreed to stop painting without registering for a contractor’s license—even though he allegedly said last year that those rules do not apply to h...


Restoring a Coney Island Icon

An 88-year-old national historic landmark known for its twists, dips, shakes, rattles and rolls is getting a facelift.


Startup Pitches Paint Service in Contest

An online paint service startup launched by industry veterans and designed to take the “pain out of painting,” has participated in a battlefield competition at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Fran...


2 Workers Perish, 1 Missing in Landslide

Days after a landslide killed two construction workers, search teams in Alaska still have not found the body of a building inspector who is presumed dead.


Painter to Pay $500K in Wage Case

A New Hampshire painting contractor accused of underpaying more than 150 employees and retaliating against one of them has been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in wages, damages and penalties...


Free eBook Tackles Overcoating

As costs associated with bridge rehabilitation have risen, overcoating has become a more common practice in maintenance painting and rehab for bridges and other structures.


Contractor Cited in Painter Death

KANSAS CITY--Federal authorities have cited a Missouri-based painting contractor after a worker died at a commercial building project in Kansas City.


Painter Injured in Water Tower Fall

BARABOO, WI--Authorities are searching for more information into a fall this week that severely injured a painter inside a water tower.


Coating Companies Top Safety Awards

CHICAGO—In an era where shortcuts have become standard, five industrial coating contractors have been honored for staying a safer course.


Customer Stabs Painter over Job

SALEM, NH—A New Hampshire house painter is recovering from a six-inch knife wound inflicted by an angry customer who broke into his home and attacked him, police say.


Man Slashed over Bad Paint Job

SALEM, NH—A homeowner unhappy with a paint job broke into the painter's home and ended up in a knife fight that left the painter with a six-inch wound in his abdomen, police say.


'Border Blitz' Nails 17 Contractors

SACRAMENTO—Fly-by-night painters, pavers, carpenters and other contractors skirting licensing laws are now facing criminal charges after a roundup by authorities in two states.


Painting Contractor Liable in 2 Deaths

OXFORD, OH—A Michigan painting contractor is facing 30 federal citations and $199,000 in fines after a scaffolding collapse that claimed the lives of two painters.


Wagner Sprayer Made for Big Jobs

MINNEAPOLIS—Wagner SprayTech has expanded its FLEXiO family of indoor/outdoor sprayers with the FLEXiO 990 for full-house interior and exterior painting.


TX Painter Perishes in Fall

Federal safety authorities are investigating a 36-foot fall that claimed the life of a painter this week at an apartment complex in New Braunfels, TX.


Bidding Open for 1MG VA Water Tank

The City of Chesapeake is searching for contractors to rehabilitate the Bainbridge Boulevard Elevated Water Storage Tank, located in Chesapeake, VA.


Fall Claims Young MO Painter

Colton Frisbee and his dad had branched out from their family painting business into a successful cigar venture nearly five years ago. Still, the 23-year-old new father and co-owner of Frisb...


Handheld Sprayer Made for Flexibility

A new multi-tool for painting contractors offers the flexibility to spray-apply all types of coatings for interior, exterior and fine finishing jobs, according to manufacturer Titan Tool USA...


Student's Can Tool Hits the Market

A new one-step paint can sealer born as a class project at the University of North Dakota is now commercially available through Progressive Paint Solutions Inc. of Hendersonville, TN.


Painter Tops Lead Cases with $287k Fine

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


SSPC Honors the Best of 2014

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


High-Load Access Tailored to the Task

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


Feds: Builder Shorted Workers, Subs

A general contractor and construction management firm will pay more than $87,000 to make good on wages owed to its employees and those of two subcontractors who worked on a federally finance...


Painting Contractor Gets 2nd Case

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


Bridge Coating Firm Fined for Lead

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


Painter, Plasterer Fined in Electrocutions

Two California contracting companies are facing nearly $200,000 in fines after two young workers were electrocuted, and a third severely injured, in separate incidents just days apart.


EPA Enforces RRP against 62 Contractors

Dozens of U.S. renovation contractors, painters and training providers will share a tab of more than $200,000 to settle federal violations of the Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair and Pain...


SSPC, NACE Revising Applicator Standard

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


Student Painters Settle Lead Case

College Works Painting has agreed to pay a $39,532 civil penalty for alleged violations of the federal renovation rule addressing possible lead-paint hazards, authorities have announced.


The Hidden, Human Cost of 1 WTC

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


Sherwin-Williams OKs $50K Settlement

The Sherwin-Williams Co. has agreed to pay $50,000 to a Florida school district to resolve a 2011 lawsuit alleging paint defects at three schools, under a newly approved settlement agreement...


Sub Fined after Painter is Shocked

A Florida contractor is being held liable for second- and third-degree burns suffered by a 30-year-old painter whose ladder came in contact with overhead power lines.


Painting Delay Costs $85K and Counting

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


Aviation Painters Forum Takes Off

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


$28M Awarded for PA Bridge Painting

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


Rare Order Targets Painter Intimidation

The U.S. Labor Department has gone to court to stop alleged harassment and threats by a New England painting contractor against employees in a long-running wage dispute.


Painter Accused of Intimidating Workers

Federal authorities have obtained a "rare and extraordinary" court order to prevent a New Hampshire painting contractor from retaliating against employees during a long-running wage dispute.


Contractor Fined after Painter Burned

A California contractor is being held responsible for a flash fire inside a metal tank that left a painter severely burned—and for not reporting the incident for four days.


Locals Gallop to Landmark’s Aid

It takes a village to paint a horse—especially when that critter blankets nearly two acres of a remote hillside.


A Landmark Trots Out the White Stuff

So the old gray mare maybe ain’t what she used to be—but thanks to a 220-gallon facelift, she ain’t half bad.


A Building Blitz to Make a Difference

SWAT teams of painters, contractors, engineers, designers, suppliers and other construction professionals are primed to put their skills into service for poor families in Chicago.


Global Industrial Painter Training Set

SSPC has thrown its weight behind a leading UK painting and blasting training curriculum as part of an effort to expand the program worldwide.


Painting Contractor Cited for Falls, Lead

An Illinois restoration contractor with a history of safety violations faces a new tab of almost $160,000 for 25 alleged violations of federal workplace safety standards.


SSPC Updates Concrete Floor Guide

From pre-bid to post-punchlist, full guidance for concrete floor projects is wrapped up in SSPC’s newly revised Technology Guide 20: Guide for Applying Thick Film Coatings and Surfacings ove...


Painter’s Suit Ties Solvents to Cancer

For three years, Walter Sarrat used a soaking mist of undiluted toluene to remove the workday’s protective coatings from his skin, clothing and equipment.


Best Practices:
The Pain in Painting Galvanizing

“Galvanized” describes steel or iron surfaces shop-coated with a layer of hot-dip zinc. Galvanizing alone can last for decades in mild conditions, but organic coatings may be applied as topc...


PPG Retools in New Push for the Pros

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


PPG’s New Direction to Target Pros

PPG Industries plans to rebrand and revamp thousands of U.S. retail and distribution points to better reach the contractors, specifiers and other professionals who now buy most of its archit...


Officials Cry Fowl on Painting Holdup

If only industrial scaffolding didn’t look so cozy and inviting—a place to curl up and call home. But apparently, it does—at least, if you’re a raven—and now, the town of Fair Lawn, NJ, will...


$3M+ Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The City of Seattle is seeking bids for coatings work on the Fremont Bridge—a contract estimated at $3.3 million to $3.7 million.


Lead, Fall Hazards Beset Museum Project

Two Ohio contractors are facing multiple serious health and safety citations for lead-based paint and fall hazards on a historic restoration project at a museum complex.


Painter Perishes in Fall from Bridge

Federal safety authorities are investigating the death of a painter who fell 100 feet from a Louisiana bridge that was undergoing repair.


Contractor Settles Painter Wage Case

A longtime Pittsburgh-based industrial painting company has agreed to pay more than $25,000 in back wages and damages to 26 painters who were defrauded of their rightful pay, the Department ...


Bridge Worker Lands Feet First in Fall

Thiago Santos, 29, probably has eight lives left. He used the first one to land, cat like, on his feet after falling 25 feet from the landmark Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City, NJ.


37 Contractors Settle RRP Lead Cases

Dozens of commercial and residential contractors and trainers will share responsibility for more than $274,000 in fines for violating federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting standards, ...


Houston Gears Up for Competition, Show

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


Painter Arson Prompts New Navy Recs

The loss of a U.S. nuclear submarine torched by a painter has yielded a new fire prevention manual by the U.S. Navy.


2 Plead Guilty in Painting Kickback

A paint department manager and industrial cleaning contractor have pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme stemming from a Defense Department contract worth more than $500,000, federal authoriti...


O, Canada, This Sounds Familiar

ORLANDO-When it comes to industrial protective coatings, what happens in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.) doesn't stay in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.).


Top Coating Projects of 2013 Honored

ORLANDO—Coatings projects dazzling, daring and dangerous joined industry leaders in the winners circle Monday (Feb. 10) as SSPC 2014 opened to a record crowd in Orlando, FL.


Silica Commenters Get 2nd Reprieve

Friends and foes of a federal proposal to slash silica exposures in the workplace will have even more time to comment on the plan.


Silica Comment Period Extended Again

Federal authorities will once again allow more time for public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to silica.


Epic Fail: $195K Paint Job Washes Out

A Toronto university official is apologizing profusely for rushing a $195,000 street painting job that was designed to “make an exciting splash”—but ended up failing fast.


Best Practices:
What Lurks Above—
Tips for Finishing Ceilings

Back in the day, ceilings were often finished with spray textured surfaces consisting of polymeric binders or modified plaster and aggregate that created a “spatter” effect.


$740K Fine May Close CT Contractor

A four-generation coating and abrasive blasting business says it will shut down most of its operations in the face of a $743,500 state fine for hazardous waste, training and other violations...


Worker Burned in Spray Painting Fire

A commercial painter has been severely injured in a flash fire that apparently erupted when paint vapors ignited at a clubhouse project in Las Vegas, according to reports.


Feds: Lead Risk for Painters Persists

Lead exposure on the job remains a significant health threat in painting and blasting, despite decades of improvement among other occupations and the general public, a new federal study repo...


CDC Finds High Lead Levels in Painters

Lead is not dead as a threat to painters, and occupational exposures are still putting that profession at elevated risk, despite decades of improvement elsewhere, a new federal study reports...


Painter Fined $460K in 6th OSHA Case

A Long Island, NY, painting and stucco contractor has added 15 new federal health and safety citations and more than $460,000 in fines to the 50-plus citations and $400,000-plus in fines it ...


$350K Tank Painting Up for Bid

The City of Modesto, CA, is seeking bids for the interior cleaning and recoating of a 1.3 million-gallon water storage reservoir—a project estimated at $350,000.


Bridge’s 9-Year Paint Job Complete

After nine years and $56 million, the Lewis and Clark Bridge connecting Washington and Oregon finally has a new paint job.


NY Dismissed from Bridge Painter’s Suit

The City of New York has been released from a multi-defendant lawsuit by a former bridge painter who alleges that his years on the job caused his lung cancer.


Bids Invited for 1877 School Project

The Kansas State Historical Society is seeking contractors to restore a 136-year-old one-room school house in Topeka.


Is the Problem the Paint or the Drywall?

A patchy or uneven texture on freshly painted new drywall might seem like the painter’s fault, but it’s often actually a drywall issue, and this can lead to great frustration for both the ar...


Bids Invited for Town Hall Repaint

The Town of North Providence, RI, is seeking contractors to repaint exterior elements of its Town Hall building. Bids are due Oct. 30. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held Friday (Oct. 1...


Painting Bids Sought for Historic Manor

The City of Bowie, MD, is inviting bids for interior and exterior repainting of the historic Belair Mansion, an 18th-century plantation home that was used as a residence for 250 years.


Bids Sought for Water Tower Painting

The City of Winter Haven, FL, is seeking proposals from contractors to clean, blast and recoat a 150,000-gallon elevated water storage tank.


Best Practices: The Drywall Defect Trifecta

Ever hear this one? This paint inspector walks onto a jobsite and sees a drywall surface that’s just been meticulously painted with an intermediate coat of premium high-performance interior ...


2 Burned in Tank Lining Blast

Two workers were seriously burned this week when an underground gasoline storage tank erupted in a flash fire as they were lining it, authorities say.


The High Cost of Hot Crew Tempers

Heated arguments on construction sites aren't new, but those conflicts are costing companies far more than they probably realize, a novel new study suggests.


Report: Crew Conflict Proves Costly

Do you shrug off hot tempers and crew dust-ups as a normal part of daily life on a job site? If so, stop shrugging and start soothing, because those beefs are costing you a lot more money th...


Painter Dispute Wipes Smile From Tower

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


Best Practices: Repaint Specs 101

Repaint projects run the gamut, from freshening up an intact system to recoating a severely degraded surface—but regardless of the project complexity, there are steps that must be taken to a...


Employers Unite Against Silica Rule

Construction employers have rushed to mobilize against a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, ensuring a showdown with unions over the controversial measure.


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


Bids Sought for CO Tank Painting

The City of Glenwood Springs, CO, is seeking bids to repair, clean and recoat the interior of one of the city's 500,000-gallon water storage tanks.


IL Golf Club Tees Up for Painting Bids

The Village of Bloomingdale, IL, is inviting commercial contractors to take a swing at painting the town's clubhouse.


Tacoma Awards $217K Coating Job

A Washington State contractor who was the sole bidder on an industrial coating project in Tacoma, WA, has been green-lighted for the job.


Low-Income Workers Train as Painters

Thousands of public-housing residents who have struggled to find steady work are learning the skills necessary to work as painters, due to a program launched to address a trade shortage.


Ninja Goggles Protect from Overspray

Using air as a barrier, new Ninja goggles shield painters from overspray, according to manufacturer ProBlocker.


Goggles Made to Block Overspray

ProBlocker, maker of protective slit eyewear, has introduced Ninja goggles to shield painters from overspray.


Restoration, Color Top New D+D Issue

An elaborate restoration of a 1915 cathedral, bold uses of color in commercial architecture, and the coatings technology behind polysiloxanes are among the topics discussed in the latest iss...


Bridge Mishap Leaves Painters Hanging

Two bridge painters can thank their fall protection for saving their lives after a support platform gave way and left them dangling from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in New York.


At 81, Sydney Bridge Preps for Facelift

Q: How many painters does it take to paint a coat hanger? A: 50, when the hanger in question is the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


$1M CA Dam Painting Up for Bids

The California Department of Water Resources is seeking bids for cleaning and recoating at the Los Banos Creek Detention Dam—a project estimated at $1,050,500.


Painter Electrocuted on Bridge Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker on a Kentucky bridge painting project that has been fast-tracked for early completion.


Study: Blue Paint Best for Sleep

Bedrooms painted blue produce a better and longer night’s rest, a new study suggests.


Bids Invited for Coating 10 Tanks

The City of Bartlett, TN, is seeking maintenance and inspection services for 10 steel tanks in the city’s water system over the course of 10 years.


Contractor Fined in Tank Worker’s Death

An Illinois industrial cleaning and painting firm is being held responsible for the death of a worker, who was stricken while cleaning a methylene chloride tank inside a paint thinner plant.


Directory, Specifying Top New D+D Issue

Expert advice on renovating historic structures, coatings removal, specifying coatings for commercial architecture and a brand-new painting contractor directory are all part of the new issue...


2 Burned in Blast Operation Explosion

Two workers have been critically burned in explosions at an Oklahoma abrasive blasting and coating plant that may have been operating unlawfully, authorities say.


WA Dam Gate Painting Up for Bid

Industrial painting bids are now being accepted for coating and related work on the Lake Chelan Dam in central Washington.


OSHA Drops Citations in 2 Deaths

Two workers asphyxiated in a manhole’s toxic atmosphere were engaged at the time in “construction,” not “general industry work”—a distinction that is likely to spare their employer federal c...


17 Firms Hit with Lead-Paint Violations

Federal authorities have caught 17 remodelers, painters and other contractors violating the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.


Painting Contractor Cited in 2nd Death

A New York industrial painting contractor who lost two transmission tower painters in two deadly falls two years apart is now facing $35,000 in fines for new federal safety citations.


Vapors Claim Painter in Renovation

A commercial painter perished Sunday (April 21) while working on a City Hall renovation project in Tyler, TX, apparently after being overcome by vapors from the stain he was using.


Painters’ Union Names New President

A one-time floor covering installer apprentice is the new leader of the 160,000-member International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.


IUPAT Unanimously Elects New Leader

For the first time in more than a decade, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades has a new president.


Wooster Brush Shows Off a New Angle

The world's most popular size brush now comes in three new filament blends and a thick new shape that allows painters to bring more paint to each stroke, according to Wooster Brush.


Coating Firm, GC Cited in Manhole Death

A St. Louis-area industrial painting contractor and general contractor share responsibility in the suffocation of an employee who perished in a pipe 18 feet underground a sewer plant last su...


Bids Sought for Tower Restoration

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is seeking contractors to preserve and restore a historic air traffic control tower at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA...


Painters Help in Ninth Ward Rebuild

With brushes and rollers in tow, a team of skilled painting contractors met up with celebrities and other volunteers to paint one of the latest homes rebuilt in the Lower Ninth Ward in New O...


Hacker Eyed in Space Needle Contest

The winning paint design for the roof of the Seattle Space Needle is "Trees," but fans of the competing "Deep Blue Sea" entry say the contest was fishy.


New Rule to Protect Ship Whistleblowers

Shipboard painters, blasters and other workers will soon have new federal protection from retaliation over complaints about their working conditions, under interim final rules issued by the ...


NC Hockey Arena Invites Coating Bids

Cumberland County, NC, is seeking bidders for coating work on roof supports at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, a 15,000-seat venue for hockey, indoor football, and entertainment.


Erasable Paint Clears Wall Scrawls

Kids can doodle, students can figure, and office workers can brainstorm all over their walls with Sherwin-Williams' new Dry Erase 2K Waterborne Clear Gloss.


Artists, Volunteers to Paint Tank Mural

A group of professional artists and community volunteers are working together to paint a mural on a municipal water tank in Florida after the city was awarded a $67,000 grant.


Acquisition Expands Safway’s Reach

Access services giant Safway Group has once again extended its specialties and geographical reach with the purchase of Swing Staging Inc. and four related companies.


Safway Buys Swing Staging Companies

Already one of North America's largest providers of access services and equipment, Safway Group has now acquired Swing Staging Inc. and four related companies.


The Price of Ambiguity: $52M

SAN ANTONIO—A picture may be worth a thousand words, but one squishy word in a contract could trigger a bill that could break your company.


Commercial Track to Roll at SSPC 2013

SAN ANTONIO—Coatings issues and solutions for commercial structures will be on the front burner when SSPC 2013 opens today in San Antonio, TX.


Protective, Marine Coatings Star in TX

SAN ANTONIO—Advanced coating technology to protect the world's infrastructure, ships and military assets will dominate a full slate of technical sessions, panel discussions, awards and prese...


Certa Pro Fined for Dumping Paint Waste

Colored water percolating out of a storm drain and into a Massachusetts river has landed Certa Pro Painters in hot water with that state’s Department of Environmental Protection.


 
 
   

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