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Musk Talks Solar Missteps in Q1 Call

Last week, during Tesla’s first-quarter earnings report, CEO Elon Musk said that the company has made “significant mistakes” in its solar roof project rollout, nodding to recent cost hikes a...


PPG Completes Shanghai Colorful Community Project

Global coatings company PPG recently announced the completion of another Colorful Communities project, this time at Yuhong Primary School in the Jiading District of Shanghai, China.


Sherwin-Williams Reports Q1 Sales Increases

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company announced its 2021 first-quarter financial results on Tuesday, highlighting a 12.3% net sales increase year over year to $4.66 billion.


BASF Announces Another Addition to Shanghai Site

Chemical company BASF has announced that it is breaking ground on the third phase of its Innovation Campus Shanghai. The company is now establishing an “academic sounding board” as part of t...


APC Names Business Development Consultant

Earlier this month, protective coatings manufacturer Advanced Polymer Coatings Inc. (Avon, Ohio) announced in a press release the hiring of Kenny Rogers as a Business Development Consultant,...


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Increase in Q1

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released its 2021 first-quarter earnings report yesterday (April 21), showing a 10% increase in revenue year over year (16% in constant currencies) along wi...


PPG Reports Sales Increase in Q1, 2021

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported a 15% increase in its 2021 first-quarter net sales, compared to the prior year’s first quarter in a financial results press rele...


Second Global 'Paint the Future' Competition Announced

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has announced its second global startup challenge in its Paint the Future initiative. This round launches on May 18.


Webinar Archive: Tax Strategies

Although Technology Publishing Co. has wrapped up PaintSquare Connect, its signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, an archived library of its featured ...


PA Charges Contractor in 'Largest Prevailing Wage Case'

In what is being called the largest prevailing wage criminal case on record, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced a multi-million theft charges against a State College, Penns...


Hempel Opens New Campus

Global coating supplier Hempel A/S announced that it had officially opened its new campus last month via emailed press release. The new Hempel Campus will serve as the company’s internationa...


Covestro Completes DSM Resin Business Acquisition

Global polymer company Covestro announced at the beginning of the month that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Royal DSM’s Resins & Functional Materials business.


BrandSafway Acquires Coating, Lining Company

At the beginning of the month, access company BrandSafway announced that it has acquired National Coating & Lining Company (Murrieta, California), which specializes in the restoration and pr...


RPM Reports Increase in Q3 Net Sales

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of specialty coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its third-quarter earnings report for 2021 on Wednesd...


BASF Releases Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Goals

Chemical company BASF recently announced a slew of intended milestones for what it’s calling a “roadmap to climate neutrality.” The company targets a net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050.


Wagner Completes Solar Rooftop for Facility

Sprayer and applicator company Wagner SprayTech recently announced the completion of what it’s calling Minnesota’s largest energy efficient rooftop and solar energy-generating facility.


AkzoNobel Invests in Coatings Application Technology

In a media release last week, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced that it has acquired a stake in a new industrial coatings application technology.


TPC Elects Pearlman to Board of Directors

Recently, Technology Publishing Co. has announced its election of Laurence (Larry) Pearlman, Senior Vice President at Marsh McLennan, a global professional services firm, to its Board of Dir...


JPCL Releases Final SSPC-Affiliated Issue

The March issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is now online, available through options including an interactive digital edition, a full complement of web content and...


PPG's Tikkurila Purchase Gets Approvals

Throughout March, PPG released several updates as its purchase of Finnish decorative coatings company Tikkurila is continuing to clear regulatory hurdles.


New Product Announcement: Rotation Atomizers

Global manufacturer of surface coating equipment and systems, Wagner Group, recently announced that its added special variants to its existing range of high-speed rotation atomizers with ext...


SprayWorks Announces New, Larger Location

Spray foam and coatings equipment company, SprayWorks Equipment Group announced via emailed press release last week that it was officially moving into a new, larger location in Kent, Ohio.


PPG Completes Acquisition of VersaFlex

Last month, global coatings supplier PPG announced that it had completed its acquisition of coatings manufacturer VersaFlex from Dalfort Capital Partners.


Hempel Names Global Head of Renewable Energy

At the beginning of the month, global coating supplier Hempel A/S announced that David Heal would be joining the team as the new Global Head of Renewable Energy.


Ingalls Names First Woman President to Lead Yard

Earlier this month, Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that its Board of Directors elected Kari Wilkinson to serve as Executive Vice President of HII and President of HII’s Ingalls Ship...


AkzoNobel Aids Polar Pod Mission

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced earlier this week that it would be partnering with French “explorateur” Jean-Louis Etienne in pioneering a scientific expedition around Antar...


Maroon Group to Acquire Raw Material Distributor

Specialty chemicals distributor Maroon Group LLC announced earlier this month that it has acquired the raw materials and specialty chemicals distribution business of The Cary Company, a spec...


AkzoNobel Releases Report on '15 by 20' Initiative

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has published its annual integrated report, highlighting the achievement of its “Winning Together: 15 by 20” return on sales goal.


Sherwin-Williams COO, President Resigns

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company announced at the beginning of the month that David B. Sewell, President and Chief Operating Officer, notified the company of his decision to...


Greenkote Expands Production Capacity

Global provider of advanced anticorrosion metal coatings, Greenkote (Brook Park, Ohio) has recently announced via emailed press release that the company has majorly expanded its production c...


SBA Issues New PPP Guidance

At the beginning of the month, the Small Business Administration released new guidance regarding revisions made to the Paycheck Protection Program that intends to make access to the PPP loan...


Hempel Acquires Wattyl from Sherwin-Williams

In mid-February, coatings manufacturer Hempel A/S signed a purchase agreement for acquisition of Wattyl, an Australia and New Zealand-based manufacturer for in the decorative and protective ...


AkzoNobel Completes Acquisition of Titan

Global coatings company AkzoNobel announced last week that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Industrias Titan S.A.U., a decorative paints business based in Spain.


Hempel Names Head of Marine

Recently, global coating supplier Hempel A/S announced in a press release that it had selected Alexander Enström to lead its new global marine organization.


Huntsman Announces New Director, Committee

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman announced last month that it has appointed Jeanne McGovern to its Board of Directors. The company also announced the formation of a new committee focused...


Sika Announces New CEO

Swiss chemicals company Sika recently announced that Thomas Hasler, currently Head of Global Business and Industry, will succeed Paul Schuler as CEO.


Construction Firms Receive $13.7B in PPP Loans

According to a report by the Small Business Administration issued at the beginning of February, construction firms have already nabbed $13.7 billion in loans under the latest version of the ...


ChemQuest Europe Hires New VP

At the beginning of the year, global business strategy and external specialty chemicals technology development firm The ChemQuest Group announced in an emailed press release that it hired Ez...


Hempel Announces New Strategy

Last month, global coating supplier Hempel A/S announced via press release that it was employing a new strategy, slated to double the company’s revenue by 2025.


MontiPower Enters Brazilian Joint Venture

At the beginning of the month, in an emailed press release innovator and manufacturer of surface preparation technologies Monti Group announced that its North American subsidiary, MontiPower...


Enbridge Releases 2020 Numbers, Line 3 Costs

In Enbridge Inc.’s recent release of its 2020 earnings report, the company revealed that the price tag for its Line 3 replacement project has gone up from CA$8.2 billion to CA$9.3 billion.


AkzoNobel Releases Q4, 2020 Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its fourth-quarter and end-of-year financial reports Wednesday (Feb. 17), indicating a 1% decrease in revenue for Q4, and a 8% dec...


PPG Appoints New EMEA Architectural Coatings Lead

Global coatings company PPG recently announced the appointment of Pascal Tisseyre as Vice President, Architectural Coatings, Europe, Middle East and Africa South.


CIN, Boero Reach Financial Agreement

Portugal-based coatings company CIN has reached an agreement with the Boero Group, an Italian coatings company established in 1831 that focuses on both architectural and naval coatings.


PPG Ups Tikkurila Bid, AkzoNobel Drops Out

The brief bidding war between global coatings companies PPG and AkzoNobel for Finnish decorative coatings company Tikkurila has come to an end.


AkzoNobel Open Facility for Wood Powder Coatings

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has opened a new research and development laboratory dedicated to low-cure powder coatings in Como, Italy.


Strategic Materials Names CLO

Last month, in an emailed press release North America’s largest glass recycler Strategic Materials, Inc., named Sherry D. Williams as its Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of Hum...


Report Looks at 2020 Construction Cost Increases

A new report from construction consultancy firm Rider Levett Bucknall has detailed how construction costs have changed across major cities in the United States.


Webinar Archive: Closing Deals with Communication

Although Technology Publishing Co. has wrapped up PaintSquare Connect, its signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, an archived library of its featured ...


IRS Allows Firms to Take PPP Tax Credit

In a notice released last month, the Internal Revenue Service announced that companies denied forgiveness of the of their Small Business Interruption Loan under the Paycheck Protection Progr...


AkzoNobel Submits Binding Proposal to Tikkurila

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has officially submitted a binding proposal to the Board of Directors of Tikkurila. The proposal still represents a total equity value of about 1.4 billion ...


Axalta Names New SVP of Global Industrial Coatings

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. recently named its new Senior Vice President of Global Industrial Coatings, Shelley Bausch.


Diamond Vogel Taps New Architectural Manager

Paints and coatings company Diamond Vogel has announced a new National Sales Manager for Architectural Coatings.


PPG to Acquire VersaFlex, Wörwag

Throughout the month of January, global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it had reached two definitive agreements to acquire two coatings manufacturers, VersaFlex and Wörwag...


Sherwin-Williams Releases Year-End 2020 Numbers

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams company released its 2020 fourth-quarter and year-end financial results yesterday (Jan. 28), reporting consolidated net sales at a 2.6% increase for...


AkzoNobel Bids Against Tikkurila, PPG Deal

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has reportedly made a counterbid to acquire Finnish decorative coatings company Tikkurila, which has already entered into an agreement with PPG.


JPCL January Issue is Now Online

The January issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is now online, available through options including an interactive digital edition, a full complement of web content and down...


Husqvarna Buys Blastrac Global

Recently, Bard Capital Holdings, the owner of Blastrac—a leading global company in surface preparation—has agreed to sell its business to Swedish public company Husqvarna Group.


Benjamin Moore Acquires UK Distributor

Coatings company Benjamin Moore announced last month the acquisition of its United Kingdom distribution partner Shaw Paints Ltd.


PPG Releases Q4, FY 2020 Earnings Report

Global coatings company PPG released its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings report for 2020 last Thursday (Jan. 21), reporting fourth-quarter net sales of $3.8 billion, about 2% higher ye...


AkzoNobel Acquires New Nautical Coatings

Announced in late December, global coatings company AkzoNobel is set to increase its presence in the North American yacht coatings market with its acquisition of New Nautical Coatings.


Huntsman Completes Sale of Venator Shares

Huntsman Corporation announced late last month that it has completed the sale of approximately 42.4 million shares of Venator Materials PLC to funds advised by SK Capital Partners LP.


DOL Issues Independent Contractor Clarification

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a final rule meant to clarify the status of independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


KTA-Tator Announces New Corporate Headquarters

Coating consulting, inspection, and services company KTA-Tator Inc. recently announced via email that it had officially opened its new corporate headquarters.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not be published Monday, Jan. 18, as PaintSquare parent company Technology Publishing Co. will be observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday in the ...


Arsenal Capital, Seal For Life Announce Acquisition

Private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners has recently announced that its coatings platform, Seal For Life Industries has acquired the Canusa-CPA and Dhatec businesses from Shawcor.


BASF Announces Board Appointment, Reshuffling

Chemical company BASF announced shifts in responsibilities as well as changes to its Board of Directors at the end of last year, appointing Melanie Maas-Brunner as a member and Chief Technol...


JPCL, SSPC End 37-Year Relationship

On Dec. 22, at a virtual town hall meeting in which NACE, The Corrosion Authority, and SSPC, The Society for Protective Coatings, presented plans for their new, combined organization, leader...


AMPP Makes Industry Debut with Virtual Launch

Ringing in the new year, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority officially launched its newly combined organization.


RPM Reports Net Sales Increase for Q2

RPM International Inc., parent company of specialty coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its second-quarter earnings report for 2021 on Wednesday (Jan. 6).


AGC Optimistic with COVID-19 Relief Package

Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, released a statement last month as the COVID-19 relief legislation passed through the United States House and Senat...


PPG Announces New, Completed Acquisitions

Global coatings company PPG announced that it has agreed to acquire Nordic paint and coatings company Tikkurila in an all-cash transaction.


AECOM Agrees to Sell Civil Construction Unit

Last Thursday (Dec. 10), infrastructure consulting firm AECOM (Los Angeles) announced in a press release that it would be selling its civil construction business––including Shimmick Construc...


Huntsman to Acquire Specialty Chemicals Company

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation recently announced an agreement to acquire Gabriel Performance Products, a North American specialty chemical manufacturer of additives and ep...


EU Conditionally Approves BASF, DIC Pigment Deal

The European Commission has conditionally approved the proposed acquisition of BASF Colors & Effects by the DIC Corporation, under the European Union Merger Regulation.


PPG to Acquire Ennis-Flint

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently announced its plans to acquire global coatings manufacturer Ennis-Flint (Greensboro, North Carolina).


Axalta Names Senior VP of Global Industrial Coatings

Last week, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced that Shelley Bausch was joining the company as Senior Vice President, Global Industrial Coatings, effective Jan. 1, 202...


Hempel Names New CPCO

Last month, global coating supplier Hempel A/S announced via emailed press release that it had appointed Pernille Fritz Vilhelmsen as Executive Vice President & Chief People & Culture Office...


AkzoNobel Makes Headway at Solar Panel Sites

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently released an update on two of its solar projects, noting that more than 3,000 solar panels have been added, pushing the company toward its goal of c...


Sika Expands Production, Preps for Infrastructure

Swiss chemicals company Sika recently announced that it has launched production of shotcrete admixtures at its main plant at Gournay-en-Bray, north west of Paris.


PPG Appoints New VP in Architectural Coatings

Global coatings company PPG recently announced the appointment of Scott Bartlett as Vice President, Operations, Global Architectural Coatings.


Arkema Touts Green Bond, Facility Commitment

Specialty chemicals company Arkema has recently placed an inaugural Green Bond fully dedicated to the financing of a new plant in Singapore that’s slated to manufacture 100% bio-based Rilsan...


Dow Listed on 2020 Sustainability Index

Late last week The Dow Chemical Company was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index by S&P Global, the investment specialty focused on Sustainability Investing. This is the 21st ye...


SBA to Release Names, Amounts of PPP

United States Federal Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently issued an order to the Small Business Administration to release the names and prec...


Axalta Unveils Realignment, PA Office Closing

Global coatings company Axalta recently announced a realignment plan to “more closely align its global organization with its two global business segments to drive improved performance.” The ...


SSPC, NACE Announce New Board of Directors

Recently, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Authority, announced the governance structure of their new combined association and the members who ...


MDOT to Auction Mackinac Bridge Sections

According to reports, the Michigan Department of Transportation has made five sections of original steel grating from the Mackinac Bridge available through the Mackinac Bridge Authority.


KTA Unveils Trimber Retirement, Appoints Worms

On Monday (Nov. 9), coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator Inc. (Pittsburgh) announced via emailed press release the retirement of its current President, Kenneth A. Tr...


PPG Appoints New Head of Diversity

Global coatings company PPG announced last week that it has appointed Marvin Mednoza as the company’s global head of diversity, equity and inclusion. This is a newly developed role for the c...


Prospects for $10B WI Plant Could be 'Dead'

An analyst hired by the state of Wisconsin has called the $10 billion Foxconn project “dead” as tax breaks and government aid become more and more crucial to keeping the agreement afloat.


Elcometer Acquires Sagola SA

Inspection and blast equipment manufacturer Elcometer Ltd. (Manchester, United Kingdom) announced last month that it had acquired Spanish company Sagola SA, a paint spray equipment manufactu...


PPG Appoints New VP of S&T, Color

Global coatings company PPG recently announced the appointment of Andrea Giunta as Vice President, Science and Technology, Color. The appointment took effect Oct. 1.


Barentz to Acquire Maroon Group

Earlier this month, global distributor of life science ingredients, Barentz International (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) announced that it had entered a definitive, written agreement to acquire Av...


Sherwin-Williams Reports 2020 Q3 Increases

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company announced its financial earnings report for the 2020 third quarter on Wednesday (Oct. 27).


Nouryon Announces New Company Strategy

Earlier this month specialty chemicals company Nouryon celebrated two years as a stand-alone company by announcing a new company strategy that “aims to exceed customer expectations, outgrow ...


Survey: Highest-Paying Jobs Without Degrees

A new report by insurance company AdvisorSmith outlines the highest paying jobs in the United States that don’t need a college degree.


Carboline Announces Solution Blog

On Wednesday (Oct. 21), coatings manufacturer Carboline Company announced the launch of its Solution Spot Blog, an online resource containing articles brought together by the best technical ...


AkzoNobel Acquires Spanish Decorative Paints Business

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced that it has agreed to acquire the decorative paints business of Spain’s Industrias Titan S.A.U.


SBA, Treasury Unveil Simplified PPP Forgiveness

At the beginning of the month the United States Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Prot...


AkzoNobel Releases Q3 Financial Report

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released its 2020 third-quarter financial report Wednesday (Oct. 21) and reported volume and adjusted operating income increases year over year.


BrandSafway Appoints New Leadership

Recently, the board of directors of access company BrandSafway announced via emailed press release that Karl Fessenden has been named Chief Executive Officer and Christian Garcia will be the...


AkzoNobel Launches ColorSurfaces Edition 16

At the beginning of the month, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced the launch of its ColorSurfaces Edition 16, highlighting the latest color trends and finishes for its automoti...


PA Attorney General Approves SSPC, NACE Combination

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority has recently announced that the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General has issued a state...


AIA Announced 3 New Board Elects

The American Institute of Architects announced last month that three new leaders have been elected to its Board of Directors, to serve terms beginning in 2021.


BASF Closes Construction Chemicals Divestiture

In a recent press release, chemical company BASF announced the closing of the divestiture of its Construction Chemicals business to an affiliate of Lone Star, a global private equity firm.


BIO-UV Enters Partnership with Piriou

French manufacturer of the UV-based BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system, BIO-UV Group has recently announced the extension of its collaboration agreement with France-headquartered shipbui...


Covestro Acquires DSM Resin Business

Global manufacturer Covestro announced late last month that it is acquiring Royal DSM’s Resins & Functional Materials business.


RPM Releases 2021 Q1 Earnings Report

RPM International Inc., parent company of specialty coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its first-quarter earnings report for 2021 on Wednesday (Oct. 7).


Dow Reaches Midpoint of Target Goal

Last month, The Dow Chemical Company announced that it had achieved $500 million in savings from its “Valuing Nature” goal. The milestone marks the midway point to its 2025 Sustainability Go...


Rapid Prep Relocates to VA Location

Surface preparation equipment provider, Rapid Prep, recently announced in an emailed press release that the company has moved its 14-year-old location to Suffolk, Virginia.


Hempel, Vestas Enter Turbine Protection Partnership

Global coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) recently announced that it had entered a strategic partnership with Vestas (Aarhus N, Denmark), a sustainable energy solutions company.


AkzoNobel to Invest in Powder Coatings Facility

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced that it is investing 20 million euros into its powder coatings facility in Como, Italy.


Tnemec Names Executive VP

Earlier this month, protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec (Kansas City, Missouri) announced in an emailed press release that Cory Brown had been named Executive Vice President.


PPP Forgiveness Could Change Tax Bills

According to reports, businesses that received Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic could experience higher taxable revenues.


AGC Survey Sees Overall Jobs Hike in Past Month

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released its latest state-by-state employment data analysis, which found that while jobs have still mostly declined year over year, 31 ...


Sherwin-Williams Lists Partners for New HQ

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced late last week its key partners for the building of its new global headquarters, slated to be located in downtown Cleveland, and its new research and d...


Huntsman to Sell Venator Shares

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell 42.5 million of the shares it holds in Venator Materials PLC.


Nippon Paint Becomes Subsidiary of Wuthelam

Nippon Paint Holdings Co. announced late last month that it will become a subsidiary of Singapore-based paint manufacturer Wuthelam Group, which was already the top shareholder of the compan...


Chemours Announces New VP of Communications

Global chemical firm The Chemours Company recently announced that Alvenia Scarborough, currently senior director, corporate communications and brand marketing, will be promoted to the role o...


33 Apprentices Tapped for BASF Pigments Company

Global chemical company BASF’s Colors & Effects brand, which focuses on colorants and pigments for the coatings industry, among others, announced that it has started off a new year of appren...


RPM Announces Abrasives Manufacturer Acquisition

Global coatings company RPM International Inc. announced earlier this week that its Rust-Oleum business has acquired Ali Industries, LLC, a manufacturer of abrasives.


Arkema Announces Thermobonding Acquisition

Specialty chemicals company Arkema announced recently its proposed acquisition of Fixatti, a company that specializes in high-performance thermobonding adhesive powders.


Hempel Taps New North America VP

Global coatings company Hempel recently announced that Todd Cottrell will take over as the company’s Group Vice President for North America.


Axalta Appoints New Board Member

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems recently announced that it has appointed Rakesh Sachdev to its Board of Directors. Sachdev is now serving on the company’s N...


RPM Releases First Social, Environmental Report

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, has released its first ever Environmental, Social and Governance Report,...


Maroon Group Inks Graphene Distribution Deal

Specialty chemicals company Maroon Group recently announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Applied Graphene Materials.


NYC Signs New PLA, Suggests Legislation

A new Project Labor Agreement has been announced between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and the city’s building trade unions, according to an announcement last week.


Maroon Group Announces Midwest Expansion

North American specialty chemicals distributor, Maroon Group, has announced the expansion of its CASE Midwest Team.


TPC Parent Company Announces New Chairman

Early last month, Southside Holdings, Inc., parent company of Technology Publishing Co., announced that it elected a new Chairman of the Board.


Mule-Hide Announces Regional Promotions

High-performance roofing products manufacturer Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. recently announced the promotion of Rob Keating to regional director for the Northeast region as well as Ken Schult...


Sto Corp Taps New CFO for Americas

Building materials firm Sto Corp., recently announced in an emailed press release that Randall Steven Johnson will join Sto Americas as CFO, replacing Torber Wetche, who announced his retire...


US to Reinstate Canada's Aluminum Tariffs

The U.S. is reinstating its 10% tariffs on raw aluminum imports from Canada beginning Aug. 16 following a proclamation issued by President Donald J. Trump late last week.


Nouryon Opens New Services Office in TX

Early last month, specialty chemical company Nouryon announced that it has opened a new integrated services office for its North American business in Houston.


PPG Inks Home Paint Deal

Global coatings company PPG, along with supply chain technology platform Sibi, recently announced a four-year partnership with Tricon American Homes.


Evonik Begins Work at New Silicones Plant

Specialty chemicals company Evonik has reportedly begun production at its new multi-purpose silicones manufacturing facility in Geesthacht, Germany.


Axalta Releases 2018-19 Sustainability Report

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta just released its 2018-19 Sustainability Report, which highlights the company’s “advancements in sustainable business practices.”


AkzoNobel Reports Q2, Half-Year Revenue Dips

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released its 2020 second-quarter financial report Wednesday (July 22) and reported a 19% drop in revenue caused mainly by the COVID-19 pandemic.


ChemMasters Announces Vexcon Acquisition

Specialty firm ChemMasters, Inc. recently announced that it has acquired Philadelphia-based concrete chemical manufacturer Vexcon Chemicals.


PPG Reports Q2 Declines Amidst COVID-19

Global coatings company PPG released its second-quarter 2020 financial report late last week, reporting net sales of $3 billion—about 25% lower than last year and down 22% in constant curren...


Auburn to Offer Building Construction Doctorate

Auburn University, located in Auburn, Alabama, recently announced that it is now offering a doctorate degree in building construction. This reportedly make the university one of only a handf...


Nouryon Announces New Hydroperoxide Plant

Specialty chemical company Nouryon announced earlier this week that it is starting development of a new hydroperoxide manufacturing facility at its current site in Ningbo, China.


PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Taps Leaders

Global coatings brand PPG Protective and Marine Coatings recently announced several changes to its PMC USCA Leadership team.


Nouryon Completes CMC Business Acquisition

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon recently announced the acquisition of J.M. Huber Corporation, a carboxymethyl cellulose business.


WR Grace Opens New Silica Plant

Specialty silica company W.R. Grace & Co. announced earlier this week that it has opened a new colloidal silica plant at its manufacturing and research and development center in Worms, Germa...


Exec Order Suspends Certain Work Visas

On Monday (June 22), President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order suspending several types of temporary worker visas and green cards for foreign workers until the end of the year.


AECOM Announces New CEO, President

Construction firm AECOM recently announced the appointment of W. Troy Rudd as its new Chief Executive Officer.


Chemical Co Celanese Signs Tech Agreement

Global chemical and specialty materials company Celanese Company has recently announced that its subsidiary, Celanese Chemical Co. Ltd., has signed a tri-party agreement with Southwest Insti...


Data: Construction Activity Back to Pre-Pandemic Level

The Associated General Contractor of America released new data last week that indicate that construction activity has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels in 34 states.


US Minerals Announces New President

Recently, abrasive product manufacturer U.S. Minerals announced Peter Kossis as its new President


RIBA President Steps Back into Top Role

Royal Institute of British Architects’ President Alan Jones is back in his role after stepping down months ago amidst allegations of misusing RIBA funds and a subsequent investigation.


WR Meadows Names New CSC VP

In an announcement last week, building materials company W.R. Meadows named Russell Snow, CSP, CTR, its fourth Vice President of Construction Specifications Canada.


NACE International Names CIO

On Thursday (June 11), NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, announced that it had tapped Cynthia O’Malley, Executive Director of the Master Painters Institute LLC (MPI), to...


Venator, Grolman Announce Co-operation

Recently, international specialty chemical ingredient distributor Grolman Group and United Kingdom-based chemical manufacturing company Venator announced that they would be entering a co-ope...


PPG Announces Global Restructuring

Global coatings company PPG announced earlier this week that it has approved restructuring actions “to reduce its global cost structure,” citing weakened global economic conditions coming fr...


Arkema Finalizes Sale of Polyolefins Business

Announced early last week, specialty chemicals company Arkema (Colombes, France) finalized the sale of its Functional Polyolefins business to petrochemical manufacturer SK Global Chemical (S...


MN-Based App Targets Students for Trades

The Construction Careers Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota, has developed an app that it says is aiming to connect with Gen-Z students with construction apprenticeship ...


Changes to PPP Pass Senate, Head to Trump

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that updates terms of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.


Advanced Polymer Names Technical Manager

To start the month off, protective coatings manufacturer Advanced Polymer Coatings Inc. (Avon, Ohio) announced in an emailed press release that Joseph G. Fortman had been promoted to Technic...


Sika Now Producing Respiratory Masks, Sanitizer

Swiss chemicals company Sika has reportedly commenced production of respiratory masks in France.


Latest Issue of JPCL Online Now

In considering the circumstances revolving around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings, The Voice of SSPC, has released its May issue through...


Huntsman Brands SPF Business

Global specialty chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corporation recently announced that is has branded its spray polyurethane foam business.


Hempel Expands Business in China

Last week, global coating supplier Hempel announced via press release that it broke ground on what will be a new factory in Yantai Chemical Industrial Park, China.


Firm Involved with Grenfell Refurb Liquidates

The architecture firm that was in charge of the Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment has reportedly entered voluntary liquidation, owing more than 140,000 pounds ($171,513) to creditors.


AMP Hires Director of QC, Business Development

Last week, Advanced Marine Preservation, LLC (Tilton, New Hampshire) announced via emailed press release that it had hired Jeff Lathrop as its Director of Quality Control and Business Develo...


Axalta to Expand Waterborne Coatings Production

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta recently broke ground on the newest phase of its Jiading plant in Shanghai, which aims to scale up its production of waterborne coatings.


British Coatings Releases New 'Essential' Campaign

The British Coatings Federation has launched a new #essentialcoatings and #essentialinks campaign with the aim to highlight the role that the coatings and printing inks sectors play in the (...


Elcometer Manager Appointed to NACE Standards VC

At the beginning of the month, NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that it had appointed David Barnes, Elcometer’s Technical Manager, as Vice Chair of its Standards Board.


Chalker Named CEO of Merged SSPC/NACE

Announced in a press release yesterday (May 6), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society have named Robert H. Chalker as Chief Executive Office...


Sherwin-Williams Launches Designer Support Center

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) recently announced the launch of its Architect and Designer Support Center, which is a site that aims to “point professionals to...


FAA Awards $1.187B in Grants to US Airports

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced late last week that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration is awarding $1.187 billion in airport safety ...


Axalta Reports COVID-19 PPE Donations

Last month, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding its personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer donations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


ABI Shows Commercial Construction Drop

The American Institute of Architects recently released its Architecture Billings Index (ABI), revealing a record drop in demand for design services from architecture firms during the month o...


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q1, 2020 Numbers

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its first-quarter earnings report for 2020 on Tuesday (April 29), announcing an increase in consolidated net sales, dil...


PPG Reports Sales Decline in Q1, 2020

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported in a press release on Monday (April 27), a 5% decrease in constant currencies in first-quarter net sales, compared to the prior ...


Autodesk, Aurigo Software Companies Partner

Construction Software companies Aurigo Software and Autodesk, Inc. announced earlier this month an integration plan that aims to give professionals one platform for design, planning, constru...


PA Votes to Reopen Economy

In following Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement regarding a three-phase gradual reopening of the state’s economy, House Republicans have taken matters into their own hands, passing al...


Axalta Announces PPE, Sanitizer Donations

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced last week that it will be providing protective equipment and hand sanitizer to communities around the world in an effort to help combat t...


AkzoNobel Reports Q1 Profit Jump, Revenue Dip

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) recently published its first-quarter financial report on Wednesday (April 22), highlighting a 31% profitability improvement year over year.


Anue Water Hires Technical Staff

In an emailed press release, innovative wastewater odor and corrosion control supplier Anue Water Technologies (Tucker, Georgia) announced the addition of Phani Peddi as Technical Services M...


UK Coatings Acquires Thomas Howse

Announced earlier in the year, UK Coatings Group—part of the Sheibani Group—reported in a press release that it had officially acquired coatings producer Thomas Howse.


Sherwin-Williams Launches Pro Support Center

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced in an emailed press release the creation of its Pro Support Center, a website that the firm says is dedicate to tools and...


BASF Donates Masks, Sanitizer

Chemical company BASF has announced that, as part of its “Helping Hands” campaign, it is donating more than 100 million protective masks to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


AkzoNobel Announces COVID-19 Response

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) issued a press release late last month, announcing its response to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


PPG Announces $1.5M in Donations

Global coatings company PPG, along with the PPG Foundation, announced that they plan to "contribute more than $1.5 million to organizations supporting immediate community relief efforts and ...


Wooster Names New President

The Wooster Brush Company’s board of directors announced late last week that it has elected Ben Maibach as the company’s 10th President.


Small Business Loan Clarified for Construction

The U.S. Treasury Department recently released a clarification on its Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program just days after the Associated General Contractors of America ...


AkzoNobel Completes Mauvilac Acquisition

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced that it has completed its acquisition of Mauvilac Industries Limited, a paints and coatings company in Mauritius, East Africa.


RIBA Investigating President Amid Allegations

The Royal Institute of British Architects is reportedly investigating its President, Alan Jones, on allegations that he misused RIBA funds.


SSPC, NACE Merger Vote Opens

Starting today (April 3), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, will be sending its members ballots via email regarding its possible merger...


PPG to Donate 80,000 Masks to Hospitals

Global coatings company PPG announced late last week that it will donate 80,000 masks to hospitals in Pittsburgh, New York, Cleveland, the Detroit area and Huntsville, Alabama, in support of...


SSPC, NACE Release FAQ Part 2

On Friday (March 27), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, released part two of its frequently asked questions regarding the possible merg...


Axalta Responds to COVID-19 Impacts

Last week, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on its business and the actions it plans to take in...


SSPC, NACE Review Updates, Member Vote

On Friday (March 20), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced its 11th update in a scheduled series regarding the possible organiza...


Survey: Construction Co Trust Linked to Profits

A recent study released by Autodesk and consultant company FMI Corp. has found that construction industry companies that don’t make trust a high priority within their organizations don’t mak...


ASTM Cancels Standards Meetings

Announced just last week, ASTM International has canceled all in-person committee meetings and independent committee meetings scheduled throughout the month of April.


Huntsman to Acquire Specialty Chemicals Company

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation recently announced its agreement to acquire CVC Thermoset Specialties, a North American specialty chemical manufacturer that serves the indus...


NACE to Vote on SSPC Merger; Update Released

On Saturday (March 14), NACE International’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with bringing the combination of NACE and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to a mem...


Hempel Appoints COO, VP

Last week, coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) announced that it had appointed Katarina Lindström to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


Oxifree Metal Protection Joins Seal For Life

Announced in February, coating solutions company Seal For Life has completed yet another acquisition, this time of Surrey, United Kingdom-based anticorrosion solutions company, Oxifree Metal...


Frank Lloyd Wright School Could Remain Open

Officials at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin have reportedly reversed the decision to close the school and are now exploring ways to keep it open.


PPG Manager Receives Manufacturing Award

Global coatings company PPG announced last week that Courtney Balliet, PPG manager, strategy, science and technology (S&T), has earned the STEP Ahead Award, presented by the Manufacturing In...


AkzoNobel Announces New Sustainability Targets

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released earlier this week what it’s calling “the first in a series of ambitions” that are looking at the company’s fresh focus on achieving zero waste and ...


CORROSION 2020, ACS Conference Postponed

Late last Friday (March 6), NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that its annual CORROSION 2020 conference and expo would be postponed until June 14-18.


SSPC, NACE Review Merger FAQs

For its ninth update in a scheduled series regarding the possible merger of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, NACE released a review of...


President of Clemco Industries Corp. Retires

After serving 41 years with Clemco Industries Corp. (Washington, Missouri), a manufacturing company for air-powered abrasive blast equipment, Arnie Sallaberry has announced his retirement.


Tnemec Names Sales Director

Last week, protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec (Kansas City, Missouri) announced in an emailed press release that Scott Keilbey had been named Director of Sales – Water Tank Market.


PPG Completes Acquisition of Alpha

Earlier this week, global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it had completed its acquisition of powder coatings manufacturer Alpha Coating Technologies, LLC.


NACE to Hold Merger Town Hall Meetings

Regarding the possible merger between NACE International, The Corrosion Society and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, NACE has announced that it will be hosting a series of town hal...


BrandSafway Acquires AGF Access Group

Access company BrandSafway recently announced that it has finalized its acquisition of AGF Access Group Inc. The Canada-based company specializes in solutions from commercial construction an...


Marco Group, APE Companies to Combine

Yesterday (March 3), Marco Group International and APE Companies issued a joint announcement proclaiming that the entities would be merging to create a top North American distributor of surf...


SSPC, NACE Release Membership Update

Last Friday (Feb. 28), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced their eighth update regarding the organizations' possible merger.


Indestructible Paint Announces Focus

United Kingdom-based specialty coatings manufacturer Indestructible Paint Ltd. announced earlier this month that it has launched a dedicated focus on coatings in the rail industry.


SSPC, NACE Announce Seventh Update

Yesterday (Feb. 24), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced their seventh update regarding the organization’s possible merger.


Carboline Opens $6M Fire Research Center

Coatings manufacturer Carboline Company recently hosted a grand opening for its Carboline Fire-Science Research Center in St. Louis.


CO Town Loses $1M to Bridge Scammers

After experiencing a $1 million scam, the Town of Erie, Colorado has been informed that its two insurance carriers—Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA) and American Interna...


SSPC, NACE Announce Sixth Update

On Friday (Feb. 14), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their sixth update regarding next steps in the discussion process regar...


PPG to Acquire Powder Coatings Manufacturer

Earlier this month, global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire powder coatings manufacturer Alpha Coating Technologies, LLC.


Sherwin-Williams Announces New HQ Plans

The Sherwin-Williams company announced last week that it has decided to continue its relationship with Northeast Ohio, by finalizing plans to build a new global headquarters and research and...


Nouryon Announces Acquisition, Divestiture

Late last month, on the same day, specialty chemicals company Nouryon announced both an acquisition and a divestiture.


AkzoNobel Releases Q4, 2019 Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its fourth quarter and end-of-year financial reports Wednesday (Feb. 12), revealing a 3% decrease in revenue for Q4, and a reporte...


SSPC, NACE Announce Fifth Update

On Friday (Feb. 7), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their fifth update regarding an SSPC Board Meeting and Annual Conference...


SSPC, NACE Talks Take Spotlight at Coatings+

In addition to the technical sessions, exhibit hall, networking receptions and other events on the agenda this week at Coatings+ 2020 in Long Beach, California, attendees will have multiple ...


SSPC, NACE Announce Standards Update

On Friday, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their fourth update regarding the organizations' possible merger.


Sto Corp Announces New President, CEO

Air barrier and facade solutions company Sto Corp. released last week the announcement that Jose R. Berlingeri has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Sto Americas.


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q4, 2019 Numbers

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report for 2019 on Thursday (Jan. 30) announcing an increase in net sales for ...


Mule-Hide Promotes New Managing Director

Roofing systems company Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. recently announced that it has promoted Dan Williams to Managing Director.


BASF Expands Capacity at Spain Plant

Global chemical company BASF recently announced a single-digit million-euro investment in the capacity expansion of water-based polyurethane dispersions at its Castellbisbal site in Spain.


SSPC, NACE Announce Third Update

On Friday (Jan. 24), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their third update regarding the organization’s possible merger.


PPG Announces Multiple Leadership Appointments

At the beginning of the month, Pittsburgh-based global coatings company, PPG Industries, announced the leadership appointments of three individuals, slated to take effect on Mar. 1.


Milliken Acquires Coating Additive Company

Manufacturing firm Milliken & Company (Spartanburg, South Carolina) announced earlier this month that it has signed an agreement to acquire Borchers Group Limited—a global specialty chemical...


JLC Infrastructure Invests in Greenskies

Last week, infrastructure fund JLC Infrastructure announced that it successfully completed a transaction with solar-power facility developer Greenskies Renewable Energy that allows prior inv...


SSPC, NACE Announces Second Update

On Friday (Jan. 17), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their second update regarding the organization’s possible merger.


Linetec Announces New President

Finishing company Linetec announced last month that Jon Close had been promoted to President of the company, succeeding Rick Marshall, who is set to retire at the end of the company’s fiscal...


Chemours Sells Methylamines Business

Chemical solutions company Chemours has recently announced its methylamines business has been acquired by Belle Chemical, an affiliate of Cornerstone Chemical.


PPG Reports Sales Growth in Q4, 2019

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported, in a press release Wednesday (Jan. 16), a 1% increase in constant currencies in fourth-quarter net sales, compared to the prior...


Altana Sets Carbon-Zero Goal for 2025

Specialty chemicals company Altana announced last week that it has committed to reducing its CO2 impact from production and energy procurement worldwide to zero by 2025.


Evonik Opens New Multi-Purpose Plant

Specialty chemicals company Evonik announced just last week that it has opened a new multi-purpose silicones manufacturing facility in Geesthacht, Germany.


SSPC, NACE Share Discussion Updates

Earlier this week, NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced an update regarding the possible merger with SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Seal For Life Appoints CEO, Closes Acquisitions

Last Wednesday, private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners announced that coating solutions company Seal For Life completed four acquisitions, in addition to appointing Jeff Oravitz as its...


Evonik Breaks Ground on New Silica Plant

Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new fumed silica plant in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China.


RPM Reports Record Sales in Q2

RPM International Inc., parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its financial results for its fiscal 2020 second quarter on Wednesday, reporti...


US Steel Closes Detroit Plant, Lays Off 1,500

U.S. Steel recently announced the impending closure of Great Lakes Works, a company steel mill located near Detroit. The closure is slated to occur April 1. The portion of the mill that roll...


Survey: Contractors Talk Labor Supply, Demand

According to an Outlook survey issued last month by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate, three out of four construction firms plan to hire mor...


AIA Inaugurates Jane Frederick as 96th President

The American Institute of Architects inaugurated its 96th President on Dec. 13.


BCF Releases Recycling, Accident Numbers

The British Coatings Federation released figures last week on the coatings industry’s waste, recycling and accident rates in 2018, reporting a record improvement.


AkzoNobel Acquires Decorative Paints Company

Global coatings company AkzoNobel announced late last week that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Mauvilac Industries Limited, a paints and coatings company i...


PPG Announces Industrial Coatings Price Hike

Earlier this month, global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced via press release that it plans to implement up to a 10% price increase on its industrial coatings products globally.


Facade Manufacturer Acquires Solution Provider

Commercial facade systems manufacturer YKK AP America Inc. announced earlier this week that it has acquired high-performance facades solutions provider Erie Architectural Products Group.


Dunn-Edwards Announces Color Partnership

Coatings manufacturer Dunn-Edwards (Los Angeles) is branching out with a partnership involving its color trends palettes.


$1B TX Lagoon Complex Breaks Ground

Late last month, ground was finally broken at the $1 billion waterfront mixed-use project in Rowlett, Texas.


Great Hall Blames DIA for Reno Issues

Recently, former Ferrovial-led consortium Great Hall Partners circulated a 248-page document recounting how Denver International Airport officials’ change orders negatively affected the reno...


Chromaflo Acquires Rolfes Colour

Earlier this month, global provider of colorant technology solutions Chromaflo Technologies Corp. (Ashtabula, Ohio) announced in a press release the acquisition of South Africa-based organic...


PaintSquare Retracts DBE Article Statement

In a previously published article on PaintSquare Daily News, PaintSquare reported that Stamatios “Tom” Kousisis and his employer, Alpha Painting and Construction, Inc. (Edgewood, Maryland), ...


Axalta Opens New Facility in Australia

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced that it has officially opened a new regional customer training center in Western Sydney.


NC Groundbreaking Held for AkzoNobel Work

A groundbreaking ceremony took place earlier this month at AkzoNobel’s North American Wood Coatings facility at High Point, North Carolina, to kick off the company’s 50 million euro ($55.4 m...


AkzoNobel Completes Acquisition of Mapaero

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced early last week in a media press release that it has wrapped up the acquisition of French aerospace coatings manufacturer Mapaero.


Jotun Moves to Restructure US Business

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun Paints Inc. (Sandefjord, Norway) has announced that it is restructuring its business in the United States.


Maroon Group Expands Global Sourcing

North American specialty chemicals distributor Maroon Group (Avon, Ohio) recently announced that it has expanded its global sourcing capabilities.


Arkema Brings Acrylic Acid Reactor on Stream in TX

Specialty chemicals company Arkema (Colombes, France) announced that this past summer, the company brought on stream a new 90,000-ton acrylic acid reactor at its Clear Lake, Texas site.


Sherwin-Williams Looking for New HQ Location

Last month, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced that it has begun exploring options for a new global headquarters.


Tnemec Acquires Textured Coatings Company

Coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company, Inc. recently announced that it has purchased assets of Textured Coatings of America, Inc. (Tex•Cote).


AkzoNobel Reports Q3 Operating Income Increase

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel released its third-quarter earnings report on Wednesday (Oct. 23) highlighting a 23% increase in adjusted operating income at 300 million euros ($333.6...


Sherwin Reports Sales Increase for Q3

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its third-quarter earnings report for 2019 on Tuesday (Oct. 22), announcing an increase in consolidated net sales, dilu...


CO Airport Struggles to End Partnership

The breakup procedure continues to draw out between the Denver International Airport and its $1.8 billion public-private partnership with Great Hall Partners over issues within the airport’s...


PPG Taps New EMEA Architectural Coatings VP

PPG announced earlier this week that it has appointed Steve Pocock as Vice President, Architectural Coatings, Europe, Middle East and Africa north and east, effective immediately. He will re...


SSPC, NACE Merger Discussions Continue

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced Monday that discussions were continuing the potential collaborative efforts between the poss...


PPG Reports Consistent Sales for 2019 Q3

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) released its third-quarter 2019 earnings report on Thursday (Oct. 17), announcing net sales consistent with the prior year at $3.8 billion, noting th...


Highways Key to Developing Hyperloop

According to officials from electro-magnetic transportation company Virgin Hyperloop One, highway rights-of-way could be the key to establishing the developing transportation system across v...


Hempel Names New Head of Protective, Industrial

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) announced Wednesday (Oct. 9) the appointment of Martin Wiese as the new Head of Protective & Industrial Businesses. Both segments account for r...


GE to Supply British Wind Project

Paris-based division of General Electric, GE Renewable Energy, has been recently selected as the preferred supplier in providing turbines for Britain’s Dogger Bank offshore wind project, acc...


SSPC Steel City Chapter Hosts First Meeting

Last Thursday (Oct. 3), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings held its first meeting for the recently reestablished Pittsburgh-based SSPC Steel City Chapter.


PPG Appoints New Exec VPs

Late last month global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced two new executive vice presidents.


AZZ Inc. Expands Metal Coatings in TX

Global provider of metal coating solutions, AZZ Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas), has recently announced the acquisition of all assets from powder coating company, Preferred Industries, Ltd. located...


PPG Announces Contract Extension with NHL

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced earlier this week a three-year extension of its partnership with the National Hockey League in the United States and Canada.


RPM Reports Net Sales, Income Increase

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), a holding company that focuses on specialty coatings, sealants and building materials, achieved both a net sales increase and increase in net income in...


PPG Announces Investigation Resolution

Global coatings supplier PPG announced last week that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-led investigation regarding PPG’s financial reports from December 2016 through April 2018 ha...


Sika Acquires Chinese Sealants Manufacturer

Swiss chemicals company Sika recently announced that it has acquired Chinese silicone sealants and adhesives manufacturer Crevo-Hengxin.


Axalta Acquires UAE Powder Coatings Manufacturer

Global liquid and powder coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Capital Paints LLC, a United Arab Emi...


Roofing Alliance Issues Call for Funding

The Foundation of National Roofing Contractors Association, Roofing Alliance, has announced its annual call for funding requests.


Huntsman Opens New Dubai Polyurethanes Plant

Last week, global chemical company Huntsman Corporation announced the opening of its new polyurethanes systems house located in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone in Dubai.


CO Airport Commits to $770M Budget

After the termination of the $1.8 billion private-public partnership contract with Great Hall Partners over the Jeppesen Terminal renovation at Denver International Airport, updates to the p...


Evonik Expands Specialty Alcohol Capacity

Evonik Industries announced that it has expanded its production capacity for the high-purity C13 alcohol isotridecanol (ITDA) at its Marl Chemical Park in Germany.


DIC Buys BASF's Global Pigments Business

Chemicals companies BASF and DIC announced last week that they have reached an agreement on the acquisition of BASF’s global pigments business.


Axalta Promotes New Refinish VP

Axalta Coating Systems recently announced that Troy Weaver has been promoted to Vice President, Global Refinish.


Nouryon Invests in Metal Alkyls Plant

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon recently announced a series of investments for the capacity increase and efficiency improvements at its metal alkyls plant located in Rotterdam, the Nethe...


PPG Invests $1.5M in Community Programs

Global coatings company PPG recently announced that its PPG Foundation has invested more than $1.5 million in 48 organizations that support educational and community sustainability programs ...


SSPC Announces Steel City Chapter

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced via an emailed press release the re-establishment of its Pittsburgh chapter, to be known as The SSPC Steel City Chapter. The first meeting...


Fired Contractor Claims $1B Needed for CO Airport

Not long after the Denver International Airport decided to end its public-private partnership with Great Hall Partners for terminal renovations, the contractors released documents showing th...


PPG Finishes Acquisition of Specialty Materials Firm

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced late last week that it had completed the acquisition of specialty chemicals firm Dexmet (Wallingford, Connecticut), which focuses on products...


Jotun Signs 42-Vessel Agreement with Company

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord, Norway) announced earlier this month the signing of a 42-vessel contract with shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen. The coating...


Railcar Co. Announces Blast, Paint Facility

Appalachian Railcar Services (Eleanor, West Virginia), a provider of railcar repair, storage, switching and related services, recently announced it has completed an expansion of its Elk Mill...


Sale Closes for Evonik Methacrylates Business

Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently closed the sale of its Methacrylates business to Boston-based private equity firm Advent International.


Arkema Acquisition to Aid Resin Range

Specialty chemicals company Arkema announced earlier this week a project to acquire Lambson, a company that specializes in photoinitiators for curing (a technology that helps to meet demands...


PPG to Acquire Specialty Materials Firm

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced early last week that it would be acquiring specialty materials firm Dexmet Corporation (Wallingford, Connecticut), which focuses on product f...


Companies Settle in 19-Year-Long CA Lead Case

A nearly 20-year-old court battle ended earlier this month when three manufacturers agreed to a $305 million settlement in a lead paint case out of California.


Axalta Opens Refinish Center in South Africa

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta recently announced the opening of a new refinish training center in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Atlas Roofing Announces Leadership Changes

Atlas Roofing Corporation (Atlanta) recently announced the expansion of its leadership team with a new director of marketing and other senior promotions.


AkzoNobel Q2 Financials Indicate Flat Revenue

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its second-quarter financial report Wednesday (July 24), with revenue coming in flat, though there was an increase in return on sa...


Sherwin Reports Sales Increases for Q2, Midyear

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its second-quarter financial report for 2019 on Tuesday (July 23), announcing an increase in consolidated net sales, di...


RPM Reports Record Sales for Q4, Year-End

Parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, RPM International Inc. reported a 2.8% increase in its fourth-quarter net sales, which ended May 31.


AkzoNobel Looks to Acquire Aerospace Coatings Co.

Global coatings company AkzoNobel announced last Thursday in a media press release that it intends on acquiring French aerospace coatings manufacturer Mapaero.


SSPC Announces 2019 Board Election Results

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the results of its 2019 Board of Governors election.


Benjamin Moore, Ace Talk Expanded Partnership

Ace Hardware Corporation and Benjamin Moore recently announced an expanded relationship that makes Benjamin Moore the preferred paint supplier by Spring 2020.


Evonik Expands Fumed Silica Capacity

Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently announced that it has expanded its fumed silica capacity at its Antwerp, Germany, site.


AkzoNobel Announces Production Boost in China

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) recently announced plans to add three new production lines to its powder coatings plant in Changzhou, China, which is the company’s largest faci...


RPM Appoints Restructuring Officer

RPM International Inc. recently announced a personnel change to oversee the company’s 2020 MAP Growth operating improvement initiative.


Greenkote Licenses to Italy Anti-Corrosion Facility

Anti-corrosion metal coatings provider Greenkote (Brook Park, Ohio) recently announced that Elettroplast S.r.l., a new licensee located in Brescia, Italy, will be offering the parent company...


KTA to Hold Groundbreaking for New Facility

Coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator Inc. (Pittsburgh) is hosting a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new headquarters in celebration of its 70th anniversary.


BASF Expands Adhesive Production Facility

Chemical company BASF recently announced that it has doubled its manufacturing capacity for UV acrylic hotmelts (sold under the name acResin) by building a second production facility in Ludw...


Axalta to Build Netherlands Refinish Facility

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta recently announced that it has signed an agreement to develop a new facility in Thiel, the Netherlands, for its refinish business.


Sham Construction Firms Defraud Feds $346M

Recently, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri announced the guilty plea of an Olathe, Kansas-based contractor for defrauding the federal government with respect t...


Covestro Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer

Coatings and adhesives company Covestro (Pittsburgh) recently announced that it has appointed Sucheta Govil as Chief Commercial Officer.


Drones to Help with Infrastructure Inspection

Hokkaido, Japan-based ready-mix and precast producer Aizawa Concrete Corporation has recently announced a partnership with aerospace company Top Flight Technologies, Inc. in an effort to uti...


Thornton Tomasetti Invests in 3D Printing Firm

TTWiiN Investment Partners, the innovation investment arm of global design firm Thornton Tomasetti, recently announced its investment in XtreeE, a Paris-based technology company focused on 3...


Chemours Announces COO, CFO Promotions

Chemical solutions company Chemours recently announced the promotion of chief financial officer Mark Newman to the newly created role of chief operation officer.


JPCL En Español Launches

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has recently launched a Spanish-language version of its publication, JPCL En Español.


BASF to Invest Millions in Silica Plant

Chemical company BASF recently announced that it is investing a “mid-range double-digit euro million sum” into its silica plant in Düsseldorf, Germany.


PPG Launches Paints with Purpose Campaign

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced last week the launch of its new Paints with Purpose campaign, which aims to showcase “unexpected applications of next-generation paint and ...


Contractor Sentenced for Defrauding NYSDOT

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York recently released information on the sentencing of Nathaniel P. Lorenz, CEO of Acme Powerwashing Inc.


Arkema Increases Resin Production

Global chemicals manufacturer Arkema has announced that it has launched a 30% increase in photocure resin production capacity at its Sartomer site in Canton, China.


Covestro CEO MacCleary to Retire

Global provider of high-tech materials company Covestro LLC recently announced the retirement of chief executive officer and chairman of the board, Jerry MacCleary, effective December 31.


Covestro Announces Supplier Diversity Program

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro recently announced the launch of a new supplier diversity program.


University Sues over Stadium Defects

The University of Akron, located in Ohio, has filed a lawsuit against multiple companies over faulty concrete railings and cracking at its decade-old InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field.


Firestone Opens New Roofing Solutions Plant

Global commercial roofing and building solutions manufacturer Firestone Building Products Company LLC, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, recently announced the opening of a new plant in ...


Hempel Names New CEO

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) announced early last week that Lars Petersson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will be serving as the company’s new CEO, ...


PPG Taps New Architectural Coatings VP

Earlier this month global coatings company PPG announced the appointment of Jaime Irick as Vice President, architectural coatings, U.S. and Canada.


Nippon Acquires Betek Boya

Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. recently announced via press release that it has acquired Turkish paint manufacturer Betek Boya.


KTA-Tator Celebrates 70 Years

Coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator Inc. (Pittsburgh) has announced the celebration of its 70th anniversary.


PPG Comex Opens New $8.8M Distribution Center

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that PPG Comex has opened a new $8.8 million distribution center in Guadalajara, Mexico.


WA-Based SPI Joins VersaFlex

Lakewood, Washington-based Specialty Products (SPI) recently announced that it is now part of the VersaFlex family of companies.


AkzoNobel Reports Flat Revenue in Q1

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently published its first-quarter financial report Wednesday, noting that the company numbers are holding steady in the beginning of this fiscal yea...


Teknos Acquires Drywood Norge AS

Industrial coatings firm Teknos announced that it has completed the acquisition of Drywood Norge AS to support its own growth strategy by entering a new business area in the architectural co...


Provide Your Thoughts on SSPC/NACE Talks

Recently, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority announced the beginning of discussions regarding “synergistic opportunities” bet...


PPG Appoints New Chief Digital Officer

Global coatings company PPG announced earlier this week that appointment of Devashish Saxena as vice president and chief digital officer, effective April 1.


RPM Reports Record Sales in Q3

RPM International Inc. (Medina, OH), parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, reported a 3.4 percent increase in its third-quarter net sales. The compan...


$2.2B DC Wharf Kicks Off Phase Two

Last Saturday (March 30) Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. held a community celebration to kick off Phase Two of The Wharf’s construction in Southwest D.C.


AkzoNobel to Invest Millions in NC Wood Facility

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced “a multi-million-dollar” investment in updating its wood coatings facility in High Point, North Carolina, with the aim of strengthening t...


Saudia Arabia Buys Largest 3D Construction Printer

Saudi Arabia firm Elite for Construction & Development Company has recently purchased what has been described as the “world’s largest 3D construction printer” from Danish firm Cobod Internat...


Storm Water Solutions Call for Abstracts

Recently, Storm Water Solutions put out a call for abstracts for their SWS Conference & Exhibition 2019.


INEOS to Acquire Cristal's North American TiO2 Business

Chemical company INOES Enterprises announced Tuesday (March 19) the intention to acquire the North American business of National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited (Cristal) (Jeddah, Saudi Ara...


Gordon Brush Co. Announces Acquisition

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. (Industry, California) announced in an emailed press release late last week that it has acquired manufacturing company Spectrum Paint Applicator Corp. (Newark, Ne...


Specialty Chem Company Partners with UMass

Specialty chemicals company Lygos Inc. recently announced that it is partnering with the Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers.


3 NY Painting Companies Charged with Fraud

The United States federal government has recently filed a civil fraud lawsuit against three New York-area painting contractors.


Related, NYC Trades Council Reach Work Deal

After little over a year of back-and-forth, developer Related Cos. and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York have struck a deal that should end the slew of media w...


Sherwin-Williams Announces Leadership Changes

Since going into effect March 1, Sherwin-Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) Board of Directors elected David B. Sewell to serve as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer.


BASF Invests $38M in New Shanghai Facility

Chemicals company BASF announced Tuesday (March 12) that it is expanding its scope in the Asia Pacific region with a 34 million-euro ($38.4 million) investment into a new 5,000-square-foot f...


FIU Bridge Contractor Files for Bankruptcy

The contractor responsible for installing the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University roughly a year ago has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a press re...


PPG Completes Acquisition of Coatings Company

Earlier this month, global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced the completion of the acquisition of Whitford Worldwide Company (Elverson, Pennsylvania), a manufacturer that specializ...


Axalta Opens Largest Refinish Center in India

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) announced earlier this week that it has opened its largest and most advanced refinish training center in India.


Sika Could Acquire BASF Construction Segment

Swiss chemicals company Sika announced that it is interested in buying a portion of BASF’s construction chemicals business, which will reportedly be up for sale this month.


KTA-Tator Acquires Land for New Facility

KTA-Tator (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) announced in an emailed press release that it has purchased a 17.65-acre parcel at RIDC Park West, Enterprise Drive, for $1.02 million for the developmen...


Evonik Acquires Polymer Powders Company

Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) announced that it has acquired Structured Polymers Inc. (Austin, Texas) for access to its new patented technology in specialty polymer powders.


Dow Expands EMEA Distribution Agreement

Safic-Alcan, independent specialty chemicals distributor (La Défense, France) and Dow, a subsidiary of DowDuPont (Midland, Michigan), recently announced the extension of their existing agree...


Nouryon Completes Organic Peroxides Expansion

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon has announced that it has more than doubled its capacity for emulsion-based organic peroxides at its site in Los Reyes, Mexico. The move aims to meet incr...


Axalta Opens Australia, New Zealand Facility

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) announced last week that it has officially opened a new regional multi-functional facility for Australia and New Zealand.


AkzoNobel Releases Q4, 2018 Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its fourth-quarter and end-of-year financial reports Wednesday (Feb. 13), indicating a 1 percent increase in revenue for Q4, and a...


ACI Opens New Regional Office in Dubai

The American Concrete Institute announced earlier this month the opening of a new regional office in Dubai.


Rust-Oleum Opens New Manufacturing Plant

Leaders at Rust-Oleum (Vernon Hills, Illinois) recently opened the company’s new 110,000-square-foot floor coating manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.


Nouryon Announces New India HQ

Amsterdam-based Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) announced yesterday (Jan. 16) that it has opened a new headquarters office and research center in Mumbai, India.


Sika Moves to Acquire Parex in $2.5B Deal

Swiss chemicals company Sika has announced a binding offer to buy French coatings company Parex for a reported 2.5 billion Swiss franc ($2.53 billion).


Gordon Brush Co. Announces Acquisition

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc. (Industry, California) announced late last week that it has acquired specialized brush company Parker Brush Inc. of Rocklin, California.


BrandSafway Acquires Forming Concepts

Coatings and industrial solutions company BrandSafway (Kennesaw, Georgia) recently announced that it has acquired Forming Concepts, a provider of concrete formwork solutions in the United St...


PPG Acquires Low-Friction Coatings Company

Gobal coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Whitford Worldwide Company (Elverson, Pennsylvania), a manufacturer that specializes in...


PPG Acquires Low-Friction Coatings Company

Gobal coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Whitford Worldwide Company (Elverson, Pennsylvania), a manufacturer that specializes in...


Dow Announces Increase in Methyl Cellulose

Dow, a subsidiary of DowDuPont (Midland, Michigan), recently announced a series of incremental methyl cellulose capacity investments, which the company says aims to help construction try mix...


AkzoNobel Acquires Full Ownership of China JV

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced late last week that it has completed the acquisition of Swire Industrial Limit’s minority interest in the AkzoNobel Swire Paints joint...


Dow Announces Increase in Methyl Cellulose

Dow, a subsidiary of DowDuPont (Midland, Michigan), recently announced a series of incremental methyl cellulose capacity investments, which the company says aims to help construction try mix...


Hempel Opens New R&D Facility in Spain

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Denmark) recently celebrated the ribbon-cutting of its new research and developer Center of Excellence in Barcelona, which will focus on coating products within...


Axalta Expands China Office, Refinish Center

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced the opening of a new regional office and Refinish Training Center in Chengdu, China. The company ...


PPG Announces Investment in China Facility

Global coatings company PPG announced last least week that it is investing $1.7 million into a new dispense cell at its Kunshan, China, manufacturing facility.


PPG Announces Investment in China Facility

Global coatings company PPG announced last least week that it is investing $1.7 million into a new dispense cell at its Kunshan, China, manufacturing facility.


Hempel Opens New R&D Facility in Spain

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Denmark) recently celebrated the ribbon-cutting of its new research and developer Center of Excellence in Barcelona, which will focus on coating products within...


PPG Announces TiO2 Deal Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced on Tuesday (Nov. 27) that it has expanded a multi-year titanium-dioxide supply agreement with pigment manufacturer Lomon Billions.


PPG Announces TiO2 Deal Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced on Tuesday (Nov. 27) that it has expanded a multi-year titanium-dioxide supply agreement with pigment manufacturer Lomon Billions.


Axalta Announces Opening of Largest R&D Center

Global coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) celebrated the grand opening for what it calls the largest coatings research and development center in the world with a ribbon-cutting last wee...


Axalta Opens Largest R&D Center

Global coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) celebrated the grand opening for what it calls the largest coatings research and development center in the world with a ribbon-cutting last wee...


Nippon Paint Collabs to Launch Coil Coatings Center

During the 40th anniversary celebration of steel building systems firm Shandong Wiskind Ltd., Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. announced the establishment of a new coil coatings joint innovati...


Carbon Black Company Makes Acquisition

Luxembourg-based Global carbon black supplier Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. recently announced that it has acquired an acetylene carbon black supplier.


AkzoNobel Acquires Malaysia Paint Company

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced late last week that it has acquired Colourland Paints, based in Johor, Malaysia.


Union, Developer Strike NYC Hudson Yards Deal

A construction agreement that was initially announced in August has finally been agreed upon, according to the New York City District Council of Carpenters.


Sherwin-Williams Reports Steady Sales Increases

Consolidated net sales were up in the third quarter of 2018 for The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland), a 5 percent increase over the same quarter in 2017, totaling $4.73 billion. The upti...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Q3 Sales Increases

Consolidated net sales were up in the third quarter of 2018 for The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland), a 5 percent increase over the same quarter in 2017, totaling $4.73 billion. The upti...


CIN Invests $7.9M in 'Smart Factory'

Portugal-based coatings company CIN recently announced a 7 million-euro ($7.9 million) investment to “create the first smart factory.”


Covestro to Invest $1.7B in TX Expansion

Polymers giant Covestro recently announced that its board approved an investment of 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to build a new world-scale MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a key ch...


DowDuPont Taps Leaders of New Companies

Holding company DowDuPont—comprised of The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Michigan) and DuPont (Wilmington, Delaware), which merged last year—recently announced its senior leaders for the up...


Covestro to Invest $1.7B in TX Expansion

Polymers giant Covestro recently announced that its board approved an investment of 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to build a new world-scale MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a key ch...


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Dip for Q3

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) published its financial report for the third quarter yesterday (Oct. 17) and reported a 4 percent drop in revenue despite return-on-sales i...


AkzoNobel Q3 Financials Indicate Revenue Dip

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) published its third-quarter financial report yesterday (Oct. 17), indicating a 4 percent drop in revenue despite return-on-sales increases ...


Axalta Names Interim CEO

Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced that its Board of Directors appointed Robert Bryant, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, as the company’s inter...


Arkema to Expand MI Plant Manufacturing

Arkema Coating Resins, a unit of Arkema Inc., announced early last week that it plans to expand manufacturing capabilities for its Synaqua platform at its Grand Rapids, Michigan, facility.


PPG, Kelly-Moore to Discontinue Paint Stripper

Two more paint companies have confirmed that they are discontinuing the sales of paint strippers containing methylene chloride and NMP.


Akzo Specialty Chem Rebranded as Nouryon

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced earlier this week that it has been relaunched following its move into private ownership. The company has been relabeled Nouryon, a name that Akzo says...


Arkema to Expand MI Plant Manufacturing

Arkema Coating Resins, a unit of Arkema Inc. announced earlier this week that it plans to expand manufacturing capabilities for its Synaqua platform at its Grand Rapids, Michigan, facility.


Axalta Announces New Wood Coatings Center

Last week, liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced the openng of its new Learning and Development Center, which is dedicated to industrial wood coatings technology. The Center i...


Akzo Specialty Chem Rebranded as Nouryon

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced Tuesday that it has been relaunched following its move into private ownership. The company will now be known as Nouryon, a name that Akzo says borrows...


RPM Announces Personnel Changes

RPM International Inc., parent company to names such as Carboline, Flowcrete and Rust-Oleum, recently announced multiple senior promotions as part of its organizational realignment.


Axalta Opens New Wood Coatings Center

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced last week that it has opened its new Learning and Development Center, which is dedicated to industrial wood coatings technology, in Pomon...


AkzoNobel Finishes Romania Paint Firm Buy

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the completion of its acquisition of Romanian paint and plaster manufacturer Fabryo Corporation.


RPM Reports Sales Up, Income Down in Q1

RPM International Inc., a holding company whose subsidiaries include industrial coatings suppliers Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, achieved a sales increase but a drop in net income in the f...


RPM Issues Q1 Report

RPM International Inc., a holding company whose subsidiaries include industrial coatings suppliers Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, achieved a sales increase but a drop in net income in the f...


AkzoNobel Completes Deco Paint Acquisition

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the conclusion of its acquisition of Romanian decorative paint and plaster manufacturer Fabryo Corporation.


Dow to Up Silicone Capacity

The Dow Chemical Company, a subsidiary of DowDuPont, will be increasing its silicone production capacity in the coming years, with new facilities in the U.S. and China aimed at meeting what ...


AkzoNobel Closes Specialty Chemicals Sale

Concluding a year-and-a-half long process, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the completion of the sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and Sin...


AkzoNobel Completes Specialty Chemicals Sale

Concluding a year-and-a-half long process, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the completion of the sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and Sin...


Clariant Announces Plans with SABIC

Global specialty chemicals supplier Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) announced last week a plan to combine some of its coatings-related business units with segments of Saudi Basic Industries ...


Dow Releases Plan to Meet Silicone Demand

The Dow Chemical Company recently unveiled a new investment plan that aims to meet a growth in silicone demand and innovation.


AkzoNobel Acquires Spain Paint Firm

International coatings supplier AkzoNobel announced last week the acquisition of a Spain-based decorative paints and wood finishes firm as part of what it calls its transformational strategy...


Clariant to Divest Part of Coatings Business

Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant announced an updated strategy last week in light of its recent deal with fellow specialty company Saudi Basic Industries Corporation.


AkzoNobel Acquires Spain Subsidiary

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel has now furthered its foothold in both the decorative paints and wood care segments in Spain with its most recent deal.


Airline Spells Its Own Name Wrong on Plane

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when the picture captures only two words, you want them both to be spelled correctly. For Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, a photo of...


RPM Announces Building-Materials Firm Acquisition

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of brands including Rust-Oleum and Carboline, announced last week its acquisition of Nudura Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor ...


RPM Acquires ICF Manufacturer

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of brands such as Rust-Oleum, Tremco and Carboline, announced Tuesday (Sept. 11) that it has acquired Nudura Corporation, a manufacturer...


Airplane Maker Paints Tiger, Shark Planes

With the true eye of the tiger, aircraft maker Embraer recently collaborated with AkzoNobel’s aerospace coatings business to develop new livery for three of Embraer’s latest line of E2 busin...


NYC Contractor Sues Developer for $3.4M

Firms in New York City are embroiled in a $3 million battle over wrongful termination accusations regarding the revamps of a former Long Island hospital.


Countertop Coating Recalled for Lead Levels

Vernon Hills, Illinois-based Rust-Oleum Corp. announced a recall of nearly 2,000 cans of paint last week after its Black Satin Countertop Coating was found to have excessive levels of lead.


Tronox-Cristal TiO2 Deal Advances in EU

The European Commission has approved a divestiture meant to pave the way for the acquisition of titanium dioxide supplier Cristal by Tronox Limited, a deal that still requires approval in th...


EC Further Approves Tronox-Cristal Deal

Tronox Limited announced that the European Commission has further approved its acquisition of Cristal, a titanium dioxide pigment business, by green-lighting the divestiture of Tronox’s 8120...


PPG Announces New Controller

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG recently appointed a new vice president and corporate controller, following an investigation into the company’s financial reports earlier this year.


PPG Appoints New VP, Controller

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG recently announced the appointment of a new vice president and corporate controller following an investigation into the company’s financial reports earlier...


Huntsman Expands PU Footprint

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation announced late last month that it is expanding its Polyurethanes division with the commercial registration of its business in Chile.


Huntsman Expands Footprint in South America

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation announced late last month that it is expanding its Polyurethanes division with the commercial registration of its business in Chile.


Axalta Names New EMEA President

Global company Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) announced last week multiple personnel changes in its European regions, including the appointment of Yves Kerstens as Vice President and ...


Axalta Appoints New EMEA President

Global coatings company Axalta announced last week multiple personnel changes in its European regions.


Axalta to Expand TX Liquid Coatings Facility

Coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems is undertaking a major expansion to its Jacksonville, Texas, industrial coatings production facility, according to an announcement issued July 31.


Axalta Announces TX Plant Expansion

Coatings company Axalta announced on Tuesday that it is expanding its Jacksonville, Texas, production facility.


O'Malley Named MPI Executive Director

The NACE International Institute announced Tuesday that Cynthia O’Malley, formerly of KTA-Tator Inc., will take the role of executive director of Master Painters Institute LLC.


NACE Names New MPI Executive Director

The NACE International Institute announced Tuesday the appointment of Cynthia O’Malley as its new executive director for Master Painters Institute LLC.


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q2 Numbers

The Sherwin-Williams Company released its 2018 second-quarter earnings report on Tuesday, reporting a record for the quarter with a 27.8 percent increase in consolidated net sales to $4.77 b...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Record Sales in Q2

Sales were up in the second quarter of 2018 for The Sherwin-Williams Company, which reported consolidated net sales of $4.77 billion in its quarterly report, issued Tuesday, attributing the ...


Clariant, Lintech Expand Partnership

Specialty chemicals firm Clariant recently announced the expansion of its partnership with specialty chemical distributor Lintech International LLC—Lintech will be the sole distributor of Cl...


Clariant Expands Partnership with Lintech

Specialty chemicals firm Clariant (Muttens, Switzerland) recently announced the expansion of its partnership with specialty chemical distributor Lintech International LLC (Macon, Georgia)—Li...


Report: Construction Disputes Dragged On in 2017

Global design and consultancy firm Arcadis recently released a report detailing that while the value of construction disputes in North America dropped for the fourth year in a row, the avera...


RPM Releases Q4, Year-End Numbers

RPM International Inc., the parent company of paints and coatings firms including Rust-Oleum, Carboline and Tremco, released on Thursday (July 19) its financial report for its fiscal fourth ...


RPM Fourth-Quarter, Year-End Numbers Mixed

Holding company RPM International Inc., parent of paints and coatings companies including Carboline, Tremco and Rust-Oleum, reported record sales but a dip in net income in the fourth quarte...


Report: Construction Disputes Increased in 2017

A new report from global design and consultancy firm Arcadis (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) has revealed that although the value of construction disputes in North America dropped for the fourth...


Covestro Opens VOC Testing Facility in China

German materials manufacturer Covestro recently announced that it has opened a VOC testing laboratory in its Polymer Research and Development Center in Shanghai.


TCI Announces Move Beyond Powder Coatings

After 30 years in powder coatings, supplier TCI recently announced a branding change and an expansion into liquid and electrocoat products.


TCI Announces Expansion, Initiatives

Powder coatings manufacturer TCI recently announced that it's celebrating its 30th anniversary with a branding change and an expansion of services.


RPM Announces Operation Changes

Less than two weeks after announcing new initiatives as part of a cooperation agreement with fund manager Elliott Management, coatings and sealants holding company RPM Inc. said July 6 that ...


MAPEI Signals Expansion

Coatings and building products manufacturer MAPEI Corporation recently announced that it will be expanding its operations through two new locations in Florida and Georgia.


RPM Announces Leadership Changes

Less than two weeks after announcing new initiatives as part of a cooperation agreement with fund manager Elliott Management, coatings and sealants holding company RPM Inc. said July 6 that ...


Airbus Gets a Whale of a Paint Job

In late June, Airbus made a splash with the unveiling of the new design for the BelugaXL (Airbus A330-700L), a new mega-transport aircraft painted to look like its namesake—the Beluga whale.


PPG to Close Houston Plant

Global coatings manufacturer PPG has confirmed plans to shut down a plant in Houston after filing a notice with the Texas Workforce Commission disclosing upcoming job cuts.


PPG Announces Houston Plant Closure

Pittsburgh-based global coatings manufacturer PPG is planning to close a Houston manufacturing plant, according to documents filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.


AkzoNobel Expands Organic Peroxide Plant in India

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals recently announced that is has broken ground on a project to expand production capacity and update its organic peroxides facility in Mahad, India.


AkzoNobel Opens Powder-Coating Plant

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently announced that the company will be continuing its expansion in Asia with the start of production at a new powder coatings plant in Changzhou, ...


AkzoNobel Opens New Powder Coatings Plant

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel is continuing its expansion in Asia with the start of production at its new powder coatings plant in Changzhou, China.


PPG Gets Filing Extension

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced nearly two weeks ago that it filed for an extension with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commisision for its first-quarter financial repor...


PPG Gets 6-Month Q1 Filing Extension

Nearly two weeks after global coatings company PPG announced that it filed for an extension with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on its first-quarter financial report for 2018, t...


TX Firm Claims Millions in Savings from iPads

A Dallas construction company recently made headlines when it reported that the use of iPads in the field has saved the company an estimated $1.8 million a year.


Report: Philly Shipyard Could Close

Philadelphia's Philly Shipyard is facing yet more economic challenges and possible closure—the company’s order book is empty, and few are looking to buy new vessels.


Perkins Eastman, Dougherty Announce Merger

Global architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman and California-based firm Dougherty recently announced that the two have agreed on a merger, effective May 1.


AkzoNobel Approves New Board Chair

At its Annual General Meeting Thursday (April 26), global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel approved the appointment of Nils Andersen to its Supervisory Board in the role of chair, replacing A...


AkzoNobel Appoints New Chairman at AGM

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) voted Thursday (April 26) in favor of all resolutions at this year’s Annual General Meeting.


Perstorp Reports Sales Growth in 2017

Specialty chemicals company Perstorp AB (Malmo, Sweden) reported sales growth in its 2017 annual report, issued Friday (April 20), with its coatings segment representing a third of sales on ...


PPG, Home Depot Announce Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) and major retailer The Home Depot have announced an expanded partnership, along with the release of a new PPG product.


Perstorp Reports Sales Growth in 2017

Specialty chemicals company Perstorp AB (Malmo, Sweden) reported sales growth in its 2017 annual report, issued Friday (April 20), with its coatings segment representing a third of sales on ...


Shipyard Firm Bankrupt After Failed SF Deal

A Washington state-based shipyard owner has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of its failed purchase of San Francisco’s Pier 70 shipyard, as the Port of San Francisco begins seeking a new ope...


Sales Up, Volumes Largely Flat for PPG in Q1

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG released its first-quarter financial report for 2018 on Thursday (April 19), indicating a 9 percent increase in net sales over the prior year, totaling $3....


PPG Reports Sales Up, Volumes Flat in Q1

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG released its first-quarter financial report for 2018 on Thursday (April 19), indicating a 9 percent increase in net sales over the prior year, totaling $3....


Hempel Reports Stable Sales, Growth Plans

Global coatings company Hempel released its 2017 Annual Report last Friday, and noted that its income and lowered debt position it for acquisitions and a “leading global role” in the industr...


Hempel Reports Stable Sales, Growth Plans

Global coatings company Hempel (Kongens Lyngby, Denmark) released its 2017 Annual Report Friday (April 6), touting stable sales and income numbers and a reduction in debt that it says positi...


RPM Sets Sales Record in Q3, Names New VP

Holding company RPM Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of coatings firms including Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, as well as consumer paints companies like Rust-Oleum, saw record sales and...


RPM Releases Q3 Report, Sets Record

Holding company RPM Inc., parent company of consumer paints company Rust-Oleum and other coatings firms including Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, saw record sales and record net income in th...


Report: Contractor CFO Pay, Bonuses Peak

A new quarterly report suggests that high-ranking construction officials are reaping the benefits of the healthy market with significant salary increases and bonuses.


$8.5B Chicago O'Hare Expansion Moving Forward

On Wednesday, the City Council of Chicago approved the $8.5 billion expansion for O’Hare International Airport, marking the end of a previous dispute between the airport’s two largest carrie...


Lufthansa to Repaint Newly Repainted Planes

Germany-based Lufthansa Group has had to reverse the recent changes made to its livery due to the new dark blue being too dark, especially in adverse weather conditions.


Ohio River Shipyard to be Shuttered

The United States’ oldest inland shipyard will close this spring, according to its parent company.


AkzoNobel to Sell Specialty Chemical Business

In the culmination of a process announced nearly a year ago, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Tuesday the 10.1 billion euro sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Ca...


AkzoNobel to Sell Specialty Chemical Business

Nearly a year after announcing it would spin off its Specialty Chemicals business, global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) revealed Tuesday (March 27) its 10.1 billion euro ($12.5 billion...


RPM's Rust-Oleum Acquires Sealer Company

Coatings and sealants company RPM International Inc. announced Monday that its Rust-Oleum Group has acquired sealers and cleaners company Miracle Sealants Company.


Axalta Opens Color Center in Germany

Global coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems recently announced that it has officially opened a new Color Solutions Center in Frankfurt, Germany.


Southwest Airlines Honors Louisiana with Pelican Plane

To celebrate Louisiana and 39 years of service to the region, Southwest Airlines released the company’s latest state-dedicated aircraft—Louisiana One—a Boeing 737-700 painted with both the f...


Nippon Paint Allows Wuthelam Board Majority

Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. recently announced the decision to make Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam a majority on its board, allowing the company to essentially be in control of N...


AkzoNobel Releases 2017 Q4, Year-End Numbers

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its 2017 fourth-quarter and year-end earnings reports on Thursday (March 8), noting that its Specialty Chemicals business is reported as ...


Sales Up for AkzoNobel as Separation Nears

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) reported positive volumes and earnings for 2017 in its fourth-quarter and year-end report, issued Thursday (March 8), as the company prepar...


AkzoNobel Names Andersen New Board Chair

Coatings giant AkzoNobel announced earlier this week the nomination of Nils Smedegaard Andersen as a member of the Supervisory Board, with the intention to elect him as Chairman, granted his...


Nippon Paint Allows Wuthelam Board Majority

Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. recently announced that it has decided to make Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam a majority on its board, allowing the company to essentially be in contr...


AkzoNobel Names Andersen New Board Chair

Coatings giant AkzoNobel announced yesterday the nomination of Nils Smedegaard Andersen as a member of the Supervisory Board, while also intending to elect him as Chairman, granted his appoi...


DowDuPont Reveals Upcoming Company Names

The recently merged DowDuPont announced Monday the names for the three independent companies that each division will assume, continuing the company’s plan to separate.


Profits Down, Sales Up for Jotun in 2017 Report

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun released its year-end financial report for 2017 earlier this month and noted growth in sales volumes but a decrease in profits, which was cau...


UK Coatings Groups Examine Brexit

Working together, the British Coatings Federation and the British Adhesives and Sealants Association will be examining how Brexit—the United Kingdom's prospective withdrawal from the Europea...


Sales Up, Profits Down for Jotun in 2017

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord) released its year-end financial report for 2017 last week, noting growth in sales volumes but a decrease in profits, owing large...


Lufthansa Unveils New Airline Livery

Germany-based Lufthansa Group recently unveiled new livery for its airline, which was part of a redesign to mark the 100th anniversary of the airline’s iconic crane. The reveal also featured...


UK Coatings Organizations to Hold Meeting on Brexit

The British Coatings Federation and the British Adhesives and Sealants Association are joining forces to shed light on how Brexit—the prospective withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Eu...


$1B KCI Terminal Turbulence Calms Down

A turbulent deal for Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport is back on course after the Kansas City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with Maryland-based Edgemoor Infrastr...


Huntsman Corp. Founder Dies at Age 80

Jon Huntsman, founder of specialty chemical firm Huntsman Corporation, died Feb. 2 at the age of 80, passing peacefully at his Salt Lake City home surrounded by family, according to the comp...


AkzoNobel Releases Preliminary 2017 Numbers

On Thursday, global coatings firm AkzoNobel released a preliminary report of its unaudited financial numbers for 2017, which indicated the complete internal separation of the Specialty Chemi...


AkzoNobel Preliminary 2017 Sales Numbers Up

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released preliminary 2017 year-end financial numbers Thursday (Feb. 8), indicating a slight increase in overall revenues as the company's plan to ...


Huntsman Corp. Founder Jon Huntsman Dies at 80

Jon Huntsman, founder and Chairman Emeritus of chemical company Huntsman Corporation died Friday (Feb. 2) at his home in Salt Lake City after battling long-term health issues. He was 80 year...


Sierra Acquires Burke Industrial Coatings

The Sierra Company LLC (Minnetonka, Minnesota), parent of Sierra Advanced Coating Solutions, TK Products and SureCrete Design, announced this week its acquisition of another coatings firm, B...


PPG Opens Wood Coating R&D Facility

Pittsburgh-based coatings giant PPG recently announced the opening of a new wood coatings research and development lab at its Springdale, Pennsylvania, facility.


Activist Shareholder Sells Clariant Stake

Chemical firm Saudi Basic Industries Corp recently purchased a 25 percent stake in specialty chemicals firm Clariant, effectively ending the company’s fight with an activist holding company ...


Saudi Firm Buys Clariant Stake from Activist Fund

Chemical firm Saudi Basic Industries Corp recently purchased a 25 percent stake in specialty chemicals firm Clariant (Muttens, Switzerland), effectively ending the company’s fight with activ...


Firm Looks to Control Nippon Paints Board

Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam recently announced that it is looking to become a majority on the board for Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd., citing a belief that the group can create ...


Hempel CFO Boyer Resigns

Global coatings supplier Hempel recently announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Anders Boyer will be resigning from the company.


Firm Looks to Control Nippon Paints Board

Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam recently announced that it is looking to become a majority on the board for Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd., citing a belief that the group can create ...


PPG Releases Q4, Year-End Financials

Global coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced its fourth-quarter earnings report Thursday morning (Jan. 18), as well as its 2017 year-end report, boasting net sales increases in ea...


PPG Releases Q4, Year-End Financials

Pittsburgh-based global coatings manufacturer PPG announced its fourth-quarter financial report Thursday morning, as well as its end-of-year report for 2017. Each report indicated an increas...


AkzoNobel to Expand Organic Peroxide Facility

Dutch coatings company AzkoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced Wednesday that the company is investing more than 12 million euros ($14.7 million) to expand a facility in Los Reyes, Mexico.


Large UK Construction Firm Financially Collapses

The United Kingdom’s government is doing damage control after one of the largest construction and outsourcing firms financially collapsed on Monday, prompting unions to call for an investiga...


Marco Group Acquires Equipment Distributor

Coating and surface preparation equipment firm Marco Group International (Davenport, Iowa) announced last week it has acquired distributor JAD Equipment (Youngstown, Ohio).


PPG Agrees to Acquire Paints, Coatings Wholesaler

Global coatings company PPG announced Jan. 2 that it had reached an agreement to acquire ProCoatings, a Netherlands-based paint and coatings wholesaler.


PPG Set to Acquire Paints, Coatings Wholesaler

Early last week, global coatings company PPG announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire ProCoatings, a paint and coatings wholesaler based in The Netherlands.


RPM Sales, Income Up in Q2

RPM International Inc., parent company of industrial and consumer paints and coatings companies including Carboline and Tremco, announced record sales and net income in the second quarter of...


RPM Boasts Record Highs in Q2 Sales, Income

RPM International Inc., parent company of consumer paints and specialty coatings companies including Rust-Oleum and RPM Wood Finishes, announced record sales and net income in the second qua...


ICC Acquires Content Management Company

The International Code Council, which develops codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process, recently announced that it has acquired General Code LLC.


Swiss Coatings Firm Enters Reinforcing Fiber Market

Coatings and specialty chemicals firm Sika recently announced its entry into the market for high-performance concrete reinfocing fibers, producing the material at its Troisdorf, Germany, fac...


Denver Sets Timeline for Mega Project

Denver city officials have established a timeline for the National Western Center project, with construction slated to begin early next year and phases one and two completed sooner than orig...


Sika Commences Concrete Reinforcing Fiber Production

Swiss coatings company Sika recently announced that it has started producing high-performance concrete reinforcing fibers at its manufacturing facility in Troisdorf, Germany.


AkzoNobel Announces Silica Expansion

The Specialty Chemicals business of global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced Wednesday (Dec. 6) that it will undertake a nearly $5 million expansion to its surface-modified collo...


AkzoNobel to Expand Colloidal Silica Capacity

Amsterdam-based global coatings giant AkzoNobel announced Wednesday that its Specialty Chemicals business is expanding production capacity at a facility in Sweden for its Levasil CC-branded ...


Latest Issue of Durability + Design Online Now

The latest edition of Durability + Design, featuring looks back on 2017, glimpses to the year ahead and discussions on coating technology, is available online.


SPF Companies Icynene, Lapolla Finalize Merger

Spray polyurethane foam manufacturers Icynene U.S. Holding Corp. and Lapolla Industries Inc. have announced the completion of their merger.


AkzoNobel Spin-Off Gets Official Green Light

Amsterdam-based coatings giant AkzoNobel held an Extraordinary General Meeting with its shareholders late last week that gave the company the official go-head to spin off its Specialty Chemi...


AkzoNobel Shareholders OK Split

AkzoNobel shareholders have indicated approval of the Amsterdam-based company’s decision to separate its Specialty Chemicals business into a separate entity. This move is part of a larger pl...


Clariant Spars with Shareholders

Specialty chemicals firm Clariant released multiple statements on Friday, detailing the fallout of the terminated merger with Huntsman Corporation, and highlighting a meeting with activist s...


ACI to Host Virtual Job Fair

The American Concrete Institute announced Monday (Nov. 27) that it will be hosting its inaugural virtual career fair next year.


Clariant Discusses Shareholder Talks, Strategy

On Friday, specialty chemicals firm Clariant released multiple statements on the fallout of its terminated merger with Huntsman Corporation, detailing a meeting with activist shareholder Whi...


Chemical Firm Unveils New Identity

In the wake of two recent acquisitions, specialty chemicals distributor Dunleary Inc. has rolled out a new name and identity: The Terra Firma Company LLC.


Axalta Ends Talks with Akzo, Begins with Nippon

Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) released two statements less than a day apart last week, announcing that it not only ended merger talks with coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam), but i...


Dunleary Announces New Corporate Unity

Specialty chemicals distributor Dunleary Inc.—which includes the two recently acquired companies DN Lukens and D&F—has announced its new corporate identity: The Terra Firma Company LLC.


Nippon Pursues Axalta After AkzoNobel Talks End

A day after Axalta Coating Systems and AkzoNobel announced they were finished with merger negotiations, the U.S. industrial coatings firm confirmed Wednesday that it is in talks with Osaka, ...


Clariant Expands Agreement with Distributor

Specialty chemicals company Clariant announced Wednesday that it has expanded its partnership with raw materials distributor Palmer Holland for its Additives segment.


ICP Construction Acquires Specialty Coatings Company

A division of the Innovative Chemical Products Group (Andover, Massachusetts), ICP Construction, announced last week that it had acquired Master Coating Technologies, a manufacturer of speci...


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...


AkzoNobel, Axalta Confirm Merger Talks

After reports released late last week, coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) confirmed Monday (Oct. 30) that it is in talks with Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) about a potential merger...


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...


Huntsman-Clariant Scrap Merger Deal

After receiving pressure from activist investors about the deal, chemical giants Huntsman Corporation and Clariant announced Friday that they will not continue to pursue their $20 billion me...


Sherwin-Williams Releases Third-Quarter Numbers

The Sherwin-Williams Company released its third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, reporting a continued increase in net sales and record numbers credited to the company’s acquisition of Valspar e...


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...


PPG Releases Third-Quarter Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer PPG announced its third-quarter earnings report Thursday morning (Oct. 19), noting a small increase in net sales over this period in 2016.


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.


AkzoNobel Releases Third-Quarter Numbers

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its third-quarter earnings report on Wednesday (Oct. 18), along with a notice of changes to its supervisory board and the announcement fo...


Third-Quarter Numbers for AkzoNobel Released

On Wednesday, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel released its third-quarter earnings report, along with additionally announcing changes to its supervisory board and an Extraordinary Gene...


AkzoNobel Announces China Facility Expansion

Earlier this week, AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business announced that it is entering the next part of the expansion at its Ningo, China, organic peroxides facility.


AkzoNobel Gives Update on China Facility Expansion

Coatings company AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business announced on Tuesday that it is entering the next phase of its major expansion at its organic peroxides facility in Ningbo, China.


Carlisle to Acquire Accella Performance Materials

Carlisle Companies, parent company of Carlisle Construction Materials, announced last week that it has “entered a definitive purchase agreement” to acquire Accella Performance Materials, the...


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...


AkzoNobel Taps de Vries as New CFO

Global coatings manufacturer AzkoNobel has named Maarten de Vries as its new chief financial officer just a week after the company detailed other management changes.


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.


DowDuPont Adjusts Its Company Split

Newly merged DowDuPont says it has completed a portfolio review of the three companies it had planned to spin off, and has decided to adjust the Materials Science and Specialty Products segm...


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...


Clariant Partners Up for Polymer Production

In a move to expand its high-end polymer business in Asia, Clariant recently announced its new partnership with Tiangang Auxiliary Co. Ltd., a UV light stabilizer supplier.


AkzoNobel Opens Advanced, Sustainable UK Plant

Global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel announced Tuesday that it has opened a new decorative paints plant in Ashington, in the United Kingdom.


Suggestion Announced for $1B Airport Terminal

The Kansas City (Missouri) Council selection committee has chosen its recommendation for which group will be awarded a $1 billion project at the Kansas City International Airport.


AkzoNobel Announces Management Changes

Recent changes in personnel and structure were announced last week by global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel, including the official appointment of CEO Thierry Vanlancker to the Board of Man...


Sika Acquires Turkish Manufacturer

Specialty chemicals company Sika has acquired ABC Sealants, a Turkish-based sealants and adhesives manufacturer.


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...


DowDuPont Says Merger is Successfully Complete

The merger of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont was completed right on schedule, according to a press release issued by the new company, DowDupont.


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.


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.


AkzoNobel's Disa Acquisition Complete

AkzoNobel announced Monday that its acquisition of Disa Technology, a leader in aerospace technical marking systems, is complete.


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.


PPG Closes Last Glass Deal

Global coatings giant PPG Industries announced Tuesday that the sale of its remaining fiberglass operations is complete.


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...


AkzoNobel Brokers Agreement with Elliott Hedge Fund

AkzoNobel, a paints and coatings manufacturer based in Amsterdam, announced Wednesday that an agreement with hedge fund Elliott Advisors had been reached, bringing a temporary end to the dis...


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.


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.


DowDuPont Sets End Date for Merger

Chemical giants The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont have announced that all required regulatory approvals and clearances have been received, signaling an end date for the two companies’ merg...


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...


AkzoNobel Announces Bio-Based Polymer Agreement

The joint venture between paints and coatings company AkzoNobel and specialty polymers company Itaconix Corporation has finalized its first bio-based polymer application agreement.


PPG Announces Application Acquisition

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


PPG to Acquire Coatings Application Services Provider

PPG Industries recently announced that it has come to an agreement to acquire coatings application services business The Crown Group.


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...


RPM Reports Year-End, Q4 Results

RPM International Inc., the parent company of paints and coatings firms including Rust-Oleum, Carboline and Tremco, reported a major dip in net income over the course of the past year, despi...


PPG Releases Q2 Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries announced its second-quarter earnings Thursday morning, touching on a slight uptick in net sales year over year and also discussing the impact tha...


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 ...


Vanlancker Inherits Akzo, Initiatives Post-Büchner

Early Wednesday morning global paint and coatings firm AkzoNobel announced that CEO Ton Büchner has stepped down effective immediately, citing medical reasons.


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 ...


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.


Investor Wants to Stop Huntsman, Clariant Merger

Investment firm 40 North and hedge fund Corvex, led by activist investor Keith Meister, have recently acquired 23.9 million shares (or 7.2 percent) of Clariant and are actively trying to pus...


Hedge Fund Sues AkzoNobel Over Chair

Elliott Advisors, an arm of investor Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, is now the largest shareholder of coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel, and is attempting to force out Antony Burgmans, chai...


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...


AkzoNobel Announces Multiple Acquisitions

U.K.-based Flexcrete Technologies Ltd. has become the most recent addition to AkzoNobel’s portfolio, according to an announcement from the Dutch coatings giant, which is also in an acquisiti...


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.


Evonik Reorganizes Resource Efficiency Segment

Global specialty chemicals manufacturer Evonik Industries AG recently made a change to utilize its expertise in crosslinker technology, the company says.


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).


US Approves $130B Dow-DuPont Merger

U.S. regulators have given conditional approval to the pending $130 billion merger between chemical giants The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont.


AkzoNobel Opens Coatings Facility in Brazil

In a move designed to make it—as AkzoNobel puts it—“more agile” in responding to local customer needs and regional market demands, the Dutch firm has opened a Performance Coatings facility i...


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.


Axalta-Valspar Wood Coatings Deal Closes

Axalta Coating Systems has finalized its $420 million purchase of the Valspar Corporation's North American Wood Coatings business, the Philadelphia company says.


PPG Withdraws AkzoNobel Bid

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


PPG Pulls AkzoNobel Merger Proposal

After three bids in less than three months, PPG Industries announced Thursday it would no longer pursue a merger with Dutch rival AkzoNobel.


Covestro Appoints Steilemann as CEO

German polymer giant Covestro announced that Markus Steilemann has been appointed as the firm's next CEO.


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...


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 ...


Sherwin-Valspar Deal Set to Close This Week

Last week, the United States Federal Trade Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau both gave their approval to the merger between two of the largest paints and coatings manufacturers ...


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.


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.


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...


Shareholder Turmoil Heats Up at AkzoNobel

Shareholders of Dutch coatings giant AkzoNobel are raising concerns amid the company’s rejection of rival PPG Industries’ third merger proposal earlier this month.


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...


PPG Still Up for Talking to AkzoNobel

On Wednesday (May 10), PPG Industries issued a new statement in response to AkzoNobel's (Amsterdam) rejection of its third merger proposal. According to the release, the Pittsburgh-based com...


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...


Third PPG Proposal Rejected by AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel announced Monday morning that it has rejected a third merger proposal from PPG Industries following two weeks of deliberation and a meeting with the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based ...


Berger Strikes Deal with Japan's Rock Paint

Berger Paints India Ltd. announced Friday that it has reached an agreement to market automotive refinish paints in India manufactured by Rock Paint Co. Ltd. of Japan.


AkzoNobel Rejects Meeting Request, Backs Chair

Dutch coatings company AkzoNobel has officially declined a shareholder request for an Extraordinary General Meeting.


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'...


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.


PPG Makes Third, 'Last' Offer to AkzoNobel

For the first time, Dutch coatings company AkzoNobel will consider a merger offer from PPG Industries, which has made its third attempt at the proposition.


Berger Paints, Chugoku Partner on Marine

Putting into action its plan to expand its presence in the Indian marine paints market, Chugoku Marine Paints of Japan has announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Be...


CA Official Charged in Bid-Rigging Scheme

Federal prosecutors have charged a former high-ranking official in California's Veterans Affairs department and seven others after an investigation of alleged bid-rigging on public construct...


NYC Firms Accused of Cheating 40 Subs Out of $10M

At least 40 subcontractors who worked on 34 construction projects in New York City were bilked out of $9.6 million they were owed, authorities alleged Wednesday (April 5).


PPG Reiterates Akzo Invitation

For the third time in under a month, PPG Industries is trying to set up talks with Dutch coatings firm AkzoNobel.


Bremm Named BASF Coatings President

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


RPM Q3: Sales Up, Income Dips

RPM International Inc., the parent company of well-known consumer coatings brands like Rust-Oleum and Zinsser, slightly increased sales in its 2017 third quarter, but posted a drop in net in...


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...


BASF Names New President of Coatings Division

Chemical company BASF Corp. has announced a new president for its Coatings division. Dirk Bremm, who has spent nearly two decades with BASF, was appointed to the position on April 1.


Sprayers Offer Quick, Smooth Finish

Graco Inc. has revealed a new line of airless handheld sprayers, which include new features that make it easier to spray more paint in less time.


Firestone Completes Gaco Deal

Less than two months after first announcing its plan to acquire Gaco Western, Firestone Building Products Company LLC has completed the deal.


Michelle Obama to Headline AIA Conference

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to thousands of architects and building professionals in attendance at the American Institute of Architects’ upcoming annual conference in Orlando...


D+D Launches Materials Conference

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Materials Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh...


ACI Elects New President, Officers

A construction industry leader will head the American Concrete Institute for the 2017-18 term, according to an announcement from the organization.


Tilting Tower Suit Seeks Fix

The Millennium Tower (San Francisco) saga continues with the largest legal action yet; the sinking and tilting building’s homeowners association is suing the developer and others for more th...


Giant Bridge will Dive Under Sea

A massive sea bridge that includes a 4-mile stretch of tunnel is still on target to meet its deadlines, officials say, despite numerous logistic and construction setbacks.


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.


Congress to Cut OSHA Rule

Congress has voted to ditch a workplace regulation that extended the time period for federal workplace safety authorities to cite employers for failing to report workplace injuries and illne...


Dow-DuPont Merger Gains EU Approval

Dow Chemical and DuPont are one step closer to becoming DowDuPont, with the companies’ recent merger approval coming from the European Union.


Contractor’s Bookkeeper Admits Fraud

A former bookkeeper of an Ohio-based contractor has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a multi-year fraud scheme, authorities have announced.


Equity Firms Buy Powder Coating Firm

A major player in the United Kingdom’s architectural powder coating industry has been acquired.


Construction Job Growth, Shortages

U.S. construction employment increased by 58,000 jobs in February, to reach 6.8 million, the highest level since November 2008, according an analysis of new government data.


OSHA Revamps Protocol with New Campaign

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is calling on employers to update their safety protocols with the recently launched “Safe and Sound Campai...


Safway to Merge with Brand Energy

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


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.


PPG’s Second Offer to AkzoNobel Declined

Dutch coatings firm AkzoNobel has declined a second "unsolicited proposal" from PPG Industries, the world's largest coatings manufacturer.


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...


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Extend Merger Plans

A timeline shift has prompted The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) and The Valspar Corporation (Minneapolis) to push back the termination date of their planned merger agreement, the comp...


Spray Paint Claims Spur Suit

Rust-Oleum now faces a proposed class action lawsuit one year after an advertising industry watchdog took aim at the company over ad claims about one of its consumer spray paint product line...


Brand, Safway Announce Merger

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


Labeling Giant Buys Coatings Firm

Avery Dennison has announced the acquisition of Hanita Coatings, an Israel-based coatings firm that serves a range of markets including construction, energy and electronics.


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...


RCMA Recognizes Key Players

During the annual roof coatings conference, held at the end of February, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association elected two new members to its board of directors and recognized three me...


Contractor Blames Sub for Hotel Delays

The construction of a 1,048-room, $370 million luxury hotel in Austin, Texas, has faced delays and the general contractor says a subcontractor is responsible.


Bill to Expand Lead Testing Rules

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would alter the state’s Health and Safety Code and require all children ages 6 months to 6 years be tested for lead poisoning.


Flooring Expert Joins ChemQuest

A floor coverings expert with more than 35 years of experience has been tapped by The ChemQuest Group.


Workers Fired After Skipping to Protest

More than 100 protestors in the United States lost their jobs last month after taking part in the “Day Without Immigrants” demonstration, including at least 70 employees in the construction ...


Architect Says Landmark Design Was Stolen

As Dubai inches toward completion of its latest landmark structure, The Frame, the architect behind the unique picture frame design has filed suit, claiming copyright infringement.


Cool Roof Coatings Market Heats Up

Globally, the cool roof coating market is expected to reach $5.41 billion by 2025, up from $2.8 billion in 2015, a new study suggests.


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...


Sales Increase, Profits Dip in Valspar Q1

Successes in the coil and wood coatings and consumer paints product lines are behind Valspar’s 2.5 percent net sales increase to $907.6 million according to the company’s first-quarter earni...


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...


Senate Strikes Federal Contracting Changes

Congress has moved to strike a rule that would have required contractors bidding on federal projects to disclose civil, administrative and workplace protection violations.


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.


Contractor CEO Gets Prison for Union Theft

A Washington, D.C. area builder will serve more than five years behind bars for his involvement in a scheme to steal more than $1.7 million from a labor union, authorities have announced.


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.


Hotel Developer Gets Prison in Visa Scam

A 33-year-old aspiring Chicago hotel developer will spend three years behind bars for bilking Chinese investors out of nearly $158 million for a hotel and convention center project that neve...


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.


PPG Signs New Hockey Deal

Paint and hockey make for a winning combination; at least, that’s what PPG and the National Hockey League wager.


Tronox, Cristal Ink $1.67B Agreement

In a bid to become the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide, Tronox has announced plans to acquire the TiO2 business of Cristal, a privately held global chemical and mining company, ...


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.


Firestone to Buy Gaco Western

In a move aimed to increase its foothold in the building envelope industry, Firestone Building Products Company LLC says it reached an agreement to acquire Gaco Western, a manufacturer of si...


Pay Scheme Results in $3.2M Fine

A New Jersey-based contractor with ties to several New York City public projects faces $3.2 million in fines for underpaying dozens of immigrant workers, authorities have announced.


Report Tackles Worker Health Issues

Nearly a third of construction workers lack health insurance despite half experiencing at least one doctor-diagnosed health condition, according to a recent report.


Scaffolding Firm Exec Gets Jail Time

The owner of two New York-based scaffolding businesses that worked on city, state and private projects has agreed to spend 16 weekends behind bars and pay $2 million for underreporting milli...


AIA Keynote Selection Sparks Concern

The American Institute of Architects has added female architect keynote speakers to its 2017 National Convention lineup after sparking outrage among dozens of architects, firms and design st...


Workers, PPG Donate $111K in EMEA

PPG employees in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region have given more than $111,000 to selected charities in the first year of a new program, the global paint manufacturer announced Mon...


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.


R&D Concerns in Dow-DuPont Deal

Innovation concerns are at the center of the regulatory review of The Dow Chemical Company's multi-billion dollar bid to merge with DuPont, reports relate.


Feds: Owner Paid $1M in Bribes for Jobs

An Atlanta-based construction executive has admitted to bribing city officials in order to obtain lucrative business deals on high-profile public projects.


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...


Construction Sees Job Gains, Higher Pay

U.S. construction employment started 2017 on a positive note, adding 36,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in January, as well as increasing worker pay, according to new analyse...


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.


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.


AIA Posts Healthy Outlook for Construction

Retail, office and hotel construction is forecast to dominate the building recovery in 2017. However, industrial construction is projected to see almost no increase.


Safety Bills Divide Workers in New York

A set of 21 bills aimed at increasing construction jobsite safety and a report revealing a crisis in rising construction fatalities in New York are fueling debate in the construction industr...


Powder Coatings Plant Opens

Increasing its presence in Asia, AkzoNobel recently opened a new €11 million ($11.7 million) powder coatings facility in Chengdu.


Eight Firms Form Euclid Group

A group of RPM International Inc. subsidiaries that produce coatings and related chemicals to construction and engineering sectors have recently united to form The Euclid Group.


AkzoNobel Opens New China Powder Coatings Plant

AkzoNobel has expanded again in Asia—the Amsterdam-based coatings company has recently opened a new €11 million ($11.7 million) powder coatings facility in Chengdu.


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 ...


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.


Sherwin-Williams Posts Record Sales, Merger Plans

Sherwin-Williams' Paint Stores Group helped propel the Cleveland-based coatings company to hit record net sales in 2016, the company announced Thursday (Jan. 26).


Specification Software Companies Unite

ARCOM, a Salt Lake City-based specification publisher, has announced the acquisition of Portland, Maine-based InterSpec, a firm that provides the BIM-to-specification software, e-SPECS.


Learn about Architecture for Free

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is set to offer a free, online introductory course called “The Architectural Imagination” beginning Feb. 28.


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...


Flowcrete, Others Join ‘Power’ Group

Several well-known concrete coatings brands, including Flowcrete and Euclid Chemical, have united to form The Euclid Group.


ICP Group Acquires Rock-Tred

The Innovative Chemical Products Group has acquired the Illinois-based polymer floor coating manufacturer Rock-Tred Corp.


Rates, Charges Take Toll on PPG Q4

Paint and coatings giant PPG reported a dip in net sales and a nosedive in net income for its fourth quarter 2016 due to unfavorable currency rates and charges related to its global restruct...


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, ...


Raw Material Firms Ink Deal

EMCO Chemical Distributors Canada Ltd., announced that it successfully completed the acquisition of raw materials supplier Inortech Chimie Inc., of Terrebonne, Quebec.


Paint Aid Delivered to Haiti

More than 3,500 gallons of paint will help reconstruct homes in Haitian villages wiped out by Hurricane Matthew, thanks to a donation from Axalta Coating Systems.


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.


Construction Outlook Positive for 2017

Nearly three quarters of American construction companies plan to increase headcounts in 2017, according to a survey released this week.


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.


AIA Teams Up With James Hardie

The American Institute of Architects has partnered with James Hardie Building Products Inc., a leader in fiber cement siding.


China to Ease Israel’s Labor Woes

China has agreed to send up to 20,000 construction workers to Israel to help alleviate the country’s labor shortage.


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.


Port Sues Former Paint Chemical Maker

The Port of Portland, OR, has recently joined eight western U.S. cities and the state of Washington in filing nuisance suits, seeking to hold Monsanto liable for allegedly polluting public w...


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...


Sales Increase in RPM Q2

Despite making decisions that impacted its bottom line, RPM International Inc. reported a boost in specialty, consumer and industrial coatings segment sales in its second quarter of fiscal y...


Construction Near Nest Sparks Suit

Two office buildings under construction and a pair of eagles are at the center of a controversy in Manassas, VA.


Dow to Add Innovation Center

The Dow Chemical Company has recently announced plans to build a new innovation center in its hometown of Midland, MI.


RPM Adds to Rust-Oleum Europe

RPM International Inc. has announced a deal to acquire SPS Group (SPS), a Dutch decorative and specialty coatings company.


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...


Nippon Paint to Buy Dunn-Edwards

Osaka, Japan-based Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd., the world’s fourth largest paint company, has entered into a deal to acquire the Los Angeles-based paint maker Dunn-Edwards Corp.


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...


AkzoNobel Donation Aids in Restoring Town

An organization working to eradicate poverty and blight in a Michigan town has partnered with a coatings manufacturer that employs hundreds of people there.


Valspar Sales Decline, Merger ‘On Track’

Ahead of its multi-billion dollar planned merger with The Sherwin-Williams Company, paint and coatings manufacturer Valspar Corp. announced its fourth-quarter and year-end results, posting d...


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...


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...


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...


PPG to Shed Jobs in Restructuring

As many as 1,700 jobs, about 3.6 percent of PPG's 44,700-member workforce, are expected to be affected by a global restructuring program in the coming year.


Quikrete Acquires Concrete Pipe Business

Concrete and waterproofing product manufacturer Quikrete Holdings Inc. has acquired a concrete pipe business owned by Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.


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...


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...


Valspar Issues Wood Product Recall

Valspar has voluntarily recalled wood cleaner and brightener products due to a chemical hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.


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...


Contractor Guilty in Tribal Pay-to-Play Scheme

The president of a Montana-based construction company faces up to 20 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines for bribing tribal officials in order to receive lucrative contracts on...


Former Building Inspector Faces Prison

Prosecutors have accused a former New York City Department of Buildings inspector and the owner of a local construction business of conspiracy to commit extortion.


AIA CEO: Sorry for ‘Tone-Deaf’ Statement

Leaders of the American Institute of Architects have issued a public apology, after drawing fire from its members and others in the architecture community for a statement released following ...


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).


Tremco Group Acquires Tape Maker

RPM has announced an addition to its tremco illbruck Group with the acquisition of U.K.-based Adhere Industrial Tapes Ltd.


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.


Sherwin-Williams’ Connor to Retire

After a 34 year run with The Sherwin-Williams Company, Executive Chairman Christopher M. Connor will retire Dec. 31, the company announced late Monday (Nov. 7).


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.


Huntsman to Spin Off Pigments Business

Huntsman Corporation, an American-based global chemical manufacturer with more than $10 billion in revenue last year, is looking to move ahead with a plan to spin off its Pigments & Additive...


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...


Dow, DuPont Merger Faces Hurdles

U.S.-based Dow Chemical and DuPont have once again failed to provide crucial data to European antitrust regulators—forcing the European Commission to suspend its review of the proposed merge...


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.


PPG to Buy Romanian Firm

Looking to increase its presence outside the U.S., PPG has reached an agreement with the Emerging Europe Accession Fund to acquire DEUTEK, a Romanian paint and architectural coatings maker.


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...


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar: Deal Unchanged

The Sherwin-Williams Company and Valspar intend to close their pending merger on schedule in early 2017 and at its planned price, the companies said Friday (Oct. 28), in the face of a report...


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.


Haunted Homes Spook the Market

Buying a home is a stressful proposition. That nice-looking house can come with all kind of strings attached: old wiring, leaky roof, plumbing problems. Then there are the houses that come w...


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...


Sherwin-Williams’ Revenues Rise

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported consolidated net sales of $3.28 billion for its third quarter and $9.07 billion for the nine-month period, driven in part by high paint sales volumes in...


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 ...


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.


Cost Cuts Could Follow PPG Q3

PPG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael H. McGarry says the company is "reviewing various restructuring scenarios" to reduce costs, following the release of its third quarter earnin...


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.


Pigment, Building Envelope Firms Ink Deals

New York-based private equity firm American Securities LLC recently announced the acquisitions of two architectural coatings industry players.


Survey: Architects Back in the Black

According to a new survey from the American Institute of Architects, the architecture industry in the U.S. has nearly fully recovered from the recent recession, and firms have been able to r...


NYC Contractor to Pay $9M for Fraud

One of the largest construction concerns in New York City has agreed to pay more than $9 million in restitution and penalties for systematic overbilling clients over a 13-year period, author...


RPM Board Director Retires

After 55 years of service, Thomas C. Sullivan has officially stepped down as director of the multinational holding company RPM International.


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 ...


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...


Dow-DuPont Deal Review Reopens

European regulators have restarted their investigation of the proposed merger between The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, weeks after suspending the process due to missing paperwork, though...


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...


RPM Posts Record First Quarter

North American commercial construction markets bolstered results for RPM International Inc.'s first quarter of 2017, which ended Aug. 31.


Penguins' Home Gets PPG Name

Architectural coatings global powerhouse PPG has scored big in its hometown—the company announced Tuesday (Oct. 4) that the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins arena would be rename...


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...


Overtime Rule Outrage: New Bill, Lawsuits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday (Sept. 29) to stall the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule for six months—the latest volley in the dispute over the rule that aim...


PPG Jettisons More Fiber Glass Business

The world's largest manufacturer of paints and coatings is continuing to eliminate non-coatings ventures, announcing recently that it will shed two more fiber glass operations.


PPG Exits 2 Fiber Glass Ventures

Coatings giant PPG is in the process of shedding two more of its fiber glass operations.


U.K. Board Suspends Three Architects

Failing to control the costs of a project and building in breach of planning permissions and regulations have resulted in suspensions for three U.K. architects, according to authorities.


Regulator Questions Delay Dow-DuPont Deal

European regulators have called for a pause in their review of the proposed merger between two chemical giants due to what they're calling missing information, while a U.S. Senate committee ...


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.


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.


RPM Faces SEC Fraud Case

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged RPM International Inc. and its general counsel with disclosure and accounting fraud stemming from a Department of Justice investigatio...


Regulators Approve Resin Merger

European antitrust regulators have given the green light to the merger of two major resin manufacturers.


Institute Honors Specification Experts

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) bestowed a number of awards and honors upon leaders in the construction industry during a ceremony held Thursday (Sept. 8) at CONSTRUCT 2016 &...


AkzoNobel Names New Chemical Leader

Global paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel will add a long-time DuPont leader to its executive committee.


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.


Valspar Reports Q3, Merger Costs

Foreign currency translation nicked earnings for Valspar Corp.’s third quarter and overall volumes grew 2 percent, as the company prepares for the proposed merger with The Sherwin-Williams C...


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.


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...


Directory to Make E-Construction Connections

Pavia Systems, a software company specializing in technology for the transportation infrastructure industry, has launched a construction industry resource database.


Sika Buys Concrete Fiber Producer

Specialty chemical company Sika Corp. has announced the acquisition of FRC Industries, an Alabama-based producer of polypropylene fibers for concrete.


Safway Canada Buys Coating, Blasting Firm

Known for providing access and scaffolding equipment, as well as insulation, coatings and project management services, Safway Group Canada is expanding its presence in Western Canada with th...


Coatings Maker Buys Into Middle East

A Japanese paint company has announced its intentions to buy a Saudi Arabian protective coatings firm as a step to gain access to the Persian Gulf area’s energy and infrastructure industries...


Design Firm to Pay $12M in Kickback Case

A Buffalo, NY-based international architecture firm has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve allegations of criminal conduct by its employees, including paying bribes and kickbacks in order ...


Painter Accused of Assaulting Worker

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


Dow, DuPont Deal Under EU Antitrust Review

European Union authorities are taking a look at the proposed merger between The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, two major global chemical companies with diverse product portfolios, to deter...


Dow, DuPont Deal Under EU Antitrust Review

As the proposed merger between two chemical giants advances, the European Union’s antitrust authority has opened an investigation to determine whether the transaction is in line with the EU ...


Jury Convicts Steel Contractor of WTC Fraud

The CEO of a New York City steel erection company faces up to 40 years in prison for illegally using a federal minority set-aside program to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in contrac...


Steel Exec Guilty in WTC Fraud

The chief executive of a steel erection company that received nearly $1 billion in contracts to build the World Trade Center projects in New York City now faces 40 years in prison.


Upgrades Augment Job-Site QC Software

TruQC LLC has released an update to its cloud-based job-site documentation and iPad quality control application.


Two Firms to Pay $2.4M in Wage Probe

A New England construction concern and a related company have been ordered to pay nearly $2.4 million in back wages and damages to almost 500 employees for misclassifying them as independent...


Trump's Huge Plan for Infrastructure Spending

Almost nine months after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed her proposed $275 billion infrastructure spending plan, Republican nominee Donald Trump announced he would...


Women Excel in Today’s Coatings Industry

Once considered a male-dominated field, times have certainly changed for the coatings industry. Over recent decades, female coatings professionals have made inroads into the field and establ...


Axalta Completes Dura Coat Purchase

Global liquid and powder coatings maker Axalta Coating Systems has expanded its portfolio of offerings with the completed acquisition of Dura Coat Products Inc., the Philadelphia-based firm ...


RPM Reports Record Quarter, Fiscal 2016

Carboline parent company RPM International Inc. reported sales were up 4 percent and net income grew 20 percent for its fourth quarter, while sales grew 5 percent and net income increased 48...


Consumer Rockets RPM to Record Q4

Rust-Oleum, DAP and Varathane parent company RPM International Inc. reported sales were up 4 percent and net income grew 20 percent for its fourth quarter, while sales grew 5 percent and net...


Foreign Worker Settles Tesla Suit

Tesla Motors and the Slovenian worker injured during construction of its high-volume paint shop have settled a case that brought to light questionable wage and hiring practices involving the...


PPG to Sell Glass Unit; Bunch to Retire

After more than 130 years in the segment, PPG says it will sell off its flat glass business to the largest glass producer in Mexico for approximately $750 million.


PPG Sheds Flat Glass; Bunch to Step Down

Pittsburgh-based paints and coatings manufacturer PPG announced a historic change in its business operations lineup, as well as to its executive board, Thursday (July 21).


Worker, Tesla Settle Low Wage Suit

A Slovenian worker who was injured in a three-story fall at a Tesla Motors paint shop factory in California has settled a worker’s compensation and wage case against the electric automaker a...


Paint Stores Shine in Sherwin-Williams’ Q2

U.S.-based paint and coatings maker The Sherwin-Williams Company posted gains in its second quarter, led by booming architectural sales in its Paint Stores Group.


Industrial Coatings Boost PPG's Q2

Pittsburgh-based paint and coatings manufacturer PPG delivered consistent performance and modest growth, comparable to the previous year, in its second quarter financial results, released Th...


Sherwin-Williams Posts Gains in Q2

Despite lower numbers in its Global Finishes Group and other divisions, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced overall gains in its second-quarter earnings report.


PPG Reports Modest Growth in Q2

Despite dips in its Architectural Coatings sales volumes, global paint and coatings manufacturer PPG reported consistent performance and modest growth, comparable to the previous year, in it...


DowDuPont Merger Gets Investors’ Nod

DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company have each received the formal approval of their respective stockholders to move forward with their planned merger.


DowDuPont Deal Achieves Milestone

The proposed $130 billion merger that would unite The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont Co. has been formally approved by each company's stockholders.


Architecture Group Faces $3M Lawsuit

The leaders of a now-defunct U.S.-based humanitarian architecture and design group face a $3 million lawsuit alleging the mishandling of donated funds, according to various reports.


RPM Inks Australian Waterproofing Deal

Seeking to widen their footprint in the Australian market, RPM and its Tremco Group have announced the acquisition of New South Wales-based Duram Industries Pty Ltd., a manufacturer of comme...


Valspar Shareholders Approve $11B Deal

Shareholders in Minneapolis-based paint company Valspar voted Wednesday (June 29) to approve the sale of the company to rival Sherwin-Williams.


$11B Valspar Deal Gets Shareholders’ OK

Paint and coatings maker Valspar, based in Minneapolis, received the support of its shareholders Wednesday (June 29), as they voted to approve the proposed sale of the company to rival The S...


Axalta Plans Dura Coat Aquisition

Axalta Coating Systems, a global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, announced this week that it plans to acquire Riverside, CA-based Dura Coat Products Inc., a manufacturer of coati...


Casino, Builder Settle Defect Case

A five-year lawsuit over allegations of shoddy work at a casino project in Colusa, CA, has ended in a $20 million settlement.


Axalta to Acquire Dura Coat

Global powder coating maker Axalta Coating Systems has announced plans to acquire Riverside, CA-based Dura Coat Products Inc., a manufacturer of coatings for metal coil and related markets i...


PPG Sells a Fiber Glass Unit

Global paints and coatings maker PPG is divesting itself of its European fiber glass operations, the Fortune 500 company announced Monday (June 20).


BASF Grows Coatings Arm in $3.2B Deal

Known as a multi-national chemicals manufacturing corporation, BASF is expanding its coatings portfolio through the acquisition of a global surface treatment business.


Laticrete Expands TX Operation

Laticrete International Inc. says it is building a 70,000-square-foot addition to an existing 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Grand Prairie, TX.


Florida Paint Makers Ink Deal

Orlando-based Florida Paints announced it has acquired the Scott Paint Company.


New SSPC Board Members 2016

Two industry leaders have secured open positions on the Board of Governors of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, while two incumbents attained reelection in the association’s 2016 el...


PPG Expands Reach with New Acquisition

Pittsburgh-based coatings giant PPG has announced it will acquire global coatings services provider MetoKote and its affiliates.


Dow Corning Restructuring Complete

After 73 years, the Dow Chemical Company and Corning Inc. have restructured their silicones joint venture.


Assessing Project Disputes

While the cost and time devoted to resolving construction disputes is rising in some parts of the world, the United States stands out as the only global region achieving a decrease in those ...


Study Finds Costs, Causes of Disputes

Construction disputes in North America are taking less time and money to resolve, a new study suggests.


Construction Family Headed to Prison

A New York-based father and daughter construction team will serve time behind bars for cheating clients out of more than $350,000.


Paint Firm Recovers from Disaster

Ten months after a fire halted production for a Texas industrial coatings manufacturer, the company reports it is back up to full production on site following a recovery process that enabled...


Dow Takes Full Control of Silicones Business

With an eye toward enhanced material science capabilities, The Dow Chemical Company has completed its strategic ownership restructuring of Dow Corning Corporation, according to a June 1 anno...


Owner Gets Probation in Immigration Case

A Washington State drywall company and its owner have been sentenced for illegally hiring workers in violation of immigration laws.


U.S. Issues Anti-Dumping Steel Duties

The U.S. Department of Commerce last week announced the conclusion of an investigation into allegations of dumping by five countries in relation to anti-corrosion steel, and issued considera...


Will Overtime Rule Hurt or Help Workers?

While the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new rule implementing changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations governing who is exempt from overtime, construction ...


Industry Groups Slam Overtime Rule

Construction industry groups argue that the new overtime wage rule aimed at increasing wages for middle-income Americans will actually do the opposite.


Liquid, Powder Teams Unite

AkzoNobel has announced it will combine the sales and marketing teams from its liquid and powder coatings businesses that serve the aluminum architecture and facade and cladding markets.


Emerald to Shed Chemical Plants

A newly announced deal will result in DyStar LP and a subsidiary of China-based Sinochem acquiring several units and facilities from U.S.-based Emerald Performance Materials.


FTC Reviews Acquisition

As part of The Sherwin-Williams Company’s pending acquisition of The Valspar Corporation, the companies have been asked to provide additional information and documentary material to federal ...


FTC Probes Sherwin-Williams Deal

Federal trade regulators want to know more about The Sherwin-Williams Company’s quest to acquire Valspar in an $11 billion deal that would create the world’s largest paint and coatings produ...


Evonik Grows Its Additives Portfolio

Specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries AG seeks to strengthen its position in the specialty and coating additives market by purchasing a division of Allentown, PA-based Air Products a...


Evonik to Buy Air Products Unit for $3.8B

German chemical company Evonik has announced plans to buy U.S.-based Air Products & Chemicals’ performance materials unit, which produces raw materials used in paints and coatings.


Contractor Settles Row over Termination

After being kicked off a $1.4 billion expansion project for the Washington State Convention Center and filing a lawsuit, joint venture Skanska-Hunt Construction Group reports the issue has b...


Suit: Contractors Overbill Hospital $4.2M

A Montreal hospital has accused a construction contractor, his associates and former hospital employees of participating in a decade-long scheme to overbill the hospital by millions of dolla...


Valentus Buys Wood Finishes Firm

Valentus Specialty Chemicals Inc. has announced it has acquired a Tennessee-based manufacturer of wood flooring finishes and related products.


Longtime PPG Official Advances

PPG has tapped one of its veteran employees to take on an executive role in its Latin America market.


PPG: No Lead in Any Products by 2020

In its newly released sustainability report, PPG announced that it plans to completely phase out the use of lead in its products by 2020.


PPG Makes Lead-Free Commitment

The Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings giant PPG says it will phase out the use of lead in all of its products in four years, according to a newly released sustainability report.


PPG Reports Record Q1 Performance

Crediting six acquisitions completed during 2015, Michael H. McGarry, PPG president and chief executive officer, announced improved financial results for the company’s two coatings segments ...


Stores Boost Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

Strong architectural paint sales volume in Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Stores helped deliver a record first quarter to the global paint company.


Sherwin-Williams Sees Q1 Net Sales Grow

While The Sherwin-Williams Company saw a slight dip in net sales for in its Global Finishes Group in the start of 2016, strong performance by the PaintStores Group helped push the company in...


Growth in Europe Drives PPG Q1

PPG reported net sales of $3.7 billion in its first quarter, a 4 percent increase from the prior year, led by broadening European volume growth and acquisitions.


Volume Up, Revenue Dips in AkzoNobel’s Q1

AkzoNobel opened 2016 with volume increases across the board and a warning that the market environment remains uncertain with challenging conditions.


Taxes Weigh Heavily on Construction

While tax expenditures vary by industry, construction appears to bear the highest business tax burden, according to a recent report from the White House and the Department of the Treasury.


AkzoNobel Confronts Challenging Q1

AkzoNobel reported growth in volumes and profitability in all three business areas in its first quarter 2016 results, despite a challenging market environment.


Feds: Payroll Scam Nets $17.4M

An Orlando woman faces decades in prison for allegedly running a scam that allowed construction contractors and subcontractors, including painters, to conceal the use of undocumented workers...


Injunction Stops Contractor Replacement

A Washington judge has ordered an injunction in an ongoing dispute involving the planned $1.4 billion expansion of the Washington State Convention Center.


RPM Reports 'Pleasing' Q3 2016

Multinational holding company RPM International, parent company of Carboline, announced a record third quarter in its 2016 fiscal year, which ended Feb. 29.


Sika Inks Deal with L.M. Scofield

Specialty chemical company Sika Corp. has acquired L. M. Scofield, a 100-year-old North American producer of concrete color additives and decorative products.


RPM Reports Record Third Quarter

Rust-Oleum parent company RPM International Inc. reported record sales and income increases for its fiscal 2016 third quarter.


Architect Gets 33 Months in Bribery Case

A Virginia architect who was found guilty of using inside information to obtain contracts at a Veterans Affairs hospital will spend 33 months behind bars, according to federal prosecutors.


APE to Buy Corrosion Specialties

APE Companies, of Deer Park, TX, is expanding its reach and capabilities through the acquisition Corrosion Specialties Inc.


Deadline Nears for SSPC Board Election

Time is running out to submit your recommendations for nominees to the SSPC Board of Governors. The extended nomination period runs out this week, so the association reminds interested parti...


Builders File Suit After Dismissal

After being terminated from building the $1.4 billion Washington State Convention Center expansion project in Seattle, the contractors have sued to block officials from hiring another builde...


Merger to Form Energy Pipeline Giant

The company known for the controversial Keystone Pipeline project, which sought to carry crude oil from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada, through the U.S. and on to the Gulf of Mexico, has a...


Sherwin-Williams to Buy Valspar for $11B

The Sherwin-Williams Company has announced it will acquire competitor paint and coatings producer Valspar in an all-cash deal valued at approximately $11.3 billion.


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Make $11.3B Deal

In a deal valued at $11.3 billion, The Sherwin-Williams Company and The Valspar Corporation jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sherwin-Williams ...


PPG Launches Rebranding Initiative

The Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings giant PPG has unveiled an update to its corporate brand.


PPG Rebranding Reflects Evolution

Global paints and coatings manufacturer PPG is unveiling an update to its corporate brand, which reflects the transformation that has occurred in the company’s identity and portfolio since i...


Work Halts After WWII Devices Unearthed

Work on a £90 million ($126 million) luxury multi-family residential project in Liverpool, England, remained halted Wednesday (March 16) after several World War II devices were discovered at...


Developer Faces 230 Years in Prison

The president of a well-known Chicago-based real estate firm has been convicted of swindling banks and the city out of millions of dollars relating to the redevelopment of a former Goldblatt...


Accella Expands Spray Foam Business

In its quest to be the leading polyurethane systems powerhouse in North America, Accella Performance Materials has added Quadrant Urethane Technologies’ spray foam division, Quadrant Spray F...


Rust-Oleum Acquires Seal-Krete

In its quest to conquer the concrete care category, RPM International Inc. has announced that its Rust-Oleum Corporation subsidiary has acquired Seal-Krete, a leading U.S. manufacturer of co...


Execs Admit to Roles in Contract Scheme

Two former employees of a New Jersey engineering, environmental and energy consulting firm face prison time and thousands in restitution after conceding their participation in a $1 million c...


2 Guilty Pleas in NJ ‘Pay-to-Play’ Scheme

Former New Jersey engineering executives are facing several years in prison after admitting to a $1 million scheme to evade the state’s “pay-to-play” law.


APF Acquires Super-Krete International

Arizona Polymer Flooring announced that it has acquired Super-Krete International Inc., a globally recognized manufacturer of concrete repair and restoration materials for commercial, indust...


PPG Launches $7.8M Coatings R&D Hub

Paint and coatings giant PPG Industries has unveiled its newly completed research and development facility just outside of Pittsburgh, home to its global headquarters.


AkzoNobel to Buy BASF Unit for $531M

In a shift of the global performance coatings landscape, global paint and coatings giant AkzoNobel has agreed to buy BASF’s industrial coatings business for €475 million ($531 million), the ...


AkzoNobel, BASF Agree to $531M Deal

In a move it says will strengthen its coil coatings market presence, AkzoNobel will pay €475 million ($531 million) to acquire BASF’s industrial coatings business.


AkzoNobel Weighs Deal with BASF

A recent industry speculation concerning Dutch paint and specialty chemicals firm AkzoNobel and German chemical giant BASF has been put to rest.


AkzoNobel Eyes a BASF Coatings Segment

Dutch paints and specialty chemicals firm AkzoNobel has put to rest recent industry speculation that it is pursuing the purchase of BASF’s Industrial Coatings business.


Grace Spins Off Construction Unit

Global building chemicals and materials supplier W. R. Grace & Co. has completed a separation into two independent, publicly traded companies: W. R. Grace & Co. and GCP Applied Technologies ...


Elcometer to Merge Two Facilities

A global manufacturer and supplier of inspection equipment to the coatings, concrete and metal detection industries, has announced that two of its European sites will merge.


Floor, Roofing Company Names Specialist

An international roofing and flooring solutions company has appointed a well-known construction expert to joint its team.


Dow to Reduce Acrylate Capacity by 20%

Multinational chemical corporation The Dow Chemical Company has announced that its Dow Performance Monomers business unit will be reducing acrylate capacity by 20 percent at its Deer Park Op...


Dow to Cut Acrylate Capacity in TX

Due to market conditions, The Dow Chemical Company has announced that its Dow Performance Monomers business unit will be cutting acrylate capacity by 20 percent at its Deer Park Operations f...


Hempel to Shed Blome International

Global protective coatings supplier Hempel announced Tuesday (Feb. 2) that it is selling off its interests in Blome International, a U.S.-based corrosion control products manufacturer it acq...


SSPC Seeks Candidates to Join Board

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is requesting nominations for its Board of Governors in two categories, the association announced Friday (Jan. 29).


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

PPG Industries has named a new senior vice president for global architectural coatings and announced three other changes in executive management, too.


EPA Allots $182M for CA Water Projects

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making $182 million in funding available for California to invest in projects that will improve local drinking water and wastewater infrastructur...


Sherwin-Williams Sets Q4, Full-Year Records

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported earnings and sales records for its 2015 fourth-quarter and full year, driven by architectural paint sales volume increases in its Paint Stores and Consu...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Strong 2015

Sherwin-Williams' new president and CEO delivered a "gratifying" full-year and fourth quarter earnings report released Thursday (Jan. 28).


Construction Jobs Rise Throughout 2015

Most states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs last year, while states that support energy production and concern about worker shortages continued to be the dark spots in t...


Executive Promotions Underway at PPG

PPG Industries has announced several new leadership appointments, including senior vice presidents in three divisions, as well as the retirement of the current senior vice president, automot...


GAF to Buy Roofing Co. for $1.1B

In a move to become the largest manufacturer in the global roofing industry, GAF has announced a deal to purchase its Danish peer, Icopal A/S, for €1 billion ($1.08 billion).


PPG Settles Employee Pay Lawsuit

PPG Industries will pay $5 million to settle claims filed by current and former employees who said they were misclassified as exempt while performing paint-related sales work at Home Depot s...


Women in Coatings Share Strategy, Support

Industrial coatings work is no longer a male-dominated field, and SSPC’s Women in Coatings Program is actively working to continue to grow the industry’s culture as one where gender is no lo...


CSB: Refinery Blast Was Preventable

Several “process safety management deficiencies” led to a California refinery explosion that left four workers hurt and a city covered in ash, according to a recent report.


Japan, ZHA Argue Stadium Copyrights

Zaha Hadid Architects and the Japanese government are at odds over payment and copyright issues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Stadium.


U.S. Hotel Construction Up in 2016

A recent report indicates that U.S. business travelers could have thousands of new choices in places to stay by the end of this year.


Offshore Fabricator Pays $20M for Shipyard

Known as a manufacturer of specialized structures and vessels used in the oil, gas and marine industries


Recovery, Challenges Ahead in Construction

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Construction Outlook Mixed for 2016

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Valentus Acquires National Paint Industries

National Paint Industries Inc., a New Jersey-based high-performance coatings manufacturer, has been acquired by Valentus Specialty Chemicals.


RPM Posts Profit in Q2

Rust-Oleum’s parent company RPM International Inc. posted double-digit gains for its fiscal 2016 second quarter, fueled by the strengthening commercial construction sector and despite curren...


Profit Up 20% in RPM Q2

Carboline parent company RPM International Inc., a global leader in industrial coatings, posted double-digit gains for its second quarter of fiscal year 2016.


Former Benjamin Moore Exec Leads EasyPaint

The new president of an on-demand painting service is a familiar face in the coatings industry.


PaintSquare News Publisher Taps New CEO

Brion D. Palmer, a media executive with 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, has been selected as the new


D+D News Publisher Names New CEO

Technology Publishing Company, the publisher of Durability + Design News, has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer. Brion D. Palmer, a media executive with 30 years’ ex...


OSHA: Plaster Workers Exposed to Falls

An Ohio plaster and masonry contractor faces more than $131,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to fall hazards at two inspection sites earlier this year.


Best of 2015, Newsletter Break Coming

Durability + Design News will soon wrap up its regular daily news coverage of 2015.


Looking Back, Break Ahead

PaintSquare News wraps up its regular daily news coverage of 2015 with today's edition.


NY Builder Agrees to Pay Out $20M

One of New York City’s largest building firms, Tishman Construction Corp., has admitted to employing fraudulent billing practices to cheat its project clients out of more than $5 million dol...


Insulation Company Closes Ninth Deal

Installed Building Products Inc., a national insulation and building products installation company, has acquired a North Carolina-based residential spray polyurethane foam insulation install...


Major NYC Builder Admits Fraud

Tishman Construction Corp.—the firm behind One World Trade Center and the Plaza Hotel projects—has admitted to overbilling clients more than $5 million over the last decade, federal authorit...


Hempel Appoints New CFO

One of the world’s top paint and coatings companies has hired a new chief financial officer to fill the vacancy left by the departing incumbent.


SSPC Is on the Move

It’s been a big year for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. Not only did the association celebrate its 65th anniversary and welcome aboard its new executive director, but it also has...


JPCL 2016 Survey: Share Your Insight

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing the coatings industry? The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) is preparing the annual forecast feature for its January ...


NYC: Former Citibank Leader Took Bribes

Four people and two corporations have pleaded guilty to engaging in a pay-to-play scheme in the New York City construction industry, the New York County District Attorney’s office announced.


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.


Operator Groups Ink Transparency Deal

Four key green-building stakeholder organizations have partnered to create the industry’s first Program Operator Consortium for Environmental Product Declarations and other product transpare...


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 ...


Steel Company Charged in Deadly Fall

A structural steel subcontractor faces a criminal charge in connection with a 22-year-old apprentice’s falling death.


U.S. Green Materials Market to Soar

The U.S. green building materials market is set to reach $69 billion by 2019, a new report projects.


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...


Benjamin Moore Teams Up With Start-up

In a move it says will boost the brand’s exposure to Millennials and those who prefer to shop online, Benjamin Moore has teamed up with Paintzen, a New York-based on-demand home and office p...


Consumers Get Payday in Supplier Scam

An Arizona building materials supplier will pay thousands of dollars in restitution after 15 consumers complained that the company failed to deliver materials as promised.


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...


Contractor Settles Minority Claims Case

A Massachusetts construction company will pay $190,000 and conduct training to resolve allegations it failed to comply with equal opportunity requirements on more than a dozen public constru...


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.


Design Charity Manager Admits Theft

A former office manager of a global architectural charity organization has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and false accounting.


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.


Paint Sales Up in Sherwin-Williams’ Q3

Propelled by its Paint Stores and Consumer Groups, Sherwin-Williams posted profit gains for its third quarter 2015.


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 ...


School Contractor Charged with Bribery

The owner of a New York-based construction company faces seven years in prison for allegedly offering thousands of dollars in bribes to a public school official.


Income, Sales Up for AkzoNobel Q3

Amsterdam coatings giant AkzoNobel has reported income and sales gains for its third quarter amid “challenging market conditions.”


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.


Firm Apologizes for Tilting Condos

A Japanese construction supply company has apologized for supplying faulty pilings for a major condominium complex that is tilting just 10 years after it was built.


Sherwin-Williams Announces New CEO

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


Sherwin-Williams Names New CEO

The Sherwin-Williams' board of directors has tapped a man with more than 30 years of experience with the company to serve as its next chief executive officer.


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 Reports ‘Strong’ Q3

Recent acquisitions and “aggressive” cost reductions helped deliver a third quarter record for PPG Industries Inc.


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 ...


Apple Project Faces Lien, Labor Issues

Technology giant Apple Inc. has recently come under fire for allegedly failing to pay a contractor millions of dollars and for its hiring practices related to a new store under construction ...


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.


Ashland to Split into Two Companies

Ashland Inc. is moving forward with a plan to separate the company into two independent, publicly traded companies—one focused on specialty chemicals and the other on motor lubricants.


Design Execs Fined for Unpaid Wages

Two directors of a global design firm have been found guilty and fined thousands of dollars for failing to pay workers in Hong Kong, authorities say.


Drop in Immigration Fuels Labor Shortage

A new report suggests that an immigration slowdown is contributing to the rising cost of construction and widespread labor shortages in the industry.


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...


MSA to Buy UK Fall Protection Business

Seeking to double its fall protection footprint globally, Pittsburgh-based safety products manufacturer MSA Safety Inc. plans to purchase a UK-based fall protection safety product group.


Acquisitions Swallow Spray Foam Firms

Accella Performance Materials, a St. Louis manufacturer of polyurethanes and recycled rubber products, has announced acquisitions of three spray foam and coatings companies.


Oldcastle Buys Glazing Leader for $1.3B

Hoping to expand its reach in the glazing market, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope has announced a binding agreement to acquire C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL), of Los Angeles.


PPG Completes IVC Acquisition

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


GAF Acquires Roof Coatings Company

North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, GAF, has acquired roof coatings supplier Quest Construction Products LLC, a division of Quest Specialty Chemicals.


Construction VP Guilty in Fraud Scheme

A former executive of a large St. Louis-based construction company has been found guilty in a scheme to use corporate funds to pay for personal expenses.


Architects See Salaries Rising

Architects are getting better salaries and salary increases than they were just a few years ago, but most professional Americans in other fields are still doing better.


GAF to Buy Quest Construction Products

North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, GAF, has agreed to acquire roof coatings supplier Quest Construction Products LLC, a division of Quest Specialty Chemicals.


Talks Ongoing in Building Envelope Suit

Settlement negotiations continue in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in May that pits a leading supplier of walls, windows and other building-envelope products against a magazine publi...


NV Contractor Gets 15 Years for Fraud

A former construction company owner will spend more than 15 years in prison for his role in a massive $58 million scheme to gain control and defraud Las Vegas-area homeowners’ associations.


BASF Shutters Business Unit

German chemicals giant BASF has announced plans to exit the dimer and polyamide resin business and consolidate its pigment activities.


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.


Ignoring OSHA Fines Lands Roofers in Jail

Officers of a Florida based roofing company were recently incarcerated for more than a week after failing to comply with federal workplace safety standards and pay associated fines.


Sherwin-Williams’ Q2 Sales, Profit Up

CLEVELAND--Sales to the professional market for home repainting and consumer groups in the U.S. continue to drive The Sherwin-Williams Company to gains in sales and earnings.


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...


PPG Posts Q2, Names New CEO

PITTSBURGH--Coatings giant PPG has reported “all-time-record earnings” and multiple growth areas in its Q2 2015 financial results, released Thursday (July 16).


PPG Logs Q2, Announces New CEO

PITTSBURGH--Unfavorable currency translation took a toll on PPG’s second quarter and the coatings company has announced a change in leadership.


Contractor Admits $6M Veteran Fraud

TRENTON, NJ--The owner of several New Jersey construction companies is headed to prison after pleading guilty to raking in millions of dollars from a federal program designed to help disable...


Design Charity Manager Charged in Theft

LONDON--A former office manager of a United Kingdom-based architecture charity has been charged with fraud and false accounting after £200,000 ($312,732 USD) went missing from the charity’s ...


Phony Contractors Nabbed in 9 States

PHOENIX--More than 430 unlicensed painters and other contractors have been rounded up in a multistate sting.


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 ...


Oldcastle Files ‘Building Envelope’ Case

DALLAS--A leading supplier of walls, windows and other building-envelope products has filed suit to protect its company name, which is built on the common term for architectural enclosures.


Contractor Hit with $6M Judgment

NEWARK, NJ--Authorities have obtained a $6.34 million default judgment against a New Jersey contractor and his companies after their conviction on hundreds of consumer-protection violations.


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.


PPG Acquires Central American Stores

Pittsburgh--The world’s largest paint and coating maker has expanded its presence in the booming Latin American coatings market with the acquisition of a network of 57 paint stores.


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.


Rhino Linings Buys Spray Foam Maker

SAN DIEGO—Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired a Missouri-based spray foam insulation manufacturer, broadening its reach into the building products market.


Abatement Company, Owner Indicted

BOSTON, MA—An asbestos abatement company and its owner have been charged with paying employees off the books in order to defraud a union and dodge taxes, according to federal authorities.


Wage Theft at Home in Construction

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


Study Sounds Wage-Theft Alarm

AMHERST, MA—Wage theft in residential construction has reached such “epidemic” levels in Massachusetts that the illegal practice is becoming an accepted "business model," a new study suggest...


Paint Stores Fuel Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

CLEVELAND, OH—Increased architectural paint sales has propelled Sherwin-Williams to a record first quarter, the company announced Thursday (April 16).


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.


NIOSH Urges Tobacco-Free Workplaces

ATLANTA—A new federal scientific bulletin calls on U.S. employers to prohibit smoking in all workplaces and to offer tobacco-cessation programs to workers.


Roofers Face $300K after 3 Workers Fall

ANDOVER, MA—Two Massachusetts-based roofing contractors are jointly facing federal fines of nearly $300,000 after three workers were injured in a two-story fall.


Roofer Gets 4 Months in Jail

A Washington State roofing contractor will spend four months in jail and pay $25,000 in restitution for scamming two building owners, authorities have announced.


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?


FL May Cut Builder Lawsuits Again

A new bill in Florida seeks to further tighten the time that building owners would have to sue builders, developers and other contractors over construction defects.


Valspar, Retailer Launch Interior Line

Valspar Corp. and a North American retailer of modern, American-made home furnishings have teamed up on a new line of interior paints designed to coordinate with the store’s merchandise.


Migrant Workers Strike in Dubai

An unlikely scene played out this week in downtown Dubai as hundreds of South Asian migrant construction workers building a luxury apartment high-rise went on strike to demand more money.


Saint-Gobain, Sika Clash on Takeover

Europe’s biggest supplier of building materials is encountering strong resistance in its $3 billion bid to acquire a controlling interest in a Swiss specialty chemical company.


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.


NV Tightens Construction Defect Law

Nevada has become the first U.S. state to overhaul its construction defects law to reduce the number of homeowner lawsuits brought against builders.


$1.6M Suit Caps 400-Question Project

A Maryland contractor that completed a $14 million, award-winning fire station in Charlottesville, VA, has filed a $1.6 million lawsuit against the city, alleging hundreds of points of confu...


Acquisitions Swallow 3 Coating Firms

The paint and coatings industry continues to contract, with Miller Paint, Hempel and Lubrizol all newly acquiring other coating companies.


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.


ACI Launches Certifications, ‘University’

Two new masonry-related certification programs and an online university are now available from the American Concrete Institute.


Contractor Cheats Dozens, Gets Prison

A Massachusetts contractor who failed to finish projects, used false identities, and forged documents will spend three and a half years in state prison, a judge ruled Friday (Jan. 30).


PPG Sunsets a Veteran Brand

The world’s No. 1 coatings company has announced a shift in its oldest architectural brand identity.


Sherwin-Williams Paints a Top Year

Fueled by architectural paint sales, Sherwin-Williams set a record $11.13 billion in consolidated net sales for 2014.


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.


U.S. Building Trade Opens with Cuba

U.S. building materials manufacturers, including coatings companies, are now allowed to ship goods to Cuba to renovate private buildings under new 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.


Women Architects Reporting More Bias

Three in four women architects in the UK—a higher percentage than ever—now report encountering discrimination on the job.


2014 Crowned 'Tallest' Year

The world's cities are getting taller—much, much taller—with record numbers of neck-stretching skyscrapers recently completed across the globe, and many more on the way.


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.


U.S. Coatings Market to Hit $28B

Architectural coatings will account for more than half of the 8.8 billion pounds of paint and coatings likely to be used in the U.S. during 2015, according to a market research firm.


Gemini Buys Deck Coating Maker

Gemini Coatings Inc. has purchased a global protective coatings company to boost its exterior wood coatings portfolio.


Roofing Contractor Admits to Fraud

A West Virginia roofing and general contractor faces more than 20 years in prison after underreporting employee wages and faking an accident to reap insurance proceeds.


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.


NY Architect Files for Bankruptcy

A well-known, 109-year-old New York-based architecture firm has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, claiming it has failed to receive more than $2 million in fees from a Russian clie...


Deal Fuels PPG’s Record Year

PPG Industries’ year-end acquisition of Mexico’s Comex helped deliver record net sales and earnings to the Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings maker.


EPA Proposes Changes to Lead Rule

Lead-safe training requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule could be eased under proposed revisions.


‘Smart Paint’ Debuts in Middle East

A paint maker in the Middle East says it has launched a line of “Smart Paints” designed for a variety of applications—from roads to houses.


35 Contractors Cited in NJ Crackdown

Dozens of New Jersey roofers, pavers and contractors will share responsibility for almost $570,000 in penalties and restitution for failing to complete work, refusing to refund deposits and ...


Service Group Buys Five Star Painting

A Texas holding company has added Five Star Painting to its stable of service-based franchise companies.


UK Axes Architects in Dues Dustup

A row between British architects and their professional board has erupted for a second straight year, with hundreds of professionals finding themselves cast off the registry rolls.


Company Takes Down Buildings, for Free

Donated time, manpower and machinery are being used to help rid Kansas City, MO, of hundreds of abandoned and dilapidated buildings.


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.


GSA Seeks Ideas for Reagan Behemoth

The United States’ biggest landlord is searching for new operation and maintenance models for its biggest structure—named, ironically, for a champion of small government.


Design Line to Launch in Lowe’s

“New and improved” HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams brand paints will be available in Lowe’s home improvement stores and online come March 2015, according to a joint announcement.


Bogus Asbestos Trainer Pleads Guilty

A former employee of an asbestos-removal training firm has pleaded guilty to falsely issuing asbestos-abatement certificates on the side to more than 100 people in exchange for cash.


Architects Work Longer, Without Pay

Many architects in the UK are expected to work longer hours without pay, a new survey suggests.


PPG Wraps Up Comex Purchase

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


PPG Finalizes Comex Acquisition

Less than a week after PPG Industries announced that Mexican regulators had approved its purchase of Consorcio Comex, the deal is done.


PPG’s Play for Comex Gets Green Light

Anti-trust regulators in Mexico have approved PPG’s plan to acquire the country’s largest paint manufacturer for $2.3 billion.


Akzo Q3 Profits Fight Headwinds

Mixed, yet ultimately flat, sales in Decorative Paints offered little help to AkzoNobel in a third quarter that showed an increase in profit built more on efficiencies than revenues.


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 ...


$860k Paint Bribe Nets Short Jail Term

Painting contractor Harry P. Miconi should be out of prison before he turns 80.


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.


Mexico Extends Review of PPG Deal

Mexican antitrust regulators need more time to examine PPG’s $2.3 billion offer to acquire the country’s largest paint company.


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.


FTC Order Triggers Graco Sale

Apparently ready for a federal anti-trust order to divest its Liquid Finishing Brands, Graco Inc. has already announced a profitable sale of the business.


MIT: Like It or Not, Diversity Pays

Workplaces with an equal split of men and women are more productive, even though some workers may not be happier, 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...


Saga’s Toll: 5 Years, $1.6M+, 1 Apology

A Pennsylvania construction contractor once reviled by prosecutors as "despicable" and falsely accused of felony theft from a church has finally cleared his name and settled the five-year ca...


Axalta Coatings Plans IPO

The $4.9 billion paint and coatings multinational long known as DuPont Performance Coatings may soon be going public.


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...


Sherwin Sets Record 6-Month Sales

The first half of 2014 left the Sherwin-Williams Company seeing record sales, thanks to double-digit gains of 12.1 percent in the second quarter and 10.8 percent in the first six months, the...


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.


RPM Acquires Krud Kutter

RPM International’s Rust-Oleum Group has acquired environmentally friendly cleaner company Krud Kutter Inc., the company reports.


Architect Suit is All in the Family

When your name is part and parcel of your corporate identity, what do you do when a relative—your dad, say—gives the same name to your crosstown competitor?


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.


Valspar Paints Deliver Q2 Gains

Valspar Corp. saw soaring sales and income in its second quarter, driven by booming volume growth in its consumer paints segment.


Comex Sues over Derailed Sherwin Deal

Shareholders of Mexico’s largest coatings producer are accusing Sherwin-Williams of “dishonor” in failing to complete its $2.34 billion takeover of the Latin American supplier, reports say. ...


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...


Worker Guilty in Architect’s Killing

An employee has been convicted of second-degree murder in the April 2013 beating death of internationally known architect Graham Downes.


NY Builder Blamed in Fraud

A New York residential contractor has been accused of defrauding homeowners out of tens of thousands of dollars for work he never provided or supplies he never ordered over the last 18 month...


Paint Sales Soar in Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

Increased architectural paint sales and acquisition activity in its Paint Stores Group propelled the Sherwin-Williams Company to log a 9.2 percent increase in sales in its first quarter, the...


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.


PPG to Produce for Independent Dealers

Further expanding its reach in North America, PPG Industries Inc. will become the exclusive paint manufacturer and sales representative for The Coatings Alliance LLC.


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 Ends Bid for Comex

After nearly a year and a half, America’s largest paint retailer has ended its pursuit to purchase Mexico’s largest paint maker—a $2.34 billion bid that has been quashed by Mexico’s antitrus...


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.


Building Industry on the Move for More

Almost half of building professionals are looking to leave their current positions in search of higher wages and better benefits 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.


Failed Project Developer Sent to Prison

A former Pennsylvania real-estate developer will spend seven years behind bars for fraud and money laundering related to an unfinished $28 million commerce center in the state capital.


Decision Tossed in Navy Housing Suit

In a case closely watched across the building industry, a Hawaii construction contractor has won a major victory on appealing a contract suit against the government.


Drywall Workers to Get $550K Back Pay

A Washington State drywall installer has agreed to pay $550,000 to resolve federal allegations of cheating nearly 400 employees out of wages over three and a half years.


Developer Gets 27 Years in Prison

A former real-estate developer who left neighborhoods riddled with blighted homes and bilked investors out of millions has been sentenced to 27 years in prison, according to federal authorit...


EU Authority Fines Foam Cartel $156M

Four major global producers of flexible polyurethane foam rigged sales prices of various foams for nearly five years as part of an international cartel, European authorities report.


Rust-Oleum, Laticrete Ink Acquisitions

Newly announced corporate takeovers will expand the concrete coatings portfolios of two well-known industry players.


Survey: Sexism Rising in Architecture

Unequal pay and a lack of respect within the building community are among the gender inequality issues facing women in architecture and a new survey suggests those problems are far from over...


Global Decking Maker Settles $8.3M Suit

Trex Company Inc.—a global producer of high-performance wood-alternative decking and railing products—will pay up to $8.25 million to settle a national class-action lawsuit alleging that the...


City to Sue Calatrava Over Roof Issues

World-famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is once again facing a legal dispute over alleged design issues.


Designer Held in $1.2M Veteran Fraud

The owner of a New Jersey-based interior design company is facing two decades in prison in an alleged scheme that siphoned more than $1.2 million from a federal program designed to help disa...


Rhino Expands with Stucco Acquisition

Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired a San Diego, CA-based, 84-year-old stucco product manufacturer in an effort to expand its building product footprint.


Architect, School Chiefs Get Prison

A Georgia school construction corruption case has ended with prison sentences for two former school district officials and an architect, according to prosecutors.


EPA Honors Building Material Recycler

A Phoenix, AZ-based business that has steered the reuse of hundreds of tons of building materials has won a federal environmental award for its efforts.


Home Restorer Admits Securities Fraud

A former executive of a publicly traded Louisiana-based construction and restoration company has admitted to lying about millions of dollars’ worth of contracts in an effort to defraud inves...


Contractor Admits $11M Veteran Fraud

The owner and manager of a New Mexico construction company are headed to prison after pleading guilty to raking in millions of dollars from a federal program designed to help disabled vetera...


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.


Painter Admits to Paying $860K in Bribes

The 77-year-old owner of several Connecticut painting and contracting businesses has admitted to paying more than $860,000 in bribes to a public housing authority.


Registration Opens for ‘D+D 2014’ Show

Online registration has opened for “D+D 2014,” the first Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for May 20-22, 2014, in Cincinnati, OH.


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.


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

U.S. construction spending in August reached levels not seen in more than four years, driven by a booming residential sector, according to new federal data.


Painter Loses in Sherwin-Williams Case

A Missouri commercial painting contractor who accused the Sherwin-Williams Company of negligently misrepresenting one of its products has lost again in court.


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.


Contractor Charged in $81K Fraud Case

A former California-based general contractor is facing nearly 60 years behind bars in an alleged fraud scam on his employees that raked in more than $81,000, prosecutors announced.


PPG Expanding in Russia, Greece

PPG Industries is taking two major steps to enlarge its European footprint, with separate announcements this week of new coating facilities in Russia and in Greece.


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...


AkzoNobel Plans $67M China Expansion

In a move it says will solidify its position as a leading coating supplier in China, AkzoNobel will invest €50 million (about $67.5 million) to build two new manufacturing facilities in Chen...


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...


Huntsman Makes $1.1B Pigment Deal

Chemical giant Huntsman Corp. plans to become the No. 2 global producer of titanium dioxide pigments with a $1.1 billion cash acquisition of certain business units of Rockwood Holdings Inc.


Lead Lawsuits Push Firm to Bankruptcy

Soaring legal expenses from more than 70 active lead-paint cases and previous judgments have driven a large affordable-housing management business in Maryland to file for bankruptcy.


MA Fines, Exposes Contractors

Adding a dose of public shame to its enforcement toolbox, Massachusetts has begun announcing the names of home-improvement contractors caught in the state's disciplinary net.


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.


AkzoNobel to Sell Off Adhesives Unit

AkzoNobel’s Decorative Paints business will shrink yet again, as the company has announced plans to sell its Building Adhesives business to specialty chemical provider Sika AG for €260 milli...


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.


PPG Announces Key Leadership Moves

PPG Industries Inc. has announced several key executive appointments including the naming of Thomas E. Maziarz as vice president stores and dealers, architectural coatings, North America.


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...


Akzo Cries Foul on New Dow Patents

AkzoNobel is accusing Dow Chemical Co. of sidestepping an R&D partnership by attempting to single-handedly patent coating products that the companies developed together.


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...


Top 20 Cities Riding Construction Wave

New York City and two cities in Texas top a new list of 20 metropolitan areas that have spent the most money on new construction projects this year.


15 Firms Busted in Bid-Rigging Cartel

Fifteen construction companies in South Africa face millions of dollars in fines for years of collusion over hundreds of contracts, including those to build the 2010 World Cup stadiums.


Design Billings Up as AIA 2013 Begins

DENVER—The design business is back in positive territory after a scare, as thousands of architects and building professionals convened Thursday (June 21) for the 2013 American Institute of A...


Arizona Polymer, Quest Name New Leaders

Two coatings companies have recently announced new shifts in leadership.