PDCA Offers Safety Hotline

2013-11-08 08:59:25::For Immediate Release

PDCA National is pleased to announce that Safety International, LLC is now PDCA’s preferred safety consultant. Their team of experts is available to answer your safety questions at our safety help hotline: 855-3-PDCA-SAFETY (855-373-2272).  From assistance with company safety plans to OSHA regulations to employee safety training, Safety International is just a phone call away!

As an incentive for PDCA members to try out the service, for a limited time, Safety International will offer a complimentary safety program module to callers. This program serves as a standardized component or building block of a company’s safety plan. Safety International will provide one free component of fall protection, ladder safety or electrical safety for your company’s master safety plan.

Safety International offers additional consulting, safety program development, and training services. For more information, please call Safety International at 855-3-PDCA-SAFETY.

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SAFETY INTERNATIONAL is the premier safety consulting firm in the St. Louis area.  They offer customized consulting, safety program development, and training for small to medium sized companies in the construction and general manufacturing industries.  Safety International is committed to developing an essential culture of safety for your company and can help you with all your safety management needs!

PDCA Forms Strategic Alliance with Painter Professions

2013-06-05 09:16:47::For Immediate Release

(June 5, 2013 – St. Louis, Mo.) Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with, the nation’s largest database of painters and employers. The interactive employee/employer based website service for painting contractors and painters is a new innovative business tool, dedicated to the painting industry to solve an ongoing problem of manpower resources.

“PDCA is continually looking for resources that can assist our contracting members grow their business by providing the very best possible tools and training,” said Richard Greene, CEO of PDCA. “Painter Professions is a unique company that helps our contractor members identify skilled craftsman for their next project. Using the latest database technology, including mobile apps, coupled with extensive targeted marketing in markets across the United States, they identify contractors and painters who need each other. It is truly a missing link that can help contractors and painters alike.” can fill temporary, part time, full time, flex time, per project, seasonal, or subcontract labor needs. It is the nature of the painting industry that painter’s do not need one job, they need a stream of jobs and employers. The alliance allows PDCA contractor members to take advantage of online profiles of potential employees. Contractors can locate, screen and verify employment information before contacting painters for possible job placement. This is one more value of PDCA membership.

“The alignment between PDCA and Painter Professions is a perfect match of professional services. PDCA is a distinguished trade association that provides training and a wealth of resources to help contractor and painters provide the highest level of professional services,” said Dave Rosedale, Founder of of Painter Professions, LLC. “Likewise, Painter Professions is a dedicated company that has the goal of helping contractor and decorators find qualified candidates to employ, and helps painters find the jobs.”

About The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America serves the coating and wall covering industry with standards, education, training, advocacy, and best practices essential to member success. For more information, please call (800) 332-7322 or visit  Find a local painting contractor in your area at

About Painter Professions LLC
Painter Professions, LLC is an interactive employee/employer based web site that assists contractors identifying qualified painters who are looking for work. Their goal is to better the painting industry by matching talented painters and decorators with contractors. Painter Professions has a strategic alliance with Professional Painting and Decorating Association to help their contractor members find qualified and experienced painters. For more information, visit the site at


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2013-05-07 09:34:29::For Immediate Release

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Painting and Decorating Contractors of America Announces 2013 A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship Recipients

2013-03-26 08:47:07::For Immediate Release

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and A.E. Robert Friedman Trustees are pleased to announce the 2013 A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship recipients. Since its inception, nearly 200 scholarships have been awarded to deserving students nationwide, each nominated by an active member of PDCA.

In 2013, seven scholarships of $3,000 per recipient were awarded, up from five scholarships the previous year. PDCA feels this reflects its commitment to education, the painting and decorating profession and industry in general. The following students have been chosen for the 2013 PDCA A. E. Robert Friedman Scholarship:

Aaron Jennings Adkins, Mayoden, NC – Rockingham Community College
Stephen Hanson, Moorhead, MN – William Mitchell College of Law
Christopher Miller, Glen Lyon, PA – Temple University
Benjamin Murphy, Harwick, MA – University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tyler Timothy Vitiello, Saddle Brook, NJ – Montclair state University
Kathryn Weinzirl, Ellisville, MO – University of Missouri
Anna West, Ashland, VA – Longwood University

Each year, PDCA members submit names of candidates that are deserving of assistance with their college or vocational education. Candidates are then required to meet certain scholastic and financial needs, based on the scholarship requirements.

The A.E. Robert Friedman Trustees consist of: Carol Adkins, Trustee Chair and PDCA Past President; Bruce Baggenstos, PDCA Member; Steve Scaturro, PDCA Member; Jim Steltzer, PDCA Past President, and Mike Walker, PDCA Member.

The PDCA's A. E. Robert Friedman Scholarship Fund was founded in 1978 to honor Robert Friedman on the occasion of his fortieth anniversary as legal counsel for the PDCA. He served in that capacity until 1981. Since 1978, scholarships have been awarded to deserving students representing a wide variety of backgrounds and career choices. By making the scholarship awards available to any deserving student between the ages of 18 and 26, PDCA members have shown their commitment to supporting the educational efforts of people in their search for a promising career & future.

2014 A. E. Robert Friedman Scholarship applications are currently being accepted. Please visit: for eligibility requirements and 2014 nomination deadlines.

Painting And Decorating Contractors of America Announce 2013 National Award Recipients

2013-03-21 15:48:39::For Immediate Release

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) recently announced its national award winners during the 2013 Painting & Decorating Expo, PDCA’s premier annual event, March 3-6 in St. Louis. The awards program honors the most distinguished projects, companies, members and individuals in the coating applications industry by individuals and contracting company members of PDCA.

PDCA presented 2013 awards in the following categories:

2013 PDCA Al Quilici Outstanding Member Award
This is the highest attainable award presented by PDCA to a member or honorary member that has demonstrated a lifetime of contributions to the trade and the PDCA. This most prestigious award acknowledges demonstrated accomplishments for the overall betterment of the contracting environment, in particular, the embodiment of integrity, devotion and steadfast contributions toward advancing PDCA as shown by
Mr. Al Quilici.

Ned Lyerly,  Ned T. Lyerly Painting Contractor | Charlotte, NC

2013 PDCA Richard A. Liddeke Distinguished Service Award
The Richard A. Liddeke Distinguished Service Award recognizes exceptional, meritorious association and/or industry service. This honor pays tribute for unselfish commitment, the highest qualities of personal character, ultimate professionalism, and significant contributions towards the achievement of PDCA objectives on a nationwide scale.
Anita Dallas, Middle Atlantic Council PDCA | Fairfax, VA
Tony Kozak, New York State Council PDCA | Buffalo, NY

2013 PDCA Recruiter of the Year
The Recruiter of the Year Award is presented to a member who has, through exceptional efforts, made an outstanding contribution to membership growth in a forum, council or chapter.

Lynn Fife, Evergreen Technology | Kent, WA

2013 PDCA Associate of the Year
Associate members are the suppliers and manufacturers who provide the products and services needed to conduct business. The Associate Member of the Year Award is presented to the company representative who has consistently supported PDCA in its efforts to improve the coatings application industry.

Keith Cornelius, The Wooster Brush Company | Wooster, OH

2013 PDCA Humanitarian of the Year
This award is presented for recognition of extraordinary humanitarian achievements by members. These achievements may or may not be involved with the painting or decorating industry.

Joshua Abramson, A. Allbright Painting | Valencia, CA
Joel Hamberg, Joel Hamberg Painting | Portland, OR
Tom Lopatosky, Lopco Contracting | Providence, RI

KILZ ®  Picture It Painted Professionally (PIPP) Awards
The KILZ ®  PIPP Awards, the very first national awards to honor the best in the painting industry, is PDCA's way of paying tribute to the work of professional painting and decorating contractors. This national recognition for a company's best work also honors craftsmen by showcasing their stellar work among their industry peers from across the nation. 2013 KILZ ®  PIPP Awards were given to:

Commercial Decorative – Conrad Schmitt Studios, Inc. | New Berlin, WI
Commerical Interior - Hester Painting & Decorating | Skokie, IL
Commercial Restoration Exterior - Professional Painters, Inc. | La Grange, IL
Commercial Restoration Exterior - Pro-Spec Painting, Inc. | Vineland, NJ
Commercial Restoration Interior - Koch Brothers Decorating Inc. | St. Louis, MO
Commercial  Wallcovering - A&K Painting Company | Charlotte, NC
Industrial Exterior - O.T. Neighoff and Sons, Inc. | Glen Burnie, MD
Industrial Interior - A&K Painting Company | Charlotte, NC
Residential Decorative - Faux Time Design | Old Tappan, NJ
Residential Interior – SNL Painting, Inc. | St. Louis, MO
Community Improvement Award - Chicago Council PDCA | Chicago, IL
Community Improvement Award – New England Council PDCA | Tolland, CT
Community Improvement Award – North Jersey Chapter PDCA | Paterson, NJ

2013 PDCA Safety Awards
The Safety Awards recognize the efforts of member companies who have made a commitment to safety in the workplace by demonstrating and providing evidence of their success in controlling accidents and losses within their companies.

Gold Award – Redwood Painting Co. | Pittsburg, California
Silver Award – Graydaze Contracting, Inc. | Alpharetta, GA
Bronze Award – Penington Painting Company | Chandler, Arizona

2013 Paint Your Wagon Award
Steve Burnett, Burnett 1-800-Painting | North Port, FL

To view YouTube videos of all of the award winners, visit:

Polar Bear Spotted in Southwestern U.S.

2012-08-29 10:41:20::For Immediate Release

Wooster, OH—Even though polar bears live in northern, ice-covered climates, there’s never been a better place for Wooster Polar Bear® rollers than the many stucco surfaces in the Pacific southwest. 

Finding a roller cover that evenly applies coatings to rough surfaces can be a struggle.  However, the tiny fibers in Wooster-exclusive Polar Bear roller fabric are designed to reach into textured and uneven surfaces to create a smooth finish.  These fibers pick up and release enormous amounts of paint for fast, even coverage.  Polar Bear rollers are made for use with all flat, eggshell or satin paints, stains, sealers and primers, but they also apply metallic paints and glazes well too!

The packaging for Polar Bear rollers notes that they should be used on “medium to rough surfaces.”  Recently Wally Reed, Wooster district manager for California and Nevada, suggested a more specific approach when he said, “Polar Bear is exceptional on knock-down, textured walls that we have in homes out here in the West.  I wish the package indicated that use, because painters here could be very successful with it.”

Available in 4½- and 6½-inch Jumbo-Koter® minirollers as well as 9- and 18-inch full-size rollers, there’s a Polar Bear cover that’s right for any size job.  Ask for the full Wooster Polar Bear line at traditional paint and decorating centers, hardware stores, and paint sundry distributors or retailers.

Dunn-Edwards Introduces New Acri-Hues® Eggshell and Semi-Gloss Exterior Paint

2012-08-16 09:07:59::For Immediate Release

LOS ANGELES -- (August 14, 2012) Dunn-Edwards has introduced two new finishes to its popular Acri-Hues line.  The new offerings include Eggshell and Semi-Gloss finishes, joining the existing Acri-Hues Exterior Flat Paint that painting professionals and specifiers have come to depend on and trust for their projects.  With the addition of the Eggshell and Semi-Gloss finishes, Dunn-Edwards now offers a complete exterior line that meets the demands and needs of specifiers and painting professionals.

Acri-Hues Exterior Flat is formulated using a high quality 100 percent acrylic resin, and will continue to be available in all Perfect Palette colors.  “Acri-Hues Exterior Flat was introduced six years ago and has become hugely popular,” said Dave Heiligenthal, product manager.  “It is an extremely dependable paint that provides excellent fade and grain crack resistance and is ideal for use on residential and commercial projects,” added Heiligenthal.
The two new additions to the Acri-Hues line, exterior Eggshell and Semi-Gloss, are ultra-low VOC, acrylic paints that provide dependable performance when used on properly prepared exterior wood, masonry, stucco, concrete and metal surfaces. 

“The new Acri-Hues Eggshell and Semi-Gloss paints perform as well as some competitive 100 percent acrylic paints,” he said.  “Our competitive benchmark testing reveals that these two new products show superior resistance to dirt pick-up as well as improved application performance.”

Like all other Dunn-Edwards products, Acri-Hues Exterior Paint is eco-friendly, ethylene glycol (EG)-free and produced in the world’s only LEED® Gold-certified paint manufacturing plant. Acri-Hues Exterior Paint is ultra-low VOC at 50 grams per liter, and has very low odor both during and after application.  Dunn-Edwards paint is tinted with zero VOC colorants.

The new Acri-Hues Exterior Paint will be available in all Dunn-Edwards’ stores beginning in September. For more information about our products, visit, or contact your local sales representative.

About Dunn-Edwards Corporation
Dunn-Edwards has produced and sold premium paint products for over 85 years throughout the Southwest. Operating in 108 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, Dunn-Edwards is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers and distributors of architectural paints and paint supplies. The company is dedicated to a greener by design® philosophy and produces its eco-friendly paints in the world’s first LEED® Gold-certified manufacturing plant. Based in Southern California, the company is composed of approximately 1,400 employees. Its award-winning specs+spaces blog can be found at

PPG’s Online Paint Visualizer Lets Paint & Design Professionals Virtually Paint a Space

2012-08-01 14:51:44::For Immediate Release

PITTSBURGH, August 1, 2012 – Painters, architects, facility managers and designers looking to provide customers with the best possible results can now visualize any PPG, PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS ® or PPG PORTER PAINTS® colors on the interior walls or exterior areas. With the new Online Paint Visualizer and the patented PPG EasyEdge technology, professionals can digitally upload a photo of a room or exterior and virtually paint the space. With just a few clicks, you can mix and match walls, ceilings, trim and more to find the perfect colors for the next project.

The revolutionary PPG EasyEdge technology offers industry-exclusive functionality to provide virtual painters with control and detail for fast and realistic quality. It considers elements in a room photo such as lighting, angles, furniture and trim to provide virtual painters with the simulated precision of painting a real room.

Users can access the Online Paint Visualizer on the redesigned website for THE VOICE OF COLOR® program (, which features a technological enhancement of the program’s integrated, comprehensive color design system. The Voice of Color program is the color platform for PPG, PPG Pittsburgh Paints and PPG Porter Paints products, based on the premise that every color has an emotional, meaningful association.
The new website for The Voice of Color program provides visitors with an integrated approach to exploring the world of color through a robust set of digital tools. In addition to the Online Paint Visualizer, these include the program’s yearly color trend forecasts, exclusive color families and collections, designer-inspired room galleries, tips for the best use of color, and COLOR SENSE GAME™ tool – an enhanced online system for assessing personality and emotions to create a personalized color palette.

PPG Architectural Coatings is an industry leader serving professionals and homeowners through a network of company stores and independent dealers across North America under the PPG Pittsburgh Paints, PPG Porter Paints and PPG brands. To learn more about PPG Architectural Coatings and PPG services, or to find a location that sells paints from any of the PPG Architectural Coatings brands, visit

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. Color Sense Game is a trademark and PPG Pittsburgh Paints and The Voice of Color are registered trademarks of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.

Benjamin Moore Adds Molten Metallics To Its Studio Finishes Collection

2012-07-19 09:36:44::For Immediate Release

Benjamin Moore Adds Molten Metallics To Its Studio Finishes Collection

(MONTVALE, NJ—JULY, 2012)—Endlessly bubbling up with innovation, Benjamin Moore has introduced Molten Metallics, a new addition to its Studio Finishes portfolio. The name of this new paint product evokes the end result:  a surface imitative of a hand-hammered metal.

While most of the special effects coatings in the Studio Finishes collection are glazes, Molten Metallics is an alkyd high gloss paint. It is ideal for adding a dramatic, glamorous look to furniture, decorative pieces, trim and accent ceilings and walls. It also is recommended for exterior surfaces and delivers an effective rust-resistant treatment. 
“The illusion of the texture that Molten Metallics creates is captivating and sensual,” said Sonu Mathew, Benjamin Moore’s senior interior designer. “It’s an easy way to produce a rarified look that only artisans typically have mastered. And, it’s a lot more economical, too.”

Molten Metallilcs is sold in quarts, $22.95, or pints $15.95 MSRP. Six standard ready-mixed colors are offered:  Gold, Copper, Bronze, Gun Smoke, Silver and Charcoal. Two coats are adequate to complete a project.

For more information visit Or to purchase, go to


About Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of the country’s leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, its products are distributed via a network of independent paint and decorating retailers throughout North America. Benjamin Moore has been a longstanding steward of the environment with a relentless commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices plus the ongoing development of the most eco-responsible formulations possible. In 2012, Natura, the company’s zero-VOC paint, received the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, acknowledging its high degree of sustainability plus rigorously tested performance. Other superior products in Benjamin Moore’s Green Promise® portfolio are Aura, über-performance low-VOC paint, ben, and EcoSpec zero-VOC paint for commercial interiors.  J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Interior paint Satisfaction Study ranked Benjamin Moore highest in consumer satisfaction; it’s the second consecutive year the company received this rating. What’s more, the Benjamin Moore color offering of more than 3,500 hues is unrivaled, but any custom color choice can be matched, as was done for the White House Oval Office ceiling and trims. The only assurance of getting an authentic Benjamin Moore color is using Benjamin Moore paint, since the colorants and resins are proprietary and uniquely zero-VOC formulated with the company’s own patented waterborne technologies. And, authentic Benjamin Moore colors are available exclusively from Benjamin Moore retailers.


2013 Painting and Decorating Expo: Call for Presentations

2012-07-02 13:28:48::For Immediate Release

The 2013 Painting and Decorating Expo is looking for the latest information from the coatings application industry.  If you or your company has information to share with contractors, click here to submit an abstract.

Presenters should read the Speaker Guidelines prior to submitting their abstract.



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