Paint Scene—January 2018

By The Paint Dealer,

  Filed under: Departments, Paint Scene

PPG Renews Sponsorship

PPG has renewed its sponsorship of Independent We Stand, an organization devoted to promoting independent businesses in all industries. Through Independent We Stand marketing campaigns and social media, PPG will work alongside co-sponsor STIHL and associate sponsor Do it Best to increase awareness about the importance and strong economic benefits of buying local.

“It’s because of companies like PPG that we can increase the footprint of the buy local movement and help independent businesses thrive,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of IWS. “With their support, we can offer free resources to thousands of businesses. The more successful these independents are, the more they reinvest and the bigger economic impacts they will have on their communities.”

“PPG is strongly committed to our valued independent dealer partners,” said John Trenta, senior marketing manager, PPG. “We are thrilled to continue our sponsorship of Independent We Stand as we have a joint passion for building relationships with independent retailers to help them grow their businesses and to service their customers.”

Independent We Stand’s website provides several options for consumers to find and support independent businesses. Businesses can join at different levels for a variety of services; you can also register your business to make it easier for consumers to find you and stop in.


HERO appoints Tony Blatchford

I.C.T.C. Holdings Corp. (HERO Products Group) has appointed Tony Blatchford as Canadian Sales Manager. Tony’s industry experience comes from his long-time association with one of Canada’s largest paint companies and more recently with one of the world’s largest paint companies as a member of the senior leadership team for its Canadian division.

“Tony’s experience working for two significant paint companies will give HERO a new perspective and understanding towards the planning and implementation of programs that will enhance HERO’s position in the marketplace.,” said Steve Balmer, President and COO of I.C.T.C. Tony can be reached at


Blue Future

Increasing automation in the construction industry could displace or replace as much as 49% of the America’s blue-collar construction workforce (2.7 million workers) and eliminate nearly 500,000 non-construction jobs by 2057, according to a new study by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Advancements in technology have already dramatically re-shaped American manufacturing and eliminated millions of blue-collar, middle-class jobs,” said study co-author and Project for Middle Class Renewal Director, Dr. Robert Bruno.

MEPI and U of I researchers highlight a decades-long decline of blue-collar labor as a total share of construction costs and the growing share of capital—which includes machinery, equipment, and other technologies— to show that the industry is well positioned to move towards increased automation. “Whether through the use of robotics, virtual reality, or other technological innovations, automation has been increasing productivity, reducing costs, and improving quality,” said study co-author Jill Manzo. “With capital growing, the industry struggling with skilled labor shortages, and our nation facing growing infrastructure needs, it is fair to conclude that the pace of automation is likely to accelerate in the decades to come.

”The study also notes that between 2010 and 2017, 2.6 million workers who moved from construction into other jobs saw their wages drop an average of 32%. It concludes that if this pattern held for all blue-collar construction workers potentially at risk of being displaced by automation by 2057, it would mean an annual loss of $41 billion in labor income (in today’s dollars) and the elimination of as many as 500,000 nonconstruction jobs.

To address the challenges posed by future automation of the construction industry, MEPI and U of I researchers propose a set of policy recommendations aimed at ensuring new workers are trained to meet the industry’s future labor force needs, and to help re-train current workers who could be displaced in the future.


Dealer Events

Lancaster Buying Show
Feb. 16-18, Kissimmee, FL
Gaylord Palms Resort

PACOA Dealer Markets
March 3-4, September 8-9, New York Queens College—Fizgerald Gymnasium