Blog Category: Primecoat


Prime Coat—January, 2018

By Hans Mugler,

Couldn’t Do It Without YOU With 2017 safely in the books and the calendar flipped over to 2018, it’s easy to look towards the future of this industry with excitement. Many companies in the paint & sundries segment have had stellar years, while some have struggled a bit. Acquisitions have not slowed as more and  … Read more

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Prime Coat—November, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

Confidentially Confident If you’re doing a double take—yes this photo of me is from 2007, but more than that we’re giving Hans some much needed time off. Thanks to all of you who extended condolences on the loss of his mother. I’ve been thinking of this next topic for awhile, and if you fear I’m  … Read more

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Prime Coat—October, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

In Memorium — Heidi Mugler The month of October has always been one of my favorite months. The leaves are still changing, and…sports! The St. Louis Cardinals are usually playing post season baseball (wait ’til next year!), my St. Louis Blues still have a chance at Lord Stanley’s Cup, and college and pro football are  … Read more

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Prime Coat—September, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

When The Winds of Change are 175 mph Fall is here. Leaves are changing colors and falling, BBQ grills are working overtime, football season is rolling along. For most paint stores around the country, the changing seasons mean that outdoor paint work that was impossible when the temps were sizzling is now being attacked with  … Read more

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Prime Coat—August, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming! Well, this was inevitable. Mankind is obsessed with creating new, easier, faster ways for man (and woman) to do all sorts of things, but now a legion of robotics companies have zeroed in on typical retail stores as a place where they say they can make your  … Read more

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Prime Coat—July, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING!!! That is the message/alert I have been waking up to on my phone here in St. Louis for the last few weeks. Welcome to the hot summer months! As hot as Phoenix? Nope, planes are still taking off and landing in STL. Hot enough to fry an egg on concrete? Yup, but  … Read more

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Prime Coat—June, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

Informed (as can be) Decisions May 15th was my mother’s 80th Birthday. It’s a milestone birthday to be sure, but Mom was just not interested in celebrating it. She loves life and nature, always telling me she is a country girl at heart, but she hates heat and humidity…I mean REALLY HATES IT, and she  … Read more

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Prime Coat—May, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

NHS 2017 WOW Factors… Another fulfilling National Hardware Show and Lancaster Distributing Show are in the books. This year’s version of both shows seemed to us to run very smoothly with plenty of foot traffic, though maybe not as much as last year’s event. Still, we did not talk to many folks who were disappointed  … Read more

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Prime Coat—April, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

Judds Not, Lest Ye Be Judds Wow, here I am doing a Prime Coat for the first time in years. Welcome back! This being the National Hardware Show issue, it seemed like a good time to cruise down that Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Dreams are made and broken in Vegas, but perhaps some folks, with  … Read more

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Prime Coat—March, 2107

By Hans Mugler,

See You at the National Hardware Show! As you are reading this, the powers that be at Reed Exhibitions, the group that puts on the biggest industry event every year, the National Hardware Show, are in full court press finalizing their plans, floor layout, speakers and forums to guarantee that this year’s show is the  … Read more

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