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April 17, 2014

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, Lowe's has agreed to settle its lead paint case for $500,000 and to implement a new compliance program at all 1,700+ locations nationwide.

The settlement is a response to an EPA investigation that found that Lowe's lacked the documentation to prove it had abided by the agency's regulations when hiring contractors in nine states or using EPA-approved lead paint testing kits. The EPA was originally tipped off by comments and complaints from the public.

April 17, 2014

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced mixed results Thursday for the first quarter of 2014, which saw greater top-line revenue for the company that wasn't matched by its net income performance.

Net sales for the three months ended March 31 were $2.37 billion, up 9.2% from $2.17 billion the year before. Sherwin-Williams attributed the increase primarily to higher paint sales volume in the Paint Stores Group and acquisitions, which accounted for 4.5% of the increase alone. Net sales in the Paint Stores Group increased 16.4% to $1.36 billion.

April 16, 2014

Hyde Painter’s Assistant easily snaps on to 1- and 2-quart containers and has a magnetic paint brush holder. New Product Showcase is sponsored by the National Hardware Show, coming to Las Vegas, May 6-8.

April 11, 2014

Wagner rolled out the Wagner SprayTech FLEXiO 890, an indoor/outdoor paint sprayer that takes some of the time and fatigue out of painting jobs.

The sprayer contains an X-Boost turbine in the base, which stays on the floor for a lighter, more portable user experience. It also provides tripe the power of traditional units, according to the company. This helps atomize paint for a smooth and even finish, regardless of the type of paint.

April 9, 2014

Wagner SprayTech is introducing the new Smart SideKick powered roller, which feeds paint to the roller directly from the paint container (ergo, no messy paint trays).

SideKick's biggest claim to fame, however, is its ability to speed up painting jobs 

April 7, 2014

To kick off National Painting Week, Sherwin-Williams is releasing the findings of its National Home Design and Color Survey, which found that painting tops the list of planned home improvement projects for U.S. homeowners.

The vast majority of those surveyed -- 70% -- plan to undertake some kind of house-related project in the next six months, according to Sherwin-Williams.

Of those planning projects, 42% plan to paint, 39% intend to landscape and 30% are simply thinking about redecorating.

April 1, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corporation is hoping to gain a sales and marketing boost from its 90th anniversary.

To commemorate the occasion, Ace is hosting a nationwide promotion April 2-7, during which time customers can get 20% off gallons of Clark+Kensington paint+primer in one, as well as special offers on a variety of lawn, garden and outdoor living items. Some home maintenance products will also be priced at 90 cents in honor of the milestone.

March 21, 2014

PPG Industries has taken a minority equity position in The Coatings Alliance, LLC via its North American architectural coatings business.

Under the terms of the deal, PPG will become the exclusive paint manufacturer for The Coatings Alliance, producing the TCA-owned C2 Paint brand. PPG will also act as an independent sales representative for C2 Paint to independent paint and decorating retailers throughout North America.

March 19, 2014

Kwikset -- which is part of Spectrum Brands Holdings -- is sponsoring Richard Childress Racing and driver Ryan Newman during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season this year.

Per the partnership, Kwikset will be the primary sponsor and paint scheme for Newman's car during the Kansas Race in Kansas City on May 10. The Kwisket logo will also be displayed on Newman's No. 31 car for every race this season.

March 12, 2014

Sherwin-Williams is launching an online Spanish-language platform, SWLatino.com, focusing on Hispanic homeowners, contractors and designers. Sherwin-Williams will feature tips, how-to articles and color information from leading Hispanic bloggers and Sherwin-Williams color experts.

The new site, integrated with Sherwin-Williams Facebook and Twitter accounts, will connect Latino paint and color professionals, homeowners and designers with Spanish-language content.

March 10, 2014

Port Washington N.Y.-based wholesale distributor PACOA will be joining Distribution America. PACOA serves independent hardware, paint and lumber retailers throughout much of New York, New England, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Distribution America’s board of directors voted unanimously on the addition. Recently, Distribution America lost Emery-Waterhouse to Ace Hardware.

March 7, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- During its Spring Dealer Market hear, Orgill expanded its show floor to more than 750,000 sq. ft., including multiple model stores and a showcase area that introduced a new vivid Solutions paint area and a “Backyard Oasis” featuring outdoor living ideas.

Organizers said thousands of retailers from the United States, Canada and all over the world took part in the market, which drew to a close March 1.

March 5, 2014

Southbridge, Mass.-based Hyde Tools introduced a product designed to reduce the painter's time on preparation and painting. 

The Hyde Painter's Assistant is a multi-use painter's tool that acts sort of like an extra pair of hands. Thecarrying handle for one and two quarter containers includes a magnetic bursh holder. 

Also built in are a paint can opener, brush and roller cleaner, belt hook, putty knife/scraper and a garage tool hanger.

March 3, 2014

PRO Group has announced the addition of Monsey, N.Y.-based BTL Distributors, a wholesale distributor serving hardware and paint supply stores in New York and New Jersey, to its membership.

"We are pleased to join the PRO Group organization and look forward to networking with member distributors and suppliers at several PRO events in 2014," said BTL partner Sol Grossman.

February 20, 2014

Ace Hardware Corp. announced today that it has acquired Emery-Waterhouse, the Portland, Maine-based distributor of hardlines products for independent lumber, paint, industrial and hardware outlets. 

“The acquisition of Emery-Waterhouse serves as a tremendous catalyst to leverage wholesale purchasing power,” said John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware. “We are confident that both Ace retailers and Emery-Waterhouse customers will benefit from the additional scale and expanded assortments.”

February 19, 2014

Ahead of the busy spring season, Lowe's is planning to hire approximately 25,000 seasonal employees to fill the ranks of cashiers, lawn and garden employees, loaders and stockers.

February 12, 2014

The Home Depot Foundation has awarded a $7,000 grant to San Diego's Veterans Community Services (VCS) for a community renovation project at their main office.

Veterans, Team Depot and VCS volunteers will paint walls, replace doors and build shelving units on February 27, preparing the space to host meetings and supportive services programs, as well as serve as a donation center.

VCS provides various services to low-income veterans, including rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, counseling, financial planning, employment search and referrals, and other aid.

February 12, 2014

Minneapolis-based global paint company Valspar Corp. reported first-quarter net sales of $956 million, up 9% over the same quarter last year. 

Net income declined to $53.5 million, compared with $55.0 million in the year-ago quarter.

January 29, 2014

Dutch Boy’s latest entry in the paint aisle -- Dirt Fighter Paint + Primer -- offers paint-and-primer in one messaging, plus an easy-to-clean and wash message. 

December 27, 2013

Paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore accepted the HYLAND Award from designer Christopher Hyland.

Hyland called Benjamin Moore paint "An American original" and said "Benjamin Moore has always been, is now and will always be designer paint" in a speech at the ASID NY Metro Chapter's annual party at Holiday House, Traditional Home Magazine's designer showcase, which this year benefited The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

December 18, 2013

Wayne, Pa.-based LMC hosted member dealers from around the country during LMC’s Forest Products & Building Materials EXPO last month in Philadelphia.

In the spirit of LMC’s philosophy of ‘Building Business Together’, key forest products suppliers participated in a forum with insights on the state of forest products manufacturing today and the forces that will impact production and availability in 2014.

December 17, 2013

The paint industry has proved generally successful in court, dodging expensive lead-paint related rulings.

But not in California. Not Monday.

A judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court ruled that paint companies must pay $1.1 billion to 10 California cites and counties -- including Los Angeles County -- as part of a lead removal program. Millions of older homes will be involved in the treatment.

December 10, 2013

It’s been a busy summer and fall for HCN: Its editorial staff was taken to many corners of the great United States in pursuit of emerging brands and game-changing products. We were happy to see many industry heavyweights at several of the big trade shows this year, as well as a few hidden gems in the home improvement aisle. From old favorites to promising newcomers, here are a few highlights from the reporter’s notebook.

December 5, 2013

Pantone and Valspar Paint announced the addition of Pantone Radiant Orchid, the 2014 Color of the Year, to the Pantone Universe Paint Collection by Valspar, available at Lowe's nationwide. Radiant Orchid is a mix of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.  

December 2, 2013

Masterchem Industries, maker of Kilz brand products, re-launched its Kilz PRO-X 100 Series interior paint line.

The new line features an advanced formula and promises painters, contractors, property managers and remodelers strong hide and touchup capabilities at an affordable price point -- between $62.50 and $87.50 for a 5-gallon bucket (depending on sheen).

Its makers say it allows for projects to be completed faster, with potentially fewer coats, while still delivering a consistent and durable finish.