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Three Ways to Approach Life: Only One Is the Winning Way

Business executives have coaches and mentors who help them get better. Sometimes they don’t like what they are told, but after conversations settle in, they might actually hear what it is that the coach is saying. At the heart of every conversation is usually this: How can one be more successful and happy? The answer lies within each person, and that is not just whimsical talk. It is about their perspective and their priorities.

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No Dragged Feet for Floor Fixer Uppers

What do you do when a food facility receives a less-than-par coating? When that happened to a client’s floor on the West Coast, the only thing the client and manufacturer could do was move forward together. The coating system, which was not initially installed correctly and therefore didn’t look right, needed to be fixed.

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High Profile, Winds, and Reflectivity: Green Coatings on New Orleans Airport Roof

When David Lamouranne of GreenStar Roof Coatings landed the job of applying a new coating system to the roof of a private hangar at the New Orleans Airport, he jumped at the opportunity. While he knew the high-profile job would present some very real challenges — high winds, air traffic, and airport safety requirements — he was excited to offer his client, Atlantic Aviation, a new roof that would be green, durable, and reduce energy costs.

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The Reality of Epoxy Sensitization

Have you ever gotten, or heard of someone who’s gotten, a skin rash when working with epoxies? Well, that skin rash could well have been a form of epoxy sensitization.

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Fun Ride: Coating an Amusement Park

When you think of amusement parks, you may think of a variety of images: roller coasters, Ferris wheels, popcorn, cotton candy, long lines, hot summers, the list probably goes on. But for a coatings contractor, that list may expand to the many, many different substrates with different kinds of coatings.

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Lead From Need: Four Ways to Motivate Employees

Are your workers lethargic, apathetic, unmotivated, or disengaged? Many business owners’ problem is that they are giving employees what they think employees want, but not what they really need. Fat salaries and perks are great, but what they also want is to be inspired, connected, and living a life of purpose. They need to feel valued. As their leader you need to lead from need.

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Pipe Dreams: Round the Clock Work to Recoat Pipe

Some jobs only require a week or two of work. Others mandate shifts that span 24 hours a day, seven days a week and take three years to finish. This was the second kind of job. It started when The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District decided to recoat an irrigation pipe that ran along a canal. The goal was to extend its life by up to 30 years.

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Beans, Bugs, and Coating Solutions at Baked Goods Plant

When one of the world’s largest producers of baked goods had two problems on their hands — a corroding ice machine and beetles entering their flour room — their solution was Ecodur 201. The producer, which wishes to remain unnamed, called Aquablocx, a Tennessee-based company that specializes in repairing storage tanks (e.g., water, grain, chemical, oil, fuel, and wastewater) of all shapes and sizes using a plant-based coating material.

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OSHA Recordkeeping Requirement Changes for 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recordkeeping requirements have been in place since 1971 (29 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Part 1904). The requirements were updated in 2002 to make it easier for employers to comply. OSHA has again updated the recordkeeping rule for 2015 to include two key changes.

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Tom Keller: Working on a Different Level

While Tom Keller of Brazos Urethane may be known as “Tom the Roofer” after his work on the Superdome post-Hurricane Katrina, his work in the coatings industry can’t be contained by the Big Easy. His work has spanned from San Francisco to Miami, and he’s currently focusing on branded roofs of national sports arenas. However, his beginning had much more humble roots.