PPG MVP Business Solutions has announced its schedule of classes for the remainder of the 2017 calendar year. Intended for owners and managers of collision centers using PPG products, MVP training is part of PPG’s ongoing commitment to provide cutting-edge business thinking and solutions for its customers. The MVP approach is designed to help a shop improve its bottom line through measured performance-accelerating processes.

MVP interactive workshops, classes and seminars, along with an array of online resources, provide a comprehensive set of training, tools and services for the collision professional and focus on the diverse factors that directly affect collision center performance. Attendees have opportunities to examine their current business structure and practices to determine what steps are needed to moderately adjust or radically revamp their approach to establishing a true performance-oriented business model.

“We know that to be successful, PPG collision center customers can’t simply survive, there’s more to it,” said Bob Medved, PPG manager, MVP Business Solutions. “Our customers have to thrive and grow. That’s why PPG MVP programs have evolved to offer the most comprehensive training in the industry. Our business solutions tools, resources, consulting and support services are designed to position PPG customers at the top of the industry—and we have been very successful in doing that. MVP programs can improve a shop’s performance and profitability in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Anyone interested in improving shop performance should really consider these courses.”

MVP Business Solutions offers hundreds of classes yearly at various locations across the United States and Canada. These courses present the real-world expertise of MVP-certified instructors in a relevant business curriculum. MVP solutions include:

  • The MVP Business Development Series: covering the key functional areas of collision center business operations;
  • Lean for Collision Training: designed to address emerging trends and meet the challenge of change head-on;
  • MVP Conferences: unique gatherings of high-level presenters, cutting-edge seminars, workshops and networking opportunities;
  • Marketing Your Shop: specially designed tools and programs to help shop management reach the right people, with the right message, at the right time.

A partial list of classes scheduled for the rest of the year include:

  • Paint Shop Throughput
  • Business of Parts Management
  • Production and Cycle Time Management
  • Fundamentals of Estimating
  • Advanced Estimating
  • Professional Selling Skills
  • Elevating the Customer Experience
  • Green Belt Training

A complete schedule of classes is available at the PPG MVP Business Solutions page

Medved added that MVP classes can be arranged for specific regions and shops to address particular issues. He also pointed out that PPG customers can learn more about PPG MVP Business Solutions and courses on YouTube.

PPG introduced MVP Business Solutions in 1994 as a way to help collision repair customers address the changing nature of the industry and turn business challenges into opportunities. Since that time, MVP has delivered comprehensive training and business support services to PPG collision repair businesses. Many MVP programs are now in their third generation, and a large percentage of MVP’s business solutions comprises new programs that are the result of extensive research and development over the past few years.

For more information about MVP training, including details of seminars and workshops, call (866) 237-8178 or visit www.ppgmvp.com.


Maintaining a great brand image is of utmost importance to a fleet. Sometimes, sending out rusty or scratched wheels for refurbishment is not a cost-effective option. Fleets want to keep their units on the road being productive and looking good at the same time. Now they can. PPG offers a quick, economical solution to allow fleet maintenance facilities without paint booth capability to repair wheels on site using aerosol products. It is all outlined in our new flyer under part number CCFYWHEEL. Order yours via Online Ordering and introduce this solution to your customers today.

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As we approach the holiday season, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support throughout the past year. We appreciate your business and look forward to our continued relationship.

PPG's United States & Canadian (USCA) Customer Service and Distribution Centers will observe the holiday schedule outlined below. During the holiday season there is limited access to heated trailers to transport waterborne material. To ensure you receive prompt and accurate shipments, please take a moment to review the holiday schedule and place your orders accordingly. Of course, you may continue to submit orders electronically or by fax at your convenience. Any orders submitted on a holiday will be processed in the order that it was received and shipments will be scheduled accordingly.

 
Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving (USA)
Order Entry Dist.
Centers
Color Library
and Technical Service
Color IT
Help Desk
Color IT
Order Fulfillment
USA - Closed
Canada - Open
Closed
 
Friday, November 24 – Day After Thanksgiving (USA)
Order Entry Dist.
Centers
Color Library
and Technical Service
Color IT
Help Desk
Color IT
Order Fulfillment
USA - Closed
Canada - Open
Closed 8-3pm EST 8-5pm EST Closed
 
Monday, December 25 – Christmas
Order Entry Dist.
Centers
Color Library
and Technical Service
Color IT
Help Desk
Color IT
Order Fulfillment
Closed
 
Tuesday, December 26 – Day After Christmas, Boxing Day
Order Entry Dist.
Centers
Color Library
and Technical Service
Color IT
Help Desk
Color IT
Order Fulfillment
Closed
 
Wednesday, December 27
Order Entry Dist.
Centers
Color Library
and Technical Service
Color IT
Help Desk
Color IT
Order Fulfillment
Open
 
Thursday, December 28
Order Entry Dist.
Centers
Color Library
and Technical Service
Color IT
Help Desk
Color IT
Order Fulfillment
Open
 
Friday, December 29 – New Year's Eve
Order Entry Dist.
Centers
Color Library
and Technical Service
Color IT
Help Desk
Color IT
Order Fulfillment
USA - Closed
Canada - Open
Closed
 
Monday, January 1, 2018 – New Year's Day
Order Entry Dist.
Centers
Color Library
and Technical Service
Color IT
Help Desk
Color IT
Order Fulfillment
Closed

Holiday and Date Observed Order Entry Dist.
Centers
Color Library
and Technical Service
Color IT
Thanksgiving, U.S.
(Thursday, 11/23)
US - Closed
Canada - Open
USCA - Closed USCA - Closed USCA Help Desk - Closed
Order Fulfillment - Closed
Day After Thanksgiving, U.S.
(Friday 11/24)
US - Closed
Canada - Open
USCA - Closed USCA 8-3pm EST USCA Help Desk - 8-5pm EST
Order Fullfillment - Closed
Christmas
(Monday, 12/25)
USCA - Closed USCA - Closed USCA - Closed USCA Help Desk - Closed
Order Fullfillment - Closed
Day After Christmas
Boxing Day
(Monday, 12/26)
USCA - Closed USCA - Closed USCA - Closed USCA Help Desk - Closed
Order Fullfillment - Closed
Wednesday, 12/27 &
Thursday 12/28
USCA - Open USCA - Open USCA - Open USCA Help Desk - Open
Order Fullfillment - Open
New Years Eve
(Friday, 12/29)
USCA - Closed
Canada - Open
USCA - Closed US - Closed USCA Help Desk - Closed
Order Fullfillment - Closed
New Years Day
(Monday, 1/1/2018)
USCA - Closed USCA - Closed USCA - Closed USCA Help Desk - Closed
Order Fullfillment - Closed 


The world’s fastest diesel truck now sports a stunning red and two-toned gray paint job achieved with PPG commercial coatings products. The truck, named Joint Venture, is a 1997 Freightliner highway hauler owned by Don Lemmons and his Kelso, Washington-based company, Joint Venture Race Truck. It holds the Bonneville Salt Track record for the world's fastest modified diesel truck—228.8 mph—set in 2006.

Lemmons recently decided Joint Venture needed a new finish. With 4,000-plus horsepower pouring out of the big rig’s stout 1,952-cubic-inch MTU Detroit Diesel engine boosted with two Garrett intercooler turbochargers to pack a huge punch, he knew no ordinary paint job would suffice. Something special was called for. Lemmons turned to two local companies for assistance—Wheeler’s Collision & Paint, a PPG customer also in Kelso, and Bob’s Paint Land, a PPG Platinum Distributor in nearby Vancouver, Washington.

Lemmons was acquainted with Wheeler’s Collision & Paint and Bob’s Paint Land, having worked with the companies to maintain the truck fleet in one of his other businesses. Recognizing an opportunity to be part of a true joint venture, Bob’s Paint Land owner Mike Stillman and general manager Jared Sellers donated the PPG paint needed for the refinish. Joe Wheeler at Wheeler’s Collision & Paint then had painters Kody Price and Mike Miller spray DELFLEET® Evolution FBC Basecoat and a double coat of DELFLEET ESSENTIAL® ESC621 Urethane Clearcoat to give the truck its dramatic look.

Bob’s Paint Land is a family-owned enterprise that has been a single-line PPG distributor since 1960. It became a Platinum Distributor in 2014.

“We’ve had great success with PPG,” said Stillman. “PPG territory manager Paul Iozzio gives us great support, and our paint sales have doubled in the last year. PPG is easy to sell.”

Wheeler’s Collision & Paint is also a family-owned business. The 5,000-sq.-ft. shop is a recent convert to PPG products. The facility features three spray booths to address car, truck and RV needs.

“PPG product quality is important to us and our customers,” said Wheeler. “The support we get was a major factor in moving to PPG. It’s made a positive difference for our business.”

Joint Venture was on display in October in the lobby of the Portland, Oregon, headquarters of Daimler Trucks North America LLC—Freightliner Trucks’ parent company. Employees and visitors had the chance to see what Freightliner trucks could be if they weren’t hauling cargo.

PPG offers a full range of coating technologies for the commercial transportation and light industrial markets including polyurethanes, alkyds, epoxies, polyurea, waterborne, pretreatment chemicals and powder coatings. PPG commercial coatings products are marketed under several brand names including Delfleet Evolution, Delfleet Essential, Commercial Performance Coatings and AMERCOAT®.


One-of-a-kind design by Darrell Mayabb is featured on the 2018 Automotive Refinish calendar for PPG.


As in past years, Darrell has done an outstanding job with his design created exclusively for this PPG calendar. Now available to order just in time for the holidays. Makes a great gift for your customers. Order today through online ordering, part #PPGCL18.  Cost is $3.00 per calendar.


Cars and trucks painted with PPG products captured an array of prestigious awards at the recent SEMA Show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The annual show attracts automotive industry professionals from around the world, and this year more than 100,000 visitors were treated to displays of custom-built vehicles exhibiting the latest trends in hot colors and advanced finishes. The wins affirmed PPG’s leadership position as the custom car world’s top choice in automotive refinish products.

 
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Johnson's Hot Rod Shop
Left:
  1932 Ford Tudor ; Right:  1954 Chevy Quad Turbo Duramax Diesel

Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop, Gadsden, Alabama, displayed a 1932 Ford Tudor sedan that scooped up key honors. The sedan took second place in the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, won a Ford Best of Show Outstanding Achievement in Design award, qualified as a Mothers Polish Shine Top 10 award finalist and captured the Bryan Fuller Moto Top Paint Award. The shop’s 1954 Chevy pickup with a Quad Turbo Duramax Diesel V-8 gathered its own recognition: a Chevy Design award for Truck of the Year and the eJudged/MaxTow Best Diesel Performance Build award. It, too, was a Mothers Polish Shine Top 10 award finalist. Both vehicles got their deep black finish using PPG’s VIBRANCE COLLECTION® VP2050 DTM High Build Primer, DELTRON® DP90LF Non Sanding Epoxy Primer Black and Deltron 2000 DBC9700 Basecoat Black along with the GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM® brand’s D8115 Matte Clearcoat, D8117 Semi-Gloss Clearcoat and D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat. Greg Chalcraft sprayed the finish on both winners.

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SpeedKore Performance
Left:
  1970 Boss 302 Mustang; Right:  2018 Mustang GT Convertible

SpeedKore Performance in Grafton, Wisconsin, received a Best of Show award from Ford for its superb 1970 Boss 302 Mustang, built for Robert Downey Jr., and an Outstanding Achievement in Design award, also from Ford, for its dramatic 2018 Mustang GT convertible. Painter Bill Nicoud used a Deltron 2000 DBC Basecoat Khaki custom mix, Deltron DAS3025 V-SEAL® Acrylic Urethane Sealer Gray and Global Refinish System D894 Clear to give the Boss 302 Mustang a winning look. Bob Gibson painted the 2018 Mustang GT with Deltron 2000 DBC Basecoat Lava Gray, Deltron DAS3025 V-Seal Acrylic Urethane Sealer Gray and Global Refinish System D894 Clear to create its dramatic look.

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Cal Auto Creations
1930 Ford Model A

Andy Leach and his team at Cal Auto Creations, Bennington, Nebraska, picked up the 2017 Mothers Polish Shine Award for a 1930 Ford Model A coupe painted by Charley Hutton at his Charley Hutton Color Studio in Nampa, Idaho. Charley gave the car, named “After Thought,” its “Paleozoic Sea Blue” finish using ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne basecoat. Accent colors included Pepper Grey on the engine and chassis, “After Thought Gold” on the wheels and Titanium on the blower. Global Refinish System D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat was used on the body and D8115 Matte Clearcoat on the satin colors.

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Miranda Built, Inc.
1969 Chevy Camaro

Miranda Built, Inc., Delray Beach, Florida, won a Mothers Polish Excellence in Automotive Design award for its 1969 Chevy Camaro “NFA.” Jeremy Miranda and his group worked with The Refinery by Adam Krause Inc., Manteno, Illinois. Paint specialist Krause gave the Camaro its winning finish with Deltron DP90LF Non Sanding Epoxy Primer, Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat, Global Refinish System D8115 Matte Clearcoat and Deltron CONCEPT® DCU2021 Urethane Clear.

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Hollywood Hot Rods
1936 Packard Roadster

Hollywood Hot Rods, Burbank, California, took third in the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition with a show-stopping red 1936 Packard Roadster dubbed “Mulholland.” Troy Ladd and his crew used Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat and Global Refinish System D8188 Glamour LV Clearcoat to give the classic its outstanding “Mulholland Merlot” finish.

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Tucci Hot Rods
2018 Mustang

Dave and Dom Tucci of Tucci Hot Rods, Marcy, New York, took home an Outstanding Achievement in Design award from Ford for a 2018 Ford Mustang in Shadow Black. Painter John Ramsey from John’s Auto Restoration, Rome, New York, coated the car with Deltron DBC9700 Basecoat Black and DMD1683 Basecoat Black. Jason Kilmer, of Seattle’s KXK Dynamics, then wet sanded the original clear and Ramsey stepped back in to apply Global Refinish System D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat on the main body and Vibrance Collection VC5225 Soft Touch Clear on the 3-D printed parts to give the car its distinct appearance.

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LGE-CTS Motorsports
2018 Baja Forged Adventurer Expedition

LGE-CTS Motorsports, San Dimas, California, won an Outstanding Achievement in Design award from Ford for its 2018 Baja Forged Adventurer Ford Expedition. Theresa Contreras painted the truck using Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat with a custom mix of Vibrance Collection effects to create gold to silver color-changing stripes and accents that took on a green-blue tone.

The Roadster Shop, Mundelein, Illinois, received the GM People’s Choice Design award for the “AXIS” Camaro. It was also a finalist in the Battle of the Builders.

“Once again, PPG has helped custom car enthusiasts raise the bar of ingenuity,” said Bill Shaw, PPG director, refinish marketing, Automotive Refinish. “Some of the most talented painters and builders in the business unleashed their imaginations and showed SEMA attendees the creative heights that PPG’s refinish products allowed them to reach. The painters have the vision; we provide the means and the awards follow. We are extremely proud of their achievements.”


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