STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, March 17, 2020
PPG (NYSE:PPG) has named Colours, Inc., its automotive refinish 2019 Platinum Distributor of the Year. The annual award honors the distributor that demonstrates outstanding performance, loyalty, product knowledge, and customer service and support.

John Parran, PPG director, Platinum Distributor program, U.S. and Canada, recently presented the award to Colours at the annual PPG Platinum Distributor Conference. The annual conference brings together PPG platinum distributors from across the United States and Canada. This year’s event marked the program’s 25th anniversary.
 


Colours, Inc., is the recipient of PPG’s automotive refinish 2019 Platinum Distributor of the Year award.
Receiving the award on behalf of Colours are (from left) Bill Snipas, vice president of operations;
Tim Evans, president; Ali Mahalak, chief financial officer; and Brian Marcks, vice president of sales.

 


“The Platinum Distributor of the Year award recognizes the overall success of the Platinum Distributor program in our automotive refinish business and, in particular, one special distributor,” said Parran. “Our platinum distributors work hard throughout the year, and we applaud their efforts and achievements. In 2019, Colours demonstrated all the qualities that exemplify the spirit of the PPG Platinum Distributor program.”

Tim Evans, president, accepted the award on behalf of Colours, which is based in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. He was accompanied by his daughter, Ali Mahalak, chief financial officer; Bill Snipas, vice president of operations; and Brian Marcks, vice president of sales. It was the second time Colours received the award, having been named the 2003 Platinum Distributor of the Year.

“It’s an honor to accept this award, but this isn’t just my award,” said Evans. “I’m thrilled to bring this back to everyone at Colours. Their work, success and dedication are what really allow us to take home this trophy. Much like the STANLEY CUP®, we’ll be taking the trophy to each of our 36 locations over the coming months so all our employees can appreciate what they’ve earned. Thank you, PPG, for naming Colours the Platinum Distributor of the Year.”

Colours maintains a firm commitment to growth and training. In June 2019, the company opened a $6 million, 50,000-square-foot (4,645-square-meter) warehouse that includes 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of administrative office space. A state-of-the-art learning center in the new facility provides Colours associates and customers with a site suitable for a variety of training opportunities. PPG regularly uses the site for classes, as do several schools and industry organizations.

Colours takes part in PPG MVP offerings, ensuring its employees stay up to date with PPG product advances and the latest operational trends. Colours is also firmly committed to the Platinum Distributor program. Evans was one of the original members of the Platinum Council, and Mahalak represents Colours on the current council.

Other PPG representatives at the Platinum Distributor Conference were Michael H. McGarry, PPG chairman and CEO; Tim Knavish, PPG executive vice president; Chancey Hagerty, PPG vice president, global automotive refinish; Greg Benckart, PPG vice president, chief commercial officer, automotive refinish, Americas; and Tom Maziarz, PPG vice president, automotive refinish, Americas.

About Colours, Inc.
Colours opened its doors in 1972 with two employees. Today, it has more than 320 people across six states – Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and West Virginia. The company is a key distributor in the nation’s Mid-Atlantic region, one of the most progressive and fastest-growing automotive paint distributors in the United States and the largest PPG distributor east of the Mississippi River. To learn more, visit www.gocolours.com.


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, March 5, 2020
A PPG-painted custom 1932 Kugel Muroc captured the 2020 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award at the recent Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) held at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

The car’s owner, Monty Belsham of Houston, British Columbia, turned to Squeeg’s Kustoms in Chandler, Arizona, for the great look. Painters Doug Jerger and Moose Graczyk at Squeeg’s used an array of PPG paints to give the roadster its striking black finish with fire-hot flames. Paint included Deltron® DBC Basecoat Black and DCU2021 Concept® Urethane Clearcoat along with a rainbow of tangerine, apple red and magenta Radiance® dyes and pearls to ignite the fiery flames. The result was a rich, gleaming finish with dynamic highlights—and the coveted AMBR award.
 


A custom 1932 Kugel Muroc painted by Squeeg’s Kustoms captured the 2020 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR)
award at the Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) held at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. PPG’s Deltron®
and Radiance® products were used to finish this striking car.


The all-metal, limited-production Kugel Muroc was sold in the early 2000s as a package comprising bare body plus chassis. It was up to the buyer to finish the rest of the car. This was Squeeg’s second AMBR win. His first came in 2011 for a 1934 Ford roadster.

Other show winners also featured dazzling PPG finishes.
 


The Refinery, a custom paint shop in Manteno, Illinois, owned by Adam Krause, took the historic
Al Slonaker Memorial Award for an eye-catching 1936 Willys pickup. PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance
and Global Refinish System® products were used to finish the car..

 

The Refinery, a custom paint shop in Manteno, Illinois, owned by Adam Krause, took the historic Al Slonaker Memorial Award for an eye-catching 1936 Willys pickup owned by Ron and Vicky Ernsberger of Holiday City, Ohio. After the preparation and bodywork was done by Krause and his brother Tyler, Adam sprayed PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance basecoat with ECS65 and ECS67 A-Chromatic Sealers and Global Refinish System® 8152 clearcoat on the body and Global Refinish System® D8115 Matte Clearcoat on the inside of the truck bed and bottom side of all the panels to give the truck a classic Ferrari Rosso Mugello (red) finish. This award is given to the best non-roadster on display and honors GNRS founders Al and Mary Slonaker.
 


“RelentleSS,” a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino, claimed Best Truck, Best in Class and Outstanding Display awards.
Honors go to painter Cam Miller and his HS Customs shop in Logan, Utah. PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance
and Vibrance Collection® products were used to finish the car.
 

“RelentleSS,” a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino, claimed Best Truck, Best in Class and Outstanding Display awards. Honors go to painter Cam Miller and his HS Customs shop in Logan, Utah, and truck owners Scott and Sherrie Cooper of Orland, California. Miller’s go-tos were PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance basecoat; Ford’s “Kodiak Brown,” which Miller achieved with various toners; and Vibrance Collection® 5700 clearcoat. Remarkably, the truck debuted last year at the GNRS and won the same three awards.
 


Dean Livermore of Hot Rods by Dean in Phoenix, Arizona, earned the Best Paint award in the Al Slonaker Class
for his bold finish on a rare 1965 Acadian Canso Sport Deluxe. The car got its custom color, “Black Brandywine,”
courtesy of Livermore’s mixing genius. He relied on Envirobase® High Performance basecoat and
finished the look with Deltron® DCU2021 Concept Urethane Clearcoat.


Dean Livermore of Hot Rods by Dean in Phoenix, Arizona, earned the Best Paint award in the Al Slonaker Class for his bold finish on a rare 1965 Acadian Canso Sport Deluxe owned by Richard and Penny Hammer of Viking, Alberta. The Acadian got its custom color, “Black Brandywine,” courtesy of Livermore’s mixing genius. He relied on Envirobase® High Performance basecoat and finished the look with Deltron® DCU2021 Concept Urethane Clearcoat.

 


Another award winner was “War Paint,” a sharp 1932 Ford roadster pickup painted by Pete “Hot Dog” Finlan for
Galpin Auto Sports, Van Nuys, California. Finlan painted the stunning vehicle using Envirobase® High Performance 
basecoat with EC550 EN-V® Ultra Gloss Clearcoat over a light purple color to give the Ford its distinctive
and attractive finish. The pickup took home the 2020 George Barris Memorial Kustom D’Elegance award.


Also in the running for the Al Slonaker Memorial Award was “War Paint,” a sharp 1932 Ford roadster pickup painted by Pete “Hot Dog” Finlan for Galpin Auto Sports, Van Nuys, California. Finlan painted War Paint, owned by Californians Gary and Deborah DeVine, at his shop Hot Dog Kustoms in Temecula, California. He used Envirobase® High Performance basecoat with EC550 EN-V® Ultra Gloss Clearcoat over a light purple color to give the Ford its distinctive and attractive finish. The pickup took home the 2020 George Barris Memorial Kustom D’Elegance award.

The GNRS, now in its 72nd year, took place January 24–26, and featured nearly 500 roadsters, muscle cars, hot rods, and more.


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