Paint and Decorating — August 2017
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Paint Sundries Solutions Opens New Distribution Center in Northeast

Paint Sundries Solutions Inc. will begin serving customers in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest from its newest distribution center in Pennsylvania.

Based in Kirkland, Washington, PSS provides supply chain solutions to retail and manufacturing partners in the architectural coatings industry, delivering more than 10,000 paint products to 3,500 retail customers across the country.

The new facility in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, adds to the company’s national network of distribution centers, which includes facilities in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Dallas.

The new location will offer next-day service to most of the Northeast and two-day service to the Midwest and Southeast.

“This is an important milestone for Paint Sundries Solutions,” says CEO Don Walker. “With the addition of our Pennsylvania distribution center, our company has the ability to provide the finest products, services and technology to every market in the country.”

PSS was established in the architectural coatings industry in 1958. Stocking more than 10,000 paint sundry products from leading manufacturers in the industry, the company maintains an inventory carefully developed to meet the specific needs of its diverse customer base.


NACE Acquires Master Painters Institute

The NACE International Institute and the Master Painters Institute, two organizations dedicated to developing programs focused on training and informing coatings and corrosion professionals, recently announced that the NACE Institute has acquired MPI.

“Aligning with the NACE [International] Institute will provide resources for MPI’s continued growth in support of quality in the field of paint and coatings and allow us to provide a wider array of services,” says MPI executive director Davis Kyle in the company’s statement regarding the acquisition.

“MPI and the NACE International Institute share the same commitment to quality and professionalism,” says Helena Seelinger, executive director of the NACE International Institute. “We are happy to be joining forces with MPI to support industry owners in their search for asset protection by qualified coatings products, while also bringing high-quality education and certification opportunities to our combined stakeholders.”

Although the MPI corporation will no longer exist as a result of the acquisition, all employees and operations at the Vancouver, British Columbia, headquarters will be retained.


Blish-Mize Co. Celebrates Executive Chairman

John H. Mize, executive chairman of Atchison, Kansas-based hardlines distributor Blish-Mize, recently celebrated 55 years with the company. Mize has served in many different roles in the company, from the warehouse as an order picker, to leading the company through the beginning of the digital age as CEO.

“The amazing transformation over the years has been both exciting and fascinating to be a part of,” Mize says. “We truly have gone from taking orders by mail to moving everything to a web-based ordering system. We’ve incorporated the use of voice technology, scanners and automation, but balanced it with the personalized service that made us known in the industry.”

Blish-Mize customers include hardware stores, retail home centers, building materials dealers, lumberyards and paint stores. The company is now in its fifth generation of the founders, and this year it is celebrating its 146th year in business.