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Why Hire a Quality Commercial Paint Contractor?

July 24, 2020

Since Cochran & Mann first opened our doors in 1990, we have remained committed to delivering quality commercial paint services on every job site. As a family-owned business for more than 30 years, our principles of transparency, reliability, responsiveness, craftsmanship, and loyalty are the pillars of our continued success.

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Space Planning

Focus Areas for Effective COVID-19 Space Planning for Employee Reentry

June 24, 2020

COVID-19 remains an urgent health crisis across the United States and the globe, but there are signs of progress as many states, counties and local municipalities are beginning to open up as part of their respective recovery plans. 

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Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore: A Commitment to Community

June 2, 2020

Benjamin Moore had humble beginnings before turning into the industry-leading, global paint supplier that it is today. In 1883, the family-owned business was started by the Moore brothers with a commitment to sell paint through independent sellers. Since then, Benjamin Moore has remained true to independent sellers and committed to giving back to the communities that they serve.

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Product Quality Technology

How Did PPG Become a Global Player in Product Quality Initiatives

April 7, 2020

PPG has come a long way since it was founded way back in 1883. The company now occupies a rarified space as a Fortune 200 organization with approximately 47,000 employees and over $15 billion in 2019 net revenue.

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Tnemec Coating Products

Why Tnemec Coating Products Benefit Commercial Painting Companies

March 4, 2020

Founded in 1921, Tnemec Company Inc. is one of the largest, privately-held protective coatings manufacturers in North America. Tnemec specializes in protecting surfaces and structures from corrosion with high-performance coatings and linings.

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PPG Aligns Brand to Deliver Best-in-Class Customer Experience

February 19, 2020

PPG Paints has transformed its brand and customer experience approach to better serve its educated and highly connected commercial coatings global customer base.

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5 Coating Factors to Consider for a Winter Renovation Project

January 15, 2020

When it comes to commercial renovation projects in winter, beware of what you read online, particularly when it comes to commercial painting and coating exterior projects. There’s a lot of bad information out there that if followed can compromise the exterior elements of a commercial renovation project and damage your company’s reputation.

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Start The New Year Off Right With These Workspace Tips

January 8, 2020

Start the New Year with strong business resolutions that help drive sales, increase employee satisfaction, boost productivity, and make the workspace a positive environment. Here’s a short list of workspace tips to begin the New Year.

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2019 Commercial Design Trends: Cochran & Mann's Year in Review

December 25, 2019

Commercial property owners need to keep pace with emerging design trends to keep their tenants happy with a workspace that’s tailored to their specific needs and company culture.

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4 Interior Coatings That Improve Aesthetic And Functionality

December 11, 2019

When it comes to style, durability, and functionality, the best interior coatings are applicable across many commercial buildings. Whether the coating is for an office, library, hall, or warehouse environment, you have plenty of options to choose from.

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Does A Refreshed Work Space Increase Team Morale?

November 27, 2019

A new commercial paint job is powerful and can help boost team morale in nearly any workspace. The power of color is a tool that’s used to enhance and improve the way employees interact with customers and with each other.

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4 Benefits Of Magnetic Wallcovering In Your Office

November 8, 2019

You work hard. Why not let your office walls work hard with you? Everyone wants to maximize their workspace, and with magnetic wallcovering you’re able to do so to the fullest extent.

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How To Choose A Paint Color For A Commercial Building

October 9, 2019

Fast Company wrote a widely shared article about why you should never paint office walls white, whether it’s your cubicle or a commercial conference room.

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Cochran & Mann Voted Sub of The Year for Excellence in Construction

September 25, 2019

“Value and craftsmanship delivered.” 

That’s the promise Cochran & Mann makes to its customers. And because of their commitment to excellence, proven track record, and trust they’ve built within their community, Cochran & Mann has been voted the Painting & Wallcoverings Subcontractor of the Year by its peers. This is Cochran & Mann's seventh time winning this award. 

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The Best Way To Protect Steel From Corrosion

September 18, 2019

Corrosion occurs when a metal is exposed to natural electrolytes, such as salt, oxygen, and water. This exposure forms oxides on the surface of the metal piece, which causes corrosion. (The oxides occasionally combine with sulfides and carbonates.)

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Commercial Design - Mid Year Report

August 30, 2019

Whether it’s for functionality or aesthetics, active commercial property owners are constantly keeping up with commercial design trends so that they can make their workspace better suited for their organization's needs.

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C&M Continues to Grow with Two New Additions to Our Team

August 21, 2019

The Cochran & Mann team has grown thanks to the addition of two new associate project managers, Kelly Erfurdt and Kevin DeMaille.

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Is Paint Or Wallcovering Better For Your Building?

August 14, 2019

A common question that Cochran & Mann techs are asked is, “Do you recommend paint or wallcovering?”

It depends on your commercial building and goals.

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The Most Popular Corporate Paint Colors Of 2019

July 10, 2019

Offices and corporate settings continue to be designed with strategy and collaboration in mind. This type of planning certainly applies to picking corporate paint colors that will foster creativity, lighten the mood, and create an environment where employees and clients can feel comfortable and be more productive.

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How To Protect The Exterior Look Of A Commercial Building

June 5, 2019

The exterior of a commercial building is subject to harsh environment, daily wear and tear, and other factors. To protect the exterior aesthetic of a commercial building, finishing coats are necessary. These functional paint top coats offer protection and keep the exterior of a commercial building looking new.

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What are the Advantages of Having A Safety Manager?

May 29, 2019

Every industry benefits from mitigated risk — especially when it comes to safety. The construction industry is particularly susceptible to unsafe work conditions that can cause bodily harm — and even fatalities — because of the nature of the projects, work environment, and the tools used to complete daily duties.

And though commercial painters and wallcovering professionals are in a low-risk sector of the construction industry, the safety of field workers is still a high priority for Cochran & Mann.

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3 Reasons to Consider Intumescent Fireproofing

May 15, 2019

If you've never heard of intumescent paint, you might not understand why it is so important in the fireproofing process or the reason behind choosing it for your commercial design project. 

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Considering Custom Color Matching? Here Are 4 Tips to Help You Choose What's Best

April 24, 2019

At Cochran & Mann, we understand that the aesthetic of your building is important. The right combination of colors can ensure your commercial space looks ready to impress potential clients and create a welcoming environment for your employees.

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How to Avoid Seaming Issues With Your Wallcovering

April 10, 2019

Many wallcovering manufacturers, retailers, and do-it-yourself websites give loose step-by-step advice on how to hang wallcoverings in commercial buildings. However, commercial wallcoverings are a huge project that should be done by a professional.

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Why Companies Choose Cochran & Mann as Their Commercial Painting Company

March 25, 2019

We’ve come a long way from two guys in a truck, but our down-to-earth accountability and old-school attention to detail has remained constant. That’s why we’re one of the premier commercial painting companies in the area.

Check out why you should consider us for your next commercial project:

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5 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Commercial Craftsman

March 13, 2019

At Cochran & Mann, we understand the importance of ensuring your commercial building looks ready to impress potential clients at all times. That’s why we are happy to provide our customers with quality commercial painting and wallcovering services.

However, sometimes you need to branch out and hire an additional company to meet your building maintenance needs. Here are five questions to ask before hiring a commercial craftsman.

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3 Reasons Why Interior Maintenance Is Important For Aesthetic Appeal

February 20, 2019

For some businesses, there is an obvious need for an attractive interior space. For example, if you are operating a hotel you know that your guests are going to care about how things look.

In contrast, if you own a manufacturing facility, your offices may be much more bare-bones. But it is important to understand the value of an appealing interior for your business, regardless of what kind of business you have.

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4 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Commercial Paint Finish

November 21, 2018

A paint finish is determined by how well a paint reflects light. Flat paints have little luster or shine and reflect very little light. An eggshell paint finish has a little bit of luster, and semi-gloss is shinier than both flat and eggshell but not as shiny as high-gloss.

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Carlos Pena Hired As New Safety Manager

November 14, 2018

Carlos began in the construction industry in 2010. He was hired as a carpenter apprentice for a concrete contractor in the Washington D.C. metro area. After a year, he was promoted to a carpenter.

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7 Surprising Advantages Of Whiteboard Paint

November 7, 2018

Whiteboard paint is an underrated alternative to traditional dry-erase boards. This innovative paint helps dry-erase markers draw more vividly and evenly across the surface. It also makes for easier erasing and cleaning (without hard scrubbing) in educational and office settings, as well as nurseries and daycares.

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How To Choose Preventive Rust And Corrosion Coating For Your Building

October 16, 2018

Your commercial building is an expensive asset you expect to be able to use for years to come, but if you don't take care of it, it won't last as long as you'd like. A huge problem with metal buildings is rust and corrosion as the structure is consistently exposed to the natural elements.

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6 Benefits Of Zolatone Paint

October 10, 2018

To truly impress visitors, interior design in commercial spaces should include extraordinary wallcoverings. A memorable lobby starts with Zolatone paint. 

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7 Surprising Benefits Of Wall Coverings

September 12, 2018

If you’re looking to add bold patterns, interesting colors, or artistic finishings to your commercial space, wallcovering is the answer.

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6 Reasons Why All Concrete Needs To Be Acid-Stained

August 29, 2018

Ready for a chemistry lesson in painting?

Acid staining is a finishing technique for concrete that mixes water, hydrochloric acid, and acid-soluble metallic salts. This mixture penetrates and chemically reacts with the hydrated lime in the concrete.

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Keith McDonald Promoted To Senior Project Manager

August 15, 2018

“Selling Cochran & Mann. That’s what I like doing the best. I believe in my company, so it’s easy. I’m not...being fake about it. I enjoy my job.”

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How To Choose The Right Primer For Project Preparation

August 1, 2018

According to Sherwin-Williams, primers are a multifaceted aspect of the painting process. Primers achieve a smooth, professional look and block future stains, marks, and odors. The first coat also assures adhesion, speeds up and improves topcoat, and prevents peeling. Primers also attain the truest color of paint.

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How To Best Manage Corrosion Costs

July 25, 2018

According to Materials Performance, “Steel corrosion is...the biggest durability issue for reinforced concrete structures.” Corrosion is a gradual process that harms steel and steel-reinforced concrete structures, including commercial buildings. 

While paint coatings help, it's best to start at the beginning of corrosion management.

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4 Surfaces That Benefit From Urethane Coatings

July 4, 2018

Urethane coating (also known as a polyurethane finish) is a reliable and economical choice when it comes to choosing a high quality top coat for commercial buildings.

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What Is The Purpose Of Skim Coating Drywall?

June 27, 2018

If your commercial building has minor cracks in the drywall or you want a smoother wall finish, professional skim coating is the answer.

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Are Wood Stains Worth The Investment?

June 13, 2018

Wood stain is a substance that's used for the coloring and improved sustainability of wood-based products.

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How To Prepare Your Commercial Building For Painting

June 6, 2018

While you should leave a lot of the prep work to your chosen commercial painting company, a few things can be done on your own time to ready your building for painting.

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The Most Popular Corporate Paint Colors Of 2018

May 30, 2018

According to Consumer Reports, “Color experts keep an eye out for trends, traveling around the country and abroad, and taking cues from the arts, fashion, pop culture, and the automotive industry, among other areas.”

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Consider This When Choosing Commercial Building Paint Colors

May 16, 2018

Whether you’re a developer or a commercial building owner, choosing exterior paint colors for commercial buildings is an important task. It identifies your space, which means the decision shouldn’t be taken lightly (or too darkly).

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Janina Del Gallo

How Janina Del Gallo Learned To Love Commercial Painting

April 25, 2018

As she grew up, Janina Del Gallo moved around the South, including Charlotte, North Carolina, and Athens, Georgia. She graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, with a bachelor’s in business finance.

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Where Do You Belong In A Commercial Painting Company?

April 18, 2018

Working for a commercial painting company like Cochran & Mann is an exciting career path. Projects range from the aerospace and military industries to automobiles and collegiate athletic centers.

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The 6 Best Commercial Painting Certifications

April 4, 2018

If you’re looking to become the best painting contractor, education is a key component to our craft. Cochran & Mann counts down the top commercial painting certification programs and training courses in the United States to give you a jumpstart:  

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How Adrian Gongora Found Success At Cochran & Mann

March 28, 2018

Originally from Sevilla, Spain, Adrian Gongora grew up helping his father with his local banana import-export business.

"Since I was a kid, I was working all the time in the office with my father, but really, I love painting," he said.

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How To Choose The Right Commercial Painting Company To Work For

March 7, 2018

Commercial painting and wallcovering is more than stroking a brush against a wall or putting up a mural. It's about people. It's about safety. It's about taking pride in your work and blending creativity with technique to create a quality project. 

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How Is Working For Cochran & Mann? Ask Yovani Pineda.

February 28, 2018


After deciding to stay in the United States permanently, Yovani Pineda set his sights on the commercial painting industry after discovering how successful painters could be -- with the right skillset and a willingness to learn -- in a short amount of time.

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How Cochran & Mann Built An Award-Winning Team

February 14, 2018

In every commercial painting company, people are key to maintaining a successful work environment. From leadership to on-the-floor, we explain who does what on the executive senior team for our commercial painting company:

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How To Find The Right Commercial Painting Contractor

February 7, 2018

When it comes to finding the right painter for the project, property managers and building owners need to understand the basics of their commercial building type, building surface and materials, and qualities of a worthwhile contractor.

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10 Benefits of Building Relationships with Subcontractors

January 1, 2018

At Cochran & Mann, we try to break the stereotype of bad contractors. As a well-oiled machine of painters and trade leaders, we deliver quality projects with a smile from start to finish. However, some companies are still wary of hiring a subcontractor to do the job. To avoid slow productivity and higher costs, here’s how you can benefit from teaming up with good guys like Cochran & Mann:

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The Complete History Of Cochran & Mann

December 22, 2017

Cousins Will and Mike Cochran grew up together, working summers through high school and college in the painting trade.

With a six-year head start on Will, Mike worked the management side of painting for his uncle, Bill, who’s now retired. This spurred his interest in leadership, but due to an impending shutdown of the company they all worked for, the trio lost their jobs.

As a solution to unsteady work, the family teamed up with Ron Mann, who’s since retired, and his son, Ron Mann Jr., to develop Cochran & Mann in 1989.

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