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Volume 60, Number 3
Summer, 2005

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U-505

* TRANSLATION: "The Painting Crew - Report to the Main Deck Immediately!"
"Die Maler Mannschaft - sofort zum Hauptdeck melden!" *
National Gives U-505 Fresh Paint, Correct Decor

The typical German submarine was designed for a service life of four years at sea...not fifty years of Chicago winters.

Captured at sea in 1944 by a U.S. Navy task force, then placed on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in 1954, the U-505 really faced its most brutal adversary on land, where the ravages of outdoor display slowly ate away at the old hull. By 1997, it was determined that the boat would probably become unsafe for display by 2004, were not drastic steps taken to provide it with indoor shelter.

Thus, an ambitious relocation and restoration commenced, culiminating in a grand opening of the new display this year. First the Museum planned for a new underground drydock display and spent months reinforcing, welding, cleaning, and preparing the craft for the big move.

Then, National Decorating was brought in to restore the craft's original appearance. "We did the exterior preparation and the first coat during the summer of 2003," recalls Andy Hart. "The second finish coat was applied during the winter of 2005, with Ron Wasiel as Foreman. The interior painting took place over the winter of 2004, with Jim Williams as Foreman."

Curator Keith Gill sought a truly authentic color palette for the project. He studied paint scrapings under a microscope to determine the original hues, and travelled to Germany for field research on correct U-Boat color schemes...returning with both a period German submarine paint manual and a 1920's fan deck that the Kriegsmarine employed to specify its color choices. Due to his perseverance, the outer hull now features its original two shades of gray camouflage, the interior basks in the warm glow of a vanilla cream hue (not the incorrect U.S. Navy white), and all knobs and control levers have their original color coding. All in all, ten shades were used.

Sherwin-Williams contributed its technical expertise by helping develop painting specifications and providing specific products for the restoration. S-W Mastic Aluminum was used to build up thinning steel in many areas, and the National Decorating crew of 10 painters cleaned and primed the previously-applied enamel epoxy coating prior to using over 100 gallons of DTM Acrylic on the exterior. Inside, S-W Pro-Mar 200 Interior Alkyd was mixed to match desired colors by the Hammond, Indiana, store. In the end, it proved to be a very effective partnership.

As the curator and painters set to work side-by-side, Gill would label all the piping, valves, and machinery with S-W paint codes as the crew followed along with buckets and brushes. It was a tight fit during this work, causing much speculation on how the original 59-man crew managed to ever operate the boat.

"DAS BOOT" (THE BOAT)

There is nothing quite like it anywhere else...a genuine, intact World War II German submarine sitting on display right here in the heart of Chicago.

Even today, it's a giant fish on land, over a city block long. You can walk right up to it, study all the surrounding exhibits, even play with new interactive tools. For a few dollars, you can also tour the boat's interior to gain a real sense of life aboard one of the deadliest weapons of war ever invented.

It is a celebrated trophy of war, captured by the United States Navy during the dark days of 1944, when certain victory over the Nazi menace of Adolf Hitler was not a foregone conclusion.

Earlier in the war, such U-Boats wrought havoc upon Atlantic shipping...the slender thread of supply that kept England from succombing to the horrid Fascist juggernaut that had rolled across Europe beginning in 1939. First Poland, then Norway, Holland, Belgium, and France all fell. To the south, Italy lay under the heel of Mussolini, who partnered with Hitler in subjugating North Africa. It was a war of attrition, and Hitler's strategy was to sink Allied shipping more quickly than the transport ships could be built and goods shipped. Wolf packs of U-Boats dominated the Atlantic shipping lanes, calling for new defensive tactics.

TURNING THE TIDE

Heavily-guarded convoys first helped even the odds, but going on the offense proved the real answer. By tracking and sinking U-Boats before they could sink our transports, the Allies finally gained an upper hand and the tide was turned

U-505 HISTORY

Against this historical backdrop, a keel was laid in 1940 for a new "untersee boot" (submarine) that would be launched in 1941 as the U-505. Technically, she was a Type IX-C long-range boat, built to operate for months at a time with tending for fuel and food. Displacing 1120 tons, 252 feet in length, 31 feet in height, and 21 feet in the beam (width), the new boat was crewed by 59 men. It could range 11,400 nautical miles on the surface at 12 knots, and do 4 knots submerged for 63 nautical miles. She was really a surface ship, only submersible during combat and to hide.

Built with precision, advanced technology, heavy armament, and an arsenal of deadly electric torpedoes, the U-505 made her maiden voyage from Kiel to Lorient on the French coast for final outfitting and supplies, then went to sea along the coast of West Africa to harass shipping. She sank several ships there and in the Carribean before suffering bomb damage by a U.S. Navy aircraft. She limped back to Lorient for repairs, but never regained her luck. A U.S. Navy task force captured her off the coast of Africa, towed her to Bermuda, and interned the crew for the duration. U-505 gave up many technological secrets, including its "Enigma" code machine. The brilliant operation was conceived and commanded by Captain Daniel Gallery, USN.

U-505 Pictures

LEGISLATIVE

UPDATE:

Jay Weaver Photo

By Jay Weaver, Executive Director Of Industry Services,Finishing Contractors Association

BUSINESS-RELATED ISSUES
Blue Bullet The Pension Protection Act of 2005 (H.R. 2830, sponsored by Rep. Boehner [R-OH]), passed in the Education and the Workforce Committee. A bipartisan proposal would allow trustees to collect additional employer surcharges up to 10% for plans in a critical funding status. The bill has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. The Senate is likely to act upon it later in the Summer of 2005.

Blue Bullet A Senate compromise is possible to end the Estate Tax. The House has voted for full repeal four times since 2001; however, every time the legislation died in the Senate. If the law is not eventually made permanent, the tax rate in 2011 will revert to its pre-2001 level of 55% for estates worth more than $675,000. At this time, the bill awaits Senate action.

Blue Bullet The House approved four OSHA Reform Bills (H.R. 739 thru 742). These bills, introduced by Rep. Charles Norwood (R-GA), seek to ease the burden on small businesses dealing with OSHA. Support for these bills falls along party lines. Presently, the bills await Senate action.

Blue Bullet On 7/26/05, the House approved Association Health Plan Bill (H.R.525). This bill will enable major trade associations to pool their members nationwide and buy discounted health insurance. This new insurance would not be governed by state regulations, but would be DOL-regulated. The bill awaits Senate action.

Blue Bullet Voicing the President's concerns, the Treasury Department said it won't support extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. The current law provides a federal insurance backstop for terrorism-related claims. The Treasury Department wants insurers to assume more of the risk. Currently, the Treasury covers 90% of terrorism losses over a deductible, which this year is 15% of an insurer's 2004 premiums.

Blue Bullet The Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005 (S.714/Upton [R-MI]) became Public Law No. 109-21. This bill reinstated the FCC's previous rules that permit businesses and associations to send faxes to those with whom they have an "established business
relationship," without the need to obtain further written permission. However, the legislation does prohibit sending unsolicited faxes to anyone who has requested that they not be sent.

Blue Bullet OSHA's Directorate of Construction has issued a ruling that scaffolds moved frequently to accommodate overhead work must be locked (with positive wheel lock, wheel and swivel locks, or equivalent means) to prevent unsafe movement while used in a stationary mode.

LABOR-RELATED ISSUES
Blue Bullet The house of labor is being seriously restructured, as most recently evidenced by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) disaffiliating from the AFL-CIO. Along with them, five other unions (the Carpenters & Joiners of America, the Laborers International Union of North America, UNITE HERE, the United Farm Workers, and the United Food & Commercial Workers) have banded together within the Change to Win Coalition, which seeks major AFL-CIO reforms. Higher on their agenda is prioritizing larger organizing budgets, in lieu of depending upon political contributions.

Blue Bullet The House has approved the new Central American Free Trade Agreement, called CAFTA, following last-minute political deals. The GOP won House passage of CAFTA by a vote of 217-215 amidst strong opposition from organized labor, Democrats, and businesses other than multinational corporations. CAFTA's oppostion contended that approval would signal that other free-trade deals may be possible, no matter how many projects are lost, how low the wages, and how inadequate the labor protections.

Blue Bullet The NLRB has a new English-Spanish Bilingual Guide (officially entitled Dos Idiomas-Una Ley, Two Languages-One Law) which is available at www.nlrb.gov under the Manuals Section. This guide includes translations for over 1,400 job classifications, terms, and phrases, as well as updated NLRB documents and sample forms. As Hispanic workers increasingly enter the workforce in painting and drywall finishing, this Guide will prove to be a helpful reference.

2005 PDCA GOLF OUTING

JUNE 3, 2005 • INDIAN LAKES RESORT, BLOOMINGDALE

RAIN CURSE SPARES OUTING IN 2005!

"Take Two" Golf Photo

"TAKE TWO" DEPARTMENT
Ben Skunicki, of MDC Wallcoverings, organized a huge sneeze just as the shutter went off at the Putting Green, so we took another shot following his recovery....

Cool, comfortable, dry weather favored this year's 2005 Chicago PDCA/FCA Golf Outing, held once again on the challenging Blackhawk Course at Indian Lakes Resort. One hundred thirty-two reservations made for a full course of players enjoying their round of golf, participating in the contests, and enjoying numerous games along the way. Honors for Low Gross went to the foursome of Ron O'Toole (M.A.B. Paints), Tom Blaney (Oosterbaan Decorating), Don Manty (National Decorating), and Phil Hayes (M.A.B Paints), who posted an eleven-under score of 61. Tom Blaney also won the $500 Cash Prize drawing among all present golfers. Jim Creed (Sherwin-Williams) won a putter in the Sink-the-Putt contest. Longest Drive honors went to Doug Skates (Sherwin-Williams), while Stephanie Perik (Pecover Decorating) seized the Women's Longest Drive. Bill Nielsen (Pecover Decorating) captured the Longest Putt contest, and Veronica Leal (Leopardo Companies), received special newcomer recognition by playing golf for the first time at the Outing. The Split-the-Pot contest was divided among Tony Nugent (Painters Collaborative), Keith Olsen (J.C. Licht & Company), John Jacob (Hester Decorating), and Walt Dwyer (IHC). Mark Fehr (Elite Painting) and Terry Bobbe (Bobbe & Company/Fort Sheridan Painting) each won a Chicago PDCA dropcloth in the Hit-the-Dropcloth contest. Twenty winners each took home $10.00 for their efforts in the Most Accurate Drive contest.

Golf Outing Photos
Ace Tech High School

CHARITABLE PAINTING PROJECT

MAY 26, 2005 • ACE TECH HIGH SCHOOL • CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

The Industry Advancement Fund undertook a new Charitable Painting Project at Chicago's Ace Tech High School at 5410 South State Street this Summer . . . painting classroom and office areas for the community's unique new Charter School. Dedicated to interesting prominent young talent in careers in the Construction Industry, the school moved its first-year class of Freshmen up to Sophomore status, and it plans to add a group of incoming Freshmen every year until the first group of Seniors are graduated and it has a full four-year complement of students.

Painters from Bobbe & Company/Fort Sheridan Painting and J.M. Brennan & Company descended upon the State Street facility following adjournment for the Summer vacation period to freshen interior surfaces, utilizing materials provided by M.A.B. Paints.

Expectations at ACE Tech are high and the rules are strict. The objective is grooming new students for college or a career in the trades as well as to feel safe and happy at school. No tests are required to enroll at ACE Tech, and there is no tuition. However, all students and their families must support the academic

program and the strict code of conduct. In return, ACE Tech provides excellent and caring teachers, a safe environment, excellent communication with parents, and an interesting and challenging college-preparatory and construction trades-focused academic program.

ACE Tech began with an initial freshmen class of 125 students with the goal of ultimately housing 500 students within grades of 9 through 12. This enrollment affords the advantage of a small school and small class sizes to create a safe and intimate learning environment. ACE Tech features a rigorous college and technical trades preparatory program that prepares students well for college entrance and building trades apprenticeship programs. Because it is so important for Ace Tech students to do well in their classes, it is required that they pass 100% of their classes each year in order to be promoted to the next grade. Classes not passed must be made up before continuing, at a cost of $125 per class. There are many activities and sports planned for inclusion in the curriculum, but in the early stages of the school's existance, and given the small initial class sizes, these are limited for the time being.

Ace Tech Photos

"50-50 Deal" Returns On IAF "Logo"
Fleece-Lined Windbreakers

Photo of Marty Modeling Windbreaker

Fall is in the air, so it's time to outfit your workers and office staff with these quality Tri-Mountain fleece-lined windbreakers available in Maroon, Black, Forest Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue, and Red for half price as an IAF 50-50 Deal."

IAF Contributing Contractors in good standing may participate in this program, ordering up to a maximum of 20 jackets. The deal includes embroidering your own company logo on the left chest and the IAF logo on the right sleeve.

An order form will be in the mail soon. Just fill it out and send it to Chicago IAF with your check for $25.00 per jacket plus a one-time $25.00 setup fee. (If you previously ordered, there is no setup fee). IAF will pay half the cost and shipping. It's a great deal . . . you can't match this product in stores for less than $50.00 to $60.00! Can't wait to sign up? Call IAF's office (630/393-1313).

  • OFFER EXCLUSIVELY FOR IAF CONTRIBUTING CONTRACTORS IN GOOD STANDING.
  • ALL JACKETS HAVE IAF LOGO.
  • YOUR COMPANY CHECK MUST ACCOMPANY THE ORDER.
  • ARTWORK OF COMPANY LOGO NEEDED (OR COMPUTER FILE).
  • ORDER FORM MUST SHOW THE QUANTITY, COLOR, AND SIZES DESIRED.
  • MAROON, BLACK, FOREST GREEN, ROYAL BLUE, NAVY BLUE, AND RED JACKETS AVAILABLE.

50% REBATE AVAILABLE FOR
CUSUMANO ESTIMATING SEMINAR

$995.00 TOTAL COST

(REQUEST 50% REBATE THROUGH IAF)


Seminar Site: Residence Inn, Rosemont, Illinois

Seminar Dates: October 25-26-27, 2005
IAF Logo
  • Understand construction drawings.
  • Learn to accurately measure and calculate surface quantities.
  • Interpret construction specifications.
  • Determine scope of work required.
  • Learn to relate plan sections and details.
  • Learn time-saving takeoff techniques.
  • Learn to calculate paint coverages.
  • Learn proper measurement of wall covering.
  • Learn production rates.
  • Tailor estimating functions to your company.
  • Learn to track jobs bid.
  • Use computers for estimating, job costing & decision-making.
  • Understand YOUR overhead.
  • Compare your company's financial statistics.
  • Analyze profit considerations.
  • Learn job cost tracking techniques.
  • Determine your market niche.
  • Learn to track production rates achieved.
REGISTER DIRECTLY BY CALLING . . .

Coatings Consultants, Inc.

(561/775-7151)

3-DAY SEMINAR FEE . . . $995.00

Included in your registration fee are a $180 value . . .

TAKE-HOME PDCA ESTIMATING GUIDES:
  • Volume 1 "Cost & Estimating"
  • Volume 2 "Estimating Guide Rates and Tables"

CALL TODAY . . . ATTENDANCE WILL BE LIMITED!
SEND REBATE REQUESTS TO CHICAGO IAF UPON COMPLETING THIS SEMINAR. FAX YOUR REBATE REQUEST AND CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION TO 630/393-1393 FOR A $500.00 REBATE!

Instructor Bob Cusumano has over 35 years of experience in the painting industry, consulting with major corporations regarding specification writing, work in progress inspections, failure analysis, and conducting paint-related seminars and classes. He is a past National President of Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, author of articles for PWC Magazine, and frequent lecturer at conventions. Bob earned a Bachelor's Degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a Master of Science in Corrosion Engineering from the University of Florida.

JATC GRADUATES CLASS OF 2005

Ace Tech Group Shot The JATC Apprentice Training School graduated 89 new Journeyman Painters at the June 24, 2005, Apprentice Graduation ceremony, held at The Landmark Restaurant in Bridgeview. Matt Shepard was singled out for honors as the Outstanding Graduating Apprentice for qualities of attention, attitude, motivation, preparation, pride, appearance, Union involvement, leadership, and cooperation. Instructor Jay Kolder gave the invocation, Apprentice Coordinator Jim Watte served as MC, and National PDCA CEO Dr. Ian Horen, delivered the commencement address. Industry dignitaries present included PDC14 Secretary-Treasurer Terry Fitzmaurice, Chicago PDCA President Marty Tew, Chicago Building Trades President Tom Villanova, and JATC Chairman Jeff Castles.

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