Meet Finishing First

The Painters and Allied Trades LMCI has taken a new step forward to become the #1 resource for the Finishing Trades

The 2019 Finishing Industries Forum (FIF) launched on Monday, Dec 9, in Las Vegas. The three-day event opened the announcement of the new identity of their reinvigorated joint labor and management initiative, Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperative Initiative (LMCI), to “Finishing First.”

Anton Ruesing announces the launch of Finishing First at the 2019 Finishing Industries Forum. The premier annual labor management event for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and its signatory employers from throughout North America.

Finishing First directly reflects its role as the #1 resource of the finishing trades––giving union contractors and the craftspeople they employ a single, unified voice to address relevant industry issues. “Finishing First immediately tells the world who we are and what we do,” says IUPAT General President and Finishing First Co-Chair Kenneth Rigmaiden. “It positions us to expand our work helping IUPAT workers and union finishing contractors collaboratively grow, thrive and expand their market share and membership.”

“We strongly believe a collaborative labor-contractor relationship is the best way to achieve the strongest solutions to safety, health, training and relevant industry issues, and our rebranding also reflects that we’re first with those solutions,” states Paul Tsourous, Finishing First Co-Chair and President of Jupiter Painting.

The Finishing Trades––which include industrial and commercial painting, drywall finishing, glazing, sign & display and floor covering installation–– add beauty, value and longevity to virtually every structure, from ship hulls and stadiums to historic buildings like the U.S. Capitol and Parliament in Canada.

In addition to the new name, the Finishing First new identity includes a redesigned logo, new marketing materials, refreshed programs and a new website that highlights the quality, expertise, safety and value resulting from a successful labor and management partnership.

“Finishing First isn’t just a new name, it’s part of our expanded mission as we push forward in 2020,” said Ruesing on Monday. “Finishing First is your one stop shop.  We believe not only will this rebrand make things easier for our customers, we believe it will make it much easier to talk about the work that we do.”

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