Sand and Finish Training program is expanded nationwide
Vermont Natural Coatings and Norton Abrasives are expanding their Sand and Finish School program to offer more professional contractor training schools with broadened reach. After welcoming dozens of flooring professionals to Vermont in 2015 and 2016 for classes, contractors can now learn about PolyWhey® Professional Wood Floor Finishes and Norton Abrasives at one of eight schools taking place throughout the US and Canada.
“We’re excited to offer more classes than ever before,” says Bob Goldstein, a Professional Floor Technician for Vermont Natural Coatings and a certified instructor and inspector for NWFA . “We’re offering several expert level classes in addition to our advanced level classes to allow seasoned contractors to master their skills in a setting that lets them experiment and share experiences.”
The Sand and Finish Classes will take place in Kansas City (Kansas), Vancouver, Denver, St. Louis and Hardwick, Vermont. Classes will also include collaborations with LÄGLER North America and distributors including The Master’s Craft and The Finishing Store.
Advanced classes cover topics including techniques for minimizing scratch patterns, achieving optimal sanding on all species of wood and parquet floors, best practices for working with water-based finishes to achieve flawless results, and how to make seamless repairs in stained floors. Expert classes also include work with patterned floors, custom colors, bleaches, dyes and more. Small class sizes ensure attendees receive personalized attention from instructors and hands-on experience with the products. In addition, each company that signs up will receive $100 in free abrasives.
Backed by its experience and its capacity to continuously innovate, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance and building materials providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2015 global sales of $44 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has more than 180,000 employees. For the fourth year in a row, the Company has been ranked by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators.
In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain has more than more than 150 locations and approximately 15,000 employees, with sales of approximately $5.7 billion in 2015. Saint-Gobain is the world leader in abrasives and the only international manufacturer to offer a full complement of abrasives products to customers worldwide.
Saint-Gobain’s Abrasives business employs nearly 11,000 people at 64 manufacturing facilities in 27 countries. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain’s Abrasives business has more than 2,100 employees at eight manufacturing sites. For more than 30 years, Saint-Gobain Abrasives has supported the United States Luge Association by providing engineering expertise to improve the performance and speed of luge athletes and by donating its Norton® brand of abrasive products. Since 2009, Saint-Gobain has been the primary sponsor of the USA Luge team.
About Vermont Natural Coatings
Vermont Natural Coatings is a locally-based, environmentally-sustainable business developed collaboratively among farmers, woodworkers and scientists at the University of Vermont. In additional to its professional floor finishes, the company produces a full line of DIY interior and exterior wood finishes.
PolyWhey Professional Floor Finishes include:
PolyWhey 3500 for commercial and heavy traffic residential areas
PolyWhey 2500 for residential and light commercial application
MVP Sport Floor for gymnasiums and sport courts
MVP Sport Floor Sealer
PolyWhey 3000 Wood Floor Sealer
PolyWhey Amber Sealer
Professional Wood Floor Cleaner