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Valspar completes extensive upgrades to automotive training center in Texas

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 09:00
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Auto refinish technicians and distributors who attend classes at Valspar's Automotive Training Center in Grand Prairie, Texas will benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment thanks to an extensive renovation.

The facility received a complete makeover, with remodeled classrooms, expanded color mixing room, upgraded spray booth, a new cafeteria and the latest in digital media.

"Our goal is to provide the best training in the industry, and this ultra-modern facility gives us the learning environment to deliver that along with our expert staff," said Pete Willman, sales director – Branded Coatings, Valspar Automotive North America. "Students will come away with a comprehensive education on the Valspar paint process, giving them the skills necessary to enhance the quality and productivity of their refinish operations."

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The center's training curriculum, which is approved by the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance®, includes both theory and practical workshops and gives students hands-on experience in the preparation booth, spray booth and state-of-the-art color mixing room. Courses cover a wide range of skills, from basic workshop and color skills to advanced programs, using Valspar's trusted brands — Valspar Refinish™, DeBeer Refinish®, Prospray®, Matrix™ and House of Kolor®.

In addition to Grand Prairie, Valspar has five Automotive Training Centers around the world: Massillon, Ohio; Gold Coast, Australia; Rome, Italy; Lyon, France; and Lelystad, The Netherlands. The sites have hosted thousands of painters from all segments of the industry looking to improve their craft. Collision-repair specialists, color-match experts, custom painters and airbrush artists all have benefitted from Valspar Automotive training.

For more information about Valspar Automotive, please visit www.valsparauto.com.

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Valspar is a global leader in the coatings industry providing customers with innovative, high-quality products and value-added services. Our 11,000 employees worldwide deliver advanced coatings solutions with best-in-class appearance, performance, protection and sustainability to customers in more than 100 countries. Valspar offers a broad range of superior coatings products for the consumer market, and highly-engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets. Founded in 1806, Valspar is headquartered in Minneapolis. Valspar's reported net sales in fiscal 2015 were $4.4 billion and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: VAL). For more information, visit www.valspar.com and follow @valspar on Twitter.

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