Ames Taping Tools Systems Inc. announced the opening of its newest store in Pensacola, Fla. The opening continues the Atlanta-based firm's expansion into other markets across the country. The company plans a store-opening programs throughout the U.S. in the first half of this year.

"Pensacola is an ideal market for Ames," said Charlie Whipple, president and general manager of the company. "The sustained growth it continues to experience in its metro area and along the Gulf coast fits our expansion model."

Rohm and Haas announces price increase for architectural and functional coatings

Rohm and Haas will implement list and off-list price increases for acrylic emulsions, styrene-containing polymers, additives, and colorants sold to the architectural coatings, industrial coatings, construction and building products, traffic paint, graphic arts, and the textile and non-woven industries in North America. The increase of 6.0 cents per-wet pound will take effect immediately or as contracts allow.

In making the announcement, Frank Oliveri, sales and marketing director for Architectural and Functional Coatings in North America, cited the continuing run up in raw material and energy costs, as well as the continuing cost pressures related to health insurance, security, and regulatory compliance.

"It is important to regain the level of profitability our technology has earned and warrants in the marketplace so that we can continue to bring innovative products to the marketplace that contribute to our customers' success," Oliveri said.