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Soon after the second world war, Otho Behr, Jr. began selling linseed oil to paint stores from the back of his woody station wagon. These same customers quickly made it known that they needed a product that would perform better on redwood than linseed oil. Seizing the opportunity, Otho, Jr. asked his father, a chemist, to develop a formula to meet their requirement; and soon the son and father team began making a clear finish and stain for redwood in the BEHR garage.

In 1948 BEHR moved into a Quonset hut in Pasadena, California. BEHR grew each year until 1954 when we moved to a factory building in Alhambra.

Rapid growth necessitated the next move, which was to a facility on Alton Avenue in Santa Ana, California, in 1957. For over 39 years BEHR had been a very successful stain and varnish manufacturer. In 1986 BEHR entered into the architectural paint business, setting the stage for the next dynamic growth era.

It's exciting for everyone on the BEHR Team that our reputation for unparalleled quality and innovation, superior product, exceptional value, and flawless service has resulted in our stellar success. Our insistence on integrity, "doing the right thing," in our relationships with our employees, our customers, and all of those who make up the BEHR Team is the hallmark of our unique culture...BEHR cares!

The Value of Our Team

Being a leader in our industry requires one resource above all others - great people. To successfully respond to the changing needs of our customers and strategies of our competitors, BEHR has identified, developed, and retained quality people who can adapt to rapid growth - people with the vision and courage to express their views, people willing to assume risk, take ownership, and be accountable for their actions. In return, BEHR provides an exceptional working environment and recognizes that its people are the driving force behind our success. BEHR prides itself on providing a positive, safe, quality environment where employees are well compensated for their hard work. Team spirit promotes cooperation among fellow employees. A policy of open communication between all levels of the company means that employees have the opportunity to make a substantial impact on the future success of BEHR and enjoy themselves along the way.

The Tradition of Our Products

BEHR has come a long way since the days of mixing stain in a 55-gallon drum with a canoe paddle, but one thing hasn't changed; our commitment to provide our customers with the highest quality stain, varnish, and paint products at the best value possible. An experienced team of chemists, chemical engineers, and technicians are on staff to ensure our product standards. Our ability to continually set industry standards for high quality products depends upon the recognition of changing technologies, the evolutionary needs of customers, and commitment to the research and development of new products. Our diverse and exceptionally experienced staff search out and evaluate new technologies that continue to improve products and processes by means of the latest in paint manufacturing technology. Automated systems in material handling, production, and inventory control allows us to shorten the production cycle, enhance efficiency, improve quality control, and never miss a deadline. BEHR manufactures North America's foremost quality paint products. We are proud to be the company customers rely on to produce superior, state-of-the-art color with the highest quality available.

Sixty-one years ago, a Philadelphia businessman revolutionized the paint industry and founded Krylon, Inc., the first and still largest supplier of aerosol paints in the world.

Krylon® Products were introduced in 1947 by Foster & Kester, a manufacturer of brush-on clear protective acrylic coatings used in the commercial art business. In the late 1940’s, DuPont Corporation developed the first aerosol package, which combined gas and liquids in a formula that could be sprayed from a single can. Howard E. Kester creatively devised a way to blend his coating products into an aerosol, which had many advantages over the brush-on method.

Shortly after Kester brought his idea to market, DuPont introduced Nylon. Kester was so impressed with this development that he dropped the first “n” from nylon, added the first and last letters of his own last name, and the Krylon moniker was born!

Initial sales of Krylon aerosol clear coatings were limited to the art and advertising trades. Then in the early fifties, color was added to the coatings and sales grew quickly with endless boundaries.

Today, Krylon is known for its commitment as an industry leader in product innovation, package design, project inspiration and color. Our range of products expands beyond the home and into your backyard with multi-purpose, plastic, specialty, rust preventative, brush-on and craft products.

The one constant amidst the changes in ownership is that Purdy's philosophy is still one of QUALITY, SERVICE and VALUE, all of which are done with INTEGRITY. Purdy continues to handcraft the world's finest painting tools.

We are the "yardstick" by which all other painting tools are measured. We will always strive to remain far ahead of our competition and continue to improve our products as we market throughout the world!

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Since its founding by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company has not only grown to be the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States, but is among the largest producers in the world.

For more than 135 years, we have been determined to lead our industry, to manufacture and market innovative products of superior quality, to operate a safe, clean and friendly workplace, to observe the highest ethical standards in business conduct and to reward our investors.


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