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The Sherwin-Williams Co. is engaged in the development, manufacture, distribution and sale of paint, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial and retail customers. The company operates through four business segments: Paint Stores Group, Consumer Group, Global Finishes Group and Latin America Coatings Group. The Paint Stores Group segment consists of company-operated specialty paint stores which are engaged in the related business activity of selling paint, coatings and related products to end-use customers in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Maarten and Jamaica. This segment markets and sells Sherwin-Williams branded architectural paint and coatings, industrial and marine products, original equipment manufacturer product finishes and related items. The Consumer Group segment develops, manufactures and distributes a variety of paint, coatings and related products to third party customers primarily in the United States and Canada. The Global Finishes Group segment develops, licenses, manufactures, distributes and sells a variety of architectural paint and coatings, industrial and marine products, and automotive finishes and refinishes products, OEM coatings and related products in North and South America, Europe and Asia. The Latin America Coatings Group segment develops, licenses, manufactures, distributes and sells a variety of architectural paint and coatings, protective and marine products, OEM product finishes and related products in North and South America. The Sherwin-Williams was founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in 1866 and is headquartered in Cleveland, OH.

“Sherwin-Williams History

Founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in Cleveland, Ohio in 1866, the company operates through four segments: Paint Stores Group (known as Sherwin-Williams Stores), Consumer Group, Latin America Coatings Group, and Global Finishes Group.

Sherwin-Williams Paints

The Paint Stores Group, known as Sherwin-Williams Paints, was the first section of the company to be established, in 1866. These stores market and sell Sherwin-Williams branded architectural paints and coatings, industrial and marine products, and original equipment manufacturer product finishes and similar items. As of January 1, 2011, the Paint Stores Group operated 3,954 individual paint stores.

The Consumer Group develops, manufactures, and distributes various paints, coatings, and related products, under the brand names of Duron, MAB, Minwax, Krylon, Mautz, Purdy, Bestt Liebco, Thompson’s WaterSeal, H&C, Pratt & Lambert,Martin-Senour and Dutch Boy, to third party customers in addition to overseeing the operations maintained by the Paint Stores Group.

Sherwin-Williams also makes its own paints under the Easy Living and Weatherbeater brand names; those paint brands are used exclusively for Sears and Kmart stores.

On August 28, 2007 Sherwin Williams purchased Columbia Paint & Coatings. On July 6th 2011 Sherwin-Williams acquired Leighs Paints, based in Bolton UK, manufacturers of intumescent and high performance industrial coatings. In late 2012, Sherwin Williams began the process of purchasing the Comex Group. Comex, currently private owned, is the 4th largest paint manufacturer in North America.

In 2007, the company introduced its first “Idea Center” in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in an effort to provide customers with aninterior design environment as contrasted with its conventional paint stores.

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes

The Automotive Finishes segment develops, manufactures, and distributes various motor vehicle finish, refinish, and touch-up products. It also licenses certain technology and trade names worldwide, as well as distributes Sherwin-Williams branded automotive finish and refinish products through its network of automotive branches. The Automotive Finishes segment opened their 200th automotive branch in Calumet Park, IL on September 21, 2007. The International Coatings segment develops, licenses, manufactures, and distributes various paints, coatings, and related products worldwide through 76 company-operated specialty paint stores, as of the above date, and by outside selling functions to other dealers and distributors.

Sherwin-Williams Spray Source

Sherwin-Williams Spray Source service centers offer new equipment, parts and accessories, maintenance and repairs to rental programs. There are over 100 service centers located across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. They have factory-trained technicians that provide maintenance and repairs on paint sprayers, pressure (cleaners) washers, conventional spray guns, HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) systems, plural-component equipment from manufacturers like EXEL North America, Kremlin Rexson, Sames, Johnstone, Graco, Titan/Speeflo, Spraytech/Wagner, Capspray, ITW Binks, AccuSpray, Mi-T-M, Pressure Pro, and more. They provide repairs like maintenance, emergency and warranty, telephone troubleshooting support, on-site demonstrations, and training. Prior to 2008, the program was called SherWorks.

Sherwin-Williams Mexico

In 1929 Sherwin-Williams Mexico started operations. Headquarters is in Mexico City and is managed by Pablo García.

Sherwin-Williams Mexico has 109 branches and 200 dealers.

STIR magazine

STIR magazine is a tri-annual publication delivering color news and resources to residential and commercial interior designers and architects throughout North America. The magazine is created and published by Hanley Wood, LLC. The first issue was published in 2004.

Gray Drug

Between 1981 and 1987, Sherwin-Williams owned Gray Drug.”

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