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|Industry||General building materials|
|Founded||Cleveland, Ohio, United States (1866 )|
|Headquarters||Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|Number of locations||4,339 (2011)|
|Revenue||US$ 10.185 Billion (FY 2013)|
|Operating income||US$ 1.085 billion (FY 2013)|
|Net income||US$ 752.561 Million (FY 2013)|
|Total assets||US$ 6.382 billion (FY 2013)|
|Total equity||US$ 1.774 billion (FY 2013)|
|Employees||37,633 (Dec 2013)|
The Sherwin-Williams Company is an American Fortune 500 company in the general building materials industry. The company primarily engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America and Europe. The company is mostly known through its Sherwin-Williams Paints line.
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.
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.
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 an interior design environment as contrasted with its conventional paint stores.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes
The Sherwin-Williams 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
The 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.
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 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.
Between 1981 and 1987, Sherwin-Williams owned Gray Drug.
STIR magazine has won several industry awards, including a 2005 FOLIO award for best design, new custom publication, as well as a 2007 Pearl Award from the Custom Publishing Council for the best in custom Publishing category.
Sherwin-Williams' major competitors are PPG, DuPont Performance Coatings, BASF, Valspar (through Lowe's), Behr (through Home Depot), and Benjamin Moore. There are also several smaller, regional competitors, though Sherwin-Williams has acquired a few of them (such as MAB and Columbia Paint & Coatings and Parker Paints) in recent years.
On January 7, 2014 the final statement of decision for The People of the State of California vs. Atlantic Richfield Company, Conagra Grocery Products Company, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, NL Industries, Inc., and the Sherwin-Williams Company, Case No.: 1-00-CV-788657 was entered by James P. Kleinberg, Judge, Superior Court of California. By March 26, 2014 Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg's final amended judgment against Sherwin-Williams has them jointly and severally with NL Industries and ConAgra pay $1.15 billion into an abatement fund. Members of the team of attorneys who fought the case, including Mary E. Alexander of Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C. in San Francisco, Joseph W. Cotchett and Nancy L. Fineman of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP in Burlingame, Calif., Peter Earle of the Law Office of Peter Earle in Milwaukee, Wis., and Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick of the firm Motley Rice in Providence, R.I. were given a 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award at the annual Public Justice Gala and Awards Dinner on July 27 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Md. In their annual report Sherwin-Williams considers this case without merit and will appeal the decision. The process may take another two years.
- THE SHERWIN-WILLIAMS COMPANY Form 10-K, Securities and Exchange Commission, February 27, 2014
- "Country Boys Make Good...". Sherwin-Williams. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
- Custom Publishing Powerhouse Michael Hurley Joins Hanley Wood Marketing
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- Kleinberg, James (7 January 2014). "Judge Kleinberg's Order, final statement of decision, Case Number 1-00-CV-788657". Santa Clara County Superior Court's Electronic Filing System. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- Kleinberg, James (26 March 2014). "Judge Kleinberg's Order, Final Amended Judgment March 26, 2014, Case Number 1-00-CV-788657". Santa Clara County Superior Court's Electronic Filing System. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- "Attorneys Who Won Landmark Lead Paint Judgment and Cleanup Named Public Justice Trial Lawyers of the Year". The Public Justice Foundation. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- "Annual Report 2013 page 32-33.". Sherwin-Williams. Retrieved August 27, 2014.