Color, technology, innovation, and leadership define Benjamin Moore & Co. For more than a century, succeeding in these areas has motivated all who work here, and continues to inspire and direct our growth today. Since 1883, we've created and sold products that preserve, protect, and beautify our homes, buildings, and structures. We excel at creating a portfolio of products that our customers desire and demand.
With our acquisition in 2000 by Berkshire Hathaway, Benjamin Moore joined a family of companies under the direction of Warren Buffett, which embodies success and is distinguished by sustainable brands that shine through the clutter of competition. We continue to be at the forefront of product innovation, with a commitment to research and development unrivaled in the architectural coatings industry. At Benjamin Moore laboratories and manufacturing facilities, our scientists and technicians work to exceed the already superior application, performance properties, and environmental safety of our products. Our commitment to color inspires an ongoing search for the perfect hues, the ones that lead our customers to claim: "that's the color I want." Independent retailers - our primary distribution channel - do more than sell our products. With our help, they provide the service and tools that give customers confidence about their product choices, color selections, and their ability to get the best results possible. And we embrace a company tradition of giving back. Across North America, Benjamin Moore is preserving historic structures, protecting the environment, and supporting programs that enrich our communities.
More than a century of commitment to producing superior products and unrivaled colors has its rewards: Our paint is the number one choice of interior designers. People who choose our products know they'll get the inspiration and support to make their vision reality. They depend on our extraordinary colors and product performance. Their trust defines Benjamin Moore.
In 1883, Benjamin Moore and his brother Robert opened Moore Brothers in Brooklyn, New York. True entrepreneurs, they started with $2,000 and one product, "Moore's® Prepared Calsom Finish," which was sold exclusively through independent retailers. Moore Brothers built their company on Benjamin Moore's belief in "the exercise of intelligent industry in the spirit of integrity," and a dedication to manufacturing excellence and quality.
Today, Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a high-performing, innovative manufacturer and retailer of quality coatings and provider of related goods and services for decoration and preservation. We continue as a leader in the architectural coatings industry with products that set new standards of excellence. We manufacture at 7 plants, distribute from 22 facilities, and sell the finest paints, stains, and finishes through a network of more than 4,000 independent retailers across North America.
We're Putting Green Ideas to Work
At Sherwin-Williams, we've pioneered the use of environmentally-preferable solutions in our business practices by:
Meeting the Toughest VOC Regulations
- Reducing waste and conserving natural resources in manufacturing facilities Using sophisticated software to determine distribution routes to minimize fuel
- Increasing the use of biodiesel fuel
- Becoming a U.S. EPA SmartWaysm Transport Partner as a shipper/carrier
- Implementing recycling programs at offices, stores and distribution centers
- Installing energy efficient systems at all new plant facilities
- Pioneering the use of renewable or sustainable raw materials in some formulations
- Using blown-in-line colorant bottles that use less resin, save freight costs and reduce the volume of hazardous waste
- Filling our GreenSure designated paints in sustainable plastic containers made from 100% recycled post-consumer resin with labels containing 75% recovered fiber and 25% post-consumer waste, printed with soy ink
We've found innovative ways to make coatings that are compliant with even the most stringent VOC limits. A wide selection of our products already meet new guidelines for industrial and architectural applications, and we offer a variety of products that qualify for LEED-certified projects.
What is EcoVision™?
EcoVision is our company-wide commitment to look for and implement ways that reduce our impact on the environment. It's a shared and ongoing vision that all Sherwin-Williams employees can help achieve.
Sherwin-Williams is committed to being a recognized leader in the development of sustainable processes, products and activities that preserve natural resources, protect the environment, and contribute to social improvement.
We consider the environmental impact of our actions and we promote the conservation of natural resources.
We develop new products and processes that are innovative, and reduce the environmental impact throughout the life cycle of their use.
We measure progress and hold ourselves accountable for making continuous improvement, reporting our progress and making legitimate claims.
We respect the customs, cultures and social needs in all communities where we conduct business.
We expect every employee to take responsibility for reducing our impact on the environment.
Step into any ICI Paints store and you'll quickly realize why we're much more than just a paint store. Whatever your project or challenge, our friendly, professional staff can provide you with the expert advice and support you need.
Each store also offers a complete range of home décor products, tools and accessories geared for both homeowners and professional tradespeople.
About ICI Group
ICI Group is one of the world's largest producers of specialty products and coatings with operations in 55 countries. ICI Group has 45,000 employees worldwide.
ICI Paints Worldwide
ICI Paints is a leading international decorative paint manufacturer with one of the widest geographical reaches of any paint business. Its worldwide markets include contractor, consumer, architectural, maintenance and construction in over 100 countries. Around the world, 50 million households use ICI Paints each year.
ICI Paints operates 55 manufacturing sites in 25 countries and employs 16,000 people in 26 countries. Annually, ICI Paints makes nearly 300 million gallons of paint, enough to cover 2.8 million football fields. That's enough paint to decorate every house in the cities of Los Angeles, London and Beijing combined.
ICI Paints is the only company with an international (Master Palette®) color system enabling colors to be communicated around the world.
BEHR is a dynamic company that actively embraces quality and innovation to bring our industry and our customers the very best products and services. Our bold entrepreneurial spirit and our commitment to integrity and to doing the right thing has been the cornerstone of our success since 1947.
Soon after the Second World War, our founder, Otho Behr, Jr. began selling linseed oil to paint stores from the back of his woody station wagon. His customers quickly made it known that they needed something that would perform better on redwood than just linseed oil. Seizing the opportunity, Otho Jr. asked his father, Dr. Otho Behr Sr., an accomplished chemist, to help him develop a formula to meet their requirements. Soon the father-and-son team began making a clear finish and stain for redwood in the Behr family garage.
In 1948, Otho Behr moved his burgeoning business from the family garage into an 800 square foot Quonset hut in Pasadena, California.
Over the years, sales have steadily increased for this entrepreneurial, family-owned business. As business grew, the need for larger facilities also grew. The company, now officially known as BEHR Process Corporation, has since relocated to larger facilities and has expanded across the country and across the globe. Today BEHR has locations and businesses all across the country in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, and internationally in Canada, China, Guam and India.
In 1986, BEHR expanded into the interior/exterior paint business, setting the stage for the next dynamic era of growth. Up until then, for over 39 years, BEHR had been a very successful stain and varnish manufacturer and now we are proud to say we earn top recognition for our premium paints, and have since their introduction in 1986.
In 1999, after 52 years of private ownership, BEHR Process Corporation was acquired by Masco Corporation of Taylor, Michigan. The merging of Masco and BEHR successfully brought together two companies who share an entrepreneurial philosophy and an overarching commitment to integrity and to “doing the right thing.”
In 2007, another milestone was reached when BEHR, in partnership with The Home Depot-China, entered the Chinese marketplace. With the introduction of BEHR Premium Plus® Paints and Primers to China, BEHR is breaking new ground by reaching this untapped DIY market.
The BEHR Difference
BEHR enjoys great brand presence and a reputation for unparalleled quality, innovation, value and performance. BEHR was recently awarded “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Interior Paints” by JD Power & Associates. People know and love the BEHR brand.
Our ability to continually set industry highs for quality, performance and value depends upon our steadfast maintenance of our product, recognition of changing technologies, reward and acknowledgement of our people, proactive responses to the needs of our customers and continued commitment to innovation, research and development of new products. Our diverse and exceptionally experienced team searches out, develops and evaluates new materials, technologies and services that continue to improve our products and streamline our processes, both in-store and online.
From our humble origins as a small, family-owned business to our current standing as an industry leader, the BEHR difference has always been the people who strive for the best, maintain the highest integrity and continue to innovate.