In 1935, FDR was pulling the U.S. out of the Great Depression, Babe Ruth hit the final home run of his career, and Ed Matthews opened the first Matthews Paint Store on Belmont Avenue in Chicago. In 2015, Matthews Paint celebrates its 80th anniversary of adding color to the architectural sign industry.
"What began as an entrepreneurial passion has evolved into the benchmark standard for sign paint," says Jan Scheske, manager of marketing and customer service. "The history of Matthews Paint is one of continual improvement to meet the needs of sign fabricators and architects." From its Chicago start, Matthews expanded into larger facilities in 1968 and 1993, and was purchased by PPG in 1995. The business is now headquartered in Delaware, Ohio.
The company has been a major partner to SEGD for 30 years. Second-generation owner Ed Matthews joined SEGD in the mid 1980s, and was the seed funder of the SEGD Educational Foundation. For much of the ensuing three decades, Matthews Paint has been an industry leader supporting SEGD and its educational initiatives.
Significant recent developments for Matthews include the introduction of MAP-LV, the ultra-low VOC paint, in 2009. This helped secure Matthews Paints' position as a leading providing environmentally-minded products, says Scheske. In 2012, the company acquired its newest brands: 1-Shot, Lacryl, and Field Master, broadening its representation in the sign fabrication market.
"As we reflect on our history, success, and future, we owe a debt of gratitude to our employees and loyal customers, without whom none of this would be possible," notes Scheske.