Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The first tin can made its debut around 1810. It was a convenient way to move products of all types, especially liquids from factory to consumer. The only problem was, it was not re-sealable. This was one of the first logistical problems paint-producer Sherwin-Williams ran into when they started in business. By 1878, Sherwin-Williams had devised a re-sealable container – much handier for painting jobs. By 1882, they were the major producer of tin cans in the U.S. And by 1921, SW was producing about 30 million cans per year. WWII limited the use of tin, and so paint cans were made from a fiber material with sheet steel at the top and bottom. Once tin was again available, the pry-top, re-sealable can that most of us grew up with was developed by SW. Today, Sherwin-Williams is a major producer of automotive refinish coatings in the U.S.