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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

April 22, 1889

Early on, the Sherwin-Williams company realized the need to extend their reach out of their home base in Cleveland, Ohio.  And the way to do that was with a network of agencies selling paint.  In 1879, the company’s first representative, W.H. Hogarth, had one territory – the US.  On April 22, 1889, the Oklahoma Territory was opened to settlers.  At precisely noon, thousands rushed to get the best plots of land.  There were houses, stores, saloons, barns and churches to be built – and all needed paint to protect them.  And within days, Sherwin-Williams was there.  When Alaska became another boom area, Sherwin-Williams followed as well.  In March, 1922, a Sherwin-Williams salesman sent a photo of himself to the home office in Ohio showing him riding the back of a dogsled in 40-below temperatures.  (We assume folks waited until springtime to paint their homes on the outside.)  Today, besides making house paint, Sherwin-Williams is a major producer of automotive refinish coatings.  If you have ever had your car in a body shop, there’s a one in five chance it was painted with Sherwin Williams paint.

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