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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, September 28, 2012

May 10, 1843

Edward P. Williams is born in Cleveland, Ohio.  He attended Cleveland High School, graduating in 1859, and then went on to earn degrees at Hudson College.  He also found time to serve in the 85th Volunteer Infantry of Ohio during the Civil War.  In 1870, he invested $15,000 of his own money and joined his friend Henry Sherwin in founding the Sherwin-Williams Company.  His claim to fame within the company was organizing a formidable sales force.  Sherwin-Williams is one of the largest paint companies in the world, and a major supplier of automotive refinish paint in the US.


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