Founded in 1946 by William M. Barr, the company quickly became an icon in the home improvement and automotive repair industries. Fifty years later, with the sale of the business to our employees, W.M. Barr has become the model of a successful ESOP company. Through the talent, vision and hard work of our employee owners, we have continued to introduce innovative new products, acquire new businesses and brands, and achieve exceptional growth and profitability. And we’ve only just begun.
21 years of success
For more than seven decades, W.M. Barr & Company has grown by responding to the needs of businesses and homeowners. By combining technology and biology, we will continue to bring value to everything we touch for years to come.
William M. Barr founds company with the market's first non-flammable paint remover.
First contract signed for custom blending and packaging services.
Barr founder and owner William M. Barr passes away.
Finished construction and moved into a new office and manufacturing facility. Increased operations to provide for continued growth.
Increased operations size to provide additional new products and services for a growing market.
First Home Depot store supplied.
Completed construction on a new state-of-the-art distribution center.
Acquired Wood Finishers Pride.
Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) starts with 100% buyout of company stock.
Acquired Armor All Home Care.
ISO 9001 certification obtained.
Acquired Jasco, Bix, Trask Research, and Goof Off product lines.
Mold Armor acquires the rights to the patented delivery method for hose end products that feature a bleach-based formula.
Acquired Spray & Forget.