Harris Paints Ready To Celebrate - 50th Anniversary Gala

December 02, 2022 3 min read

Harris Paints Ready To Celebrate - 50th Anniversary Gala

Ian Kenyon, Chief Executive Officer, Harris Paints Barbados makes a point while John Marshall, Vice President of Operations and Head of Business Unit, Barbados, Harris Paints, Charles Kirton, Vice President Technical Services and Innovation and Don Gooding, Colour Technology Manager listen attentively. 

HARRIS PAINTS, which has been one of the staple and most successful companies on the island, revealed plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary re­cently during a press conference which was entitled 'Reflection 50 years and Introduction to Quantum i12™ and Strokes of Genius'. The company contin­ues to make its mark not only with its qual­ity products but its commitment to being involved positively within the communi­ties across the island.

That point was made by John Marshall, Vice President of Operations and Head of Business Unit, Barbados, Harris Paints, who stressed dur­ing his speech that the company had a lot to be thankful for and to be proud of. 

"Our colourful journey began right here in Barbados in 1972, when our founders, Ralph Johnson and Andrew Phillips, driven by a streak of independence and entrepreneurship, de­cided to shake up the mo­nopolistic paint marker and launch a small but spirited new company called Harris Paints. With a focus on colour, quality and value, we have since grown to become the largest independent paint company in the Eastern Caribbean, and we have managed to take signifi­cant market share from the larger multi-nationals we continue to compete against," he added. 

Ian Kenyon, Chief Executive Officer, echoed similar statements, mak­ing it clear that the com­pany had done well, but better was to come. 

"Getting to 50 is indeed an achievement in any context, cricket for one but in Business it really is quite a rare event. Based on global statistics, only 45% of all companies make it to their 5th birth­day, only 36% to their 10th and only 21 % to their 20th. The statistics then stop but you can be sure that very few companies get to celebrate 50!

The history and growth of Harris Paints in Barbados is indeed re­markable and inspiring and I hope a poster child of encouragement to every Barbadian who wants to start their own company, especially as it has also driven us to expand across the region and really make our mark across the Caribbean. Since our humble beginnings here in Barbados, Harris Paints has grown by leaps and bounds. After the suc­cess of the Barbados launch, we soon launched manufacturing centres into Dominica and St. Lucia and since then have grown organically and via acquisition when we acquired BH Paints in Jamaica. Most recently we opened a new state-of-the ­art plant in Antigua and I am very proud to say, now employ over 250 people across the region." 

Kenyon maintained that the company was at the forefront of innova­tions. 

"Over the past 50 years we have launched many first to market innova­tions in terms of products, colour delivery and cus­tomer service. From the first water-based floor and roofing coatings in the re­gion, to the first computer colour matching and au­tomatic colour dispensing systems, to the first intro­duction of high-perform­ance coatings and the launch of the first zero­ VOC, environmentally friendly paint in the re­gion - we have long been pioneers in offering new and meaningful ways to help our customers get the best paint technologies available anywhere in the world," he added.

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The Barbados Advocate
Tuesday November 22, 2022