3455 W First Avenue • Eugene, OR 97402
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During 1956-1957, Stuart Barr and his soon to be business partner worked as delivery drivers for the Autobody and Paint Supply Company. On April 1, 1958, Stuart and his partner decided to go into business together and purchased the company. The company was a wholesale distributor of auto body supplies with sales of $165,000 per year with one branch and three employees.
In 1967, Barr bought out his partner and became the sole owner of what is now Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc. In the later 1960’s, Barr applied his knowledge of spray-painting equipment to plywood making. At that time, most mills applied glue to veneer with roll coaters. Barr was determined to spray the glue on to give a more even application. This invention significantly reduced the amount of glue used and improved the product quality by reducing the lower grade products and blows, allowing automation. Barr patented the glue spray system and subsequently formed the Major Machine Division that fabricates glue application machinery for plywood lay-up lines. To this day Industrial Finishes continues to develop solutions for cleaner and safer products to distribute – always keeping the goal of providing customers with the best service and products in mind.