When you work with Industrial Finishes & Systems,
You benefit from an organization with vast expertise spanning multiple industries and markets. Our team brings technological innovations and best business practices pioneered in diverse industries for the benefit of all Industrial Finishes & Systems customers.
Serving thousands of customers through a growing network of retail locations, Industrial Finishes & Systems is the leader in automotive paint, equipment and supplies distribution. We source leading-edge products from around the world, and our team has decades of experience with products, processes and techniques to increase customers’ efficiency and profits.
Industrial Finishes & Systems is an innovative solutions provider to the recreation vehicle industry. We focus on issues critical to the bottom line: production costs, line roll, application errors, inventory control, finish quality, waste reduction, lowering environmental emissions and safety.
Industrial Finishes & Systems is a committed supplier to the forest products industry including the particleboard, MDF, plywood, lumber and OSB markets. Our solutions include coated abrasives, packaging products, load protection, shipping supplies and adhesives. We associate with high-quality suppliers and hold them accountable for meeting tough industry standards and client specifications.
Industrial Finishes & Systems provides specialized products and services from key aerospace suppliers. We’ve earned exclusive military certifications and have decades of experience overcoming the challenges associated with chemical management and application standards critical to military
and aerospace refinish projects. (Note: Our aerospace and military accounts are serviced primarily through our Aerospace & Industrial Supply team in Utah.)
While these market segments represent a large portion of Industrial Finishes & Systems’ customer base, this list is by no means complete. We also work closely with customers in many additional markets, including marine, furniture and agricultural – just to name a few.
Let us know how we can help you. If you’re in a market that you don’t see represented above, we’re very happy to discuss the challenges and opportunities you face.
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. Click here to view Industrial Finishes history timeline.
In 1968, Industrial Finishes opened an automotive paint store in Portland, Oregon, and another branch in Roseburg, Oregon in the early 1970’s.
In 1990, the Bend, Oregon store was opened, followed by the acquisition of two more Oregon stores in Gresham and Medford. On April 1, 1996, the 38th anniversary of the company, the purchase of Lewis Distributing established a store in Salem, Oregon. A year later Foster A & F Equipment and Paint Division in Portland was welcomed to the Industrial Finishes family.
In May 2000, Industrial Finishes purchased two additional paint stores: Bay Center Paint Supply in Coos Bay, Oregon and Full Spectrum Auto Paint & Supply in Vancouver, Washington. Eight years later, Industrial Finishes & Systems bought Barrett Paint Supply in Reno, Nevada. June 2011 expanded Industrial Finishes’ spectrum to include Utah, with the purchase of Automotive & Industrial Supply (AIS), adding three branch locations in Ogden, Orem and Salt Lake City. A new location was added in Logan, Utah as a result of the March 2014 acquisition of S & B Automotive Color, Inc.
Industrial Finishes & Systems continued to expand as it entered the northern California market in December 2012 with the addition of Color Supply in Woodland, California. The company expanded its presence in California with the purchase of Talley’s Paint in Napa, California in June 2013, again in 2016-2017 in Concord, Fremont, Rancho Cordova, Bakersfield, Oxnard, City of Industry, Pacoima, and Fresno. Industrial Finishes & Systems now serves customers in 42 states from over 30 locations.
The Industrial Division was created in 1975 in Eugene, Oregon to distribute coated abrasives/sandpaper to plywood and particleboard mills in the Pacific Northwest. It was the second division to be added to Industrial Finishes and Systems, Inc.
In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, when the major wood product companies expanded operations in the southern states, Industrial Finishes was invited by Norton Abrasives to service the South and Southeast markets. In 1982, Industrial Finishes opened a distribution center in Monroe, Louisiana, and in 1995 a distribution center was opened in Martinsville, Virginia.
Today, the Industrial Division is the largest distributor of wide sanding belts in the world for Norton Abrasives. Industrial Finishes has partnered with Norton/Cora and the various plywood, particleboard, and MDF manufacturers for over 25 years. In Spring 2015, the Industrial Division was awarded Norton Company’s prestigious “Coated Abrasive Distributor of the Year” award. In addition, we have partnered with companies like Samuel Strapping, HB Fuller, and Inteplast Group, LTD. to expand our expertise to include packaging, shipping and adhesive products.
Industrial Finishes works closely with its R.V. customers to provide training, Just In Time (JIT) inventory, education and product information. Industrial Finishes has full access to BASF’s lab facilities. We are the only jobber in the United States with this agreement. The purpose is to have the ability to customize products for our R.V. customers, giving us the fastest reaction time in the industry.
With the introduction of Automotive & Industrial Supply (AIS) in 2011, Industrial Finishes began serving the military and aerospace industry. An exclusive military certification made way for Industrial Finishes to become the premier distributor of aerospace and military supplies. AIS is proud to serve the US military as well as customers in Utah and the surrounding local areas and states.
A key acquisition for the Barr Family took place June 1, 1994, when they purchased Superior Steel Fabrication in Eugene, Oregon. The company has developed into one of the premier fabricators of precision sheet metal in the Western United States. Superior Steel Fabrication serves the construction, gaming, aviation, recreational vehicle, self-service, and solar industries.
Please visit their web site and contact them for additional information on your specific requirements.
The core mission of Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc. is to provide a satisfying and expanding balanced life for all employees, and to better serve fellow men, women and the community by providing automotive and industrial supplies in an efficient, effective, profitable and righteous manner.
A company of opportunity, values, and excellence, providing quality products and services through a team of men and women dedicated to dynamic personal growth, outstanding customer service, with core values from Jesus Christ.
Industrial Finishes and Systems stands on the core values of integrity, honesty, truthfulness, commitment and the motto,
“What Would Jesus Do?”
With the commitment not only to serve customers and the community with exceptional service, Industrial Finishes desires to serve Jesus Christ above all.
Stuart Barr, owner and founder, knows running a business isn’t easy, but with faith and trust in the Lord it is simpler.
“Sometimes struggles come and the accounts fail and you may lose money, but because you were trusting Christ you discover there were better things and lessons to be learned,” Barr said.
Industrial Finishes hasn’t always been a business based upon Christ.
“I didn’t have any spiritual goals when I started the company,” Barr said.
After giving his life to the Lord in 1972, Barr sat down with his employees and discussed the new way of business – God’s way. What was logical in the business world wasn’t always the road Industrial Finishes took.
“I was going to run the business the way the Bible would say to run a business. I didn’t know what that meant at the time, I just told them that is what was going to happen,” Barr said.
The company had a fresh start with new values beginning in 1972. With constant prayer and trust placed in Christ, the company has excelled and remained true to the founding core values, just with a more Christ-centered focus.
Barr’s commitment to the Lord and the company is evident,
“We haven’t arrived [as a company],” Barr said. “We have struggles and we have to pray about things. The company belongs to the Lord, we’re just along for the ride.”
CLICK HERE for our Company History Infographic
April 1, 1958 - Eugene, OR
Automotive Division Formed
Stuart Barr & his partner purchase Auto Body and Paint Supply.
Stuart Barr buys his partner’s half of the business, becoming sole owner of what is now called Industrial Finishes & Systems.
Industrial Finishes & Systems decides to specialize in spray painting equipment.
Glue spray technology developed, and patented, altering the making of plywood in the wood industry.
Major Machine Division formed
Motto: “We are the the Problem Solvers.”
Third automotive paint store opens.
Industrial Division formed, delivering coated abrasives and sandpaper to plywood and particleboard mills in the Pacific Northwest.
Recreation Vehicle Division Formed
A relationship with Safari Motor Coach began, creating the RV Division.
Fifth automotive paint store opens.
Sixth automotive paint store opens.
Industrial Finishes and Systems acquires Superior Steel Fabrication, becoming one of the premier fabricators of precision sheet metal in the Western United States.
Portland, OR (Stark Street)
Industrial Finishes begins distribution operations for the R.V. Industry in the Indiana region.
Industrial Finishes opened its doors in Beaverton, OR.
Industrial Finishes begins distribution operations for RV Industry in the Mississippi area.
Carson City, NV
Rancho Cordova, CA
*Industrial Finishes serves customers in 42 states from 26 locations including 21 retail stores.*