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.
NOT YOUR TYPICAL DISTRIBUTOR
• We do what others don’t, won’t or can’t
• Product training, education and certifications
• Equipment sales, installation, training, service and maintenance
• SOPs and other support services
• Business intelligence and KPI analytics
• Technical support
• Industry-leading product fill rates
• Experts on staff
– Major Paint Lines
– Chemical Management
– Corrosion Control
– Inventory Control
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, 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 1968, Industrial Finishes opened an automotive paint store in Portland, Oregon, and another branch in Roseburg, Oregon followed 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 company purchased Lewis Distributing, an 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’ reach 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, and again in 2016-2017 in Concord, Fremont, Rancho Cordova, Bakersfield, Oxnard, City of Industry, and Pacoima. A location in Fresno was added in 2018. Again in 2018, the company opened a location in Boise, Idaho, and acquired ABSCO Paint Supply in Lafayette, Indiana. Industrial Finishes & Systems now serves customers nationwide 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. In 1982, Industrial Finishes opened a distribution center in Monroe, Louisiana, and in 1995 a distribution center was opened in Martinsville, Virginia. These facilities support industrial customers in the Southwest.
Today, the Industrial Division is the largest distributor of wide sanding belts in the world. 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 to expand our expertise to include packaging, shipping, adhesive products, production supplies, and industrial coatings.
In 1987, Industrial Finishes was approached with an opportunity to support a local motorhome manufacturer. From that opportunity, our RV/Specialty Vehicle Division was born. Industrial Finishes works closely with its specialty vehicle customers to provide training, Just In Time (JIT) inventory, education and product information. Our customers include both motorized and towable recreation vehicles, emergency response vehicles, marine, people-movers and trucking.
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.
To be 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.”
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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.*
City of Industry, CA
Industrial Finishes expands in California
Industrial Finishes opens locations in Fresno, California and Boise, Idaho
Industrial Finishes acquires ABSCO (Lafayette)
Industrial Finishes opens a location in Kathleen, GA