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O’Leary Paint: A Nationally Awarded Company Focused on the Community

Thursday, November 1, 2018  
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O'Leary Paint, a Michigan-based, fourth-generation family owned company, opened in 1891. For the first 80 years, O’Leary Paint was just one store located in downtown Lansing. Eventually, O’Leary began manufacturing their own paints and coatings, allowing them to perfect the formulas used to create their awardwinning products.

Today, the company is owned by brothers, John and David O’Leary. The company manufactures and sells premium paints and coatings that are distributed to the 11 O’Leary Paint stores located throughout Michigan and Indiana.

O’Leary’s paints won gold, silver and bronze honors in the 2012 National Paint Rankings. This was the first time a single company had won first and second place. O’Leary Paint’s ceramic coat is the most awarded product, receiving additional first place awards through the years as recently as 2017. All of these highly praised products are produced locally in Lansing.

“Even as a small company, we can still be technology leaders in this industry. O’Leary is very careful about the raw materials used,” said co-owner, David O’Leary. “We don’t restrict our chemists from creating the best formulas. O’Leary chooses quality over cheap materials.”

Several of their products are environmentally certified by Green Wise, meaning they have low levels of volatile organic compounds. In addition, O’Leary Paint plans to produce 100 percent of their products without oil by the end of 2019.

David O’Leary says they owe their success to the hardworking and creative people of the Michigan community who inspire their team to create the highest quality and safest products.

O’Leary focuses on the needs of the community, rather than trying to compete against big paint companies.

“We strive to make paints that withstand the challenging weather conditions in the Midwest,” said David O’Leary. “We develop products specific to the community’s needs.”

In early September, O’Leary Paint expanded their Michigan footprint by purchasing Detroit based company, Motor City Paint, and will be adding three more locations to their roster.

"We want to be part of the renaissance of Detroit,” said David O’Leary. “We’re really excited about growing our brand and providing the best products for those who are working to create a better Michigan community.”

These opportunities are causing growing pains and O’Leary is planning a significant expansion of their manufacturing facilities in 2019 to react.

To view their list of award-winning products and paints visit or call them at 1-800-477-2066.

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