Hentzen Coatings recently reached the milestone of 100 years in the coatings business — marking a century  that grew a small paint manufacturer into one of the largest independent U.S. paint companies that serves a worldwide market for liquid and powder coatings.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., the company has established operations in Illinois, South Carolina, Florida, China, India and Mexico. As a family-owned business, Hentzen has sustained its operations through the decades, serving the aerospace, defense, and general industrial markets.

Hentzen attributes its enduring legacy to decades of innovation, touting its early work on waterborne coatings and its ongoing efforts to reduce emissions of VOCs.

As Hentzen Coatings celebrates its centenary, it has publicly observed that, “being privately owned has allowed us to focus our efforts on the needs of the industry and on long-term future developments.”