Warren Glass and Paint Adds More Automation

WARREN – Warren Glass and Paint Co. kicked off 2020 with a renovation of its industrial and architectural paint division warehouse, adding an automated tinting system.

“The Accu-tinter system enables high-volume paint departments like ourselves to have quick and reliable turnaround on large quantity production,” says owner Gary Casey, noting that it’s the third automated system at Warren Glass. “Our custom color matching always has excelled and attention to detail has always provided consistent quality in color accuracy from one order to the next.”

The renovation converted the entire warehouse to a three-tier racking system to handle Warren Glass and Paint’s 2,500-plus gallons of in-stock paint. A new paint department sales floor was added, featuring an area for customers to pick up refreshments.

After laying off some staff early in the pandemic, the Warren-based company was able to return to full employment as orders for acrylic face shields came in.

“The supply chain for the acrylic sheets to fabricate the shields was taxed severely at times but we were able to fulfill all orders. The need for protective shields involved many types of businesses such as retail, business offices, medical facilities, schools and manufacturing,” Casey says.

The residential division was closed early on as well. But once in-home appointments could be made again, “The field just exploded,” he says.

“Custom shower enclosures continue to be an extremely popular home remodeling choice,” Casey continues. “We are heading into 2021 with a strong backlog of work in our residential and commercial divisions.”

The company’s Paint and Decorating Center in Hermitage, Pa.,  remained open. Sales were consistent as homeowners working from home undertook upgrade projects, even as small as repainting or adding wallpaper, Casey says.