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Kelly-Moore grows, but layoffs loom
February 08, 2013, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff

Kelly-Moore Paint Company now has 63 retail stores in the Bay Area as two more have recently opened in San Francisco and Lafayette.

While demand for its products is growing, the company is set to layoff at least 20 employees in the coming months, however, at its warehouse facility in San Carlos, where the company is headquartered.

Accounting functions will also be consolidated, which will lead to another 33 local job losses, a company spokeswoman wrote the Daily Journal in an email.

Its roughly 2,000 employees now make up the largest employee-owned paint company in the United States with more than 170 retail outlets in eight states.

The company has three manufacturing plants in total, one in Texas and a second in Sacramento. The original San Carlos site, established in 1946, is by far its most expansive, however.

"To ensure our success now and into the future, we are making some internal adjustments to our structure to become more efficient in streamlining our operations while still providing the same high-quality products and services to our customers. As we make these changes, we continue to expand our retail stores in California and the West,” President Steve DeVoe wrote the Daily Journal in an email.

The company has initiated planning with a third-party service provider, West Logistics, to perform the paint warehousing functions currently performed at the San Carlos location.

The company is a leader and innovator of waterborne-coating technology and the first major paint company to offer recycled paints.

Founders William Kelly and William Moore started the company in 1946 and sold its paint out of a single retail shop in San Carlos.

Since then, the company has grown to take up a sprawling 15 acres in the San Carlos’ industrial area and pumps out nearly 50,000 gallons of paint a day.


Silverfarb@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 106


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