Since the dawn of humanity, humans have been using paint and coatings. Humans used to paint images on cave walls. This provided us an idea of what their daily life was like. Some of those ancient cave paintings still exist today. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that industrial coatings became a regular feature in American life. The first paint mill in the US was established in 1700 by a man named Thomas Child in Boston. One hundred and fifty years later, in 1867, D.R. Averill patented the first ready-mixed paints in the US.
Today, protective coatings can be found everywhere from street lettering to industrial machines. They play immeasurably valuable roles in delivering high-quality foodstuffs, durable goods, housing, furniture and thousands of other products to the market. In particular, industrial coatings extend the overall lifetime of materials, which in turn curbs replacement costs. As one of the leaders in this field we asked Jacqueline Smith “Jackie”, President, New Kent Coatings to share her story of being a part of this highly competitive environment.