The Sherwin-Williams Company is expanding its manufacturing facility in Orlando, investing significantly in equipment, real estate and new employees, adding new high-wage jobs greater than 125 percent of Orange County’s average wage in the next year. The expansion will add space to its existing facility.
Sherwin-Williams has a 154-year legacy as one of the world’s top paint manufacturers, and the Company has manufactured its ceiling paint and interior and exterior latex products in Orlando since 1990. With the Company’s acquisition of Valspar in 2017, Sherwin-Williams expanded its brand portfolio and product range and as a result began to evaluate potential new facilities or expansion in its existing facilities. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sherwin-Williams weighed overall costs as one factor in its decision of where to expand its operations, as well as its ability to attract and retain talent, the strong potential for future expansion and the Company’s ability to continue investing in the community.
As a global company, Sherwin-Williams employs more than 60,000 people throughout its production platforms and sales offices. The Company had multiple options for expansion of its production operations, including investing in its existing facilities.
Sherwin-Williams determined the best solution was to expand its Orlando manufacturing operations on Sand Lake Road. Community partners including Orange County, Duke Energy and the Orlando Economic Partnership came together to support the Company’s expansion in Orlando.
Sherwin-Williams planned investment and additional square footage is designed to accommodate the Company’s growth. This will be in addition to the capital investments the Company has made over the last three years. With the planned expansion, Sherwin-Williams plans to hire in the next year new high-paying jobs at greater than 125 percent of the county’s average wage. These positions include manufacturing and operations, shipping and receiving, as well as lab technicians.
Sherwin-Williams has a long history in supporting the local community and actively engages with organization that promote sustainable building practices. The Company supports a myriad of local programs including food drives and charitable holiday programs. During the pandemic, the Company’s Florida stores donated coveralls and safety supplies to local hospitals in need of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Sherwin-Williams looks forward to generating new job opportunities in the Orlando market with the expansion of its Orlando manufacturing facility. This is another example of how the Company supports Orlando’s economic diversification outside of tourism and the surrounding community. Thank you to local community leaders for championing the Company’s growth in the region.David Biondo, Senior Operations Vice President, The Sherwin-Williams Company