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  • 1925

    Humble Beginnings

    S. Desmond Purdy begins hand crafting paint brushes in a garage in Portland, Oregon.

  • 1965

    Nationwide Distribution

    Purdy is officially sold coast to coast in all 50 states after 40 years.

  • 2005

    Sherwin-Williams Acquisition

    Purdy joins the Sherwin-Williams family and evolves into a global supplier of applicator products.

  • 2008

    Prep Tool Expansion

    Purdy introduces a brand new line of premium, hand held putty knives, scrapers and multi-use tools.

  • 2011

    Jumbo Mini Rollers

    Purdy advances the mini roller product line and unveils new Jumbo Mini Roller program.

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Rich History

Purdy had its beginning in a converted 2 car garage in Portland, Oregon with 5 employees in 1925. Founder, S. Desmond Purdy believed that handcrafting the finest painting tools may take a little longer but was the only way to "build in" superior coverage and performance. It is this commitment to quality that is the foundation on which professionals rely on and is the driving force behind each Purdy brush, roller, and tool that has our name on it.

We have built an extensive product line of tools by carefully listening to the needs of professional painters. Through time there have been changes in coatings, changes in how the job is done, and the day to day needs of the pro. But, the one thing that has not, is our commitment to give you the best tools for the job, and we will continue today in the same tradition Mr. Purdy started over 85 years ago.