Not only can you paint the town red with Benjamin Moore paints, you can stain and finish it as well. In addition to ready-mixed colors -- sold under such brands as Benjamin Moore Paints, Moorcraft, and Benwood -- the company can match almost any shade with roughly 3,300 colors. Benjamin Moore also makes industrial coatings and coatings for manufacturers of furniture and roof decking. The company sells its paints through a dealer network of about 4,000 independent paint and decorating stores, most of which are in North America. Benjamin Moore became a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in 2000.
The company places an emphasis on research and development and has a Technical and Administrative Center in New Jersey that is home to eight separate labs. Those labs test everything from competitive evaluations to weather resistance to actual hard-science polymer research.
Since becoming a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Benjamin Moore has consolidated its manufacturing operations. It now operates from seven manufacturing locations and 20 distribution facilities. The company also sold its flexible packaging adhesives business to concentrate on its core operations.
In 2010 Benjamin Moore teamed with Constellation Energy to install a solar power system in its 80,000 sq. ft. product development facility in Flanders, New Jersey. The system, which contains some 8,600 crystalline photovoltaic solar panels, is expected to produce 68% of the facility's energy needs over the next 20 years and offset the release of 1,600 tons carbon dioxide each year. – less