Induron loves getting together for a good cook-out. We’ve been known to have company events for various holidays, and barbeque of some sort is often on the menu. Even at our plant expansion ribbon cutting ceremony a couple of years ago we served classic Dreamland BBQ in a huge white tent for lunch.
This tradition goes way back as demonstrated in this first photo of Induron founder, William E. Hood ca. 1955. This particular event was held for Christmas one year to thank our factory guys. The grill is made out of a paint (or resin) drum, which is certainly not something you see very often. Our barbecue events are often celebrations of the great people we have working at our company. Continue reading Story of this Photo: Cooking for the Team and the Wild One→
August 7, 2000 was a banner day for the city of Roseville, Illinois. It’s the day Maguire Iron began erecting the new 250,000 gallon pedisphere water tank for the town. It was quite a sight.
On September 12th, the 1st-5th grade children and many town residents were there to watch the 200-ton crane begin to lift the pieces in place. One of the residents, Helen Perrine, told her brother-in-law, a member of the village board, that she sure wished they could “put roses on the new tower.” Be careful what you wish for! Continue reading A Moldy, Mildewed Rose Isn’t As Sweet→
My father, William E. Hood, was a true Southern gentleman. His reputation for being kind, humorous, respectful and giving has long outlived him. He is still remembered as Santa Clause because he dressed up each Christmas and entertained children for years from his home on Memory Lane in Birmingham.
He is also well remembered by the paint industry for his many contributions to the industry, including serving as the first industry President of the National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association (now known as the American Coatings Association). Continue reading A Long Line of Induron Mentors→
In a paint company, as in most companies, there are multiple departments that must work effectively together to ensure the success of the organization. In a nutshell, there are a lot of moving parts, literally and figuratively.
It is easy to become compartmentalized, or focused only on your one job in your department, while forgetting the big picture. This can quickly result in delaying or altogether missing key communication between departments – the key to success. Continue reading The Key to Success→
In the early 1960s, Indurall (now known as Induron) stores were updated from just painter-oriented stores to more retail-friendly decorating centers. The original idea came from my dad, William Hood, who was also one of the founders of Induron. He wanted to differentiate our company from the approximately 1,100 other paint companies around the country. I can remember that there were at least 10 in Alabama alone. Continue reading Story of this Photo: Induron Design Centers→
Working for a small, family-owned company like Induron means that I wear many hats. My job is always different, and I never know what the day will bring.
I began working at Induron seven years ago in sales support, but since then, my duties have grown to include all kinds of things – from invoicing and accounting, to purchasing the raw materials used in our products. Continue reading The Many Hats of Small Business→
Some projects move right along and stay on course from the beginning with little or no challenge. This is a good thing, but what’s the fun in that? One project we did a few years ago proved to be an opportunity for forward thinking and innovation in the midst of complexities.
When I.K. Stoltzfus was hired to repaint a wash water tank and a two million-gallon clearwell for Aqua Pennsylvania at their Pickering treatment facility, they contacted Induron for the tools for the job. The Pickering Water Treatment Plant services approximately 1 million customers in Southeast Pennsylvania and produces more than 55 million gallons of treated water daily. It is a critical component to the area served by Aqua PA. For this reason, the project was scheduled to be done between October 1 and June 15 when demand for water would be at its lowest. Continue reading Solving Challenges One Project at a Time→
I have said before that Induron has old buildings. We do. And in thinking about the history of this company, I’m reminded of something else we have that’s old – our “batch books,” which is a log of production batches.
Next year, Stark Bro’s Nursery & Orchards will celebrate their 200th year in business. To offer some perspective, they began business a decade before Thomas Jefferson died!
I was contacted by Charles Tamborski, the owner of Lanco Contracting, who was in discussion with Stark Bro’s to repair and paint their plant storage warehouse. The warehouse’s environment is continuously wet and had been the ideal spot for corrosion. The corrosion was severe enough that they had to replace about 100 of the steel purlins. Continue reading Stark Bro’s Nursery Bears Good Fruit and Great Paint→
This photo is one of the more interesting ones in our archives. It shows a publicity stunt that took place at the Alabama State Fair in ca.1955. Before scuba diving was popular as a hobby, the Magic City Frogmen set a record for surviving underwater. There was not much scuba gear around at that time, so it got a lot of attention! Continue reading Story of this Photo: Frogmen and Indurall at the State Fair→