Miller Paint is going to hit a milestone this year: 55 stores in the Pacific Northwest! From Ashland, Oregon, to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, they’re bringing the highest quality paint manufactured in the Pacific Northwest right to you. What follows is a bit about them and why when you choose local, you should choose Miller Paint.
Miller Paint paint not only has 128 years of business under their belt, but also 128 years of paint innovation. For the past few decades, their innovation has been pointed towards sustainability. In 1996, one of their top selling products named Acro was formulated for improved application, performance and incorporates the latest technology. Reintroduced as “Acro Pure,” a < 6 g/L VOC product line, it has received rave reviews for its performance qualities. These and several other lines, including Acri-Lite Exterior Acrylic, have among the lowest VOC levels of all exterior product lines manufactured in Portland, Oregon, and demonstrate the company’s commitment to being an environmentally responsible manufacturer in the marketplace.
Miller Paint’s commitment to reuse and recycle in its manufacturing process is evident in the reuse of tank washwater, recycling of paint, all paint buckets and labels, paper, plastic wrap, and cardboard. Miller Paint’s commitment to reducing the total GHG emissions—carbon miles traveled by product components in the manufacturing process—is evident. Many of their raw materials are sourced within 80 miles of their manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon, and 95% of the materials packaging these raw materials are recycled.
Most recently, Miller Paint started the move to FSC certified recycled content paper for their product literature. In their corporate offices and stores, Miller Paint recycles bottles, paper, cardboard, and cans. Their copy paper is a recycled content paper and employees are encouraged to scan and email instead of faxing whenever possible.
Miller Paint has a rich heritage and history in the Northwest that began with their first of five manufacturing plants, located in a barn on San Raphael Street in Portland, coupled with their first paint store, opened in 1905 in Portland, on SW Front Avenue. The small family-owned Miller Paint business continued to grow under Ernest Miller, Sr. and his three sons, Walt, Herb, and Ernest, Jr. through World War I. In 1926, the current Grand Avenue location was built on the Central Eastside of Portland to house the new Miller Paint Store, the manufacturing plant, and the corporate office.
Walt Miller, who quit high school in 1916 to work at the company, firmly managed the Miller Paint business until his death in 1990. Herb Miller, Walt’s brother, is credited with designing the current Miller Paint “windmill” logo, based on the milling profession that utilized windmills, while Walt developed the very first company slogan “Things are Looking Better with Miller Paint”. The Miller Paint business grew and flourished through two plant relocations, in 1933 and 1955, and into the ‘70’s with expansion into three new stores in Seattle, WA, Beaverton, OR, and Vancouver, WA.
Meanwhile, construction on the current corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant, located near the Portland airport on Whitaker Way, began in 1975 with manufacturing operations starting up in 1978. The corporate offices were eventually moved to Whitaker Way from the Grand Avenue location in 1995. In 1980 Miller Paint had four stores, with two in Portland, one in Vancouver, WA and one in Ballard, WA. Additional store expansion in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s continued with new stores in Gresham, Salem, Corvallis, Tualatin, Oregon City, Eugene, Portland (82nd Ave), and in Burien, WA in 1995. After a seven year construction process, store #13, the Salmon Creek, WA store, was completed and opened in 2000.
… and they haven’t stopped! They’ve expanded their presence in the Puget Sound market to over a dozen locations. Keeping the focus on Washington, they've expanded east into the Spokane area with four locations and even made the jump into Northern Idaho. In Oregon, they’ve expanded east as well, adding three locations in the Bend/Redmond area. All this while still maintaining the highest quality paints at competitive prices. When you combine all of that with a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, it’s no wonder why they’ve been around since 1890!
So when it comes time to focus on your next paint or stain project, choose local; choose Miller Paint!