Crafting Industrial Coating Solutions with Precision

Mastering the Science of Coatings Since 1876

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Over 140 Years of Coating Excellence

John L. Armitage & Co. is more than just a family-owned coatings and paint manufacturer; we're a cornerstone in the industry that has been setting standards since 1876. With our roots deeply planted in Gallatin, TN, we've grown into a brand that commands respect and trust across North America. When it comes to coatings—be it for structural steel joists, metal buildings, or roof decks—we've built a repertoire that is as diverse as it is specialized.

What Sets Us Apart

We're not in the business of 'one-size-fits-all.' Our approach leans heavily on customization. Our internal Research and Development department works tirelessly to develop coatings tailored to each client's specifications and parameters. This involves choosing raw materials that are the gold standard in terms of performance, cost-effectiveness, and environmental compliance. But our commitment to quality doesn't stop there; we've even brought resin manufacturing in-house. The result? Unbeatable prices on water-based primers that deliver on both quality and cost.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy at John L. Armitage & Co. can be summed up in one word: Excellence. Every department, from R&D and Manufacturing to Customer Service, is aligned to this singular focus. We make no compromises on quality and remain steadfast in our commitment to delivering optimal solutions that meet your production goals and align with industry best practices.

Our History: Innovating Since 1876

Our journey began over 140 years ago with a commitment to excellence. Our story is one of continuous improvement and growth. Our specialty lies in formulating coatings for the metal, plastic, and wood industries. Over the years, we've expanded our capabilities from solely being a coatings provider to a solutions-oriented partner.

The Team Behind Your Success

To deliver this level of service, we have an ensemble of dedicated professionals:

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Research scientists specialized in coatings technology.

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Manufacturing experts with the ability to produce large batches with precision.

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A logistics team that ensures our products get to you, wherever you are in North America.

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Customer service representatives trained to offer technical support and keep your operations running smoothly.

It's not just about delivering a product; it's about creating a partnership that adds value
to your operations from start to finish.


A check mark in a circle icon Launch of Armorhide steel primers to safeguard construction components.

A check mark in a circle icon 2 Introduction of in-house resin manufacturing, offering us a competitive edge in pricing.

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Core Departments

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Research and

Ensuring all raw materials are top-notch for performance, cost, and environmental compliance. Conducting rigorous exposure and performance testing.

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Production capacity of various size batches with state-of-the-art mixing and blending equipment. Two separate buildings dedicated to solvent-born and water-born coatings.

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In-house fleet ensuring timely delivery across North America.

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Comprehensive in-field technical support and punctual delivery.

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