Scott: The only paint made and sold in Sarasota
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Published: Monday, July 23, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 5:12 p.m.

Said Scott’s president and chief executive, Doug Ramer: “Our fortunes are tied into the fortunes of the state of Florida, and specifically the West Coast of Florida, which has suffered greatly.”

The company’s waterproofing products have helped prop it up amid a lack of paint sales, as has recycling old paint for county governments. Scott also has increased its emphasis on overseas sales — to places as far-flung as Panama and Albania.

But this is not a story of survival, or even reinvention: It is one of renaissance.

Ramer, whose office is in Baltimore, and his team, based at the plant in Sarasota, now say they see positive signs on two important fronts — new home construction and condo repainting jobs — in Southwest Florida, where the company operates a chain of 20 retail outlets, generating most of its revenue.

“We have a new sense of excitement about being in this market,” Ramer said.

That excitement follows five years of turbulence, uncertainty and fear of the future.

The architectural coatings industry, as it is known, began to suffer nationally when residential construction plummeted in 2007.

At the same time, condo managers and do-it-yourselfers alike postponed or even eliminated repainting…………… continues on Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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