On July 19, 2013, Hentzen Coatings, Inc. held a gala celebration of the 90th anniversary of the company’s founding. The event was attended by over 400 including customers, suppliers, and employees.
The American Coatings Association honored Hentzen Coatings President and CEO Albert Hentzen with a Meritorious Service Award recognizing Hentzen Coatings’ success and longevity, and Al’s industry service. ACA noted that Al has “contributed to the coatings industry through his selfless service to ACA, both as a member of the ACA Board of Directors and as a long-standing leader and member of the Industrial Coatings Committee. By dedicating his remarkable professional skill, leadership, and ceaseless efforts to the success of the industry, Albert Hentzen played a key role in the effectiveness and success of both Hentzen Coatings and the American Coatings Association.” Hentzen is among the most unique, long-term coatings manufacturers in the U.S., which has seen the ranks of ACA member manufacturers decrease from 793 in early 1930’s, not long after Hentzen’s founding, to only 102 today. Few family-owned companies survive and thrive into a fourth generation, but Al Hentzen was quick to state “This celebration is about the whole Hentzen organization, because our full team’s dedication to exceptional customer service, and leadership through continual innovation, guarantees our future success.”
The program presentations noted Hentzen Coatings’ long history as a technical innovation leader in military, industrial and aerospace coatings. Now in its fourth generation of family management, Hentzen looks to the future, and Al Hentzen noted that he looks forward to celebrating the 100th anniversary of the company in 2023. Hentzen is also announcing the establishment of Hentzen de Mexico, and the opening in August of an office/warehouse facility in Queretaro, Mexico to support the General Industrial business in Mexico.
“Hentzen understands our market of making a cosmetically beautiful product that must withstand extremely harsh, demanding environmental conditions. They are highly responsive for developing new paint systems for our products and have the rigorous manufacturing processes in place to consistently produce and deliver what they develop. Their open, honest business culture makes it a technical learning experience for us every time we visit. We consider them one of our team,” was offered in a joint congratulatory statement from Kevin R. Anderson, PH.D., Mercury Fellow – Material Science, Mercury Marine Product Development and Engineering, Division of Brunswick ; and Christopher J. Misorski, Technical Specialist – Materials and Corrosion Science Mercury Marine Product Development and Engineering Division of Brunswick; and Arthur Gilbert, Corporate Coatings Manager of Mercury Marine Manufacturing Division of Brunswick.
Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch presented a certificate of recognition that noted Hentzen’s history as an innovator, and as a company that maintains its hallmarks of trust and integrity to benefit its customers, employees, and partners. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and City of Milwaukee Commissioner Rocky Marcoux also attended the event and offered remarks.
In recognition of Hentzen’s 90th anniversary, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said, “Hentzen Coatings, with its roots always firmly planted in Milwaukee, is a classic success story of an entrepreneurial, family-owned and operated company, investing continuously for growth for the long term, while competing aggressively in a global marketplace.”
About Hentzen Coatings, Inc.
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since 1923 Hentzen has specialized in the development, engineering and manufacturing of liquid and powder coatings, primarily for aerospace, military and general industrial (GI) applications. Hentzen Coatings are custom engineered to perform in extreme conditions and are continually improved to meet exacting customer and exceed market-driven specifications. Hentzen stock and custom products are manufactured in its state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Batavia, Illinois, Greenville, South Carolina, and Clearwater, Florida.