Acrylux Paint Manufacturing Co., Inc. was started by the original owner and founder, William C. Riedesel, in 1959. Prior to that time, Riedesel was a roof painting contractor. He started painting roofs in 1956, one month after he arrived in South Florida, from Rochester, New York.
At that time, almost all roofs were either not painted or painted with various combinations of cement and lime. The idea was that lime and cement would gradually shed itself over time while taking the dirt and mildew with it. "This material didn't work very well" says Riedesel, "because it had poor adhesion and very little resistance to mildew".
"In my search to find a better roof paint, one day, I found an article in one of the paint journals concerning a test made by one of the largest manufacturers of acrylic resin". The test was based on using 100% acrylic paint on roofs in South Florida. The results shown were far superior to anything being used at the time".
"Now that I had found the right paint for South Florida, I was still faced with another problem: The few major brands of acrylic paint on the market were priced so high that the paint costs alone to do a roof was above and beyond the price normally charged to clean and paint a roof. Consumers were not willing to spend the extra money to have their roofs done in a more efficient longer lasting way."
"This began my search for a means of reducing the cost of labor and materials so that I could give my customers a far superior job than anyone else. So with this in mind, I began investigating all the different avenues available to me concerning the use of acrylic paint. After exhausting every avenue, I found that I could keep the costs down by manufacturing my own acrylic paint."
"I started manufacturing paint in 1959 in a small rented area consisting of only 300 square feet behind a steel warehouse in Dania, Florida. At first, I made paint only for myself, but eventually other painters found that I was not only making superior paint, but the results were excellent. Not only could I save them money by offering them a reasonable price, but the paint quality was better than anything on the market."
"After three years, I needed more space, so I rented a larger facility by the airport. Then again in approximately four years the business had outgrown itself. This time I bought a 5,000 square foot warehouse located near Sears town, just north of Sunrise Boulevard. Soon after I added another 1,600 square feet to this location only to find that one year later we had already outgrown the addition. At that time in 1981 I began to look for property for a new modern paint facility".
"In 1982, I began my search for land that was suitable for manufacturing and had easy access to the major highways. In February, 1983 I found the land that fit my current needs and also had room for growth. The property was located near I-95 and Cypress Creek Road where we constructed a 12,000 square foot plant including offices and a showroom. On April 9th 1984 we opened the doors of our new facility".
"Acrylux Paint manufactures not only superior acrylic roof paint, but interior and exterior wall paints, waterproof coatings for roofs and walls, paver sealer, clear roof tile sealer and many other products. My goal as a paint manufacturer was to make sure the public received quality materials at a reasonable cost."
Acrylux continues to serve the contractor, homeowner and do-it-yourselfer with innovative products at a reasonable price.