Burns encourages Sherwin-Williams to consider Cambria County as location for new headquarters

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – As part of his ongoing efforts to promote Cambria County as a great place for business, state Rep. Frank Burns sent a letter to CEO John Morikis of Sherwin-Williams, inviting him to tour the county as he considers possible locations for a new global headquarters and research and development facility.

Burns, D-Cambria, said the paint manufacturing company is considering multiple sites in Ohio and several other states, due to its significant growth and expansion over the last several decades at its current location in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I would welcome the opportunity to showcase all that Cambria County has to offer, from its strong workforce and our recent designation of 375 acres as a Keystone Opportunity Zone,” said Burns. “That designation means we can offer substantial state and local tax incentives and offer flexibility to work with companies of any size who are interested in creating jobs in our region. This could be a great opportunity to help Sherwin-Williams in its quest for a new location for its global headquarters, its research and development facility, or both.”

Burns also touted the county’s proximity to Ohio as another potential benefit to relocation and has vowed to work with Sherwin-Williams and elected officials from both parties to make a deal that could benefit everyone involved.

“Having a company like Sherwin-Williams relocate to Cambria County would be a substantial boon to our region, and while the company isn’t slated to transition to a new location until 2023 at the earliest, when we see an opportunity that could be beneficial to our region, it’s time to strike while the iron is hot.”

Sherwin-Williams, founded in 1866, makes paints, coatings and related products and reported a total of $17.5 billion in sales last year.