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of Stoke Prior, Worcs
1928 Company founded by L. G. Harris as the Midland Trading Co, which bought and re-sold paint brushes.
1930 The company re-located and commenced manufacture of three sizes of paint brushes.
1933 The Midland Trading Co became L. G. Harris and Co Ltd.
1936 Success and expansion brought relocation to Stoke Prior, on the edge of Bromsgrove.
1947 Further rapid expansion necessitated the development of larger factory premises, on a 60 acre site, three miles away.
1951 The first overseas branch was opened.
1953 Paint rollers, which originated in America, began to be produced.
1961 Awarded the Royal Warrant.
1962 Began to manufacture paint scrapers.
1965 Introduced Household brushes and brooms.
1969 Opened a factory in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
1974 Expanded in the UK with a new warehouse and despatch area.