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12/12/2022

Ring's End buying Johnson Paint Company

The deal expands the Connecticut prodealer’s count to 31 retail locations.
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Ring's End
The Ring's End location in New Milford, Conn.

Ring’s End, the Darien, Conn.-based LBM and hardware dealer, has already put a present under its tree.

The company announced that it is expanding to 31 locations following the acquisition of Johnson Paint Company effective Jan. 31, 2023. The move brings 11 Johnson Paint locations on board.

Johnson operates stores in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire under the Johnson Paint, Maine Paint, Port Paint & Paper, and Wicked Awesome Paints banners.

“We are excited to welcome the Johnson Paint Team into the Ring’s End family. We are honored to carry on the tradition of excellent customer service started by the Johnson family 84 years ago and look forward to building on our success together with this great team. The culture of Johnson Paint aligns incredibly well with Ring’s End, which made this an easy decision for both sides,” said Mike Burkhart, president and COO of Ring’s End.

Prior to the deal, Ring’s End served Connecticut; Westchester County, N.Y.; and Rhode Island. Following the acquisition, Ring’s End will now have a reach into five states.

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Based in Boston, Johnson Paint was founded in 1939.
Based in Boston, Johnson Paint Company was founded in 1939.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Johnson Paint Company is based Boston, Mass.

The Johnson Paint team will remain with Ring’s End. Josh Johnson, a third-generation owner of the business will help guide future growth, Ring’s End said.

“Combining generational market knowledge and years of expertise from the Johnson team, with the organizational efficiency and industry knowledge of Ring’s End will allow for even better service to our customers, and expansion of the brand,” said Scott Herling, director of paint operations and marketing for Ring’s End.“Additionally, working with key vendors, we expect to realize significant purchasing benefits as well as opportunities for more aggressive positioning in the market.”

Founded in 1939, Johnson Paint Company is a Benjamin Moore paint dealer.