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HAYMES Paint is Australia's largest family
owned and operated paint manufacturer.
The company has a colourful history that
began when Thomas Jefferson Haymes
opened a combined paint and general
hardware business in a small shop in
Ballarat. In 1935, his son Henry Haymes
left the family business to start his own
paint manufacturing company, which soon
enjoyed considerable success with
additional stores opening in Geelong,
Bendigo and Melbourne.
Haymes Paints has continued its tradition
as a family owned business over the years.
David Haymes took over the role of
managing director in 1974 from his uncles
who had been running the business since
the death of his father when he was 12
Under his leadership the company has
grown significantly and its product range
includes interior and exterior paints, wood
care, industrial coatings, paving and roof
paints, paint removal systems and fillers.
The company has more than 115
employees across four states and
distributes its products through 10
company owned retail outlets and 350
independently owned distributors in all
states in Australia and exports to China.
Haymes Paint continues to pride itself on
its strong family values including quality,
integrity, respect and support for the local
ROB Lewis is living a life filled with colour.
Every morning when he arrives at work he is
confronted with a huge canvas spattered with blue
and red paint in reception.
He attends meetings in a room with sky blue walls and
in the laboratory, where he spends much of his time,
are rows of tins and dispensers containing every
colour of the rainbow.
Standing at a bench in overalls, he somehow manages
to keep spotless, he briskly stirs a tin of vibrant
Paint is something Mr Lewis has come to know well.
The product and development technician is one of the
longest serving employees at Haymes Paint Ballarat.
"I've been here 29 years and every day is different,"
Mr Lewis said.
"When I first started there was a palette of 200,
there's 1400 to 1500 now."
For Mr Lewis the move to Haymes came after working
60-hour weeks in dying at Hilton's Fabrics.
His wife taught David Haymes' two sons at school and
it was through her he found out about the job.
The following week, he attended an interview.
"The rest is history..." he said.
"It doesn't appear to have grown that much, but
basically it has."
On a daily basis Mr Lewis said he does a "little bit of
manufacturing support, a lot of colour matching, and
also product development".
But while an exciting new colour could be just around
the corner, Mr Lewis said he tries not to cry out
"eureka!" too often.
And although it's not part of his job he has, on
occasion, named a colour he has developed including
Rubicon, which as its name suggests, is a deep ruby
Mr Lewis said he had a name in mind for a new light
blue paint, but it was currently under wraps.
For Mr Lewis, Haymes has remained an attractive
"People want to stay," he said.
"There's a lot of long timers."
And Mr Lewis has no plans to move anytime soon
"I can't see myself doing anything else," he said.
Story: Cathy Morris
Pictures: Zhenshi van der Klooster
"I'VE BEEN HERE 29 YEARS
AND EVERY DAY IS
DIFFERENT, WHEN I FIRST
STARTED THERE WAS A
PALETTE OF 200, THERE'S
1400 TO 1500 NOW."
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