By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Retail | Issue: June 2014
Adam Goss, store manager at the Claremore Spectrum Paint, stands beside the PPG Voice of Color display with an interactive flat screen that allows you to search color and view different color schemes in several different room settings. You can then e-mail any colors that you liked in the store to yourself from that screen.
In 1986, with the advice and financial backing from his father, Travis Detter started Spectrum Paint Company. His mission? To bring the customer top quality products at competitive prices using the best possible service. Travis started his business out of a mini-storage building, targeting industrial accounts. Since then, the independent paint dealer has grown from one employee to 250. His father, John, joined the company in 1995.
When Travis began his business almost 30 years ago, he only had six months of paint industry experience. All that changed, and the company has experienced consistent growth over the past two decades. It’s a testament to their commitment to be a leading supplier of architectural, commercial and industrial coatings.
Spectrum Paint opened a Claremore location in October of 2013. Travis, who is from Claremore – and a current resident – has grown the original Tulsa location into 48 locations in seven states to become the largest independent paint dealer in the United States. “Along with Travis, part owners John Detter and Roddy Russo are longtime Claremore residents,” says Gentry Stafford, marketing and communications director. “Spectrum has grown in larger markets, but it was always a thought that we would have a store in Claremore someday. Spectrum has around 15 employees that live in Claremore and it felt like a great time to do it.”
“We strive to offer the flexibility and response time of a small company, yet offer our customers a broader and more complete product offering than any ‘company’ owned store or home center,” Gentry adds.
Spectrum carries Benjamin Moore Paints and PPG Pittsburgh Paints, two of the most respected paint manufacturers and leaders in technology. “We also distribute stains, lacquers, high performance and specialty coatings to provide a complete offering of paint and related products,” she says.
Each Spectrum location also has delivery vehicles to make sure customers receive their product on time and in satisfactory condition. Spectrum has field representatives throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Carolina whose job is to make product recommendations, provide technical assistance and solve problems on site when necessary.
In addition, Spectrum Paint has three repair service centers to meet the commercial and industrial equipment needs of companies. Located at 15247 E. Skelly Dr. in Tulsa, in Springdale, Arkansas and in Grandview, Missouri, the company provides sales and service to Graco Industrial and Commercial equipment, Titan/Speeflo, Spraytech, Airlessco, Kremlin/ Sames, Binks and Devilbiss, and pressure washing equipment.
However, commercial and industrial customers aren’t the only ones who like Spectrum Paint. “We’ve had a very welcoming response from area residents and business leaders in Claremore,” says Gentry. “One of the biggest questions we get is ‘Do you sell to regular homeowners or do-it-yourselfers?’”
The answer is yes, she adds. “Because we do a lot of business with commercial, industrial and residential contractors, some people think they can’t just come in and buy paint. We have a great range of products for DIY customers and even have a special menu of products where we have priceshopped and guaranteed comparable sundry products to be the same or lower price than the big box stores. We also share a lot of great stuff on our Facebook and Pinterest pages for folks looking for color inspiration.”
Spectrum Paint is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.