Iconic Leighs Paints sign removed from tower

Leighs Paints in Kestor Street. The familiar sign has been removed and replaced with the name of the firm's American owners.

Leighs Paints in Kestor Street. The familiar sign has been removed and replaced with the name of the firm's American owners.

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A HISTORIC sign at one of Bolton's oldest businesses has been removed as the American owners of Leighs Paints invest £1.7 million in the site.

Sherwin-Williams, which took control of Leighs Paints, in Kestor Street, in 2011, says the funding will go towards equipment development.

But as part of the work, the Leighs Paints branding has been removed from the historic 100ft tower which forms part of the 355,000 sq ft site.

It has been replaced with Sherwin-Williams signage, which the company says will "mark a new era" for the paint and coatings specialist.

The tower is part of the five storey former mill building at the heart of the site, which houses the main production areas.

The Kestor Street site was originally built as a cotton mill in 1844 and in 1939 was transformed into a paint factory.

Sherwin-Williams, which has its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, was founded in 1866 and employs 41,000 staff worldwide in the development, manufacture and sale of coatings and industrial related products, and trading in over 115 countries.

General manager of Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings EMEA, Gordon Bell, said: “This is a significant investment in the site, and marks Sherwin-Williams’ commitment to Bolton and the team of staff we have based here.

“Working at the cutting-edge of such a fast-moving industry requires continual investment and our customers expect us to remain at the forefront of the sector.

“This investment will allow us to continue to lead the way in developing new technologies to better protect customer assets.

“The tower is a real local landmark, but as part of the acquisition by Sherwin-Williams in 2011, all of the old Leigh’s Paints branding has been replaced and it was time to make this final change.

"We look forward to this work marking the beginning of a new era for the business.”

He added that the investment would pay for new labelling and additional top-coat tinting capacity, which he said would support growth and secure jobs.

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12:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Yoggle says...

Fascinating.
Fascinating. Yoggle
  • Score: 11

7:47pm Tue 26 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

And the new sign looks like................
....?
And the new sign looks like................ ....? JustBecause
  • Score: 2

8:20pm Tue 26 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

Will it be painted on?????
Will it be painted on????? pradagucci
  • Score: 0

10:01pm Tue 26 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

At least its not another take away.
At least its not another take away. artistpaint
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Tunni1 says...

Try looking up at the tower and stop being idiots at least it's investing in Bolton instead of making more misery for the town. How many knocks can Bolton take before it's declared a ghost town. Good on them
Try looking up at the tower and stop being idiots at least it's investing in Bolton instead of making more misery for the town. How many knocks can Bolton take before it's declared a ghost town. Good on them Tunni1
  • Score: 1

7:32am Wed 27 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

Tunni1 wrote:
Try looking up at the tower and stop being idiots at least it's investing in Bolton instead of making more misery for the town. How many knocks can Bolton take before it's declared a ghost town. Good on them
Ok, forgive me for being an idiot, please explain what you can see on the tower I cannot?

The picture of the tower is the old sign, where is the picture of the new one, it's quite a key point to the story is it not ?
[quote][p][bold]Tunni1[/bold] wrote: Try looking up at the tower and stop being idiots at least it's investing in Bolton instead of making more misery for the town. How many knocks can Bolton take before it's declared a ghost town. Good on them[/p][/quote]Ok, forgive me for being an idiot, please explain what you can see on the tower I cannot? The picture of the tower is the old sign, where is the picture of the new one, it's quite a key point to the story is it not ? JustBecause
  • Score: 3

9:54am Wed 27 Aug 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Surely the story here is "American firm invests in Bolton company" not "Sign taken down from building".....?

I would respectfully suggest that Nick Jackson spend less time in the Man & Scythe and more time trying to be a proper journalist.....
Surely the story here is "American firm invests in Bolton company" not "Sign taken down from building".....? I would respectfully suggest that Nick Jackson spend less time in the Man & Scythe and more time trying to be a proper journalist..... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 2

11:36pm Wed 27 Aug 14

A/B and proud says...

Let's get the story right.
The site on Kestor street is called Tower Works but the referenced tower is on the right of the picture, the signs were removed from what is the lift shaft that services the four floors of the main production areas.
Both the Leighs Paints and the circular Hawk and Trumpet have been removed and replaced with a new Sherwin Williams sign on the south face of the lift shaft.
Let's get the story right. The site on Kestor street is called Tower Works but the referenced tower is on the right of the picture, the signs were removed from what is the lift shaft that services the four floors of the main production areas. Both the Leighs Paints and the circular Hawk and Trumpet have been removed and replaced with a new Sherwin Williams sign on the south face of the lift shaft. A/B and proud
  • Score: 0

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