COLUMBUS – Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors has made the move 30 miles north from one small upstate New York town to another. On May 21, Golden Artist Colors completed the purchase of the small manufacturer and is now producing the oil colors in the Golden Custom Lab facilities within its original factory in New Berlin.
Barbara Schindler, President of Golden Artist Colors, shared, “We are very excited to be making Williamsburg Oils. I’m delighted that we were able to offer positions in our company to all staff from Williamsburg. Retaining the staff responsible for producing quality Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors was an important objective and we look forward to working together and gaining their valuable knowledge.” The employees from Williamsburg will be joining Golden, which recently became one of only about 4,000 majority employee-owned companies in the entire U.S.
According to Mark Golden, co-founder and CEO of Golden Artist Colors, “There was no question that eventually we would make oil colors here. In fact, for over 20 years, we have been making custom oil paints for artists requiring unique colors or materials.” The main focus of Golden for its 30 year history, however, has been the advancement of modern coatings for artists. Not only has it produced the widest range of acrylic coatings for professional artists, the company has also contributed significant research to modern art conservation. Moving forward it will be important that Golden earns the trust of Williamsburg supporters by continuing the tradition of this unique, niche oil paint created over 25 years ago by the late Carl Plansky.