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The History of Minwax® and our Commitment to Environmental Responsibility




was a year of astonishing progress. The discoveries made that year heralded the beginnings of whole new industries and the founding of many new companies. One company in particular was founded in Brooklyn, New York, by Arthur B. Harrison. It would later come to be known as the Minwax Company.


History Begins for Minwax®

At the exact moment Wilbur and Orville Wright were struggling to keep their new invention in the air over Kitty Hawk, NC, Arthur B. Harrison was at work in New York City testing his new waterproofing and damp-resistant materials to see if they would keep the air's moisture out of homes and buildings. In 1904, Arthur B. Harrison persuaded his employer at Clifford I. Miller Company, a plaster manufacturer, that a plant producing his materials could be a profitable venture. Mr. Miller agreed, though little realizing that someday Mr. Harrison's enterprise would produce the Rolls Royce of wood finishing products. In 1910, Mr. Harrison purchased the Miller interests, and four years later he incorporated his business under the name Minwax®.







Entry into the DIY Field

在20世纪40年代末和50年代初,Minwax®搬进了消费市场。According to R. W. Harrison, Jr., a grandson of Arthur B. Harrison who also served as President of Minwax® from 1962-1978, this growth "...came with the realization we had a product the average person could use successfully. The product itself was redesigned and improved for homeowner use, and the wax in the finish was replaced by varnish gums, making the new Wood Finish™ the first modern "quick-drying" product.

唐纳德·h·亨德森,前总统Minwax®, recalled, "Marketing of the new Wood Finish was originally a low-key activity, but word-of-mouth endorsement by satisfied customers generated enormous demand." Gradually, new colors were added to the line and new companion products were introduced to make Minwax® a complete Wood Finishing Products Company.

Today, the power and beauty of wood is still important in both public buildings and private homes, and the Minwax Company provides consumers with a complete line of products to meet every wood finishing need. We look ahead excitedly as we continue our work to make and keep wood beautiful. Our future promises to be as exciting as our past!

The History of Minwax®


Arthur B. Harrison manufactures his first line of waterproofing materials with the Clifford I. Miller Company.


Arthur B. Harrison purchases business interests from his partner, Clifford I. Miller.


Arthur B. Harrison Incorporates his business under the name of Minwax®.


Minwax®develops a liquid, brush on, paraffin formula to seal stone, which is later adapted for use on wood floors.

1940s - 1950s

Minwax®木器涂料™ formula is redesigned for homeowner use, becoming the first modern "quick-drying" product.