Go inside the Startex story from its Texas roots to a major provider for product solutions across North America

Since 1984, paint contractors and consumers across the nation have turned to a Texas-born brand to finish their projects better, faster and for less money. Three decades and one new owner later, the Startex team is primed to continue this Lone Star legacy of high-quality solvents, thinners, paint strippers and cleaners.

The Startex story began as an initiative by Chemical Specialists and Development, Inc. (CSD) in the small town of Cut and Shoot, Texas. To serve local paint stores, CSD offered speedy delivery, a local sales team and the ability to make small batches of private-label product. That successful model enabled the business to expand to national retail chains and purchase a larger, more capable production facility a few miles west, in the city of Conroe, Texas.

As the years continued, the Startex label continued to increase in market share and CSD added production capabilities. This caught the attention of Nexeo Solutions, a large chemical distributor, whose corporate head-quarters are just minutes south of Conroe. As talks of an acquisition began, both sides agreed on a common goal: Sustain the legacy of value and goodwill tied to the Startex brand.

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Featured in July 2016 edition of Paint & Decorating Retailer magazine