Solving challenges is the very foundation of Rust-Oleum.

After all, its founder, sea captain Robert Fergusson, didn’t particularly care about paint. He just wanted to keep his ship intact. But when he noticed that a splash of fish oil had stopped the spread of corrosion on his rusty metal deck, he immediately recognised it for what it was: A valuable solution.

The same passion that drove Fergusson to spend his next few years creating the world’s first rust-preventative paint still drives Rust-Oleum today.

Approaching its 100th anniversary in 2021, Rust-Oleum entered the Australian market through the acquisition of Zinsser primer/ paint brands and the Hichem brands for automotive and industrial paints/coatings.

Now it has moved its head office to Scoresby, which will also house its finished-goods warehouse. Its Australian paint manufacturing facility, technical team and colour formulators will remain in Hallam.

With more than 100 employees in Australia, the business is on the upward trajectory for growth and innovation as it cements its reputation as a trusted brand. The new larger warehouse at Caribbean Park will improve Rust-Oleum’s logistics and procurement capabilities, whilst becoming a new hub for Victoria.