Longevity in Business: Hallman Lindsay Paints

Longevity in Business: Hallman Lindsay Paints


SUN PRAIRIE — After six decades in business, there’s no signs of slowing at Hallman Lindsay Paints.

As the only locally owned paint manufacturer in Wisconsin, the company’s proprietors are thankful for the support they’ve received through the years.

“Sixty years of making paint in Wisconsin for Wisconsin has been possible only because of the strong support of our loyal customers and the dedication of our hardworking staff,” said Tim Mielcarek, who along with another partner purchased the business from Don Dega, one of the original founders, in 1981.

“We feel blessed to serve so many communities in Wisconsin and thankful that our paint and stains have been used to protect and beautify so many homes, workplaces and landmarks throughout the state.”

Hallman Lindsay Paints started out as Hallman Paints. It was founded on Aug. 6, 1956 by Bill Hallman, Bob Lindsay and Don Dega. The company’s original site was on Main Street in Madison.

When Bill Hallman retired, Bob Lindsay left and started his own company, Lindsay Finishes. Both Hallman Paints and Lindsay Finishes enjoyed steady growth through the years.

In 1983, Mielcarek bought out his partner and eight years later, Hallman Paints acquired Lindsay Finishes to form Hallman Lindsay Paints.

Today, Hallman Lindsay Paints is owned by the Mielcarek family Tim, Beth and Matt.

The business’ continuing growth made it necessary for Hallman Paints to relocate its factory from Madison to Sun Prairie in 1976 to increase manufacturing capacity.

Continued success lead to another move to a new factory in Sun Prairie’s industrial park in 1998. The company’s current plant is 82,000 square-feet and features a retail store, one of 26 located throughout Wisconsin.

Hallman Lindsay manufactures and sells more than 1,000 types of paints and stains for interior and exterior surfaces.

It also produces specialty coatings including traffic marking paints, athletic field marking paints and barn paints.

The company’s products have been used in UW-Madison’s Camp Randall stadium, Miller Park in Milwaukee, UW-Madison’s Kohl Center, the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in Madison as well as many homes around the state.

The Hallman Lindsay factory produces more than a million gallons of paint and stain annually. The company says its paint and stains are formulated in house specifically for Wisconsin’s weather and conditions.

Chemists who research and develop its paint are located at the Sun Prairie factory, where they work with the production team on a daily basis.

The chemists and lab continually receive feedback from staff and customers and use that information to develop new products specifically for the Wisconsin market. The chemists also answer questions from customers and develop new products based on customer needs.

Hallman Lindsay Paints introduced zero and low-volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints in the 1990s at a time when there was little demand for the product.

The company constantly researches new raw materials as they become available. In 2015, Hallman Lindsay introduced the Artisan line, a 100 percent acrylic super premium, smooth flowing enamel featuring exceptional scrub and stain resistance.

The color tools found in Hallman Lindsay stores are developed in conjunction with the Color Guild, a national organization of regional paint companies across the country, utilizing input from staff at Hallman Lindsay stores who are knowledgeable about trends in Wisconsin.

Throughout the year, Hallman Lindsay employs 125 people. In the summer an additional dozen people are hired to service the summer paint season, which is its busiest time of year.

Part of the company’s mission is to give back to the community and the mission is fulfilled through sponsoring local sports teams, paint donations to civic projects and the support of local food banks in the communities where Hallman Lindsay stores are located.

Longevity in Business appears on the second Saturday of each month. To suggest a business that has been operating for at least 30 years, contact Jill Carlson at



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