IDG Computerworld Names Sherwin-Williams IT to 2011 List of 100 Best Places to Work in IT for the Third Year in a Row: #58/100

S-W IT team is driven by its unlimited ability to innovate

Jun 24, 2011, 10:58 ET from Sherwin-Williams Company

CLEVELAND, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) today announced IDG Computerworld named the S-W IT team to its 2011 List of 100 Best Places to Work in IT for the third year in a row.

The recognition spotlights Sherwin-Williams IT human capital excellence.

Tom Lucas, Sherwin-Williams Chief Information Officer said, "We are very pleased that IDG Computerworld has recognized our very talented IT team that's committed to innovation and providing outstanding customer service to our 32,000 S-W associates around the world. Our S-W IT team is driven by its unlimited ability to innovate. We're also proud of our nationally recognized IT Professional Apprentice (TM) program which helps students acquire real-world skills that give them an added edge in the workplace."

Computerworld national correspondent Rob Mitchell wrote:  "Think of it as an IT career with a splash of color. For Denis Hart, one of the great things about working for paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams Co. has been the opportunity for travel that its rapidly expanding global business presents. Hart, lead analyst for the Unix Server Group, recently took advantage of several opportunities to travel to Italy and South America to support IT projects. 'Those things keep it fresh for me,' he says."

But it's the culture of innovation and respect that has kept him here for 13 years. IT is accepted as part of the effort to drive sales. In a meeting, says CIO Tom Lucas, "You'd be hard-pressed to distinguish between a marketing and an IT person. We're very attuned to the business."  And as the company continues to grow — IT will expand staff by 8% this year — there are plenty of opportunities to work with the latest technologies, says Hart. "We're more on the leading edge than we've ever been before. The amount of change happening has only accelerated."

Additional background

1. A "colorful" portrait of the Sherwin-Williams IT team can be found at:

(l-r: John Armstrong, Tracey Richards, CIO Tom Lucas, Lori Samoly, Jajcen Harris)

2. To access the Computerworld  article on Sherwin-Williams go to:

About Sherwin-Williams

Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers.

With 32,000 associates and $7.7 billion in sales, S-W is the USA's #1 paint and coatings company; #3 in the world.

The company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson's® Water Seal®, and many more.

With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of 3,390 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company's  other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors.

The Sherwin-Williams Global Group distributes a wide range of products in 109 countries around the world. For more information, visit

Contact: Mike Conway Director Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Sherwin-Williams Direct: 216-515-4393 Pager: 216-422-3751

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