A Day in the Life

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  • Benjamin Borns

  • Chemist

  • Performance Technology

  • Paint and Coatings Division

I joined Sherwin-Williams in 2006 after graduating with my bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Kent State. And, everyday since has been a learning experience. I started out like many new chemists working in the Chemist-in-Training Program in the Raw Materials Department. From there, I moved to Formulation Technology. I work on long-term projects to develop new technology for the future of coatings. I work on cross-functional teams on my projects with people from different areas of expertise and different parts of the company. I really enjoy working with my team members - they have a passion for science and wealth of knowledge to learn from! We are all encouraged to think creatively and, despite being relatively new, I feel that my ideas are always listened to.

One of my personal interests is green chemistry and sustainable design. I've recently gone back to school to get my MS in Environmental Engineering at Cleveland State University and I am looking forward to applying my new knowledge to the development of the next generation of green SW products. I am also leading the Green Committee at The Breen Technology Center; our mission is to promote a green culture at our site through education and employee involvement. I am very excited about the momentum that is growing around Sustainability at S-W. In my personal time I love going to Cleveland Indians and Browns games. I also spend a lot of time working on my 80-year-old house and gardening.

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  • Terry jordan

  • Chemist

  • Caulk and Sealant Lab

  • Diversified Brands Divsion

I began my career at Sherwin-Williams over twelve years ago at the Breen Technology Center.  I spent most of my time in Formulation Technology investigating ways to improve architectural paint performance.  I also spent about a year in the Stores Commercialization Lab as part of a cross training program.  Three years ago I transferred to the Caulk and Sealant Lab in the Diversified Brands Division.

I believe working in Formulation Technology with its focus on paint performance and working in Commercialization with its focus on meeting customer needs has helped prepare me for my new role in DBD.  Because the Caulk market is relatively small compared to our Paint business, working in the Caulk lab is a little like working for a small company.  In other words, I wear many hats.  In an average day, I work with Manufacturing, Marketing, Analytical, Polymer, Raw Materials, and a variety of groups within Diversified.  This has really helped me learn all aspects of our business.  The variety keeps my work challenging while being close to all of the action keeps my work interesting.