The Hawkins family has worked for four generations to provide finishing solutions that enhance and protect the natural beauty of wood.
We began manufacturing Waterlox® products in 1910 by using the best ingredients and our original family formulas. Today, the tradition of quality continues with products that are handmade by our expert staff. Our experience is supported by a continuous dedication to satisfying our customers in the woodworking and wood flooring industries.
Waterlox®, a pioneer in the development of the coatings industry, was started in Cleveland, Ohio in 1910 by R.L. Hawkins, Sr. He bought a small paint making operation called the Empire Varnish Company located on East 76th and Woodland. Here, he discovered the values of tung oil and used it to create the specific formulations necessary to produce a full line of interior and exterior paints, varnishes, enamels and stains.