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Company History

Benco Sales, Inc. was founded in 1976 by Benny Bixenman. In 1973 while in graduate school at Vanderbilt University, Benny, a Chemical Engineer, opened a furniture refinishing shop in Nashville, TN. This enterprise planted the seed for ideas on advancing safer equipment and better performing formulations for the relatively new furniture stripping industry. Benny moved to Riverside, California in 1976 and started Benco Sales, Inc. to focus on developing industrial formulations to remove coatings from furniture, as well as for architectural, aircraft, automotive, and metal stripping applications. Benco expanded operations by opening manufacturing facilities in Crossville, TN in 1985 and in Forney, TX in 1993. In 1999 Benco consolidated manufacturing operations and administration at the Crossville, TN facility.

Benco's mission has been to constantly strive to improve product performance and to provide state of the art equipment for the use of Benco products. Benco has been an active participant with Federal and State agencies in the regulation of coating removers; and as advancements in coatings have occurred, Benco has developed products that provide superior performance on the most durable coatings. Benco products are used extensively in all 50 States and most Canadian Provinces.