The Plummer Painting Company
- Written by: Tom Faunce
- Produced by: Victor Martins
- Estimated reading time: 3 mins
For more than 45 years, The Plummer Painting Company has been providing professional painting, waterproofing and restoration services to central Florida. Located in Winter Park, Florida, Plummer has grown into a well-respected commercial painting and waterproofing company that delivers award-winning service, on time and on budget.
Founded by Tom Plummer in 1970, The Plummer Painting Company specializes in large commercial painting contracts. Largely due to its location, Plummer maintains a unique niche and works heavily in Orlando, painting hotels and theme parks. The company has worked with high-profile clients such as Disney and Universal Studios painting roller coasters and theme park rides. In the hospitality sector, Plummer has completed work for the Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the Nickelodeon Suites Resort.
The experienced project management team at Plummer completes an in-depth evaluation of every project. The detailed estimates and specifications package the company provides guarantees its customers accurate, upfront pricing and virtually eliminates change orders and additional fees. “All of our projects are completed safely with the highest quality products, skilled craftsmen and on-site professional project managers,” says Steve Krout, owner and CEO of Plummer.
Krout joined Plummer in 2002 and purchased the company in 2006. Entering the industry in 1993, Krout worked for a direct competitor of Plummer for nearly 20 years. When Tom Plummer died, his partner, Gary Brun, approached Krout about joining the company. “We were hard-nosed competitors for years,” recalls Krout. “When I contacted Gary to express my condolences for Tom’s passing, he suggested we stop competing against each other and start working together.” Since joining the Plummer team, he has completed more than $120 million of paint work.
In its more than 45 year of service, Plummer has evolved into a multidimensional organization. The company markets its products and services regionally and continues to build upon its successes through strong relationships with a wide ranging client base. General contractors, facility owners, developers, homebuilders and property management companies rely upon Plummer’s industry experience, distinguished professionalism, dependable quality and integrity.
With the vast array of projects that the company has completed since Krout joined, he has gathered some personal favorites. In May 2015, Plummer completed the LEGOLAND Utopia Hotel, which is owned by Merlin Entertainment Groups. The 152-room resort is steps away from the LEGOLAND theme park and contains more than 2,000 Lego models.
In 2013, Plummer was recognized for its work on the Nemours Children’s Hospital, as well as Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. The company was awarded the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Eagle Award.
In December 2014, Plummer was involved in the complete renovation of the Universal City Walk at Universal Studios. The project included 10 newly renovated venues, including new Italian and Mexican restaurants, a hot dog hall of fame, a 130-seat Starbucks and a movie theater. Due to strategic phasing of the renovations, all projects were completed while City Walk remained fully operational.
A project that Krout would identify as a flagship achievement for Plummer is a job the company completed in 2013 at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida. The job consisted of painting a ride attraction and exhibit at the Visitors Center Orbiter Display Facility. “That was really one of my favorite jobs,” says Krout. “It’s an exhibit that houses Atlantis, one of the three space shuttles left.”
In a good place
Krout finds that being in Orlando presents many opportunities for his company. “No two jobs are the same,” he says. “We’re not just painting office buildings or hotel chains. We really get to a part of something unique in a town that updates its attractions every few years compared to a town that just updates its local hotel every 10 years.”
With the economy bouncing back from the recession, Plummer has been feeling the positive effects of the rebound. As of January 2016, Plumber already has backlogged 70 percent of its average annual revenue. “The economy is definitely getting better, especially in Florida,” says Krout. “With the way the construction industry ebbs and flows, I think we should have a good five-year run.”
Krout plans on expanding Plummer into new markets over the next couple of years. With the economy building itself back up, he sees opportunities in other parts of the state. The team at The Plummer Painting Company holds itself responsible to create an environment in which its customers, team and families can be proud of the products and services the company provides to its clients.
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