ALLIANCE — Bryan Strazinsky has been with Sherwin-Williams for many years. A graduate of Hiram College in Northeast Ohio, he didn’t envision being a major player in the Gas & Oil industry.
But that’s where much of his energy is devoted these days. The boom in the Utica shale play caused Strazinsky, an area manager with the Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams corporation, to take a long look at what his company’s products could be used to assist the gas & oil drillers.
“I tell my store managers, if you see a person pull up in a vehicle with Texas or Oklahoma or Louisiana license plates, and they’re asking for standard industrial enamel paint, you should have a pretty good idea what business they’re in,” said Strazinsky, who oversees 30 stores in Northeast Ohio and West Virginia.
Strazinsky said Sherwin-Williams has been involved in the gas & oil industry in the Plains states but just now they are getting to work with drillers in Eastern Ohio with the increased play in the Utica Shale.
“We can be, and are, involved in every phase of drilling and processing,” said Strazinsky. “We’re at the drill sites (tanks, well-heads and piping), which is typically steel and very easy for us to coat.
“We’re also involved at the processing plants, providing some high tech coatings there, and also with the tank linings.”
Sherwin-Williams has had a relationship with Chesapeake Energy, for instance, for several years in other areas of the country.
“In the gas and oil industry, it’s locally a somewhat new phenomenon,” said Strazinsky. “Fortunately we have the luxury to reach out to our counterparts in Texas and Oklahoma who have been working in the industry for many years.”
In Northeast Ohio, Chesapeake is planning a major processing plant in Louisville, Stark County. Strazinsky hopes to partner with Chesapeake in the production and upkeep of the facility.
“You know, sometimes they don’t care,” he laughs. “They walk in the store and just say ‘We need paint.’”
“But we can assist with every phase of the drilling process,” Strazinsky says. “Pipeline, rail, truck, ship, on site; we’ve proven we can handle it all.”