About Us

Perfecting the Art of Making Paint Since 1905 


Since 1905, when we first opened our doors on Front Street in Memphis, Tennessee, Farrell-Calhoun Paint has been the favorite of professional painting contractors.  And for good reason – we have been dedicated to working with our customers to give them the quality products they need to ensure a superior paint job.

Still family owned and operated, Farrell-Calhoun remains focused on producing premium products that leave a lasting impression.  Our commitment to quality and dedication to the customer has enabled Farrell-Calhoun to grow from a small two-store operation to 45 company-owned stores and a dealer network that encompasses 13 states.

The focus on quality begins at the top of our organization with John A. Ward, Jr., the President/CEO.  Being a chemist, he is committed to research and development to ensure that only the highest quality paints are labeled with our signature “Impressionist” Farrell-Calhoun label.  Our research lab is one of the largest in the industry relative to the size of our company, and that has allowed our dedicated chemists to utilize the latest technology to formulate some of the most innovative products on the market.  


Protecting the Environment


With the ever growing emphasis towards Green products, Farrell-Calhoun is proud to offer our customers our “Green Wise” designated products, which meet or exceed the criteria for coatings used in green building programs.  Farrell-Calhoun’s Green Wise products have fewer VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) thereby improving indoor air quality and reducing harmful emissions. Please visit the Green Wise website at www.greenwisepaint.com to read about the Green Wise program and testing standards.


Many of these paints are made with a unique cross-linking resin system that gives the coating superior performance when compared with traditional products.  Superior blocking resistance, adhesion, durability, washability, color and gloss retention as well as outstanding touch-up are hallmarks of the Green Wise products. These properties add to the sustainability of the coating by decreasing the need for frequent repainting and reducing future emissions and solid waste.


Speaking of solid waste, for decades Farrell-Calhoun's manufacturing facility has been engineered so that we do not generate any hazardous waste.  We reuse everything we can.  From the dust collected in our dust collectors, to the wash water and used thinners used to clean our tanks – we turn them all into usable solutions as well as reworking all of our mis-tinted paints.  We have also implemented new processes in our manufacturing facility and company stores to become more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gases. 



Our People


We apply the same principles in hiring people as we do in formulating paint - we start with the best people available and the result will be superior service.  We have ongoing training programs for all employees so that we can remain focused on customer service and stay up to date on the latest technology.  From research chemists - to delivery drivers - to store associates, customer service is a way of life at Farrell-Calhoun.  We are dedicated to not just meeting the needs and expectations of our customers, but exceeding them.


Commitment to Quality 


As news of our superior products spreads and our distribution area grows, dealers, paint contractors, architects, and facility managers are coming to rely and depend on Farrell-Calhoun products to give their job the look of a masterpiece.  Whether painting a million dollar home, a multi-unit apartment complex, an international airport, a state of the art hospital, or a specialized industrial application – we’ve got your coating. 


Once customers experience the premium quality and durability of Farrell-Calhoun paints, they’ll be impressed and continue to use our paints and coatings over other national brands.