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Sherwin-Williams can attribute its year of record earnings to the specialist reputation that allows its products to sell at a premium. The brand thrives on its historical equity and professional-level advice from a knowledgeable staff through its nationwide network of small stores. Its most recent innovation is an online planning tool called “Chip-It!” to help consumers select paint colors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized it for protecting the public from exposure to harmful chemicals, and last year, Sherwin-Williams repainted Tinseltown’s iconic Hollywood sign.