In the spring of 1979, Tommy Peters and Michael O’Neal entered into a partnership to formally establish Peters Wallcovering based on the “Mom and Pop” business model established by Ben Peters. With two employees and a long list of satisfied residential customers in hand, the partners began laying the foundation for their fledgling wall covering business based on the high standards they’d learned as apprentices.
Adding Color for Over 40 Years to the Lowcountry
Established in 1979, Peters Paint & Wallcovering is one of the oldest and largest commercial painting contractors in the Charleston, SC area.
Peters Paint serves a variety of industries including office, retail, commercial, medical, financial, restoration, educational, hospitality, real estate development and governmental agencies.
Tommy Peters originally began working with his father at Ben Peters Brick in Charleston and later founded Peters Paint & Wallcovering.
He is licensed as a South Carolina specialty contractor and oversees daily operations of the firm. Peters holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina.
A native of Columbia, he is a member of the Greater Charleston Contractors Association, the Charleston Subcontractors Association, the German Friendly Society, the Hibernian Society, the Carolina Yacht Club, the Hotel/Motel Association, the Charleston Chamber of Commerce Association, the Executive Associates of Greater Charleston, the Agricultural Society, the Charleston Horticultural Society and various statewide hunting clubs. Peters has two children.
Prior to joining Peters Paint & Wallcovering, Steve worked for Gulf Stream Construction of Charleston, S.C., and prior to that, he was employed by Fowler Contracting of Cary,
N.C. Taylor earned a degree in construction management from Vance Granville Community College and heavy machinery certification from Gomaco University. He is a recipient of the 2003-2004 OSHA Safety Award. Steven resides in Summerville with his wife and three children.
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In 1985, the company landed its first significant commercial wallcovering contract at Charleston’s newest downtown sensation, The Omni Hotel, now Charleston Place. The successful completion of the job officially established the re-named and re-focused Peters Paint & Wallcovering as a commercial wallcovering contractor; and secured the company’s foothold in the hospitality industry, which remains a vital part of its business today. A growing reputation for high-quality work and customer satisfaction, along with a growing workload, also prompted the partners to purchase a building and move their burgeoning company into a formal business environment at 1727 Ashley River Road in Charleston. Over the next two decades, Peters Paint & Wallcovering grew to become one the largest commercial painting and wallcovering contractors in the Lowcountry.
The partners began seeing a trend moving away from wall covering back to paint driven, in part, by growing concerns over mold and mildew issues associated with vinyl wall covering applied over sheetrock. Seeing the handwriting on the wall, Peters and O’Neal looked to expand their services to include painting. Today, commercial painting contracts represent nearly 98% of the company’s overall resume
In 2005, Tommy Peters bought out his long-time partner. At the helm of the company alone for the first time, Peters soon began to re-evaluate his company’s “Mom & Pop” business model, and to devise a plan to elevate his commercial paint and wall covering business to a higher level. Now with the latitude to make key business decisions that would affect the strategic direction of the business, Peters slowly began to implement changes.
Peters believes the addition of three key management-level staff positions marked the beginning of a new era of greater efficiency and higher profitability for the company. The positions included: Patricia Diamond, project manager; Steven Taylor, field manager; and Maybank Cain, office manager. With the help of his new team members, Peters also adopted the latest software and other technologies to improve the accuracy of his estimates for his clients, as well as the overall efficiency of his business.
Today, Peters Paint & Wallcovering applies approximately 25,000 gallons of paint, installs about 15,000 liner yards of wallpaper, and completes 100+ projects across the tri-county area each year. Peters attributes the company’s continued success to his understanding that when a job is awarded, the selection was based on the company’s ability to meet the budget and function as a team regarding scheduling, performance and service delivery.