Solomon Colors’ history can be traced back to 1874 in the Springfield, Illinois coal mines. Over the following decades, the Solomon family continued to develop coal mining in Central Illinois. By 1922, family members began involvement in the chemical and pigment trade. Solomon Colors was officially founded as Solomon Grinding Service in 1927 to crush black carbonaceous slate from the local coal mines, as well as other natural minerals.
Through the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, Solomon Grinding Service processes ore and minerals for a variety of industrial applications. Starting in 1972, the company began to market its products directly under the Solomon name as mortar colors. ColorFlo® liquid pigment was launched in 1986, making Solomon Grinding Service a leader in the colored concrete marketplace. Through the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the company changes its name to Solomon Colors and begins selling decorative concrete products. ColorSelect® systems are also introduced.
In 2008, Solomon Colors acquired Brickform to become the largest independently owned decorative concrete supplier in the world. Solomon Colors built on this momentum over the next decade. Leading the way in the ready-mix market, Solomon Colors is one of the few domestic producers of granular pigment in the US, offers the only cellulose microfiber, and continues excellence in liquid pigment and dispensing systems. Solomon Colors also acquired Lythic Solutions and launched the Brickform StampApp and MyConcreteContractor.com to further commitment to the decorative concrete marketplace.