In 1994 he was approached by company Chairman Don Keehan to further develop APC’s MarineLINE high-performance coating.
“Joe Harrington has had a remarkable track record of 59 years in the coatings industry. We thank Joe for his excellent service to APC and our MarineLINE customers," Keehan said.
Harrington’s began his career at International Paint Company (New York, NY) as a sales and technical representative in 1960.
He secured the first tanker in the industry that was fully coated with epoxy for Keystone/Shell at Bethlehem Steel in Maryland.
He later introduced epoxy shop primers to Bethlehem Steel and General Dynamics and landed other new customer accounts, thereby earning the nickname of “Epoxy Joe.”
During his tenure for Mobil Chemical, he organized and directed the coating of 12 212,000 DWT tanker newbuildings for Mobil Oil, plus additional tankers, and other projects.
Harrington has also served as VP for Farboil Paint Company and VP and GM of Ameron Protective Coatings.
During his tenure at APC, he helped acquire various government and classification approvals and secured new clients for large tank lining applications. He also established agents in the Far East, Southeast Asia, Greece and Cypress, Italy, and Turkey, and further recruited and assisted new agents and key employees. He also introduced MarineLINE into the barge and towboat business on the East Coast of the US and also helped to develop the ISO tank container lining business.