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Tuesday, January 16, 2018



WITH the development of marine interests constantly going on at a steadily increasing rate, so much so that the overseas traffic of the United States, in American vessels, has more than doubled within the past three or four years, there has come, in correspondence with this progress, that of a large increase in all of the various industries and activities, having to do with the building, the preservation and the equipment and decoration of ships.

One of the most important of these auxiliary industries is that of the manufacture and applica-tion of marine paints and enamels, and this is a branch of industry in which there has been a steady improvement in the quality of the goods manu-factured and in the methods of using them.

The vast activity of the past two or three years in shipbuilding has brought with it a very largely increased consumption of paints and compositions for the interiors and exteriors of ships, and in connection has also brought a steady increase of prosperity to the manufacturers of such products.

Among these none in and around New York is better or more favorably known than the Reliance Paint Company, of which Mr. Frederick G. Boffey is the president, and which has its headquarters at 357 Bond Street, in Brooklyn, with an office and factory equipped in the best manner for the pro-duction of marine paints and the various specialties with which this company has won its place in the front rank of those identified with this particular industry.

One of the most important of these specialties is the favorite and widely known Relpaco, which is a bituminous solution enamel and cement made after their own formula by the Reliance Paint Company. Relpaco is a firm and lasting composition, impervious to damp chemical action or heat, which can be easily applied, and spreads evenly, hardens thoroughly and is not surpassed in lasting qualities by any composition manufactured by any firm at home or abroad. This well-known composition has demonstrated its excellence for the purposes for which it is applied by the test of long use, often under the most trying conditions, and has commended itself to the favor of all who have used it by its superior merit and effectiveness.

There is a particularly large demand for this special product, which extends to every section of this country, and also includes an export demand. The favor which it has gained is retained by the careful adherence to the formula which had made it popular, and the quality of the product does not deviate, but is carefully preserved in order to con-tinue to satisfy those who in increasing quantities continue to demand it.

Besides this specialty, the business includes the manufacture of a general line of paints, and espe-cially of paints that are adapted to marine pur-poses. Mr. Boffey, in the directing of this business, has always kept in view the fact that the usefulness of paints depends upon the adaptability of the particular grade or brand to the purpose to which it is applied, and he therefore makes them of many kinds, each of which is chemically practical, and of the highest usefulness for the particular purpose for which it is compounded and applied.

There is nothing more important, in connection with the maintenance of ships in proper order, than the keeping of them well painted, although the use of paints of the qualities such as are produced by the Reliance Paint Company with the special attention that is given to making them lasting in use, reduces the number of times that it is necessary to paint a ship in order to keep it in good condition.

The patrons of the company, who constantly use its paints in preference to any other, include many of the leading shipping firms of the country, and these customers, gained by adherence to the highest merit in the product, are retained by a continuance of those high standards and ability of the company at all times to supply its products that are desired with the utmost promptness and to carry out in a prompt and efficient manner every contract it undertakes in connection with marine painting.

Mr. Frederick G. Boffey, the proprietor of the business, devotes to the management of the enter-prise the benefits of long and practical knowledge of the paint industry and a personal and able at-tention to the duties of management. No enterprise in its line bears a higher reputation.

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