Our History - Two Dudes

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Our History

From just two young guys and a few paintbrushes to a full-service professional painting company.

While working on their degrees at two different liberal arts colleges in Lancaster, PA, good friends Peter Barber and Brian McCaskey started Two Dudes Painting Company in 1987. Their beginnings were humble, using a spare room in Peter’s house as a makeshift office and storage space. Peter and Brian were the physical manifestation of their brand with a bright orange ’79 Volkswagen bus used for transporting ladders and colorful cans of paint.

Some Milestones from The Two Dudes Journey

1989 – The Dudes bought their first orange and tan 1979 Volkswagen bus.

1995 – Two Dudes moved into their first official company building.

2000 – The Two Dudes Painting Company logo gets a makeover.

2005 – The Painting Company began corporate engagement with YWCA and sponsored Race Against Racism.

2008 – The Dudes painted the Griest Building, the tallest building in Lancaster City.

2016 – Peter begins serving as chair of the Lancaster Chamber, one of the most widely-respected Chambers of Commerce in the country.

2017 – Two Dudes Painting Company obtains Certified B Corporation status.

Today, over thirty years later, the company has more than 65 employees based out of a 13,000 square-foot facility in downtown Lancaster. From their modest beginnings, Two Dudes Paining Company now serves clients across South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland.

It was a brush of good luck that the original dudes chose a memorable, iconic bus to transport their supplies. That orange bus has become not just the Two Dudes company logo, but also a symbol of how we do business: We work hard, we’re reliable, and we’re full of personality.