Oregon-Grown and Employee-Owned. Miller Paint was founded in Portland in 1890 by artist and painter Ernest Miller. His three sons – Ernest Jr, Herbert, and Walter Miller – helped their father grow the family business for over 100 years. In the 1990s, Miller Paint became an employee-owned company. Miller Paint – Made Here. For Here.

Our History

Miller Paint has been a part of the fabric of the Pacific Northwest for 130 years. Our company was founded on the creativity, innovation, and commitment to quality of a young artist from Germany, Ernest Miller. In Portland in the late 1800s, there was not a local paint manufacturer.

Paint Store

Local Manufacturing

Miller Paint has a rich history of local manufacturing that began in Portland, Oregon, in the late 1800s. Founded by Ernest Miller, a muralist and scenic artist from Germany, started painting houses in the young city upon his arrival to the United States.

Environmental Commitment

Miller Paint is committed to protecting our local environment, the neighborhoods we live in, and the place we call home – the Pacific Northwest.

Forest Working


A part of the Pacific Northwest for over 130 years, our community is your community. We support causes and organizations whose work improves the neighborhoods we live in and whose impact touches the hearts of our neighbors.