52nd Street & Grays Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19143
© John Mayer,
Workshop of the
World (Oliver Evans Press, 1990).
Michael A. Bruder started his
paint business in 1899 with a single paint store on
Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia. By 1926 the company had
opened another store across the Delaware River in Camden
and operated a paint factory at 17th and Mifflin
After the loss of
the Mifflin Street factory, destroyed by fire in 1935,
the company purchased the property at 52nd Street and
Grays Avenue and built the existing factory.
This three story, concrete/steel frame and brick factory is the Philadelphia manufacturing facility for the MAB Company. Included in this plant are a chemical laboratory, paint making operations and warehouse space. Approximately 500 employees are engaged at the plant.
MAB paints are also manufactured in Terre Haute, Indiana and Orlando, Florida for distribution throughout the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern portion of the country. MAB continues today as a family owned, independent paint company. 2
1 M.A. Bruder and Sons, A 75-Year History, (Philadelphia, 1974).
2 MAB promotional brochure, no date.
Update May 2007 (by Joel Spivak):
MAB Paints - corporate website