Exeter’s First: Partners Paint and Paper Certifies as Living Wage Employer


Partners Paint & Paper are celebrating a fabulous local achievement. They are the first decorating retailer in Perth-Huron to certify as a Living Wage Employer in the champion category.

“As a business that generates all its revenues locally, it’s only fair that we compensate our team members at rates which allow them to fully participate in the communities that sustain us,” says Chris Collison, President of Partners Paint & Paper.

Now calculated annually by the United Way Perth-Huron’s Social Research and Planning Council, the Living Wage is a calculation based on the living expenses of a family of four with both adults working full-time for 35 hours a week, once government transfers and deductions are taken into account. Everyday expenses included in the calculation are food, housing, utilities, childcare and transportation. Perth-Huron Counties’ Living Wage is $17.55 per hour. More information about Perth-Huron’s Living Wage can be found HERE.

“Partners Paint & Paper is making a fantastic and appreciated decision by becoming a Living Wage Employer in our communities,” says United Way Perth-Huron Executive Director Ryan Erb. “The Living Wage represents a critical investment in the long-term prosperity of our communities by fostering a dedicated and healthy workforce. It’s about promoting dignity and opportunity in the workplace. It’s about building stronger and healthier communities and about encouraging economic prosperity for everyone.”

About Partners Paint & Paper
Partners Paint and Paper logoPartners Paint & Paper is an award winning local chain of paint and decorating stores. Founded by Chris and Kelly Collison in 2001, Partners Paint & Paper began with a small store located on highway 4 in the south end of Exeter. By 2006, having outgrown that location, the store was moved to its present location at the intersection of highways 4 and 83. In 2009, the business added 2 additional stores; one in historic St. Marys, and the other in Clinton and in 2015, we opened our largest store yet, in Stratford. Our mix of quality products such as Benjamin Moore Paints, Shaw Flooring and Graber Window Fashions combined with innovative, personalized services has fueled our expansion and we remain focused on continued growth. For more information on Partners Paint & Paper, please visit www.partnerspaint.com or contact the location nearest you.

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