CLEVELAND - The Sherwin-Williams Co. and Columbia Paint & Coatings Co. have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Following the consummation of the merger, Columbia Paint & Coatings Co. will become a subsidiary of Sherwin-Williams.

            Headquartered in Spokane, WA, Columbia Paint & Coatings is a manufacturer and distributor of paints and coatings in the western and pacific northwestern portions of the United States. Columbia serves the professional painting contractor, builder and do-it-yourself markets through 41 company-owned stores. The transaction will be completed upon the receipt of all regulatory approvals.