Local painter opens shop in Exeter

Jermaine Johnson II

Major League Painting opened their shop downtown to further connect with the community

EXETER – While COVID-19 has forced some businesses to permanently close their doors, one local business is opening theirs. On Aug. 31, Major League Painting opened their new office in downtown Exeter as a way of better servicing customers and connecting with the community.

Major League Painting provides commercial and residential painting and home improvement services. They work with clients all throughout Tulare County, parts of Fresno County, plus Hanford and Lemoore. The business has been around as an independent contractor since 2016 and have finally been able to expand into their own office space. According to owner Josh Steinhauer, this was a move that was long overdue.

“I have wanted to do this for three years and I could never find a good place,” Steinhauer said. “This is a place for me to meet my clients outside of their homes. They may want somewhere else to come and test things. I have a bunch of colors and I can’t carry all of them with me.”

The new office space allows Steinhauer to service multiple customers at once. He and his crew can be working with a client in one city while other clients head down to the office space to test out different colors for future projects or learn more about his painting process.

Major League Painting has played a major role in the Exeter community over recent years. They have painted multiple businesses such as the Exeter Whistle Stop, Exeter Chamber of Commerce, and Box Car Bakery. They also support Exeter Union High School with monetary donations and projects for students. Steinhauer and his crew are very active during the Christmas Parade and Fall Festival. The new site gives them a place to set up a booth or pass out hot chocolate during those times. It’ll also create a new job in town for a person to work in the office.

Despite opening up a new location, Major League Painting has not been immune to the ongoing pandemic. Back in March before shelter-in-place orders were mandated throughout California, Steinhauer says that they were booked with clients through the middle of August. Unfortunately, they experienced a nearly 80% cancellation rate.

“For two weeks it was kind of a struggle. I worked my guys at my house for two weeks and had them help me with repainting,” Steinhauer said. “But as quick as everything canceled, it started picking up again. I think what happened is that people were at home looking around their house and thinking they want things painted.”

Major League Painting is back to being busy, but in a different way. They used to be booked months in advance, now people are rescheduling projects for later in the year. They’re also going out to more homes to do free estimates for people, but they’re experiencing a reduced rate of actually booking those projects. Despite the lower rate, those estimates could potentially turn into future customers.

“We’re more than happy to come out to your house. Even if you choose another painter, I’m an open book and people can ask me anything,” Steinhauer said. “I think a lot of people are just curious, so we’re just planting seeds.”

Although they service all of Tulare County, downtown Exeter was the place to be for Major League Painting. Steinhauer cherishes the small-town vibe and knows a lot of the business owners in the area. From banking down the street at Central Valley Community Bank or walking over to Exeter Mercantile Co. for supplies, Steinhauer is excited to play an even bigger role in the community.

“I try to spend my money locally and on things made in America because I want to support those who support me. It’s not fair if Mercantile has me paint their store but I go buy things at Home Depot” he said. “Here in this town I feel like there’s such a strong sense of community from everybody no matter what.”

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