Carl Wiese knew the secret of a successful paint contracting business – thoroughly understanding what needs to be done and fulfill that need. That has guided Wiese Painting Contractors Inc. through three generations of reliable service and exceptional work, which lead them to become some of the best painters Tucson has seen.
Starting a Painting Business
Born in Savannah, Georgia, Carl came to Tucson with his German-immigrant parents in 1946 when he was 18 years old. He and his wife, Nancy, started Wiese Painting Contractors Inc. in 1952 out of their small home on Copper Street.
Five years later they added Colorcraft Inc., which grew to offer paint, art supplies, and picture-framing, on Speedway Boulevard and Alvernon Way.
Wiese Painting Contractors quickly established a reputation for reliability and quality work. Word spread and the company continued to take on larger jobs, including several Tucson subdivisions.
The paint contracting operations and the retail store eventually moved to the current Speedway location. A couple of years after Carl died, the family sold Colorcraft, but kept the buildings that he built.
The Next Generation
Terry Wiese often hung around with his dad while Carl worked. He officially joined the business at age 14, when he worked at Colorcraft for the summer. For the next several years, Terry worked after school and during summers in the field, honing his painting and contracting skills.
Homegrown, he’s a 1974 graduate of Sahuaro High School. He took over the business in 1987 and continued the growth his father established.
A New Generation
Corey Lowe, a Tucson native who married one of Terry’s two daughters, joined the family and the company in 2008. A 2004 Sabino High School graduate, Corey spent four years with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Corey is learning the ropes from Terry just as Terry did from his dad, with a guiding hand and everyday experience. This new generation will continue the exacting service and work that many companies, government agencies, and residents have relied on for more than half a century.
Says he: “I’m looking forward to carrying on the family legacy.”