L. M. Scofield Company, now based in Commerce, Calif., celebrates its 100th anniversary as a company in 2015.
In 1915 Lynn Mason Scofield, an engineer and inventor in Chicago, introduced the first successful products for coloring, staining and protecting concrete. His proprietary system made concrete not only more beautiful but more durable as well. The L. M. Scofield Company was born.
Scofield’s headquarters moved from Chicago to Southern California during the period when California’s architects favored Early Modern, Spanish influenced styles, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The original LITHOCHROME Chemstain was a favorite of architects of the time.
In 1938 Lynn’s son, George N. Scofield, took over leadership of the company. A chemist, George brought a systems approach and implemented training programs for contractors. George accelerated product improvements and innovations during the post-war period building boom. Interest in architectural concrete gained wide popularity. Charlie Chaplin, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire all used Scofield Systems in their homes. Scofield’s coloring systems were also used in a number of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs. In the 1940’s Scofield contributed to the war effort by providing large volumes of material for military housing. Government contractors realized that Scofield’s systems approach allowed fast-track construction, on time and on budget.
Dave Arnold acquired the company in 1962. Dave was a gifted engineer who brought 20 years of experience in design and construction management. Dave developed compatible systems with stringent quality controls in order to deliver reliable results and eliminate guesswork. Dave also expanded the color range and product offerings, and developed comprehensive technical documentation, as well as contributing to industry standards, including ASTM C979 Standard Specification for Pigments for Integrally Colored Concrete. Under Dave’s supervision, Scofield built their Atlanta facility in 1991 to better serve customers in the eastern half of the country.
In 1994 Dave’s son Phillip Arnold, an engineering graduate of CalTech who holds an MBA from Stanford, assumed leadership. Phil is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Phil recognized the need for more Green, eco-friendly products for architects which comply with LEED certification, developing and introducing the patented SOLACHROME High-SRI Concrete System to help minimize the Urban Heat Island Effect.
Phil continues the family tradition of developing new products to both enhance and beautify concrete projects, adhering to strict quality control practices. As a result, Scofield Systems are consistently ranked as the No. 1 brand of concrete color in the industry.