Adrianus Cornelis de Hoop (nickname: Janus) travels as a sailor on board a ship to New York to visit family. He misses his ship for the return journey and decides to apply for a job with Reichard-Coulston Inc. in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, under his American name, Harry Hope, to earn money for his return trip. This company produces dry dyes for the painting industry. This is where Janus’ love for the craft is born.
Back in Holland, Janus learns the brush making trade at N.V. Van der Burg & Muls.
Janus gets acquainted with the Staalmeester® brushes for the first time at K.B. Kwasten and sells his first ever brush.
After a number of years as the main representative at Van Vliet, Janus starts his own painting and decorating supplies shop in Vlaardingen and includes the Staalmeester® brushes in his range. A.C. De Hoop painting tools is born!
After the unexpected death of Adrianus Cornelis de Hoop (Janus), his eldest son Aad takes over the company. With the help of his wife Marijke and his younger brother Hans, the local painters wholesaler grows into a regional success.
Peter de Hoop, the eldest son of Aad and Marijke, starts as the third generation at A.C. de Hoop.
Peter's brother Arjen (Adrianus) de Hoop is also welcomed into the family business with open arms.
Peter & Arjen take over the daily operations from their father and become co-owners of A.C. De Hoop.
Peter and Arjen decide to revive the Staalmeester® brand. They are developing a new generation of brushes, suitable for all types of water-based paints: the Original Series.
The purple bristles from the Original Series are unique at the time. The Staalmeester® brushes immediately stand out among all other brands!
In the same year, Staalmeester® re-introduces the Classic Series. These white and black bristle brushes contain strong Chinese hog hair bristles and are suitable for synthetic paints, wax, oil and milk paint.
Staalmeester® launches the Pro-Hybrid Series. This led to the development of the first 100% synthetic brush, which is ideal for both water-based and synthetic paints. The One by Staalmeester® Series is also introduced in this year! The ultimate collection for a glassy-smooth result, with unique finishing brushes and fitch brushes.
The fourth generation joins the family business. Arjen's daughter Lisanne Marijke de Hoop and son Thomas de Hoop focus on the (international) growth of the company and the sustainable development of processes and materials.
The Premium Quality Roller Series sees Staalmeester® introduce products other than brushes for the first time. The Staalmeester® range is expanded with premium quality microfelt paint rollers and accessories, such as paint roller frames.
Professional and home-deco painters worldwide use Staalmeester® products for their masterpiece. The De Hoop family continues to develop and sell innovative and sustainable painting products with care and attention.