Founded in 1994 by David Whitaker, Bethel was originally an engineering company designing electrocoat and powder coat systems. As his reputation in the marketplace grew, so did his business. Soon, Mr. Whitaker was not only designing systems but also supervising the installation of his designs. In addition, due to manufacturing restrictions in the metal fabrication industry, Mr. Whitaker was soon fabricating, designing, and managing the installation of systems.
Since the beginning, Bethel Engineering has shown unprecedented growth. Moving from offices in the basement of his home to a 3,000-square-foot building in 1998 was a significant expansion for Bethel Engineering. Today, the company is located in over 80,000 square feet of manufacturing area and over 4,000 square feet of engineering and administrative space.
In 2002, Bethel formed a subsidiary to service the coating industry and named it Finishers Supply Warehouse. Finishers is a full-service industrial paint company specializing in color matching and aerosol loading of spray paint. They also distribute paint, stain, painter supplies, protective clothing, safety glasses, and a large variety of paint shop-related items to the industrial and commercial markets.