The history of Gemini begins with its founder, William H. Smith. Mr. Smith began his career in the paint industry when he graduated from the University of California with a major in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering shortly after serving in the Marine Corps in World War II.
On December 22, 1964, Mr. Smith started a company called Gemini Products. The name for the new company was taken from the constellation in the Zodiac called “Gemini” of the twin stars. Four years later, because the focus of the business was almost entirely on lacquer products, the name of the corporation was changed from Gemini Products, Inc. to Gemini Lacquers, Inc. Over time that name has changed to Gemini Industries to better reflect the over-arching array of products and business that Gemini Industries has evolved to.