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Longtime local paint company Ream Steckbeck closes

Ream Steckbeck's downtown store at 200 W. Superior St. was one of two locations to close last week. (Photos by Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel)
Ream Steckbeck's downtown store at 200 W. Superior St. was one of two locations to close last week. (Photos by Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel)
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Was founded in 1923

Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:01 am
A Fort Wayne paint company has closed after nearly 90 years in business.Ream Steckbeck Paint and Decorating Centers closed – apparently for good – last week, according to a sign posted at its downtown store at 200 W. Superior St. The company also operated a store at 5915 Covington Road.

Owner John Steckbeck declined to comment.

According to its website, the company was founded in 1923 and sold a variety of decorating products, specializing in “premium quality merchandise and knowledgeable personnel.” Many locally owned stores in a variety of fields have found it difficult to compete with the lower prices often offered by “big-box” competitors, however.

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