Since 1988, Nawkaw has developed, manufactured and expertly applied the world’s finest stains and color solutions for concrete and masonry.
Partnering with architects, contractors and property owners, Nawkaw offers the highest quality service and the best warranties in the industry. From fifty story precast skyscrapers to Main Street restoration projects and private residences, Nawkaw transforms brick, block, stone, concrete, or other masonry surfaces with amazing color that won’t chip, peel, or fade.
Nawkaw’s proprietary products and innovative techniques are in use around the globe. Headquartered in Athens, Georgia, USA, Nawkaw has offices and certified color technicians across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
“Nawkaw is determined to bring more happiness into your life by adding color and unique features to the buildings you work, live and breathe in every day.”
“As pioneers of the concrete and masonry industry, we manufacture innovative products and strive to invent techniques that deliver outstanding results to those who are looking to express elegance and accentuate the architectural details of their buildings. Nawkaw is an ambassador for the environment, and as such, we make every effort to produce sustainable products that cause zero harm to nature. We want Nawkaw to be a place, where every employee knows that their daily contribution is recognized and valued and that the true key to long-term success lies in teamwork and integrity.”
Integrity reflects on the credibility of both individuals and companies. At Nawkaw we value honesty and take responsibility for our actions. Not only do we expect integrity from all our employees and hold ourselves as a company accountable for our everyday operations, we expect just as much from our business partners, suppliers, and clients.
Fairness serves as the foundation for equality. We have a very high ethical standard that we follow through when making decisions. If we treat people the way we want to be treated, fairness and respect are established right from the start. It’s a simple rule to live by and is being enforced without exceptions.
Excellence in all we do: Production, operation, and communication. Nawkaw’s standards exceed the industry’s by a long shot. Every day we strive to do better than the day before. We take action on what we say and are determined to deliver outstanding results and to create an experience that will bring you joy when thinking back to it.
Innovation has always played a big role in our industry. Nawkaw’s scientists and employees are always looking to improve our products and services by finding solutions for the issues our clients are facing. Our way of working is collaborative and engaging. Through different views on subjects and everyone’s input, room for new ideas and innovations are encouraged.
Sustainability is the core of all products and services we offer. Nawkaw wants to contribute to better quality of life and environment. For Nawkaw sustainability does not only mean to produce goods that don’t harm the environment. Supporting social development by funding educational programs and investing in people and science to find solutions that decrease environmental damage within the construction industry is how we enforce sustainability.
The beginnings of Nawkaw came about when the founder and CEO, Russell Gray, started working with brick staining in Ontario, Canada in the 1970s. He soon found a passion and talent for solving color-related problems. As he began to get more popular in the 1980s with brick manufacturers in the Greater Toronto Area, he decided that maybe his ideas could be channeled into his very own business.
In 1984, Gray started his first business, the predecessor for Nawkaw. About thirty years ago in 1988, Nawkaw incorporated and opened for business for residential projects. As it started growing, the business became a mix of residential and commercial services. Its international headquarters were originally in Mississauga, Canada but now currently resides in Athens, Georgia.
Today, outside of the seven offices in the US, Nawkaw has a home in Montreal, Vancouver, five Australian cities, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Norway. Nawkaw offers residential and commercial work, with an even split between the two main areas of services. This also includes historical renovation that Nawkaw takes part in!
Nawkaw’s namesake comes from the sound a Canadian goose makes when it is migrating to the south.
As Nawkaw continues to grow globally, we are proud to be currently selling products in about 50 countries! Check out the map above to see our progression throughout the years.