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Building a Business on Striping Parking Lots

Three landscapers go from lawns to lanes, forging new ground in the $1 billion business of parking lot striping.

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This story appears in the February 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Striped: from left, Daniel Rella, Chris Couri and Tom Darrow.
Striped: from left, Daniel Rella, Chris Couri and Tom Darrow.
Photo © Natalie Brasington

There are roughly 50 million spaces in the United States, and by law many of them have to get a fresh coat of reflective paint every year or two. You would think re-striping would be easy, but back in 2008, Chris Couri, Daniel Rella and Tom Darrow, who all owned landscaping businesses around Richfield, Conn., found themselves in a bind.

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