donor_spotlightTom & Mili Hanes are committed to their community. The owners of Hanes Erie, Inc. believe in giving back, especially to the arts.

Hanes Erie, Inc., nestled on ten beautiful acres in Fairview, was started in 1985 as a spray coating company providing frosted looks on plastic items such as bottles and jars. Outgrowing their original location at 12th and Fillmore in Erie, Hanes Erie built a 110,000 sq. ft. Fairview facility in 2000. Since then Hanes Erie, Inc. has quadrupled its business and become a premier decorating company and world-class business.

Hanes Erie decorates and processes glass bottles for cosmetics, perfumes and colognes, candle glass, vodka bottles, wine bottles, and virtually all types of glass and plastic containers, including art glass and screen printed glass. Their number one client is Mast Global, home to brands such as Victoria Secret, Beauty Avenues and Bath & Body.

The Hanes Erie facility is not what one might expect from a manufacturing company. Meticulous landscaping, modern slanted windows, and a vibrant lobby lead visitors into halls lined with beautiful artworks. Painter/illustrator and Erie native Mark Weber is a favorite. Tom & Mili love Mark’s work, and not just because he happens to be Tom’s cousin.

Tom graduated from Gannon University with a degree in mechanical engineering. Wanting to stay in Erie, he got his first job as a process engineer for Erie Universal Products. When that company was sold to a business associated with Revlon, Tom began working for Revlon from Erie. After two years, Revlon pushed Tom to take a job at their headquarters in Edison, New Jersey. Instead, he turned it down and opened Hanes Erie.

Tom and Mili have a great partnership. Mili is originally from Peru; the two met when they were vacationing in the Dominican Republic. They were married in 2005 and have a four-year-old daughter, Sophia. Mili is an attorney and works at Hanes Erie, Inc. every day. She also serves on two Boards: Erie Day School and Erie DAWN.

The Hanes are dedicated to their community. Tom said, “We feel that supporting arts in Erie is what you do to give back to the community as a successful person. Whether you like art or don’t like art, you should support it. We support things that make Erie a better place. A successful business in any community owes it to the community to support it. We want to help people enjoy all that our community has to offer.”

Thank you, Tom and Mili, for all that you have done and continue to do for
the Art Museum and all the arts organizations in Erie!


If you’d like to learn more about making a gift to the Erie Art Museum, please contact Christine Eddy, Director of Development, Christine or call ph 814.459.5477.