?Karras Painting LLC, one of the oldest and "most respected" painting companies in the Ohio Valley, was started in 1943 by Michael Karras. Formerly a ships captain in the Greek Merchant Marines, Karras came to America as a young man and married Betty Valan, whose father started the firm J.M. Valan Company, and settled in the Ohio Valley. Michael Karras started the business as a sole proprietorship operating from his home. In 1969 the company incorporated, expanding services and areas of operation and have in peak time employed as many as 40 painters.