A Brief History of Duck

ShurTech Brands, traces its roots to 1950, when the Melvin A. Anderson Company was founded. Anderson, a tiny industrial tape distributor, set out to supply duct and electrical tapes to area factories. Serendipitously, almost 60 years later, Shurtape Technologies, Anderson’s key supplier, would become the new parent company. However, the unique business relationship between Shurtape and the Melvin A. Anderson company, one that blossomed and helped define the industry, would have never come to fruition had it not been for the key growth engine and eventual owner, Jack Kahl.

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1942

Duct tape is invented during World War II. American soldiers use the strong, versatile adhesive for everything from repairing broken windows to making temporary bandages.

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1945

After the war, the tape is put to use holding ventilation ducts together and gains the name "duct tape" and becomes to traditional silver color.

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1971

Jack Kahl acquires Melvin A. Anderson on a leverage buy out and changes the name to Manco, Inc.

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1972

Shuford Mills in Hickory, NC - which was already producing packaging tape - decides to expand to duct tape production.

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1973

Manco, Inc. begins to convert duct tape in their factory in Ohio.

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1977

Manco, Inc. launches a new line of Weatherization products in response to the first energy crisis.

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1978

Manco, Inc. undergoes a complete package redesign to the green brand color that is recognized today and becomes the first copmany to package duct tape for retail..

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1980

Jack Kahl officially creates a branded duct tape under the Duck® and Duck Tape® trademarks and becomes the first company to offer Duck Tape® colors.

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1981

Manco Inc. is the first to offer crystal clear packaging tape.

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1984

The Duck® logo and Duck Tape® brand begins to appear on all of the company’s duct tape packaging.

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1984

Manco T. Duck, Manco's mascot, is born.

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1985

The Duck® logo is updated. John Kahl – now CEO – joins Manco’s Sales Department.

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1985

Manco Inc. is the first company to introduce mailing and moving products into retail, including the iconic Bubble Wrap brand.

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1985-1990

Manco Inc. grows rapidly due to large demands from major retailers.The company hit record sales of $60 million.

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1991

Manco Inc. first patents packaging tape that is known today as EZ Start® Packaging Tape. This tape becomes recognized as rolling on smoothly and quietly without the frustration of the tape tearing.

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1994-1995

Manco Inc. is the first in non-slip liner under the Easy Liner® brand.

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1996

Manco’s corporate headquarters move to Avon, Ohio.

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1997

Manco Inc. offers the first printed Duck Tape® now available in camouflage.

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1998

Manco becomes part of The Henkel Group, Düsseldorf, Germany, the world’s #1 consumer adhesives company.

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1998

The company patents the first Roll-On® Window Kits.

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1999

Manco adds the Henkel names to their consumer products including Henkel’s Loctite® consumer products and LePage® products..

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2000

Jack Kahl retires from the company and John Kahl becomes CEO.

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2001

The first Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest is held.

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2002

The company patents the first Solid Liner®. Manco T. Duck is renamed Trust E. Duck.

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2003

Manco, Inc., changes its name to Henkel Consumer Adhesives, Inc.

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2003

The Duck® logo is updated to the current logo.

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2004

The very first Avon Heritage Duck Tape® Festival was kicked off in Avon, OH.

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2004

Mayor of Avon, OH declared the company's headquarters as the Duck Tape capital of the world.

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2009

Long-time supplier Shurtape Technologies, LLC, Hickory, N.C., purchases the Duck® brand from The Henkel Group, forming its subsidiary, ShurTech Brands, LLC.

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2009

Supporting a fast-growing community of Duck Tape fans, Duck Tape and Duck Brand joins Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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2009-2011

ShurTech Brands, LLC. continues to grow their printed Duck Tape®, including introducing Hello Kitty® Duck Tap®e as the first characteDuck Tape®.

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2010

ShurTech Brands, LLC introduces the first sports licensed tape.

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2010

The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest celebrates its 10th anniversary, where more than 5,000 students in the United States and Canada have participated and more than $120,000 in scholarship dollars has been awarded to students and schools to date.

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2012

ShurTech Brands, LLC introduces NFL Licensed Duck Tape® and Glow-in-the-Dark Duck Tape®.

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2014

Duck Tape launches new the first-ever scented duct tape.

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2015

Duck® brand partners with Clorox® to launch a new brand of Easy Liner® shelf liners with Clorox® antimicrobial protection of the liner that resists the growth of odor-causing mold and mildew.

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2016

Duck® brand introduces Duck Tape Transparent Tints®.