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.


Paper tape operation begins at Shuford Mills in Hickory, NC and is used primarily as packaging tape.


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


Tape production in Hickory, NC, expands to duct tape.


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


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


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


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


The Duck® logo is updated to the current logo.


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


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.


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