Shurtape Technologies’ Consumer & Craftsman Group, formerly 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.
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.
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.
Jack Kahl acquires Melvin A. Anderson on a leverage buy out and changes the name to Manco, Inc.
Shuford Mills in Hickory, NC - which was already producing packaging tape - decides to expand to duct tape production.
Manco, Inc. launches a new line of Weatherization products in response to the first energy crisis.
Manco, Inc. undergoes a complete package redesign to the green brand color that is recognized today and becomes the first company to package duct tape for retail..
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.
The Duck® logo and Duck Tape® brand begins to appear on all of the company’s duct tape packaging.
Manco Inc. is the first company to introduce mailing and moving products into retail, including the iconic Bubble Wrap brand.
Manco Inc. grows rapidly due to large demands from major retailers.The company hit record sales of $60 million.
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.
Manco becomes part of The Henkel Group, Düsseldorf, Germany, the world’s #1 consumer adhesives company.
Manco adds the Henkel names to their consumer products including Henkel’s Loctite® consumer products and LePage® products..
Long-time supplier Shurtape Technologies, LLC, Hickory, N.C., purchases the Duck® brand from The Henkel Group, forming its subsidiary, ShurTech Brands, LLC.
Supporting a fast-growing community of Duck Tape fans, Duck Tape and Duck Brand joins Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
ShurTech Brands, LLC. continues to grow their printed Duck Tape®, including introducing Hello Kitty® Duck Tape® as the first character Duck Tape®.
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® 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.