History

Early History

Rubbermaid was formed in 1920 as the Wooster Rubber Company, a maker of toy balloons. In 1934, the company pioneered the rubber house wares business with the introduction of the first rubber dustpan.

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1950’s

In 1955, the company produced its first plastic product; a dishpan. This product launched the Wooster Rubber Company into the house wares business. In the 1950’s, the Wooster Rubber Company also developed a “breakthrough” product for the hotel industry--a safety bath mat with suction cups on the bottom. This deceptively simple product presented a huge technical challenge and involved a complicated three-layer mould. For Rubbermaid, it escalated the company’s development and ultimately helped lead to the establishment of Rubbermaid Commercial Products.

In 1957, the Wooster Rubber Company changed its corporate name to Rubbermaid Inc. to further capitalize on the strength of its major brand; a brand that had become nationally recognized for quality and value.

1960s - Today

Rubbermaid Commercial Products, headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, was established in 1967 to manufacture and market products for the commercial and institutional markets.

Throughout its almost 40 year history, Rubbermaid Commercial Products demonstrated leadership consistent with its heritage. In the 1970’s, Rubbermaid led in the technology conversion from metal and wood to plastic and in the 1980’s, it led in the development of high performance industrial and agricultural products. 1986 also saw Rubbermaid expand into the cleaning implements business with the acquisition of Seco Industries, a leading manufacturer of floor care products. In the 1990’s, commercial product focus turned to globalization, including Europe and increasing its solution-based new product focus. 1995 saw Rubbermaid introduce a record number of new products and recorded receipt of ISO 9001 certification.

In 1999, Rubbermaid Inc. merged with the Newell Co. and formed Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products with sales of $6 billion and a powerful brand family including Sharpie®, Paper Mate®, DYMO®, EXPO®, Waterman®, Parker®, Rolodex®, IRWIN®, LENOX®, BernzOmatic®, Rubbermaid®, Graco®, Calphalon® and Goody®. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and employs over 23,500 employees worldwide.

2006

Establishment of the Rubbermaid Commercial Products EMEA headquarters in Luxembourg and inauguration of the design centre.

2008

In April 2008 Rubbermaid acquired Technical Concepts, a leading manufacturer of washroom hygiene and fragrance products. The acquisition consolidates Rubbermaid's position in the $2.5 billion worldwide commercial washroom sector and adds a wide range of professionally-trusted products to Rubbermaid's comprehensive portfolio of washroom solutions.

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