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MRO adhesives firm celebrates 50th anniversary

Danvers, Mass. -- ITW Devcon, a manufacturer of adhesives and coatings for assembly, maintenance and repair, recent...


Danvers, Mass. — ITW Devcon, a manufacturer of adhesives and coatings for assembly, maintenance and repair, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary at its headquarters in Danvers, Mass.

“We’ve come a long way,” said Devcon manager Sevan Demirdogen. “But we have not forgotten our heritage. The concrete block building that Al Creighton (the company founder, who was in attendance) put up on this site in the early fifties had a footprint of only 1,800 sq ft. Today we occupy 113,000 sq ft and are part of ITW, a $10-billion Fortune 200 diversified manufacturing company.”

Demirdogen recounted Creighton’s early attempts to invent an economical, non-flammable alternative to welding in the years following World War II. One of the first to experiment with epoxies, Creighton eventually perfected the formula for a two-part, steel-filled epoxy compound he named Plastic Steel. It became Devcon’s flagship product, and Creighton used the profits to develop additional products.

Today Devcon offers an assortment of products for industrial maintenance and repair. These include epoxy, urethane and methacrylate compounds for repairing metal, rubber, concrete and other materials; coatings for protecting surfaces exposed to abrasion, corrosion, and harsh chemicals; and emergency-repair products that allow damaged equipment to be returned to service in minutes.

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Devcon today has offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Singapore, South Korea and India, and its products are available a network of application specialists and distributors.