DAP Products Inc. is the leading manufacturer and supplier of DAP caulks, sealants & adhesives, insulating foams, spackling, glazing and other general patch and repair products. DAP has a history of first-to-market innovations with trusted, quality, reliable and long-lasting products for both professional contractors and do-it-yourselfers working in the construction, home repair and remodeling industries.
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HISTORY of DAP Caulks, Sealants & Adhesives:
1865 Establishing Roots
DAP traces its roots back to 1865, when Robert H. Dicks and Elmer Wiggim began producing sealing wax for food-canning out of Dicks’ garage in Dayton, Ohio. In those days before refrigeration and commercially prepared foods, canning was a widespread practice, and demand for their product was high.
In 1913, after Dicks bought out Wiggim and joined with George Pontius, they incorporated their partnership as the Dicks-Pontius Company. When Robert Dicks died, his son John entered the business and expanded it to include putty and caulk manufacturing in bulk form.
1940’s & 1950’s The Revolution
The Dicks-Pontius Company revolutionized the home repair products market in the 1940’s and 50’s through its marketing and product development including moving the industry to marketing caulks and sealants in disposable cartridges. Through the 1950’s, the company grew through several acquisitions, including a merger with the Chicago-based Armstrong Company in 1957. The resulting entity was renamed Dicks-Armstrong-Pontius, which was eventually shortened to the brand name DAP.