Ruscoe is named after its founder, William J. Ruscoe. The company was established in Akron, Ohio shortly after World War II and has operated without interruption since 1946. Initially, the company concentrated on packaging and marketing adhesive materials (essentially Pliobond®) targeting the booming retail market and housing construction industry.
Soldiers and sailors all returned from the war with a desire to marry the girl next door, buy a little house and start a family. Housing tracts were springing up all across the country and Ruscoe prospered.
In 1996, Paul Michalec, the company’s National Sales Manager at the time, acquired the company from then owner, Bill Clause.
Since the purchase, Michalec and his team have:
- Expanded into the manufacture and distribution of commercial roofing restoration products
- Expanded private label opportunities along multiple product lines
- Aggressively supported research to eliminate or greatly reduce VOCs and other non-environmentally friendly components from all categories of products
- Introduced a Brake Bonding Adhesive line
- Implemented programs to help improve working conditions, worker compensation, and established opportunities for employees to participate in continuing education
- Worked with other companies to research and produce dramatic innovations inside Ruscoe’s core industries
Today, the company is still prospering under Michalec’s leadership. It sells multiple products internationally, distributes materials through a network of distributors, and works with its partners to develop unique product applications across several industries.