One of America’s original garage start-up success stories, DAP points to its made-in-the-USA mind-set as a key component of corporate culture. “DAP is dedicated to keeping jobs in the United States, with more than 500 associates nationwide to support its sales, marketing and manufacturing operations,” reads the company’s press release.
DAP’s history dates back to 1865, when the first product was produced out of the founder’s garage in Dayton, Ohio. Today, the maker of caulks, sealants, construction adhesives, insulating foams, spackling, glazing and other general patch and repair products owns and operates manufacturing plants and distribution centers in Dallas and Baltimore, where its headquarters are located.
Among the American-born innovations over the years: developments in latex caulking compounds, latex polymer foam technology, wall repair products that change color when optimum dry time is achieved and advanced sealant technologies.
History is present at DAP in other forms, as well. For instance, the manufacturing facility in Baltimore is located near where the Battle of North Point occurred. In the battle, American skirmishers and British Regulars fought the day before the bombardment of Ft. McHenry in the War of 1812.