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The History of H.B. Fuller

  • 1887 Harvey Fuller moves to St. Paul, manufactures flour and water paste
  • 1901 Harvey Fuller invents unique scaffolding
  • 1915 H.B. Fuller Company incorporates
  • 1921 Harvey Fuller Jr. assumes H.B. Fuller presidency
  • 1924 H.B. Fuller expands product line with new formulas for canning
  • 1929 H.B. Fuller sales reach unprecedented revenue level at $157,000
  • 1934 Elmer Andersen joins H.B. Fuller, specializing in advertising and sales
  • 1938 Ray Burgess develops revolutionary new hot pick-up adhesive
  • 1941 Harvey Fuller sells company to Elmer Andersen
  • 1946 H.B. Fuller sales reach $1 million
  • 1949 Elmer Andersen becomes candidate for Minnesota State Legislature
  • 1950 H.B. Fuller establishes seven branch plants; growth rate skyrockets
  • 1953 H.B. Fuller’s 11th facility opens in Portland, Oregon, U.S.
  • 1956 H.B. Fuller produces 600 adhesive products; sales reach $6 million
  • 1959 H.B. Fuller begins international expansion in Canada and the Bahamas; H.B. Fuller sales reach $10 million
  • 1961 H.B. Fuller’s international markets span South America, Europe, Africa and Asia
  • 1964 H.B. Fuller merges its nine independent companies
  • 1965 Record sales hit $20.8 million as company reorganizes into four geographic regions
  • 1968 Sales at H.B. Fuller increase to new high of $36.6 million
  • 1968 H.B. Fuller holds first public stock offering
  • 1971 Tony Andersen becomes H.B. Fuller President
  • 1974 H.B. Fuller sales top $100 million, even during recession
  • 1977 H.B. Fuller distributes 100-percent stock dividend
  • 1978 H.B. Fuller purchases 180 acres in St. Paul (Vadnais Heights), Minnesota, U.S., for future headquarters
  • 1980 Sales of $296 million set new records
  • 1981 Construction begins at Willow Lake in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., site of new H.B. Fuller lab; H.B. Fuller reorganizes, focusing on strategic business units
  • 1982 H.B. Fuller acquires Isar-Rakoll Chemie; expands European presence
  • 1982 H.B. Fuller institutes 14-step quality control program
  • 1982 H.B. Fuller Willow Lake research facility opens
  • 1984 H.B. Fuller named to Fortune 500 based on 1983 performance
  • 1985 H.B. Fuller signs joint venture agreement with Guangdong Province, China
  • 1986 H.B. Fuller reaches $500 million sales goal 
  • 1986 H.B. Fuller establishes the H.B. Fuller Company Foundation in support of its philanthropic vision and commitment to the community
  • 1994 H.B. Fuller reaches $1.1 billion worldwide sales
  • 2002 Trading of public stock moves to NYSE – with the ticker symbol FUL
  • 2005 & 2006 Forbes magazine named H.B. Fuller to its Platinum 400 list of best managed big companies in America, and one of the top 10 companies in the chemical industry
  • 2009 H.B. Fuller celebrates the grand opening of its new Asia Pacific Regional Technology Center in Shanghai, China
  • 2010 H.B. Fuller acquires Revertex Finewaters Sdn. Bdh. in Malaysia, strengthening the company’s presence in Southeast Asia
  • 2010 H.B. Fuller announces expansion to India with a $12 million manufacturing facility being built in Pune, India
  • 2010 H.B. Fuller opens its manufacturing facility in Nanjing, China, the first adhesives manufacturing facility of its kind in the Asia Pacific market focused on reactive technologies
  • 2011 H.B. Fuller acquires Liquamelt Corp., and patented Liquamelt™ adhesive system
  • 2011 2011 H.B. Fuller worldwide sales reach $1.56 billion
  • 2012 H.B. Fuller acquires the global industrial adhesives business of Forbo Group


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