Rust-Oleum is a maker of protective paints and coatings for home and industry use. It was founded in 1921 by Robert Fergusson (a sea captain, not the famous poet) after he noticed that raw fish oil spilled on rusty metal decks stopped corrosion from spreading. He soon incorporated whale oil into the formula, although many changes have been made over the years.
Rust-Oleum remained a family owned company until 1994. Today, Rust-Oleum Corporation is owned by RPM International Inc.
Rust-Oleum Corporation's corporate headquarters are in Vernon Hills, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. Rust-Oleum manufactures product in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Hagerstown, Maryland, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and multiple other locations in the United States and Europe.
Vernon Hills High School's football stadium is named Rust-Oleum Field, as the corporation donated money for the stadium.