Paper Mate

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Paper Mate & Associates
Private subsidiary[1]
Industry Stationery
Founded 1940; 78 years ago (1940) (as The Frawley Pen Company)
1949 (1949) (as Paper Mate)[2]
Founder Patrick J. Frawley[2]
Headquarters Oak Brook, Illinois, U.S.
Area served
Products Writing instruments
Owner Newell Brands
Parent Sanford L.P.

Paper Mate is a registered division of Sanford L.P., a Newell Brands company that produces writing instruments. Paper Mate's offices are located in Oak Brook, Illinois along with those of Newell Rubbermaid's other office products divisions.


Early in 1941, Patrick J. Frawley acquired his first company, a ballpoint pen parts manufacturer that had defaulted on its loan. In 1949, The Frawley Pen Company developed a revolutionary new ink, which dried instantly. The pen that delivered this ink was called "The Paper Mate".

In 1955, the Frawley Pen Company was obtained by The Gillette Company, Inc. for $15.5 million, and formed the basis for the 'Paper Mate Division' of Gillette. 25 years later (1980), Gillette acquired Liquid Paper and Waterman; with these acquisitions, the 'Paper Mate Division' was changed to the Stationery Products Group. In late 2000, Gillette's stationery products division was purchased by Newell Rubbermaid [2][3] and merged with Newell Rubbermaid's Sanford Brands division.


A classic Paper Mate Profile ballpoint pen

The Paper Mate brand is applied to ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, 'Flair' felt tip pens, and erasers, which are offered in a variety of colors and shapes.[4] In 2010, Paper Mate introduced "environmentally friendly" biodegradeable pens, pencils and erasers.[5]

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