Wooster, Ohio, United States
|Headquarters||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|James R. Caldwell|
|Products||Consumer Household Goods|
Rubbermaid is an American manufacturer and distributor of many household items. It is a subsidiary of Newell Brands. It is best known for producing food storage containers and trash cans. Additionally, it produces sheds, step stools, closets and shelving, laundry baskets and other household items.
In 1934, Ebert saw Rubbermaid products at a New England department store, and believed such products could help his struggling Wooster Rubber. He engineered a merger of the two enterprises in July 1934. Still named the Wooster Rubber Company, the new group began to produce rubber household products under the Rubbermaid brand name.
In 2003, the company announced its move out of Wooster to Atlanta, Georgia; 850 manufacturing and warehouse jobs would be eliminated, and 400 office jobs would move to other locations. Today, a distribution center remains at the former headquarters.
- 1920 Wooster Rubber is launched.
- 1927 Horatio Ebert and Errett Grable took over managing the company from the original 9 founders.
- 1933 Rubbermaid is launched.
- 1933 First Rubbermaid dustpan is introduced.
- 1934 Wooster Rubber and Rubbermaid merge to form Wooster Rubber Company and sell Rubbermaid products.
- 1942 WW2 eliminated Rubbermaid's housewares business, but the company was able to convert to military manufacturing.
- 1947 Rubbermaid introduces a line of rubber automotive accessories.
- 1955 Wooster Rubber Co. offer first public offering.
- 1956 Rubbermaid ventures into plastic products.
- 1957 Wooster Rubber Company changes name to Rubbermaid.
- 1965 Purchases German company Dupol.
- 1976 1,100 members of the United Rubber Workers union call a strike.
- 1981 Purchases Con-Tact plastic coverings.
- 1999 Newell acquires Rubbermaid for $6 billion and changes corporate name to Newell Rubbermaid.
- 2003 Rubbermaid headquarters move from Wooster, Ohio to Atlanta, GA.
Former Rubbermaid CEOs
- 1933–1959 James Caldwell
- 1959–1980 Don Noble 
- 1980–1993 Stanley C. Gault
- 1993–1999 Wolfgang Schmitt
Companies acquired by Rubbermaid
Prior to Rubbermaid being acquired by Newell Rubbermaid.
- 1965 Dupol - German
- 1981 Carlan
- 1984 Little Tikes - Later Sold in 2006 by Newell Rubbermaid.
- 1985 Gott Corporation
- 1986 MicroComputer Accessories
- 1986 Seco Industries
- 1987 Viking Brush - Canadian
- 1987 Anchor Hocking - Later Sold in 2001 by Newell Rubbermaid.
- 1990 Eldon Industries
- 1992 Iron Mountain Forge Corporation
- 1994 Carex Health Care Products
- 1995 Injectaplastic S.A - French
- 1996 Graco (baby products)
- 1997 Curver - Europe - Later Sold in 2005 by Newell Rubbermaid.
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