1947 | THE FOUNDING OF RPM
In May 1947, Frank C. Sullivan founded Republic Powdered Metals—the forerunner to RPM International Inc. At the time, the company manufactured and sold a heavy-duty aluminum roof coating called Alumanation, which is still sold today. In that first year, sales reached $90,000.
From the very beginning, Sullivan held the belief that the success of his business would be driven by the people behind it. His long-standing philosophy—“Hire the best people you can find. Create an atmosphere that will keep them. Then, let them do their jobs.”—is one that RPM still operates under to this day. Every year under his leadership, the company achieved sales and earnings increases that outpaced original projections and drove continued growth for the business.