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RDAbbott is celebrating its 75th anniversary! Our company was founded on December 14, 1948, by Robert David Abbott, a Southern California entrepreneur with a passion for education and the local rubber industry. RDAbbott has evolved from a regional distributor into a multi-faceted supplier that innovates across distribution, materials science, process engineering, and product customization.

December 14, 1948

RDAbbott Established

R.D. Abbott Co., Inc. (RDAbbott) was founded by Robert David Abbott after he retired from The C.P. Hall Company, the forerunner of Hallstar.

1958

USC Rubber Technology Course Inaugurated

To support the booming industry, Mr. Abbott later teamed up with fellow members of The Los Angeles Rubber Group, Inc. (TLARGI) to develop a rubber technology curriculum at the University of Southern California (USC). The curriculum supported Bachelor of Science and master’s degree programs. Unfortunately, Mr. Abbott passed away during the curriculum’s inaugural year in 1958.

1958

Carl Hoglund Starts Leading RDAbbott

Carl Hoglund, Mr. Abbott’s right-hand man, starts leading RDAbbott.

1958

Commercialization of Chemlok

Carl Hoglund helps to commercialize Chemlok®, a novel adhesive technology patented in 1956 by Dr. Donald Alstadt—Mr. Hoglund’s former schoolmate and chemist at LORD Corporation (now Parker Lord). This same year, RDAbbott becomes LORD Corporation’s first chemical distributor.

1962

Fire at RDAbbott’s Temple City Facility

1966

Johnny Arensmeyer Starts Leading RDAbbott

Johnny Arensmeyer, owner of Veraco Die, joins RDAbbott and the companies merge. Veraco patented a very innovative moving die system for extruding tire tread. Veraco dies are still used today for the rapid prototyping of new tread designs.

1979

Carl Hoglund Retires

1979

Ownership Extended to Bob and Eloise Baatz

Johnny Arensmeyer extends company ownership to Bob and Eloise Baatz, two long-time employees. Johnny stays in ownership with them until 1992.

1980

Aqueous Rubber-to-Substrate Developments

RDAbbott helps to develop the first aqueous rubber-to-substrate products

1992

Jerry Wicker Starts Leading RDAbbott

Johnny, Bob, and Eloise retire and sell company to Jerry Wicker, formerly of C.P. Hall. Jerry will go on to expand RDAbbott’s product lines to include dispersions, additives, modifiers, colors, and fillers.

2001

Keith Thomas Starts Leading RDAbbott

Keith Thomas starts leading RDAbbott and expanding it into various high-value polymers, as well as geographically across North America.

October 2005

RDAbbott Helps SCAQMD Policy Changes

With help from RDAbbott, proposed changes to SCAQMD Rule 1168 for Adhesive and Sealant Applications are adopted. This rule was later amended in 2017.

2007

Authorized to Sell Dow Corning Silicones in U.S. and Canada

New distribution agreement is signed with Dow Corning (now Dow) for silicone products in U.S. and Canada.

2008

Authorized to Sell Select 3M Advanced Materials

New distribution agreement is signed with 3M for select advanced materials.

July 20, 2012

RDAbbott’s Headquarters Move to Cerritos

RDAbbott moves its California headquarters from Santa Fe Springs to Cerritos.

2015

R.D. Abbott de México S. de R.L. de C.V. is Established

2015

Authorized to Sell Dow Corning Silicones in Mexico

New distribution agreement is signed with Dow Corning for silicone products in Mexico.

June 2015

Authorized to Sell Dow Corning Medical Device Elastomers in North America

New distribution agreement is signed with Dow Corning to distribute their medical device elastomers throughout North America.

July 2015

Authorized to Sell LANXESS TSR Products in Continental U.S.

New distribution agreement is signed with LANXESS Corporation to sell Tire and Specialty Rubber (TSR) rubber products throughout the continental United States. The prior agreement was for the western United States.

October 2015

LSR Characterization for Mold Flow Analysis

RDAbbott fully characterizes LSR materials using a suite of chemorheology measurements for 14 grades across Dow Corning’s XIAMETER® Brand RBL 9200 and RBL 2004 LSR Series.

May 2016

Innovations in Lightweight Silicone Elastomers

RDAbbott teams up with Dow Corning and 3M to develop a new silicone technology that is both strong and light weight. With this new technology, a 1/3 weight reduction is achievable with a final specific gravity less than 1.0.

August 2016

Authorized to Sell Kraton’s Cariflex Products in North America

New distribution agreement is signed with Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., to distribute Cariflex™ isoprene rubbers throughout North America.

2017

RDAbbott Purchases Novation Solutions, LLC (NovationSi)

Novation Solutions, LLC, an Ohio-based dispersions manufacturer, is purchased by RDA Holdings. Novation Solutions is known in the market now as NovationSi.

2017

Innovations in 3D Printing with Silicone

RDAbbott helps to develop 3D Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM) technologies from German RepRap using Dow liquid silicone rubber.

January 2017

Authorized to Represent Cancarb Limited in U.S. and Canada

RDAbbott is appointed as Cancarb Limited’s agent for Thermax® brand Thermal Carbon Black in the United States and Canada.

March 2017

Authorized to Sell LORD® IMB™ Adhesives in North America

New distribution agreement is signed with LORD Corporation to sell LORD® In-Mold Bonding (IMB™) Adhesives throughout North America.

May 2017

New Logo and Website Debut

RDAbbott’s new logo and website are introduced to the market.

October 2017

Innovations in Architectural Sealing Advancements

RDAbbott teamed up with Cancarb Limited and ARLANXEO to explore architectural sealing advancements using Thermax N990 and Keltan EPDM with new rubber glazing compounding technology to improve cost efficiency, processability, and durability.

January 2018

Authorized to Sell Dalian Richon Rubber Chemicals in North America

November 2018

Authorized to Sell RDC S.r.l. Predispersed Chemicals and Additives in North America

June 2019

RDAbbott Canada, Ltd. is Established

June 2019

Authorized to Sell Select LORD Corporation Products in Canada

New distribution agreement is signed with LORD Corporation to include Canada.

October 2019

Sealing Performance Innovations for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

RDAbbott teams up with Cancarb Limited and ARLANXEO to explore elastomer sealing performance advancements using Thermax® N990 and X_Butyl® Bromobutyl designed for hydrogen fuel system technologies.

November 2019

Nominated Best Places to Work by Rubber News

RDAbbott is named one of Rubber News’ Best Places to Work.

2020

RDAbbott Serves as an Essential Business During COVID-19 Pandemic

RDAbbott remains open as an “Essential Business” for critical distribution and lab services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 2021

Innovations in Electrically Conductive Silicone Compounds

RDAbbott helps to develop electrically conductive silicone compounds for medical devices applications.

January 2021

Authorized to Sell Select ARLANXEO Products in Mexico

New distibution agreement is signed with ARLANXEO for select polymers throughout all of Mexico.

July 2021

Authorized to Sell 3M Advanced Materials in Canada

New distribution agreement is signed with 3M Advanced Materials division to include Canada.

October 2021

Grand Opening of New Facility in Ohio

RDAbbott opens a new 127,000 sq. ft. facility in Barberton, Ohio, for its NovationSi headquarters and Eastern Materials Science and Logistics Hub.

November 2021

Innovations in Antimicrobial Silicone Compounds

RDAbbott helps to develop antimicrobial protection for silicone medical and dental devices.

November 2021

Nominated Best Places to Work by Rubber News

RDAbbott is named one of Rubber News’ Best Places to Work for the second time.

May 2022

RDAbbott Reaches TV Audiences

RDAbbott educates American public TV audiences about the rubber industry through Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid production.

May 2022

RDAbbott’s Headquarters Move to Garden Grove

RDAbbott moves its California headquarters from Cerritos to Garden Grove.

August 2022

Multi-Day Silicone Workshop Debuts in RDAbbott’s Ohio Facility

RDAbbott and NovationSi debut their 4-day “Manufacturing with Silicone Workshop.”

June 2023

Authorized to Sell Select Cancarb Limited Products in Mexico

New distribution agreement is signed with Cancarb Limited to be their exclusive, full-service distributor in Mexico.

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