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FOCUS ON: Wisdom Adhesives Completes Corporate Campus Expansion

Newly acquired building houses new Research and Development Center on the company’s Elgin, IL, campus.

Wisdom Adhesives, a mid-sized manufacturer of high-performance, environmentally safe industrial adhesives, recently completed an expansion that allowed the creation of a new center to house its Research and Development department.

The new Wisdom Adhesives Research and Development Center is an extension of the company’s main campus in Elgin, IL, according to Tom Rolando, chief technical officer. The new building is approximately 60,000 sqft and adds about 3,000 sqft of lab space to the campus.

Along with its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility, this location is where Wisdom’s team of adhesives scientists will continue to work on the company’s adhesive product lines. “The state-of-the-art laboratory will be used to further enhance Wisdom Adhesives’ position as the leader in green technologies for adhesives and to further refine the GreenBond scorecard,” Rolando said. The expansion is being used to produce GreenBond sustainable adhesives, GreenMelt and MileageMelt, which are products that are part of the company’s green and sustainable adhesive product lines.

In addition to the product lines, Wisdom also follows green practices on its campus. “Wisdom has initiated an 80% reduction in its carbon footprint for lighting, switching to mainly LED technology for all buildings campus-wide,” Rolando said.

Wisdom Adhesives manufactures water-based, dextrin and protein adhesives, including hot-melt capabilities that produce hot-chip and other specialty products. In addition, the company offers a range of tolling, packaging and private labeling capabilities.

“We are excited about this latest expansion involving our growing Research and Development department, which is one more way Wisdom Adhesives looks forward to better serving our customers and meeting their ever-changing needs for highly efficient and environmentally sustainable adhesives,” said Jeff Wisdom, CEO and fifth-generation owner of Wisdom Adhesives.

About Wisdom Adhesives

Founded in 1875, Wisdom Adhesives is fifth-generation owned and managed. The company supplies environmentally safe and compliant water-based and hot-melt adhesives to industrial users throughout the world. Wisdom supplies adhesives to a range of industries, including book binding, converting, tissue and towel, graphic arts, packaging, product assembly, textiles, and general purpose. For more information, call (847) 841-7002 or visit


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