ITW recently announced that Devcon® brand, a product line of ITW Polymers Adhesives North America, will mark its 60th anniversary in September with a series of events, including a luncheon with remarks by corporate officers and a Red Sox game for employees. Founded by Al Creighton in 1954, Devcon began production in an 1,800-sq-ft cinderblock building in Danvers, Mass.—the same site where the company’s 120,000-sq-ft facility now stands.

The company’s first product—a two-part, steel-filled epoxy compound named PlasticSteel®—was reportedly the result of Creighton’s efforts to develop an economical, nonflammable alternative to welding. Today, Devcon is one of a host of brands within the ITW Polymers Adhesives North America division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), a $14-billion Fortune 200 multinational manufacturing corporation.

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