Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2003

The Duct Tape Magnate

Guess who sells duct tape.

It’s a great business to be in lately, since the Homeland Security silliness about everyone buying some.

Henkel Consumer Adhesives reports it has increased duct tape production 40 percent. Not that duct tape is guaranteed to help. There’s a disclaimer on HCA’s website, quote “Please note that HCA has NOT tested the product’s effectiveness for use in biohazardous situations.” Homeland Security blithely recommends it nevertheless.

Henkel is the 800-pound gorilla of duct tape. It’s owned by the company that owns Loctite— Manco of Avon, Ohio. Manco claims a 63 percent US market share for its Duck brand duct tape. The CEO says there has been, quote “a doubling and tripling of our sales.” Manco has increased production to around the clock.

The founder of Manco is Jack Kahl. In the 2001-2002 election cycle Mr. Kahl gave more than $100,000 to Republican political causes. The year before, he also exceeded $100,000.

I am almost sure there’s no connection.

Aren’t you?

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


Manco, Inc. of Avon, Ohio | Manco site #2

Philly.com Feb. 13, 2003
Duct tape gains status after feds endorse its sealing powers

BusinessWeek.com Feb. 14, 2003
Duct Tape: On a Roll

2001-2002 Contributions & Pledges by Giving Level as of April 29, 2002
$100,000 and more Jack Kahl


 

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