ABOUT US /
Who We Are /
Carboline was founded in 1947 by
Stanley Lopata, in St. Louis, Missouri. A 1935 Washington
University chemistry graduate in Arts & Sciences, he was
working as a manufacturer's representative selling
corrosion-resistant equipment to the chemical industry. While
calling on a customer, he noticed problems with damage of certain
"glass lined" tanks which were critical to their manufacturing
process. He developed a furan-based patching material that repaired
these glass-lined tanks. He applied an innovative technology to
solve a customer's problem. The "carbon-based lining" he developed
lead to the creation of the Carboline Company. We have been in the
lining business ever since!
During the 1950's Carboline's first licensee was established in
France which became the basis for Carboline's expansion around the
world. Since the 1970's, Carboline has invested in many foreign
partnerships including Indonesia, Japan, Europe, Argentina,
Venezuela, South Korea, Dubai, Norway, South Africa, India, China,
Thailand, Singapore, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and
Mexico. These partnerships provide world-wide manufacturing and
selling opportunities and establish Carboline as one of the leaders
in the global protective coatings market.
By the early 1960's the products offered by Carboline included
not only Carbozinc 11 (first self-curing inorganic zinc primer) and
Carbomastic 15 (a surface-tolerant aluminum mastic), but other
familiar trade names such as Phenoline, Rustbond, and Pyrocrete
In 1961, Carboline had grown to about $2 million in annual sales
volume and the company stock was offered to the public. Realizing
the need to establish its own basic plant capabilities, Moran Paint
of Xenia, Ohio was purchased. As sales increased, the need for
expanded manufacturing capabilities led to the purchase of Admiral
Paint Company in Lake Charles, LA. In 1999 subsequent to the
closing of the Xenia, Ohio plant, the decision was made to upgrade
the Lake Charles manufacturing facility. As a result, substantial
investments were made in Lake Charles to expand equipment and
The 1970's were a period of dramatic growth for Carboline.
Business in markets such as Offshore, Refineries, Petrochemical,
Nuclear Power, Conventional Power and Pulp and Paper grew rapidly.
New marketing efforts in General Maintenance, Rail Tanker Cars,
Highway Bridges and Marine Linings were also established.
Since then, Carboline has acquired Plasite, Imperial Paint,
Briner Paint, Sentry Polymers, Reactamine, Nullifire, A/D Fire
and Nu-Chem Fireproofing products and Finnaren & Haley marine
products. These acquisitions continued to expand Carboline's
capabilities in the high performance coatings, linings and
fireproofing markets. With the acquisition of Sentry Polymers in
May of 1992, the Semstone product launched Carboline into the
secondary containment / concrete market. The Plasite Protective
Coatings merger allowed Carboline to offer customers the most
comprehensive tank lining products in the world.
Since 2003, Carboline has invested extensively to expand service
centers and distribution throughout North America establishing the
premiere "service and technical support structure" for the
protective coatings market. In addition to Carboline's existing
Pyrocrete products, Carboline's presence in the global Fireproofing
market was enhanced with the June 2005 acquisition of AD Fire, a
Canadian based company that excels in the fireproofing business and
the June 2006 acquisition of Nu-Chem, a St. Louis based
fireproofing company. In June 2007 Carboline acquired the Marine
and Industrial Assets of Finnaren & Haley, a regional supplier
of marine, industrial and architectural products. The F&H
Marine products, combined with an expansion of our marine/offshore
sales force, accelerated Carboline's penetration in the offshore,
inland and coastal marine market.
International efforts have also recently expanded. In September
2007, Carboline bought out Sumitomo Corporation's equity position
in Japan Carboline Company becoming joint venture partners with
Shinto Paint. Carboline established a joint venture, Carboline
(Dalian) Paint Co., Ltd., in Dalian, China in January 2009. A new
partnership in Australia and New Zealand with Altex Coatings Ltd.
was created in April 2009. In July 2009, Carboline obtained
controlling interest in CDC Carboline India.
As a result of this expansion, Carboline consolidated the
functions of International Business Development and the current
Marketing Department within one organizational function effective
in April 2009. This new organizational structure will provide
enhanced communication, improved project coordination, more
productive execution of the Carboline sales/market strategy and
continued support of our sales efforts world-wide.
Since 2005 Carboline has invested in our world-wide research and
development center located in St. Louis to expand formulating,
testing, application, and analytical capabilities for linings and
corrosion protection. In addition, Carboline has one of the most
extensive fireproofing labs and testing facilities in the
Carboline also has four manufacturing facilities in North
America (Green Bay, Wisconsin; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Louisa,
Virginia and Toronto, Canada) and over 30 service centers /
warehouses located throughout North America.
Carboline is in a constant state of growth. Our reputation has
been built through years of successfully providing superior
corrosion and fireproofing protection around the world. Carboline
products have been used in the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty,
the Golden Gate Bridge, Busch Stadium, the Vertical Assembly
Building at Cape Canaveral (moon program), 3-Mile Island Nuclear
Facility, The Harvey Discovery (2006 Ship of the Year), John F
Kennedy International Airport, Olympic Stadium for the 1996 Summer
Games, and the Galfaks Platform (one of the most profitable
off-shore developments in the North Sea) just to name a few.
The innovation of new products developed from new technology
continues to be the driving force for Carboline's success. We have
never lost sight of what brought us from our beginnings in
Stanley's basement to a world class supplier of high performance
coatings..."help our customers solve problems."