Rust-Oleum Corporation is a worldwide leader in protective paints and coatings for both home and industry.

RUST-OLEUM Key facts:

• Founded in USA in 1921
• € 500 million turnover
• 1000 employees
• Head office in Vernon Hills, IL, USA
• Offices in 10 countries
• Subsidiary of RPM International


High Seas history
Scottish-born sea captain Robert Fergusson noticed that the rusty deck of his vessel stopped corroding in places where fish oil had been spilled. This discovery inspired the captain to develop the first fish oil-based anticorrosion paint. In 1921 he perfected a type of paint that prevented rust and was capable of drying overnight without leaving any unpleasant odours. RUST-OLEUM Corporation was born.

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RUST-OLEUM Europe
In Europe RUST-OLEUM focuses on the development, production and marketing of industrial paints and coatings aimed at professional endusers. The office in Roosendaal, The Netherlands was opened in 1969.  In 1999 the European organisation was merged with Belgian paint producer Martin Mathys N.V.  

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RUST-OLEUM Corporation
The US business is split between the consumer business and the industrial business group.

Visit the US Industrial Group website
Visit the US Consumer Group website


RPM International, Inc.
Rust-Oleum Corporation is a subsidiary of RPM International, Inc. For more information see the About RPM section.

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