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Standard International Corporation

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1955 John Bolten, a successful German entrepreneur, founded a business manufacturing plastic combs in Andover, Massachusetts.

The business evolved into a vinyl sheeting company, operated under the name of Bolta Plastics.

Bolten sold Bolta Plastics to General Tire Co, providing the capital for his acquisition of the Standard Publishing Company, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based publisher of religious books and magazines, and Roehlen Engraving, a Rochester, New York-based engraver of embossing plates and rolls for texturization. The two businesses were merged to form Standard International

1968 Acquired J. Martin and Sons, the largest engraving firm in Britain.

1973 Renamed as Standex International Corporation.

1977 Listed on New York Stock Exchange

2017 Manufacturing plants and distribution facilities throughout the U.S.A. and in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, India, Turkey, South Africa, Singapore, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Europe, with 5,000 employees, of which 2,500 were in the U.S.

Business divisions were:

  • Food Service Equipment
  • Engraving
  • Engineering Technologies
  • Hydraulics

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Standex history