Building on a Tradition of Excellence

From our inception as a small local business to our continuing evolution into one of the home improvement world’s most fascinating success stories, United Gilsonite Laboratories remains committed to empowering people, improving processes and innovating products. Our team is working hard every day, leveraging talent and technology to improve our customers’ quality of life. Watch our Company History Video or scroll through the timeline below...

Gerald B. Payne forms UGL

1932

Gerald B. Payne forms UGL with a savings of $5,000 and eight employees, and begins manufacturing asphalt products and roofing treatments.

Jefferson Avenue in Scranton, PA

1935

UGL moves from a rented warehouse to a building on Jefferson Avenue in Scranton, PA. Currently, the site serves as our five acre manufacturing complex, corporate headquarters and East coast distribution center.

UGL develops E-Ject-O Drain Opener

1938

UGL develops E-Ject-O Drain Opener, Glomex Furniture Polish, Parisian Wall Sizing and Gilsalume, the first asphalt aluminum paint to provide roof surfaces with heat reflecting qualities and weather protection.

UGL holds its first national sales meeting

1953

UGL holds its first national sales meeting and introduces the DRYLOK® line: nine products formulated to waterproof basements, stop active masonry leaks, protect and beautify interior or exterior masonry walls, and paint masonry floors.

UGL introduces ZAR® Crystallite Coating

1958

UGL introduces ZAR® Crystallite Coating, one of the first clear polyurethane finishes for wood available commercially in the United States. Prior to this, varnish had been the only available coating for hardwood floors.

1960 - 1970

Our manufacturing facility expands three times to accommodate a growing administration, increasing customer demand, and a product line that has expanded to include ZAR® Paint and Varnish Remover and DRYLOK® Ready-Mixed Sealer.

Chairman of the Board

1978

Gerald Payne steps down as President and becomes Chairman of the Board. Malcolm (Mac) C. MacKinnon takes over the role of President.

ZAR® Wood Patch

1982

A 33,000 sq. ft. paste products manufacturing facility is added, increasing capacity to 25,000 tons of paste products per shift and up to 80 tubes of caulk per minute. The company also introduces ZAR® Rain Stain, an assortment of 100% acrylic latex exterior stains and related products.

UGL Develops ZAR® Deck Stain

1983

UGL develops
ZAR® Deck Stain.

UGL Product Line

1984

25-Year Lasticaulk®, Temproof® Stove and Fireplace products, UGL® High Temperature Aluminum Paint and ZAR® Plus join the product line.

UGL opens manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Illinois

1986

UGL opens a 34,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Illinois.

UGL adds two new products

1992

UGL adds two new products: Aqua ZAR® Water-Based Polyurethane and UGL® Adhesive Caulk.

The Illinois plant adds 6,000 sq. ft.

1993

The Illinois plant adds 6,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space to its footprint.

UGL expands its manufacturing capabilities

1997

UGL expands its manufacturing capabilities yet again by building a 36,000 sq. ft. plant in Dayton, Nevada. The facility serves as the central manufacturing and distribution site for the company’s expanding Western markets.

Manufacturing facility in Jackson, Mississippi

2000

UGL opens a 39,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Jackson, Mississippi.

UGL Creates ZAR® Ultra Line

2001

UGL creates the new ZAR® Ultra line of wood finishing products while incorporating quick drying features into most of the ZAR® line.

America's #1 Waterproofer

2002

Mac MacKinnon assumes Gerald Payne’s role as Chairman of the Board, and names Thomas R. White as the third President of UGL. DRYLOK® Masonry Waterproofer is rated, for the second time, as America’s #1 Masonry Waterproofer by a leading consumer ratings publication.

UGL Green Product

2005

UGL develops a Low VOC ZAR® Oil-Based Wood Stain and a Low VOC Latex-Base version of the celebrated DRYLOK® Masonry Waterproofer.

UGL Formulates Ultra Max

2006

Using revolutionary new resin technology, UGL formulates Ultra Max, a Waterborne Oil-Modified Polyurethane which blends the quick drying properties of a latex base with the durability of an oil base finish. DRYLOK® E1 1-Part Epoxy Concrete Floor Paint is brought to market.

PM Editors Choice Awards

2009

ZAR® Deck and Siding Clear Wood Sealer and Natural Toner Base earn the Popular Mechanics Editors’ Choice Award.

James Tates is appointed the fourth President of UGL

2016

James Tates is appointed as the fourth President of UGL. He is the former President of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s U.S. West and Latin American regions.

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