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Henkel is a global company that develops, assembles, and markets innovative consumer products. Henkel (Manco) is headquartered on Just Imagine Drive in Avon, Ohio, with a distribution center in Hickory, North Carolina.

1-15-08: Henkel sells Avon facility

3-15-08: Henkel employees moving to Westlake

4-3-08: Henkel sues Najafi

6-13-08: Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 13-15, 2008

6-19-09: Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 19-21, 2009

6-18-10: Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 18-20, 2010

6-17-11: Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 17-19, 2011

6-15-12: Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 15-17, 2012

6-14-13: Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 14-16, 2013

6-14-14: Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 13-15, 2014

3-14-04: Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival

2-14-03: From Avon to Iraq, with Duck Tape

3-13-01: A "Duck Tape" Wedding

EZ-Tear Tape for Angelic Sculptures

"Duck" Tape at the Ig Nobel Awards

For Further Information: www.careerboard.com/profiles/manco/

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 1-15-08,

``Henkel sells Avon facility

AVON -- The Henkel Corp., the city's largest employer with 650 workers, is being sold to a Phoenix company that will purchase the facility along with Henkel's Duck, Painter's Mate Green and Easy Liner brand of do-it-yourself adhesives and household products.

Innovative Brands Holdings announced the acquisition Monday in a news release saying the sale is expected to close within 60 days.

Innovation Brands is owned by the Phoenix-based private investment firm Najafi Cos. It focuses on acquiring, repositioning and growing solid consumer brands that no longer fit the strategic direction of larger corporations into long-term sustainable assets, the news release said.

"We're thrilled that these established and high-quality brands will join our family of products, and are looking forward to nurturing their growth in the marketplace over the next several years," said Innovative Brands Chief Executive Officer and Najafi Partner, Peter Woog. Henkel's Avon location produces the DIY brands.

The facility on Just Imagine Drive underwent a major expansion less than two years ago that added 229,000 square feet to its existing building ...

Locally, Henkel served as the corporate sponsors to the annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival since its inception. For four years, the extravaganza held over a weekend in June has included a parade, arts and crafts show, kids activities, and of course lots of colorful and inventive duct tape creations ...''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 1-15-08, by SCOT ALLYN, Morning Journal Writer

``AVON -- A Phoenix-based company has announced plans to acquire Avon's Henkel Corp. products -- Duck and Painter's Mate Green tapes and Easy Liner shelf covers -- and its building on Just Imagine Drive [Chester Road].

Innovative Brands Holdings LLC, owned by the Najafi Cos. investment firm, expects to close on the deal in 60 days, according to Jerry Pence, a partner at the Najafi Cos. The Innovative Brands will also acquire Henkel Consumer Adhesive's 568,000-square-foot Avon headquarters as part of the deal. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed.

Of the 660 employees who work at the Henkel facility in Avon, about 350 [660 - 350 = 310 jobs gone] will stay to continue producing the acquired brands, according to Cindy Demers, vice president of corporate communications for Henkel Corp.

The rest will leave to work for Henkel, which will continue to own and market Pritt gluesticks and correction rollers, LocTite thread sealants, LePage glues, Pro-Series construction adhesives and Polyseamseal bath and kitchen sealants, which had been distributed from the Avon location, Demers said ...

Pence said the Henkel brands being acquired will function as sister companies to Innovative's Pert and Sure brands. ''We are quite excited about this,'' he said. Pence said Innovative brands started working on the Henkel acquisition in the latter half of 2007.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Plain Dealer, 1-15-08, by Frank Bentayou, Plain Dealer Reporter

``Henkel Corp. said Monday [1-14-08] that it is selling its Duck Tape and other well-known adhesive brands as well as its offices and plant in Avon to an Arizona investment company.

Innovative Brands Holdings LLC of Phoenix signed an agreement to buy the facility and the consumer products made or packaged there and expects to close on the deal by mid-March.

Both Henkel and Innovative Brands said they expected no loss of local jobs as a result of the deal. More than 650 now work at the Avon facility. Neither company disclosed the terms of the sale.

Aside from gaining Henkel's familiar Duck brand tape, which workers package in Avon, Innovative will take control of Painter's Mate Green masking tape and Easy Liner shelf-lining product, all brands sold in retail stores.

Henkel is not parting with its industrial and professional sealing products, including the Pritt adhesives, Loctite, LePage (glues and sealants sold widely in Canada) and Poly Seam construction tape brands, according to spokeswoman Cindy Demers in New York. More than 300 Avon employees connected to those products will continue to work for Henkel, whose headquarters is in Duesseldorf, Germany, Demers said. Local management will lease space temporarily in the Avon plant and continue working there "until we find a suitable site to move them to," she said.

Demers said Henkel had no plans to move its remaining local jobs to a location outside the Cleveland area. "We'll probably be looking mostly right around Avon," she said ...

Contacted at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., Najafi partner Jerry Pence said the Henkel brands "seem an excellent fit with our strategic plan. We're looking for these products that have great brand equity -- large corporations that might not be giving them the attention they need to realize their potential." ...

When Henkel finds a home for the administrative and production staff associated with its industrial adhesive products, Pence said, his company wants to "move toward using that Avon facility fully," perhaps increasing employment beyond the 350 he said will become Innovative employees ...

Henkel bought Manco Inc. and its adhesives brands in 1998. Manco's chief executive, Jack Kahl, had developed the Duck all-purpose tape as an almost iconic brand among America's do-it-yourself home-improvement types.

After Kahl sold Manco, pocketing more than $115 million, he was implicated in an insider-trading case. In 2005, his testimony helped prosecutors convict Ohio State University marketing professor Roger Blackwell of having a role in improper stock trading. Kahl received immunity for testifying.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Plain Dealer, 3-15-08

``Henkel employees moving to Westlake

AVON -- Henkel Corp. plans to move 100 to 200 employees from Avon to Westlake as part of the company's sell-off of some adhesive brands and a local plant to Innovative Brands Holdings LLC of Phoenix. This week, Westlake planning officials approved a request for renovation of a building at 801 Canterbury Road. Henkel could occupy approximately 30,000 square feet there, said Bob Parry, Westlake's director of planning and economic development.

Company spokeswoman Cindy Demers said that Henkel's Avon employees will be relocating "somewhere in the area" and that the move could take place before the end of the year.

Innovative Brands is buying Duck Tape and other well-known Henkel adhesive brands, along with the Avon facility where the products are made and packaged. Employees who work with those products will stay in Avon ...''

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: fbentayou@plaind.com

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BUSINESS DIARY from The Plain Dealer, 4-2-08

[Henkel sues Najafi]

``Henkel KGaA filed suit to force a unit of Najafi Cos. to complete the $127.5 million buyout of Henkel's consumer-adhesives business. Innovative Brands Holdings agreed to the purchase in December and is unfairly delaying it, Henkel said in a lawsuit made public Tuesday in Delaware Chancery Court in Wilmington, Bloomberg News reported.

Najafi is a Phoenix-based private-equity firm. Henkel, based in Dusseldorf, Germany, makes chemical products. Henkel's lawyers contend Najafi demanded a cut in the tape unit's purchase price.

The Plain Dealer reported March 15 [2008] that Henkel planned to move 100 to 200 employees from Avon to Westlake as part of the sell-off. No details were available Tuesday [4-1-08] on how the lawsuit might affect those plans.''

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Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 13-15, 2008

The fifth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival will kick off on June 13, 2008, just in time to celebrate Father?s Day. The festival will be an all-weekend event starting Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Veteran?s Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio.

This three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the 'Duct Tape Capital of the world, Avon, Ohio' the home of Duck brand duct tape.

From sculptures and fashion to games and a parade, everything at the festival revolves around duct tape and the wonderful City of Avon.

Dates and Times:

Friday, June 13: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday, June 14: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Sunday, June 15: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

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All-U-Can-Ride Wristbands $15

Friday 4:00 - 11:00pm

Saturday 11:00 - 6:00 pm & 5:00 - 11:00pm

Sunday: ALL DAY

Individual ride tickets will also be available

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Parade:

Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 am

Parade begins at Avon Village School and ends at Avon Middle School.

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Expect the customary carnival rides, midway food, games and raffles, and live bands, attached (stuck to) a lineup of weird, wild and colorful creations fashioned from the rugged adhesive vinyl. Elaborate sculptures, costumes and crafts use the duct tape as the primary medium, and live entertainment includes the world-famous

Gary Lewis and the Playboys,

Mr. Speed (a KISS tribute band)

and the famous Duct Tape Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 6-14-08.

What's the most creative thing you ever did with duct tape? Go to the Duct Tape Festival this weekend and get inspired. Pirates are the theme this year at Veteran's Memorial Park, 38975 Detroit Road, Avon, and that means you're likely to see buccaneers, galleons and parrots made of the sticky stuff.

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Friday

4 p.m. Joy Unspeakable, the living statue

5:30 p.m. music by Dann and Lilly

8:30 p.m. Mr. Speed, a Kiss tribute band

Saturday

11 a.m., Joy Unspeakable, the living statue

12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Kid Prints by the Avon police

1 p.m. dueling pianos with Rich from Howl at the Moon

5 p.m. Roger and the Ramjets

8 p.m. Gary Lewis and the Playboys

Sunday

12 p.m. The Roadhouse Band

3 p.m. Billy Sullivan

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 6-13-08, by Jason Hawk

``Sailing to the land of sticky tape

Avon Duct Tape Festival begins today

AVON -- This year's Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival has something new, a theme.

That's right -- the land of sticky tape is going to be all about pirates this weekend.

Starting tonight, 13 enormous sculptures will dot the festival grounds, including a 5-foot-tall duct tape mermaid and giant treasure chest, parrot and pirate ship parts.

"When I first saw the mermaid, I asked myself if it was a real person," said Sara Huebner, spokeswoman for Henkel Corp., which sponsors the event. "Then I saw the tail and couldn't believe something like this could be made out of sticky tape."

Each statue will have a clue, and treasure hunters can solve each one throughout the weekend to spell out a mystery phrase. There will be prizes for completed "treasure maps" and a grand prize drawing at the end of each night.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which kicks off at 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.

High-seas sculptures aren't the only duct tape masterpieces you'll see at the event. There will also be duct tape crafts, duct tape fashions, duct tape games and duct tape parade floats.

"A lot of people don't believe you can do all this with duct tape until they see it," Huebner said.

Henkel will also announce tonight the top 10 finalists in the Stuck at Prom scholarship contest, which challenged high school students to design and wear duct tape outfits to prom.

You can vote for your favorite online until June 29 [2008], and the winner will be announced around July 1, Huebner said.''

Contact Jason Hawk at jhawk@chroniclet.com.

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For more information, call 1-866-818-1116 or go to

www.avonducttapefestival.com/home.html

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[The Lake Erie Crushers opening day baseball game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. June 2, 2009, against the Windy City Thunderbolts at the All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon (Colorado Rd., SR611), where Avon's 2009 July 4 fireworks will also be held.]

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AVON HERITAGE DUCT TAPE FESTIVAL

When: Fathers' Day Weekend (June 19 - 21, 2009)

Location: Avon, Ohio (37001 Detroit Road at Veteran's Memorial Park)

Phone: 1-866-818-1116

NOTE: The Saturday, 6-20-09, parade route is from Avon High School to Veterans Memorial Park, starting at 10 am. Park cars at the Park and walk to Detroit Road [The North Ridge Scenic Byway] to see the parade.

The Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival returns, showcasing duct tape in all forms including art, sculptures, fashion and more. It will be a celebration of duct tape, its enthusiasts, and its wacky and fun uses.

The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the "Duct Tape Capital" of the world, home of Duck brand duct tape, in Avon, Ohio. Rides, games and food will be part of the celebration, along with a steak fry and a duct tape parade!

The festival, perfect for Father's Day, not only features most dads' favorite tool, but also includes an antique car show and a "Duct Tape Dad of the Year" contest. Be sure to visit the Duct Tape Capital of the World, home of Duck brand duct tape!

For more information, visit

www.avonducttapefestival.com

or call 1-866-818-1116

or visit

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Duck-Brand/59010602364?_fb_noscript=1

Mardis Gras Event of the Summer

A FREE Festival to celebrate DUCK TAPE!

Join us on Father's Day Weekend to experience the theme of Mardis Gras with a Duck Tape parade, games, rides, crafting with Duck Tape, ...

Host: The Duck Brand

Time: 4:00 PM Friday, June 19, 2009

Venue: Veteran's Memorial Park

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PRESS RELEASE, 5-7-09, by Patti Sack

``Break Out the Beads and Masks

It's the Sixth Annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival

The Duct Tape Festival celebrates dad's favorite tool with Mardi Gras-themed sculptures and festivities.

AVON, Ohio (May 7, 2009) -- Even though the Mardi Gras party in New Orleans will be over, the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival will keep the fun going with a Mardi Gras theme to celebrate the sixth year of this annual event.

The festival will kick-off over Father's Day Weekend, starting Friday, June 19, at 4 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio.

The three-day celebration will feature everything duct tape and welcomes duct tape fanatics of all ages to enjoy America's favorite fix-all. Hosted in Avon, Ohio, Duct Tape Capital of the world and home of Duck Tape brand duct tape.

The celebration will include:

A unique display of Mardi Gras-themed sculptures created with duct tape (Duck Tape brand duct tape is available in more than 20 colors, so the sculptures are bound to be spectacular!)

Sticky duct tape arts and crafts for children and adults alike;

An interactive duct tape quest throughout the festival grounds;

Free rolls of duct tape to the first 500 people each day of the festival;

And, of course, traditional festival favorites, including rides, food, games, live entertainment, booths from local vendors and organizations and more!

In tune with the Mardi Gras theme, a duct tape parade will be held on Saturday, June 20, complete with beads and floats made with duct tape.

The Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival begins on Friday, June 19, 2009, from 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.,

and continues on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Festivalgoers will have one last chance to enjoy the celebration on Sunday, June 21, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

So "Laissez les bons temps rouler." Or, as the popular Mardi Gras phrase goes, "Let the good times roll!" And, what better way to let them roll than with America's favorite fix-all, duct tape?

For additional event information, directions and local accommodations, call toll-free, 1-866-818-1116 or visit

www.AvonDuctTapeFestival.com

NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 6-18-09, by Adam Wright

It even fixes summer boredom ...

``AVON -- Food, carnival rides, games and duct tape.

Yep, it's time again for the annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival. What began six years ago by a group of Avon residents has become a mainstay of summer fun, which will begin Friday at Veterans Memorial Park.

In addition to the traditional fare, seven different bands will perform over the three-day festival, as well as a magician and the Duct Tape Parade on Saturday ...

This year's theme is Mardi Gras, which will be evident in displays of duct tape sculptures, duct tape arts and crafts and an interactive duct tape quest throughout the festival grounds, all done in more than 20 colors of Duck brand duct tape.

The theme also will show up in six prizes that will be awarded to parade entrants for the best floats using duct tape. Prize Categories will include Best Adherence to Mardi Gras Theme, Best Crew, Most Colorful, Best Use of Duct Tape, Most Creative and Tip Top Tape.

The festival gets its name from the fact that Avon is known as the "Duct Tape Capital" and home of Duck brand duct tape, which originally sponsored the festival and continues to do so.

Admission and parking are free during the festival.

For more information, call (866) 818-1116 or visit

www.AvonDuctTapeFestival.com

Festival schedule

Friday, June 19 [2009]

4 p.m.: Joy Unspeakable (throughout grounds)

5:30 p.m.: Hayley Watson (beer garden)

6 p.m.: WGAR Scan and Win

8:30 p.m.: Terry Lee Goffee "The Ultimate Johnny Cash tribute" (presented by Avon Commons)

Saturday, June 20

10 a.m.: Duck Tape Parade (route is Avon High School to festival grounds)

Noon: G-Force: The Gendics Family Revue

1 p.m.: The Magic of Rick Smith Jr.

3:30 p.m.: T and Rich from "Howl at the Moon" dueling pianos (beer garden)

6:30 p.m.: Rock Hard (modern rock)

9 p.m.: Cleveland's Breakfast Club ('80s rock)

Sunday, June 21

1 p.m.: The Roadhouse Band (country and classic rock)

3 p.m.: Paul Pope And Phil James (beer garden)''

Contact Adam Wright at awright@chroniclet.com.

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 6-3-09, By SCOT ALLYN, sallyn@MorningJournal.com

``Henkel sells some brands, Avon property

AVON -- A long-time supplier to the Henkel Corp. facility at 32150 Just Imagine Drive has purchased several consumer brands and the Avon property for an undisclosed sum.

Shurtape Technologies LLC, based in Hickory, N.C., closed on the sale May 29, according to Melanie Canning, communications manager for Henkel Corp.

The Avon facility is 750,000 square feet and employs about 450 workers in the areas of marketing, sales and manufacturing operations, and no layoffs are planned as part of the transition, according to Canning.

Stephen Shuford, executive vice president of Shurtape Technologies, said the acquisition was complementary, not redundant.

"Henkel is a long standing and very important customer of ours," Shuford said. "There are no plans to do any workforce reduction. The acquisition brings the existing supply chain under common ownership. We expect really good things to happen in the form of new product opportunities."

Shurtape Technologies, which previously focused on industrial products, now owns the Duck brand of duct tape, Painter's Mate Green brand of masking tape and Easy Liner brand of shelf liner products. The brands will be marketed under a new banner, Shurtech Brands, which was created for the Avon operation, Shuford said.

Shurtech was eager to make the acquisition, Shuford said.

"Because we had a great relationship with them, going back 40 years, it seemed a logical thing to do," he said. "The Avon facility will remain where it is. The fact that we own it doesn't change anything."

Shurtape Technologies is a family-owned, fifth-generation business, Shuford said. Its products are distributed in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Henkel Corp., based in Dusseldorf, Germany, has about 700 employees at facilities in Avon, LaGrange and Mentor, Canning said. About half of them are expected to remain with Henkel and the other half will work for Shurtech, she said. About 100 people at the Avon facility will work in another Henkel location on Cleveland's west side that has not yet been selected, according to Canning.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 6-3-09, by Adam Wright

Henkel sells Avon facility to N.C. firm

``AVON -- Henkel Corp. sold its Duck brand of products and two other major brands to North Carolina-based Shurtape Technologies.

Included in the sale is Henkel's Avon facility off Just Imagine Drive, but the deal is not expected to interrupt production or affect the jobs of 350 people who work at the facility, said Shurtape spokeswoman Melanie Canning.

The new name of the local company will be ShurTech Brands.

The move is an effort for Henkel Corp., headquartered in Germany with branches across the globe, to focus more of its efforts into what Henkel president Julian Colquitt called its "core adhesives businesses," including construction adhesives, sealants and liquid adhesive technologies, Canning said.

The Painter's Mate Green and Easy Liner brands also have been sold to Shurtape, but Henkel will keep the products made under the Pritt, Loctite, LePage, Pro-Series, PL and Polyseamseal brands.

Canning said Henkel is looking for a new building in the west Cleveland suburbs from which to operate. The company also has a facility in Mentor.

The deal between Henkel and Shurtape was a natural fit, according to Shurtape president and CEO Jim Shuford, since the two had been doing business together for the last 40 years ...

Avon Mayor Jim Smith said he does not expect any sponsorship deals between the city and the Duck brand to be affected by the sale, especially since John Kahl will retain his position as chief executive officer for ShurTech Brands.

The company sponsors the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival as well as participates in a variety of other community activities ...

The Duck brand has been a part of Henkel since 1998, when it purchased Manco, which previously owned the rights to the Duck brand and operated out of the Avon facility.''

Contact Adam Wright at awright@chroniclet.com.

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DUCK TAPE BRAND DUCT TAPE

Duck Tape brand duct tape is available nationally at mass merchandise, hardware and craft retailers. Duck Tape brand duct tape is available in more than 20 colors and patterns, including aqua, camouflage, fluorescent green, pink, orange and yellow, standard silver, and an assortment of other traditional colors such as red, yellow, black and blue. More information on where to buy Duck Tape brand duct tape is listed at

www.ducktapeclub.com

The Duck brand offers an array of tapes, packaging supplies and home products that provide simple, imaginative and helpful solutions for a variety of tasks around the home, school and office. Visit www.duckproducts.com for additional product information.

For more than 130 years, Henkel has been a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel operates in three business areas Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesive Technologies and is ranked among the Fortune Global 500 companies. More than 60 percent of Henkel's sales are in fast-moving consumer goods, while the industrial business accounts for almost 40 percent of the company's total sales.

In fiscal 2008, Henkel generated sales of $20.8 billion and adjusted operating profit of $2.1 billion. Our more than 55,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling our corporate claim, "A Brand like a Friend," and ensuring that people in more than 125 countries can trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.''

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Welcome to the 2010 Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival!

JUNE 18-20, 2010

Admission and parking are Free

Location: Avon, Ohio (37001 Detroit Road at Veteran's Memorial Park)

The seventh annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival will kick off on June 18, 2010, just in time to celebrate Father's Day. The festival will be an all-weekend event starting Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio.

This three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the 'Duct Tape Capital' of the world -- Avon, Ohio -- the home of Duck brand duct tape.

From sculptures and fashion to games and a parade, everything at the festival revolves around duct tape and the wonderful City of Avon.

Dates and Times:

Friday, June 18, 2010: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday, June 19: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Sunday, June 20: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

PARADE:

Come Have a Groovy Time at this year's parade! Join us and boogie down with family and friends at the 7th Annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival Parade. Join us on Father's Day Weekend to experience the theme of Love, Hope and Peace with a Duck Tape parade, games, rides, crafting with Duck Tape.

Date:

SATURDAY, June 19th, 2010, at 10:00am

Time:

The parade will start at 10am.

Line-up for floats will begin at 7am.

Route:

Parade Starts at Avon High School 37545 Detroit Rd. and ends at Festival Grounds, 3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Park cars at the Park and walk to Detroit Road [The North Ridge Scenic Byway] to see the parade.

Float prizes:

Best Adherence to Theme -- $500 prize

Most Groovy (most animated, fun group and float) -- $500 prize

Most Colorful -- $500 prize

Best Use of Duct Tape -- $500 prize

Most Creative -- $500 prize

Tip Top Tape (Best of Show) -- $1,000 prize

Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival

Festival hours are Friday from 4 to 11 p.m.,

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Schedule of Events:

FRIDAY

4 p.m.: Joy Unspeakable (throughout grounds)

5:30 p.m.: Hayley Moore (beer garden)

6 p.m.: WGAR Scan and Win

8:30 p.m. Aquarius Rising (Main Stage)

Summer of Love Pop Rock Orchestra

SATURDAY

10 a.m. Avon Duct Tape Parade. Line up for parade floats begins at 7 a.m. The parade starts at Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road, and ends at the Festival Grounds, 3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

11 a.m. The St. Ed's Trash Talkers (Main Stage)

Bobby Maverick - Magician Extraordinaire (Throughout Grounds)

11 a.m. Joy Unspeakable (Throughout Grounds)

Check out the local talent throughout the afternoon

5 p.m. Vince Ruby & Dave Super (Beer Garden)

8:30 p.m. MARRAKESH EXPRESS - A CSNY Experience (Main Stage)

SUNDAY

11 a.m. Chardon Polka Band (Main Stage)

1 p.m. Road House Band - Country & classic rock (Main Stage)

3 p.m. Frankie Starr - Blues Guitarist (Beer Garden)

Phone: 1-866-818-1116

For more information, visit www.avonducttapefestival.com

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is the official website for the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 17-19, 2011.

The eighth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival will kick off on June 17, 2011, just in time to celebrate Father's Day. The festival will be an all-weekend event starting Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio.

This three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the "Duct Tape Capital" of the world -- Avon, Ohio -- the home of Duck brand duct tape.

From sculptures and fashion to games and a parade, everything at the festival revolves around duct tape and the wonderful city of Avon.

Dates and Times: Friday, June 17: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday, June 18: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Sunday, June 19: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Parade:

Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 am

START LOCATION: Avon High School

Festival:

3701 Veteran's Memorial Parkway, Avon, OH 44011

* All dates and times are subject to change between now and June ...

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March 25, 2011

Show Your Team Spirit at the Eighth-Annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival It's that time of year again -- time to start thinking about your parade float for this year's Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival Parade to be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:00 am.

This year's "Real Fans Stick Together" theme is sports-inspired and we're asking you to show your true team spirit with parade floats ...

Duck Tape is offering 60 rolls of tape, in a variety of colors and prints, to help create your float. Final deadline for postmarked parade entries is May 25, 2011.

NO PARADE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE POSTMARKED DEADLINE! You will receive an e-mail confirmation once your registration is received ...

Once again ... the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival [is] offering parade float prizes! ...

The FLOAT categories & prizes are:

"Tip Top Tape" (Best of Show) -- $1,000 prize

"Best Adherence to Theme" -- $500 prize

"Best Team Spirit" (most animated, fun group and float) -- $500 prize

"Most Colorful" -- $500 prize

"Best Use of Duct Tape" -- $500 prize

"Most Creative" -- $500 prize

Show your team spirit with a unique and creative duct tape parade float ? a float that will stick in the minds of more than 4,000 parade attendees!

The parade will be held Saturday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m.

Parade line up begins at 7:00 a.m. at Avon High School and ends at Veteran's Memorial Park.

We look forward to having you at our great festival this year!

Marnie Butler

Parade Coordinator

Phone - (440) 930-7056

Fax (440) 937-7092

ATTN: Patti Sack - DTF Parade

dtfparade@yahoo.com

www.ducttapefestival.com

Toll Free Hotline: 1-866-818-1116

Send registrations to:

AHDTF Parade

Marnie Butler

PO Box 354

Avon, OH 44011

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NEWS ARTICLE from WDOK, 5-18-11, By Chris Allen, Staff Writer

Feel Good Summer: The Duct Tape Festival

``Whether or not your favorite team has a winning record, Real Fans Stick Together? to show their loyal support. And this year, they can also attend the eighth-annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival to celebrate their love of sports and pay tribute to America's favorite fix-all ? duct tape. This Father's Day weekend tradition features fashions, sculptures and parade floats made out of Duck Tape brand duct tape, along with festival fun, food and entertainment.

Hosted in Avon, Ohio, the 'Duct Tape Capital' of the world, and home of Duck Tape brand duct tape, this free, three-day event celebrates everything duct tape, including the Duck® brand palette of more than 20 colors and patterns. This year's sports-inspired 'Real Fans Stick Together' theme pays tribute to the newest line of duct tape added to the growing roster -- College Duck Tape brand duct tape, which features the logos, mascots and colors of favorite college teams.

Festivities kick-off on Friday, June 17, 2011, at 4 p.m. Highlights include:

A variety of sports-themed duct tape sculptures and fashions;

A duct tape sculpture scavenger hunt throughout the festival grounds;

An arts and crafts tent where visitors can use duct tape to create their own sports memorabilia, like pennants, pom poms, megaphones and more;

A free roll of Duck Tape to the first 500 attendees each day of the festival;

A parade on Saturday, June 18, grand marshaled by Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, and featuring floats made with duct tape by local businesses and organizations;

Meet and greet session with Miss America and a chance to hear why she loves to craft with duct tape;

Traditional festival favorites: games, rides, food and live entertainment.

The Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival begins at Veteran's Memorial Park on Friday, June 17, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and continues Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The duct tape parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Avon High School and ends at Veteran's Memorial Park.''

For more information about the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival, directions and hotel accommodations, call 1-866-818-1116 ...

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Patch, 5-13-11, By Julie A. Short

``Miss America Coming to Duct Tape Festival

Teresa Scanlan to lead the parade

There she is -- Miss America, and she will be waving to the crowd while serving as the Grand Marshal for the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival parade next month. Eighteen-year-old, Teresa Scanlan, from Nebraska is the youngest woman to ever take the crown and she also is an avid crafter, often using duct tape in her projects.

Sporting the theme, "Real Fans Stick Together," the eighth annual festival will celebrate fans love of sports and pay tribute to America's favorite fix-all, duct tape.

This Father's Day weekend tradition, June 17-19, features fashions, sculptures and parade floats made out of Avon-based Duck Tape brand duct tape, along with festival fun, food and entertainment.

The theme also rolls out the newest line of duct tape, College Duck Tape brand duct tape, which features the logos, mascots and colors of favorite college teams.

"We are pleased to be bringing Miss America to the festival and have her lead the parade," said Kendra Wheeler, account executive at Liggett Stashower.

The advertising/public relations agency is promoting the event sponsored by ShurTech Brands in Avon.

"When we heard she enjoys crafting things with duct tape we reached out to her and at the time, her schedule wasn't open, but now she is able to participate. She will be sharing her love of crafts during a presentation at the festival Saturday on the main stage."

Festivities kick off Friday, June 17, at Veteran's Memorial Park. Highlights include:

A duct tape scavenger hunt throughout the festival grounds;

An arts and crafts tent where visitors can use duct tape to create their own sports memorabilia, such as pennants, pom poms and megaphones;

A free roll of duct tape to the first 500 attendees each day of the festival.

The premier event during the festival is the parade which this year takes place Saturday, June 18 beginning at Avon High School then traveling down Detroit Road to the park entrance.

Application deadline for the parade is May 25. Participants are encouraged to keep with the sports theme when decorating their floats.

North Ridgeville residents Tim Terrell and Adrian Glover are this year's festival sculptors. Their work with duct tape will be featured throughout the event.

"We are very excited to keep the tradition going on Father's Day weekend and we continue to find ways to make it a little better and more exciting each year," said Wheeler.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun Sentinel, 5-13-11, By Alison Meaney, Sun News

``North Ridgeville residents proud of creation, which represents Avon tape company at the zoo

Although the Avon-based Duck brand duct tape corporation now offers the much-celebrated adhesive with African-inspired animal prints, North Ridgeville residents Tim Terrell ... and Adrian Glover created the 6-foot-tall elephant with the tape's iconic gray. The sculpture is on display at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's new elephant exhibit.

North Ridgeville resident Tim Terrell said he never would have guessed he'd spend his winter months building a 6-foot-tall elephant out of duct tape.

But he rose to the challenge, along with his carpenter friend Adrian Glover, another North Ridgeville resident.

"I was kind of proud of it," Terrell said. "I never really considered myself much of an artist."

The non-artists' sculpture was commissioned to commemorate Duck Brand Duct Tape's partnership with the Cleveland Metroparks.

Their sculpture was on display during the Metroparks Zoo's dedication and grand opening of the new African Elephant Crossing exhibit on May 5 [2011], and there it will stay until the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival in June.

The men so exceeded expectations, said Patti Sack, a spokeswoman for ShurTech.

The elephant was constructed with over a mile of Duck Tape, wood, chicken wire, recycled newsprint, plywood and urethane foam. It stands 6 feet tall and weighs 300 pounds ... They have been commissioned to create six more sculptures to be showcased during the festival ...''

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Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 15-17 2012

The ninth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival will kick off on June 15, 2012, just in time to celebrate Father's Day. The festival will be an all-weekend event starting Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio.

This three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the Duct Tape Capital of the world -- Avon, Ohio -- the home of Duck brand duct tape.

From sculptures and fashion to games and a parade, everything at the festival revolves around duct tape and the wonderful City of Avon.

Dates and Times: Friday, June 15: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday, June 16: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Sunday, June 17: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Parade:

Saturday, June 16 at 10:00 am

START LOCATION: Avon High School

Festival:

3701 Veteran's Memorial Parkway, Avon, OH 44011

Please note: Food vendor applications will not be accepted after April 15, 2012. Non-food vendor applications will be accepted until April 30, 2012.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS! PLEASE EMAIL US AT avonducttapefestival@hotmail.com IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!

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Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival! JUNE 14-16, 2013

The tenth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival will kick off on June 14, 2013, just in time to celebrate Father's Day. The festival will be an all-weekend event starting Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio.

This three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the Duct Tape Capital of the world -- Avon, Ohio -- the home of Duck brand duct tape.

From sculptures and fashion to games and a parade, everything at the festival revolves around duct tape and the wonderful City of Avon.

Dates and Times: Friday, June 14: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday, June 15: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Sunday, June 16: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Parade:

Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 am

START LOCATION: Avon High School

Festival:

3701 Veteran's Memorial Parkway, Avon, OH 44011

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The festival will be June 14 from 4 to 11 p.m., June 15, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and June 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daily entertainment includes:

June 14

4 p.m.: Local Talent Spotlight (beer tent)

4:30 p.m.: Joy Unspeakable -- The Living Statue (throughout grounds)

7 p.m.: National touring artists Concordia (main stage)

9:30 p.m.: Musician John Waite (main stage)

10 a.m. Duck Tape Parade (from Avon High School to festival grounds)

June 15

11 a.m.: Joy Unspeakable -- The Living Statue (throughout grounds)

11 a.m.: Kids' fun and games (in front of main stage)

1 p.m.: The Magic of Bobby Maverick (main stage)

2 p.m.: "Project Runway" Fashion Show with season 11 winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin (main stage)

2:30 p.m.: Public Fashion Show with celebrity judge Michelle Lesniak Franklin (main stage)

4 p.m.: Meet and greet with Michelle Lesniak Franklin (Duck Tape Experience tent)

4 p.m.: T and Rich Dueling Pianos (beer tent)

7 p.m.: JD Goldford -- former "American Idol" contestant (main stage)

9 p.m.: Country music artists The Lost Trailers (main stage)

June 16

11 a.m.: Kids' fun and games (in front of main stage)

12:15 p.m.: The Magic of Bobby Maverick (main stage)

1 p.m.: The Roadhouse Band (main stage)

3p.m.: Musician Billy Sullivan (beer tent).

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Former Babys lead singer headlines Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival entertainment

By Julie A. Short, Correspondent Sun News on April 23, 2013

AVON, Ohio -- Last year it was Bo Bice from American Idol fame. This year the entertainment committee for the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival wanted to bring another nationally known act to Avon and it has succeeded again.

John Waite, former lead singer for the popular 70s rock band the Babys and successful 80s solo-artist, will perform on the festival's opening night June 14.

"We are really excited to have John Waite at the festival," said Marty Noga, entertainment chair. "It shows that the Duct Tape Festival is not just a small town festival. The news of the festival has gone national over the years and we are trying to get national acts to provide top-notch entertainment."

The British-born Waite has been writing, recording and performing some of the most enduring hits for more than 35 years. His career began when he was tapped as bassist and lead vocalist for the Babys, who rocketed to Top 20 chart positions with hits including "Back on My Feet Again," "Isn't it Time," "Head First," and "Every Time I Think of You."

In 1980, Waite embarked on a solo career which included hits such as "Change," Tears," and "Missing You," which reached Number 1 on the Billboard's Hot 100 Singles, Album Rock Tracks and Adult Contemporary charts.

Another American Idol alum has been added to the entertainment list as Jeffrey David Goldford from Season 9 will perform June 15. He is the lead singer for his soulful rock band Everyday People. The band's first EP "Complicated" was picked up by the producers of MTV's "The Real World." A full length album, "Catch Me," followed.

"We are still finalizing additional entertainment and have previously announced that national country-recording artists The Lost Trailers will be performing June 15," Noga said. "The group has received nominations from the Academy of Country Music and has toured with several top country artists."

Since debuting in 2003, the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival has drawn nearly a half million duct tape enthusiasts from around the country to Avon to celebrate America's number one fix-all - duct tape.

This year, the festival will pay homage to the evolution of duct tape since its invention in the 1940s with a "Decades of Duct Tape" theme. The event takes place annually on Father's Day Weekend, June 14-16 at Veterans Memorial Park in Avon ...

Admission and parking are free during the festival. The first 500 visitors to the festival each day will receive a free roll of duct tape. A duct tape sculpture scavenger hunt throughout the festival grounds will be ongoing. Guests can also visit the arts and crafts tent to create their own one-of-a-kind masterpieces from duct tape.

This year, duct tape will even hit the runway with a sticky fashion show to inspire fashionistas of all ages. Guests are encouraged to make purses, hats, dresses and other apparel for a chance to a walk the catwalk during the festival.

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Schedule for the 2014 Duct Tape Festival at Veteran's Memorial Park, 38975 Detroit Road and at other locations.

Friday June 13 2014

4:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday June 14

11:00am - 11:00pm

Sunday June 15

11:00am - 5:00pm

Parade:

Saturday at 10:00am.

Parade starts at Avon High School. and ends at Veteran's Memorial Park

Friday June 13th

4:00 PM Joy-Unspeakable, the Living Statue Throughout Grounds

5:00 PM Musician "Bob Gatewood" Beer Tents

7:00 PM Music from "Conquer the World" Main Stage

9:00 PM Music from "Escape -- The Journey Tribute" Main Stage

Saturday June 14th

10:00 AM Duct Tape Parade - From Avon High School to Veterans Memorial Park Detroit Road

11:00 AM Kids Fun and Games Near Main Stage

11:00 AM Joy-Unspeakable, the Living Statue Throughout Grounds

1:00 PM WGAR Scan and Win with LeeAnn Sommers. First 99 listeners get a free roll of Duck TapeĀ® -- tons of prizes, including concert tickets Near Beer Tent

1:30 PM Guinness World RecordĀ® Attempt Main Stage. The Most People Modeling in a Duck TapeĀ® Fashion Show Main Stage

4:00 PM "T and Rich" Dueling Pianos Beer Tent

7:30 PM Country Music Artists "Confederate Railroad" Main Stage

9:30 PM Country Music Artist "Bucky Covington" Main Stage

Sunday June 15th

10:00 AM Discover Church Sunday Services Main Stage

12:30 PM SM Smith Martial Arts Demonstration Main Stage

1:00 PM Music from "Christian Kaser" Main Stage

3:00 PM Musician "Anne E Dechant" Beer Tent

1:00 PM The Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, will be open from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, 6-15-14, for the Duct Tape Festival and also the same hours on Saturday, 6-21-14 for Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque. Artiist Don Brodke's barn drawings are the featured display. For more information, see

www.avonhistory.org/newindex.htm

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Avon Historical Society exhibit showcases artifacts

Avon artist Don Brodke's paintings of local barns will be on display June 15 and June 21, 2014, at the old Avon Town Hall of 1871

By Michael Sangiacomo, The Plain Dealer Sun News

AVON, Ohio -- Looking for a place to go to duck away from the Duck Tape celebration next weekend?

Visit the Old Town Hall at the southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads on Sunday, June 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. and see an exhibit on how Avon looked more than a century ago.

As part of this year's ongoing Avon Bicentennial celebration, the Avon Historical Society will present a display of historic artifacts, including old pictures, books and items from the city's past. The society will also host a special exhibit of paintings of barns by local artist Don Brodke.

And just to show how little things have changed in 200 years, the society will display its collection of farmers' field tiles, which Avon's earliest residents buried under the soil of their fields ...

"Flooding has been a problem in Avon since the settlers arrived," said Avon historian Jack Smith. [Note that the current flooding problem did not exist in 1814 because the forest retained the water and released it steadily to French Creek and other streams. Water-wheel mills were feasible as long as enough trees were here.] "Part of the city was all swamp. We have examples of the actual tiles farmers used to [drain] their fields."

The display will also be shown from 1 to 4pm on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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The Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast cormer of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, will be open from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, 6-15-14 for the Duct Tape Festival.

[Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival JUNE 13-15, 2014]

By Michael Sangiacomo, The Plain Dealer Sun News

February 03, 2014

AVON, Ohio -- As one of the city's largest employer, ShurTech and its sticky Duck Tape have made many contributions to the community, and fun is at the top of the list.

Avon basks in national attention on Father's Day weekend for the annual Duck Tape Festival, entering its 11th year. It also draws attention for the 'Stuck at Prom' contest where every year for the past 14 years about 500 high schoolers create prom dresses and tuxedos from duct tape. It's the kind of goodwill that can't be bought.

"We had 60,000 people come out for last year's Duck Tape Festival," said Bill Kahl, executive vice-president of marketing and son of company founder Jack Kahl. "We will have about 25 floats made of Duck Tape that are always amazing ...

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen credits his predecessor, the recently retired Jim Smith, with doing the heavy lifting to get the company to move into Avon ...

The company moved to a 205-acre site on a dead-end farmer's road, with the stipulation that the city turn the stone road into a real one, capable of handling lots of truck traffic. Jack Kahl asked for naming rights. He wanted to name the road Just Imagine Drive, in keeping with his philosophy that business is only limited by the imagination.

The size of the site expanded to 211 acres because "Jack Kahl said 3M (their biggest rival in the duct tape field at the time) sits on 210 acres," said Robert Wagner, the plant's safety and security manager.

The current facility is 660,000 square feet. It's difficult to see one end of the aisle from the other because of the vast distance. Along those aisles are shelves containing all kinds of products: the venerable rolls of Duck tape, now in 200 varieties of colors, textures and imprints.

Giant rolls of duct tape are made in the ShurTech factory in North Carolina. The Avon plant takes in massive, 600-pound rolls of duct tape measuring 2½ feet in diameter and cuts them down to the smaller sizes commonly found in stores everywhere. Machines do most of the cutting and rerolling work ...

"We expanded our building to almost double the size since we first moved in and we are about to open a large, 250,000 square-foot distribution center in Oklahoma City," said Bill Kahl. "We've had record sales for the last five years. We are the number one brand of consumer duct tape in America, Scotch is number two. We also have plants in Europe that are doing well and Duck Tape is available in the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, the United States and Canada." ...

Duck Tape Timeline

1927: Johnson and Johnson invented duct tape, a silvery adhesive with a durable cloth backing, mainly for industrial and commercial use.

1942: Duct tape plays a vital role in World War II, being used for everything from temporary repair of weapons and making bandages for wounded soldiers.

1963: Jack Kahl joins the duct tape manufacturing company Melvin A. Anderson in Cleveland and raises public awareness of the versatile product, raising sales from $80,000 a year to $800,000.

1971: Kahl buys the company and renames it Manco Tape and starts selling it in the retail market.

Between 1971 and 1996: The company continues to expand and relocate in Cleveland and moves to Westlake in 1988.

1980: Kalh creates the Duck Tape brand.

1996: Manco moves its corporate headquarters to Avon on Just Imagine Drive.

1997: The first printed Duck Tape variety, camouflage, is introduced, breaking the silver color barrier.

1998: Manco is purchased by The Henkel Group of Dusseldorf, Germany.

2001: Jack Kahl retires; his son John becomes CEO.

2001: First "Stuck at Prom" contest is held.

2004: First Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival held on Father's Day Weekend.

2009: ShurTape Technologies buys the brands from Henkel's, forming its own company, ShurTech ...

The Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival is June 13-15 [2014] at Veterans Memorial Park off Detroit Road near Moon Road.

This year's theme is "Out of This World," so many of the floats are expected to have an outer space theme. That's appropriate since it was duct tape (not the Duck brand) that saved the day for the Apollo 13 crew when an accident took out the craft's two main oxygen tanks in 1970.

The best float will get a $1,000 prize; $750 for second best and $500 for third. All non-winning entries are entered in a drawing for a $250 prize.

There will also be a Duck Tape Fashion Show featuring clothing made from the durable tape, along with craft demonstrations, entertainment, rides and games.

Why is it held on Father's Day weekend every year"

Simple. What dad hasn't found 100 uses for duct tape" ...

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Duck Tape boosts scholarship, enlists winner of `Project Runway' in annual Stuck at Prom contest

Filed on January 31, 2014 by Chelsea Miller

Michelle Lesniak Franklin, "Project Runway" Season 11 winner and rising fashion designer, designed a dress ... out of Duck Brand duct tape for a show challenge, and it started her winning ways. She was in town to help with the launch of ShurTech's 2014 Stuck at Prom scholarship contest.

AVON -- Michelle Lesniak Franklin wasn't the most popular girl in high school, but she was creative ... That's why Franklin said it's important to recognize those students who may not fit into the conventional mold. She said Duck Tape's Stuck at Prom contest is one way to help those artistic students ...

Stuck at Prom offers scholarships to students who create unique prom outfits made of Duck Brand duct tape, which is marketed by ShurTech Brands in Avon.

Franklin, the winner of the 11th season of "Project Runway" and judge of this year's Stuck at Prom contest, was on hand Thursday [1-30-14] at ShurTech to make an announcement about changes to the contest.

This year, Duck Tape is raising the prize amount to offer more than $50,000 in scholarships to high school students in the U.S. and Canada. Students will now compete for the grand prize of $10,000, rather than the $5,000 that was offered previously.

The winners of the Stuck at Prom contest are chosen based on workmanship, originality and use of colors, accessories and Duck Tape. The competition kicked off 14 years ago, and since then, the colors and designs of Duck Tape have expanded.

Last year, 295 students entered the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest, spending an average of 100 hours on each creation.

Laura Pierce, spokeswoman for ShurTech, said duct tape was invented during World War II and marketed as Duck Tape in the 1980s, but in the past decade, there has been an emergence of the tape being used in fashion ...

Franklin judged last year's contest in which Caden Kluge and Ashton Woolen, of Woodstock, Ga., each received a $5,000 scholarship and $5,000 for their school ...

On Thursday, David Rodgers, senior digital marketing manager for ShurTech Brands, also announced a partnership with Pandora personalized Internet radio. Rodgers said Stuck at Prom will have its own stations on Pandora, and Facebook fans will be able to suggest songs for the stations.

Rodgers said the music, and fashion tips will all coincide with Stuck at Prom to provide a unique prom experience. Franklin said creating Duck Tape fashion is unusual, but it's not difficult ...

The Stuck at Prom entry period starts March 10 [2014] and ends May 23. A panel of judges will choose the top 10 finalist couples. Those couples will then be narrowed down to a grand prize, second- and third-place winners during a public online voting period, which will be open June 10 to July 8. Winners will be announced around July 16.

Grand-prize winners will each receive a $10,000 scholarship, and $5,000 will be available to the school that hosted the prom they attended. Second-place award is $5,000 for each of the students and $3,000 for the host school, and third place is $3,000 per student and $2,000 to the host school.

The remaining seven couples in the top 10 will each receive a $500 scholarship, as well as $500 for the school that hosted the prom. The "Singles Category" winner will receive $500, and winners in the six "Honorable Mention" categories will receive a Duck Tape prize pack. For more information on the contest, visit

www.StuckAtProm.com

Contact Chelsea Miller at cmiller@chroniclet.com.

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