Between 1980 and the early 2000s, ABI doubled its size through growth and acquisition. We purchased Ideal Tape Company, which is still based out of Lowell, MA, and at the same time acquired Ideal Tape’s operation in Belgium. Though ABI had already been doing business worldwide, the purchase of our Belgian division, and the other acquisitions we were about to make, would officially take ABI Tape international.

Keeping our momentum going, ABI Tape established a division in Singapore called American Biltrite Far East (ABFE), to meet the growing demand of our customers worldwide. We also moved the shoe business from Belgium to a newly established division in Civitanova Marche, Italy, ABItalia. With plants in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Belgium, Singapore, and Italy, ABI greatly increased our ability to provide customers around the globe with world-class tape products.

The 80’s also held some very important milestones: a huge advance for our Quality Department, the construction of ABI’s current Moorestown, NJ headquarters and the development of our current core tape brands.

Read more in the next installment of 110 Years of ABI: Headquarters and High Standards