Founder Miah Marcus and members of the Bernstein and Marcus families pictured with ABI's executive staff, 1965.

As we fly through 2018, the American Biltrite family is enjoying our 110th year in business. To celebrate this amazing milestone, we’ll be sharing a biweekly series of posts about the history of our company and how the Tape Division came to be. We hope you’ll join us on our walk down memory lane.

It was the year 1908… The year when New York City first dropped a ball to celebrate New Year’s Day, the Wrights took their first passenger up in an airplane, and Henry Ford introduced the Model T. It was also the year when two young men, Miah Marcus and Frank Bernstein, chased their dreams and founded the company that would eventually come to be known as American Biltrite Inc.

More than 100 years later, American Biltrite Inc. is still owned and operated by the 3rd and 4th generations of the Marcus Family. The business is headquartered in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, with offices all over the world.

American Biltrite Inc. began primarily as a rubber company, manufacturing heels and soles for the shoe industry. One of the very first product offerings from Boston Woven Hose, a company we would come to acquire, were a collection of rubber friction tapes. Through the years, ABI has expanded and diversified our product lines to include everything from garden hoses and synthetic turf, to rubber flooring, costume jewelry, as well as a wide variety of tape products.

American Biltrite Inc. Tape Products Division, now known as ABI Tape, presently produces a range of pressure sensitive tapes for the Automotive, Graphics, HVAC, Insulation, Industrial, Shoe/Leather Goods, and Surface Protection markets. For more than 100 years, we have worked tirelessly to perfect the art of tape manufacturing and we hope you’ll enjoy the story of how we got here.

Read more in the next installment of 110 Years of ABI: Expansion and Diversification

One of the first product offerings from Boston Woven Hose in the early 1900s was an extensive line of rubber, electric and friction tapes.