The Reynolds Company was founded in 1978 by Hays Reynolds, Jr, a man of great character, wisdom and vision. He was a member of the Class of 1944 at Clemson College (now Clemson University) and after service in the armed forces in Europe, came home to graduate and seek employment. Hays began his career selling starch into the textile mills in the Southeast and in the early 1960's, started up an adhesive manufacturing company called Tanco Adhesives.
In 1978, with three sons and a business plan in mind, he resigned from Tanco Adhesives to start The Reynolds Company.
The Company first opened it's doors in 1978 in a leased 30,000 square-foot facility with eight employees on the payroll. Our marketing plan was focused on water based and dry adhesives, as well as textile backcoatings. Shortly after opening we changed our focus somewhat by choosing to move away from the textile industry, a move that proved to be providential to say the least.
Today, we operate out of a 180,000 square-foot campus with six different buildings which allows us to segregate our product lines; and vital rail access which allows us to receive bulk shipments of critical raw materials. Our payroll has grown to over 100 employees with sales scattered throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Our customer base is comprised of Fortune 500 customers as well as smaller, more regional customers. We produce water based adhesives and coatings, dry blended adhesives, and hot melt adhesives and coatings.
In April of 2006, The Reynolds Company decided to merge its business with Itochu Chemicals, a holding company based out of Tokyo, Japan, with U.S. offices in New York. Most of our managing officers have chosen to stay on with the Company including Lex Reynolds, our President; and our philosophy of maintaining and growing our business remains the same. We will continue to provide quality products coupled with service that our larger competitors will not give, and our smaller competitors cannot give. Our employees are family and everyone understands why we treat our customers with the utmost courtesy, respect and appreciation.
It's a commitment that starts at the top and permeates to all areas of our business...and it is a commitment that we "stick to".