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Automatic taping tools history


In 1939, brothers Robert and Stan Ames started experimenting with new ways of finishing drywall in Georgia. They were painters and plasterers who came up with the Corner Shoe, which was the first of a long line of drywall tools. The Corner Shoe applied joint compound to seams using air pressure and a long hose. Ames brothers came up with the pre-curser of today's Bazooka (automatic taper) in 1945. This first taper was battery powered and weighed more than 100 pounds when fully loaded. In 1951 Ames brothers introduced the first drywall boxes and nail spotters. In 1954 the automatic taper was invented by Robert Ames. The Ames brothers sold their company, Belmont Manufacturing of San Carlos California and its patents for $5.2 million dollars to Bliss and Laughlin Industries from Illinois in September of 1962. The company was renamed Axia Incorporated in 1982. In October 1984, Axia was acquired through a leveraged buyout by affiliates of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., certain members of senior management, and other investors.

Tape Tech Tools had been operating from Redmond, Washington. In 1982 TapeTech joined with Axia. TapeTech Tools and Ames Taping Tools Systems are wholly owned subsiduaries of Axia. Axia is a subsidiary under Ames Holdings. Ames Taping Tools were primarily involved in the rental and servicing of drywall tools. Tape Tech markets and sells the Ames drywall tools in a golden colour. Ames was in bankruptcy filing in December, 2009 for Chapter 11 protection with a debt of $161 million. In July 2010 they were converting to Chapter 7 liquidation. They have re-surfaced and still renting and selling tools. Ames is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia


Tapeworm – Tapeworm Automatic Taper by Murco Wall Products was the first brand of automatic taper available for purchase in 1977. Murco Wall Products have stores in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Alabama, and California, and still market their silver coloured Tapeworm Tools.


Columbia – Columbia Taping Tools got its start in 1979 when Bernie St. James was involved in Nanaimo Tools then Tornado Tools. Bernie was making tools out of his garage on Vancouver Island at Columbia Beach (near Parksville) and changed the name to Columbia Taping Tools. They are now based out of Surrey, B.C., They are a family run business and make some of the best tools in the drywall business. Columbia also makes a wide variety of drywall tools for Marshalltown and more recently a taper for Wall Tools.


Drywall Master - Larry D'Souza founded Tapemaster Tools in 1980. He later formed Drywall Master in 2000. With the company is Larry's son Sunil D'Souza and Robert “Johnny” Payne who started with the Ames Brothers. Drywall Master is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and continue to produce quality tools.

Concorde Taping Tools, (Concorde Tools Corp.) Surrey, B.C. was owned by Donald Mark MacMillan, an inventor and former drywall finisher and Raymond Bernier. LFD Industries (Yee Bun Lee, David Fung and David ****) purchased Concorde in June 1990 and kept Macmillan on as a consultant. Macmillan left Concorde in 1997 and formed Northstar in December 1997 with Mr. ****. Concorde sold the patents on their red tools to Ames in 1999.


NorthStar Tool Corporation - The first tool Mark Macmillan built was the AdjuStar extendable flat box handle, acknowledged to be the “state of the art” in adjustable handles. The first Northstar AdjuStar was sold in March of 2000. Their products were a metallic green in colour and they were British Columbia based. In 2007 Northstar affiliated with ToolPro and their tools are no longer being made.


Drywall Tools Inc. out of San Carlos, California was started by many of the inventors of the original drywall tools at Ames and later became Premier Taping Tools.


Premier Taping Tools was based out of Stockton, California and started by Robert Ames, Stan Ames and Carl Raff in 1974. They developed what became know as the “Blue Tools”. The company was acquired by Axia and then shut down. The Premier tools became the basis of the TapePro and BlueLine tools.


Belmont Taping Tools - Belmont Taping Tools is owned and operated by Carl F. Raff in Belmont, California. Carl worked with Bob and Stan Ames as a principal developer of both the original Ames Taping Tools and the Premier Drywall Tools. They were a light purple in colour.


TapePro Drywall Tools – Stewart Orchard started this company in Australia in 2001. Stewart is a son of Graeme Orchard, owner of Wallboard Tools in Australia. Stewart had worked for some time at Premier Taping Tools


Blue Line Drywall Tools - Blue Line Drywall Tools was launched in 2002 with some of the key people from Premier Taping Tools. TapePro Drywall Tools is part owner of Blue Line. The company was based in Stockton, California.


Goldblatt - H. Goldblatt Tool Company in Kansas City was started in 1885 by Henry Goldblatt and was primarily involved in cement trowels. It ended up in the hands of Axia Incorporated and in 1992 it was purchased by Stanley Works. FinishPro Tools of Lenexa, Kansas purchased from Stanley the Goldblatt name in 2006. In 2010 Goldblatt Tool Company was sold to Hong Kong interests and renamed Goldblatt Industries. Goldblatt continues to operate in Kansas and Shanghai,China. They have a line of bright red coloured automatic taping tools.


Wilco Drywall Tools – Established in 1985 with Willis Trout in Pennsylvania.


*note – the above information was compiled by me from information obtained through the internet and may be subject to errors. If there is any errors you can contact me and I can make the changes. :) Mudshark...
 

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Really admire Ames Bros work. Not only they created the basis of what is ATM tools business today (bazooka, flat box, corner finishers, nail spoter) Fortunately their glory name is present at Ames brand but also they were also the basis of TapePro-Blueline USA company (greater atm tool innovator IMO)
Really don't unserstand how Robert and Stan inexplicably are not yet present at Wikipedia.

I'll copy paste an article by Rhardman I liked (from tapingandjointing.com) and may be important in the way of knowing Whos who in DW business, although most you have already read.

I spoke with Robert Ames back in the 90's just before he was going in for eye surgery. I've been kicking myself ever since for not following up with him afterwards. We had a tentative appointment to talk about some ideas I wanted his input on.

*As I understand it, Robert and Stan worked on the hose fed system for years until they finally came up with the batch method that is available today. They first started in the 30's and didn't make any real money until they sold their company, "Belmont Manufacturing" of San Carlos Californa for $5.2 million dollars to a company named Bliss and Laughlin in September of 1962. Carl Raff was also involved but I'm not sure how the partnership was structured. Carl started another company several years ago also called "Belmont Manufacturing" that sold the same Ames design.


After Bliss and Laughlin changed their name to Axia, the patents ran out and Tape Tech (of Redmond, Washington) became Ames first real competitor. Apparently they gained sufficient market share to convince Ames to buy them. Also in the 90's, I went to the Ames facility in Belmont, California for some research I was doing. About this time Robert started Premier Taping Tools which Ames (now Axia) also bought. During the years Ames has also purchased Concorde and a couple of other companies I can't remember the names of. Typically, Ames doesn't promote the purchase of their tools in areas were their rental market is good. And other than Tape Tech they scrap the company and no longer support the tools out in the field.


I have a lot of respect for Robert and Stan Ames. When I was trying to find Robert (to talk "ideas") I couldn't find him in the phone book but I did find Stan. When I called, I reached his wife who told me that Stan had died not long before. She was a wonderful lady and very nice. I told her of the research I had done and what a great thing her husband and Robert had accomplished. She was very sweet in the conversation and gave me Roberts phone number.


Today, the last member of the original Ames team is working at Drywall Master. With Robert and Stan he started as the shipping clerk. Now Johnny's the technical guru at DM. I talked with him a couple of weeks ago. He's a great guy and has wonderful stories. You can get a glimpse of Johnny in the first couple minutes on youtube if you search "Drywall Master." Johnny also has many of the orginal Ames prototypes. Apparently after Ames moved to Atlanta, the President of Ames told someone to throw all of the prototypes in the garbage. Thankfully they ended up with Johnny.


Axia later sold the company to an investment firm in New York called Cortec. A little over a year ago Cortec sold Ames to Aurora for just under $300,000,000.00. I was told by one of their competitors that they were having money problems but I didn't realize it was a Chapter 11 situation.


Rick

*The information I have was found by a ton of patent and library researching and by talking to several old timers. I think I'm fairly accurate on this but am always open to correction...
 

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Automatic taping tools history


In 1939, brothers Robert and Stan Ames started experimenting with new ways of finishing drywall in Georgia. They were painters and plasterers who came up with the Corner Shoe, which was the first of a long line of drywall tools. The Corner Shoe applied joint compound to seams using air pressure and a long hose. Ames brothers came up with the pre-curser of today's Bazooka (automatic taper) in 1945. This first taper was battery powered and weighed more than 100 pounds when fully loaded. In 1951 Ames brothers introduced the first drywall boxes and nail spotters. In 1954 the automatic taper was invented by Robert Ames. The Ames brothers sold their company, Belmont Manufacturing of San Carlos California and its patents for $5.2 million dollars to Bliss and Laughlin Industries from Illinois in September of 1962. The company was renamed Axia Incorporated in 1982. In October 1984, Axia was acquired through a leveraged buyout by affiliates of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., certain members of senior management, and other investors.

Tape Tech Tools had been operating from Redmond, Washington. In 1982 TapeTech joined with Axia. TapeTech Tools and Ames Taping Tools Systems are wholly owned subsiduaries of Axia. Axia is a subsidiary under Ames Holdings. Ames Taping Tools were primarily involved in the rental and servicing of drywall tools. Tape Tech markets and sells the Ames drywall tools in a golden colour. Ames was in bankruptcy filing in December, 2009 for Chapter 11 protection with a debt of $161 million. In July 2010 they were converting to Chapter 7 liquidation. They have re-surfaced and still renting and selling tools. Ames is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia


Tapeworm – Tapeworm Automatic Taper by Murco Wall Products was the first brand of automatic taper available for purchase in 1977. Murco Wall Products have stores in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Alabama, and California, and still market their silver coloured Tapeworm Tools.


Columbia – Columbia Taping Tools got its start in 1979 when Bernie St. James was involved in Nanaimo Tools then Tornado Tools. Bernie was making tools out of his garage on Vancouver Island at Columbia Beach (near Parksville) and changed the name to Columbia Taping Tools. They are now based out of Surrey, B.C., They are a family run business and make some of the best tools in the drywall business. Columbia also makes a wide variety of drywall tools for Marshalltown and more recently a taper for Wall Tools.


Drywall Master - Larry D'Souza founded Tapemaster Tools in 1980. He later formed Drywall Master in 2000. With the company is Larry's son Sunil D'Souza and Robert “Johnny” Payne who started with the Ames Brothers. Drywall Master is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and continue to produce quality tools.

Concorde Taping Tools, (Concorde Tools Corp.) Surrey, B.C. was owned by Donald Mark MacMillan, an inventor and former drywall finisher and Raymond Bernier. LFD Industries (Yee Bun Lee, David Fung and David ****) purchased Concorde in June 1990 and kept Macmillan on as a consultant. Macmillan left Concorde in 1997 and formed Northstar in December 1997 with Mr. ****. Concorde sold the patents on their red tools to Ames in 1999.


NorthStar Tool Corporation - The first tool Mark Macmillan built was the AdjuStar extendable flat box handle, acknowledged to be the “state of the art” in adjustable handles. The first Northstar AdjuStar was sold in March of 2000. Their products were a metallic green in colour and they were British Columbia based. In 2007 Northstar affiliated with ToolPro and their tools are no longer being made.


Drywall Tools Inc. out of San Carlos, California was started by many of the inventors of the original drywall tools at Ames and later became Premier Taping Tools.


Premier Taping Tools was based out of Stockton, California and started by Robert Ames, Stan Ames and Carl Raff in 1974. They developed what became know as the “Blue Tools”. The company was acquired by Axia and then shut down. The Premier tools became the basis of the TapePro and BlueLine tools.


Belmont Taping Tools - Belmont Taping Tools is owned and operated by Carl F. Raff in Belmont, California. Carl worked with Bob and Stan Ames as a principal developer of both the original Ames Taping Tools and the Premier Drywall Tools. They were a light purple in colour.


TapePro Drywall Tools – Stewart Orchard started this company in Australia in 2001. Stewart is a son of Graeme Orchard, owner of Wallboard Tools in Australia. Stewart had worked for some time at Premier Taping Tools


Blue Line Drywall Tools - Blue Line Drywall Tools was launched in 2002 with some of the key people from Premier Taping Tools. TapePro Drywall Tools is part owner of Blue Line. The company was based in Stockton, California.


Goldblatt - H. Goldblatt Tool Company in Kansas City was started in 1885 by Henry Goldblatt and was primarily involved in cement trowels. It ended up in the hands of Axia Incorporated and in 1992 it was purchased by Stanley Works. FinishPro Tools of Lenexa, Kansas purchased from Stanley the Goldblatt name in 2006. In 2010 Goldblatt Tool Company was sold to Hong Kong interests and renamed Goldblatt Industries. Goldblatt continues to operate in Kansas and Shanghai,China. They have a line of bright red coloured automatic taping tools.


Wilco Drywall Tools – Established in 1985 with Willis Trout in Pennsylvania.


*note – the above information was compiled by me from information obtained through the internet and may be subject to errors. If there is any errors you can contact me and I can make the changes. :) Mudshark...
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I didn't think drywall came out till the mid to late 50's?[/LEFT]
Small little article http://home.howstuffworks.com/drywall1.htm

Think the article is true, I tore apart a room in my house, and the rock said made in 1939, 3/8's drywall, and us Canucks were in WW2 in 1939 so.......

Someone wrote about the history of it on here, how it was hard to get the plaster guys to switch and so on...... maybe harvey Randall can tell us:yes:
 

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History of Drywall

The U.S. Gypsum Company (USG) invented drywall in 1916. It was originally called "Sackett Board," after the Sackett plaster company, a USG subsidiary [Source: Allen]. The material was first sold in the form of small, fireproof tiles, but within a few years, it was sold in multi-layer gypsum and paper sheets. In less then a decade, it took on the form we know, consisting of a single layer of compressed gypsum sandwiched between two sheets of heavy paper.
While it only took a few years for this board to evolve into the material we know today, it took 25 years for builders to begin using drywall in any substantial quantity.
With all its uses and benefits, why were builders hesitant to use something as simple as drywall? At the time, drywall was thought of as a cheap fix, with none of the fine art associated with making plaster. People didn't want to live in homes that were shoddily constructed, so they stuck with the tradition and expense of plaster.
U.S. Gypsum eventually changed the brand name of the material to "Sheetrock" in an attempt to improve drywall's reputation, but builders and homeowners still paid no attention.
It wasn't until the United States became involved in World War II that builders came around to the benefits of using drywall [Source: Gellner]. As the country's labor force became focused on war manufacturing and many soldiers were sent overseas to fight, quick and inexpensive building materials were needed to offset the labor shortage and war costs. Because the labor shortage was too intense for plastering to remain a viable building option, people began to use drywall instead. Houses and factories could be constructed in a fraction of the time and with a fraction of the labor previously required. Cheap and efficient products were seen as patriotic because they allowed citizens to spend more time and money supporting the war effort.
By the time the war ended in 1945, drywall had become the dominant building material in the United States. During the post-war building boom, contractors knew they could construct homes and workplaces in one-tenth the time if they abandoned plaster for drywall, leading to higher profits. Over time, the use of plaster gradually faded as people all over the world turned to drywall. With net sales of over $5 billion in 2007, the U.S. Gypsum Company is still one of the world's top producers and innovators of drywall and related products [source: USG].
Next we'll look at how drywall is made and how it's evolved since the early days of its invention.


:thumbsup:Thanks for shareing old man!
 

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I still have a set of early Tape Tech tools purchased in about 1980 or 1981. They still work just fine. The bazooka has been rebuilt a zillion times. Seems to run a tiny bit smoother than my newer (2000) Tape Tech bazooka. Has a few mystery leaks though.
 

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A few corrections and updates....

Premier Taping Tools was based out of San Carlos (not Stockton), California and started by Robert Ames, Stan Ames and Carl Raff in 1974. They developed what became know as the “Blue Tools”. The company was acquired by Kelly Moore Paint and sold the tools through their network of paint stores. Several years later Axia acquired the Premier tool line and then shut it down. The Premier tools became the basis of the TapePro and BlueLine tools.


Belmont Taping Tools - Belmont Taping Tools was owned and operated by Carl F. Raff in San Carlos and Belmont, California. Carl worked with Bob and Stan Ames as a principal developer of both the original Ames Taping Tools and the Premier Drywall Tools. They were a light purple in color. Bronze color tools were also produced by Belmont Taping Tools. All tools and parts were interchangeable with Premier Tools. Carl passed away Sept 30, 2013. The remaining inventory of tools and parts were acquired by Vincent Figueroa (West Coast Drywall Tools) in Oregon
 

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I still use some blue Premier tools the loading pump has Drywall Tools San Carlos on it. Must be older than me lol:D
 

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History of Drywall

The U.S. Gypsum Company (USG) invented drywall in 1916. It was originally called "Sackett Board," after the Sackett plaster company, a USG subsidiary [Source: Allen]. The material was first sold in the form of small, fireproof tiles, but within a few years, it was sold in multi-layer gypsum and paper sheets. In less then a decade, it took on the form we know, consisting of a single layer of compressed gypsum sandwiched between two sheets of heavy paper.
While it only took a few years for this board to evolve into the material we know today, it took 25 years for builders to begin using drywall in any substantial quantity.
With all its uses and benefits, why were builders hesitant to use something as simple as drywall? At the time, drywall was thought of as a cheap fix, with none of the fine art associated with making plaster. People didn't want to live in homes that were shoddily constructed, so they stuck with the tradition and expense of plaster.
U.S. Gypsum eventually changed the brand name of the material to "Sheetrock" in an attempt to improve drywall's reputation, but builders and homeowners still paid no attention.
It wasn't until the United States became involved in World War II that builders came around to the benefits of using drywall [Source: Gellner]. As the country's labor force became focused on war manufacturing and many soldiers were sent overseas to fight, quick and inexpensive building materials were needed to offset the labor shortage and war costs. Because the labor shortage was too intense for plastering to remain a viable building option, people began to use drywall instead. Houses and factories could be constructed in a fraction of the time and with a fraction of the labor previously required. Cheap and efficient products were seen as patriotic because they allowed citizens to spend more time and money supporting the war effort.
By the time the war ended in 1945, drywall had become the dominant building material in the United States. During the post-war building boom, contractors knew they could construct homes and workplaces in one-tenth the time if they abandoned plaster for drywall, leading to higher profits. Over time, the use of plaster gradually faded as people all over the world turned to drywall. With net sales of over $5 billion in 2007, the U.S. Gypsum Company is still one of the world's top producers and innovators of drywall and related products [source: USG].
Next we'll look at how drywall is made and how it's evolved since the early days of its invention.


:thumbsup:Thanks for shareing old man!
And to Today . It's still a quick fix!
 
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