Gorilla Glue is an American brand of polyurethane adhesives based in Sharonville, Ohio. They are known for their original Gorilla Glue, which was first sold in 1994. The company has since branched out to make a line of similar products, including tapes, epoxies, and other adhesives. It is known for its unique advertisements, which involve someone breaking something and needing glue. It is usually given to them by a gorilla, surprising them.

A bottle of Original Gorilla Glue
Product typeGlue
Produced byThe Gorilla Glue Company
CountryUnited States
Introduced1994; 30 years ago (1994)
Previous ownersMark Singer, Lutz Tool Company
Registered as a trademark inworldwide

History edit

In 1994, during a trip to Indonesia, Mark Singer saw a Danish-made polyurethane glue being used to make teak furniture. After returning to the US, he founded the company, created the brand name Gorilla Glue, and then acquired the North American rights for the glue from the Danish manufacturer.[1] It was originally marketed towards woodworkers and sold to the general public.[citation needed] The company was purchased by Lutz Tool Company, which later changed its name to The Gorilla Glue Company.[2]

It is privately owned by the Ragland family. In late 2016, the company relocated from its Cincinnati location on Red Bank Road to Sharonville, a suburb of Cincinnati.[3] As of 2019, brothers Pete and Nick Ragland serve as co-presidents of the Gorilla Glue Company.[4]

Glue variants edit

Original Gorilla Glue works on wood, stone, foam, metal, ceramic, glass and other materials. It expands slightly while drying, sometimes enough to cause squeeze-out, which foams up in air.[5] Super is a fast drying glue. Gel Super is a no-dripping variety. Gorilla Construction Adhesive is an adhesive used for construction purposes.

Composition edit

Name EINECS-No CAS-No % Content GHS data
Diphenylmethane diisocyanate, isomers and homologues[6] - 9016-87-9[6] (or 101-68-8)[7] 45–65%   H315, H317, H320, H332, H334, H335, H351, H372[8]

Health hazards edit

Gorilla Glue is harmful if inhaled. It is irritating to the eyes, respiratory system, nasal system and skin. If ingested, it may cause gastrointestinal blockage.[9]

Legal issues edit

In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took interest as Gorilla Glue claimed that its product was made in USA. The FTC alleged "that certain labels and marketing materials may have overstated the extent to which Gorilla Glue adhesive products are made in the United States", because many of the raw materials were sourced overseas first.[10] Due to Gorilla Glue's stated intent to correct this marketing issue, the FTC decided not to take further action.[10]

Gorilla Glue Co. brought a suit against the Las Vegas-based developer of marijuana strains GG Strains LLC. In October 2017, the companies reached a settlement requiring GG Strains and its licensees to cease using the name Gorilla Glue, any gorilla imagery, and similarities to Gorilla Glue Co. trademarks by September 19, 2018.[11][12] Following this, GG Strains has renamed their product GG or GG4.[13]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Dresdner, Michael (May 6, 2008). "Gorilla Glue: The Gorilla Grows with New Glues". Woodworking | Blog | Videos | Plans | How To. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  2. ^ Coolidge, Alexander (September 11, 2013). "Gorilla Glue branches out with national TV advertising". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on September 30, 2019 – via USA Today.
  3. ^ Demeropolis, Tom (March 17, 2015). "Gorilla Glue moving headquarters to Sharonville". Cincinnati Business Courier.
  4. ^ Crawford, John (April 18, 2019). "Behind the Curtain of a Family Business · Babson Thought & Action". Babson Thought & Action. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  5. ^ Schwarz, Christopher (February 6, 2007). "The Truth About Polyurethane Glue". Popular Woodworking.
  6. ^ a b Gorilla Glue UK Safety Data Sheet. Accessed September 28, 2010.
  7. ^ www.commonchemistry.org listing for 101-68-8 a.k.a. Diphenylmethane diisocyanate
  8. ^ "Safety Data Sheet – Original Gorilla Glue" (PDF). February 24, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
  9. ^ Gorilla Glue US Safety Data Sheet. Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Accessed June 23, 2012.
  10. ^ a b Ensor, Julia (June 5, 2015). "Closing letter to Alison J. Stimac, Esq., on behalf of Gorilla Glue Company" (PDF). Federal Trade Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 30, 2023. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  11. ^ "Gorilla Glue adhesives company reaches settlement with cannabis business". The Cannabist. October 4, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "The Gorilla Glue Company vs. GG Strains". documentcloud.org. United States District Court. March 24, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Zkittlez, Runtz and Other Strain Names With Legal Issues | Wikileaf". www.wikileaf.com. Retrieved January 30, 2023.

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