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|Founded||1940 (as The Frawley Pen Company)|
1949 (as Paper Mate)
|Founder||Patrick J. Frawley|
|Headquarters||Oak Brook, Illinois, U.S.|
Paper Mate is a registered division of Sanford L.P., a Newell Brands company that produces writing instruments. Paper Mate's offices are located in Oak Brook, Illinois along with those of Newell Rubbermaid's other office products divisions.
Early in 1941, Patrick J. Frawley acquired his first company, a ballpoint pen parts manufacturer that had defaulted on its loan. In 1949, The Frawley Pen Company developed a revolutionary new ink, which dried instantly. The pen that delivered this ink was called "The Paper Mate".
In 1955, the Frawley Pen Company was obtained by The Gillette Company, Inc. for $15.5 million, and formed the basis for the 'Paper Mate Division' of Gillette. 25 years later (1980), Gillette acquired Liquid Paper and Waterman; with these acquisitions, the 'Paper Mate Division' was changed to the Stationery Products Group. In late 2000, Gillette's stationery products division was purchased by Newell Rubbermaid  and merged with Newell Rubbermaid's Sanford Brands division.
The Paper Mate brand is applied to ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, 'Flair' felt tip pens, erasers, and more which are offered in a variety of colors and shapes. In 2010, Paper Mate introduced "environmentally friendly" biodegradeable pens, pencils and erasers.
Notes and references
- Goliath Business: Paper Mate profileArchived 2010-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
- Paper Mate History Archived 2010-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
- "The Gillette Company." International Directory of Company Histories. (c) 2006
- Paper Mate products as of 2012
- Paper Mate biodegradable products Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
- Official website
- Newell Rubbermaid website
-  Paper Mate as part of the Gillette Company (1955 to 2000)