History

History

Our manufacturing history of expansion joints dates back to the old Uniroyal Company, who invented the rubber expansion joint back in 1930.  When reflecting on that history, the first thing that comes to mind is our founders, Gene Johnson and Merv Vater. They were business partners, friends and firm believers that in business you have to “work harder and smarter than your competitors.”  Johnson and Vater met in 1972 while working in the expansion joint industry. Several years later Gene was working as a distributor of expansion joints for manufacturers, PROtective Coatings of Fort Wayne, IN. Protective Coatings manufactured rubber expansion joints for Uniroyal under a private label arrangement from 1965 to 1979. During Gene’s affiliation with Protective Coatings, Merv approached him with the idea to buy the company.  Together they made the purchase, changed the name, and thus Proco Products, Inc. was established.

Proco Products, Inc. (previously PROtective COatings of Fort Wayne, Indiana) began marketing rubber expansion joints under its shortened name, PROCO, in 1980. In 1984 Proco Products acquired all assets of Protective Coatings – including tooling, specifications and technologies used in producing rubber expansion joints – and remains the sole property of Proco Products, Inc. today. And since 1984, Proco has been a place that many loyal employees have been proud to call home.