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Feature   February 1, 2009   by Auto Service World

Permatex Marks A Century In Business

Permatex, a leader in chemical technology for automotive maintenance and repair, is marking its 100th year in business.

The company was founded in 1909 by Constant A. Benoit Sr., a creative chemist, who started the business with a glue he developed for bonding bicycle tires. Benoit was also a motorsports enthusiast and frequently attended car races. At a 24-hour race in 1915, he noticed that many of the cars were constantly blowing head gaskets and pitting for repairs. Benoit came up with a sealant that solved the problem and launched Permatex into the automotive chemical maintenance business.

Today, Permatex offers a wide range of chemical products for motorsports teams, professional automotive technicians, performance buffs, and general automotive do-it-yourselfers. According to Andy Robinson, general manager of Permatex, “We’ve come a long way since Mr. Benoit’s ground-breaking effort helped change the face of endurance racing, but that same pioneering spirit that helped to launch the Permatex brand over 100 years ago continues to drive the company today.”

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