AKA: Great Tubes of Caulk in the Sky or Dap Products‘ Manufacturing Facility
Location: Baltimore, MD (695 South at Sparrows Point)
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An RPM International company, Dap Products, Inc. is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. They are a leading manufacturer of caulks, sealants and adhesives. Just a half an hour drive from their offices in the trendy Canton area of Baltimore, you’ll find one of the company’s two manufacturing plants. Rather striking from the highway, the complex’s six large branded silos rise from among the plant’s main buildings. They look like giant tubes of caulk.
A Baltimore native, it took me to the late ’90s and working with a general contractor in San Jose, CA to discover Dap, Inc. Alex Plus (a siliconized acrylic latex caulk) was our paintable caulk of choice. And it’s funny, when I was recently asked “What is your favorite design product?” I didn’t really have a straight answer. If I was asked instead for “a favorite building product,” I’d say, yes . . . caulk.
It is interesting to note that this plant sits roughly about 1/4 mile from a spot that marks the War of 1812’s Battle of North Point. And a mile or so down the road — Bethlehem Steel, a complex that looks nothing less than something straight out of a Pink Floyd video. The most impressive view of this plant is actually from a bridge about 200 feet up the highway. But no shoulder there limits photo opportunities.
Not long after this post, Dap offered and we toured both this facility and their headquarters. That right up is here – Building Moxie Tours DAP Products.
Thanks and comments welcome. ~jb