This section of our site is called “Origins Of Top Businesses.”
It features interesting facts about the early years of well-known businesses.
These facts are given to you for fun and inspiration.
Fun because how many top businesses started out is really surprising.
Inspiring because it will help you as a business owner see that if they can do it, so can you.
Now for today’s facts:
- In 1953, three of the staff from Rocket Chemical Company set out to develop a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for the aerospace industry in a small lab in San Diego.
- It took them 40 attempts to work out the water displacement formula.
- The name WD-40 stands for “water displacement, formulation successful in 40th attempt.”
- Convair, a unit of General Dynamics, first used WD-40 to protect the outer skin of the Atlas missile from rust and corrosion.
- The product worked so well that employees used to sneak WD-40 cans out of the plant to use at home.
- Norm Larsen, the Rocket Chemical technician who invented WD-40, came up with the idea of selling it to the general public.
- WD-40 hit store shelves in San Diego in 1958.
- The company never patented WD-40 so they could avoid having to disclose the ingredients publicly.
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