After returning from Vietnam, Bill Adams worked in the Pittsburgh Public Schools as an elementary school librarian. In the late 1970s, and with a modest $10,000 inheritance, Bill resigned from his job. Responding to the energy crisis at the time, he developed “window blankets.” They were simple: bubble wrap held to attic windows by suction cups to keep heat from escaping. When this product proved to be too difficult to market, Bill focused on using suction cups to enable retailers to hang signs in their windows without sticky tape residue.
With this idea in mind, Bill started developing plans to retail suction cups to hardware, craft, variety, and office supply stores. He secured contracts with just about every hardware store within a couple of hundred miles of Pittsburgh. After establishing the basics to manufacture suction cups in Portersville, PA, he got a call from an irritated customer in South Carolina. He said that the suction cups had scorched the leather dash of his Mercedes by focusing sunlight like a magnifying glass.
It was then that he realized that not only must suction cups be perfectly made in order to work, but they also should be re-engineered to do no harm. He redesigned the suction cups to disperse, rather than focus, light.
That was a big step for Adams Manufacturing Corp. The company has gone on to become an innovative maker of injection-molded consumer products that has parlayed the “Made in America” spirit into a $50 million-plus enterprise that provides jobs to nearly 300 friends and neighbors around the small town of Portersville, Pennsylvania.
Our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant transforms resins into a wide variety of products sold to leading retailers and mass merchants around the world. We’ve also become the world’s leading supplier of PVC and phthalate-free suction cups.
Over the years, Adams’ product lines have expanded from suction cups. We now manufacture folding and stacking outdoor furniture and Adirondack chairs in a dozen colors. The latest additions to our growing line include ergonomic bar stools and bistro tables.
Adams’ innovative products can be found in such stores as Lowe’s, Walmart, Ace, Do it Best, True Value, and Amazon.com, just to name a few.
For over thirty years, Adams has proudly created some of the safest, most innovative USA-made products on the market today. Although Adams has grown into a world-class supplier, we cherish our small-town values and continue to think of ourselves as a “family business."