REVEAL: Dusting of Industrial Recycling Gold

Welcome back to our Unidentified Object Reveal! Each month we show you an object we found in our industrial recycling facility. First we show you a snippet of it, let you try to figure out what it is, and then give you all the details the next week. If you didn’t catch last week’s post, check it out here!

 

 

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American Beauty LACCO Duster – Model 60

 

This object proved to be much harder to research than I originally thought. I thought, that since all the information on this duster was perfectly visible, including the model number, I would have no problem finding out all the information I can. Many objects that we find in our industrial recycling facility don’t come with much information, let alone a model number. Once I started, this proved to be false.

The Evolving Life of LACCO

I entered in all the information I thought necessary. “American Beauty LACCO duster. Los Angeles”. Not much popped up, except some weird pictures from the movie American Beauty. (Good movie! Strange, but good.)Industrial Recycling

I tried a few different google tricks, puttingquotes around certain words, things like that. The information I got was minimal. Initially what I found out was that the company was once located at 1960 Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles CA, like the duster stated. What laid there now though, was an empty lot. I then learned that during some time in the midcentury to late 90’s the company we selling cleaning products, specifically targeting janitorial workers. I did find a few different dates, some saying the company formed as early as 1898 and stopped production in 2005. From everything I can tell, the company is still operating, but has been bought out by another company. They have multiple locations, from California to Nevada to Texas.

I did come across an article stating that in 1998 the company merged with J.B. Chemical Company. They planned to add LACCO to the “lucrative” pool maintenance market. Looking up the J.B. Chemical Company now, it looks as though they now specialize in automotive chemicals.

What I found most interesting is the ever changing life of this chemical company. The company started as a farming chemical company. Specializing in fertilizer. Later the company went towards home cleaning products, then to pool chemicals, and eventually to automotive chemicals. It also seems as though LACCO has been doing business under different names. The ever changing life of this company speaks volumes to a company trying to make it in an ever changing economy, evolving to fit into its own niche.

 

 

 

 

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