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History of Perma-Chink Systems in Knoxville, TN.

Perma-Chink Systems was incorporated in 1981, in Redmond, Washington. Actual production of Perma-Chink was started in 1983, in a 5,000 sq. ft. facility on Prosser Road in Knoxville, TN. This small facility produced, warehoused, and shipped our first product, Perma-Chink, and had a total of three employees; one production and shipping worker, an office manager, and the main manager.

Before long, it was deemed undersized for storage of finished goods, raw materials, and other incidentals needed to produce our product. A large tent was rented to be able to store pails, chemicals, and other items outside to enable us to purchase in larger quantities to meet the needs of the industry. Before too long we realized that too was undersized and inefficient; so in 1987, we moved across the street into a 20,000 sq. ft. facility where all of our products are currently manufactured.

In 1987, we also introduced our first exterior and interior stains to complement the Perma-Chink log home sealant; so additional equipment and more employees were needed to facilitate production and shipping. The office and sales staff had also grown; we now had three inside office workers and four production and shipping employees. We also had one outside salesperson to serve our customers better and listen to their needs for different products for log homes.

As time went on the product line grew, as well as the employee needs to meet the demands for products. In 1992, our sister company, Stuc-O-Flex International, was formed and Perma-Chink started to manufacture elastomeric stucco for their needs. Needless to say, there were also machine improvements and additional employees to cover those needs as well. In 2000, another company was formed to sell Borate based preservatives into the pest control industry, as well as the log home industry. The Borate production is situated in a 7,000 sq. ft. facility directly across the street from the main production facility. We also had added a full time chemist to the staff to work on product improvement and development.

Fast forward to today: we have moved finished goods into another building, next door to the production facility, due to being overcrowded and needing more space for raw materials. We also moved the sales, logistics, and customer service personnel to another building in the warehouse complex to be more efficient. We now have two full-time chemists, and a quality control department to develop products and improve on what we also currently produce. We currently have 32 full-time employees to serve the needs of our customers.

In looking ahead: Our mission will always be to instil, inspire, and nurture the preservation of the American spirit of log home living. We shall do this by promising to provide exceptional products that perform as promised, and will be safe for everyone and the environment.

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