Growth, diversification, new leadership, safety, service and technology were the milestones of this decade.
The 1980s were about growth. Starting with $5 million in sales in 1980, the company reached $50 million in sales by 1989. Five years later, $100 million in sales in 1994.
Edward B. Dunlap started D&B Laboratories in 1967 as a part-time industrial cleaning products business in the basement of his home in Pittsburgh, PA. Dunlap started Northern Chemical Company (later Northern Industrial Maintenance) with $1,000 and one associate in 1968. The upstart building maintenance products and services business produced first year sales of $98,500.