It was June 15, 1936, and upon his lawyers’ advice, a 29-year-old Donald J. Burch registered the Colorado Steel Sash Co. At the time, a loaf of bread cost only eight cents, but many people couldn’t afford that, let alone the average $4,000 home. Only the bravest and boldest started a business during these times. Don was one of them.Most homes in 1936 were still fit with wooden windows, but steel windows were the up-and-comers. Don set out to make windows from steel but soon discovered that steel window putty made a huge mess. It was a lot like natural peanut butter – all of the heavy stuff would sink to the bottom, and all of the oil sat at the top. Well, like most folks, this frustrated Don. Turns out, frustration was the mother of invention (or something like that).
Don was a curious guy, so naturally, he took his college English degree and went to work in the chemistry lab. It was time to make a non-messy window putty formula. He made the putty one bucket at a time, tweaking the formula along the way. Eventually, perfection happened. Don homogenized window putty! He named it Elasti-glaze.Fast forward a few years. By1941, Don had added a caulking to his product offerings and built his first manufacturing plant. He bought some industrial-sized bread dough mixers to put in the new building and began turning out both products in 100 and 200 gallon batches.