From the days when Robert Purves Adam set up shop to produce a simple range of cleaning and bleaching agents for the local textile industry in 1891, the Selkirk company he founded has remained an independent family-owned company with manufacture at the heart of its business.
There have been notable milestones for R. P. Adam along the way.
In 1900, it launched a stain remover which supplied Burton’s Tailoring for the next 28 years. In 1911, itlaunched Glider dance floor polish, the first product of its kind.
The firm, now based at a 65,000 sq.ft factory at Riverside, developed the first cool water shampoo, with no soap or artificial brighteners, for cashmere and wool, and Pringle of Scotland endorsed every tin sold.
Today, R. P. Adam makes and stocks more than 150 Arpal product lines, developed at its on-site laboratory. In addition there are 400 other lines tailor-made to meet specific customer needs and niche market sectors.
The company has recently announced two huge contracts: for leisure operator Pontins and for Travelodge.
Max Adam, sales and managing director, said: “With so much doom and gloom surrounding the business world today, especially in the manufacturing sector, we are absolutely delighted with these two contract wins.
“Not only does it safeguard our employees’ future, but it also reinforces the fact that hard work, dedication and good products can succeed, even in difficult economic times.
“We are proud to be a Scottish compnay and will continue to fly the flag for the Scottish Borders.”