AIM Owner Company Celebrates 100 Years

December 18, 2012

Plano, TX, December 18, 2012 -- A founding partner of AIM, R.M. Lucas Company (Lucas) is celebrating 100 years of continuous operation. Lucas was established in Chicago in 1912 as a producer of asphalt coatings and oil-based paints. Ownership of Lucas passed to Lawrence J. Barry in 1954. The company is now managed by the third generation of the Barry family. The Lucas brand enjoys wide recognition and usage in Lucas's primary Mid-Western area of operation and well beyond.

While continuing the rich history of its regional brands, such as the Lucas brand dating back to 1912, AIM provides a national brand of reflective coatings, mastics, driveway maintenance products, caulks, sealants, adhesives, air barriers, modified bitumen membranes, and specialty products. In addition to marketing its AIM and Protector brands, the company has strategic private label customers including both national and global companies in the building materials segment.

Unique in the building materials industry, AIM's business model unites all the owner companies on a national platform, thus connecting the company's manufacturing and distribution locations. The AIM model generates synergy and economies of scale across competitve dimensions of the Building Products market, such as: manufacturing capacity, raw materials sourcing, and distribution. AIM stands apart as being one of the few manufacturers able to deliver American-made goods to suppliers and end-users who insist upon cutting edge products at a competitive price from a reliable single source. AIM is proud to have Lucas as a part of its business model. All of the AIM family of companies congratulates Lucas for their 100 years of operation as AIM looks to build-upon the past success generated by Lucas - and all of the AIM owner companies.

For a complete history of the Lucas company, you can visit or link to that company from the "Regional Brands" section of the AIM web site at

Andy Hastings