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Burnishine Celebrates 125 Years in the Pressroom

July 3, 2012  By

Burnishine Products of Lake Villa, Illinois, is celebrating 125 years of supplying chemical products to the printing industry. The company explains its brand was first seen in 1887 when the J. C. Paul Company introduced a metal polish.

The company then introduced Universal Putz Pomade, which was designed for polishing hot metal in boiler plants. Printers used Putz Pomade, which remains as one of Burnishine’s best-selling products, to clean copper plates. Magazine publishers used it to clean rotogravure cylinders and linotype molds.

“For 125 years, the Burnishine name has meant quality and consistency in the pressroom,” said Roger Giza, President of Burnishine Products, during a late-June event to mark the milestone. 


Since 1887, Burnishine Products has manufactured a range of pressroom and related chemical products, including plate chemicals, blanket and roller cleaners, fountain solutions, and a line of related cleaning products. All Burnishine products are manufactured in the United States.

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