ACCO Brands Corporation is a new company, but our roots stretch back more than a century. On August 17, 2005 ACCO Brands Corporation became an independent publicly traded company, formed through the spin-off of the ACCO World office products unit of Fortune Brands and its subsequent merger with General Binding Corporation (GBC). This transaction brought together the complementary businesses, brands and strengths of ACCO and GBC to form one of the world's largest suppliers of branded office products- a global office products powerhouse.
Over the years, our businesses have consistently been guided by a spirit of innovation and a commitment to delivering superior, cutting-edge products for our customers.
ACCO's businesses got their start with the founding of Wilson Jones in 1893, the American Clip Company (ACCO) in 1903, and the Swingline Company in 1925. These were among the first companies to revolutionize the basic ways in which we record, store and organize information in offices, schools and workspaces through the creation of the ring binder, the mass production of the paper clip, and the widespread popularization of staplers.
GBC was founded in 1947 to manufacture and sell desktop binding products, and eventually broadened its product base to include a range of binding solutions, as well as laminating products, shredders, visual communication products and calculators. Over the years, the company established itself as a leader in the office products industry, offering products under the well-known GBC, Quartet and Ibico brands as well as a range of professional-grade print finishing solutions.
We at ACCO Brands are proud to have played a critical role in shaping the office products industry for more than 100 years, and we look forward to continuing our tradition of leadership for years to come.