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History of Brod-Dugan
Harold J. Brod, co-founder of the Brod-Dugan paint and wallpaper retail chain, died Tuesday (April 23, 1996) at his home in Westwood of complications from a variety of illnesses. He was 83. ??Mr. Brod came to this country from Russia in 1924 as a 12-year-old. The family settled in Philadelphia, where Mr. Brod began his career at age 19 as a traveling salesman for a paint company. ??A new job took him to a company in Chicago, which sent him to St. Louis in 1935. Here, while making his sales calls, he met Nat Dugan. In 1946, the two of them opened the first Brod-Dugan paint store, on North Kingshighway. ??With the success of that business, other stores followed. The company operated 13 stores in the St. Louis area It manufactured its own paint at a plant in Maryland Heights. In its 50 years of business, the company became a leading supplier to contractors. ??In 1973, Mr. Brod bought out the Dugan family interest, and his partner died several years ago. Mr. Robert “Bob” Brod died at he age of 63. Bob stqrted working as a youth for his father. The company in 1996 was sold to The Sherwin-Williams Company.